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Thursday, 26 January 1995

  • THE BOOK REVIEW: THE STATE WE'RE IN Will Hutton Cape £16.99
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    Here in Britain, the popular distaste for a clapped-out and power-corrupted administration looks likely to allow Tony Blair to become prime minister at the next election. But if this triumph is not to become a Clinton blip, Labour needs to understand...

  • Every trick in the bookshop
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    Counsel: Your name is Katherine Williard? Witness: It is. Counsel: Could you briefly tell us what your work is? Witness: It is boring, repetitive, badly paid and bereft of any cultural interest. Counsel: Yes, maybe, but what do you do for a living? W...

  • LETTERS: Directors' pay in privatised industries
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    I recall that one outcome of this arrangement was that some 15 subordinate staff, whose pay was determined by collective bargaining, earned more than the deputy chairman. Marjorie Mowlam, MP, has said that a Labour government would empower regulators...

  • If you can't defend it, don't do it
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    Thus writes one of the higher-paid backbenchers in the House of Commons. No, not a Tory but the Rt Hon Roy Hattersley, journalist, broadcaster of memoirs, and, of course, author of sagas - from which the above is but a crumb (In that Quiet Earth, Pan...

  • One foot in Lady Hester Stanhope's grave
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    The avowed purpose of each drama is to tell of a maverick figure whose fame in their lifetime drastically subsided after their death. But the drama-documentary format that would have been the conventional match has been rejected. Forgotten by history...

  • LETTERS: Political frustrations of Generation Y
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    Yours sincerely, GAVIN KELLY Gonville & Caius College Cambridge

  • LETTERS: Ferguson failed `genius' Cantona
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    When he was quite rightly sent off, he walked straight over to Alex Ferguson, who, while frantically chewing gum and staring angrily at the referee, completely failed to get Cantona into the dressing room and away from the scene of the argument. Mr F...

  • A trauma that must be shared by us all
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    Unbidden and unwelcome, today's arbitrary anniversary has placed the Holocaust in our collective consciousness. Still, there is no communal gesture of commitment to one of the defining moments in history, to its revelation of mass death that was both...

  • LETTERS: Bedside manners, but very few beds
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    I, like many other health service staff, pride myself in providing the highest standard of care in very difficult circumstances. On the rare occasion I have been impolite to a client it has been due to the pressures of trying to manage an acute short...

  • LETTERS: Space agency aims for more efficiency
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    The ESA efficiency review, now in train, involving external consultants is part of that process. Nothing was derailed in December. Germany, Spain and the UK (together representing 45 per cent of the agency's mandatory programme expenditure) were seek...

  • LETTERS: Social trends in statistics
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    I decided not to publish Muriel Nissel's article on the history of social trends because it was strong on opinions, some of which in my view were political in nature. Opinions are not statistical facts. You should be aware that the Central Statistica...

  • LETTERS: Animal suffering versus human homelessness
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    Human and animal slavery differ little in form and practice: they are both forms of oppression and institutionalised suffering. The current animal rights movement does not, in fact, differ significantly from its predecessors - the suffragist and anti...

  • Wilkes of Westminster
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    When I say that the ministers have accepted the main recommendations, I don't mean all of them. One is conspicuously ignored. The committee, chaired by the romantically-named Giles Radice - scion of Italian revolutionary immigrants, Labour MP, white ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: The lessons of Auschwitz
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    In those 10 years something happened that is almost bigger than the loss of people. The industrial scale of the killings at the large extermination camps, the newsreel of the bodies at Belsen, the statistics themselves - all these can obscure the nat...

  • LETTERS: Political frustrations of Generation Y
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    Both perspectives define "politics" from a similar standpoint - one which equates an interest in politics with participation in the mainstream. It is the failure of mainstream politics to address the needs of young people that has resulted in anger a...

  • LETTERS: Political frustrations of Generation Y
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    As anyone my age will testify, when discussions of this nature take place in a group, the group will contain "leaders" who speak out the most. Following this there will be a significant amount of peer pressure on other group members to conform to wha...

  • LETTERS: Social trends in statistics
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    This is part of our commitment to reducing the power of the executive. It would also free the statistics and the Government from suspicion which is sometimes (but not always) justified. Will any other party join us in this commitment? Yours faithfull...

  • LETTERS: Animal suffering versus human homelessness
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    When Tony Banks MP (an inveterate political opponent of mine) and I combined with Mark Glover of Respect for Animals to launch this campaign last July, our stated intention (which Ms Toynbee apparently finds so objectionable) was that it should actua...

  • LETTERS: Animal suffering versus human homelessness
    Friday, 27 January 1995

    Yours sincerely, E. SOWELS Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire

  • Magistrates and poll tax : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    On occasions defaulters are sent to prison, but the custodial sentence is suspended if they make a reasonable offer to pay a small sum each and every week. The Community Charge finished nearly two years ago, and it is reasonable to expect people to m...

  • Wisdom from a sheepish liberal
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    To say this, of course, raises the question as to whether it is reasonable to expect that the middle-class revolt which is driving US politics will sweep across the Atlantic to Britain and continental Europe. Drawing parallels is always dangerous. So...

  • Long-lost louden : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Yours sincerely, STEPHEN FROST Kew, Surrey

  • Remember those held in Kuwait : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    The BBC's Prisoner of Conscience programme in autumn 1992 featured one of these prisoners in Kuwait, a newspaper worker named Osamah Suhail Hussain. I responded to the request to write to the Kuwaiti authorities on his behalf and have now written 103...

  • There's no mystery about Masons : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    At the end of November, I wrote to Lord Nolan offering to give evidence about Freemasonry and including a basic statement on matters relevant to his committee's work, so there is no question of our being forced into the open by the committee: we were...

  • Bombay mix : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    In his text he mentions Madras, correctly, as an Indian city where crass provincial prejudices are still permitting the destruction of its architectural heritage. He does not mention Bombay, yet the piece is accompanied by a picture, allegedly of Vic...

  • Life s entences : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, Sarah Dinsdale-Young Glasgow

  • Success of Singapore's `Asian values' : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    The IHT had alleged: In the Chinese case, history almost seems to consist of a battle between the corporatist needs of the state and the interests of the families who operate it. Dynastic politics is evident in "Communist" China already, as in Singap...

  • The FO encircled and about to fall
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    A campaign for a right-winger to replace Hurd is starting to absorb the energies of the hyperactive and confident Euro-sceptics, including some who were recently plotting to get rid of Major himself. Pro-European ministers have calmly assumed that th...

  • CSA: estranged parents, non-benefit cases, failings of the Act : LETTER S
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    First, it is too complex. Until the system is simplified, the Child Support Agency will not be able to provide an accurate and reliable service to both parents with care of their children and absent parents. Second, the CSA does nothing for those par...

  • A lament for Barry Bucknell : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    But is the long DIY boom finally coming to an end? This is the interpretation that some are placing on yesterday's announcement that Sainsbury's is to purchase the Texas Homecare chain. The industry, worth £6bn a year, is suffering from low growth an...

  • Heseltine fails to deliver : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Michael Heseltine delivered the bad news yesterday. He informed MPs that the Government does not intend to give the Post Office far-reaching commercial freedoms as long as it remains within the public sector. In other words, rapidly expanding competi...

  • Weeping for the animals : ANOTHER
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    From the point of view of all other species, the best thing that could happen would be the total disappearance of the human race. This is a sobering thought, which ought to make us approach any exploitation of animals with humility and reluctance. Th...

  • What they didn't want you to know : Disclosures
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Social Trends set out to give some answers to the questions people started asking in the Sixties about how far economic progress was being reflected in improvements in the quality of life. There was at that time very little such information, and so t...

  • Whatever it is, it should be stopped
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Margery Dawes, 39, animal rights protester: "Is this about the idea that John Major might agree to be hypnotised to see if he can remember some of the things he said he was going to do when he got elected? Well, I'm in two minds about this. On the on...

  • Success of Singapore's `Asian values' : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Singapore is a city-state with the potential for full employment; it has a good education system, basic health-care provision and housing for every family. Above all, it is a country with virtually zero crime-rate. Maybe, from a Western point of view...

  • CSA: estranged parents, non-benefit cases, failings of the Act : LETTER S
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    All other non-benefit cases will be dealt with by the agency, and these will include every case where parents cannot agree maintenance and require an adjudication. This is exactly the system that obtains in Australia. Yours faithfully, Nicholas Mosty...

  • CSA: estranged parents, non-benefit cases, failings of the Act : LETTER S
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    The vast majority of the CSA's targets have becomes such through actions over which, under current law, they have had no control. The overwhelming majority of family splits among those who are above subsistence income levels are initiated by the pare...

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