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Friday, 27 January 1995

  • Libraries' use of Lottery money : LETTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    Central and local government have a statutory responsibility to provide a library service, and we are not entitled to replace or duplicate that responsibility by providing from Lottery funds the core costs of building mainstream facilities for housin...

  • Music lesson : LETTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    The recognition of this led Trinity College London to design and launch in 1994 a suite of graded examinations for the electronic keyboard similar to those already available for more traditional instruments, and the numbers of candidates are increasi...

  • : LETTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    Yours sincerely, JAMES MEDD London, SW6

  • Women and children first : LETTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    Statistics from Social Trends and the General Household Survey, 1993 show that births outside marriage are 32 per cent of all births, consisting of: single registration, 7 per cent; joint registration, 25 per cent. Lone mothers are made up of: single...

  • `Never again' obviously doesn't apply in Rwanda
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    They gathered in a clearing on a mountain ridge and applauded their liberators with what little strength they had. The soldiers knew that genocide had been taking place here, or at least many had heard the rumours, but still they seemed little prepar...

  • It is the hooligans who bring football into disrepute, not Cantona : LE TTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    The same would apply at a game of football. Yours sincerely, PETER STEWART London, E9

  • Minister's shame : LETTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, A. W. F. ERSKINE London, NW2 23 January

  • Don't jump the gun on inquiry : LETTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    For that reason, we have asked individuals to respect the confidentiality of the draft extracts sent to them. Ill-informed speculation about the contents of the draft report is unfair to the individuals concerned and creates unnecessary burdens for t...

  • A gay and a Jesuit in mufti pay homage to Terpsichore
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    "What's the difference?" "The set-dance is intricate formation dancing. Ceili dancing is more informal." "Which," I asked in genuine puzzlement, "is the one I'm no good at?" "Both, Ruth." I thought I heard her sigh. "You're no good at either of them....

  • Pratley meets his match at last WILLIAM DONALDSON'S WEEK
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    Pratley, you may remember, is everyone I've been trying to shake off for 20 years, embittered men of my own age who ring at the wrong time, whose telephone manner is wheedling yet defiant, who start with a joke or a funny voice, sometimes a Goon impr...

  • A generation of pragmatists : LEADING ARTICLE
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    These are the children of the flower-power generation, and it shows. There isn't the degree of alienation that most groups of adolescents since the war have felt from their parents. Today's young people have been reared by mothers and fathers who hav...

  • It is the hooligans who bring football into disrepute, not Cantona : LE TTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    It will be a terrible shame if incidents such as yesterday's are left unpunished. And the most severe punishment of all I believe is deserved by Eric Cantona. Paul Ince's behaviour was equally appalling. Eric's excuse at least is that he was personal...

  • United have got it right : LEADING ARTICLE
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    That just goes to show how relative these things are. Bosnich's action was not intentional and took place on the field of play. So while it was potentially much more damaging than Cantona's strangely balletic violence, it was governed by a completely...

  • The Clan Kennedy legend is laid to rest
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    Now Rose has passed away, and will be laid to rest with her memories. Both deaths occasioned grief and out-pourings of sentiment, for both women represented the widowed soul of the United States. "Few Americans have endured as much personal sacrifice...

  • It is the hooligans who bring football into disrepute, not Cantona : LE TTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    All the furore is really about image, sponsorship and, ultimately, money. It is for potentially damaging the income, not the reputation, of the game that the FA will punish Cantona. The systematic abuse of drugs in order to cheat at athletics incurs ...

  • It is the hooligans who bring football into disrepute, not Cantona : LE TTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    Matthew Simmons, the man Cantona attacked, is said by his companion at the game, Michael Pickett, to have shouted, "Dirty French bastard, fuck off home to France". He then gave "an obscene gesticulation". Such lively wit is, of course, not entirely u...

  • It is the hooligans who bring football into disrepute, not Cantona : LE TTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    The FA seems unwilling, or unable, to ensure tolerable working conditions for its players, who must endure vicious racial and personal attacks. If the organisation that profits so handsomely from these young men's talent shows such a lack of concern ...

  • It is the hooligans who bring football into disrepute, not Cantona : LE TTERS
    Saturday, 28 January 1995

    This is hypocrisy. In whose perception is the game any more disreputable as a result of this incident? Where are the innocents whose eyes are opened and only now see the game as a disreputable spectacle? The truth is that this incident tends more to ...

  • 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

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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...

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