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  • Ha, says my wife, the yolk's on Eric
    Monday, 30 January 1995

    The reason is that she thinks people take sport too seriously. I cannot remember her ever asking after the result of any match or tournament, let alone watching it. She thinks it all a waste of time. But she also has a sense of humour. So whenever so...

  • Beyond the lure of off-the-shelf ethics
    Monday, 30 January 1995

    In some parts of the world, anxieties of this kind tend to push people into reaction: to cling to nationalism or racism, and to search for scapegoats. In the Western world insecurity seems to be having a rather more benign effect, promoting an intens...

  • PROPOSITIONS:Why we must bark back at this beast
    Monday, 30 January 1995

    In the immediate post-war years, Britain helped to establish the ECHR, and the decision to join was one of the first actions of Churchill's 1951 government. The advantages then seemed obvious. To rebuild the defences of civilisation against barbarism...

  • Cometh the hour, cometh the brute
    Monday, 30 January 1995

    A man kills a large number of men, women and children, but these victims are the enemy and, besides, they are gooks and Communists, and the man in question was serving his country and under orders. This is Vietnam, this is My Lai, this propels the so...

  • Watching and waiting for Deng
    Monday, 30 January 1995

    The first date marked the start of Deng's illustrious revolutionary career; the second marked his official retirement that afternoon from the last of his political positions. As for Eternity, sinologists are now pencilling it into their diaries for s...

  • LETTERS : Anecdotes are a part of truth
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Presumably this is the anecdotal evidence which she believes "needs now to be treated with great caution". With emotion and without exception their stories were all the same - piles of unburied dead, wraith-like, skeletal figures who were just living...

  • LETTERS : If you think that's the rate for the job, Mr Brown, let's tes t it
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    The only way to find the rate for the job is to see what applicants will accept as a going rate. A chief executive could be told that his salary was to be cut by, say, one-third and that he had a month to decide if he would accept or refuse the offer...

  • LETTERS : Briefly
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Clause IV does not mention nationalisation, but stresses the centrality of common ownership - which includes co-operatives and mutuals, such as building societies - as well as democratic control. Shaun Spiers, MEP London SE18

  • LETTERS : If you think that's the rate for the job, Mr Brown, let's tes t it
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    However, it may all serve to motivate those aspiring to the top. Human nature seems to find the small probability of a huge reward irresistible. There are many reasons for arguing that huge salaries (and huge lottery and pools wins) should be spread ...

  • LETTERS : Briefly
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    J Smith, Hull

  • LETTERS : Cherie Blair and the poll tax defaulter
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection. IS Cherie Blair's work really the most important item of last Sunday's news? I found your fron...

  • LETTERS : Cherie Blair and the poll tax defaulter
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection. I WAS incensed by your front-page article on Cherie Booth ("Cherie Blair sought to keep poll t...

  • LETTERS : National insurance? I've got it
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    t own anything. F G Biltcliff Llandyssul, Dyfed

  • LETTERS : Lost Tories
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Scotland is over-represented in Westminster by a third, and disproportionately benefits from regional funding by over 20 per cent, which helps support the highest salary levels outside the South-east. Combined with modestly priced housing it results ...

  • LETTERS : We can oppose cruelty to animals and people
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    One cannot (and should not) erect emotional boundaries so that only certain types of suffering stimulate our compassion. There must be room for resistance to all aspects of abuse on this planet. Concentrating at a particular time on a subject which w...

  • LETTERS : Briefly :
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Frank Key London E4

  • LETTERS : Bear facts
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    As the adoptive father of 14 teds (actually 10 teds, three rabbits and a pig), I have not yet felt like stabbing to death someone in the shower. The teds and I do, however, share a mutual loathing of people called Cosmo. As for the Prince of Wales tu...

  • LETTERS : House prices still in flux
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    972. By the 1970s West Germany had more dwellings available per 1,000 people. When house prices were rising in the UK at 6 per cent a year, largely because of inadequate supply, they were falling in Germany. As a result, interest payments on househol...

  • LETTERS : If you think that's the rate for the job, Mr Brown, let's tes t it
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    It is sad that avarice seems to be rapidly replacing job satisfaction as the motivation of top management in this country. J D A Miller Stockport, Cheshire

  • LETTERS : National insurance? I've got it
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    The idea that a gap in its cover now exists, which we must insure against, is false, unless the Government first creates that gap. Equally unacceptable is the idea that elderly people should sell their homes to pay those bills until they have just £8...

  • LETTERS : Cherie Blair and the poll tax defaulter
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection. IN your article on Cherie Blair you say barristers must take cases on the "cab-rank" principle...

  • LETTERS : Cherie Blair and the poll tax defaulter
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection. I MUST object to your headline treatment of Cherie Blair, and ask the reason for this story. A...

  • LETTERS : Snowdon toll?
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    The Countryside Council for Wales should stand firm and not allow Mr Redwood to succeed. Perhaps they would be wise to remind him that one day his descendants may wish to walk freely in a wildly beautiful country without having to pay the price (of p...

  • LETTERS : Cherie Blair and the poll tax defaulter
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection. I CANNOT accept your assertion that you were somehow acting in the public interest by publishi...

  • LETTERS: Cherie Blair and the poll tax defaulter
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection. CHERIE Blair's statement that she was "simply anxious" that a penniless poll tax defaulter sho...

  • LETTERS : The price of a Yorkshire roof
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Housing costs are the biggest single factor in most people's budget and it was an old Yorkshire adage that, even before food, you made sure you had a roof over your head. Thirty years ago, there was still a wide choice of reasonably priced housing. T...

  • LETTERS : Briefly
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Penny Brighton London SW11

  • LETTERS : Cherie Blair and the poll tax defaulter
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection. NO WONDER you found it necessary to print a defensive editorial about your front-page story on...

  • LETTERS : Cherie Blair and the poll tax defaulter
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection. AS MADE plain in your editorial, your attack on Cherie Blair is calculated to stir up animus a...

  • LETTERS : Cherie Blair and the poll tax defaulter
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection. YOU criticised Cherie Blair because as a barrister she prosecuted poll tax defaulters, implyin...

  • Political Commentary : Hurd's still got a lot to do before he hangs up his red box
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    On the surface, it is their achievement alone to turn Mr Major into a more or less fully-paid-up Europhobe. Mr William Cash has played hardly any part in recent stirring events. Mr Michael Spicer has kept quiet. Mr John Biffen has retired into elder ...

  • Interviewing vampires was my speciality : The agreeable World of Wallac e Arnold
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Of course, I should have foreseen that the whole world and his wife - Norman St John Stevas, Perry Worsthorne, Quentin Hogg, Enoch - would grab the opportunity to come as Julie Andrews, making placements quite impossible, though my dear old friend an...

  • Give schools time to think : LEADING ARTICLE
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    There is plenty wrong with the nation's schools, but much more is wrong with the people who try to make policy for them. Headless chickens is the wrong description, since such creatures can do little harm; lobotomised rogue elephants would be a bette...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT:THE LIST
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Gilda the Wise, sixth-century abbot in the Clyde valley, who wandered through Britain and wrote De excidio Brittaniae, a pitiful tale of the miseries and ruin of the people, which has been described as "querulous". Kin...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    John Casey, Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge What we're concerned about here is the politics of greed, the revolving door in which ministers take decisions in favour of privatised companies one day, and then go and take the cream from ...

  • PROFILE : JONATHAN MILLER : What's eating the doc?
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Its four performers were Cook, Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore. The contrast in their careers is famous and familiar. Moore went to Hollywood and Cook has now gone to the great beyond, both to some extent unfulfilled. They were the pur...

  • I've been on the telly, so I know all about politics
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    THE veal protests in Shoreham have been providing me with endless opportunities to drone on about the English preferring animals to humans. For instance, we may boycott veal, but we don't boycott Benetton, whose horrid advertisements, including one o...

  • his Frenchie : as others see it
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Then, when his career was said to be over, he found a land of football across the Channel that suited him. They understood him, this Frenchie, who could mumble only three words of English ... The infatuation of the English crowds survived his worst p...

  • Does work make you stupid? Employees required to be submissive cannot suddenly become creative, writes Dav id Nicholson-Lord
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    The dangers of overwork and the effects on health, marriage and family life have been widely debated. In the Sunday Review today, Annabel Ferriman reveals the latest thinking on what has been called "the disease of the Nineties". As summarised by Cha...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT:Best of trends . . . a word to the spies . . . agony in Oz
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    1) How long would it take a married man on average hourly adult earnings across all industries and services with a non-earning wife and two children under 11 to earn enough to pay for 1lb of pork sausages? Ten minutes. For a Ford Escort? 1,787 hours ...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT:The Captain's catch-up Service
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    People's Par ty has launched a campaign to guarantee bald people top state posts ... And, finally, Graham Gregory, 42, a building equipment supplier from Stowmarket, claimed he lost his litigation over an accountancy dispute because the loud snoring ...

  • Freedom to do anything but relax : LEADING ARTICLE
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    How different we are now, with our out-of-town shopping centres and theme parks and racing, and football matches where you have to be very careful what you say to the players. There are workbenches and drills to be utilised, flat packs to be assemble...

  • I dream of Arcadia but what I really want is an almshouse in London
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    I entered into the project enthusiastically. Almshouses have always seemed to me the ideal arrangement for old age - almshouses, or a room in college at Cambridge, which is a kind of luxury almshouse arrangement - because they offer elements of both ...

  • Justice : words
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    Lord Taylor was talking about the process of the law, but Private Clegg, and presumably the Law Society too, was thinking of something above that process. Aristotle would have known what he meant. He defined epiekeia as a superior justice which looke...

  • A clause for our times Labour MP Brian Wilson on the words he would choose to define his party's value s
    Sunday, 29 January 1995

    My objections to Clause IV have been with its literal meaning rather than its accepted thrust. Of course we believe in the role of common ownership, and of course we don't want to nationalise the corner sweet shop any more than the Webbs did in 1918....

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