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  • LETTERS: `Smugness' of the Shoreham rabble-rousers
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    , such a "success" would be counter-productive because the trade would continue, supplied by other sources and the subject would cease to be an issue in this country. It would be far better to tackle the disease by trying to change the law in the cou...

  • Madame Worsthorne, Jimmy Carter and a dead Tory
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    January. Ex-President Jimmy Carter flies into Chechnya in search of the elusive Nobel peace prize. Fierce fighting continues in Chechnya. Michael Howard announces that as so many prisoners are escaping from British prisons, he is changing his policy ...

  • No churchyard grave should hold him
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    For would you want to live in the place where West was buried? Who can blame the villagers of the otherwise unremarkable Much Marcle for opposing his burial in their churchyard, next to his parents? Much of the hostility results from the well-founded...

  • Public schools from private purses
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    s intentions really are. Neither the schools nor their middle-class clientele will have been wholly reassured by Tony Blair's intervention ruling out VAT on school fees. The fact that Labour thought of it at all must have come as a shock to those who...

  • Ministers, agencies and excuses
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    But in many cases the principles behind the agencies - ministers remain responsible for policy, while the agencies are responsible for operational matters - are doing well. In what might be described as mechanistic, operational areas - passports, dri...

  • LETTERS: `Smugness' of the Shoreham rabble-rousers
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    While the RSPCA, through its branches, is involved in peaceful demonstrations in an attempt to stop the transport of live food animals, we condemn totally the use of violence. The RSPCA does not, in fact, believe that the troublemakers at Shoreham Po...

  • LETTERS: American holiday on British televison
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    Should more evidence be needed that our screens are dominated to an absurd extent by transatlantic culture and values, I further calculated that programmes from or about the whole of the rest of the world amounted to 3 per cent, 2 per cent, 0 per cen...

  • LETTERS: Quartz would help old clocks save face
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    Some years ago, I installed a weight-driven clock in the tower of our parish church. I had no difficulty finding the necessary weights, pulleys and other paraphernalia from local churches because they no longer needed them, their old clock mechanisms...

  • In the realm of the desensitised
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    His thesis is that urban habits are the outward expression (often distorted) of bodily desires and fears. Dominant ideas about the body, he argues, were articulated both on a monumental and an intimate scale. Roman cities clung to an "umbilicus", jus...

  • LETTERS: Governing London's villages
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    Opinion polls have again and again shown that Londoners want some form of London-wide government. Unfortunately, many proponents of such an authority implicitly see it as a magic solution to all the problems of big city life. The questions that will ...

  • LETTERS: Drink and driving below the limit
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    All of these persons have brought themselves to the notice of police officers who then test them. These citizens have not been detained unnecessarily; they will have been involved in accidents or reported or cautioned for driving offences. Many will ...

  • LETTERS: Exquisiteness of senile dementia
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    The term "pre-senile dementia" describes merely the clinical presentation of intellectual decline in those aged under 65 years. This condition has many causes, the most common being Alzheimer's disease, which can only be confirmed by post-mortem anal...

  • LETTERS: Meditating on a cure for the prisons
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    In particular, research on transcendental meditation, conducted in many prisons throughout the world and published in top scientific journals, has shown reductions in re-offending rates of 45 per cent among prisoners who learned this simple technique...

  • The lesson of Algeria: Islam is indivisible
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    Islam is a universalist, triumphalist and political religion. It claims de jure dominion over all humanity; that is God's will. The actual state of affairs, with unbelievers of various sorts dominating most of the world, is a suspension of God's will...

  • LETTERS: Quartz would help old clocks save face
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    no means lost. These fine architectural specimens may once again tell the exact time if radio-controlled clocks were installed. These quartz clocks incorporate radio receivers and have their time-keeping regulated by precise time signals broadcast by...

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