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Tuesday, 10 October 1995

  • LETTER : Man, party or democracy?
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: Brian Mawhinney comments ("Tory schisms laid bare by shock decision," 9 October) that Alan Howarth's failure to stand down "deprives the people of Stratford of their representative that they voted for". By the same logic, those Tory MPs who were...

  • LETTER : Crime and punishment: Islamic law versus Western values
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: The ambassador for Saudi Arabia, Dr Ghazi Algosaibi (Another View: "We will continue to execute," 10 October) offers a proper and well-argued affirmation of the character of Saudi Arabian society. Not everyone, even in the West, supposes "13 jud...

  • LETTER : Crime and punishment: Islamic law versus Western values
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: The editorial in today's issue, "The Gulf widens over executions" (9 October), and your reporting of the controversy surrounding Filipino maids ("The maid on death row," 9 October) will do little to change the situation in the Gulf to which they...

  • LETTER : Flood of letters
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: John Walsh reports in his diary today (5 October) how he was humiliated by Umberto Eco for not knowing who Robert Flood was. He needn't worry. Since the Rosicrucian R.F. (1574-1637) wrote under the names Flud, Fludd, de Fluctibus, Rudolf Otreb, ...

  • Why single mothers baffle Mr Lilley
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    After all, the Government has been through many a bruising episode on this issue since the 1992 conference, when no fewer than seven cabinet ministers stood up in a concerted tirade against this soft target. Now, perhaps, they are older, wiser and so...

  • Kiss goodbye to gay politics
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    As "an argument about homosexuality" Virtually Normal is sane; as an argument about politics it is radical. Sullivan is a political thinker and yet every sentence is imbued with a sense of the limitations of politics. Indeed, the book might be read a...

  • LETTER : Crime and punishment: Islamic law versus Western values
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: The Saudi ambassador's defence is wrong to claim that sharia "represents the sacred word of the Koran". This is only one element in sharia, alongside the later traditions, the consensus of even later scholars, and the continuing process of reaso...

  • LETTER : Dandy trick
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: I read that Charles I wore the first waistcoat on 15 October, 1666 ("This is the week that was," 9 October). I hope he was not trying to model headwear too, as he was beheaded some 17 years before. Yours faithfully, John Shepherd Deanscales, Cum...

  • LETTER : Man, party or democracy?
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: I note that John Redwood failed to mention Alan Howarth's assertion that "hostile and discriminatory attitudes to foreigners and minorities exist in a wholly unacceptable way in the party". Yours sincerely, N. Barn Wolverhampton 9 October

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Pocahontas and the chain-smoker
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    In fact the most historically accurate aspect of the Disney character is probably Pocahontas's friendship with a talking raccoon. She never got off with the settler John Smith (who, far from being a blond surfing hunk, looked a bit like Ronnie Corbet...

  • LETTER : Doorstep lore
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: Has Professor R. A. Burchell (letter, 7 October) never heard of the friendly neighbour who makes sure during one's absence that mail or other articles left on the doorstep and mail visible on the mat through a glass door are removed out of sight...

  • Mozart: the sex, the house party
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    The speaker is Eric Bosforth, Commissioner-General of the BBC. But what does a Commissioner-General do? And what is Mozart's Pupils all about? "First things first," says Eric, with the smile of a man who has just seen a harmless long hop coming down ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Art for all our sakes
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Mrs Bottomley is right to take issue with the Treasury to ensure that lottery money is not used as a substitute for current government responsibilities. Government should be engaged in the arts (even at arm's length) and be committed to the notion of...

  • LETTER : Fighting the same foe: infertility
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    and others Sir: While agreeing with some of Professor Robert Winston's views in the comment section, ("NHS patients deserve the best," 6 October), may we take issue with the example he chose to use. Had Professor Winston's aim been to illustrate, rat...

  • LETTER : How the other half lunches
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: Helen Wilkinson's thoughtful and compassionate article ("Has love been lost to labour?" 6 October) on women's priorities in work and personal life, suffers from one major flaw. It seems to deal exclusively with middle- class and professional wom...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Michael Portillo's shabby patriotism
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Yesterday, across Blackpool, the shrill hysteria of the Euro-sceptics had gone. Their passion has ebbed - not because they are reconciled to elements of the European project, but because they no longer regard it as an immediate threat. As Norman Lamo...

  • LETTER : Crime and punishment: Islamic law versus Western values
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: Your focus on the appalling violation of human rights under the Saudi judicial system, with its mockery of accepted legal norms, offers another shameful reminder of just how far Western governments can sacrifice moral scruples for economic greed...

  • LETTER : Man, party or democracy?
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: In evaluating the recent move of Alan Howarth, MP for Stratford- upon-Avon, from the Conservative Party to the Labour Party, there is a question of loyalty to consider. Has Mr Howarth done the right thing, choosing loyalty to his social conscien...

  • LETTERS: Good advice and good value from solicitors
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The Law Society never disregards rigorous research into the service that solicitors give to their clients. Unfortunately, the Which? research was flawed and its attack on the profession unjustified. The solicitors' profession has as much right to def...

  • A soldier with presidential vision
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    It is true, he concedes, that many of his political pronouncements - pro abortion, pro welfare, pro gun-control, even, relatively speaking, pro Bill Clinton - make him an unusual Republican for the 1990s. He hasn't decided yet, he insists, whether he...

  • true gripes starving students
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Most of them have eaten at home all their lives, and the idea of forking out of their own pockets for food is completely alien to them. It is a waste of money which could be better spent in the pub. That is why pubs near universities are rarely empty...

  • LETTERS: Missing the point on offensive ads
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    In his Another View column ("We have been misinformed," 5 October), he misses the point of the complaints upon which the ASA was asked to adjudicate. The IFAW advertisement in question, promoting the Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill, juxtaposed the lin...

  • LETTERS: Crystal gazing
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The best location in London, sitting high above the metropolis to the north and the Weald of Kent and beyond to the south, is begging for something which will do justice to the 21st century and to the astonishing vision of Prince Albert, Sir Henry Co...

  • France peers into the blackness
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The British sirens beckon: forget shadowing the mark, cut interest rates, let the franc float, and just watch while growth increases and unemployment falls, as it has in Britain since Black Wednesday. But devaluation is not an easy option for Preside...

  • juste a mot
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Will the Prime Minister manage, this week in Blackpool, to stamp the authority of "Majorism" on his party's policies, or has the tide turned irrevocably in favour of the "Blairites"? In other words, what does it take to establish yourself as an epony...

  • LETTERS: Insured at Lloyd's
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Yours faithfully, Tim Willcocks Hastings

  • LETTERS: Operations based on sound evidence
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    However, Liz Hunt's statement that "less than 15 per cent of health service interventions have been proved to be beneficial to patients" ("Routine operations on hit-list," 3 October) is a misinterpretation of Professor David Eddy's statement that les...

  • LETTERS: Unnecessary Bill on immigration
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The pattern of illegal immigration to Britain is well-known. People from the Indian subcontinent enter Britain either as visitors or refugees. On arrival they apply to the Home Office for political asylum on the pretext that they are persecuted in th...

  • LETTERS: Good advice and good value from solicitors
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    My reaction to the Which? article was immediately to thank heaven that my firm was not telephoned, then to photograph the article and call a meeting of the relevant partners to try to set up another quality filter to ensure the recording and cross-ch...

  • Far from the promised land
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    This is a depressingly accurate observation about a country that likes to think of itself as relatively free of racism. Many gloated last week at the verdict in the OJ Simpson trial, citing it as evidence that the United States in general, and its ju...

  • Must Major drown in dirty blue water?
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Yet it is the ostracised Howarth who has more to say to the Conservatives now. Home was the courageous underdog who nearly, very nearly, revived the Tories in time to stop Harold Wilson. In 1963-4 he almost achieved what John Major did for real in 19...

  • God's mysterious ways at the BBC
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    "Well, I was thinking more of the Catholic church," smiles Bosforth, whose official title at the BBC is Commissioner-General but who is known to most people as Vicar. "Jesus's message was very simple. That was bad. The Church turned it into a very co...

  • site unseen 'Southwold Jack', Southwold, Suffolk
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    A veritable heaven on earth - and anyone who visits Southwold and does not immediately want to return (although I have yet to meet such an idiot) deserves both pity and censure. The rest of us form a kind of Southwold freemasonry. What gives Southwol...

  • LETTERS: Musical accolade
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The accolade was written, not spoken, by Schumann about Chopin's variations for piano and orchestra on Mozart's La ci darem la mano, Op2. Henry Pleasants, in his selection of Schumann's writings, says that the article marked Schumann's debut as a wri...

  • LETTERS: BT finds it easy to promise
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    There are, in fact, only 33,000 schools in the UK, of which about 5,000 have Internet connection to our service "Schools Internet". I suspect British Telecom included playgroups for mums and toddlers - which, in fact, then takes the total to around 5...

  • LETTERS: Down with stools
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Licensees could eliminate all this by simply removing the stools altogether and, when that is done, to designate their former place as a drinks ordering area, free from obstruction. This would cost nothing at all. The money saved on the upkeep of the...

  • We will continue to execute
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The rise in the number of executions is obviously due to the increase in the number of drug smugglers, the deadliest enemies of the young on whom the nation's hope for mental and physical health and constant advancement in every field are founded. As...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    There must be a part of Anand that would like to follow the questioner's advice. After the battering he sustained in games 10 to 14 - five games that gave him only half a point - anyone would want to go home. Yet he needs to play one good game at the...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Pumpkins, as the International Pumpkin Association's annual contest in San Francisco was won by a vegetable weighing in at a magnificent 439kg. The winner, Paula Zehr, came from New York State and retained the title she won last year. The smallest en...

  • LETTERS: BT finds it easy to promise
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    In the early 1980s, Aberdeen was included in the first round of local cable franchises to be awarded. In the franchise was a commitment by BT to cable free all the local educational establishments. On the strength of this, I obtained the agreement of...

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