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Thursday, 12 October 1995

  • Letter: Democracy and Saudi law
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: I have read the articles by Robert Fisk [about judicial punishments in the Gulf states] with horror but some of the correspondence that has followed (Letters, 11 October) appears to me to be at variance with the facts. Gavin Sherrard Smith was f...

  • Letter: Democracy and Saudi law
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    From Sir James Craig Sir: I was abroad when you published Robert Fisk's article about the beheadings in Saudi Arabia ("Secret Saudi executions shame the West", 9 October). So I hope you will allow this belated comment. I am deeply opposed to capital ...

  • Letter: Michael Portillo's virtual realtiy leaves no room for the facts
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: May I say that I have the greatest respect for the SAS, and I resent its name being used for cheap political gains. In Michael Portillo's case, those letters spell out one clear message: Silly At [the] Seaside. Yours sincerely, David Rickard Ric...

  • Letter: Michael Portillo's virtual reality leaves no room for the facts
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: I beg to disagree with your editorial criticism of Michael Portillo's speech ("Michael Portillo's shabby patriotism", 11 October). Although I am not a fan of the man or his right-wing views, there is merit in the view that we must not compromise...

  • Letter: Michael Portillo's virtual reality leaves no room for the facts
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    From Mr A. L. Teasdale Sir: Am I alone in having difficulty in recognising various statements in Michael Portillo's speech to the Conservative Party conference as accurate or real? For example, the Defence Secretary says that qualified majority votin...

  • Permit me my wrinkles
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    The thing that bothers me is the possibility that, by promoting only standard English, the other rich types of English usage are left to fossilise. I know Mrs Shephard says she is not referring to regional accents, but I wonder how successfully the t...

  • Letter: Michael Portillo's virtual reality leaves no room for the facts
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: Who now dares to put clear blue water between the Conservative Party and the National Front? Yours faithfully, Peter Neil Woking, Surrey 11 October

  • Leading Article: Stand firm against tax cuts
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Paradoxically, the absence of a feel-good factor has helped the economy to grow without inflation taking off. A static housing market, combined with hefty tax increases, have kept consumer spending subdued. However, yesterday's unexpected jump in the...

  • Leading Article: The voters aren't daft, Mr Howard
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    No one could accuse Chief Howard of subtlety - his timetable is almost painfully political. He plans to embarrass Labour by bringing forward measures that Jack Straw and his colleagues are bound either to oppose for their illiberality or that will di...

  • Letter: Democracy and Saudi law
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia (Another View, 10 October) and other members of the Muslim religion who have expressed their satisfaction at living under its laws, are all members of the male sex. It is, unfortunately, a little late to ask whethe...

  • Thatcher: the final challenge
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Man says: "Pray silence for Margaret Thatcher!" I stand up. I quell the conference hall with a glance. I say: "My Lords, ladies and gentlemen ..." There is a gigantic ovation. I let it run for a minute or two then quell it with another glance. I glan...

  • Of courtesy and Chinese orphans
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    If, as I did, you lingered abed long enough to catch the last hour of GMTV on Wednesday, you will have seen a handsome young English couple with a bonny Chinese baby girl. They told how they had been so moved by The Dying Rooms documentary shown on C...

  • No more seaside slapstick
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    The scene is a party, or a hotel room or a government office. In it, a clever, self-aware man is talking about the world, juggling pluses and minuses, arguing about the public good. This man is - well, Michael Portillo actually. Or Michael Howard. Or...

  • Letter: False fears over the national debt
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: It is about time we had a truly independent view of the public finances. Gavyn Davies ("A mountain of reasons to reduce the public debt", 9 October) likes to keep up with the latest academic papers - Ricardian equivalence and all that! But these...

  • Letter: Baroness who inspired Nobel
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: In his article on the Nobel prizes, Paul Vallely (10 October) writes that Nobel acquired his pacifism from an Austrian baroness friend "who was also a novelist manque". This is an unworthy put-down of one of the most remarkable and high- minded ...

  • Letter: Two-parent policy
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: In her comments on Frank Field's suggestion that the lone parent premium should become an extra benefit for couples, Polly Toynbee ("Why single mothers baffle Mr Lilley", 11 October) asks: "Is any man really so much better than none?" The eviden...

  • Letter: Good neighbour
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: As Professor Burchell's next- door neighbour, I am aghast at Karel Schuck's slur upon me (Letters, 11 October ). I was unable to remove the offending British Telecom directory because I, too, was away at the time. Only my cleaning lady's availab...

  • Letter: Women artists, male critics
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: In answer to Clive Exton (letter, 30 September), it is worth pointing out that among the ranks of our recognised top artists women are very much in the minority, so it may not be surprising that none of the Independent's "40 women under 40" is a...

  • Letter: Michael Portillo's virtual realtiy leaves no room for the facts
    Friday, 13 October 1995

    Sir: I remember speeches like Mr Portillo's and their rapturous reception in the Thirties. But not in Britain. Yours faithfully, Peter Calvocoressi Bath 11 October

  • LETTER:Verdicts on the legal profession
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: In your letters section "Balancing solicitors' needs and clients' rights" (9 October) Martin Mears, the new Law Society president, is berated for his angry response to the Which? report about poor legal advice. For all his obvious faults, Mr Mea...

  • LETTER:Identifying the fascist mentality
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (Essay, 9 October) is right. Fascism is too complex a monster to be amenable to hair-splitting definition. Why? Partly because historians habitually identify fascism with extreme right- wing ideologies. Looked at from a ...

  • chess
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Anand can hardly be blamed for not fighting in the last game. His hopes of winning the title had gone and his prospects of even tying the match to share the prize-money were so slim as to be negligible. Yet the final draw was, for many spectators and...

  • numbers
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    If you square 12, you arrive at the answer 144 which, strangely enough, is the reverse of what you get - 441 - if you square 12 reversed, 21. Twelve is the number of Apostles, Zodiac signs, Days of Christmas, Labours of Hercules, inches in a foot, mo...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Airline pilots, with the news that children have stopped flying kites along the approach to Colombo airport in Sri Lanka. Airlanka flight crews had complained about kites and strings obstructing the approach, but they stopped after police explained t...

  • LETTER:Good opportunities for black Britons
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: The admiration you rightly feel for General Colin Powell appears stronger than your grasp of social and racial realities ("Far from the promised land", 10 October). It is a myth that social mobility is sluggish in this country and buoyant in the...

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr asserts ("Must Major drown in dirty blue water?", 10 October) that "it is hard to argue that Major is a harsh, punitive, indecent or immoral politician as compared with Margaret Thatcher, whom Howarth happily supported". However, Mar...

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Can the Government not understand that many of us share Alan Howarth's unhappiness with present policies? We do not want the tax cuts but, rather, wish to see taxes used well to strengthen the health service, education, investment in business, a...

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: So, Alan Howarth, MP, until recently a member of the far right No Turning Back group, has joined the Labour Party, saying his views have not changed. Does this not show that a "new" Labour government would just be an old Tory one? Yours faithful...

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Waking up to the early morning news on my radio alarm, I could have sworn I heard that Michael Howard had defected to the Labour Party. If only. Yours sincerely, Antony Boase Woodditton, Cambridgeshire 8 October

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: I find the description of John Major by Andrew Marr and other commentators as a "decent man" incomprehensible. He is answerable for, inter alia, the vicious jobseeker's allowance, the cut in income support help for mortgage payers and the conseq...

  • Action for damp problem is statute barred
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Although consulting a solicitor was not enough to fix a plaintiff with acquiring the relevant knowledge for bringing an action for damages, on the facts the plaintiff had the requisite knowledge before he consulted solicitors and acquired the knowled...

  • OBITUARY: Professor Michael Balfour
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Michael's father Sir Graham Balfour lived at Vailima and became a close friend of Stevenson in the last years of his life; he wrote the authorised biography of his famous cousin in 1901. In 1960, drawing on a mass of unpublished material, Michael pub...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Let the children sing and squawk
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    It will be incredibly difficult to award a grade for spoken English in a GCSE while still accommodating regional accents and variations in spoken grammar. And even if the examiners are experts in a particular local dialect, how will they cope with th...

  • another view:Poetry's enter-prize culture
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Today is National Poetry Day, and tonight the winners of one of the biggest set of money awards, the Forward Poetry Prizes, will be announced. Meanwhile,carefully nurtured poetry lists are axed overnight: profit-fixated marketing rules. Most competit...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:A league table too far
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    In-vitro fertilisation is generally the last resort for desperate couples who have tried every other means to have a child. Few would-be parents are medical experts and they are almost bound to be baffled by the battery of medical explanations and tr...

  • LETTER:Battle of Brussels
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Just over 51 years and a month ago, British soldiers were fighting for Brussels. I believe they were proud to be doing so. Yours sincerely, Roger Moores Colchester 11 October

  • Singing that old tax-cutting tune
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Nods and winks from people round him suggest that the Prime Minister intends to say something substantial on tax and spending in his speech. But the public spending negotiations, with all the semi-public posturing and propaganda they involve every ye...

  • Are you goin' to read my poem?
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    So why not put your prose away And spend a little bit of time Trying to communicate in rhyme! For instance, at the breakfast table, Avoid, as far as you are able, Your unthinking repertoire of prose Like, "No more coffee, I suppose?" "What's the fore...

  • OBITUARY:Michael Thomas
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    It also seemed to embody a certain Englishness, the antithesis to the intellectual standards of his native Berlin, with which he fell in love. But the words were not a bad description of him, for much of his life. He was never an exclusive native of ...

  • OBITUARY:Peggy Carter
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Born into a comfortable, middle-class family (her father was an eminent printer), Peggy Carter was the only girl among a family of five children. Thus, with loving brothers and a settled way of life, she might well have remained at home until marriag...

  • OBITUARY: Catherine Cobb
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    As the daughter of the bookbinder Douglas Cockerell and his wife Florence Arundel (who died when she was a child), she was born into an Arts and Crafts household. There was a photograph of William Morris in the hall of the Cockerells' house in Letchw...

  • LETTER:Verdicts on the legal profession
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: It is admirable that certain eminent barristers are prepared to undertake work for no fee in response to Tony Blair's plea for lawyers to improve citizens' access to justice. Unfortunately, legal aid is scarce and it is likely to become somethin...

  • LETTER:Identifying the fascist mentality
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto asserts in his commendable article on fascism that "exponents of the selfish gene seem to vindicate Hitler's divine commandment, thou shalt preserve the species", as an example of how "modern science has confronted us wi...

  • OBITUARY:Christopher Keene
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    At New York City Opera, first as music director then, after the retirement of Beverley Sills, as general director, he made an indelible mark on the city's musical life, but his influence extended far beyond New York City, to the Spoleto Festival, bot...

  • LETTER:Prostitution facts
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Angela Lambert ("Keep out. This is a private view", 26 September) reports mistakenly that I believe that "one man in 10 visits a prostitute". There is no reliable data in Britain to produce this kind of generalisation. When asked by Ms Lambert a...

  • Proof of the big bank theory
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Newspapers tend, reasonably enough, to write about these large takeovers in one of three ways. There is a financial story: the billions going to one or other set of shareholders. There is a human story: the hundreds, perhaps thousands of jobs that mi...

  • LETTER:Good opportunities for black Britons
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: What point exactly are you making in your leading article? Are you saying that blacks are not in senior positions in the Army, politics or industry because of conscious and unconscious discrimination on the part of employers? If so, you are mist...

  • The lift's not going to the top floor
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    There are also other kinds of surfing which don't demand a blond coiffe and a board. Many of these, however, risk wipe-outs slightly more painful than a debit on one's CompuServe account. In Japan, for example, young men ride on top of bullet trains,...

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