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Thursday, 19 October 1995

  • What are women to make of Farrakhan?
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    The reason is simple. The crisis besetting America's black community is a crisis of black masculinity. The collapse of the US's manufacturing base since the Fifites has hit unskilled black men the hardest. By 1964, the year after King's march on Wash...

  • No gunpowder but plenty of plot
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    "I proudly maintain," said Michael Howard Esquire, as he faced his critics, "that in this, as in many other thing - nay, in all other things - I am totally blameless. It has always been my policy to safeguard the process of democracy. To protect the ...

  • The pill is still a girl's best friend
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    But there is far more to fear from fear itself. The previous major pill scare in 1983 was followed a few months later by a high peak of unwanted pregnancies and abortions, mainly in the 16 to 29 age group. Pregnant women are still more than twice as ...

  • LETTER: Calling the CSA to account
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    Sir: Since Tony Ward (letter, 16 October) is accusing Polly Toynbee of "recycling information" which comes from the Liberal Democrats, I may be allowed a right of reply. I am always ready to listen to serious statistics, providing I can understand ho...

  • LETTER: Sting too rich to notice?
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    Sir: Was Sting too rich to notice his ex-accountant, Keith Moore, had stolen over pounds 6m, for which Keith Moore has been sent to prison for six years? As Sting's solicitor and the person involved in recovering nearly all the stolen monies (report,...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Scouting for scandals
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    It is right and proper that we should look back and consider how great figures from the past have achieved their place in history. In doing so we should question the criteria by which we make those measurements - the social background of their day, o...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Prudence and the pill, revisited
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    The Department of Health announced yesterday that women who take certain newer brands of the contraceptive pill - the grimly named Femodene, Minulet, Triadene, Tri-Minulet, Marvelon and Mercilon - should go back to see their doctor. They used to thin...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Heat but no light in the Commons
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    The Home Secretary gave a typically robust performance. He stuck to his position that he did not interfere in the operational control of prisons. In particular, he denied that he had tried to force Mr Lewis to suspend John Marriott, the Parkhurst gov...

  • LETTER: Nuclear safety: commitment and credibility
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    Sir: The article "Nuclear sell-off 'a threat to safety' "(18 October) quoted Scottish Nuclear as noting that safety in the nuclear industry "is regulated by the independent Nuclear Installations Inspectorate". As the trade union which represents all ...

  • LETTER: Barings' lesson
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    Sir: Since Nick Leeson's "hidden error account", with its huge losses accumulated over the years, brought down Barings, Daiwa's Toshihide Iguchi has reaffirmed that hundreds of millions of dollars of hidden losses can go undetected, albeit in a diffe...

  • LETTER: Positive approach to racial discrimination
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    Sir: Although I did not read the article concerning the shortage of blacks in senior positions in industry (10 October), I did read the letter by Michael Gottlieb in which he states that the only reason for the shortage is the fact that they do not a...

  • LETTER: Nuclear safety: commitment and credibility
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    Sir: I want to demolish the canard that privatisation will have any adverse impact on nuclear safety at Britain's nuclear power stations ("Nuclear sell-off 'a threat to safety' ", 18 October). I write as chairman of Nuclear Electric plc with over 40 ...

  • LETTER: Positive approach to racial discrimination
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    Sir: Michael Gottlieb's difficulty in persuading black people to work for Smollensky's restaurants (letter, 12 October) is easily solved. The Race Relations Act 1976 contains provisions for "positive action" measures to be taken. These include provid...

  • LETTER: Calling the CSA to account
    Friday, 20 October 1995

    Sir: The response by Tony Ward, director of operations at the Child Support Agency (Letters, 16 October), to Polly Toynbee's article is misleading. Last year, as a result of its own actions, the CSA collected pounds 64m of maintenance for offset agai...

  • Photo finish
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Her photograph of a payphone on a misty autumnal morning was judged the winner in a competition run in association with BT, which attracted entries from more than 1,200 photographers. Betty's photograph of a telephone box just outside the village of ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: The legacy of Fred West
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    But should the rest of us share this warm glow? That certainly isn't our first reaction. In the middle of a trial that has been characterised by a constant flow of questions to witnesses about the sale of their stories to newspapers and others, this ...

  • LETTER: Moved to tears by conference speech
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    13 October From Mr John Mallen Sir: John Major, on the basis of one speech to the party conference, becomes "authentic, honourable and decent" (leading article, 15 October)! What has happened to the government record of the past 16 years? Are we now ...

  • LETTER: Howard's end
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: Given that Michael Howard has been found guilty in the courts on at least two occasions, perhaps his idea of automatic life sentences for persistent offenders has its merits after all. Yours faithfully, John Morgan London, SW18 17 October

  • LETTER: The Million Man March: Farrakhan's words offer renewal
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: John Carlin states that "Thirty-two years on, segregation has gone, blacks occupy positions of office around the land; a black man could be elected president of the United States next year." But as the OJ Simpson verdict demonstrates, Martin Lut...

  • Money for houses
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: Chris Blackhurst's report concerning local authority capital receipts (16 October) intimates that the pounds 6bn in frozen local authority capital receipts no longer exists and there is only pounds 2bn available. However, the most recent Departm...

  • The trap in Sir Patrick's path
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Unfortunately this requirement, which was originally agreed by the British and Irish governments and underwritten by the US government, is in danger of being eroded in two ways. The first is through the "twin-track" concept: that parallel to talks on...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A shameful lack of honour
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Mr Lewis is not the first person to think that he could do a better job if only a superior would cease pestering. His protestations are also self- serving. (Like Mr Howard, he tends to blame everyone but himself). And he may not be wholly reliable on...

  • Why Iraq must reject UN offer
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: Patrick Cockburn ("Saddam to show strength of his iron grip", 14 October) quotes a foreign diplomat as saying, regarding food shortages, that if the Iraqi regime "were really hard pressed they would have accepted the UN offer" of oil sales to me...

  • LETTER: Wot an eye for English dialect
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: Meridel Holland's "should of" (Letters, 18 October) is a misspelling of "should've", the normal reduced spoken form of "should have" that everyone uses. "Should of" is the kind of written form called "eye-dialect" that novelists use to indicate ...

  • LETTER: Anglican employment
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: Strange and sad irony that you should offer a pulpit to the Rev Kit Chalcraft (Another View, 18 October) on the day that you publish the obituary of his illustrious predecessor at Hilborough. My colleague seems as confused in his thinking as he ...

  • Stuck between the flab and a hard place
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    But it clearly isn't obvious. A counter-attack has come from, inter alia, William Waldegrave, the Treasury Chief Secretary, the Economist and Martin Wolf of the Financial Times, all denying the state's loss of power. This is not a minor question, nor...

  • There's a bit of Sting in us all
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    The first is that if the system cannot be trusted to supply appropriate financial advice to people worth tens of millions, it is hardly surprising that people of more modest means feel a little short-changed by the quality of service on offer. The se...

  • Past master of many a riddle
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Today: a complete new thriller entitled 'The Time Detective'! Inspector Gidley liked to have a drink after work in the pub nearest to the station. Usually he spent the first 10 minutes in the pub staring into space and quietly sighing. It was a bit, ...

  • LETTER: The Million Man March: Farrakhan's words offer renewal
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: According to John Carlin and your leading article (16 October), the Million Man March that took place in Washington DC on Monday was a spectacle that would make "Martin Luther King weep if he were alive today", and a "sideshow", compared to the ...

  • chess
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    The counter-argument, however, is that any positional nuance - a weak square, a vulnerable king, a lack of space or whatever - will ultimately become susceptible to tactical exploitation. A machine need not understand strategic subtleties if it can c...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Ufologists, with several sightings in Malaysia of a spaceship, "the size of a football field and several storeys high", occupied by extra-terrestrials with long ears and little red eyes. a bad day for: Frederick Chiluba, the president of Zambia, whos...

  • LETTER: The Million Man March: Farrakhan's words offer renewal
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: The Independent is to be congratulated for printing excerpts from Louis Farrakhan's speech (18 October) on Monday at the Million Man March. From my reading of what he said, there was no hint of race hatred or anti- Semitism. I have heard Farrakh...

  • LETTER: Moved to tears by conference speech
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: John Major's deeply personal and sincere account of how he knows all too well what it feels like when the money runs out on a Thursday moved me to tears, as did his promise that he would ensure that the Conservative Party always looked after the...

  • LETTER: Moved to tears by conference speech
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    Sir: I wonder if anyone else has picked up on what seemed a most confused part of John Major's speech at the Tory conference. I refer to his attack on George Orwell as a "public-school socialist" and a name-changer. This struck me as bizarre in that ...

  • numbers the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 19 October 1995

    The 19th day of a month was considered unlucky in ancient Babylonia because it fell 49 days after the beginning of the previous month, and 49 is 7 times 7, and who knows what evil that might lead to. Nineteen is a sacred number in the Baha'i faith, w...

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