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Friday, 20 October 1995

  • Letter: Great impression
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: In 1956 a disastrous train accident happened in India. Without arguing about operational responsibilities, the then Railways Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, accepted full responsibility and resigned immediately. Later on, after Nehru's death, he ...

  • How they stitched together a tartan deal
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    What's more, their plans are endorsed by the TUC and the major local authority associations. Even the Archbishop of Canterbury has a kindly word to say for them. Fantasy? South of the border, undoubtedly yes. But this would be the English equivalent ...

  • The horse who could win by a landslide
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    What is certain is that Red Rum was backed by more people in his five faultless forays round those fearsome fences than was Sir Alec in the 1964 general election. But then the British, who love a punt, have always been more exercised by the inequalit...

  • Letter: Politics of art appreciation
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee has got it wrong! Referring to Jenny Lee, she writes: "by the Seventies, Labour had lost that vision of high art for everyone" ("Politicians are the true philistines", 18 October). I was Shadow Minister for the Arts from 1970-73 bu...

  • Letter: Don't knock Delia
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: How dare Rose Shepherd cast such a slur upon Delia Smith ("Delia runs wild in the bookshop", 17 October)? Saint Delia, as she is known among my friends and relatives, provides her followers with more than merely safe "English" cooking. Her recip...

  • Letter: Narrow-minded, morally censorious depiction of single life
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Surprising, and a tad ironic, to read such a morally censorious and narrow-minded interpretation of the single life by Angela Lambert (Section Two: "Will you be lonesome tonight?", 19 October). With a subject like this it must be very tempting t...

  • Letter: Quebec dam is off the agenda
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: In his article " 'First Nations' fight for freedom" (7 October), Hugh Winsor wrote on the position of the Cree and Inuit leaders of Northern Quebec in the forthcoming referendum on the sovereignty of Quebec and the proposal for a new partnership...

  • Sheer cupidity
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    He fixed me with his gimlet eye and replied thus: "When the Sunday Express runs a two-page feature on what you keep in your garage, and the Calvin Klein photographer tells you that the shot will look better if you keep your thighs slightly parted - t...

  • Leading article: After the bar-room brawl, we pick up the pieces
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Even the most assiduous reader, who has followed in detail the arguments that arose from the Learmont report into British jails, must be thoroughly perplexed. To whom should we now address our complaints about the perilous condition of Britain's pris...

  • A black man's minister; PROFILE: Louis Farrakhan
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    From the other side of the mirror it looks very different. Anyone who uses the subways or bus stations in the black areas of a major US city will be familiar with the sound of Minister Farrakhan's voice blaring out from a portable machine next to a s...

  • Letter: Resurrection of Crystal Palace
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: I write in support of the proposals to rebuild the Crystal Palace using money from the Millennium Commission ("Crystal Palace may rise from the ashes", 18 October). I am a civil engineer and made a study of the original palace using the records ...

  • Letter: Many avenues in asthma research
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Anyone reading Liz Hunt's article (Magazine: "Wheeze", 14 October) might have mistakenly thought that the number of people dying from asthma is increasing and that much of this is due to the drug treatments they receive. It is not as simple as t...

  • Letter: Resurrection of Crystal Palace
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: While welcoming the Millennium Commissioners' plans to fund large- scale projects to mark the advent of a new century, I do find it very sad that one such scheme involves the rebuilding of the Crystal Palace. We will never move forward as a coun...

  • Letter: Resurrection of Crystal Palace
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: I was interested to read your article today ("Crystal Palace may rise from the ashes", 18 October) on the proposed recreation of the Crystal Palace 1851 exhibition hall. I would merely point out that a replica of the building already exists in t...

  • Letter: Narrow-minded, morally censorious depiction of single life
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Yes, I am lonely and depressed. I write as a divorced mother-of- three in response to Angela Lambert's article as I would like to share my experiences with a dating agency. From my first phone call in answer to an ad in the local paper, I deduce...

  • Letter: Narrow-minded, morally censorious depiction of single life
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Being 30, professional and single I was fascinated to read Angela Lambert's views on my generation (Section Two; "Will you be lonesome tonight?", 19 October). You see, dysfunctional as I am and completely unable to forge any kind of relationship...

  • Letter: Politics of art appreciation
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's article "Politicians are the true philistines" (18 October) asserts that our Royal Family usurps the place in our heritage that rightfully belongs to great architects, writers and artists. By contrast, politicians in countries wi...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Spin doctors will win or lose the next election for whichever side they choose to support - Michael Shea, former press secretary to the Queen I am not a spin doctor, for the very good reason that we won't win by spin - Joy Johnson, Labour's director ...

  • 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...

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