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Saturday, 28 October 1995

  • LETTER: Swallowing the bitter pill of Toryspeak
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    What would Orwell have made of the statement made by the Government's Chief Medical Officer in defence of the precipitate warning about the Pill ("Pill scare saves NHS pounds 25m", 22 October)? As a human being he would have been appalled, as a write...

  • words
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    ASYLUM-SEEKERS, according to reports, are to be given a tough time by our politically sensitive Home Secretary, unless they can show that they're not from "white" countries - a confusing adjective, but that's by the way. What interests me is the choi...

  • Whatever happens to Quebec, the Tories will learn the wrong lesson from Quebec, like Scotland, only wants to play its part in the modern world
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    It may be that this time they really will vote for independence. The polls suggest so, but the polls suggested so before the previous referendum in 1980 and turned out to be wrong. This uncertainty has several causes. One is the rambling, ambiguous l...

  • Give them books, Mr Blair, not management games
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    In the event, the old slogans "It's time for a change" and "Give the other lot a chance" are likely to prove more persuasive than the traditional Tory cry, much mocked by Harold Wilson before 1964: "They haven't got the chaps." Still, there is someth...

  • The curious lack of knick-knacks on my mantelpiece
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    None of these are exactly what I'd call knick-knacks: no brass horse- shoes, china cart-horses or winsome porcelain infants. Maya Flick, on the other hand, whose household expenditure was revealed in a court case in London this week, apparently needs...

  • LETTER: Swallowing the bitter pill of Toryspeak
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Sue Gotts Kings Langley, Hertfordshire

  • LETTER: The CIA made a killing on modern art
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    After all, members of that wealthy class of Americans whose influence in the US government was most manifested in the CIA, not to mention CIA personnel themselves, were investors. Are we to believe that such an increase in value was merely a fortuito...

  • Was Virago too successful?
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    It is true that the bidders in the Virago sale - initially thought to be Bloomsbury, Little Brown and Random House - smack of corporate takeover and faceless suits. But in this case, the suits are more likely to be from Nicole Farhi or Agnes B, for t...

  • 'I do not condone terrorism'
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    The ANC leadership had effectively been put away by the Rivonia trial and their armed struggle was underground. We respected them but wanted to play our part. I was recruited by Hugh Lewin, one of the leaders of ARM and a journalist. I owed a lot to ...

  • Amour and avarice
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Two people, then, inhabited that spare figure with its doll-like head. An animated doll, round-cheeked, brown of skin, with bright, intelligent eyes, fine curls neatly tucked away. It is a shock to learn that a niece once saw the dark hair let down t...

  • An embrace of lost men
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Both are conservatives; both are struggling to hold down government spending; both must reckon with anti-European pressures; both profess themselves defenders of national sovereignty. They even share a certain gastronomic populism: for Mr Major's fry...

  • LETTER: CLEAN SHAVEN "TELEGRAPH" EDITORS
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Bron O'Brien, London N16

  • LETTER: LINDA McCARTNEY & VEGETARIANISM
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Jane Pennington, Brighton

  • LETTER: Merton's offers to Mabel Nash
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Merton assessed Mrs Nash in August when we were providing home care every morning, daytime and evening of the week. Mrs Nash expressed a preference for a residential home that charges more than the council normally pays. The family were willing to pa...

  • LETTER: Howard's way
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    One of the key passages of the Learmont Report reads: "Confusion of purpose within the Service is apparent in the area of performance standards and measures. The Corporate Plan, 1994-97, includes the Statement of Purpose, a Vision, five Values, six G...

  • LETTER: Salisbury NHS patients safe
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    You claimed that only private patients and those from GP fundholders are now getting routine operations in Salisbury. In fact, patients of non-fundholders are getting them too. You claimed that Salisbury Health Care has cancelled non-emergency surger...

  • Witty intercourse with the great Gore Vidal
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Yet one must forgive such a fine writer everything. The words "Arnold, Wallace" in the index to the aforesaid volume herald the following entry: "Youthful flirtation with GV, 25; Roars with appreciative laughter at GV's aphorisms, 25-27; secret role ...

  • Keats too lazy for Radio 4 ... lying over spilt milk ... wining women
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    The blissful cloud of summer- indolence Benumb'd my eyes; my pulse grew less and less. "It has an indolent feel," a BBC spokeswoman, who has clearly been dabbling in literary criticism, tells me. "And it could clash with a headline type delivery comi...

  • Give them enough rope and ... to hang themselves
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    "Goooood morning! Are you feeling motivated? Then let's say Wow together. WOOOWW! Wasn't that energising? (Buzz, give Mr Cunningham a little nudge, willya?). OK, this last session is to tie a few things up and review some of the work we've been doing...

  • LETTER: Buck stops here - or does it?
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Or is it? Does his general finding that, despite occasional Whitehall tinkering, ministers continue to involve themselves in an inordinate amount of detail, not simply confirm the view held by most civil servants from the outset, that the division be...

  • LETTER: CIVIL SERVICE UNION MEMBERSHIP
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Alexandra Cole DSTUS Secretary Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London SW1

  • LETTER: Accountability for all
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    To achieve this, the defining nature of the relationship management has with staff must be compatible with the nature of the relationship staff are expected to have with their clients or service users. If this congruence of style is perceived by ever...

  • LETTER: West End is alive and well
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    This week in London there are works by Pinter, Tennessee Williams, Priestley, Ibsen, Bolt, Sondheim, de Filippo, Congreve, Wilde, Shakespeare, Osborne, Albee, Ayckbourn, Hutchinson and Marber plus opera, ballet, musicals and Eddie Izzard. Where else ...

  • LETTER: ANTI ABORTION CAMPAIGNERS
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Lawrence Sutton Orpington, Kent

  • LETTER: Buck stops here - or does it?
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    But the best public accountability would be achieved with direct election of agency senior managers. This would, after all, acknowledge their strong role in accountability procedures, as documented by Nick Cohen. Chris Lamb Midsomer Norton, Bath

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    David Sheppard, Bishop of Liverpool, on low-income Lottery players The House of Commons is surely the biggest village hall of them all. Trevor Taylor, producer of 'Gardeners' Question Time' on broadcasting the programme from Westminster There are one...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Anyone who is arrogant doesn't believe he is arrogant. I admit one or two of my friends probably think I am, but I don't - Jonathan Dimbleby, journalist and broadcaster. News stories are, of course, alarmist and we should play on people's fears .... ...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: With reference to Peter Popham's article on BSE, my father regularly ate sheep's brains during the war - they were considered a great delicacy. If BSE originally comes from sheep's brains, why was this not noticed before now? Or do we assume tha...

  • LETTER : Oh, for a stylish cycle helmet
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: I could not agree more with Magnus Mills about cycle helmets (True Gripes, 26 October). They always make one look a complete and utter wally. Surely it cannot be beyond the wit of man to design a (cheap) functional cycle helmet that does not lea...

  • Crossing the Antarctic with a herd of nerds
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Mr Mear will set off on a 1,657-mile journey, starting at the Wendell Sea to cross the Antarctic, alone and unaided, towing a 450-pound sledge, his progress aided by a giant kite harnessing the wild winds. If he succeeds, he will be the first man to ...

  • LETTER : Victims of violence
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: The Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill is under threat because providing protection to unmarried victims of violence is thought by a few Tory MPs to undermine marriage. If there are no adequate remedies for those who are not married, they w...

  • LETTER : Perfect viewing of a total eclipse
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: The people of India will be happy (or not, depending on their point of view) to learn that Tuesday's solar eclipse is not in fact the last one that they will enjoy this century. That of 11 August 1999 will be total in north India towards sunset,...

  • LETTER : How to signal that you're sorry
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: This morning, driving through my home town, I made a stupid mistake, forcing another driver to brake suddenly. It was entirely my fault, which I was anxious to acknowledge. Would it not be helpful if there were some recognised sign among drivers...

  • After Yeltsin: how will Russia react?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Even if Boris Yeltsin recovers from his latest bout of heart trouble, he will now be under intense pressure to step aside. His inner circle seems likely to conclude that he is so enfeebled, both physically and politically, that the time has come to a...

  • LETTER : Signing on in the old days
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Perhaps the old ways were better ("Bailiffs will enforce curb on benefits", 23 October). At nearly 70, I well recall just after the war. If unemployed, I signed on at the nearest unemployment office, where, for me, the dole queue was on a Thursd...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Give Patten a hearing: he may be half right
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Not many economists will accept the validity of this claim, but there is little doubt that Western political debate over the next few years will increasingly be consumed by the challenge of the east Asian economies and what might be learnt from them....

  • Maggie month
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    And nothing could demonstrate better the superiority of her vision than to contrast the style and ambition of her transatlantic affair with a pathetic attempt by the sclerotic Germans to hold a party of their own. Herr Kohl's bash was to mark the 40t...

  • LETTER : In search of our greatest athlete
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: The greatest athlete this country has ever produced? What about the Scottish ultra-distance runner Don Ritchie, MBE? Don Who? Athletics does not end after four laps of a track. Don's 100 miles world-best of 11hrs 30min 51secs has stood since 197...

  • Free radical among Tories
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    The divorce Bill has been approved by the Cabinet, but it is a safe bet that in their speaking engagements this weekend ministers will not be including passionate defences of Lord Mackay's measure as a flagship of the 1995-6 legislative programme. Se...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Here are some important additions to your list of the first 10 years of BSE (25 October): 1981: The Government removed the guidelines, in place for years, on the recycling of dead sheep for feeding to cattle. The agrifeed industry immediately re...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: "Why should we worry about 'mad cow' disease when the incidence among vicars is higher than among farmers?" Peter Popham reports that there is a statistical excess of cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in cattle farmers compared with the g...

  • LETTER : In search of our greatest athlete
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Is it correct to assume that the term "athlete" is restricted to a competitor of track and field athletics? The Magazine article on Linford Christie (21 October) suggested that Mr Christie is the greatest athlete this country has ever produced, ...

  • LETTER : Perfect viewing of a total eclipse
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: I read with interest your articles about the recent total eclipse in India, because I was lucky enough to see one under perfect conditions in February 1953 in the northern Sudan. It was at 11am and, in February, clear skies were so guaranteed th...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham's article on BSE and its unproven link to Creutzfeldt- Jakob Disease in humans ("Warning: some statistics can drive you mad", 25 October) provided a clear and sensible analysis of the information relating to what remains an exceedin...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham's report about BSE briefly brings to light the fact that zoos gave scrapie-infected feed to their animals. This begs the dreaded question - did the several antelope species bred by London Zoo and released into the Middle East and Af...

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