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Wednesday, 4 October 1995

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Labour - must try harder
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    On this last point Mr Hattersley is surely right. Of course Mr Blunkett and Mr Blair deserve credit for for their stress on improving the quality of teachers, for accepting the need to measure performance and for sending out clear signals about the i...

  • LETTER : Education test for new Labour
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: As the Labour Party heatedly debates the future of grant-maintained (GM) schools, it is worth asking what the fuss is all about. To argue for abolishing GM schools because they are more generously funded seems perverse. Easier, surely, to equali...

  • LETTER : Verdict that has split America
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: As a holder of both British and American nationality, I would like to beg the British public to stop their inexorable complaining about the state of the UK judicial system and thank the Lord (or whoever) that they are not prey to the US system w...

  • LETTER : Imperial defence
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: What a confused argument Charles Fyffe (Letters, 4 October) makes against the metric system! He claims that metric is at once too simplistic and too difficult to use, and attempts to induce from the fact that 1,000 cc (1 litre) of pure water wei...

  • LETTER : Verdict that has split America
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: It appears the OJ Simpson trial and verdict has split America on a simple black/white racial divide. How much better it might have been had the US abandoned the binary "guilty/not guilty" model in favour of the traditional Scottish system with v...

  • Star-spangled banner of justice
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    It would be foolish to suggest that the system is flawless; thus does it merit two, rather than a rousing three cheers. But it is as good as any, and better than most, and deserves a great deal more respect than it has been getting. The OJ Simpson tr...

  • LETTER : It may be ugly, but it's part of our heritage
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham ("Brutalist, original, but a slum", 2 October) raises the contentious issue of listing buildings less than 30 years after they were constructed. There is as yet no unanimity of view about modern architecture and townscape. The Royal...

  • LETTER : Chirac's big risk
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: Further French testing raises a crucial question. How in the future can we prevent a single national leader posing a threat to global security against global democratic will? Chirac's actions stem from political self-interest, not concern for gl...

  • LETTER : Imperial defence
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: I am disappointed with your paper's glib writing off of the imperial weights and measures system ("Drop your feet and use your fingers," 30 September) and suggestion that no one will regret its passing. This is in marked contrast to your support...

  • LETTER : Verdict that has split America
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: If Lord Lucan is alive, perhaps he should consider turning himself into the Los Angeles police for trial there. Yours faithfully, Paul Ashton Eastbourne, East Sussex

  • We have been misinformed
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    So I feel terribly let down when it puts its collective foot in it, as I believe it has done in its recent criticism of various environmental pressure groups and charities. The ASA accuses them of "misinforming people by exaggerating or stretching th...

  • LETTER : Marshall Plan for Bosnia
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir, For over a year now several observers, including myself (Letters, 13 May 1994), have been lobbying for a mini-Marshall Plan for Bosnia, to be offered to both sides in the conflict before a ceasefire as a means of obtaining peace. The donor power...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The war crimes of Croatia
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    The European Union and the United Nations have both gathered compelling evidence of Croatian atrocities. The human rights group Helsinki Watch discovered that 12 Serb civilians aged between 60 and 85 were slaughtered in a village near the fallen Serb...

  • LETTER : It may be ugly, but it's part of our national heritage
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: While working as a housing visitor for Tower Hamlets Council, in the early Eighties, I had the dubious pleasure of visiting flats in both Keeling House and Robin Hood Gardens to assess the tenants' housing needs. The overwhelmingly consistent me...

  • LETTER : Education test for new Labour
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    Sir: If new Labour is based on the democratic principles of community and social justice and not just on Marxist dogma, there is no reason why it should not preserve and develop the Government's Assisted Places Scheme, which enables bright youngsters...

  • Wired up to some big questions
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    The point about the first fact is that being computer literate is as much thinking of new games which enable more kids to kill more people on screen in more exciting ways as it is producing a new CD-Rom encyclopaedia on the collapse of Roman civilisa...

  • Egalitarians versus angry parents
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    More than that, though, it was a modest moment of history. Hattersley was speaking for Labour's historical egalitarianism, famously summarised by Tony Crosland's promise to himself to destroy ''every fucking grammar school'' in the country. Blunkett,...

  • Through the eye of Tony's needle
    Thursday, 5 October 1995

    We cannot yet know, but John Rentoul makes a brave attempt to answer through a biography in a hurry. His is, I think, a highly competent try, made impressive more by wit and insight rather than by what Ben Pimlott suggests on the dust cover was "thor...

  • LETTER:How to prevent tragedy and return Nigeria to democracy
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: David Orr's interesting article ("Nigeria waits for dictator to speak", 29 September) states that "the Commonwealth human rights commission recently called for Nigeria's expulsion from the Commonwealth when heads of government meet in New Zealan...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Naturally enough, the Trust's centenary has produced its fair crop of criticisms, many of which I instinctively share. Or, rather I did, until I listened to the Trust more attentively. Never mind, then, that it offers a nostalgic nation a bolt-hole f...

  • LETTER:Drawbacks of the metric system
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: What about hens? When must they stop laying in half dozens? Yours faithfully, Ian Duke Thames Ditton, Surrey 2 October

  • LETTER:How to prevent tragedy and return Nigeria to democracy
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: It is hoped that no one is surprised or encouraged by anything that General Sani Abacha had to say in his Nigerian Independence Day anniversary speech. Nigeria is a complex country, of this there is no doubt. It took a transition plan of eight y...

  • Chess
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    With seven games left to play, Anand now trails by two points and, with Kasparov needing only to tie the match to retain his title, the Indian's task looks almost impossible. The latest game was by far his worst of the match. Kasparov played the same...

  • LETTER:Drawbacks of the metric system
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Whether we want it or not, we are going to be saddled with the metric system. However, Tom Wilkie ("Drop your feet and use your fingers," 30 September), in trying to persuade us that it is a Good Thing, perhaps unwittingly blows the gaff when he...

  • LETTER:Art of invention
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: The caption to David Ekserdijian's article "The art of lying" (23 September) refers to Bruno Hat as a "non-existent artist". Although Hat was the invention of Brian Howard, Evelyn Waugh and Harold Acton, the highly accomplished rope paintings at...

  • Virtual reality of TV justice
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Simpson himself was, of course, a star already - an American football hero and movie actor. And that was the point. Here was a man whose place in the American consciousness was so well defined that his trial had to be a show trial. Here was a hero wh...

  • LETTER:How to prevent tragedy and return Nigeria to democracy
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: On the 35th anniversary of Nigeria's independence from British colonial rule, we would like to add our voice to the growing call for increased pressure on the Nigerian military government to listen to the demands of its people and end the cycle ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Can Labour find the promised land?
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    The requirement was for a speech that combined vision, compelling analysis of the country's problems and a credible indication of the policies that will effect the change the country needs. Mr Blair's Christian social democratic vision was powerfully...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Calvary of Catholic Ireland
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    To the priesthood the Irish people gave a very special trust and loyalty. These were men sprung from a peasant order - and, by virtue of their celibacy, immune from the dynastic temptations of placing their sons in positions of power and marrying the...

  • Deeply fried, deeply satisfied
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    It certainly isn't because I want to eat one - I can't really face a Mars bar cru, and the thought of the warm gloop of the interior doesn't exactly tease the palate. In texture I guess it would be something like a toffee-flavoured oyster. But there ...

  • LETTER:Home truths
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Your article on the dilemmas facing those who are to decide on the fate of the tower blocks of the Sixties asks for readers' comments ("Brutalist, original, but a slum," 2 October). By all means preserve the Brutalist monuments. But, at the same...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Nicole's killer is still free
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Many will shake their heads at the verdict, believing that justice has signally failed to be done. They may wonder what - short of video evidence - it would have taken to convict Simpson of the killings. Such feelings must be tempered by two consider...

  • LETTER:Leap in value
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Perhaps the German finance minister, Theo Waigel, expects a lively currency, as the Euro is a variety of small kangaroo. Yours truly, E. M. Noyes Gomshall, Surrey 2 October

  • LETTER:Monumental error
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: In your article "On the banks of the Thames, a 40-foot bust of Churchill" (20 September), it is stated that the Churchill Society has supported the erection of a monumental-sized sculpture of a bust of Sir Winston Churchill on the South Bank of ...

  • LETTER:Tell the truth in Parliament
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Your front-page story ("Secrets of the MPs who help lobbyists," 3 October) is not a balanced account of what I said at a conference on Monday and, subsequently, to your Westminster correspondent Chris Blackhurst. After the conference he asked me...

  • LETTER:High price of Indian reforms
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Tim McGirk rightly attributes ("India turns its back on Western ways", 29 September) the slowing down of India's economic reforms to the climate of xenophobia generated by nationalist politicians. However, it is pointless to blame the opposition...

  • Wired up and baring his soul
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    To say that his vision of newness is tinged with nostalgia is not to sneer at it. What was wrong with Wilson wasn't his language but that he betrayed his words by his actions in power. Revisionist history has demolished the icon of Kennedy, reducing ...

  • True gripes: Unsolicited receipts
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Oh, how things have changed. Now it seems that the simple task of spending money necessitates the purchase of a receipt. Okay, if I buy a new shirt and pay cash, rather than with a credit card, then I would like to have a receipt just in case I decid...

  • Meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Last of the Bobs The annual Bobfest - a convention in Avon, Colorado, for relatives and friends of men named Bob - is no more. Tom Britz, organiser of the event, told the town council he is tired of running it, and the council voted against taking it...

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