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Thursday, 5 October 1995

  • LETTER:Charitable charade of academia
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: Germaine Greer's criticisms of the university presses make no sense. If she wants more people to read books, it cannot be right to tax them. Books are not ordinary commodities, any more than food or children's shoes are. In the Eighties, Oxford ...

  • OBITUARY: Professor Andrew Wilkinson
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Wilkinson was a product of the Edinburgh University Medical School and the Edinburgh School of Surgery. After specialising in surgery he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946. He returned to Edinburgh to the Department of Surgery, ...

  • OBITUARY: Jack Holt
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Always based some distance away from the main training centres of Newmarket and Lambourn, he operated from Tunworth Down, near Basingstoke, and established a reputation as a very shrewd placer of horses, especially sprint handicappers. Holt's father,...

  • LETTER:BA in the drink
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: I was interested to read your short article "BA targets drunks" (29 September), because I wrote to BA, in January, complaining about two passengers seated next to me on a 24-hour flight from Sydney to London, who drank continuously. Every 15 min...

  • LETTER:Fare's fair
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: Comments attributed to me by your Transport Correspondent (4 October), in connection with fare increases came, in fact, from my senior press officer, Ross Mackie.The new charges were subject to full consultation with the statutory rail user comm...

  • LETTER:Early AZT trials
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: Steve Connor's Saturday Story (30 September), about the Delta trial of anti-HIV drugs taken in combination, made some remarks about the 1993 Concorde AZT trial that might mislead your readers into thinking there are no benefits to be had from AZ...

  • LETTER:Little danger from the lobbies
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: Defenders of the lobbying industry maintain that the activity is simply the exercise of the right to free speech by persons conveying their views to decision-makers and legislators, and that lobbying is essential in democracy. While this is undo...

  • OBITUARY:Robert Hamilton
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Hamilton's father had served in India and Robert Hamilton was Inspector and the Director of Antiquities in the Palestine of the British mandate in 1938-48, where he resided almost continuously between 1929 and the end of the mandate in 1948. He creat...

  • OBITUARY:Monica Maurice
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Yet it was not easy for Monica Maurice, who on her own, after her father's death in 1951 and with the aftermath of the Second World War, had to restructure and rebuild lost markets and demands. The company has now changed almost beyond recognition. N...

  • Killing of IRA suspects breached right to life
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    The killing of three terrorist suspects by Special Air Service soldiers did not constitute the use of force which was absolutely necessary in defence of persons from unlawful violence where the security authorities made insufficient allowances for po...

  • LETTER:Putting justice in jeopardy
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: In focusing on problems raised by the OJ Simpson trial, your leader "Nicole's killer is still free" (4 October) wrongly contrasts an "adversarial system of justice" based on "seeking out weak points in an argument" with a "quest for truth". Ther...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Church politics can hurt
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Twenty-five years on the General Synod is enough for anyone. I had decided to resign in two years' time, quite happily, because after a time your contribution to debate is limited, because you have heard all the arguments many times before. Last week...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Labour dials a wrong number
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    It looks, on first sight, like a neat idea. Give BT access to new markets, and in exchange, they will connect schools, hospitals and libraries to the so-called information superhighway for free. Good for BT, which can mount a challenge to the North A...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Howard plays the race card
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    It is hardly surprising that employers' organisations, such as the Federation of Small Businesses, are protesting. Already awash in VAT bills and tax returns, they are in no mood to become immigration inspectors as well. But if Mr Howard is unmoved b...

  • When they publish, damn them
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    "If he is saying," blustered Mr Stott, "that nobody can report a crime in case somebody is later charged with it, it is nonsense." Of course Judge Sanders was not saying that. What he did say was that the coverage after Mr Knights had been charged wa...

  • NHS patients deserve the best
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    As it happens, I do not believe Hammersmith's prices could be undercut. It is actually one of the cheapest units in the country. But what will be the consequence of another clinic on our doorstep? First, there will be another IVF unit in London - whi...

  • Has love been lost to labour?
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    It is tempting to put this down to the problems of glitzy and glamorous relationships, the inevitably heady chemistry of fame, too much travel, prima donna egos and overwork. But the truth is that what is happening to famous career couples is little ...

  • LETTER:Blair's dream
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: Tony Blair conjures up a dream of a computer in every classroom. Why do so many believe in salvation through information technology? Computers are very useful in many ways, but their impact in education has been mixed. Much software in use is du...

  • LETTER:Myth of the New Statesman's 'golden age'
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: James Fenton ("Statesman staggers from crisis to crisis", 2 October) asks why political magazines of the right thrive more readily than those of the left. The answer is that comfortable ideas are easier to sell than uncomfortable ones, and the m...

  • LETTER:Charitable charade of academia
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: I fear that Conrad Russell (Letters, 3 October) has himself fallen victim to the fallacy that university presses exist purely for the advancement of scientific knowledge. Oxford University Press has for many years published student textbooks. It...

  • LETTER:Charitable charade of academia
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: As well as scrapping the Net Book Agreement, my publishers have also scrapped another tiresome agreement - the Pay Authors What We Owe agreement. The latest royalties account from my publishers, pounds 7.24 on 50 copies sold in Australia, is mar...

  • LETTER:Little danger from the lobbies
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: We would indeed need to be concerned that MPs are being encouraged to disguise their views to get on standing committees were they the powerful bodies that "amend proposed legislation" claimed in your front page-article "Secrets of the MPs who h...

  • LETTER:Putting justice in jeopardy
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: In your editorial "Nicole's killer is still free" (4 October) you argue that the televising of the Simpson trial may have been justified, if only because without it the "unreconstructed racism" of the Los Angeles police would "almost certainly" ...

  • LETTER:Myth of the New Statesman's 'golden age'
    Friday, 6 October 1995

    Sir: As an associate editor of the New Statesman at the time when Bruce Page was editor, may I correct the myth which seems to be taking root about that magazine. This holds that there was a golden age under the editorships of Paul Johnson, Richard C...

  • 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...

  • 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 : 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...

  • 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...

  • 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...

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