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Friday, 6 October 1995

  • Letter: Verdicts and evidence in murder trials
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: In his astonishingly lick-spittle assessment of the condition of American justice ("Star-spangled banner of justice," 5 October), Gary McDowell says it would be hard to think of another judicial system "where [sic] one would be likely to do bett...

  • Letter: The Irish church in an educated society
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: Around the same time as the election of Pope John Paul II, the Catholic church in Ireland went all soft and liberal. And that, asserts Mary Kenny, is the root cause of its present difficulties. Before then, she goes on to claim, the Irish church...

  • Leading Article: Blair passes the 1963 test, but what about 1945 and 1979?
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Which is where the problems start. In power two things will become rapidly clear to Mr Blair and his colleagues. The first is the limitations on what central government can achieve. For all the wonderful words about ending insecurity and instilling n...

  • Letter: Facts that the press can report
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: First rule of journalism. Check your quotes. I was misquoted by Henry Porter in the Independent today ("When they publish, damn them," 6 October). This was taken from a quote in the Times, which has now acknowledged its error: If he is seriously...

  • Letter: BT deal: a return to 'fix-it' politics
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: Labour's deal with BT on a broadband network seems puzzling ("Blair seals pact with BT", 6 October). To link up schools, colleges, libraries, hospitals, etc is at first sight a worthy aim. But with scores of cable, satellite and terrestrial TV c...

  • Geared up for some serious twitching
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Today I would be ashamed to go near the local reserve with anything so modest. Birdwatching has gone from small-scale hobby to multi-million pound industry in 20 years - and along the way it has managed to shed its image of being a nerdy pastime for ...

  • PROFILE: Johnnie Cochran; The best card player in LA
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Cochran and Fuhrman, it is true, were made for each other. Tape recordings of Fuhrman's naked racism were what made Cochran's claim of a police frame- up stick for the OJ jury. But Simpson's acquittal was actually just the latest of many bruising enc...

  • Letter: The Irish church in an educated society
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: Mary Kenny (Another View: "Calvary of Catholic Ireland," 4 October) is correct in her observation that, prior to the liberalism of Vatican- II, the Irish church enjoyed the unquestioned loyalty of her flock. That the average priest "generally ob...

  • Letter: No secret deal on French N-tests
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: Contrary to what Sarah Helm's article suggests ("Secret EU deals over N-test let Paris off the hook," 5 October), there is no secret deal. Unsubstantiated earlier reports in the Danish press have already been formally denied by the European Comm...

  • Do not mistake deals for reforms
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    They have noticed the pungent, almost sexual scent of coming power and are shimmying instinctively towards it. So are scores of other movers of commercial Britain, now bidding for lunches, briefings and first-name terms. The voters' verdict is seemin...

  • Letter: Tell-tale Telecom
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: May I add to the recent discussions on privatised utilities by telling the tale of British Telecom, which recently delivered a new directory at my home. It did this by leaving it on the doorstep, one which is 18 inches from the pavement. I was a...

  • Justin time
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Personally, I will miss Norman Lamont. He is bright, but nowhere near as clever as he has led himself to believe. And he is vain in a wonderfully obvious and revealing way, what with his waistcoats and extraordinary hair. Sensitive and easily wounded...

  • Letter: Better benefits
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: Does Tony Blair really want to means test child benefit (report, 28 September)? The arguments against it are surely too persuasive. Means testing is costly to administer, divisive, helps to trap families in dependency and often misses its target...

  • Letter: Top-notch readers
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: I am disappointed that your columnist W. Stephen Gilbert feels Radio Times "has hurtled down-market" under my editorship ("Why are we all so star-struck", 23 September). Upper- and middle-class (ABC1) readership of my Radio Times has risen to 69...

  • Letter: Verdicts and evidence in murder trials
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: Does Trevor Lyons (letter, 5 October) not realise that in Scotland people object to the not proven verdict for the very reasons he believes make it beneficial? This verdict not only frustrates the defendant in not being able to clear his name, b...

  • Letter: The man behind Bruno Hat
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: It is Michael Parkin (letters, 4 October) who has got it wrong concerning the correct attribution for "Bruno Hat", not the caption to David Ekserdjian's book review "The art of lying" (23 September). As my biography Brian Howard - Portrait of a ...

  • Letter: The Irish church in an educated society
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: Surely Mary Kenny doesn't believe the crimes of Catholic priests are something new? It is simply a matter of people being no longer afraid to bring them into the open, due to better education and a more just legal system. As to being a Catholic ...

  • Letter: Verdicts and evidence in murder trials
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    Sir: I have read and heard ofmany analyses of the jury system in the aftermath of the OJ Simpson trial, but there is one important point illustrated by the trial that seems not to have been emphasised. Jurors are rarely equipped to understand or eval...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 7 October 1995

    If you aren't someone who can talk in general terms about scientific as well as non-scientific issues, you aren't civilised - Steve Jones, professor of genetics at University College, London We cannot allow our party to be destroyed or dismantled sim...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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