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Saturday, 7 October 1995

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    The same joke appears in a poem by Carl Sandburg, but as he's been dead for 30 years, I guess he can't get royalties. Adrian Perry London SE1

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    J G Cottrell, Ashford, Kent

  • LETTERS: There's more to fear from measles than from an injection
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    This was made worse by the fact that, according to the Government's own figures, only 10 per cent of the children were thought to have no immunity to measles but all were vaccinated to make sure this 10 per cent were covered. In 1979 a Royal Commissi...

  • LETTERS: Made to last
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Utility clothes were certainly cheap: prices were fixed, tax-free and subsidised; manufacturers enjoyed economies of scale through limiting designs and long runs. But "of cheapest cut" suggests shoddiness - exactly the opposite of Utility. Utility cl...

  • Blair has better things to sell us than the snake oil of youth The 'youth' message is snake oil and Blair has no need to sell it anyone the snake oil of youth
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Rhetoric used to be taught in schools and universities. In those days it was a rather chilling discipline, teaching you how to use Ciceronian subjunctives and construct a beginning, a middle and an end. But in this century, influenced by forces as di...

  • There's never a dull moment, I find, at the Ministry of Fun
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    n THERE DOES seem to be a lot of confusion about exactly where Labour stands on this matter of railway privatisation, doesn't there? Was that a pledge by Tony Blair to renationalise, or wasn't it? My friend John Humphrys found Mr Blair slightly elusi...

  • LETTERS: Labour is right to be wary
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Anyone who remembers the Labour Party in the pre-Kinnock years must remember the internal strife. There were powerful groups in the party, keen to publish their own agendas in publications such as Militant and Socialist Worker, and also to air these ...

  • Hurrah for the Herbivores
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    As David Marquand, an SDP defector who has now returned to his spiritual home, observed in the New Statesman last week, there is no "new Labour" at all. It is really a very old Labour, which has been revived. Capitalism has once again become rampant,...

  • A bellyful of contempt
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Abandoned trials are the worst of all possible worlds: the innocent, who could include Mr Knights, do not have the chance to clear their names, and the guilty are left untouched. The behaviour of the British press in bringing about this state of affa...

  • She's your Queen, not ours
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Public hostility to the tests is found across the political spectrum. The government, led by Paul Keating, and the opposition, led by John Howard, have been competing with each other to be the most outraged by Jacques Chirac's nuclear pretensions. Th...

  • words Nigger
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    "WORD is but wind," wrote the Chaucerian poet John Lydgate. "Leave words and take the deed." But a single word did as much as anything to acquit OJ Simpson of murder. Did Detective Mark Fuhrman use it? If so he must have been prejudiced against the a...

  • LETTERS: Women who choose to be childless should be treasured
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    My mother would say, "Some women say having a baby was the greatest experience in their lives - poor girls; it was probably the first and last experience they would ever have." Far from being thoroughly selfish and self-centred, women who take this s...

  • Tony the Terrible takes a tip from the Tudors
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    The curious could find answers at Brighton last week. It came down to the worship of prospective power. The equivalents of the Protestant historians were the commentators of our great liberal newspapers. Ms Liz Davies had clearly to be disposed of be...

  • LETTERS; Orthodox stance on animals
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    I live in a country where local councils routinely poison stray cats, offer bounty on stray dogs' heads, and run zoos in which conditions are pitiful. EC legislation on abbatoirs is not implemented. The police turn a blind eye to dynamite fishing, ab...

  • LETTERS: A tarnish on metal detecting
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Although a tiny handful of detectorists have made a fortune through treasure trove discoveries, the majority of finds have minimal or no monetary value. Moreover, in England and Wales, finds do not belong to the finder but to the landowner. In Scotla...

  • LETTERS: There's more to fear from measles than from an injection
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    On the day my son Steven was due to have his measles vaccination last year, I went along to the school to ask a few questions. I was made to feel like a "silly little mummy" who should not question what the Government said should happen to my child. ...

  • In the hierarchy of bigotry, women still come bottom
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Virginia Thomas told People magazine that Professor Hill's allegations of sexual harassment reminded her of the character played by Glenn Close in the movie Fatal Attraction. According to this scenario, Hill smarted for years before coming forward wi...

  • LETTERS: Paying other people's bills
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    K F Grimshaw Bridport, Dorset 2 October

  • Lord, what fun we had at those lunches!
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Under my benevolent Chairmanship of the Daily Mail, our weekly luncheon has maintained the doughty tradition of such robust delights. Invitations to break bread with Arnold and his award-winning team of fine writers have long been prized among senior...

  • Profile: Louis Farrakhan; Between hatred and hope
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Last week most black Americans celebrated the acquittal of OJ Simpson. Not because of their love for Mr Simpson but because the verdict appeared to confirm a belief most white Americans reject: that the system is out to get blacks. The proof was prov...

  • LETTERS: An ailing kitten on my mind
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Each horror the kitten underwent was coupled with a whinge about what Picardie suffered; she sweated with frustration and anxiety; she needed a handful of Prozac; she burst into tears. She concluded that both she and the cat could do with some therap...

  • LETTERS: Years ahead
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    What does Ms Picardie propose to do with her brains and opinions when she reaches the age of 60? Julia Ridout London SW20

  • There's more to fear from measles than from an injection
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Dr R A Fisken Bedale, North Yorkshire

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Viscount Rothermere, owner of Associated Newspapers, to his chairman, Sir David English, on the prospect of AP supporting Labour at the next election I didn't do this, did I? Joe Haines, Harold Wilson's press supremo, in amazement after listening to ...

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Elizabeth Walsh, Melton

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 October 1995

    Roy Edwards Farnborough, Hampshire

  • 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...

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