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  • LETTERS: Buying into education
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr's contention ("Egalitarians vs angry parents", 5 October) that the number of people who "buy themselves out" of comprehensive education has risen enormously will not wash. About 500,000 children have attended private schools consiste...

  • bridge
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    South opened One No-trump (15-17 points) and, after a Stayman enquiry by North, ended in Three No-trumps. A spade lead would have been West's safest choice, but in practice he selected the three of clubs, and declarer looked to be off to a good start...

  • Boswell's version of Jolson's life
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    I have looked through the Freedland book and it seems a fair enough account of his life to me. However, it cannot pretend to compare with the greatest book ever written in this area. I refer, of course, to that enduring classic of biography, Boswell'...

  • LETTERS: Buying into education
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: I cannot agree with Andrew Marr that repudiation of comprehensive schools is "the norm" for middle-class parents. I am middle class, I guess. My three children went to comprehensive schools in south-east London in the Sixties, supposedly the hey...

  • Alan in Arthur's seat
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    For all the indignation - much of it genuine - expressed by his former colleagues at Mr Howarth's decision, the charges of treachery or of being a rat deserting a sinking ship will not wash. A cursory glance at the things that Mr Howarth has been say...

  • Diary; RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    My four-year-old godson, Aidan (born a lapsed Presbyterian, which is why a lapsed Catholic was deemed a suitable godmother), provided balance by sending me a request from Cardinal O'Connor to make a donation towards the costs of the papal visit in ex...

  • Fascism is with us, if only we will see it
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    The audience, of course, is meant to laugh the line off as a wobblingly flabby abuse of language, typical of the sloppiness which dilutes political rhetoric. In the lexicon of the left, from the 1920s to the 1980s, "Fascist!" was a graffito sprayed i...

  • LETTERS: Working too hard - and at what cost?
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: It was interesting to read the article of Helen Wilkinson asserting that "long hours in a demanding job can ruin relationships" ("Has love been lost to labour?" 6 October) and, in the same paper, of the suppression of Professor Cary Cooper's stu...

  • LETTERS: Ecstasy's unknown dangers
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: I am the toxicologist who developed Tictac, the tablet and capsule identification system used by British healthcare and law enforcement professionals. Your crime correspondent Jason Bennetto, in reporting and commenting on the tragic death of Da...

  • LETTERS: Labour's lead on the network
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "Labour dials a wrong number" (5 October) correctly identified the most important group whose interests ought to be considered in the development of policy for the information superhighway as being the consumers. This is pre...

  • 'The party has given up on fairness'
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    The ethical core of socialism has always attracted me, since as a student I was moved by reading Tawney's Equality. I was inspired by the generosity of vision that I found, the passionate concern for justice, the belief in the benign possibilities of...

  • LETTERS: Balancing solicitors' needs and clients' rights
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: I was interested to read your article "Blair in plea to lawyers" (5 October). Are all trades and professions now to be expected to work for free? If I need an electrician or other tradesman, I have to pay his bill, if need be by borrowing money ...

  • creativity
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Frank Card, however, says they are far from correct, politically or otherwise: "The goggles and snorkel can be taken to imply that he cannot bear to look at Mrs Hartston any more; and the fridge magnet that she is expected to spend most of her time i...

  • chess : failing to cope with the unexpected
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    When he sat down to play Kasparov in the first game a month ago, he felt well prepared, both technically and psychologically, to face the man who has been the world's strongest player for a decade. The first eight games - all drawn - must have encour...

  • 'This is all much ado about nothing'
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    The case Mawhinney laid out yesterday, on Day One of the aftershock, was typically robust. In a pointed gibe at Howarth's serial political monogamy, he sniped that Howarth had switched from Labour support mingled with admiration for the one-nation To...

  • LETTERS: Keegan's way
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: Contrary to the assertion in Wilkes' diary (6 October), Kevin Keegan did not score an "own goal" on football admission prices while visiting the Labour Party conference. And, for the record, neither did he attend the conference merely as a publi...

  • LETTERS: Golden days for men of letters
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: With regard to your letters about the "myth" of the New Statesman's golden age (6 October), I read the New Statesman from the war until the middle Seventies, but how much of this period fell within the publication's "golden age" I am not able to...

  • LETTERS: Oodles prevail
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: Being required to work in grams and centimetres for formal processes need not stop us using whatever quantities we find most convenient for daily life - or calling them what we want. In France, une douzaine remains a handy way of saying "quite a...

  • A bold and brave decision
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    There may be 30 or 40 other Tory MPs who broadly share his views, but it will be a surprise if any join him. A few will remain his friends and invite him to join them for a drink. But most will say he should have stayed to fight, even when they have ...

  • The Gulf widens over executions
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    What should be our reaction to such ferocious deeds by governments, for the defence of whose freedom - if that word does not lose its meaning in such a context - Britain, America and other western nations sent half a million troops to the Gulf in 199...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    1947: The first telephone conversation between a car 'phone and an aeroplane is made in Wilmington, Delaware. 1959: Margaret Thatcher takes her seat in parliament. 1973: Elvis Presley is divorced. 10 October: 1846: Neptune's moon, Triton, is discover...

  • LETTERS: Balancing solicitors' needs and clients' rights
    Monday, 9 October 1995

    Sir: The "angry" reaction of the Law Society's president, Martin Mears, to the damning Which? report from the Consumers' Association on the quality of legal advice clouds the real issue ("Consumers lay down the law on bad advice", 5 October). There i...

  • 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

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