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Monday, 9 October 1995

  • LETTERS: Good advice and good value from solicitors
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The Law Society never disregards rigorous research into the service that solicitors give to their clients. Unfortunately, the Which? research was flawed and its attack on the profession unjustified. The solicitors' profession has as much right to def...

  • A soldier with presidential vision
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    It is true, he concedes, that many of his political pronouncements - pro abortion, pro welfare, pro gun-control, even, relatively speaking, pro Bill Clinton - make him an unusual Republican for the 1990s. He hasn't decided yet, he insists, whether he...

  • true gripes starving students
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Most of them have eaten at home all their lives, and the idea of forking out of their own pockets for food is completely alien to them. It is a waste of money which could be better spent in the pub. That is why pubs near universities are rarely empty...

  • LETTERS: Missing the point on offensive ads
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    In his Another View column ("We have been misinformed," 5 October), he misses the point of the complaints upon which the ASA was asked to adjudicate. The IFAW advertisement in question, promoting the Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill, juxtaposed the lin...

  • LETTERS: Crystal gazing
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The best location in London, sitting high above the metropolis to the north and the Weald of Kent and beyond to the south, is begging for something which will do justice to the 21st century and to the astonishing vision of Prince Albert, Sir Henry Co...

  • France peers into the blackness
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The British sirens beckon: forget shadowing the mark, cut interest rates, let the franc float, and just watch while growth increases and unemployment falls, as it has in Britain since Black Wednesday. But devaluation is not an easy option for Preside...

  • juste a mot
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Will the Prime Minister manage, this week in Blackpool, to stamp the authority of "Majorism" on his party's policies, or has the tide turned irrevocably in favour of the "Blairites"? In other words, what does it take to establish yourself as an epony...

  • LETTERS: Insured at Lloyd's
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Yours faithfully, Tim Willcocks Hastings

  • LETTERS: Operations based on sound evidence
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    However, Liz Hunt's statement that "less than 15 per cent of health service interventions have been proved to be beneficial to patients" ("Routine operations on hit-list," 3 October) is a misinterpretation of Professor David Eddy's statement that les...

  • LETTERS: Unnecessary Bill on immigration
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The pattern of illegal immigration to Britain is well-known. People from the Indian subcontinent enter Britain either as visitors or refugees. On arrival they apply to the Home Office for political asylum on the pretext that they are persecuted in th...

  • LETTERS: Good advice and good value from solicitors
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    My reaction to the Which? article was immediately to thank heaven that my firm was not telephoned, then to photograph the article and call a meeting of the relevant partners to try to set up another quality filter to ensure the recording and cross-ch...

  • Far from the promised land
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    This is a depressingly accurate observation about a country that likes to think of itself as relatively free of racism. Many gloated last week at the verdict in the OJ Simpson trial, citing it as evidence that the United States in general, and its ju...

  • Must Major drown in dirty blue water?
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Yet it is the ostracised Howarth who has more to say to the Conservatives now. Home was the courageous underdog who nearly, very nearly, revived the Tories in time to stop Harold Wilson. In 1963-4 he almost achieved what John Major did for real in 19...

  • God's mysterious ways at the BBC
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    "Well, I was thinking more of the Catholic church," smiles Bosforth, whose official title at the BBC is Commissioner-General but who is known to most people as Vicar. "Jesus's message was very simple. That was bad. The Church turned it into a very co...

  • site unseen 'Southwold Jack', Southwold, Suffolk
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    A veritable heaven on earth - and anyone who visits Southwold and does not immediately want to return (although I have yet to meet such an idiot) deserves both pity and censure. The rest of us form a kind of Southwold freemasonry. What gives Southwol...

  • LETTERS: Musical accolade
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The accolade was written, not spoken, by Schumann about Chopin's variations for piano and orchestra on Mozart's La ci darem la mano, Op2. Henry Pleasants, in his selection of Schumann's writings, says that the article marked Schumann's debut as a wri...

  • LETTERS: BT finds it easy to promise
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    There are, in fact, only 33,000 schools in the UK, of which about 5,000 have Internet connection to our service "Schools Internet". I suspect British Telecom included playgroups for mums and toddlers - which, in fact, then takes the total to around 5...

  • LETTERS: Down with stools
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Licensees could eliminate all this by simply removing the stools altogether and, when that is done, to designate their former place as a drinks ordering area, free from obstruction. This would cost nothing at all. The money saved on the upkeep of the...

  • We will continue to execute
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    The rise in the number of executions is obviously due to the increase in the number of drug smugglers, the deadliest enemies of the young on whom the nation's hope for mental and physical health and constant advancement in every field are founded. As...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    There must be a part of Anand that would like to follow the questioner's advice. After the battering he sustained in games 10 to 14 - five games that gave him only half a point - anyone would want to go home. Yet he needs to play one good game at the...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    Pumpkins, as the International Pumpkin Association's annual contest in San Francisco was won by a vegetable weighing in at a magnificent 439kg. The winner, Paula Zehr, came from New York State and retained the title she won last year. The smallest en...

  • LETTERS: BT finds it easy to promise
    Tuesday, 10 October 1995

    In the early 1980s, Aberdeen was included in the first round of local cable franchises to be awarded. In the franchise was a commitment by BT to cable free all the local educational establishments. On the strength of this, I obtained the agreement of...

  • 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...

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