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Friday, 10 November 1995

  • LETTER: Let us leave Stonehenge in peace
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: King Arthur Pendragon's feelings about Stonehenge (Another View, 7 November) deserve serious consideration, particularly his comparison with Avebury. As one who has driven up and down the A303 for many years in all weather and at all times of th...

  • LETTER: Unearthing the roots of society's violence
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: The findings of the Commission on Children and Violence defy common sense ("Experts urge ban on smacking children", 9 November). Since the Second World War, violence in society has grown significantly worse. During this time, the guns controls h...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    It was a victory for Labour and a victory for the people, who are sick of Tory sleaze - John Prescott, Labour's deputy leader, after MPs threw out proposals to keep details of their earnings secret Some of her ideas approached genius - the one in Mur...

  • LETTER: Unearthing the roots of society's violence
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: Sir William Utting is to be commended for suggesting a national, strategic approach to resolving the issue of violence within the UK (report, 9 November). It does appear, however, that the influence of visual media on violent behaviour is given ...

  • Which family do we belong to?
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Others, however, may see the Prime Minister's support for France as a defining moment in Britain's post-1945 development. Caught between Commonwealth friendships and historical sentiments on the one hand and Britain's obligations and interests in Eur...

  • We must break our 45-hours-a-week habit
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    At the height of the late Eighties boom, futurologists were predicting that the Nineties would be the 'quality of life decade'. Mad materialism would give way to softer values, leisure time, green issues, self-fulfilment. As if. What have we got inst...

  • LETTER: Beastly spectacle
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: During the Second World War, as a child I visited a "Freaks and Monsters" show, which was exhibited in a small tent pitched on a piece of land at Grovesend in Gloucestershire. The exhibits were of abnormal farm animals including a two-headed cal...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Where have all the great leaders gone?
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    His value is now clear to one and all. King Hussein, three times Israel's foe in war, openly mourned the assassination of his former enemy. Yasser Arafat flew secretly and for the first time to Israel to visit Rabin's widow and pay homage to the fall...

  • LETTER: Let us leave Stonehenge in peace
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: Earlier this year I purported to be a company called "UK Ltd" and proposed to turn Stonehenge into a theme park, complete with Hengeburger Restaurant, Bluntstone characters and eight lanes of motorway directly into the monument (covered in the I...

  • Splitting hairs
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    According to a report in this newspaper yesterday, Dr Charles Goodhart, a retired zoologist from Cambridge University (and therefore about as advanced on the evolutionary ladder as it is possible to conceive), has the answer. It wasn't because the en...

  • LETTER: Sainsbury's pain
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: Sorry Germaine! Clearly Germaine Greer is dissatisfied, as a working woman, with everything about the Sainsbury shopping experience ("Never glad confident Sainsbury's again", 10 November). For that we are very sorry. But I should like our custom...

  • LETTER: After shampoo
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: I read with interest your report (8 November) on the restrictions to be placed on the supply of shampoo for headlice. Can we now assume that in future all agents suspected of causing cancer will be available only on prescription - including ciga...

  • The widow who grieves out loud
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    The next day she spelt out the reason for her anger. "Yes, surely I blame them," she said. "If you ever heard their speeches at the Knesset (Parliament) you would understand what I mean. They were very, very violent in their expressions. They said we...

  • LETTER: Oxfam results and the Lottery
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: David Rigg of Camelot (Letters, 8 November) uses the fact that Oxfam has seen an increase in income from donations and appeals to bolster his argument that any negative effect of the National Lottery upon charitable giving may have been exaggera...

  • LETTER: Unearthing the roots of society's violence
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: I note in your report on the Commission on Children and Violence (9 November) that it recommends a national strategy to tackle violence by and against children. I wonder if they have considered male circumcision as a form of violence against chi...

  • LETTER: Unsafe savings
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: Despite the non-understanding of halon's role on the Sally Star which Kevin Shilleto's letter (9 November) emphasises, there is still no excuse for the Government putting lives at risk during that incident by cutting the rescue helicopter servic...

  • LETTER: An essential art
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: I endorse David Hockney's appreciation of drawing (7 November), and I would regard it as an essential plank in an art student's training. If tackled at a serious level, the amount of observation alone which it engenders is hardly going to be los...

  • LETTER: Time for EU to exercise clout over Nigeria
    Saturday, 11 November 1995

    Sir: It is clear that urgent action needs to be taken now by the European Union against the regime in Nigeria. We need to acknowledge that until now very little has been done at European level to ensure that effective pressure is put upon General Aba...

  • LETTER:Salaries, MPs and the interests of the Commons man
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: How on earth can you justify describing John Major's humiliating defeat over Nolan as "canny" ("Game, set and match to Nolan", 7 November)? Your suggestion that he was playing a game of double bluff so that the issue went away does not bear a mo...

  • LETTER:Salaries, MPs and the interests of the Commons man
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Your imaginary examples of what an MP may do may be wrong ("What MPs can and can't do", 8 November). Cash for election expenses may be spent on the candidate's behalf only by the candidate's appointed agent. That cannot lawfully be described as ...

  • LETTER:Salaries, MPs and the interests of the Commons man
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: The row in Parliament about sleaze and disclosure of earnings has opened a window to a wider truth: we, the electorate now realise how little we know of how MPs expect to spend their parliamentary time. Disclosure of extra parliamentary earnings...

  • LETTER:Too much secrecy over arms exports
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: You are right to describe the sale of arms to Iraq as a strategic blunder (leading article, 8 November). By any standards, the virtual abandonment of controls in 1988 was one of the worst decisions made by any British government since the war. S...

  • Who'd want to be President?
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Rarely in politics anywhere can a "No" have resounded so loudly. In the short term, General Powell's decision to forgo the presidential race of 1996 leaves Bob Dole a racing certainty for the Republican nomination. A poll taken immediately afterwards...

  • LETTER:A step closer to the centre ground
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: It is to be hoped that Labour's burgeoning links with commercial lobbyists ("Power brokers go hunting on the left", 6 November) represent rather more than an exercise in mutual and private backscratching in advance of the general election. Of fa...

  • LETTER:Young minds and a long-ago war
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Pat Barker, who has just won the Booker Prize, is wrong to think that today's young people don't care deeply about the people who gave their lives in the First World War ("In the footsteps of fallen heroes", 9 November). When I read the poems of...

  • LETTER:Late leaders
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: In your list of murdered world leaders since 1948 (International, 6 November) you missed out King Faisal of Iraq, murdered in 1958. Yours sincerely, P. Sen Gupta Weston Super Mare 6 November

  • LETTER:Too much secrecy over arms exports
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Your editorial ("Publish quickly, Sir Richard", 8 November) correctly notes that UK arms exports to Iraq were a direct result of the secrecy that surrounds arms export decision-making in this country. There is a clear lesson to be learnt: we mus...

  • LETTER:Solution sought for wardens' woes
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: May I comment on your article "Probation hostel wardens offered `zero-hours' deal" (6 November)? As an agency properly concerned with public protection, we ensure that our hostels always have at least two members of staff on duty at all times. R...

  • LETTER:Islington man will stay put
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: For the record, Tony Blair is not looking for a house in Notting Hill and never has been ("Blair may desert his Islington heartland to go west", 9 November). This was known to the Evening Standard gossip writer who first reported this baseless r...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Tories need a propagandist
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Of course, it is not as simple and straightforward as that. I have reached the age of 50 without any active involvement in politics, and there must be a message there. As time has gone on, and as the regime at Central Office has changed - and has, qu...

  • So long to the breakfast browser
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    We know this from old Punch cartoons. All cartoons set at breakfast between 1920 and 1965 showed the same scene. The husband sat with his newspaper propped up on the table in front of him, so that he was hidden from his wife, and she got on with brea...

  • Never glad confident Sainsbury's again
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    The brainwashing starts as you enter the car-park. Only the disabled and people with small children may park within sight of the entrance. There is no parking bay marked "working woman in a hurry". So she parks on the outer limits and trudges, at ine...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Labour gets it right on jobs
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Currently 600,000 young people under the age of 25 are registered unemployed. Many have never worked. They are largely unskilled young men living in the inner cities, and the longer they stay on the dole, the more difficult it is to find work. And it...

  • LETTER:Hunger or homelessness
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Under the present housing benefit rules, local authorities can restrict the amount of benefit paid towards rent if they decide that the accommodation is either too large for the claimant's needs or unreasonably expensive. People who are sick, ov...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Mackay licks the Moralist Tendency
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Then, over the weekend, something began to happen. Tories such as Peter Bottomley, alarmed by the week's events, began to speak out against the nostalgic fundamentalism of the Bill's critics. Earlier this week, the Government's defeat over Nolan will...

  • LETTER:Salaries, MPs and the interests of the Commons man
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Writing of the vote on the Nolan recommendations, Andrew Marr says: "This vote must be only the first step to a wider reform of the Commons, of its remuneration" ("Now Parliament has shown the way, the press should follow", 7 November). There se...

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