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Saturday, 11 November 1995

  • LETTER: Don't blame the doctors
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    Much is made by the Government of business management in the NHS, but no business knowingly accepts clients that will lose them money. A business- led NHS is not compatible with a patient-centred NHS. The blame should be placed, not on doctors, but o...

  • LETTER: Arms trade turns blind eye
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    Since the mid-1960s, when the Indonesian army orchestrated the killings of over half a million "Communists" and sentencedthousands to a living death in the gulags of eastern Indonesia, Britain has become Jakarta's principal arms supplier. Is it any w...

  • ... the blunder years
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    It began only five months into the five-year term. The Tory manifesto in 1992 had stated that "membership of the ERM is now central to our counter- inflation discipline", but Black Wednesday, 16 September, saw Sterling driven out of the Exchange Rate...

  • Labour may love the judges less when its turn comes
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    The lessons were not lost on Lady Thatcher. Her period of office was distinguished by an absence of any judicial inquiries at all. It was not that there was nothing to inquire into: au contraire, as George Brown used to say when he was at the Foreign...

  • LETTER: Ignoble rank
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    The table used is taken directly from the Department of Trade and Industry's Competitiveness Report, Forging Ahead. Information in this DTI publication shows the UK in 18th place based on the latest figures. OECD figures further confirm that the UK w...

  • Poverty-stricken policy for the poorest
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    The figures explain the different perceptions. Support for lone parents now costs pounds 9bn a year, about one-tenth of the social security budget. Of 1.4 million lone parents more than a million bring up their children on benefits. But a mother livi...

  • LETTER: Railway success stories
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    True stories resulting from moves toward privatisation include benefits for travellers. For example, an acquaintance who is wheelchair-bound tried just a few years ago to make a local journey involving a change of train but, because of lack of staff ...

  • LETTER: PARLICULATES
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    Charles Trousdell, Brighton

  • LETTER: Tripping up over drugs
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    We told him that acid or any other drug was not an important part of what we were involved with. In fact, we stated that many people on this scene do not take drugs at all. We would now like to disassociate ourselves from any comments about drugs. Th...

  • LETTER: POPPY DAY
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    Charles Murray, London N17

  • LETTER: Fired up about smoking
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    P D O Davies Consultant Respiratory Physician, Liverpool

  • Really useful mogul
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group is part of a consortium (thought to involve Tony O'Reilly, a shareholder in the Independent and Independent on Sunday) which is putting together a bid for the Daily and Sunday Express. Why Sir Andrew should want the...

  • LETTER: Only adult hang-ups make nudity sordid
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    If I did something utterly trivial which took hours of police time, would I not be liable to such a charge? Edward Alton Chichester West Sussex

  • LETTER: DOGS BILL
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    l Derek Norman, Stourbridge l Your leader claimed that pro-hunting peers deliberately wrecked the dogs Bill when we "tabled so many amendments that it ran out of time". This conspiracy theory looks shaky against the fact that only eight amendments we...

  • LETTER: Good times at Hackney Downs with Pinter and Berkoff
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    Hackney Downs didn't have a glorious past. It had a phenomenal past: hundreds of working-class kids like Berkoff, Pinter and myself were encouraged, inspired, cajoled, and beaten in an anachronistic East End public school, to read copiously, and star...

  • LETTER: The judges were right
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    The Lord Chief Justice has emphasised the limitations of severe sentencing as a deterrent to crime, while judges have argued that some aspects of the Home Secretary's proposals could increase offending. They are right. Mandatory prison sentences woul...

  • I owe it to the nation to root out this filth
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    As a distinguished Clean-Up TV campaigner from way back, as well as being Director of YouKayTeeVee, I had been asked by fellow crusaders to be an "expert witness". Unpleasant though this assignment sounded, I felt duty bound to oblige. For how can on...

  • Least said, soonest elected to high office
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    I'm not fond of facial hair myself but it doesn't strike me as the germ of a coherent political programme. Yet the practice of courting popularity by saying as little as possible strikes deep chords on both sides of the Atlantic, as evidenced by the ...

  • words: Lethal
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    LONDON'S filthy air may be a lot more lethal than at first thought, says the Evening Standard, and the word is guaranteed to bring a shiver. Poisons, weapons, gas chambers, foul diseases, are its natural companions; but air? Its Old English equivalen...

  • Murder justified as tyrannicide
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    In all history, I have never heard of a man or a woman who refused the chance of power because powerful people get murdered. Not even high-risk groups such as Roman imperial usurpers or early kings of Scotland ("ane lecherous and bluidy tyrant, slain...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    Telegraph leading article criticising Nelson Mandela for being too moderate as South Africa rejoins the Commonwealth after more than 30 years The prisons are full of indoor horticulturists, harmless people. David Hockney, artist, on the legalisation ...

  • LETTER: Only adult hang-ups make nudity sordid
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    Until puberty my friends and I (both male and female) ran around sometimes naked or at least bare-chested in warm weather without any suggestion of obscenity, and as a result I have a healthy lack of self-consciousness about my body. We complain that...

  • LETTER: Fired up about smoking
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    So to speak of being "reasonable" and "respecting the rights" of smokers is to play the game by the rules of the tobacco companies, deliberately or otherwise.I have no objection to someone lighting up provided they absorb every single molecule of smo...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT
    Sunday, 12 November 1995

    n ATTENTION. Time for action. Le Beaujolais Nouveau. Arrives yet again this Thursday. Filthy stuff. French won't drink it, send it over here. You know the French, always letting things off. Boycotts, bans, demos. So, Le Heave-Ho for Le Nouveau? Not a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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