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Monday, 13 November 1995

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The CBI's place in the middle
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    The CBI cannot afford to offend the government in power, not only because ministers still have their hands on the levers that matter but also because an influential body of members quite clearly wants its organisation to take sides, by acknowledging ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Why Shell should stay put
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    First, did the "discreet diplomacy" of President Mandela and others fail? Perhaps we should ask instead whether the worldwide protests failed. Our experience suggests that this kind of diplomacy offered the best hope for Ken Saro-Wiwa. But as worldwi...

  • LETTER : A woman's place in the supermarket
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: My mentally-handicapped daughter and I feel very guilty that we may contribute to delaying Germaine Greer when she goes shopping in Sainsbury's. I am sure that women with children, and pensioners, will have just the same reactions. Of course, sh...

  • LETTER :The `tough' approach to youth unemployment
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: You are right to support Labour's proposals to cope with youth unemployment. The proposals are similar to the Community Programme from the Eighties, which was real job creation, with unreasonable pay levels, not necessarily at full rates, but hi...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The agony of Ecstasy
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    But what should be done about Ecstasy? It is a class "A" drug, bracketed with heroin and cocaine. Suppliers face jail and anyone caught using it can expect a criminal record. Many people, horrified by this most recent tragedy, will now call for a cra...

  • No speech like an old speech
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    There were good things in my speech but I didn't get it really right, and Clement Freud, a fellow-speaker, leant over to me afterwards and said: "If you'll take my advice, Miles, you won't bother to make up a speech every time. Just have one very goo...

  • The evil at the heart of Nigeria
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    I want justice for the Ogoni people. I want self-determination for the Ogoni people. I want autonomy for the Ogoni people. This means that Ogoni political affairs will be run by Ogoni people. Ogoni economic resources will be used for the development ...

  • Tony Blair's new moral imperative
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    In his biography of Blair, my colleague John Rentoul describes the Labour leader's philosophy as social moralism. Some Labour MPs and left-wing opinion-formers have ruder epithets for what they regard as a wild and worrying lurch into moral-majority ...

  • LETTER : Dodging his duty
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Colin Powell has managed to maintain a highly favourable image in the press, at home and abroad. But I think the time has come to find fault with him. He could have done so much good. But instead of sacrificing himself, he has sacrificed the cau...

  • LETTER : Criticism ignores Unison's skills
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Your editorial about the election of Rodney Bickerstaffe as general scretary of Unison displayed a lack of understanding of developments in the trade union movement. As a socialist and member of Militant Labour, I have come to expect attacks fro...

  • LETTER : Of cabbages and future kings
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: In his kind report of my Booker speech in Saturday's Independent, John Walsh said I had described British culture as a "vegetating catastrophe". This is not so. What I said was that a French writer (Celine) had once described Russia in that perc...

  • LETTER : The Zoo and BSE
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Hazel Lye's letter (25 October) asks whether animals bred by London Zoo and released into the Middle East and Africa could be contaminated with BSE. This is an issue which we take very seriously, particularly as misinformation on the subject can...

  • site unseen: Charles Dickens's Swiss Chalet, Rochester
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    All wrong. In fact the correct answer is Rochester, which should be one of those places that everyone visits and enjoys several times in their lifetime - but isn't. Perhaps this is not a bad thing. A stroll down the High Street remains a joyous and u...

  • LETTER : A woman's place in the supermarket
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: As someone whose life has been influenced by the writing of Germaine Greer, I was rather surprised to read her article ("Never glad confident Sainsbury's again", 10 November). In it, the woman who so fiercely championed women's rights in The Fem...

  • LETTER : A woman's place in the supermarket
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Three cheers for Germaine Greer for voicing opinions about Sainsbury's with which I wholeheartedly agree. Our local Sainsbury's began life innocently enough in the 1980s, being cautiously welcomed by residents. But with a toe-hold in the neighbo...

  • LETTER : Criticism ignores Unison's skills
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Your scathing criticism of Unison (Who's afraid of Rodney?, 8 November) is wholly unjustified. To suggest that Rodney Bickerstaffe - and by extension Unison - is "a leader of the old school, a product of declining culture" is not borne out by an...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    When Kramnik won game one, then, in game two, reached an apparently impregnable position with rook, knight, bishop and two pawns against queen, knight and one pawn, it looked all over, but Kasparov bamboozled him with some tricky queen moves as both ...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Rugby players, with the news that the Osaka police rugby side will jog alongside President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam at next weekend's APEC summit. Japanese security men, apparently, could not run fast enough. A bad day for: Ke...

  • LETTER :The `tough' approach to youth unemployment
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: If "new" Labour is to be "forced labour", it might consider using imprisonment as a sanction rather than withdrawal of benefits. Imprisonment, unlike withdrawal of benefits, is subject to the legal requirement of due process, and this would give...

  • LETTER :The `tough' approach to youth unemployment
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Your endorsement of Gordon Brown's "tough" approach towards the young unemployed ("Labour gets it right on jobs", 10 November) is misconceived, as is the shadow Chancellor's decision to undermine the overall value of his proposals by linking Lab...

  • backgammon
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    A rollout involves playing the game out to a conclusion from the given position a number of times and logging the results. Normally at least 36 rollouts are performed, and the first move for the side on roll is rotated through the 36 possible rolls o...

  • Letter: Smaller classes do benefit pupils
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: The latest Ofsted survey states that there is no correlation between class size and standard of teaching ("Class-size survey is blow to parents", 10 November). However, all the report has shown is that quality of teaching varies and that some ve...

  • Letter: Israeli poll system helps extremists
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: In the past week, striving to come to terms with the terrible assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, we search for explanations. Many pieces of the puzzle have been identified: a fanatical young extremist, security lapses, the public availability of we...

  • Yes, I agree with Enoch (except ...)
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Now there's a line that deserves an HE Bateman cartoon to itself - the man who said he agreed with Enoch Powell. So let me rephrase that first sentence quickly: I agree with everything Enoch Powell says, except what he says about race. Now, the idea ...

  • Letter: Saro-Wiwa: beware tribalism; boycott Shell
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: The executions carried out in Nigeria are an outrage. Routine expressions of condemnation from national leaders are not an adequate response. It seems clear that the international community must act in a decisive way. If the UN wishes to retain ...

  • After the outrage, the action
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    First came the death sentences themselves on Saro-Wiwa and the others, the week before the Auckland summit. Conceivably the timing of those sentences could still be regarded as coincidental. Then came the confirmation of the sentences. This followed ...

  • Letter: Supermarket power
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: Great stuff, Germaine ("Never glad confident Sainsbury's again", 10 November). It is time we all thought hard about automatically doing our shopping at Sainsbury's. Leave it to those who obviously regard a trolley trip there as the high-spot of ...

  • Letter: A loving smack
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: With reference to the recommendations made by the Commission on Children and Violence (report, 9 November), it is generally accepted that children (and adults) need boundaries in which to live, outside of which they know they will be punished. T...

  • Letter: Why airlines copy passports
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: With regard to your article on British Airways photocopying "ethnic" passengers' passports ("Airline in secret check on blacks", 10 November), we made a mistake in photocopying Tony Kelly's passport. He and his family are British nationals and w...

  • Letter: Remembering two minutes of silence
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: On Saturday my son and I tried to observe the two-minute silence ("A silent tribute to all fallen heros", 11 November). We happened to be in Waitrose at the appointed hour and at 11am on the dot we stopped what we were doing, put down our wire b...

  • creativity some ideas worth sleeping on
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    "You can save on the cost of a fancy-dress outfit," says Tim McGrath, "by lying naked in a hammock for a few hours, then going as a harlequin, a lattice window, or a roast pig." "Sunbathe under a hammock," advises Sian Cole, "for a gorgeous checked t...

  • Letter: No attack on childless couples
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: Your article "The right-wing plot to get Lord Mackay" (2 November) contained the allegation that I had "proposed a tax on childless couples" in a Bow Group pamphlet. This statement is untrue. I never proposed any such tax although, when my pamph...

  • Leading Article: Nigeria: the price of timidity
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Nice for us, wonderful for the Nigerian elite - but a tragedy for the Ogoni. Their country has been severely polluted by oil leaks, while little or nothing has been spent on improving life for this minor member of Nigeria's fractious family of 250 tr...

  • Leading Article: Keep cash out of the courts
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Perhaps we should not find this surprising. Allegations of sexual abuse and violence make a gripping, if distressing, tale. Many people want to read the witnesses' stories and are prepared to pay for the newspapers that deliver the details. Even the ...

  • A bit of PR unfit for PC
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    How to Write A Press Release - Lesson One: Writing a press release for Shell Oil. Although we are naturally sorry to hear of the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa ... Although we are naturally extremely sorry to hear of the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa ... Although w...

  • Pull out now, Shell
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    When Greenpeace protested outside Shell International's headquarters in London in January this year, to draw attention to the forthcoming trial of Ken Saro-Wiwa, Shell International's executives invited me and Ken's son, Ken Wiwa, in for a chat. They...

  • Chess
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Since Paris carries 10 for the winner and 6 for the runner-up, Kasparov can ensure first place by winning, while Anand, Adams or Kramnik could win by defeating anyone other than Ivanchuk in the final. Michael Adams, sadly, lost in the first round to ...

  • Letter: Saro-Wiwa: beware tribalism; boycott Shell
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: Ken Saro-Wiwa and his co-defendants were not hanged because of who they were, or for what they believed in, or for murder, or for their fight against Shell; they were hanged for playing confrontational and divisive tribal politics ("World fury a...

  • This is the week that was
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    1896: The last day on which the law required any car to have a man walking in front of it. 1914: The brassiere is patented by Mary Phelps Jacob. 1988: Festo Kazarwa, a rainmaker of Kabale, Uganda, is beaten to death by villagers whose crops and homes...

  • Letter: Saro-Wiwa: beware tribalism; boycott Shell
    Monday, 13 November 1995

    Sir: The hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni people in Nigeria is not the end of the campaign for human rights in that country. The plight of the Ogoni people has always been affected by the attitude of multinational companies who operate ...

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