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Friday, 17 November 1995

  • A peace as flimsy as papyrus
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Is this just the sad past of the Middle East? Or is Beirut its future, an omen for capitals that are yet to descend into an abyss of chauvinist strife or a war of succession, cities even now pursuing the humdrum life of commerce and government while ...

  • LETTER:When in Naples
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: It does not need to be cold for the men and women of Naples to bring out their winter overcoats (Rome Diary, 15 November). When I lived there some years ago I was amazed at the extraordinary change that takes place on 1 September. Winter officia...

  • Tinkerbell takes her revenge; PROFILE: the Princess of Wales
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    It's been clear since that first pre-engagement photograph when her beautiful face peered out slyly at a thousand cameras, that Di was going to be dynamite. The key items in those photos were the eyes: the knowing eyes of a difficult little girl. Pri...

  • LETTER:How the V&A should charge
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: The Victoria and Albert Museum's proposal to impose a compulsory pounds 10 entrance fee fills this London artist with dismay ("V&A director wants pounds 10 admission fee", 16 November). It presupposes that we all visit a museum or art galler...

  • LETTER:High hopes
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: Your article "How to be healed" (Section Two, 16 November) stated that "Tibetan medicine is particularly effective in the treatment of diabetes". The British Diabetic Association recognises that "alternative" medicines are becoming increasingly ...

  • LETTER:Transparent tactics
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: The Prime Minister has from time to time demonstrated a capacity to surprise his opponents inside and outside the Tory Party. His announcement, exclusive to the Independent, that he intends to make a statement "within a very few weeks" on consti...

  • LETTER:Telly addicts
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: So, 11-year-olds are shunning homework for TV, eh? (report, 17 November). Well, good for them. What business have they got doing homework at their age? Parents complain that TV is boring - how much more so must homework be if kids shun it in fav...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Reshaping the Union, the McMajor way
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    In his interview with the Independent published yesterday, the Prime Minister made three important acknowledgments about the state of the nation. Taken together, these admissions could open up a new front in politics over the future of the Union, dev...

  • LETTER:Posthaste to Inverness
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: Christian Wolmar is right to extol the virtues of high-speed rail travel, the particular benefits of city centre to city centre travel, and rail's crucial role in helping to regenerate our large cities ("Trains signal start of ground battle with...

  • Peak of pique
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Such a man, in my view, is Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House of Congress in the United States. Like many of our own crusaders for family values, Newt has built his expertise on the back of several families. It was during his first marriage that he ...

  • LETTER:Crowning glory of actor's career
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: The British theatre is all the poorer, with the death of Robert Stephens ("Stage mourns loss of great 'Lear' ", and obituaries/gazette, 14 November). To see him as King Lear, at Stratford, was a truly moving experience, and one I shall never for...

  • LETTER:Life beyond Westminster's two-party club
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: Anthony King's article about the SDP ("The end of the Mad Hatters", 16 November) demonstrates, once again, the curiously Westminster-centric attitude to politics shown by so many political commentators. Mr King asserts that over the past 20 year...

  • Is this really such a soaraway idea?
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    As home affairs spokesman, he wrote what was then a remarkable article for the Sun in March 1993. The fact that he chose the Sun was new enough, but what he said was equally surprising. "It's a bargain - we give opportunity, we demand responsibility,...

  • LETTER:Victims of the Housing Bill
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: Your headline about the forthcoming Housing Bill, "Single parents to lose council house priority", (16 November) is highly misleading. Single parents do not have, and have never had, priority for council houses. As the law currently stands, they...

  • LETTER:Life beyond Westminster's two-party club
    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    Sir: As we gather in Weston-Super-Mare this weekend for our annual conference, the members of the Social Democratic Party will take with a pinch of salt yet another report of our demise ("The end of the Mad Hatters", 16 November). Professor King's as...

    Saturday, 18 November 1995

    All women really want is to grow up, fall in love and live happily ever after. I did. I still do - Clare Short, Shadow Transport Secretary If they want we will give them a sleeping bag, but there is something romantic about sleeping under the desk. T...

  • Auntie in a flap over the F-word
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    c**t ...................... 74 per cent c***s***** ......... 70 per cent m*****f****r ..... 70 per cent f*** ....................... 55 per cent n*g***................... 55 per cent What the BBC proved at its seminar on taste and decency this week i...

  • John Major: watch me, then judge me
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    The Prime Minister is not giving the details away yet; they will be announced by Michael Forsyth, the Scottish Secretary, in a few weeks' time. But he said: "People in Scotland, who often feel cut off from parliamentary debate in London want better a...

  • Lovely Rita, the prostitute who doesn't offer sex
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    People who have mobile phones won't know about all this - indeed, people may well buy mobile phones for the single puritanical purpose of getting away from the constant array of prostitutes' cards they are forced to look at in phone boxes - but I kno...

  • Leading Article: Keep fruit on our streets
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    Ah, yes, says Derbyshire, but it's not so simple. True, no one had objected to Brian Godfrey's sidewalk plums, and yes, there had been no accidents or incidents, but the law is the law. "Pavements are for people and have to be kept free of obstructio...

  • Leading Article: Beware a new wage spiral
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    Your reaction matters a great deal to the economists who are watching the dispute at Ford over the management's pay offer of 4.75 per cent. If pay settlements start rising following the Ford example, we could be in for the wage boom that the Bank of ...

  • Letter: Le Shuttle U-turn
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    Sir Alastair Morton, chairman of Eurotunnel, has continually criticised the ferry industry for "suicidal" price wars and other such competitive activity. Indeed, according to him, it is the actions of the ferry industry which have done so much to des...

  • Letter: How the EU can get serious
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    In the Liberal Democrat group, we have been pressing for a few simple changes that could quickly bring results. First, the European Commission needs a bigger stick to wave at the member states if it is to persuade them to act. In some areas it can wi...

  • Letter: Round and round the round table
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    Once he brought Sinn Fein into the process, he created conditions which made an Irish settlement only possible by bilateral negotiations between the two sovereign governments. It is not just that the Unionists will not sit down with - as they see it ...

  • Letter: Does BSE harm people?
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    This is not true. CJD occurs round the world with a relatively constant incidence, including countries that are free of both scrapie and BSE. In 1994, the incidence of CJD in the UK was lower than in the Netherlands and in Austria, which are both fre...

  • Letter: When costs increase Taiwan will say ta-ta
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    Four years ago, after manufacturing in Pusan City on the south coast of Korea for more than 20 years, a Japanese company closed a factory manufacturing exactly the same product as Chungwha will be making in Scotland. Three thousand people lost their ...

  • Letter: Ecstasy v Prozac
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    Ecstasy, by contrast, is an illegal drug that is not licensed for the treatment of any medical condition. Yours faithfully, Joanna Nakielny Associate Medical Director Lilly Industries Basingstoke, Hampshire 15 November

  • Letter: Tape that
    Friday, 17 November 1995

    If the show goes out live - in other words, in its full spontaneity - it is not going to be filmed. But it doesn't go out live; nor is it filmed: it is recorded on tape. Videotape is as important a medium as film. It's a pity that commentators and ev...

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