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Saturday, 18 November 1995

  • LETTER : Lone-parent benefit is too old
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    In Britain lone parents can claim until the youngest child reaches the age of 16. This policy is a hangover from the early years of the welfare state when most mothers of young children did not work. That policy aimed to enable lone parents, like oth...

  • LETTER : Fox hunters are hooligans 'Respectable' rural hooligans
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    My own grounds for opposition, which I suspect are shared by many other local residents, revolve precisely around issues of law and order. Every hunt season here brings with it the usual appalling litany of reported cases involving wanton trespassing...

  • LETTER : The future through Apple's eyes is rosy, not rotten
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    1 Apple has gained market share since Windows '95. 2 Macintosh is gaining developers; 3,500 attended Apple's developer conference this year. 3 Worldwide, Apple is number one supplier in education, two in home and three in business. 4 Apple has superi...

  • LETTER : Starvation is not inevitable: are we prepared to stop it?
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Rodney L Warrington Chester

  • LETTER : The truth about castrati
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Geoffrey Taunton Portsmouth, Hants

  • LETTER : Time for GPs to speak out
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    As a mother I wish to carry on exercising my rights in relation to my choice of health care. That means not only being able to choose my GP but also choosing to refuse vaccination for my children because I believe that there are healthier alternative...

  • LETTER : Still on a high from Oasis Oasis are best since Beatles
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    "Maybe I was the only person who was disappointed by last Sunday's pedestrianism," he writes. I'm sure he was. I am still on a high, and the concert was over a week ago! Every time Oasis are mentioned at school, on the radio, anywhere, I immediately ...

  • LETTER : Arctic tramp
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    How, then, can he justify removing himself and his family from their natural socio-economic environment to deliberately impinge upon the life system of a wilderness in which they merely play a transient role? Especially when this involvement includes...

  • LETTER : Pay restraint
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    l pay rises must be earned through increased productivity l relativity arguments are not acceptable l catching-up exercises are unacceptable l no increases if the number of applicants exceeds vacancies l no permanent-type conditions of employment for...

  • LETTER : DRAWING FOR STUDENTS
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Tim Shelley Maidenhead, Berkshire

  • LETTER : CONSCRIPTION
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Hugh David, London SW8

  • LETTER : JOHN MAJOR SHOULD GO
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Edward Greening, London E1

  • LETTER : COCAINE
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Dr Tony Thomas London NW6

  • LETTER : The truth about castrati
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    A castrato was capable of coitus, but not insemination - hence in part the popularity of castrati as lovers. The case she quotes may have been due to Tenducci's having recessed testicles which had not properly dropped. As I understand it, such recess...

  • LETTER : Starvation is not inevitable: are we prepared to stop it?
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    The answer is not a reversal of the Common Agricultural Policy reforms designed to reduce Europe's surpluses. These reforms were an important first step in the right direction. If we over-produce, we dump our subsidised excess on world markets and we...

  • LETTER : Starvation is not inevitable: are we prepared to stop it?
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Famine is never the result of food shortage. The issue is whether or not people have access to the food that does exist. The 8 billion people expected by 2020 could be fed, even given the trends Mr Lean reports. However, it is increasingly difficult ...

  • Di's story previewed ... Fab Four fables ... skittish Britt lights up
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    n BBRRNNGG! My telephone rings, as it will. It is Ms Una Tributable, my political correspondent, with her weekly update on the solecisms in this political thriller on television, The Final Cut. Something about Tory MPs never dressing on the right aft...

  • Shaken, stirred, but alive
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Sexist, children. These are words, concepts even, that have never featured in a Bond film before. Honor Blackman did not wrestle with Sean Connery in Goldfinger to tell him she was keen to start a family. Nor did she consider there was anything wrong...

  • When choice is more than the difference between nut clusters and coffee creams
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Does it? Or is the choice - like the Arbeit - the sort which leaves you a great deal less free than before? I never liked the word, even before it colonised British politics. Perhaps because it reminded me visually of "chocs" - suggesting two plump f...

  • The revolution is happening and it's down at Raquel's
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Taking Ecstasy five years ago defined you. It made you somehow other - in your attachment to just the right trainers, your commitment to obscure records, your touching belief in the spiritual possibilities of a whacking great rave. You were, in the a...

  • words : Ecstasy
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    The word, from the Greek existanai, "to put out of place", was used from the 14th century onwards of people who were out of their minds, or as we say, beside themselves, whether with joy or despair; its downside seems for some centuries to have been ...

  • Three cheers for Enid Blyton
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    I'm doing it all over again now with my six-year-old, Jacob, and the pleasure is just as certain and intense. We've just started Five Have Plenty of Fun, and over the past 18 months we've got hooked on the adventures of Enid Blyton's Famous Five. The...

  • After-dinner games at Schloss Windsor
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    From an historic point of view, nothing could be further from the truth than these smears. I should know, as I stayed with the Windsors - Edward, Wallis and their little daughter Barbara, who went on to enjoy considerable success as a comedienne - in...

  • Heseltine may be a mangy old lion but he could still roar
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    There is really no sense in requiring the present Queen to utter a pack of lies, preceded by a lot of business conducted by Black Rod and succeeded by a variety of silly walks. Lord Mackay, who has a more euphonious voice than Her Majesty, could do t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : It's just showbiz
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    There was a time when both the BBC and the monarchy remained aloof from show business. If anything, the Royals have moved faster than the BBC. Only a generation ago, film of the Duke of Edinburgh grilling sausages was enough to create a national sens...

  • Against the tide of change
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    These words carried the same air of authority, and the same implicit threat of hell-fire and damnation, that used to characterise the pronouncements of senior churchmen in Ireland in the Fifties and Sixties. But they drew a response that did not belo...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Ken Wiwa, son of executed Nigerian campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa These are truly scenes from hell, written on the darkest pages of history. Bosnia war crimes indictment The Government's determination to use the Queen's Speech to flush out Labour is the fi...

  • 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...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    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...

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