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Thursday, 2 November 1995

  • Leading Article: Labour misses the point again
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Yesterday the telecommunications regulator Don Cruickshank joined in the Independent's criticism of this deal, arguing that Labour will only succeed in encouraging BT's monopoly, which the regulator has spent the last decade trying to counter. Better...

  • Letter: Donor and egg conundrum
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: One thing that no one is considering in the furore over the selling of human eggs ("Agency 'trades' in women's eggs", 1 November) is how this situation could have been avoided. The desperate shortage of eggs for treatment has compelled patient g...

  • Letter: Battered women, disputed figures
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: Fran Abrams's disturbing claim ("Just imagine", 23 October) that one woman in four has suffered physical abuse from a male partner is unsupported by evidence. The most thorough and statistically robust studies of the prevalence of domestic viole...

  • Blessed are the persecuted
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    I am sure that Reverend Moon is very sad and disappointed that he cannot come to Britain on his world tour. I know he loves this country and respects its great tradition of freedom. The Home Secretary has made a grave error, and my fellow members of ...

  • Letter: Too big a slice of the pie for London
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: Terence Conran tries to make a special case for Lottery funding to go to London. He may well be right, but the suspicion remains that the National Lottery distributing bodies are run by London's Great and Good, who coincidentally enough favour s...

  • Leading Article: Stripping down puritanism
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    All of this sounds depressingly familiar. It suggests that we have changed little in a century. We are still oppressed by Victorian prudery, still a country of bathers who struggle under huge towels to put on 10-gallon shorts, a nation more comfortab...

  • Letter: Concepts of cruelty,class... and cookery
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's article defending fox hunting was fantastically wrong-headed. To cite but one example, she says that "foxes are inedible". Patience Gray, in her classic book Honey from a Weed, provides a recipe for La Volpe alla cacciatora. She ...

  • Letter: Slogging sisters
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: Genevieve Fox is quite right to ask where all the feminists have gone (31 October). The answer is that they remain working away in the unglamorous world of women's aid, rape crisis women's centres, etc. Publishing was and is an important part of...

  • Letter:Armed response
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: By her own admission, Kate Rankin (letter, 28 October) has caused a potentially dangerous situation to arise as a result of her negligence when driving. The proper immediate response in such a situation would be to assess the situation, concentr...

  • Choice begins in the nursery
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Education spokesmen from all parties will say they are in favour of choice. But the furore that re-emerged yesterday over the Government's new vouchers plan for the parents of four-year-olds suggests that we have some way to go before we are all spea...

  • A drama worth waiting for ...
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    I never did get round to writing a play like Stoppard at the time. But I did work out the title. It was going to be called Waiting for Stoppard. I wasn't too sure about the plot, although I knew two companions would be sitting around talking a lot of...

  • Letter: Barbaric scientist
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: I am the Steve Jones referred to by Bryan Appleyard ("A disease that's made in the mind", 31 October) as a "scientistic barbarian". Perhaps it will help your readers to understand why Mr Appleyard is so upset if they learn that the phrase to whi...

  • Letter: Seals of approval
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: David Lister (front page, 1 November) suggests that Damien Hirst's Mother and Child Divided has been temporarily removed from the Turner Prize exhibition "with a view, perhaps, to the reaction of others unmentioned - animal rights activists, for...

  • Fundamentally wrong on families
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    This was no sober evaluation of the issues. Instead, home videos of domestic harmony were crudely intercut with slow-motion replays of joy-riding dissolute youths, their masked faces emphasising the gulf between contemporary dehumanised society and i...

  • Letter: Too big a slice of the pie for London
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: It is a novel argument Terence Conran uses to justify all this spending of National Lottery money in London ("London deserves to get lucky", 1 November). While he is concerned for the poor, the largest contributors to the Lottery's funds, his so...

  • Letter: Concepts of cruelty,class... and cookery
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee argues that fox hunting should not be outlawed because it would "trespass on the rights of a small, if eccentric bunch of people". That argument also applied to the abolition of bear and bull baiting, dog fighting, badger baiting a...

  • Letter: Concepts of cruelty,class... and cookery
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee made a pretty feeble defence of hunting. All the traditional defences for hunting - it controls foxes, it protects foxes (yes, I know they are contradictory), it's humane, it has support in the countryside, it protects the environm...

  • Letter: Concepts of cruelty,class... and cookery
    Friday, 3 November 1995

    Sir: It is most unfortunate that our society cannot discuss matters of humane behaviour and social mores without becoming dragged into the mire of party politics, where few subjects are dealt with in a balanced manner. My wife and I have only lived i...

  • LETTER:John Lloyd has forgotten his South African past
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: John Lloyd gave evidence in court against his friends. The judge in the case against John Harris said of Mr Lloyd, "whether here or abroad he must sooner or later face his comrades". In fact, John Lloyd has not had to face his "comrades". There ...

  • LETTER:Sad prophecy for failed school
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: As a former pupil of Hackney Downs School ("Failed school to be shut down", 1 November), I remember well my last day there in September 1967. It was, arguably, the beginning of the end. With a few friends, I had called in to say goodbye to the s...

  • ANOTHER VIEW:The generous gift of life
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    those couples with their children in the street, if I should say: 'What is it I can't buy that you possess and got for free, complete, something that I'd give the world to own, and with the world to give, still could not own?' " Roger Frith's poem on...

  • LETTER:Numerous injustices at the trial of Nigerian playwright
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: I was appalled to hear yesterday that the military government of Nigeria has sentenced five members of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop) to death. Ken Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues from Mosop have been involved in a peacef...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Nigeria's deadly poker game
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Ken Saro-Wiwa is an environmental activist and leading campaigner for the rights of the Ogoni people. When four supporters of the Nigerian government were murdered in May 1994, Saro-Wiwa was one of the first to be rounded up. According to Amnesty Int...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Regina versus the politicians
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Then there is Lord Nolan, the judge brought in by the Prime Minister to calm public anxiety about the ethics of MPs. A rebellion inside the Tory party now threatens the proposed Nolan rule book. Meanwhile Sir Richard Scott sits polishing his long-del...

  • Why the minnows are making a splash
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    We would have seen a new Francophone nation within the North American community. We would discover whether it was possible to run an efficient small country alongside one medium-sized and one giant one. Quebec would have been a Norway or a Denmark. C...

  • Prescribe me a poem, Dr Keats
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    He was, after all, a medical gentleman. He had not, I think, finished his training, but I know many doctors who are called doctor who have not yet finished their training, and no one looks askance at them. The fact of the matter is that it would neve...

  • LETTER:The battle of Guy Fawkes
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: Last night, I stood on my doorstep and listened to the sound of a major gun-battle taking place in the streets around me. It has been the same every night for the past two or three weeks. I can close my eyes and imagine that I am in Sarajevo. Th...

  • LETTER:Hand signals
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: The only problem with Peter Barnett's otherwise admirable suggestion of motorists signalling a gun towards the temple (Letters, 30 October) is that it can be misconstrued as meaning "you should be shot". It must be remembered that enraged motori...

  • LETTER:Christmas chaos
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: In cancelling Christmas (Diary, 31 October), the postgraduates of Newnham may not be aware of what they could be stirring. In 1647, the Mayor of Canterbury, acting on a parliamentary decree, ordered that "Christmas Day and all other superstitiou...

  • A House of better repute
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    This is why the unsavoury revelations of recent years and the sleaze mania were such a bad business, good for newspaper sales but awful for Westminster. It's why the attempt by the Nolan committee and now MPs to clean up the palace is not trivial, or...

  • The fast lane beckons for meals on wheels
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    When he became a widower, George, who lives in south London, not only had to cope with the grief, he also had a very practical worry: he had to learn how to look after himself. Often the energy required to shop and cook was more than he could muster,...

  • True gripes: Hairdressers
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Hairdressers are the most boring people in the world, capable of discoursing at length upon an infinite range of mind-numbingly dull subjects. Pets, politics, holidays, kitchen appliances - you name it, hairdressers have an enormous amount to say abo...

  • Chess
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Everyone else who is anyone is there, and the results so far are a triumph for the younger generation, with Vassily Ivan-chuk and Vladimir Kramnik a long way ahead of the field. After nine rounds the scores are: Ivanchuk 6; Kramnik 51/2; Short, Kaspa...

  • Numbers: The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Two is the number of fingers required for a rude gesture; also: Gentlemen of Verona; Heads that are better than one; Left feet for clumsiness; Short planks needed to measure stupidity; Sides to every question (according to Protagoras); Wrongs that do...

  • LETTER:Numerous injustices at the trial of Nigerian playwright
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: You report today on your front page the death sentence handed out to the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and his co-defendants by a "special tribunal" in Nigeria ("Playwright sentenced to death", 31 October). In March of this year, I went to Port Harcourt ...

  • LETTER:John Lloyd has forgotten his South African past
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: There is a single issue for the Labour Party and the electors in Exeter in the affair of the Labour candidate, John Lloyd: has Mr Lloyd been candid with them? The point is: he was not candid, and still is not. Maritz van den Berg and Ron Press (...

  • Yesterday was...
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Northerners, with a survey conducted at railway stations in London, Newcastle and York, claiming that people from the north are more that 50 per cent more likely to laugh at a joke than those from the south. The survey was described as "only slightly...

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