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Tuesday, 21 November 1995

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: The Princess of Wales's Panorama interview revealed much by what she rather carefully didn't say: in particular, the extent to which the advisers to the Royal Household are affected by certain petty jealousy, are locked in the past, frown on nov...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: One of the most powerful tactics used in negotiating is "nuisance value". The confident performance and candid responses of the Princess of Wales in her Panorama interview must rank among the most delightfully subtle, yet devastatingly effective...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: I thought your analysis of the Charles/Di situation brilliant but I do not think you give Charles enough credibility regarding the common touch. I know personally how much help he has given to very humble, ordinary people to get started in busin...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Meanwhile, back in Serbia, we have had the sanctions-busting extravaganza of the Fischer-Spassky rematch in 1992, and a regular series of top-class tournaments in Belgrade. The Investbanka tournament currently in progress has attracted an impressivel...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Brown paint makers, with the decision by Thorntons confectioners to paint their shopfronts in a chocolate colour in an attempt to boost sales. The current grey-and- pink colour scheme will be replaced by a shade technically described as burnt sienna....

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Apropos current discussions on the rights and wrongs of intruding into the private and public lives of British citizens, it is worth reflecting on the opinion of that great Englishman William Cobbett (1763-1835), who said: No man has a right to ...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Since the juxtaposition of two prime-time television programmes on Monday night - Panorama and Cracker, wouldn't the public have been better served by an interview of the Princess of Wales by "Fitz"? Yours faithfully, M. Robertson Nailsworth, Gl...

  • Elementary, my dear Highness
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    "You may laugh, Watson," he once said to me, "but that little lady has more power in her crooked little finger than the Queen has in the whole of the Household Cavalry." "There is a word for that sort of power," I said stiffly. Holmes laughed. "Could...

  • ...the monarchy must quit its infantile fairyland
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    The latest MORI poll shows more people (55 per cent) think the country would be better off, or no different, without a monarchy; only 40 per cent think the country would be worse off. It seems unlikely the Princess of Wales's interview will have done...

  • LETTER: Why Labour's tax plans are a fair deal
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: The Institute for Fiscal Studies argues that Labour's long-term ambition to cut the starting rate of income tax to 10p in the pound is not the most progressive way to cut income tax ("Brown's 10p tax scheme attacked", 21 November). But the insti...

  • LETTER: National treasure
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Is it a sign of the times that the National Trust, having recently declined the opportunity to acquire the home of Charles Darwin, has just announced that it is to purchase that of Paul McCartney? Yours sincerely, Robert Banks Durham

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Cold comfort in Bosnia's peace
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    As the first snowflakes of a bitter winter fall on the Balkans, it may just be that its inhabitants are witnessing the end of four years of conflict. It is a war that has shamed Europe. From 1991 to the present day, the scourges of mass murder, ethni...

  • LETTER: Picnic in the dunes
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: I for one feel insulted by the remark about troops panicking on the beach at Dunkirk, in Robert Winder's article about Enid Blyton ("Noddy's off to Treasure Island", 18 November). I was on that beach for several days and was one of the last to b...

  • LETTER: Freedom to limit animal suffering
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Your article on genetic engineering, "Is this the work of man or nature?" (20 November) asks if there are any limits to what people can, and should, do to animals to further human ends. There certainly are, and I think they can best be defined b...

  • LETTER: MEP employers
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Carole Tongue MEP is right to criticise major UK employers in being negative about European employment reform, including maternity leave, (letter, 20 November). However, one can add that the employment practices of some MEPs themselves sometimes...

  • The tale of Diana's revenge
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Those anonymous Carlist MPs who want her divorced, demoted to Duchess and packed off to California - traditional bolt-hole for disgraced English aristocrats - speak for the instincts of Buckingham Palace and the Establishment generally. It would be s...

  • LETTER: No peace yet in Northern Ireland
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Jack O'Sullivan's useful article ("Will they ever get round that table?" 17 November) unfortunately omits a central issue that corrodes community confidence in the bona fides of the paramilitary organisations and their political wings: continuin...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Fair and firm on immigration
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Applications to the UK in relation to other EU countries have risen sharply over the past few years and unless something is done now it is projected that this country will be receiving applications at the rate of about 100,000 by the end of the centu...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: There is life after royal marriage
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    The Princess of Wales's interview for Panorama made clear that their relationship fell apart a long time ago. Infidelity, counsellors know, is usually enough to destroy a marriage for ever. But the royal couple went further, conspiring in their broad...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: There could be a neat solution to the difficulties currently facing the Royal Family: a solution that could have far-reaching implications for international security. With her interest in the diplomatic life, her concern about being misperceived...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Nicholas Soames MP, "close friend of Prince Charles", speaking on television last night, and on Radio 4 this morning, was clear proof of Diana's point that Prince Charles's friends had systematically portrayed her as mad and unstable. He as much...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Then as now, drunkenness leads to obscene language and various sorts of assault, often against policemen. In 1913, a man and a woman get spells of hard labour for this most common of offences. They would probably have spent their time picking oakum i...

  • bridge
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Playing with his usual partner, Eric Rodwell, Meckstroth ended in Seven Hearts, a slightly inferior contract to the grand slam in spades. I shall not give their "modified Precision Club" auction because it was (a) too long and (b) incomprehensible. W...

  • LETTER: Prozac and Ecstasy: the risks
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: In her letter yesterday (17 November), Joanna Nakielny, the spokesperson for Lilly Industries, said that Prozac, one of her company's products, is not a "street drug". She said that it is different from street drugs such as Ecstasy because it ha...

  • battleships
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    The standard mathematical problem concerns a submarine commander who has only one torpedo and wishes to fire it at the largest battleship in the enemy flotilla. They are sailing past him one by one, and once gone may never be caught up. The optimal s...

  • LETTER: Marriage of Major and Blair
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: Your editorial about John Major's proposals to reshape the Union ("Reshaping the Union, the McMajor way", 18 November), claims that the "case for a Home Rule parliament is irresistible on moral grounds, and may become so on practical and politic...

  • LEADER: The Windsors cannot win
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    It had small beginnings. Clearly Charles resented his wife's popularity with the public and for that reason, it would appear, elected to undertake their public duties separately rather than together. Charles' decision - fateful and catastrophic - to ...

  • LETTER: Children have the most to lose
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: Thank you for launching your "Children of War Appeal" (18 November). Children in a war zone are always the most vulnerable, and have the most to lose: you only get one childhood, and one chance to develop normally, both physically and mentally. ...

  • LETTER: Defence threat
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: The letter from John Alderson (20 November) misrepresents the speech made last week by the Defence Secretary to a tri-Service conference. He made no mention whatsoever of armed forces tackling "inner-city crime". Mr Portillo's speech was on the ...

  • LETTER: Adam's animals
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: The concept of animal rights surely dates back further than 200 years (letter, 15 November). One has only to open one's Bible at the beginning, Genesis, to discover that God created all living creatures and blessed them, and saw that this creati...

  • LETTER: Prozac and Ecstasy: the risks
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: Peer pressure pushes young people under 20 into doing things that they would not otherwise do, just for the fun of it. For some, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; for others, it becomes a regular occurrence. Often, sadly, it does not stop t...

  • LETTER: House of rascals
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: Lottie, aged two and a half, watched the state opening of Parliament on television and asked if the lady in the crown was "the Queen of the castle". Assured on this point, the discerning child then pointed to the MPs streaming in from the House ...

  • LETTER: Pay and displays
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: Peter Foster's suggestion (letter, 18 November) that museums should charge by the time spent on the premises could be met by the car-park system, when you take a timed ticket on entry and pay on departure. If payment is to automatic machines tha...

  • Steady hands can defuse a bombshell
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    What Labour is trying to do is to win the propaganda war it lost in 1992 before the next election campaign gets going. Last time, Labour's tax plans would have meant most people paying less; but the higher paid would have been hit hard. The Conservat...

  • Becket's brains: a snip at 50p
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    They might like to know that Monsignor David Lewis agrees with them. Monsignor David Lewis is a Catholic clergyman who has risen to some eminence in Rome and now is in charge of the large and imposing church called Santa Maria Maggiore, where the ver...

  • LETTER: The royal precedent
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: Why does David Aaronovitch say: "Charles is not just a troubled prince, but a modern male, confused, upset, clumsy, uncomprehending - as emotionally retarded as the rest of us" ("Another ripping royal yarn", 16 November) when, for years, reports...

  • LETTER: We have ways
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: The photograph of the MI6 building you printed today ("Love me do", 13 November) is a mirror image: Vauxhall bridge is shown to the left of the notorious spy centre rather than to the right. Is this a cunning security measure to foil potential i...

  • LEADER: The remaking of mice and men
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    These cases are landmarks for humanity's attitude to itself and the rest of the living world. It would be difficult to come up with less appealing standard-bearers than Oncomouse and PNG man for the brave new world of genetic engineering. In 1984, sc...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Women priests: the tide turns
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Women priests are not an innovation of this age and, contrary to common perception, they existed in the early Church among fringe, and often heretical, Christian groups. Much evidence for this has come from feminist activists who have failed to see t...

  • LETTER: Rouble routes
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: Neil Taylor says of Russia: "the lack of public transport requires a taxi transfer to the airport". (Business Travel: "Former Soviet states seek solutions", 15 November) In St Petersburg at the moment one can go to either of the airports by publ...

  • When Mandela went missing
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    While the execution of Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues at the opening of the Commonwealth summit caught even the most well-informed Nigeria expert off guard, there is little doubt that Mr Mandela lost his international political innocence that day. The ...

  • Less homework, more development
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: With regard to your article "11-year-olds shun homework for TV" (17 November), what is homework? The research reported, in common with other recent reports on this topic, fails to consider the range of activities undertaken by children outside s...

  • site unseen: Dock Police Cottages, West India Dock, London
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    After the Second World War, the impact of the lorry, the aeroplane and new forms of shipping goods ensured that swathes of Britain's old Docklands became redundant. Liverpool, Hull and Gloucester in particular have risen to the challenge of finding i...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Black is practically devoid of moves, but White must find a way of keeping him bottled up. 1.f6 Kd1 2.f7 fails to reach the objective, because of 2...Nxb3+ 3.axb3 Bc3+. What White needs is a way to keep the knight pinned, while also closing in on the...

  • LETTER: The royal precedent
    Tuesday, 21 November 1995

    Sir: If Niall Ferguson ("Off With Her Talking Head", 20 November) teaches history at Jesus College, Oxford, he should know better than to say that Henry VIII got a divorce from Catherine of Aragon or that the Church of England was invented to let him...

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