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Friday, 3 November 1995

  • LETTER: Aftermath of the Quebec referendum
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: My daughter rang me from Montreal last night to say that she feels like an "unwanted intruder" and she and her husband are thinking of moving. I know how she feels. Her great-great-great-great grandfather was the first settler on a farm not 30 m...

  • LETTER: Mersey killing
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: While I would be only too happy in a world without the Beatles (2 November), I should point out that the so-called Mersey Sound did not replace skiffle; as a popular music form, this had largely disappeared by the end of 1957 - six years earlier...

  • When a hug can really hurt
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Such "inappropriate" behaviour, and when it turns into harassment, and when that should end someone's career are all increasing problems in the workplace, and many cases end up in industrial tribunals. How can you avoid being accused of sexual harass...

  • LETTER: Regional press threatened
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: The Government's Broadcasting Bill will be published this month. We fear that the Bill is to be based on an out-moded view of the regional newspaper industry. It will block the industry's natural development into regionally based media companies...

  • LETTER: Aftermath of the Quebec referendum
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: Canadians who choose exile (Section Two; "Dear Canadians", 1 November) fall into two main categories: those who seek fame and fortune (mainly to the US) and those who seek a richer cultural life (mainly to the UK). Although I fall into the latte...

  • LETTER: Tumim's courage
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: Following your article "Tumim saves his parting shot for Howard" (2 November) I would like to acknowledge the vision, wisdom, courage and determination of Judge Stephen Tumim in bringing to public attention the conditions into which our society ...

  • LETTER: When blood flowed freely
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: In view of the recent correspondence on charges for blood and blood products, it may be of interest to recall that, before the Eighties, cash transactions were not normally associated with their use in the UK. Collection, testing, processing and...

  • LETTER: Closure was wrong option
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: Further to your leading article "Orphans of a dead school" (1 November), I would like to take issue with your statement that Hackney Downs School should have been closed several years ago. The Liberal Democrats in this borough have consistently ...

  • LETTER: The struggles of signing on
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: Colin Campbell (letter, 28 October) does not tell the whole story about what it used to be like signing on. In the Fifties, I well remember being sent for a job interview before even being allowed to register for unemployment. Three hours of que...

  • LETTER: Legal folly of trying the judge
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: For any politician to seek to blame the judges, directly or indirectly, for current weaknesses in Britain's social policies ("Regina versus the politicians", 2 November) is both a serious lapse in statesmanship as well as an inept failure to acc...

  • LETTER: The history of colour-blindness
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: The author of the marginal notes on your arts page today (31 October) asks, with reference to the black singer and actress Diahann Carroll's starring in the touring company of Sunset Boulevard, "Is the American musical at last turning colour-bli...

  • PROFILE: LORD NOLAN An ideal judge
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    It was a characteristically sure-footed, upright gesture. Not noble or dramatic but entirely proper. Nolan was not going to allow himself or his committee to be accused of freeloading at taxpayers' expense, of raiding the public purse to entertain jo...

  • The rise of the quango state
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    All of these stories, and many more, connect to the book's central theme, which explains how Mrs Thatcher, while proclaiming herself an enemy of state power and socialism, actually accelerated Britain's post-war drift towards an ever more centralised...

  • LETTER: Aftermath of the Quebec referendum
    Saturday, 4 November 1995

    Sir: In the aftermath of the referendum in Quebec, and as a federalist, I agree with Conrad Black that, while I would certainly deplore the breakup of my country, nevertheless some good things might come of it. Not least would be the abandonment of t...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

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