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  • Christmas cons but once a year
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Here is the second half of the check-list. Good luck! Just remember every evening to check if anything on the list has happened today. They don't have to happen in this order, any order will do. Good luck! q You are in town one day when an ambulance ...

  • Pageantry fit for a new polity
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    On the surface it was hardly even a story. The Scottish Constitutional Convention - which embraces Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish trade unions and local authorities and many smaller bodies - presented its final proposals for the shape...

  • Letter: Families reunited
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: Following the Rosemary West trial, the subject of "missing persons" has again become a topic of interest and discussion ("Lost and not found", 28 November). There is very proper sympathy with those families from whom someone has recently left ho...

  • Letter: No justice in asylum lists
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: For years, refugees have been calling for their asylum claims to be dealt with speedily and fairly. The measures explained (letter, 29 November) by Ann Widdecombe, Minister of State in the Home Office, meet the first of these requirements but ce...

  • Letter: Watch out for the hidden camera
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: Your two articles (28 November) on closed circuit television (CCTV) were disappointingly superficial. It is debatable, as one of your authors pointed out, whether CCTV actually reduces crime overall because criminal activity, like water flowing ...

  • Letter: Nigeria's ills cannot be healed by Body Shop prescriptions
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: Anita Roddick, handsome, clever and rich with a comfortable home and happy disposition, apparently wants Shell to quit Nigeria, thus provoking the downfall of the current regime. The real evils, indeed, of Anita's situation are the power of havi...

  • Letter: Pigeons in distress
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: After reading Mike Everett's open letter "Dear pigeon fanciers" (Section Two, 28 November), I am reminded of several occasions when I have seen distressed racing pigeons. In very hot weather on a canal boating holiday we saw at least two lying o...

  • Letter: Bible translations before Luther
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: It is exciting to read ("Luther's Bible found after 200 years", 23 November) that Martin Luther's Bible has been discovered. It is a pity, however, that you describe it as "the Bible that broke the monopoly of the Catholic Church and consigned L...

  • Our role in global warming
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    A much bigger issue is whether we can explain that warming; in particular, can we attribute any part of it to human activity? Traditionally, many climate scientists have hedged their bets, using the double negative that warming is "not inconsistent" ...

  • Leading Article: Which one should she choose?
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Passion is the stock in trade of the Scottish National Party, which outlined its ideas for a fully independent Scotland. The monarchy can stay and Scotland should be happy to be a member of a new Association of States of the British Isles. Sweet reas...

  • Leading Article: A hollow victory in the classroom
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Who is right? Education has done pretty well in the Budget, considerably better than other areas of spending. But Mr Clarke has used smoke and mirrors to obscure what is really going on. The overall grant to local authorities is only going up in line...

  • Take care in cyberspace, children
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Both events yet again raise the difficult matter of how best to protect our children from exposure to "unsuitable" material. In the teen mag row, the prohibitionists lined up to call for a ban on the magazine in question, pinning their faith on the p...

  • Letter: Simple fare
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: Your bold menu of "The 10 best ideas of the decade" (Second Section, 29 November) claims to have moved on from the economics-driven nostrums of the Eighties. But the patrons of your more pluralist cafeteria could nevertheless remain dissatisfied...

  • Letter: Nigeria's ills cannot be healed by Body Shop prescriptions
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: The future as dictated by Anita Roddick has seldom looked so unattractive. With her harsh call that "political awareness and activism must be incorporated into business", she must raise shivers among lovers of democracy. The world she advocates ...

  • Letter: Nigeria's ills cannot be healed by Body Shop prescriptions
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: I am one of the Shell workers called upon by Anita Roddick in Another View (28 November) to search their consciences. From where does her sense of moral superiority come? I strive to be a caring citizen in common with most people on this planet,...

  • Letter: Throw open the closet, then take it apart
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: "Revealed: the 40 most influential gay men in Britain" (Section Two, 27 November) was neither revealing nor can the selection be taken seriously. Nearly all of the men concerned were already well known to be gay, so what has been revealed? Some ...

  • Letter: Throw open the closet, then take it apart
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Monday was the 25th anniversary of the first Gay Liberation Front public demonstration against homophobic injustice. In those days - even after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which I had helped to pilot on to the Statute book - homosexuals were s...

  • Letter: Hiding behind right to silence
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: The judgment by the Court of Appeal in the Guinness fraud trial (Law Report; "Guinness defendants' appeals dismissed", 28 November) will no doubt bring a sigh of relief from the newly created Environment Agency and the green lobby. The relief ma...

  • Countdown to glad tidings
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    It's one of those things that was probably invented somewhere snowy, like Germany or Sweden, where you open one window excitedly every day before Christmas and there's a picture of a robin inside, and you say to your crestfallen children, "Well, perh...

  • Letter: Listed buildings are not for ever
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: The listing of buildings is not a way of freezing the past, as stated by Peter Popham ("Be listed, be damned", 27 November). It provides a degree of protection to certain buildings by requiring a bureaucratic procedure prior to any substantial c...

  • True gripes / Restaurant charges
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    The Earl of Bradford has introduced a Private Member's bill to outlaw what he regards as a sneaky practice of automatic but optional service charges. According to our survey of some of the best London restaurants it's a practice which is spreading fa...

  • Leading Article: A teacher's lot must be made a happy one
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    The message from much of the media is that teachers are idle incompetents whose holidays are too long and whose views are too trendy. Recently, Chris Woodhead, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, has joined in, berating teachers for the methods...

  • Letter: The conflict in Northern Ireland: origins and solutions
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: "The Catholic Church remains absolutely central to Ireland's sense of itself as a nation" - so writes Conor Gearty ("When church and state divorce", 27 November). He thereby implicitly denies that a million Ulster Protestants can ever truly be r...

  • Budget travel
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    The pounds 3.2bn reduction in government expenditure is welcome and although I hoped for more, it indicates our resolve to power the burgeoning cost of government. Furthermore, the lowering of taxes is very welcome and fully in line with Conservative...

  • What have they done to Hillary?
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    The first question was, who were the other 23 selected "prominent women"? Some had no trouble earning the sobriquet - Lady Blackstone, the Labour baroness without whom no conference or committee is ever complete; Gillian Shephard, the most senior wom...

  • Letter: Council vs counsel
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Whatever the statistics may be concerning litigation in civil courts (letters, 27 November), the fact is that claims against local authorities have risen dramatically in the past 10 years, as Polly Toynbee correctly reported (24 November). Yours...

  • Letter: Is honesty always the best policy?
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Does honesty really pay? My 21-year-old daughter graduated this year and is busy job hunting in London. After three years as an undergraduate and five months unemployed she has a cash flow problem. Two months ago, she picked up a discarded envel...

  • Letter: Throw open the closet, then take it apart
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: If it were not for the fact that (as proved by your survey) sexual inclination is generally irrelevant to one's professional life, I would say that I was looking forward to your "survey of lesbians influential in Britain today" - which, I trust,...

  • A Kalashnikov in every cupboard
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    How the IRA of 1918-21 bought, captured or stole the weapon will never be known. But it had passed into the hands of an Irish family and remained with them throughout the subsequent war in which Michael Collins died for the Provisional government of ...

  • Genetics / Would you Adam and Eve it?
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Well it's all far from being as simple as it might seem. Suppose, for example, that Eve married two different chaps, Shem and Ham, say, and had one child from each liaison. And suppose that Shem and Ham were both sons of a chap called Noah, but with ...

  • Leading Article: The Clinton peace process
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    There was no way that John Major and the Irish premier, John Bruton, could reasonably explain to the US President why, after 15 months of peace, all-party talks had not yet begun. And Britain, ever anxious to emphasise its sovereignty over Northern I...

  • Numbers
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Thirty is a number closely connected to newspapers, for in the 1920s and 1930s, a "Newspaper" was underworld slang for a prison sentence of 30 days. Thirty years is, according to the journal Nature in 1883, "the extreme limit of hippopotamian existen...

  • Chess
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Karpov was then able to dominate the chess world for a decade, and Kasparov for the decade after him. From 1975 until 1995, they were the only two great players around. However, there is nothing like a fading champion to encourage a new generation, a...

  • Letter: The conflict in Northern Ireland: origins and solutions
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: My experience as an "Irish American" in Britain has only confirmed and established the love and respect for Great Britain and the British that brought me to these islands to do my research years ago at Oxford. But it leaves me in the following q...

  • Letter: The conflict in Northern Ireland: origins and solutions
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr ascribes the conflict in Northern Ireland to "the long decades of Protestant ascendancy, bigotry and discrimination". He does not seem to have noticed that it was only last week that the Irish Republic voted, by the narrowest of marg...

  • Letter: The conflict in Northern Ireland: origins and solutions
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr's article "In Ireland, no war is still good news" (28 November), pointing out the benefits that peace has brought to Northern Ireland, is very welcome. But even Mr Marr slips into unnecessary pessimism by accepting the argument that ...

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