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Sunday, 5 November 1995

  • LETTER:Sweet memories
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: I can confirm Alexi Sayle's experience (Section Two, 31 October) of the different taste of KitKats destined for other, particularly sunnier, parts of the globe. May I point out, however, that whatever Nestle has done to the KitKat, and other bra...

  • LETTER:Prying and prejudice
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: The plight of Julia Somerville [arrested over allegedly indecent photographs of her seven-year-old daughter] is unfortunately not unique. As the author of a research paper presented to the Home Office, The Law Society, and Scotland Yard on the "...

  • LETTER:Financial disclosure of MPs' 'consultancies'
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: With more than 100 MPs threatening to stand down at the next general election if they are required to reveal their earnings from "consultancies", the Government is desperate for the public to accept a subtle redefinition of the term. There is, t...

  • bridge
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    North 4A J 9 4 !J 10 6 #8 6 2 2A J 4 West East 46 5 4K Q 7 3 !A 8 7 5 3 !9 2 #7 5 #Q J 10 9 3 2K 10 9 2 28 3 South 410 8 2 !K Q 4 #A K 4 2Q 7 6 5 In this hand South opened One No-trump (12-14 points) and North tried a Stayman Two Clubs. South bid Two...

  • Riddled with corruption? I don't buy it
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Labour, purified by 16 years in opposition, simply cannot lose. The public wants to hear what Mr Blair and his sidekicks will spend all day saying: the Tories have something to hide. Yes folks: the Conservative Party is riddled with corruption. Every...

  • Power brokers go hunting on the left
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    For many Labour MPs, lobbying is a dirty word. That, at least, is the public face. In truth, the party and the lobbyists are moving closer and closer together as the election nears. Whereas once Labour would have been ignored, now lobbyists hang on t...

  • The day the Israeli dream died
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    The peace rally at which he died was a perfect illustration of the strategy. Tens of thousands of Israeli supporters of the peace process stood in Tel Aviv's main square, singing and chanting for peace. In a side street stood stood a huddle of right-...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; An exposure of prurience
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    What is the world coming to if we react to the nudity of small children with such disgust and suspicion? Even in a sexually explicit age, children's nudity is an innocent thing, celebrated quite rightly by parents proud of their children's beautiful ...

  • LETTER:Mackay wants to save marriages
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: In suggesting that "women (and children) are [financially] hardest hit" by divorce, Helen Wilkinson (Comment, 3 November) demonstrates a dismal disregard for the fathers, who are seen by the Courts and the Child Support Agency merely as cash dis...

  • LETTER:Discrimination inside the Met
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: I find Sir Paul Condon's letter (30 October) both flattering and distressing. Flattering because the Commissioner must obviously feel the addition of one full-time female representative would help to solve all the problems of harassment and disc...

  • LETTER:'Artist' at work
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: Waldemar Januszczak (letter, 3 November) makes two ridiculous and unprovable claims concerning Damien Hirst's Mother and Child Divided; first, that it is an important work of British art and second, that, I quote, "all of us want it to last not ...

  • Sport defies the US game plan
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    In fact, as the writer, Ian Thomsen, pointed out, basketball is already big on the Continent, so it is only the British, of the Europeans, who cannot see the point. The British seem to believe, says Thomsen, that "basketball is essentially too easy, ...

  • LETTER:Financial disclosure of MPs' 'consultancies'
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: Conservative MPs say that, as we have no right to know what our neighbour earns, we should not expect to know what our MPs get either. But MPs are the servants of their constituents, who pay their salaries, and the constituents have every right ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:A funeral in Jerusalem
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Soldier, politician, tactical hawk and strategic dove, Mr Rabin epitomised many of the contradictions that have beset the state of Israel since its foundation. He fought its wars as chief of staff and, as minister of defence, he ordered its dehumanis...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Say No to Nolan at your peril
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    The Government and most Conservative MPs want to keep the financial affairs of backbenchers under wraps. They argue that, as long as MPs are not indulging in "paid advocacy" - furthering the interests of the companies that pay them by influencing leg...

  • LETTER:Rabin:the high price of peace
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: When Jewish blood is shed, every Jew mourns. What brought us into existence, in 1948, as a people with a homeland was a unity and passion for the religion. We made ourselves a people and a nation, Israel became our crown and power. By the power ...

  • Labour talks to business
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    At the immediate policy level, Labour has consulted much more widely than in the past before formulating policy. The information superhighway document produced by Chris Smith, for example, followed a "policy forum" in which Labour frontbenchers took ...

  • fashionable ideas to go with a shell suit
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Genetically engineered tortoises may, according to Fiona and John Earle, operate civil engineering sites and save money on hard hats. They also mention an ancient Roman idea to harness the destructive potential of the angry tortoise as a precursor to...

  • LETTER:Financial disclosure of MPs' 'consultancies'
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: Many years ago I was a member of a county borough council. We were required to declare all our financial interests, and they were recorded. Moreover, we were not allowed to speak or vote on any matter in which we had an interest. When any matter...

  • LETTER:Rabin:the high price of peace
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: One can only condemn the brutal assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. A veteran of many wars, he was also a man of vision who could see the prospects for peace and was prepared to pay a high price for it, if necessary. But this price was too high. A t...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    1814: Birth of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. 1893: Death of Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel. 7 November: 1783: John Austin, a forger, is hanged at Tyburn, the last public hanging in Britain. 1908: Professor Ernest Rutherford announces the de...

  • Diary
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    "Dammit," I cried. "Am I not a woman? And do I not know in chronological order the names of all Elizabeth Taylor's husbands?" But then I realised that Miss Taylor might find that litany useful should she write her autobiography, so it didn't qualify....

  • LETTER:Mackay wants to save marriages
    Monday, 6 November 1995

    Sir: Perhaps it is time for a minister, who has had some experience in 40 years of dealing with requests for marriage, including the second marriage of divorced persons, to say something about the present campaign to save the institution from the all...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Marianne Wiggins, author, on Salman Rushdie, her former husband The chance of winning the lottery jackpot is less than that of being struck by lightning. I have never bought a ticket and plan to buy an insulating rubber helmet with the money I save. ...

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Brian Taylor Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Charles Murray, London N17

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Sue Bennison, Gloucester

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Decorative vs functional ... betrayed unionists
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Among their number were the American feminist and cultural critic Susan Sontag and the British actress and miscellaneous campaigner Julie Christie. Apparently the conference chairman admonished Ms Sontag for overrunning her time at the lectern. She r...

  • The worst days of my life
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    One crisp autumn morning I made my way in my school colours, cap, blazer and badge, to Raines Foundation Grammar School, in Arbour Square, Stepney, and breathlessly awaited what strange adventures might befall me. For the first time I would be carryi...

  • LETTERS: Who needs a nation when we have a global economy? Local and global forces are stronger than national ones
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    He pours scorn on those Conservatives who want the UK to leave the European Union. But what is the EU if not a very big state in the making? - it aspires to its own currency and defence forces; it already has its own parliament and passport. Yet the ...

  • LETTERS: Breast test
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    But where in your A-Z was the mention of breastfeeding? Where were the "ordinary women" over 36? Black women? Fat women? Your feature did not contain even a hint of pregnancy and the changes that occur to the breasts for ever afterwards. It did not t...

  • LETTERS: Anorexia is not just genetic
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    We find that it is not simply events in the family nor the attitudes of parents that constitute problems for the child, nor that the child with an eating disorder is simply "obstinate". It is much more the case that emotional difficulties experienced...

  • Gentlemen's excuse-me at the 'Daily Congenial' If one green bucket should accidentally fall
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    I have the greatest respect for Sox, or Socrates as he was christened by his Mother, an intellectual, in memory of the great Canadian theologian and award-winning arm-wrestler the Rev Socrates Smith. For a time, Socrates' Christian name was affection...

  • LETTERS: Under-age 'seduction' is abuse
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Lord Esher did not, as Parris puts it, have "a long affair" with his own son; he sexually abused him. Lord Harcourt did not "seduce" this same boy and his sister; he sexually abused them. Describing this experience as "putting her off men for life .....

  • LETTERS: Two-tier care for the elderly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Mabel Nash at 99 years old has every reason to be cautious about leaving the surroundings she has known for all her life. Her decision is even harder, as it places a financial burden on her relatives. Merton's policy of asking her relatives to top up...

  • LETTERS: Management training could only be good for Labour
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    I would add Nigel Lawson's account of the Thatcher cabinet as an example of how not to manage a top team and as a failure of leadership. But one should be careful of privileging reading as the primary learning activity. To emphasise the written word ...

  • The awkward squad does democracy a good turn
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    For this the Conservative majority on the committee surely deserve some credit, even if it was the price paid to try to ensure that earnings from advising activities remained undisclosed. Mr Tony Blair might be wise to give some thanks for this advan...

  • Foul play by their noble lordships
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Yet the Bill was deliberately wrecked by a handful of peers who tabled so many amendments that it ran out of time. Who were these noble legislators? Four amendments were tabled in the name of Lord Kimbal (Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge), former ...

  • profile; Dimitra Papandreou; Naked lust for power
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    The picture was immediately denounced as a photo-montage and "a ruthless attempt at blackmail", while a public prosecutor ordered the arrest of the offending newspaper editors for insulting a public figure. One has already been fined heavily and the ...

  • If Labour can't say what it thinks now, when can it?
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    One of the reasons I was astonished by my father's response was the fact that he smoked heavily himself. Ignoring my pleas to cut down, he died from secondary brain tumours after first having a cancerous lung removed. I've also observed the effects o...

  • When women whispered and men whistled we were a quiet people Gone but not forgotten: the spaces once filled by the sound of silence
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Each then tried to think about somebody killed in either World War: a small individual meditation. Today, most people are too young to remember any of the dead directly. So they must think about the impersonal, the collective: "My country ... the pit...

  • LETTERS: Low ceilings
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    However, he identifies building regulations specifying "ceilings of a certain height" as a reason for the incorrect scale of much so-called vernacular-style housing. This excuse hasn't existed since 1985 when the building regulation requirement for m...

  • LETTERS: Jason and the Argonaut
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    The 500-tonne Argonaut reactor operated for many years, at a much higher power using the same type of enriched fuel. The reactor was built near Warrington, in Cheshire, close to homes and industrial premises and with a major road adjacent to the site...

  • LETTERS: 'Terrorist' should be forgiven
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Nevertheless, it is absurd that on the one hand Mr Lloyd is reviled by some Conservative MPs as a "former terrorist" while on the other hand some of his erstwhile comrades claim that he is not fit for public office because, in a state of shock and ho...

  • Keep out of the bedroom
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    But life never stays the same, whatever the wishes of the Daily Mail, Lady Olga Maitland and the assorted right-wing Conservatives who want the Cabinet to throw out Lord Mackay's Divorce Reform Bill. The Conservative Party exhorts the nation to embra...

  • Who's watching television?
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Last month they insisted that a Monday News at Ten could on no account be delayed for a quarter of an hour to accommodate an extra-long episode of Cracker. The cock-eyed outcome was to have Robbie Coltrane's feast of sex and violence switched to a Su...

  • LETTERS: Management training could only be good for Labour
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Has he failed to notice how dramatically British society and organisations, including the civil service, have changed in recent years, with the extensive use of agencies and the greater role of managers rather than traditional administrators? Such ch...

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    Colin McIlwain Leeds, West Yorkshire

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 November 1995

    V Crews, Beckenham, London

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