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Monday, 6 November 1995

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Game, set and match to Nolan
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Paradoxically it was a good day, too, for a politician who scarcely deserves it, namely the Prime Minister. Originally determined to see Nolan implemented in full, Mr Major took fright at the anger of some of his crustier, more other-worldly backbenc...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Did the police put the Boots in?
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    But what cannot be right is that having reported a suspicion, the matter is splashed all over the papers the next day. Who couldn't resist letting the tabloids know: the police? Someone at Boots? Whoever it was, the upshot is that Ms Somerville and h...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; The true spirit of the stones
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Scholars will argue over who built it and when, whether it was the proto- Druids or members of a very different faith, but one thing remains certain - it was people of great faith who erected the mighty stones. The logistics of such an operation, tra...

  • Good evening, I am the news
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    What should a newsreader do when he or she is reading out an item about himself or herself? For instance, if Trevor McDonald is appointed to head a unit dedicated to improving the standard of English, or Julia Somerville is questioned about the photo...

  • No backbenchers in the bedroom
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    The Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill has been in the pipeline since 1992. It has been through all its government stages except the final one in the Commons and it has the support of many church leaders, the Law Society and charities such as Re...

  • Where is Ulster's Yitzhak Rabin?
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    The age of political heroism is not over, and as British and Irish leaders return from paying tribute to an assassinated peacemaker in Israel, it is worth dwelling on the lessons of these three attempts at reconciliation. They share striking similari...

  • LETTER:Origins of the IEA
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Your report "Any ideas to spare?" (9 October) states that the Institute of Economic Affairs was founded in 1957 by Arthur Seldon and Lord Harris of High Cross. In fact, it was founded on 9 November 1955, by Antony Fisher, with Ralph Harris joini...

  • LETTER:Food and caring come on wheels
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Your correspondent has missed half the point of meals on wheels. Until recently, following a stroke, my mother received the excellent meals- on-wheels service of the London borough of Haringey. For me the huge advantage of this was that every da...

  • LETTER:Israel: torn apart by two forms of terrorism
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Your comparison of Yitzhak Rabin (leading article, 6 November) to the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat is inapt. Sadat was indeed, like Rabin, a brave man murdered by religious fanatics, but he deployed his courage in order to gain land - the...

  • LETTER:Share of the vote
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Tony Blair should tread warily over the railway sell-off. Privatisation schemes have a hidden purpose. They widen the ownership of shares and, at the following general election, confront the shareholders with a new prospect: if the Conservatives...

  • LETTER: Hunting for a consensus
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: In his letter of 3 November, Elliot Morley's contributions to the hunting debate are so facile and transparent that they only invite questions as to his suitability to be Labour's spokesperson on animal welfare, an area of policy where a serious...

  • LETTER:Who does the public trust?
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Stephen Ward's interesting "Judges vs the Government" (News Analysis, 3 November) cites judges against politicians on seven criteria: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. His conclusion is that ...

  • LETTER:Calm advice from Scotland
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee ("Lord Mackay's well-intentioned fiasco", 25 October) sums up well the concern for the Lord Chancellor's proposals creating a two-tier system in divorce law. The worry is that the Lord Chancellor is putting too much faith in mediat...

  • LETTER:Little choice on nursery vouchers
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Edward Lister ("Choice begins in the nursery", 3 November) proves that the language of Wandsworth council is indeed unique. His vision of lots of happy parents shopping around with their nursery vouchers until they have found exactly the right n...

  • site unseen
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    But there were limits as to how many corpses could be crammed in, particularly when the 19th century saw such a massive increase in the population. Churchyards were so full that bodies began spilling out from their shallow graves into the public gaze...

  • LETTER:Israel: torn apart by two forms of terrorism
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Your coverage (6 November) of the tragedy of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination contrasts with your coverage of other such tragedies in that there is no mention of religious terrorism. By contrast, you wrote without a shred of proof regarding the Okl...

  • LETTER:Israel: torn apart by two forms of terrorism
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Deborah Pritchett and Jonathan Regal, writing about the assassination of the Prime Minister of Israel (Letters, 6 November), claim that a Jew who acts against his own laws in this way must be "a Jew who has no religion". On the contrary, Yigal A...

  • LETTER:Israel: torn apart by two forms of terrorism
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: Robert Fisk is quite right; there always has been a terrorist streak in Israeli society ("Arabs who want peace say Israel must face its own fundamentalists", 6 November). In 1944, while Britain was still engaged in a bloody war against Nazi Germ...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    It was Kasparov's worst result for ages, and Nigel Short's best for a long time. Here is his last-round demolition of Gulko's Caro-Kann. At the end, 31...Rg6 is met by 32.Rb6+ and 33.Qxh7+. Short-Gulko: 1 e4 c6 2 Ne2!? d5 3 e5 c5 4 d4 Nc6 5 c3 Bf5 6 ...

  • LETTER:Food and caring come on wheels
    Tuesday, 7 November 1995

    Sir: As a volunteer for meals-on-wheels services I welcome publicity, especially as I know every effort is made to improve the service ("The fast lane beckons for meals on wheels", 2 November). I have been driving for MOW for a number of years and I ...

  • 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: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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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-...

  • 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...

  • 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: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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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: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...

  • 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...

  • 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: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: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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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