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Tuesday, 7 November 1995

  • While the lottery seems a harmless way of moving money about, it also reminds us how randomly the stuff is scattered about the world
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    I once thought the Southern satire might be taken in a rather different way. Perhaps his vignettes could be parlayed into support for the idea that capitalism is so peculiar that the kindest thing one could do for the poor - at home or abroad - would...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Publish quickly, Sir Richard
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    In 1992 the Government allowed four businessmen to be convicted over arms sales to Iraq which had been approved by ministers. For three years, until yesterday, that miscarriage of justice was allowed to stand, though there was documentary evidence, t...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Problems in need of faces
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    A different encounter that has always remained disturbingly with me was during a meeting on liberation theology, with many Latin Americans present. Performing as the radical but reasonable theologian, I prefaced some remarks I was about to make by sa...

  • LETTER: Falling foul of film processors and the police
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: Apropos the reports linking Julia Somerville and child pornography ("ITN newsreader in photographs row back on air", 6 November) and Claire Rayner's sensitive thoughts on prurience (Another View, 6 November), one wonders how Boots would have rea...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Who's afraid of Rodney?
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    But does it matter? It has, after all, become a conventional wisdom that unions ain't what they were. Neutered by Margaret Thatcher's legislation, rendered obsolete by the growing privatisation of the relationship between employer and employee and in...

  • LETTER: Why I want a gun
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: How can I protect myself against young vandals who have scragged my garden hedge, and who throw fireworks at my living-room windows? I am 75 and struggling to walk on two sticks. My wife is recovering from major surgery. We have been burgled twi...

  • LETTER: Charities among lottery winners
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: Michael Paraskos and David Flavell (Letters, 3 November) rightly argue that Terence Conran is incorrect in claiming London deserves a high proportion of National Lottery funds. Mr Conran's article (1 November) correctly points out that London is...

  • LETTER: Heroin haul
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir, I am shocked and dismayed that David Lister (Diary, 2 November) could dare to suggest Lonnie Donegan's "Rock Island Line" has hidden references to heroin. The title alone shows that the song warns about the Eighties drug of choice, cocaine. Your...

  • Stop whingeing and stitch that bra
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    These men were fiercely defensive: "If this is what it takes to keep my family, then I'll do it!" one said, jutting out his jaw at me as if defying anyone to pity or to mock. We shall see more of that as work in heavy industry and manufacturing (now ...

  • Can Israel put out the flames?
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Binyamin Netanyahu, the suave ex-diplomat leader of Likud, was quick to put Mrs Rabin's words down to her immense grief. But he may find them hard to live down. His denunciations of the government for surrendering to Yasser Arafat, the PLO chairman, ...

  • LETTER: Opposed to pot
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: If the accuracy of your so-called survey of Labour MPs is to be assessed by your account of the views you attribute to me, it is wholly spurious ("Cannabis inquiry backed by 27 Labour MPs", 4 November). At no time have I supported the legalisati...

  • Don't go crackers at Christmas
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Well, we don't want that happening this year, do we? No, we don't. So here's what we are going to do. We are going to bring you a Christmas checklist today containing all the things you have got to do in the next few weeks. OK. Here we go. Things we ...

  • LETTER: After the death of Rabin
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: Shaikh Mohammad (Letters, 7 November) rightly calls for fair reporting of various forms of terrorism, whether by states or groups or individuals, but he wrongly calls for such reporting not to condemn any religion. Surely religious terrorism is ...

  • LETTER: Crisps or crumble
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: The danger to children's health is even worse than you report ("School dinners can damage your health", 3 November). The "unhealthy" menu - battered fish, creamed potato, baked beans and apple crumble with custard - seems acceptable compared wit...

  • LETTER: Don't mix politics and asylum
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: You report ("Islamic exiles 'flocking to safe haven in London' ", 4 November) that the governments of France and Algeria claim that Islamic extremists, who have obtained political asylum in Britain, are using London as a base for plotting the ov...

  • LETTER: After the death of Rabin
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: I, like most of the civilised world, was shocked at the death of Yitzhak Rabin. I turned off the television on hearing the news, and sat reviewing the senseless slaughter of a good man trying to bring peace with justice to his small part of the ...

  • LETTER: After the death of Rabin
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Al-Rimawi Sir: It is ironic that I, a Jordanian Arab who, like Yigal Amir, is also a law student, write to condemn strongly his assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Instead of preparing to kill his own prime minister, the Israeli assassin should have been...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Geoffrey, a donkey who has been successfully treated for alcoholism at The Donkey Sanctuary, near Sidmouth, Devon. Geoffrey had become addicted to gin-and-tonics given to him by his owner. Alcohol makes normally placid donkeys aggressive. Another bee...

  • LETTER: Falling foul of film processors and the police
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: I agree with most of Claire Rayner's article (Another View, 6 November) about Julia Somerville's persecution, but I see little point in increasing Boots' profits on developing and printing by getting them to process more entirely innocent pictur...

  • LETTER: Falling foul of film processors and the police
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: For many years I was employed as a medical photographer by a small group of hospitals, including a large psychiatric one. As some of the pictures I was required to produce bordered on the risque or even pornographic, from the layman's point of v...

  • LETTER: Charities among lottery winners
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: Your article "Lottery admits charities hit" (4 November) correctly points out comments I made during a speech to the Charities Aid Foundation conference that "the jury was still out" on the National Lottery's long-term impact on charities. Howev...

  • LETTER: Falling foul of film processors and the police
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: With reference to Stephen King's letter (6 November), let me assure him that the unfortunate Julia Somerville and her partner certainly will be added to the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) Paedophile Index. Of the dozens of familie...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    After surrendering the bishop pair in the opening, Timman's strategy was to establish his knight on the excellent d5 square and leave White's bishops aiming into thin air, but the surprising 23.Bh7!, threatening 24.Qxh6!! gxh6 25.Rg8 mate, exposed th...

  • 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 ...

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