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Thursday, 9 November 1995

  • LETTER:Salaries, MPs and the interests of the Commons man
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: How on earth can you justify describing John Major's humiliating defeat over Nolan as "canny" ("Game, set and match to Nolan", 7 November)? Your suggestion that he was playing a game of double bluff so that the issue went away does not bear a mo...

  • LETTER:Salaries, MPs and the interests of the Commons man
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Your imaginary examples of what an MP may do may be wrong ("What MPs can and can't do", 8 November). Cash for election expenses may be spent on the candidate's behalf only by the candidate's appointed agent. That cannot lawfully be described as ...

  • LETTER:Salaries, MPs and the interests of the Commons man
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: The row in Parliament about sleaze and disclosure of earnings has opened a window to a wider truth: we, the electorate now realise how little we know of how MPs expect to spend their parliamentary time. Disclosure of extra parliamentary earnings...

  • LETTER:Too much secrecy over arms exports
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: You are right to describe the sale of arms to Iraq as a strategic blunder (leading article, 8 November). By any standards, the virtual abandonment of controls in 1988 was one of the worst decisions made by any British government since the war. S...

  • Who'd want to be President?
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Rarely in politics anywhere can a "No" have resounded so loudly. In the short term, General Powell's decision to forgo the presidential race of 1996 leaves Bob Dole a racing certainty for the Republican nomination. A poll taken immediately afterwards...

  • LETTER:A step closer to the centre ground
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: It is to be hoped that Labour's burgeoning links with commercial lobbyists ("Power brokers go hunting on the left", 6 November) represent rather more than an exercise in mutual and private backscratching in advance of the general election. Of fa...

  • LETTER:Young minds and a long-ago war
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Pat Barker, who has just won the Booker Prize, is wrong to think that today's young people don't care deeply about the people who gave their lives in the First World War ("In the footsteps of fallen heroes", 9 November). When I read the poems of...

  • LETTER:Late leaders
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: In your list of murdered world leaders since 1948 (International, 6 November) you missed out King Faisal of Iraq, murdered in 1958. Yours sincerely, P. Sen Gupta Weston Super Mare 6 November

  • LETTER:Too much secrecy over arms exports
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Your editorial ("Publish quickly, Sir Richard", 8 November) correctly notes that UK arms exports to Iraq were a direct result of the secrecy that surrounds arms export decision-making in this country. There is a clear lesson to be learnt: we mus...

  • LETTER:Solution sought for wardens' woes
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: May I comment on your article "Probation hostel wardens offered `zero-hours' deal" (6 November)? As an agency properly concerned with public protection, we ensure that our hostels always have at least two members of staff on duty at all times. R...

  • LETTER:Islington man will stay put
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: For the record, Tony Blair is not looking for a house in Notting Hill and never has been ("Blair may desert his Islington heartland to go west", 9 November). This was known to the Evening Standard gossip writer who first reported this baseless r...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Tories need a propagandist
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Of course, it is not as simple and straightforward as that. I have reached the age of 50 without any active involvement in politics, and there must be a message there. As time has gone on, and as the regime at Central Office has changed - and has, qu...

  • So long to the breakfast browser
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    We know this from old Punch cartoons. All cartoons set at breakfast between 1920 and 1965 showed the same scene. The husband sat with his newspaper propped up on the table in front of him, so that he was hidden from his wife, and she got on with brea...

  • Never glad confident Sainsbury's again
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    The brainwashing starts as you enter the car-park. Only the disabled and people with small children may park within sight of the entrance. There is no parking bay marked "working woman in a hurry". So she parks on the outer limits and trudges, at ine...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Labour gets it right on jobs
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Currently 600,000 young people under the age of 25 are registered unemployed. Many have never worked. They are largely unskilled young men living in the inner cities, and the longer they stay on the dole, the more difficult it is to find work. And it...

  • LETTER:Hunger or homelessness
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Under the present housing benefit rules, local authorities can restrict the amount of benefit paid towards rent if they decide that the accommodation is either too large for the claimant's needs or unreasonably expensive. People who are sick, ov...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Mackay licks the Moralist Tendency
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Then, over the weekend, something began to happen. Tories such as Peter Bottomley, alarmed by the week's events, began to speak out against the nostalgic fundamentalism of the Bill's critics. Earlier this week, the Government's defeat over Nolan will...

  • LETTER:Salaries, MPs and the interests of the Commons man
    Friday, 10 November 1995

    Sir: Writing of the vote on the Nolan recommendations, Andrew Marr says: "This vote must be only the first step to a wider reform of the Commons, of its remuneration" ("Now Parliament has shown the way, the press should follow", 7 November). There se...

  • Letter: Trouble with foxes and the blood sports lobby
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: Lord Mancroft (Letters, 7 November) does not give the full story about the sorry demise of John McFall MP's Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill. Firstly, the sensible thing to do was to have used the existing wording to the 1911 Protection of Animals...

  • numbers the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    The following sentence hides three loosely connected words: Realist chops head to lose crimes. To disentangle the answers, arrange the six words into three pairs, then rearrange the letters within each pair. Three Chambers Dictionary prizes will be a...

  • Letter: Business benefits of equality
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: Barrie Clement ("EOC admits cost of sex equality at work", 4 November) confuses the research on the economics of equal opportunities published by the Equal Opportunities Commission with the strongly developing business case for equality for empl...

  • Letter: Cancer, lice and advice
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: The recent decision, based on "prudence" and the precautionary principle, to place the headlice treatment carbaryl on prescription-only sale is to be welcomed ("Cancer link leads to ban on sale of headlice remedies", 8 November). Carbaryl was fi...

  • Dance on the grave of the Establishment
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Nothing is new about these scandals, except that we know about them. Who believes that in earlier decades there were no disreputable or foolish decisions by the Foreign Office? Or that businessmen had a hard time when they fell foul of the state? Or ...

  • The 12 Gore Vidals of Christmas
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Of course, when I say choosing presents for yourself, I do not mean choosing presents to give yourself. I mean being ready for the question: "So, what do you want for Christmas this year?" It is a serious question. Most people have not the faintest i...

  • Letter: Misleading figures on domestic abuse
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: Oliver Kamm's knowledge of violence against women (Letters, 3 November) appears somewhat limited. For research giving detailed analysis of the issues, including victim perspectives and some support for the "one in four" figure [one woman in four...

  • Letter: Art of drawing
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: I greatly enjoyed reading "Learning to look really hard" (7 November) in which David Hockney expressed a fear for the future of drawing, particularly in our art schools. I can assure Mr Hockney, from my experience of nearly 30 years of teaching ...

  • Letter: Danger of further ferry engine fires
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: Your coverage of the report into the fire on the cross-Channel ferry Sally Star ("Blaze on ferry `exposed failings in safety drill' ", 31 October) highlights the possibility of further ferry engine room fires if halon is misused. To be fully eff...

  • Wall Street looks the other way
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Certainly Europe occupies a small space of mind in American finance, despite the fact that it still has greater economic output than either of the other two main economic zones, North America or East Asia. You can catch this in the way European news ...

  • Letter: Trouble with foxes and the blood sports lobby
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: In his article on foxes, I was surprised that Duff Hart-Davis did not mention the largest controller of foxes in this country, the Forestry Commission. Its employees kill about 25,000 foxes a year; this fact disposes of the claim that hounds are...

  • Leading Article: No interest in a cut
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    The trouble is that it is not just the politicians who want relief - economic voices for interest rate cuts are growing, too. The majority of the Treasury wise men believe interest rates could be cut a little in the next few months without too much r...

  • Leading Article: Elizabeth and Tony head west
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Worse, it doesn't look the part - there are no romantic battlements, winding stairs, or ancient towers. Eugenie, Beatrice and the other little princesses have been reared on Disney's Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty videos and expect grandma's residenc...

  • Life beyond the drawing board
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    But a little reflection reveals how parochial and doctrinaire David Hockney's view really is. It depends on accepting that the kind of art he himself makes, which I would characterise as decorative and figurative, is the only appropriate art for our ...

  • chess
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    The first suggestion, advocated in Daniel King's book of the match, adapts the standard US solution to all problems: if something doesn't work, throw money at it. The idea is to have a large proportion of the prize money linked to decisive results in...

  • Letter: Trouble with foxes and the blood sports lobby
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: I welcome the common sense of Duff Hart-Davis's article (Weekend, 4 November). As a practising ecologist and farmer I experience both sides of the fox control argument but see the need for control for both agricultural and ecological reasons. Fo...

  • Letter: Misleading figures on domestic abuse
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: The "most thorough and statistically robust" National Family Violence US surveys which Oliver Kamm quotes (Letters, 3 November) are also the most notorious in the field of domestic violence, because of the misleading methods used. Based on the u...

  • review
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Oh, very well... simpered is unfair and hardly justified by Rebecca Frayn's film for Modern Times (BBC2) which, for a while at least, managed to keep its own prejudices in check. It began with some cruel close-framing of recent political scandals, pa...

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