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Friday, 22 December 1995

  • LETTER: Ranting about European monetary union
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae's attack on European monetary union rests on the fallacy that governments can fine-tune the economy by fiscal and monetary policies. The best a government can do is give a simple inflation rule to an independent central bank, and th...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    For me, the currency of deep caring at a painful time such as this is silence - Frances Shand-Kydd, the Princess of Wales's mother The Royal Family would be a bargain if we paid them twice as much - Kenneth Baker, former Home Secretary Now Santa Clau...

  • LETTER: Diana: betrayed, sidelined or ... awkward?
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: In advising (ordering) the Prince and Princess of Wales to divorce, the Queen and her advisors have seriously underestimated the depth of support for the Princess of Wales. The Prince of Wales has betrayed his wife from the outset of his marriag...

  • LETTER: Diana: betrayed, sidelined or ... awkward?
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: In your editorial "Divorce is the only answer for a modern age" (22 December), you unquestioningly accept that the Royal Family has sought to marginalise and exclude Princess Diana. When she married, her own grandmother, Lady Fermoy, had been es...

  • LETTER: Ranting about European monetary union
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae is perfectly entitled to be against European monetary union ("Why the ranters are right about EMU", 22 December). But he himself is beginning to rant when he brands as "stupid" those who believe in the idea - the leaders of 14 out o...

  • LETTER: Ranting about European monetary union
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: There is a lot to be said for Europa's bull as a motif on the Euro (letter, 20 December). It is a lot jollier than the very anodyne alternatives now being considered. And as a rapist, its symbolism would certainly seem appropriate from the stand...

  • LETTER: Diana: betrayed, sidelined or ... awkward?
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: Given the continuing troubles between the Prince and Princess of Wales, it seems unfortunate that they were unable to talk with President Clinton during his recent visit. Yours faithfully Gerard M Blair West Linton, Borders 21 December

  • LETTER: Communists: the sensible choice?
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: Most press and television reports on the Communist Party's electoral triumph in Russia have amounted to an exercise in sour grapes; the favoured reformers came a cropper, the much touted Lebed got nowhere, the hated Reds came top. Alas your own ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Even a Pocahontas Christmas is a chance to dream
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    These days, we're nothing like as clear about what Christmas means. We torment ourselves with guilt, at the vast amount of spending, at all the food and the drink consumed. There is a sense of shame about it, a feeling that the paganism of the modern...

  • LETTER: Why drug killings threaten ceasefire
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: David McKittrick's article "How the guns kept drugs out of Belfast" (21 December) states that everyone relaxes after a murder when it becomes clear that "the incident represents no threat to the ceasefires". In our experience, far from relaxing,...

  • LETTER: Boxed Broadway
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: May I add a footnote to Sue Rolfe's letter (21 December) about the Theatre Museum's archival videotape collection of stage productions? A similar archive can be found at the New York Public Library branch at Lincoln Center, where the kind of uni...

  • LETTER: Industrial policy by consensus
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: Chris Blackhurst's article "City fails to buy Blair's `New Labour' message", 21 December) reports Hemmington-Scott's poll of 600 company directors and their views of corporate Britain under a Blair government. Its sceptical findings do not match...

  • LETTER: A star is born
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: Astronomers should stick to astronomy; interpretation of the Bible is best left to those who understand it ("Christmas Star shines in a cosmic ballet"; Science, 28 November). Dionysius Exiguus did not make a mistake in his calculations and Jesus...

  • LETTER: Stage training
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: Has anyone noticed the historical irony in the award of the franchise for South West Trains to the bus company Stagecoach? The first chairman of the London and South Western Railway, the original "south west trains" was William Chaplin, of the f...

  • No daring, no imagination, just cycle paths
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Yesterday the Millennium Commission decided that, while the seed bank deserved pounds 21.5m, the comparatively trivial sum of pounds 2.7m requested by Cardiff Opera House Trust to eliminate uncertainties surrounding the project - budgeted at pounds 8...

  • In silence she awaits her Prince
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Once again the contrast between the two women was stark. Beautiful, saintly Di, never more alive than in front of a camera, was still battling it out in the media glare. Camilla, the witch with the lived-in face who shattered a national fairy-tale wi...

  • LETTER: The fish's tale
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Sir: David Ould writes (Letters, 22 December) that Jonah and the whale may be credible. Perhaps he is unaware that whale is a mistranslation for fish and that the story is meant to be humourous. Jonah refused to go to Nineveh and had to be taken ther...

  • Faith value
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    As advice goes, this is in the "play it again, Nero" league. It is obvious that the more Charles and Camilla can get it together, the better off they will be. Then, at last, stiffness can migrate from the upper lip. She will begin to look younger and...

  • Shopping on the road to Damascus
    Saturday, 23 December 1995

    Such considerations prompted me this year to try a new tack, to make the shopping an end in itself, to concentrate on enjoying the getting and let the giving take care of itself. I sought a place that was neither predominantly Christian, nor degraded...

  • Letter: Ashby's expensive libel action
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    Yours faithfully, Lucy Haire Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire 20 December

  • Letter: Who benefits from the assisted places scheme?
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    My concern about the pounds 105m spent on Assisted Places was based on independent research, not, as he says, "assertions". I refer to the dedicated study published in 1989, The State and Private Education: an Evaluation of the assisted places scheme...

  • Letter: Rudolph the toasted reindeer
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    The idea that only the well-behaved get presents goes back to an old German custom where an adult dressed up as St Nick and distributed small gifts to "good" children. Santa underwent the full transformation from child rescuer and occasional gift-giv...

  • 1995: thanks for the trouble spots
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    These were the words which galvanised those who were still awake at the 1995 Independent Awards of the Year ceremony, which took place this week in the Canary Wharf Executive Disco Suite. "As you know," said Lord Shareholder, head of the Independent ...

  • Letter: Hindley: punished and rehabilitated
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    My daughter, age 27 and unborn when the murders took place, is one of those vociferous in the belief that Myra Hindley should remain in prison for the rest of her life. It is a view I no longer share. There can be no doubt that Myra Hindley is being ...

  • Letter: Who benefits from the assisted places scheme?
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    Yet I, too, am in favour of withdrawing the APS money, for more positive reasons. Britain, uniquely in Europe, has two educational cultures. The theory is that the APS narrows the gap, yet the more the independent sector is subsidised, the wider the ...

  • Letter: Ashby's expensive libel action
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    There is nothing that a libel action can do which could not be achieved by a statutory right of reply. Even if Mr. Ashby had won, the "no smoke without fire" syndrome would have ensured that, with certain people, he would always remain "guilty". A st...

  • Letter: Europa's bull, to coin a symbol
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    Yours faithfully, Jenny Morris Head of Classics Bedford High School Bedford 20 December

  • Depressive Diana and the Prince of Wimps
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    It has been one long saga of unpleasantness. No doubt the Queen feels, like a vet faced with an animal in agony, that it would be kindest to put this marriage out of its misery. But if they divorce, what will happen to Diana? She must have known divo...

  • Letter: Rudolph the toasted reindeer
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    Santa, on the other hand, is a little harder to get your head round. I have it on good authority that if each child receives no more than a medium-sized Lego kit then Santa's sleigh will have to carry 321,300 tonnes. Apparently this would require 214...

  • Time to switch off the royal soap opera
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    But the truth is now out and the "experts" can be shown the door. The constitution has nothing to do with it. How could it? We don't have one. Only one thing really counts these days: the approval or disapproval of the masses. To those of us unblinde...

  • Letter: Just say no to drink - always
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    Why, therefore, should the Government's general advice to people on drinking differ from that given to those driving a car? Yours faithfully, George Lowrison Bradford, West Yorkshire 13 December

  • When the monarchy went into showbiz
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    Diana could not continue to confuse the roles of princess and film star, to have it both ways - to talk about her husband and her unwillingness to divorce while using television to explain her grievances against the prince as if she were on an Americ...

  • Leading Article: Divorce is not the only answer
    Friday, 22 December 1995

    Of course, the deal is not yet done: Charles has agreed, Diana has not yet concurred. It is difficult to imagine her standing in the way of a divorce. In her now famous Panorama interview, she said she did not want a divorce but added that she awaite...

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