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Saturday, 23 December 1995

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    John Leno, London N17

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    Phillip Whidden, Edinburgh l

  • LEADING ARTICLE: We do it all for the children, don't we?
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    Well, not quite all. There's been a bit of credit card fatigue in one area: donations to charity, where less than a quarter of us intend giving to good causes this year. So if the faces of the six-year-olds who work in the mines of Colombia light up ...

  • Never travel to Florence without an inside pocket
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    The senior policeman, far from being sympathetic, demands to know why I was carrying valuables in a shoulder bag in the first place. The answer, that I don't trust baggage handlers, hardly seems the most diplomatic response in the circumstances. Befo...

  • LETTER: Success is largely due to ability and genetics, not class
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    What this means is that IQ can vary within families. Two brothers can have IQ scores that are 30 points apart. How can this be explained other than by genetic influences? As Jeremy Bentham pointed out, we are not born equal, nor are we equal during o...

  • LETTER: A car that runs on hydrogen This car can use hydrogen
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    BMW has operated liquid-hydrogen-powered cars since the early 1980s in Munich. BMW believes this offers huge potential for emission-free transport, and has invested in a solar-powered liquid-hydrogen production plant in Bavaria. The problem is lack o...

  • LETTER: Labour's new-found sanity
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    Mr Watkins criticises the Labour Party for being "too depressingly sane and cautious" because it has not made a specific promise to renationalise the railways. However, the new-found sanity of New Labour, brought about by the modernisation of the par...

  • Mr Major is a slippery fish but can he get away with it?
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    At that time Mr James Fenton was about to succeed me as political columnist of the New Statesman, then in rather better shape than today. I took him to Annie's Bar in the House to meet some of my chums. One of them was the late Spencer Le Marchant, t...

  • LETTER: Baxter: not the invisible man
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    When researching my book on Dennis Potter (Fight and Kick and Bite), I wrote to Baxter because he appeared in Potter's first play, The Confidence Course. Baxter telephoned me and we had a long and enormously enjoyable conversation which moved easily ...

  • LETTER:Description of Chernobyl today was `too comforting'
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    John Boyd Whitehaven, Cumbria

  • LETTER: Real men, not caricatures
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    Intolerance and injustice in our society take many forms and both men and women may be practitioner or victim. Ms Roffey and Ms Aitkenhead do nothing to inform debate by drawing simplistic caricatures. Sonja and Kim Millett Edinburgh

  • Description of Chernobyl today was `too comforting' Chernobyl article painted a misleadingly rosy picture
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    It failed to mention an increase in Belarus of cataract, heart disease, hyperactive thyroid and mental retardation - the last being considered due to pre-natal exposure to radiation and also observed at Hiroshima. Further, in the 10-30-year period af...

  • LETTER: Milk is a body fluid too Carnivores really do care
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    It is doubtful whether many Christians, Jews or Muslims would today wish to rely on the culinary advice of the author of Leviticus, any more than they would rely on his medical advice. Nevertheless, most people would draw a line between what is accep...

  • LETTER: Conservatives aren't tigers
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    Not so easy. East Asian economies may have low taxes, strong law and order and exalt self-reliance and "family values". But their governments strongly intervene in economic strategy, picking winners and maintaining extremely close links with major pr...

  • Europe is emerging from the morning mist and we are fed only nonsense
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    Over the airwaves, daily, monthly and yearly, comes this soap in 10,000 instalments: the story of the European Union and its slow, toiling climb towards unity. But it is not the snail-pace of this play that enrages this captive British listener. It i...

  • LETTER: Success is largely due to ability and genetics, not class
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    So what are these lethal, horrible, dreadful, ideological and nonsensical claims I have made? Simply, that in modern Britain, ability counts! I thought this would be good news. For the record, I do not claim that "the brightest and the best of all so...

  • Let us reflect ... Rothermere buys IoS shock! ... knowledge is port
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    RIGHT. Decorations up. Tastefully understated, I think you'll agree. And now it's time for an exclusive review of the stories that the Captain brought you in 1995. The stories that made you gasp, the stories that made you laugh, the stories that made...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Shut up, and pay the price Consequently damned Inside, they are damned
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    Most people assume that "back to basics" died when all those Tory MPs were found in beds other than their own. But that campaign was about policies as well as morality and some of these survived, most notably crime policy. In 1993 Kenneth Clarke, the...

  • Queen of his heart
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    Such family reunions are often endured, of course, for the sake of the children. In Charles's case, the ages of William, 13 and Harry, 11, ideally require the attendance of both parents, even if one has just told the world on television that the othe...

  • Our Man all over the place The sun can't set on Our Man pa24h1 xlpa24h2
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    But in fact there are probably more British soldiers, sailors, airmen and diplomats scattered around the globe than at any time since the 1950s. In an understated fashion, the British military and political involvement abroad has spread and deepened ...

  • Spin Doctor! It's just a game
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    As you can see, Spin Doctor! bears a passing resemblance to that old favourite, Snakes and Ladders. Players cast themselves in the role of the spin doctor and proceed through the year and around the board relying on the luck of the dice (the similari...

  • Dear All, it's been a fabulous year... Love Di
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    "KENSINGTON PALACE. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from The Princess of Wales. Well, 1995 was certainly a bit of a year for Diana, Wills and Harry! Learning to rollerblade was a definite highpoint, and although still a bit wobbly on the Himmelm...

  • words
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    TORY MP David Ashby wept when his libel action against the Sunday Times collapsed, according to all the reports. This was clearly an important aspect of the case, always placed high up in the story. Journalists who neglect such matters are failing th...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    D G Hannaford Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 24 December 1995

    David Morton, Driffield, E Yorks l

  • 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: 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: 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

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