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    Sunday, 24 December 1995

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  • 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...

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    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...

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    D G Hannaford Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

    Sunday, 24 December 1995

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