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Wednesday, 27 December 1995

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A tale of two rulers
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    But President Assad has discovered that applause from the remaining Arab radicals and the grudging admiration of Islamic fundamentalists provide neither insurance for his regime nor a viable economic future for his people. That is why he joined the G...

  • LETTER: Cold humour
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: It is not Roger Mear's short-lived Antarctic adventure, but the tiresomely scornful and condescending tone of Alix Sharkey's onslaught ("Dear Roger Mear"; Open Letter, 19 December) which I find "depressingly familiar - and typically British". Ta...

  • LETTER: `Right of reply' does not resolve disputes
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: Walter Cairns's suggestion (Letters, 21 December) that libel actions be replaced by a statutory right of reply suffers from the grievous defect that the truth would never be established. The Sunday Times's allegation against David Ashby was that...

  • The world needs Britain to stay on the air
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Despite the posturings of the Secretary of State for Defence, if there is a British organisation with a three-letter name which is known and respected around the world, it is the BBC. That is principally because of World Service radio, broadcasting i...

  • LETTER: No judge is above public judgement
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: Justice is not served by Peter Goldsmith's suggestion that the public should not protest to judges and magistrates about their sentencing (Comment, 11 December). Sentencing involves, in part, the exercise of judicial discretion. Unjust exercise ...

  • Now for the year when the lull breaks
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    The year's emblematic event was surely the summer drama of John Major's resignation. At the time it seemed to be a lapel-grabbing, vintage tale, signifying quite a bit. His great gamble would transform his own position and that of his party. But ... ...

  • Judgment on the Rock
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Although it paid up, the Government had greeted the judgment by the European Court of Human Rights in September with outrage - "ludicrous", said Michael Heseltine - and threats to withdraw from its jurisdiction. The IRA and the relatives of the dead ...

  • Inside every great person is a rotten novel
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    It turned up in an edition of Radio 3's Night Waves, in which there was a discussion chaired by Roy Porter on politicians who had had writing ambitions. Napoleon, said one expert, had wanted to be a writer before he ever became a soldier, and had in ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Backing the British boffin
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    But it is more likely that your mind's eye sees a stolid hero, struggling against the odds to have a revolutionary idea recognised for the brilliant innovation that it is. The inventor of the bouncing bomb, Barnes Wallis, might be the prototype. This...

  • LETTER: We subjects are not amused
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: The most intriguing character in the royal soap is, I think, "Buckingham Palace": clearly an all-knowing and very powerful personage. When I take a stroll down the Mall, to which particular window, chimney, drainpipe or other orifice should I di...

  • LETTER: Axed: a creative outlet for insiders
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: I go to a weekly poetry group. Our tutor, a gifted teacher, spends most of her time teaching in Wandsworth Prison. For our last class of the term we brought poems of our own choosing. She brought three poems from the prisoners, not special as po...

  • LETTER: Hidden significance of arms decommissioning
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: Speaking at Ballymena on 21 December, the Prime Minister gave his hearers to understand that "decommissioning" - that is, the unilateral handing-in of some or all of their arms by the Provisional IRA - was a part of the Downing Street Declaratio...

  • LETTER: Hidden significance of arms decommissioning
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: It is perhaps no surprise to anyone that talks between the various parties concerned in Northern Ireland should run into an impasse before they even begin, but it may seem odd that the stumbling block should be the apparently minor issue of arms...

  • LETTER: We subjects are not amused
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: Presumably, since the Church of England is relieved at Prince Charles's intention not to marry again ("Church is saved from dilemma over remarriage", 22 December), it prefers instead that he should have affairs which will lead to nothing. Yours ...

  • LETTER: We subjects are not amused
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "Divorce is the only answer for a modern age" (22 December) rightly states that the British public no longer attaches any stigma to divorce. Neither Prince Charles nor the Princess of Wales, however, is an ordinary member of...

  • LETTER: We subjects are not amused
    Thursday, 28 December 1995

    Sir: The Princess of Wales is now being pilloried for not attending Sandringham at Christmas. With a cunning worthy of Machiavelli, the Queen invites Diana for Christmas, but follows it up a week before the event with the announcement that she and he...

  • Letter: Cardiff has been saved from an operatic folly
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: According to Lord Crickhowell, chairman of the Cardiff Bay Opera House Trust, the Millennium Commission's refusal to fund the proposed opera house is "incomprehensible". The only "incomprehensible" aspect of the Cardiff Bay Opera House shambles ...

  • Leading Article: Why the callers got the right man
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Nevertheless, their choice of the London headmaster Philip Lawrence - who was murdered while attempting to break up a fight outside his school - is of great interest. Of course, he had just been in the news - but so had the Princess of Wales (fourth)...

  • Letter: Festival for pagans and viewers
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: The variety of interesting views expressed by your correspondents about Christmas must surely persuade us that we have all inherited a unique festival through a long, complex process of cultural osmosis and syncretism, which gives space for ever...

  • Leading Article: Tartan terrors of Mr Blair
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    But, as we reported yesterday, Labour is still wrestling with the ancient bugbear of allowing limited home rule in Scotland - the fabled West Lothian question. Asked most loudly in the late Seventies by the Labour MP for West Lothian, Tam Dalyell, th...

  • Bon Noel, Canada! Ici le royal low-down
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    "Messieurs, mesdames, petits enfants et bebes de Canada. "C'est votre reine ici. "Oui, Elizabeth No 2, a Londres. "Un bon Noel a vous tous! "Vous avez, I expect, beaucoup de neige au Canada. Un Noel blanc. Et vous avez beaucoup de luck! "Ici en Angle...

  • Letter: A permanent home
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: Families forced to move frequently with little hope of a permanent home could become the norm rather than the exception ("Council moved family 34 times", 20 December) if government proposals come into force next year. The Department of the Envir...

  • We need an Albert, not an Anthea
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    But the punters' money for great public works is rolling in. Sums that would have glazed over the eyes of Francois Mitterrand, that enthusiast for great public works, are suddenly sloshing about the country looking for someone - anyone - to spend the...

  • Letter: Sainsburys' gift
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: Rarely have I seen such a mean and curmudgeonly comment as Jonathan Glancey's inaccurate statement today (21 December) that the Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery is "named after a superstore chain". It is named after the three brothers whos...

  • Letter: Ask the parents
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir In her article "Whose child is this anyway?" (20 December), Mary Braid highlights the Kafka-esque world in which parents of severely mentally handicapped people find themselves because of the attitude of many social workers. The assumption that a...

  • The Prince of Darkness goes into print
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    I didn't get the job, thank goodness, because Peter Mandelson's period as Labour communications supremo brought together a person and a post to fuse in a way that is rare in British politics. Part of John Major's troubles stem from the fact that ther...

  • A war the West can no longer ignore
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    I recently visited Chechnya and stayed for four days in a village near Grozny. Every night the sound of shelling and machine-gun fire made it clear that the war was far from over.Despite the relatively small area under Russian control, there are more...

  • Letter: The official Sloane Ranger authorship
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: In your profile of Peter York (16 December), you describe him as the best-selling author of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook, which suggests that he is its sole author. As the book's publisher while at Ebury Press, may I put on the record the...

  • Letter: Proxy behaviour
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: I have just had a letter from Sir Colin Southgate, chairman of Powergen. He thanks me for my support as a shareholder for his proposal to merge with Midlands Electricity which, he reports, was approved unanimously at the Extra General Meeting in...

  • Letter: Festival for pagans and viewers
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: I was very surprised to read Meg Carter's seasonal article, "The TV's on but no one's home" (19 December), which appeared to be a remarkably uncritical report of a recent survey carried out by the advertising agency JWT. There is no evidence to ...

  • Letter: Cardiff has been saved from an operatic folly
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: I was intrigued by the unimaginative assumptions implicit in your headline, "No daring, no imagination, just cycle paths" (23 December), and the article that followed. I, too, long to dare, and both cycle paths and opera houses feature in my hop...

  • Letter: Cardiff has been saved from an operatic folly
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: Except for those who would have lottery money at any price and those who regard a rejection on any grounds as yet another insult to Wales, few people will be sorry that the design chosen and put forward for grant- aid has been rejected (report, ...

  • Letter: Festival for pagans and viewers
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: Readers who lack Campbell's "understanding" of the Bible (letter, 23 December) may not be aware that the Talmud (which he regards as a source for the story of the star in the east that led the Magi to Bethlehem) was compiled some 300 years after...

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