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  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Keith Flett, London N17

  • Quotes of the Year: 'Take my soul ... but the struggle continues'
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    In the early days privatisation signified liberty, equity, prosperity. Now it's just a bunch of slobs stinging the consumer and putting each other's salaries up over a heavy lunch - Alan Clark What is this thing called the EU which is sending ultimat...

  • LETTERS: Jail crisis hits young hardest
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    In 1991 the Government claimed to be so concerned about the appalling conditions suffered by juveniles on remand - and the inherent nature of the abuse and suicides that take place - that it proposed in itsCriminal Justice Act that custodial remands ...

  • LETTERS: Rail competition is no answer
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    As anyone who has followed "True stories from the Great Railway Disaster" will be aware, the root cause of most of the farcical aspects of privatisation has been the fragmentation of the network and the enforced introduction of competition. A private...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Ninety-five things we can do without in ninety- six
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    1. The Queen of Hearts in socks and coat and trainers with head down emerging from some vital rendezvous or other 2. People bleating on about the demise of the old blue passport, this year's red telephone box 3. Another article about the stagnant hou...

  • Dialling 1996
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Pick up the telephone and punch some numbers, Ted. It summons up the living via the static of the dead. Dante needed Virgil to get down among the shades. John Major sticks to Margaret and his O-level grades. One way and another we subscribe to our fi...

  • LETTERS: Newt avenger
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    To compare him, as does the Independent on Sunday, with "the ultimate hitman" and "the coldest of killers by contract"(Flat Earth, 24 December) is, at best, in poor taste. At worst, it is an extreme expression of "political correctness" and biased jo...

  • profile: Emma Nicholson: Not her sort of party
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Emma Nicholson was not put off at the time: within a decade she had persuaded Margaret Thatcher to make her the party's vice-chairman (for women), and in 1987 she was elected as MP for Torridge and West Devon. But now, with her defection to the Liber...

  • The real romance in the stars
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Hardly respectable, but surely something must be going on when even the Independent on Sunday can devote two pages plus a double picture spread to the question of who would inherit the mantle of a dead charlatan. Picardie's attitude to these well-hee...

  • LETTERS: Legal overhaul is just a smokescreen for Tory failures
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    It is also wrong to link libel cases and their expense with common or garden cases where the cost is less ("Tories back court overhaul to bring down cost of justice", 24 December). As a barrister engaged in less worthy cases than some recent libel ac...

  • LETTERS: Testosterone is not trivial
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Instead of focusing upon recent enlightenment in the treatment of testosterone deficiency (the male equivalent of the well-accepted HRT), you overlay the report with a veneer of scientific respectability by mentioning inconclusive experiments linking...

  • Tories press self-destruct
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Old Labour self-destructed because the great pillars that supported it crumbled: on the one hand, the industrial working class and the vehicle of its ambitions, the trade unions; on the other, the curious jumble of Methodism, Marxism, collectivism an...

  • LETTERS: Science and religion never stopped talking to one another
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    It isn't true that attempts to bring science and religion back together are new. This has been a frequent phenomenon ever since the Renaissance. Nor is it true that science is essentially dualistic. On the contrary, it sees all nature as one. Science...

  • LETTERS: Water rage
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    But when we had wept, we thought about Sir Gordon, and how he and his fellow knights of the round board had poured gold into the soilpipe called "Dividends" instead of into the horn of plenty called"Investment", and how he had amassed so much gold th...

  • Like Cats with Fleas playing the patriot Card
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Accordingly, with this Picture in my Mind's-eye, I inquired of severall Friends and Acquaintances, in El Vino's publick-house and similar Resorts, whether this annual Performance should now cease; and I am gratified to report that with one Voice, lik...

  • Seasonal advice to the snow-bound: move to the city
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    This is no accident, believe me. What happens between Christmas Eve and 2 January when everyone finally goes back to work? The weather, that's what. Either it's unseasonably warm and the front pages are taken up with pictures of people in summer clot...

  • LETTERS: Genes are only half the story
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Her appeal is to emotion, not to facts; and her notion that I invented the IQ is sufficient evidence of her lack of knowledge in this field - the IQ was invented five years before I was born! She throws doubt on one of the most established facts in p...

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    P W Goldberg, London NW8

  • LETTERS: Science and religion never stopped talking to one another
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Although he is correct in identifying a recent renaissance of interest in the subject, his historical introduction appears to suggest that the topic has been off people's agendas since the early 17th century. On the contrary, there has been a flow of...

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 31 December 1995

    Charles Murray, London N17

  • LETTERS: Seeds and cycleways: faith in the future
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: The good burgers of Cardiff should take the time to visit Gothenburg in Sweden, because that city has recently opened a stupendous musical theatre in the old port - and they brought the project in under budget, to boot! Gothenburg is usually ass...

  • A week of white-outs and black-outs
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    After a week of white-outs, power cuts and an invasion of media folk from the mainland, the thought of more snow appals most people up here in Shetland. After the great snowfall and gales on Christmas Eve, all roads were blocked. Some people were wit...

  • Driving me mad
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Some folk will believe the AA is angling for this award with its pounds 145,000 project, announced this week, to uncover the behavioural differences between men and women drivers. The psychologists at Reading University charged with this task will no...

  • LETTERS: Urban landings
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Hong Kong Kai Tak "the world's last remaining international airport slap bang in the middle of town" (29 December)? Ever heard of Heathrow? Yours faithfully, Terence Davidson Twickenham, Middlesex

  • LETTERS: Normal service
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: The public services receive so many brickbats, that credit should be given where it is due. On this foggy freezing morning, the post, the newspaper and the milk had all been delivered by 8am, and my trains to London and back ran on time. Yours f...

  • LETTERS: Dangers in the mountains
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Victoria Pybus ("The difference between hill-walking and mountaineering: ice", 16 December) extols the thrills and challenges of climbing the Scottish mountains in winter. There are dangers as well as delights in winter climbing. Conditions in t...

  • LETTERS: Our first-class Royal Mail
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Your readers can be reassured that Royal Mail does not "deliberately delay" its first delivery ("Postal union sets a deadline", 26 December) "to accommodate post that should be sent out later". Quite the opposite happens. Royal Mail's investment...

  • LETTERS: Cheap US beef
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: In reply to the Rev David Flavell's (letter, 20 December), I can provide at least two good reasons why American beef is cheaper than British. In the first place, farmers in the US are allowed to use steroids and hormone growth promoters - an aid...

  • LETTERS: Lessons on prison policy
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: When Lord Whitelaw was Home Secretary, he told the House of Commons that "conditions in many of Her Majesty's prisons are an affront to a civilised society and a continued threat to law and order". In the light of your report (28 December) that ...

  • PROFILE OF THE YEAR: Tony Blair: Blair's course set for a historic mission
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    When he moved in, in July 1994, Tony Blair chose the less prepossessing of the two offices available to the Opposition; the grander upstairs room previously occupied by John Smith is now John Prescott's. As it happens, this plainness is deliberate; t...

  • LETTERS: IRA fears repeat of 1921 treaty
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: After reading today's letters about "arms decommissioning", I would like to point out that the nervousness of the IRA and Sinn Fein regarding the handing over of their weapons before peace talks can properly begin originates in a much earlier pr...

  • LETTERS: Take your pick
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Before the war every house in the Americas (and some in Europe) owned an ice-box. Ice was driven about towns and cities in sacking-covered heaps and homes, hotels, hospitals and food shops handled quantities of ice which came in large blocks. To...

  • LETTERS: Seeds and cycleways: faith in the future
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Some 18 months ago, I visited Cardiff with a group of other foreign journalists from the Foreign Press Association. We were shown the Cardiff Bay development; needless to say, impressive in scope and size. But it occurred to some of us that the ...

  • LETTERS: The attractions of Mr Darcy
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Decca Aitkenhead's attack on Mr Darcy ("Our knight in icy armour", 26 December) completely misses the point. It is not so much Jane Austen's portrayal that proved so attractive as the man playing the part. Women fell in love with Colin Firth, ra...

  • Bravery at the lakeside leaves its powerful legacy
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    In short, as the scene unfolded at the lake in Hemsworth Park, West Yorkshire, Michael Mee would have realised that he was likely to fail and that he could die in the attempt to fish Tracey out of the water. He was not required professionally to put ...

  • LETTERS: Lessons on prison policy
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Professor Justin Brooks (letter, 29 December) must be right to warn of the dangers of following the US model of prisons and to call for clear, humane and pragmatic policies here in UK. Twenty years ago, working for a time with the prison service...

  • LETTERS: Seeds and cycleways: faith in the future
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham unfavourably compares the sums allocated by the Millennium Fund to the Llanelli coastal path, the Kew Gardens seed bank, and national cycleways, with the refusal to aid Cardiff opera house ("No daring, no imagination, just cycle pat...

    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    In my bones, I don't think the Government is going to get through the next year - Paddy Ashdown, Liberal Democrat leader. It is becoming daily more apparent that the British government has no intention whatsoever of advancing or, indeed, of maintaini...

  • LETTERS: Seeds and cycleways: faith in the future
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham is quite wrong to suggest that cycle paths and seed banks do not bear witness to our faith in the future, for both point to an acknowledgement of our past failures and some small attempt to rectify them. The former relates to our da...

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