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Wednesday, 6 December 1995

  • Letter: Labour crusade to raise standards in schools
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Neither Labour nor the Conservatives seem to understand that governments cannot improve education for the same reason they cannot improve our cricket: they cannot do the job themselves. They can only spend money to provide the facilities to enable ou...

  • Rebels come from every direction
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    On Tuesday night, on the Budget vote, there was a Labour rebellion when some left-wing MPs voted against the Chancellor's tax cuts, rather than abstaining as they had been told to. Yesterday morning, this was hailed on television and radio as a perso...

  • Leading Article: Nation shall speak cheaply unto nation
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    The Foreign Office in its own annual report says that World Service radio gains an audience of 130 million regular listeners and "enhances Britain's standing abroad and forms among listeners a better understanding of the UK". The National Audit Offic...

  • Letter: Recipe for US military disaster
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    This is a recipe for disaster, the kind of disaster that occurred in Vietnam, as when some American officers in Saigon panicked when a car backfired and started shooting wildly, killing five Vietnamese (and none was court martialled), and in Somalia ...

  • Letter: Nick's not for kids
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Yours faithfully, Nicolas Walter Rationalist Press Association London, N1

  • Letter: Vive la France, vive la revolution
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    How different from the timorous and docile British. For 10 years, economic theorists have declared war on their immediate interests, reduced thousands to paralysed squalor, and taken possession of the only political instrument that might have defende...

  • Letter: Labour crusade to raise standards in schools
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    The major difference between Labour and the Tories is not an argument about individual schemes. Having proposed our structural reforms in July, we have moved on to the central theme of raising standards in our schools. The leaked memo from Gillian Sh...

  • Letter: Too much defence, too little industry
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    The President of the Royal Society, Sir Michael Atiyah, condemned our huge expenditure on nuclear and conventional weapons on economic grounds and for the waste of resources involved, not to mention the moral objection, which is still more serious. T...

  • Letter: Sheep, cattle and CJD
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Being retired, I am independent, and as a neuropathologist I spent about 30 years in London's hospitals teaching about the pathology of brain diseases, including CJD. I deal in facts. Facts are what the public are not getting and facts are what they ...

  • Chess / In a tangle on the world wide web
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    So half an hour after the scheduled start, with a deft http://www.intel.com/, I was looking at the home page of Intel, the sponsors of the event, whence a quick mouse blip led me to the "virtual chess match". That's where it began to get a little con...

  • Letter: Queen Mother's example for all
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Yours faithfully, Kyvelie Papas London, W2 6 December

  • Leading Article: Danger: vacancy in the Kremlin
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    More significant than the elections is the drama off-stage. President Boris Yeltsin, having suffered his second heart attack of the year in late October, is still convalescing in a sanatorium outside Moscow. It seems increasingly unlikely that he wil...

  • Another View: Tax cuts we cannot afford
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Throughout the Eighties the British people were persuaded that the scale of the public services was the cause of our economic decline and that cuts in income tax were desirable, leaving the tax burden to be imposed on the poor by higher indirect taxa...

  • TGVs, baguettes and class war
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    All through the Western world, regimes are taking a good hard look at the huge amount of money they are paying on people who need it, but who don't seem to deserve it. The poor and the needy, in other words. "Yes, I'm afraid so," sighs Professor Jean...

  • Letter: Talking about MS
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    With his colleague Tony Prince and friends from the music business, Stuart was instrumental in organising concerts in London to raise funds. These inspired many of his admirers to stage events to the benefit of the society. Yours faithfully, Peter Ca...

  • Letter: Sheep, cattle and CJD
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    The question that this generates can be phrased in two ways. If it is safe to eat sheep, then why should it not be safe to eat cattle? Alternatively, if there is a risk involved in eating cattle, why is the risk not even greater in eating sheep? Your...

  • An overdose of illiteracy
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    In our daily lives we face a string of ever more complicated reading, writing and arithmetical tasks. Labels on food carry more information; consumer goods have increasingly complicated manuals; and as for a credit- card application form, you need a ...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Thais, 160 of whom availed themselves of the chance of a free vasectomy to celebrate the 68th birthday of King Bhumibol. The special offer happens twice a year - on the royal birthday and May Day. Bangkok holds the one- day world record for vasectomi...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Thais, 160 of whom availed themselves of the chance of a free vasectomy to celebrate the 68th birthday of King Bhumibol. The special offer happens twice a year - on the royal birthday and May Day. Bangkok holds the one- day world record for vasectomi...

  • Chess / In a tangle on the world wide web
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    So half an hour after the scheduled start, with a deft http://www.intel.com/, I was looking at the home page of Intel, the sponsors of the event, whence a quick mouse blip led me to the "virtual chess match". That's where it began to get a little con...

  • Numbers
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Seven is the number of: Deadly sins (Sloth, lust, wrath, gluttony, avarice, envy, pride); Virtues (faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice, prudence, temperance); Hills of Rome (Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal, Viminal);...

  • Numbers
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Seven is the number of: Deadly sins (Sloth, lust, wrath, gluttony, avarice, envy, pride); Virtues (faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice, prudence, temperance); Hills of Rome (Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal, Viminal);...

  • Letter: Sheep, cattle and CJD
    Thursday, 7 December 1995

    Yours faithfully, Brian P. James Maidenhead, Berkshire 6 December

  • View from the top: what the experts think of a new centre of sporting excellence
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Presenter, Sport on 4, former Welsh Rugby Union international Anything that gives people the opportunity to improve themselves is admirable. In Australia, they've got an academy and they produce wonderful athletes, and one hopes the same thing could ...

  • bridge
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    North 4J 4 !Q 5 3 #A K 8 5 28 7 6 2 West East 47 5 3 4A Q 10 9 8 2 !A 4 !6 2 #Q J 6 4 3 2 #8 2Q 5 2A 9 4 3 South 4K 6 !K J 10 9 8 7 #10 7 2K J 10 "Amazing, isn't it? How a moment's inattention can cost so many tricks," mused West after a distinctly u...

  • Leading Article: Labour must do better with sums
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    But the left has often done the disadvantaged few favours by its attitudes. Low expectations of children generate low self-esteem and probably low qualifications. Meanwhile real inadequacies in schools can be missed when little is expected of their p...

  • Leading Article: To beef or not to beef ...
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Yet the prospect of bumping into either of them in McDonald's is not wholly reassuring. Despite their advice, more and more people are giving up eating beef products for fear that they might become infected with a human form of BSE, better known as m...

  • Letter: Singular view of cohabitation
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    The report of the Church of England's Board of Social Responsibility resulted from wide, practical and scholarly consultation, and carries the sub-title "Valuing families in Church and Society". A highly respectable document, its constructive deliber...

  • Letter: Shelling out presents to Nigerian chiefs
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    If Mr Orr understands the traditions and customs of Nigeria, he knows that any citizen formally visiting a community other than his own would pay his or her respects by presenting a gift of some substance, usually liquor and kola nuts, or a token in ...

  • Letter: The threat from the Bible
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Erasmus had produced a printed edition of the Greek Testament in 1516. Luther and Tyndale followed this in 1522 and 1526 respectively with translations of it into German and English. Martin Luther managed to complete his Bible by translating the Old ...

  • Letter: Passing sentence
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Yours sincerely, at 15 words a sentence, Stephen T. G. Butterworth Staplehurst, Kent

  • Letter: Shanghai'd Scots
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Mr Ferguson, from his name, is presumably a Scot who has sought his fortune in England, moving to where the opportunities offer. Does he consider himself an oik? Yours etc, Alastair Stewart Little Baddow, Essex

  • Patients' champion the NHS should fear
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    John Spiers has just been appointed chairman of the Patients Association. What's that? Barely heard of it? You will. This quiet, respectable charity founded in 1963, part-financed by the Department of Health, has hardly been a player in the past few ...

  • Letter: Let's put the UK back in Unesco
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Whatever the reasons at the time for leaving, they are no longer valid. Under the leadership of Dr Federico Mayor, Unesco has not only reformed itself, but also continues to play a vital role in the fields of education, science, art, culture and envi...

  • Letter: Wind is blowing towards turbines
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    However, there are many aspects of wind power generation that are not open to subjective assessment. In consistently ignoring the huge technical progress of the last 10 years (to suggest that today's machines have the same power output relative to th...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Take note: banks do care
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Populist pressure groups are quick to rise to the cry that banks are uncaring, unsympathetic and generally deserve eternal damnation for their sins. Unfortunately, they tend to forget the context. With 54 million personal accounts, and millions of tr...

  • Letter: Who'll vouch for it?
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Yours sincerely, Alastair Campbell Press Secretary to Tony Blair House of Commons London, SW1

  • Letter: The truth about Santa will out
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Yours faithfully, John Douch Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

  • The battle for Europe's future
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    The plan, as devised in Maastricht in December 1991, was that Germany, France and as many other European Union countries as possible would launch a single currency by January 1999 at the latest. The EU would simultaneously take a substantial step tow...

  • Have I got news for you, or not?
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Well, let's find out! Here is a simple test. I'm going to print several "news stories" taken from the last few days, and all you have to do is say which ones are true, and which ones are made up. It's as easy as that. Here we go now! 1. Stephen Dorre...

  • A place where the nation can make heroes
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    The notion has considerable pedigree. There are those who feel that Harold Wilson only lost the 1970 general election because England's footballers had just been knocked out of the World Cup. John Major wants to make sure the same thing doesn't happe...

  • Diary
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Not that it was the only thing around to trip up the South Africans. Now we are at last exposed to the country's sportsmen, it is alarming to discover the preponderence of the Mullet haircut among its cricketers. This long-at-the-back-short-at-the-si...

  • Letter: The truth about Santa will out
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    How dreary! Once a year the notion of Father Christmas provides an opportunity to bring a little happiness, fun and kindness into the lives of children all over the world, even in some countries where the traditional "myths" are very different from o...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    One felt a little invaded by the bio-pic now doing the rounds: the ordinary perils of voyeurism being compounded by possessiveness. The film was badly flawed by leaving her relations with women conspicuously alone. Still, it tells a good story, and w...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    The first 15 moves have all been played before, but Timman's 16.b4!? is clearly the result of homework. After 16...cxb3 17.Bxb3 cxd5 18.Rac1, White will regain his piece with huge advantage. As the game went, White's knights invaded the black camp, b...

  • Letter: Singular view of cohabitation
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Some of us in our sixties wholive together for mutual support and comfort have reluctantly chosen to do so because of the inequitable state of English pension law regarding widows, and particularly divorced widows. I realise no divorce is an ideal, b...

  • Letter: Shelling out presents to Nigerian chiefs
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    What became crystal clear, though, is that the Body Shop's published credo is simply to "care for people, animals and the environment", while high on the list of Shell's published values are "responsibilities to shareholders" and "profitability is es...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Santa Clauses, with the announcement of a one-day course in London next week for trainee Father Christmases. They will learn reindeer names and how to deal with beard-tuggers. a bad day for: Prolixity, as the Israeli cabinet became the first to use a...

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