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Thursday, 7 December 1995

  • Engr. Inu, do you take me for a fool?
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    I should not divulge the contents of a letter sent to me in confidence, I know, but confidence is the name of this Nigerian's game, confidence trickery, and I reckon it is time you were told. The letter purports to come from "Engr. Inu Mustapha". Eng...

  • LETTER: Dirty war fought on British soil
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    Sir: I would like to applaud Robert Fisk for his thorough reporting and analysis of the situation in Egypt (reports, 6 December). What troubles me, as a British citizen, is not only the barbarity of President Mubarak's regime, but that the Egyptian g...

  • LETTER: Church disclosure
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    Sir: As the person responsible for the release of the Nine O'clock Service story to the press - tabloid and respectable - I have to say that I found Bryan Appleyard's article ("A church in psychedelic chaos", 28 November) ill-informed and unfair. He ...

  • LETTER: Moving furniture won't stop theft
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    Sir: Although crime figures have spiralled upwards over the last decade, government policy relating to the prosecution authorities is now set to describe a full circle ("Big boost for police in CPS shake-up", 5 December). In 1985, prosecuting offende...

  • LETTER: Playwrights' capital work
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    Sir: David Lister asks ("Lottery cash may fund new plays", 5 December) why shouldn't playwrights be left to the dictates of the marketplace? The system of state arts investment (I refuse to call it subsidy) in this country operates to provide resourc...

  • LETTER: Required reading
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    Sir: One gets used to anti-German digs in the British press. A case in point is the report about the sale of the manuscript of Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front ("Epic manuscript sold for pounds 276,000", 2 December). You claim that Remarque ...

  • Solitary words that live on baleful tenterhooks, alack
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    A: That's right. Q: Would you like to? A: I'm sorry? Q: Would you like to tell us something about the work of the Single Word Protection Society? A: Certainly. Our aim is to stand up for those words in the English language that have been relegated to...

  • LETTER: Some facts about the tribunal that condemned Saro-Wiwa
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    Sir: The attempt by the Nigeria High Commission to set the record straight for the Federal Government of Nigeria, in a half-page advertisement in your newspaper, is a despicable travesty of democracy. Nigeria, headed by Sani Abacha, has not only grav...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Seeking the secrets of the universe
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    Members of the US Congress are asking this question with an eye on the vast budget deficit and the politically sensitive squeeze on the nation's welfare spending. After all, why pay billions gazing into outer space when back on planet Earth there are...

  • Imagine - the elder brother I never knew
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    Believe me, everyone else had met one of the Beatles by 1963. The whole of the sixth form of my grammar school seemed to spend their weekends at parties popping pills in the presence of John, Paul, George or Ringo. Especially George, for boy George, ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: What if EMU can't fly?
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    What would this mean? The European Commission believes it would be a disaster, and many on the Continent share that view. They argue that a failure to move ahead with monetary union in 1999 would deal a body-blow to the whole European project. Their ...

  • LETTER: Some facts about the tribunal that condemned Saro-Wiwa
    Friday, 8 December 1995

    Sir: The Independent of 6 December published a lengthy advertisement by the Nigerian High Commission justifying the conviction by a Civil Disturbances Special Tribunal of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others. It made the remarkable claim that the tribunal ...

  • 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

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