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Wednesday, 1 February 1995

  • This is coercion, not consent
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    None the less, practical co-operation proceeded. An oft-quoted example is the Foyle Fisheries Commission, a Unionist initiative. The commission was created by legislation in the Northern Ireland parliament and today the commissioners are responsible ...

  • Bandits, not ethnicity, to blame in Sierra Leone : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    There is no previous bloody history of ethnic conflict in Sierra Leone. Until 1991 it was a mostly peaceful, if ill-governed, country in desperate economic straits. The origins of the civil war are to be seen in the unscrupulous banditry and asset-st...

  • Power and the press : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    In my piece ("How Confucius reads the Trib", 18 January) I made no "dogmatic assertions" that Western democracy will triumph over "Asian values". I did remark that where East Asian dictators have lost their grip on power, the emergence of opposition ...

  • Dinner with the Europhiles : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Although all-party, the other active members have kindly put up in recent years with a Tory chairman (myself) a Tory director, as full-time executive officer, and more recently a Tory president, Sir Edward Heath. The nationwide Europhile "constituenc...

  • Maxwell case: the price is right : Another View
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    It is not the Maxwell brothers' fault that trials cost money, nor that they are entitled to legal aid to defend themselves - as they are. They, like everyone else the state chooses to prosecute, are innocent until proven guilty. It is in no one's int...

  • Lib Dems woo the youth vote : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Andrew Reid (Letters, 27 January) is wrong in asserting that we are experiencing a mid-term "dip" in interest in party politics among the young, which will suddenly bloom come the next election; after all, over 20 per cent of people between 18 and 25...

  • Put a rocket under the Government : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    No doubt we should work for further improvements in the ESA and, in fact, we should endeavour to reduce the UK's subscription; but the problem is an immediate one - to fund the projects already on the stocks. This is where the Government should act n...

  • Bandits, not ethnicity, to blame in Sierra Leone : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Despite this, it is wrong to claim that Sierra Leone is on the brink of following Liberia into ruin. The government has been making progress in restoring peace and stability to the streets of Freetown, but faced with rebels who continue to intimidate...

  • Irish question, Euro answer : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    This is the model now being offered to the Unionists and Nationalists on the island of Ireland. Twenty five years of killing - and a history of conflict going back centuries - provides ample evidence that there can be no lasting peace as long as ther...

  • Interactive novel for the brave exec
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Right! Let's go with today's complete novel, which is entitled Going Out Live. Your name is Roger Softleigh. You are a highly paid executive. You are also late for work. As the story starts, you are running out of your house down the garden path. You...

  • Poetic licence : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Yours faithfully, BEN HOPKINSON Whitby, North Yorkshire 30 January

  • Tunnel fears are justified : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    The reality is that the treatment of security is similar to that received when travelling from Heathrow Terminal One: hand luggage is X-rayed and selective searches are made of individuals' clothing. Large items of luggage are stowed at the doorways ...

  • Staggered students are happy students : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Today's news that the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals' working group on admissions may be shifting policy is welcome. It makes good sense to set up a system where applications are only made when exam results are known. This would entail ...

  • Can peace survive such sabotage?
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    And yet yesterday, the Unionists were behaving as if the Times had uncovered a dark and sinister plot. Do they and their Tory diehard allies really think that, in the end, a Conservative government dependent on Unionist and Tory diehard support, woul...

  • Tunnel fears are justified : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    The message at the time had a worrying echo. With current suspicions of lax security, it sounds truly ominous. Yours sincerely, DOUGLAS MERRITT Bristol 29 January

  • Revolution that will banish the city slog
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    And if you fancy yourself as a budding Richard Rogers (or even an embryonic Ken Livingstone) and want to do a bit of DIY design on cities, the new hot ticket in the computer games market is called SimCity. Plug it into your PC and you not only create...

  • Tories seek safe haven in the City : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    In a subsequent international meeting, Stalin, faced with a new set of representatives from the UK, slyly inquired: "What has happened to the Conservatives - have they taken to the hills?" "No," came the prompt reply, "they've taken to the City." Per...

  • Tunnel fears are justified : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Mr Wolmar is also wrong in his statement that, "Nobody is suggesting that a bomb could destroy the tunnel itself." I blow things up for a living, and I suggest it. When I attempted to discuss this disagreeable possibility privately with Eurotunnel so...

  • LETTERS : Elusive secrets of a successful society
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    Mr Colchester criticises this on the grounds that the UN Human Development Index "correlates crudely but clearly with GDP per head". But this correlation might just as well be used in support of the position taken by the authors of the LTN Human Deve...

  • LETTERS : Remembering the Holocaust is not enough
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    Primo Levi wrote of the day when he, an inmate of Auschwitz, heard that the Allies were advancing and that an end to the Nazi Holocaust might be in sight. Fifty years ago there was a purpose in the world to stand up to such evil. This week we have be...

  • LETTERS : Remembering the Holocaust is not enough
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    During last week's commemorative services for the millions who died during the Nazi Holocaust, we heard the words "never again" repeated many times. These important words become hollow when we realise that in 50 years we have not learnt any lessons f...

  • LETTERS : Lockerbie families turn to EU
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    We believe that the limited inquiries that have taken place have left unanswered a whole series of vital questions. Why did the intelligence services fail to prevent the bombing despite constant surveillance of terrorist groups? Why were specific war...

  • LETTERS : Myths encourage friction among blacks
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    Instead of asking what the British government is prepared to do to rectify the inequalities that result in six out of 10 black men (aged between 16 and 25) being unemployed, the article refers to their "lackadaisical attitude" and that they are "too ...

    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    Yet, over a generation ago, the potentially explosive dispute between Austria and Italy over the alleged mistreatment of the German-speaking population of the Alto Adige/Sudtirol was peacefully settled by patient negotiation, notwithstanding that one...

  • LETTERS : Union's role in Clause IV debate
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    Second, the use of anonymous sources - "it is understood" - to claim that I have entered into secret undertakings with Tony Blair's office in respect of Clause IV is damaging and disturbing. Whatever view we take in the debate, the Labour leader and ...

  • LETTERS : Diplomacy and negotiation win the day
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    It is odd that the British once had a reputation for diplomatic subtlety. Going into the 1996 Inter-Governmental Conference with a declared policy of vetoing every proposal that has constitutional significance is hardly a good preparation for bargain...

  • LETTERS : `Private meeting' in the Commons
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    The "private annual meeting" to which you refer was held in November, and was open to all the members and various officials. The membership is counted in hundreds, and the executive numbers 11. The issue of "private work" was among several matters ra...

  • LETTERS : Myths encourage friction among blacks
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    Finally, what happened to contraception? Who says Baby Mothers have to be Baby Mothers? My impression of the young Nineties woman is one of independence, strength and choice. Long may it remain that way. Yours sincerely, Tunde Jinadu London, NW1 30 J...

  • Stuck on the slow track to Europe
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    The same principle underlay French transport planning for many years. As a result, autoroutes were built with minimal planning delay and high-speed TGV tracks were driven across open countryside. Generous compensation payments eased the way, and Fran...

  • Coming to terms with Euro lingo
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    The important thing for many Europeople is to jump aboard the Eurogravy train. It is easy nowadays for anyone to get a grant from Brussels to set oneself up as a Euroquango with a Eurohandle and operate as a Eurolobby. Only the other day, I applied t...

  • PROPOSITIONS : A party to last a thousand years
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    The National Lottery has obviously "hit the spot"; and one of the results seems likely to be unprecedented funding for projects to mark the millenarian watershed five years hence. A great many millennium-related projects, large and small, are already...

  • Beyond the newsreel's monochrome morality
    Wednesday, 1 February 1995

    Relatively few British people fought in the Second World War. Yet part of the British Isles was under German rule for six years - an embarrassing footnote to British history. In a week when wecontemplate the horror of Auschwitz, in a year when we cel...

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