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  • LETTERS : Briefly
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Nik Devlin, Glasgow

  • LETTERS : Work may be casual but the bills are depressingly regular
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    But, oh joy, the sales of caviar are beginning to pick up, a sure sign that economic recovery is on the way. All I need to do is work 60 hours next week, and not splash out on other luxuries like food, mortgage repayments and heating, and I will be a...

  • LETTERS : In for a penny, in for an ecu?
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Under this scenario, doubt begins at Dover not because it is justified but solely because the UK is combative by nature and suspicious of intellectual visions, particularly those originating in Brussels or Strasbourg. The fact is that whatever Britai...

  • LETTERS : In for a penny, in for an ecu?
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Francis Beswick Manchester

  • LETTERS : Community begins at home
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    What goes under the label of communitarianism in the United States is a largely conservative backlash against a humanist individualist tradition, one of the most prominent achievements of Western liberalism. That communitarianism aims - through the m...

  • LETTERS : The Redhill airport plot
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Maybe he could answer the following questions: 1 Who has admitted sotto voce that house prices could increase? 2 Exactly when did the Government hint that feeder/reliever airfields could relieve the strain on Heathrow and Gatwick? Paul Murray Redhill...

  • LETTERS : Stand up the real detective
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Diana Hendry Montpelier, Bristol

  • LETTERS : Work may be casual but the bills are depressingly regular
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Who is right? Living as an urban yeoman, digging potatoes from the allotment, making fishing expeditions to Hampshire for trout for the deep freeze, faxing my offerings from the comfort of home to the publishing giant of my choice, I feel in tune wit...

  • LETTERS : Euro pooches
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Mr Marshall criticises John Major for once calling John Smith Monsieur Oui, the poodle of Brussels. Mr Smith's Euro-enthusiasm led him to defy the Labour whip to avail this country of the manifold blessings of the Common Agricultural Policy and rule ...

  • LETTERS : `Poison' pea as sweet as ever
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    While both yew and the Dieffenbachia are classed in Category B of the Code of Recommended Retail Practice Relating to the Labelling of Potentially Harmful Plants, produced under the auspices of the National Poisons Unit, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Ke...

  • LETTERS : Going Dutch
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    As we are now being told that no one has a job for life, with the consequent uncertainty over making a commitment to house purchase, what prevents rented housing initiatives of the Dutch kind taking place here? Leida and Geoff Todd Lindfield, W Susse...

  • LETTERS : How to have a say in Ireland
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Alan Fisk Stowmarket, Suffolk

  • LETTERS : Cruel fashion
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Gay Doyle Oldham, Lancs

  • LETTERS : Slavery links
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Neil Saunders London SW6

  • REAR WINDOW: JOHN AMERY : The traitor whom Britain politely forgot
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    He was also the traitor who Britain forgot, his treason not so much covered up as politely ignored. When his name was mentioned it was in whispers. His younger brother Julian, now Lord Amery of Lustleigh, hardly mentions John in his autobiography. Fi...

  • LETTERS : Briefly
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Charles Murray, London N7

  • LETTERS : Briefly
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Emlyn Richards, Anglesey

  • LETTERS : Briefly
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    G Grey, London SW17

  • LETTERS : Briefly
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Adam Steinert, London SW14

  • LETTERS : How to have a say in Ireland
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    The point of independence was to give the people of Ireland some influence over their own government and not leave it to English people. Australia and Canada are probably rather relieved that they are not run from Westminster. Scotland seems now to b...

  • LETTERS : Work may be casual but the bills are depressingly regular
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    The author, William Bridges, reiterates several times that we must all re-educate ourselves out of job-minded thinking for the coming changes, but nowhere does he mention acceptance of the new changes and how we are supposed to find that. No matter h...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Dr Mike Foale, the first Briton to walk in space, 250 miles above the Indian Ocean We are faced with a generation of politicians who shamefacedly tell us that black is white - when we and they know it is darkest dark - and who lie almost every time t...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    his snooker partner, Julian Barnes, about Amis's arbitrageurish behaviour over his new novel, grows ever dustier. Barnes has now written to Amis, and it was, apparently, what we writer types call a bit of a ripsnorter. What is the fuss all about? Com...

  • To have and have not
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Thus crumbles the last defence for the Tory project of the past 16 years. The Rowntree report leaves no doubt that the growth in inequality cannot be blamed solely on the global market. The Government has quite deliberately attempted to make us a mor...

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold : The night I needled the haughty Paxman
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    The first year or two with Birt at the wheel made for a bumpy ride. Indeed, of the recommendations I set out in my initial memo - newscasters to wear black tie and dinner jacket, television to start each day at 6pm and to continue no later than 10.30...

  • The Great Electrician is playing a game with Poland's faith in democracy
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Poland used to have a reputation for living in circles - or cycles. Salvador de Madariaga's cliche - that those who did not know their own history were condemned to repeat it - was hopeless there; Poles knew their own history all too well, yet were u...

  • Our own Forrest Gump
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    The same cannot be said of the present Prime Minister's elder brother. Terry Major-Ball has become a media star, or perhaps a media pet. Is he a help or a handicap? The jury is still out on this one, but last week Mr Major-Ball discovered that his re...

  • I'd give my last Dime bar for the smelly fringe
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Every time you buy a Dime bar, with its delicious smooth milk chocolate on the outside and surprisingly crunchy caramel stuff on the inside, a tiddlyeth of a penny of the cost of that Dime bar, with its delicious smooth milk chocolate on the outside ...

  • POLITICAL COMMENTARY : The plain fact is we cannot stop a single currency
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    I have spent the past few days reading the most recent speeches by Mr Clarke, by Mr Hurd, who has been notably prolific lately, and by other ministers, including Mr John Major, on a single European currency. The experience was instructive but not amu...

  • Yes, the young have always managed
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    An inspection of the early minutes of the unjustly ignored Cobblers Society, founded in the shadow of Messrs Boulton and Watt's engine works in Birmingham in 1784, shows that Mr Mulgan is absolutely right. The Cobblers, probably the first think-tank ...

  • Inequalities that make us all poor
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    This is the message from the Rowntree inquiry into the distribution of income and wealth, published last week. Few people can fail to be shocked by the scale of poverty and unemployment which the report documents so well. But the traditional welfare ...

  • WORDS : Progressive
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    IN A stirring speech, Tony Blair declared last week that charity was no substitute for justice. His own policy was "about much more than the affluent wishing to help the poor. That is charity," he said. One is tempted to point out that charity is abo...

  • Theme parks - why not?
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    All this, it might be thought, would be a matter for celebration. "Heritage" has given millions of people an active interest in the past and, as in the battle for Oxleas Wood, the defence of it has stimulated numerous environmental campaigns. It is o...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Today is the feast day of Saint Julian the Hospitaller, honoured for his work with the sick and dying. One day out hunting as a young man, Julian was warned by a stag that he would kill his parents. To prevent the prediction coming true, he left home...

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    Attendance by South African, Australian, New Zealand, Irish and French parliamentary sides is already confirmed. Skipper is employment minister, Phillip Oppenheim. Oppers, as we rugger types call him, fresh from thrashing the French National Assembly...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT
    Sunday, 12 February 1995

    copulation word recently. And it's still losing money. Tina, call me.

  • LETTER : Public transport builds community spirit
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    I have been driving buses in London for 10 years, and still believe that this Government should give serious consideration to improving public transport here, if more people are to make better use of it. The existentialist fear that we are isolated a...

  • LETTER : Classroom `trench warfare'
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    Just as it is, however, too simple to argue that larger class sizes would lead to a reduction of standards in schools, neither can we dismiss the fact that it is not merely the school which provides the sole route to learning. Work undertaken by the ...

  • LETTER : Public transport builds community spirit
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    If he travelled regularly on inner-city buses, he would soon realise that sitting in a warm comfortable car alone or with passengers of his choice is preferable to sitting surrounded by a cross-section of the public and being exposed to screaming chi...

  • LETTER : Carnival brings no crime boom
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    In fact, the rates of criminality or death are the same during the days of carnival in Rio de Janeiro as at any other time of the year - and they are no greater in Rio than in any other big city in the world. The frenzy is a component of the spirit o...

  • LETTER : Don't let pay row divide the NHS
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    The medical and nursing professions have been united in their opposition to the introduction of local pay in the health service. The British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing have campaigned jointly at both national and local level...

  • LETTER : A winter's tale
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    However, the final allegedly atypical revolutionary that Tom Wilkie mentioned, Che Guevara, was an Argentinian - his June birthday did, therefore, fall in the winter. Yours, GARETH WYN JONES London, W1 9 February

  • LETTER : Classroom `trench warfare'
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    Comparisons of size of class/number of school hours between different countries has shown that number of school hours is a better predictor of academic success than class size. For example, Japan has large class sizes but works almost twice the numbe...

  • Let the slogan be: independence for England
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    I suspect that for many in England, the terms "British" and "English" are interchangeable, but in Scotland there is no such confusion. As a nation we have our own legal system, our own established church, our own banks, our own football team and our ...

  • Some of my best friends are over 80 In praise of age
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    I'm not ageist. I even like some teenagers. But others are, and eyebrows are raised at my relationships with people substantially older than me. There is still a widespread presumption among the undiscerning young and middle-aged that the aged are nu...

  • Why we say Yes to a single currency
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    There are good reasons for wanting further European integration. You do not have to be French to believe that containing Germany within a close European family makes sense. But flourishing the Euro-ideal is not enough. The decision about the single c...

  • Long-distance runner on his last lap
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    More than vanity made him go to such lengths to project his gravitas. Only 18 months before, a colonel in the civil guard, Antonio Tejero, had marched into parliament and held nearly every politician in Spain at gunpoint for 24 hours. Veteran sociali...

  • LETTER : Public transport builds community spirit
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    This is a greener, healthier and more enjoyable form of transport than either the car or public transport, and until both politicians and the great unwashed on Britain's buses embrace (metaphorically) the humble bike, our cities will continue to chok...

  • LETTER : Prague's claim to centralism
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    In the course of a reporting trip for the Daily Telegraph Magazine from the Black Sea to the Baltic, I had found that the Bulgarians talked about their country as a bridge between East and West for a thousand years, the Romanians said they were Latin...

  • LETTER : Public transport builds community spirit
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    Does he realise what he is missing by not travelling on public transport? So many facets of human life can be found, so many sights can be seen, so many conversations overheard and wondered upon! So much more interesting than travelling in an air-con...

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