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  • Vote for the `dreadful' man
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Yours sincerely, Nicholas Walter London, N1 12 February

  • Vote for the `dreadful' man
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    As a user of public transport, may I remind Mr. Norris that these "dreadful human beings" have one vital talent which he seems to have overlooked, namely, the ability to put a cross against a name on a ballot paper. When the next election comes, I tr...

  • Sexual art is inappropriate in the workplace
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    So far as I am concerned, artists should have complete freedom of expression. If they wish to paint nudes, they are and should be free to do so. There are plenty of places - both public and private - where the display of nudes is entirely acceptable:...

  • Fire service underfunding
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    The Fire Brigades Union welcomes the report's official recognition of the 55 per cent increase in our workload over the past decade, against a background of serious underfunding and no increase in staffing. We have warned ministers time and time agai...

  • Not all blacks on TV are role models
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Black people have had enough of being patted on the head and told the whys and wherefores of our reasoning and actions. We are not a mass of homogeneity! Messrs Fenton et al should note that we are individuals with separate cultures, ideals and persp...

  • Auden's public memories of school
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Although Auden strongly criticised the principles of a public school, he was actually happy at Gresham's and praised it for being most enlightened among public schools at that time. Yours sincerely, JOHN ARKELL Headmaster Gresham's School Holt, Norfo...

  • Your GP is cheaper than the plumber
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    This is true for visits made between l0pm and 8am, but all other home visits do not attract any extra payments. Try costing a plumber to do a home call-out between these hours. Yours etc, Barbara Noble Worfield, Shropshire 10 February

  • Terrorism is the only threat to Egypt
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Mr Fisk's article referred to Mallawi as a destitute town of dust, car workshops and cane-trading which the government has ignored. In fact, the Egyptian government has very ambitious plans to rebuild Egypt which is evident by the building of thousan...

  • Sexual art is inappropriate in the workplace
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    The paintings came from the university's art collection. One depicted a female nude, a self-portrait of the artist, Nicki Jane Palin. Another, a male nude by Sam Walsh, attracted the most negative comments. The third, a relatively "straight" portrait...

  • We seem to spend every penny we earn
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    I was a £350 a year clerk at the time. Each family set out in quite precise detail its weekly or monthly budgets, and I remember it was interesting to see that no family's budget, even with the higher salaries, contained spare cash with which to accu...

  • Vote for the `dreadful' man
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Passengers - including myself - have protested about this, but as the compulsory viewing (which includes advertising) represents additional income for the bus company, the protests are unheeded. Is this a subversive plot to drive us all back into our...

  • Sexual art is inappropriate in the workplace
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Yours sincerely, BRYAN ROBERTSON Lindos, Rhodes 10 February From Ms Jean Gilbert Sir: The distress caused by the paintings of nude figures, in the context of university public spaces,

  • We don't have to be so unequal
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Some of the factors contributing to rising inequality are external ones - intensifying competition in the global labour market - or part of the economic and social environment - like the effects of new technology. The Rowntree report concluded that w...

  • A tale of one man and his cine camera
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    If he hadn't been, it's doubtful that Arena would have devoted three long episodes to the career of a British character actor, however talented that actor was. (Spike Milligan has a much better claim to have reinvented British comedy, for example, bu...

  • Divided on the state of the Union
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Yesterday's head-on was promoted by the Scotsman, which has been leading up to it over the past fortnight with a daily "great debate" page and salvoes of readers' letters. Tickets were long ago sold out and BBC Scotland is transmitting the event on r...

  • No natural born killers
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    It is easy to see why such biological claims generate so much heat. Some will seize upon them to defend a belief that criminals are incorrigible and should be locked away for ever. Others will herald genetic engineering as offering society a salvatio...

  • Nelson should bid Winnie goodbye
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    With stunning candour Mr Mandela laid bare the harsh secret behind South Africa's peaceful transition to democracy. The miracle worked because he sacrificed long-standing principle on the altar of political pragmatism; to suspend majority rule until ...

  • Just get me out of Poets' Corner
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Mr Wilde, I believe congratulations are in order. You have finally been installed in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. Well, it has come a little late to give me any personal pleasure. I would prefer to have been installed in Westminster Abbey duri...

  • Now anyone can be Nelson Mandela
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Striking, isn't it, what impulses we need to give that extra little jolt to the imagination? All the time that apartheid was in place, Lord Tebbit had no ability to understand what it was like for the blacks. You might have shouted until you were blu...

  • 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.

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