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Thursday, 16 February 1995

  • LETTER: The blame for football riot belongs to clubs, fans ... and MP's
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: Although they don't realise it, the mindless thugs and morons take their cue from the behaviour and attitudes of many MPs in the House of Commons, who are still promoting the Little Englander view of life. Their anti-European rhetoric encourages...

  • LETTER: The blame for football riot belongs to clubs, fans ... and MP's
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: "Known" English hooligans, "known" Irish terrorists - sound familiar? I trust the Irish voices I heard on the radio this morning calling for the restriction of the rights of these known troublemakers to travel are not the same ones we hear oppos...

  • Don't belittle the little people
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Brits, more than most people, internalise their feelings, keeping that stiff upper lip in place so as not to betray the seething pain and frustration beneath their wafer-thin psyches. Talk Radio in America, and now here, is designed not as an ego-tri...

  • Leading Article: The last gasp for Cape Town bigots
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    The April 1994 election may have achieved a peaceful transfer of political power in South Africa, but a more equitable distribution of resources has barely begun. The divisions are particularly sharp in the western Cape, where blacks were never inten...

  • LETTER: The good name of Arnhem survivors
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: As the wife of one of the "proud survivors of Arnhem" referred to by Christopher Dobson (9 February), I take exception to his innuendo that they were "no angels". There can be no comparison between the behaviour of those splendid men and that of...

  • Leading Article: Time to harass the hooligans
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    So what did happen on Wednesday? And what should we do about it? A very small bunch of men - possibly as few as 50, most of them known to the police - took advantage of the relative innocence of the Irish authorities. They travelled to Dublin, bound ...

  • LETTER: When one must sue `Scallywag'
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: Last November, Scallywag magazine published an article which accused me of blackmail, criminality and sexual deviation. Its contents were directly defamatory of me and, I believe, indirectly defamatory of Tony Blair. Now its author, Angus James ...

  • Is the Archbishop missing the point?
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Modern marriage is, relatively speaking, not fiscally blessed, and an extra few pence in the pound might redress the comparative disadvantage. But the incentive to marry - which is what Dr Habgood announced this week he wants to see - is not the prob...

  • LETTER: Yellow blues
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: It's about time the colour yellow came back into the clothes we wear. I once had a yellow suit edged with navy blue in 1970, I bought it while I lived abroad in Colorado. I wore it threadbare. All you can buy here for years has been maroon and d...

  • LETTER: Soul taxation
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: It is an interesting move by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Habgood, to suggest tax benefits to prevent couples "living in sin". Perhaps he's like to suggest tax benefits for Christians next? That would be an effective way to win conversions. Y...

  • LETTER: The blame for football riot belongs to clubs, fans ... and MPs
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: Once again the English "football supporters" have disgraced the country and themselves. I call upon Iain Sproat, the Minister for Sport, to answer one simple question - if he adds up the cost to the country of the professional game of football a...

  • LETTER: Secret of Bardot's beauty revealed
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: The innuendo in the caption of your front page-cartoon (15 February) suggests Brigitte Bardot has altered her natural appearance. While considerably older than the Independent, she has never found it necessary to alter her appearance, a proud bo...

  • Hooliganism most foul
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    It's only a few weeks since we were watching, with a certain sense of dj vu, the Italian government attempting to respond to the killing of a Genoa supporter prior to a match with AC Milan. Within days we learnt of another fatality, this time a footb...

  • Resist these mullahs, Benazir
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    This absurd and extreme sentence breaks every canon of Islamic law, in which the accent is strongly on mercy. In a more enlightened Islamic court, the accused would have been given a warning against causing fitna (social unrest) and sent home. But in...

  • Flash, bang, hold on a minute ...
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    OK! Ready? Right! Let's go! Hold on ... Something wrong ... I can't get the camera to ... I can't quite see ... Oh, I see what's wrong. How stupid ... Right! Ready? OK! Let's go ... ! No, as you were ... I don't think the film has ... There seems to ...

  • LETTER: Yes to nirvana economics
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    and others Sir: In response to Deepak Lal's "refutation" of minimum wages ("Minimum wage, maximum woe", 15 February), which criticises recent economic approaches that do not find a harmful role of minimum wages (what Professor Lal likes to call "nirv...

  • LETTER: The blame for football riot belongs to clubs, fans ... and MP's
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: Following the riot in Dublin, one wonders if the people arrested will claim their offences were politically motivated and "enjoy" the recognition achieved by those imprisoned in the north for "political" crimes. Yours faithfully, KEITH McBRIDE L...

  • LETTER: Social services in Buckinghamshire
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: I find it extraordinary that the Independent can have published two such damaging articles about Buckinghamshire county council social services department on Monday without having the courtesy or good sense to first check its allegations with th...

  • LETTER: Cure those patients, and that's an order
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: The antics of our present Government remind me of an episode from my service in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War. In 1942, I was officer in charge of the medical division of a large military hospital in Egypt. Early in Oc...

  • LETTER: The blame for football riot belongs to clubs, fans ... and MPs
    Friday, 17 February 1995

    Sir: Here we go again. The inevitable crowd violence which has been such a hallmark of British (not exclusively English) soccer has once again risen to the surface. There have been some improvements in the general level of behaviour at football groun...

  • Hope in the silence of a Unionist
    Thursday, 16 February 1995

    Had the leak not happened they think they would have been able to explain the proposed all-Irish bodies to the Ulster Unionists in private and in good time, and could have kept them on board. What the leak did, and was meant to do, was to provoke Uni...

  • Abortion threatens Republican revival : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 16 February 1995

    The controversy erupted after the revelation that, during a long and distinguished medical career, Dr Foster had performed a few dozen abortions. At first the row seemed to be just one more self-inflicted disaster by a chronically disorganized White ...

  • Got nothing to say? Tell us
    Thursday, 16 February 1995

    Right, well don't let's hang about, let's go straight to our first reader writing in to us today, on the very first day of Talk Column UK, and I believe it's Jed in Wimbledon who's trying to write a letter to us, yes, Jed? Oops! No contact there ... ...

  • Bad reviews and book police : REBUTTAL
    Thursday, 16 February 1995

    It is easy for those who are worried about the state of established culture to demonise all its critics and opponents in the same way. But the words "politically correct", "censorship", "book police" are often used sloppily. We have to remember the d...

  • Are the waves coming or going?
    Thursday, 16 February 1995

    British economists are now standing on the shore, looking at monthly statistics repetitively lap against their ankles, and going through a similar kind of mental anguish in trying to determine whether the economic tide of inflation is coming or going...

  • Summer cannot last for the BBC : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 16 February 1995

    But there are problems. Audience share is falling as commercial broadcasting expands and tastes grow more diverse. This explains the publication yesterday of the BBC's plans to broaden its appeal. These proposals will prove controversial: like other ...

  • Tubby works out : Another view
    Thursday, 16 February 1995

    Taking today as a fairly typical example, I started work at 7am, dealing with constituency correspondence. At 8, I had breakfast with colleagues in the House (keeping in touch with backbench opinion is an important part of any minister's job), then t...

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