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Friday, 17 February 1995

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Whatever Tony Blair lacks in a Labour upbringing, his wife makes up for it - Michael Foot Genuinely sensitive information makes up a small part of our official secrets. Truth is suppressed, not to protect the country from enemy agents but to protect ...

  • Letter:Football's new war zone
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: I am an Irishman who has lived, very happily, in England for a number of years. I watched the match at Lansdowne Road with an English friend who stated, unequivocally, that England should no longer host the European Championship. I believe he is...

  • Letter:Isolation of Azerbaijan
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: While it is only natural that the tragedy in Chechnya should take centre stage in the Caucasus region, it should not be overlooked that Azerbaijan is now facing what amounts to an embargo by Russia. Still piqued by the signing of the oil deal wi...

  • Letter:Football's new war zone
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Surely it is wrong to ridicule the Tory Right for insisting on outdated passport controls to keep foreigners out of these wondrous isles while Irish and Continental football associations are frantically trying to avoid having to come here for th...

  • Leading article:Unionists hold a weak hand
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    It is a disturbing prospect. Unionist politicians have scuppered previous initiatives. This time, Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionists have already declared their opposition to a "sell-out". So far, Mr Molyneaux has kept his counsel, but the mood is ch...

  • Where the main man is a Lady
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    "What's up?" I said. "I'm not going into the jungle with you," she said. "You're not streetwise." My heart sank. If Miss Mason had joined the ranks of the streetwise, we would be disconnected from the national grid by tea time and our goods would be ...

  • The perils of genetic determinism
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Doubtless they wanted a strong and coherent message to emerge from their meeting. Sequencing of the human genome attracts so much funding that it would be surprising if a few of those in the behavioural sciences were not interested in some of that gr...

  • Letter:Barbaric sentence for Oscar Wilde
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Your reporter's notion that placing a memorial to Oscar Wilde in Poets' Corner was to welcome him back into the literary establishment bemused me ("Wilde joins the establishment 100 years late", 15 February). A mark of contrition it may have bee...

  • Letter:Primates must work together
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Birute Galdikis ("A lifelong quest to save man's closest relative", 15 February) is correct to stress the problems of urban encroachment and the ensuing conflict between people and the natural environment in Indonesia. Lasting solutions will onl...

  • Letter:Fruity rhyme
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Miles Kington writes (15 February) that "orange" is one of those words for which there is no rhyme in the English language. May I suggest "lozenge"? Yours faithfully, H. PATROONS Abingdon, Oxfordshire

  • EMU would allow greater European growth
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    A further international ramification of a single currency is surely that monetary co-operation between Europe, Japan and the US would become easier simply because there would be fewer players. In addition, Europe would carry more political weight in ...

  • Letter:These streets were made for walking
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Turning back the tide of modern traffic unfortunately involves a lot more than physical restraints on vehicle speed ("Battle of the bump", 15 February). Pavement parking is a very visible national symptom of the degradation of street life and wa...

  • Prince Rupert at a dangerous gallop heady
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    The answer is entirely in character. One of the attractions of Kenneth Clarke is that what you see is what you get. He's a jazz fan - having progressed from Acker Bilk to Gerry Mulligan and Charlie Parker in his teens - because he loves it; he watche...

  • Fill in the white, not the green, for a passport to hell
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    I'm laden because of my work and my personality. Last week was a good example. Work demanded I take with me across the Atlantic the laptop, its printer, a tape recorder and a dictating machine and accompanying junk, several books, newspapers and work...

  • Letter:Football's new war zone
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: It is evident that the Football Association is unable to guarantee that only true football supporters will accompany the England international team abroad. I therefore feel that the Football Association of Ireland should ensure future matches be...

  • 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...

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