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Sunday, 19 February 1995

  • No. 4: Schismism
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Actually, of course, Mr Clarke and Mr Portillo loathe one another. Clarke likes cigars, jazz and brothel creepers. He is rumpled, cheerful and bluff. The Chancellor is an extrovert. Portillo is Jesuitical and committed. His hairstyle is a narcissisti...

  • It will erode sovereignty, but it's inevitable
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Kenneth Clarke argued the other day, in a speech that still loudly reverberates, that it was possible for Britain to join a European currency without sacrificing much sovereignty, and without taking a "huge step on the path to a federal Europe". He i...

  • LETTER : Asylum seekers need legal help
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir: The Home Secretary's decision to spend £37m on additional staff for the Home Office's Asylum Division and extra appeals adjudicators ("Howard cuts refugees' right of appeal", 16 February) is all very well, but it will not remove the current bott...

  • LETTER : The BBC's fight to retain its edge in a competitive market
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir: The objectives outlined in the BBC's "promise to the public" are welcome, but some aspects do need questioning. First, why did the BBC axe Radio 5 and its children's programmes if it feels that the young are not being properly served? What are t...

  • LETTER : Haphazard aid
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir: Douglas Hurd's speech on the future of aid (16 February) accuses the EU aid programme of being "diffuse" and "haphazard". In fact, "haphazard" could be the very word used to describe the Government's current aid policy. First, the Government rea...

  • LETTER : The BBC's fight to retain its edge in a competitive market
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir:Your leader on the future of the BBC (16 February) suggests that, "the summer's end will come when commercial broadcasters conclude that the BBC's freedom to move between the commercial and the publicly funded represents unfair competition". ITV ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Waging war on the UN
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    This conflict is as much about domestic politics as foreign involvement. It stems from the victory of Republicans in the congressional elections last November. Their triumph ensured that the Clinton presidency - already scarred by epic congressional ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Michael Foot's tainted accuser
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Mr Gordievsky has gone back to what he knows best: telling stories. He has realised that the press and public are interested in just the same material as his former bosses in Moscow, who once craved gossip about establishment figures sympathetic to t...

  • Thrusting and urgent. Oh, yes
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    As you know, the Cabinet has been divided for many years between those who believe in a united Europe and those who believe that any move towards union will betray our nationhood. Those who believe our destiny lies at the heart of Europe, and those w...

  • LETTER : It's time for a new entente cordiale
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir: You recently carried two reports on Franco-British relations on European issues. Andrew Marr (20 January) commented on a discussion in Paris on 18 January and Mary Dejevsky (8 February) reports the article in Le Monde of 7 February by Jean-Pierr...

  • LETTER : There is a rhyme, but no reason
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir: Concerning a rhyme for the word "orange" (Letters, 18 February). This little problem emerges every few years. My old English teacher at school gave us the solution easily enough: "door-hinge." However, it would be difficult to see in just what c...

  • PROPOSITIONS : Retiring at an age of equality
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    The change is to be phased in and does not start until 2010. No one born before 1950 will be affected. It is the long-term implications that matter. Ministers imply that the various alternatives can be simply costed. The truth is the figures are open...

  • LETTER : Liberal Democrats welcome activists
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir: Beatrix Campbell, in her thought-provoking article "How active citizens become activists" (10 February), takes all the main parties to task for "contempt for the activist". She castigates Labour's "dread of autonomous activism" and then reproach...

  • Spy story that fails the credibility test
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Last time around, there was Neil Kinnock's Kremlin connection - a Sunday Times story which, when closely examined, turned out to be based on the fact that Kinnock had the kind of contact with Soviet diplomats you would expect a potential prime minist...

  • Can they cross the Rubicon?
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    The Unionist representatives are already pledged to oppose plans for innovations, such as crossborder bodies. The British and Irish governments argue that such institutions are necessary to give tangible expression to the Irishness of a large section...

  • LETTER : City of Liverpool is not a lost cause
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir: Tony Bell criticises Liverpool but is quite happy, it seems, to frequent its pubs. It appears to be quite a common trait of people who live outside the city to, on the one hand, come into Liverpool to shop, to be entertained or, more importantly...

  • LETTER : City of Liverpool is not a lost cause
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir: Tony Bell, "Speaker's Corner: the misery of Mersey" (15 February) gave some interesting home truths about Liverpool. No doubt you will receive correspondence from supporters of many of the fine initiatives in the city, but my concern is to take ...

  • DIARY
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    In Puerto Rico, the neighbours of my octogenarian host, John, are mostly pleasingly elderly. For while I would find it challenging to expose much body in the company of the young and perfect of limb and tan, among my swimsuited seniors there is no ne...

  • LETTER : The BBC's fight to retain its edge in a competitive market
    Monday, 20 February 1995

    Sir: John Birt last week called for "reflection in equal measure with disputation" from journalists and politicians. It is, therefore, a pity that you felt ("Summer cannot last for the BBC", 16 February) that "Labour has yet to construct an original ...

  • Nautical language ... who's so vain? ... and furry bikinis
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    n AND you thought all advertising people were hard-hearted, money-grubbing cynics who think compassion is a new soap? So did I until my health services correspondent, Bedpan, telephoned with the tale of the agency charged with a £400,000 campaign on ...

  • Bhutto must defy the mullahs : LEADING ARTICLE
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    This is a disgraceful case, which brings great discredit to Pakistan's legal system, to the name of Islam, and to the Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. Salamat Masih stands accused of writing graffiti, aged 11, on the wall of a mosque in his Punjab vil...

  • Football needs a cold shower : LEADING ARTICLE
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    A large section of the population, many of them women, may have wondered what the fuss was about. A football match of no competitive importance was abandoned. Nobody was killed, as people were at the Heysel, Hillsborough and Bradford; city centres we...

  • Myths about the pound in your pocket
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    This is what so many senior Conservatives are so desperate to prevent: British people forsaking their historic pound and talking and trading in the same currency used by Frenchmen and Germans. Would it be such a big deal? Would Britain really miss th...

  • Genes are not excuse enough : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    It disturbs me that we all collude with the effort to deny our own responsibility in this. It is not that a genetic blueprint "forces" us to behave in inappropriate or violent ways, but that we repeat, in a compulsive way, some inappropriate or viole...

  • At long last! A literary prize for the clubbable
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    But this is not to say that my time as a judge has been without incident. Far from it. You will remember that I was one of the panel of judges of the Booker Prize - the others being Miss (Msss!) Libby Purves, Mrs Edwina Currie, Sir Roy Strong, Lord W...

  • Major is the best bastard the Tories have got : Political Commentary
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Last week there were stories that Mr John Major's government had likewise lost the will to live. This was something which the Macmillan government of 1959-63 did not do. Still less did the Home administration that succeeded it. Indeed, Lord Home near...

  • Football fear : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    His poorly thought-out argument is bad enough, his flippant "apart. . . from a death or two," an insult to the memories of 96 victims. David Woodhall Tipton, West Midlands

  • Happiness is a play boxed up The Geraldine Bedell interview
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Gray is the author of a slew of successful stage plays - Butley, Otherwise Engaged, Quartermaine's Terms, The Common Pursuit; and television dramas - After Pilkington and Old Flames - as well as a few flops (success, even for a highly successful play...

  • Locked out : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Brighton has an exception- ally high proportion of skilled and qualified people, yet many are unemployed, and the town is a notorious unemployment black spot. The phenomenon is easily explained. There are half-a- million square feet of vacant offices...

  • Son of Zeus and Hermes too : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Brian Mellowship London SE12

  • A society that falls back on miming the creation of its wealth is sick
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    The article was, it turned out, a nervously-diluted extract from a chapter in Raphael Samuel's new book, Theatres of Memory. The original is a good deal ruder. It attacks "The Heritage Baiters" - not only me but the writers Patrick Wright (author of ...

  • Tebbit's comparison is crass : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    J Mitchell Cheltenham

  • Just Michael and me in the radio car
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Me: Mr Portillo, you say that you're firmly behind the Prime Minister and that you're not after his job. What if he dies tomorrow? Portillo: Well, I don't think that's very likely to happen. Me: He might do, though. What then? Portillo: Er, Mr Major'...

  • Not cheery about fears
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    I HAVE no objection to criticism, but last week an attack on me in an editorial bore little relation to what I've actually said ("Yes, the young have always managed", 12 February). My first crime was to be "cheery" about globalisation. Strangely enou...

  • Fry should read the critics : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Fry is a comic genius, up there with Hancock and Cleese, but to say of critics that there is nothing worse that human beings can be is to take the side of rich and successful media stars and to give two fingers to those of us who try to make sense of...

  • Good clause : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Tim Mickleburgh Grimsby, Lincs

  • More galit : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Wage inequalities have certainly not been "cancelled out" in France and these are not figures that the French socialists will wish to flaunt as their presidential campaign moves into second gear. However, the Thatcher- Major reign would seem to be wa...

  • MoD: pay first, prove later Find causes of syndrome first : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    It seems to me that these people have undergone some sort of damage to their central nervous system which could manifest itself virtually anywhere in the body. Because of this, I would not expect the Ministry of Defence to admit any form of responsib...

  • Some workers get share options as well : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    J I Walker Whittingslow, Shrops

  • Gender : Words
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    CLARE SHORT, the Labour Party's women's spokesperson, has produced a document proposing among other things that government departments compile "gender disaggregated statistics". This is a dignified variant of the statisticians' corny old joke about p...

  • Why treat us like dimwits?
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    It is hard to get hold of what the authors are trying to say in the report because there is little concrete and direct speech: "Quality, in other words, is a complex idea and it is genre-specific, particular to each type of programme" or "The `arts' ...

  • It is better to travel cheaply than not at all : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Robert Spencer Rosyth, Scotland

  • Some workers get share options as well : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    The share prices of the shares under option rose sharply subsequently. This was largely a result of the surge in profitability of the companies, arising from a range of possible causes from the exploitation of monopoly advantage to greater efficiency...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Lorna M Miller, Newcastle

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of St Conrad, a holy hermit of Sicily who learned of his saintly vocation by accident. Born in the 14th century to a noble family of Piacenza, he was out hunting and ordered some brush burned to flush out the game. The fire bur...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Bron O'Brien, London N16

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Georgina Wragg, Norwich

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Bernard Harbor, Dublin

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Rafaela Mottram, Salisbury

  • Tebbit's comparison is crass : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Worse still is Lord Tebbit's inference ("I begin to understand how it was that Nelson Mandela was not able to tell black South Africans that it was their duty to obey the law") that he might possibly have the same moral authority as Mandela. Compared...

  • It is better to travel cheaply than not at all : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    For example, the claim that "tourists" feel happy paying twice the going rate and make no attempt to haggle over prices ignores basic human behaviour. Ask any tourist in an organised group how they feel and the chances are you will hear the familiar ...

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Jean Kierans on John Major No rising hope on the political scene who offered his services to Labour when I happened to be its leader can be dismissed as an opportunist. Michael Foot on Tony Blair If Jesus were around today he would be on the picket l...

  • Some workers get share options as well : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    IN "Privatised power bosses give themselves £72m in shares" (12 February) you printed a national table of electricity directors' salaries and shares sourced from Labour Party research. The table and some of the claims made are a misrepresentation of ...

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