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Wednesday, 22 February 1995

  • Letter : Nothing bad about violence
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: To quote from Michael Winner's defence of violent films: The headmaster... rambled on with similar tedium about how... the gangster films, which I devotedly saw, would turn us all into dreadful human beings. No comment required. Yours faithfully...

  • Calm eloquence to match Unionist anger
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Let me incur a sneer of disbelief from the reader - the man was eloquent and moving, and sounded at last like a political leader. This is his moment and he knows it and has risen to it. If the peace process is destroyed, then one of the consequences ...

  • Leading Article : Ulster should say `yes'
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    If the thinking contained in the document could be made real in new political institutions and practices, the achievement would rank with decolonisation and entry into the Common Market as milestones in the United Kingdom's constitutional progress si...

  • Letter : A matter of course
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: Charles Blanning of the National Coursing Club ("Cup's hare-coursing supporters are facing their Waterloo", 22 February) states that 85 to 90 per cent of the population do not know what coursing involves. As a member of that majority, I decided ...

  • Letter : Orthodox view of an art `priest'
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: In his review of the De Kooning show at the Tate Gallery, Andrew Graham-Dixon casts me in the role of "Pope" in a "canonisation" of that artist ("In search of the edible woman", 21 February). But De Kooning was canonised before Mr Graham-Dixon w...

  • Take one large grain of salt ...
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    It is all very well, they say, getting a traditional cookbook, but when the writer opens by saying there are basically four different methods of cooking (baking, frying, grilling and boiling), their hearts sink. They don't want to learn basic techniq...

  • Letter : The kick inside
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: Surely the Sunday Times shoots itself in the foot (sorry!) when it claims that, while operating as a KGB agent, the former leader of the Labour Party went by the codename Boot. Boot is, of course, the hero in Evelyn Waugh's Scoop - a book dedica...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : How to ease racial tension
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Given Britain's proud record of combating fascism, racism and intolerance, it can only be a matter of great concern that racial tensions should be rising here. In the East End and in some suburbs of London, as well as in inner city areas in the Midla...

  • PROPOSITIONS : Revealing the silent minority
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    My proposition is a simple one. We cannot expect the public to have confidence in public institutions when many public servants are known to be members of a secret society, one of the aims of which is mutual self-advancement. It is no part of my case...

  • Letter : Bardot not alone
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: If, according to Angela Lambert ("What a week it was... for Brigitte Bardot", 17 February), Brigitte Bardot took up the cause of animal rights because the public no longer loved her, then that should be true for many great figures throughout his...

  • Letter : Engineering a better brake by design
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: Christian Wolmar's article about inadequate brakes on Turbo trains concludes with a quote from a BR driver: "There is no doubt that there is a fundamental design problem." ("Ex-driver says train fault was clear from start", 22 February.) Now, I ...

  • Letter : Appeal court has judgment in store
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: Important facts have been obscured by the pre-arranged publicity accompanying the pantomime performance at Harrods yesterday starring two sheriff's men ("Bailiffs shop at Harrods for £130,000 debt", 21 February). The liability for costs arises f...

  • Letter : Obstacles to extending the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: It is a pity that Michael Sheridan's otherwise useful account of the manoeuvering over the extension of the Non-Proliferation Treaty was marred by the implication that the treaty will come to an end if the Extension Conference that opens on East...

  • The regulator must go by the board
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    The issue was given a twist this week when Northern Electric, one of the regional electricity suppliers, announced that it would give back £450m to its shareholders as part of its defence against a takeover bid from the construction and engineering g...

  • Letter : Nothing bad about violence
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: I think what Michael Winner most admires about Oliver Stone's film Natural Born Killers is the buckets and buckets of money Mr Stone will make. Yours sincerely, JON GRAY Bath

  • Letter : Obstacles to extending the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: Michael Sheridan quotes the director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency as saying that, "A number of countries are attracted to the self-defeating idea that the Non-Proliferation Treaty should be held hostage [to various conditions]."...

  • Letter : Nothing bad about violence
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: Michael Winner has a point (Another View: "Witty film, nutty editorial", 22 February). It is extending censorship and encouraging a limitation on freedom of expression to propose that "films depicting horrible aspects of life are so unsavoury as...

  • Letter : Engineering a better brake by design
    Thursday, 23 February 1995

    Sir: With regard to the debate on the bad braking of British Rail trains, safety controllers should take a look at trams on the Continent. Trams are also "light", "short", "have disc brakes", experience a "leaf fall season" and have "lots of stopping...

  • Rubbing salt in nurses' wounds
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Which leads one to wonder how health ministers and the NHS Executive can keep on getting it so wrong in dealing with the pay of doctors and nurses. During the past three or four months, a conflict has been brewing over whether the pay of health worke...

  • Letter:Heart-throbs who don't ham it up
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Sir: I must take issue with Genevieve Fox's article "Hollywood comes to Hackney" (17 February) on Ralph Fiennes's forthcoming Hamlet. This refers to "a recent and ill-fated tradition of brainless Hollywood heart- throbs turned Hamlets" and, more seri...

  • Letter:Future people
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Sir: Gill Alderman (letter, 14 February) is right to correct the impression that authors of sci-fi have failed to populate their fantasies with the multi-ethnic descendants of the present. In fact, most of the better science fiction authors have made...

  • A nice gene, but I'm not wearing it
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    "We really think we are on to it this time!" enthuses the high-profile geneticist Wayne Kelly. "We think we may have stumbled on the big one in DNA. We think we've located a gene which governs the way we think about genes, and that means a gene which...

  • Letter:High returns on family life
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Sir: The point Francine Stock overlooks ("Is the Archbishop missing the point?", 17 February) is that a couple deciding to have a child assumes society will be there to provide education, health services etc, for that child. In return, it is reasonab...

  • Letter:Politics may cost councillors their jobs
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

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  • Leading article:No drug cures without care
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Infectious diseases have returned with a vengeance. The plight of these patients is a sign of the future when more diseases are likely to prove unresponsive to the antibiotics that have saved millions of lives since the Second World War. Yesterday, P...

  • Leading article:Witty film, nutty editorial
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Films cannot only be about cookery classes and nice people doing nice things. If they were, does anyone seriously believe the mugger would wake up and say, "Gosh, cookery classes, I'll help old ladies across the streets today"? Drama has always taken...

  • Letter:Accept gifts of the Spirit quietly
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Sir: Dr Paul Dixon (Faith & Reason, 18 February) says that those who exhibit physical effects of a "Toronto Blessing" also report a spiritual experience similar to ASC (Altered States of Consciousness) which correlates with that experienced by pr...

  • Letter:Slovakia sets a fine example
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Sir: What, I wonder, did George Foulkes MP actually see in Slovakia to make him imagine independence has been so disastrous for that nation? ("Another View", 14 February). His impression certainly does not agree with mine, formed when I was there las...

  • Leading article:The case for doing nothing
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Right up until the late Seventies, no one in a rape trial enjoyed anonymity. But the disclosure of identity was found to discourage women who had suffered attack from coming forward to testify. So when the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act was being pr...

  • Positive change at Probation Service
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Sir: In the next few weeks the Probation Service will face an unprecedented barrage of criticism from the Home Office, followed by drastic proposals for changes in its practice, recruitment and training. These will amount to the destruction of the se...

  • Letter:Arts Council's role in the lottery
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Sir: Your in general kind and accurate description of the structure of the Arts Council (18 February) contains one important error of fact, one of omission and one of interpretation. The Lottery Board of the council does not allocate the lottery fund...

  • Happy families: a game of charades
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes a major study this Friday on family disruption. Breakdown, of course, is an evil, whether it is cars, talks or marriages. So, first the frighteners - marriage rates are at their lowest since records began 150 ...

  • What now for animal rights? PROPOSITIONS
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    We have to ensure that the European political agenda changes as public awareness grows. After all, many of the southern European organisations are still in a fledging state, whereas the RSPCA was formed in 1824. With over a century of animal welfare ...

  • Letter:Words to play with
    Wednesday, 22 February 1995

    Sir: I have thought of some more words to rhyme with orange: syringe, fringe, cringe, whinge, hinge, tinge and singe. Yours sincerely, TAMARA AL-JANABI (age 11) Epsom, Surrey

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