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Thursday, 23 February 1995

  • LETTER: Now for the good news ...
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Sir: David Nicholson-Lord's article (18 February) reported that complaints by gas customers have nearly doubled over the year and that last month alone, they were up 172 per cent over January 1994. A famous news-reader's view of contemporary news - t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Time to end the education lottery
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Choice is, of course, one of the key principles of John Major's Citizen's Charter and informed choice is supposed to be the driving force for higher standards. The prolonged battles between the Government and the teachers' unions, which cost John Pat...

  • LETTER: Cost of genetic determinism
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Sir: Unlike Professor Rutter (Letters, 21 February), I found Professor Bateson's article ("The perils of genetic determinism", 18 February) rather refreshing. It seems these days that every time I open a newspaper, or indeed even a medical journal, I...

  • Dagger in a friend's hand
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Being British, for them, was no nominal condition. Their citizenship was under attack, but that danger only caused them to cling more tightly to their Britishness. A dagger wielded by the hand of a friend is the cruellest cut of all and they now see,...

  • LETTER: Probation Service: change of ethos
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Sir: Professor David Ward says in his letter (22 January) about the Probation Service that there is "ample evidence" that the social work approach of probation services has been "effective in reducing reoffending". However, he does not adduce or even...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Babies, BBC and the BCC
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    In autumn 1993 there was a fierce and acrimonious debate under way about single mothers. The "Babies on Benefit" programme set out to examine the claims of John Redwood that some single women were encouraged by the benefit system to have babies. Conn...

  • LETTER: Health pay policy aims for fair deals
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Sir: I must take issue with Eric Caines' article on NHS pay ("Rubbing salt in nurses' wounds", 22 February). He starts from a position that it would have been better for ministers to have imposed local pay on the NHS. This would not have been the rig...

  • LETTER: Do not disturb these bones
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Sir: The characterisation in Sarah Helm's article "Israeli rule buries hope of studying evolution" (10 January) of Atra Kadisha as "a grave watch force which patrols excavation sites and intimidates archaeologists" is as inaccurate as would be a desc...

  • On the top-level, hi-tech chat line
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    In recent years, unprecedented technological advances have brought dynamic growth in the world's telecommunications markets. At the same time, strain on public sector budgets has led to new government policies and regulations aimed at privatising and...

  • Subsidised entertainment for the middle classes
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    As local authorities face the squeeze, the talk has been of library cutbacks; but no one has raised the question of whether public libraries as we know them have any useful role in the modern world. They are, for the most part, the institutions of th...

  • LETTER: The Framework Document: presentation, history, hopes, fears and troubles
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Sir: Conor Cruise O'Brien's paranoia is as consistent as ever ("First victim may be Major's government", 23 February). The Government will fall. London will conspire with Dublin against the Unionists. The IRA lurks behind every paragraph. The guns ar...

  • LETTER: The Framework Document: presentation, history, hopes, fears and troubles
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Sir: Having read the detail of the Framework Document in the Independent today, I still think it is the best hope for Northern Ireland, but I can now see why the Ulster Unionist leaders see it as a threat. Almost two-thirds of the text is taken up by...

  • LETTER: The Framework Document: presentation, history, hopes, fears and troubles
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Sir: Is it destiny or is it simply historically appropriate that it should be Fine Gail which agrees to amendments regarding claims to Northern Ireland at present contained within the Constitution of the Irish Republic? In 1922, Michael Collins, a pr...

  • LETTER: The Framework Document: presentation, history, hopes, fears and troubles
    Friday, 24 February 1995

    Sir: We are delighted to see from the text of the framework document for Northern Ireland, as given in the Independent today, that John Major has come out in favour of proportional representation, and devolution to the regions within the context of s...

  • 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...

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