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Friday, 24 February 1995

  • Audit process not a threat
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Sir: It seems to me that the signatories to the letter headlined "Politics may cost councillors their jobs" (22 February) need a thorough lesson in democratic principles. They contend that if the District Auditor's view of propriety is correct, counc...

  • Orange rhymes
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Sir: Hyam Maccoby (letter, 21 February) suggests that Dean Inge provides a rhyme with "orange". He doesn't. He said his name was Inge - to rhyme with sting and not with cringe. Yours regretfully, MICHAEL CHANDLER Rector of St Stephen's Canterbury

  • Putting a brake on friction theory
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Sir: My understanding of wheelslip protection as fitted to modern trains is that its principal purpose is not, as with anti-lock braking on cars, to improve the rate of slowing, but largely to protect the steel tyres on train wheels from developing f...

  • Standards for asylum seekers
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Sir: You reported (£22m in migrant fines uncollected, 22 February) on the National Audit Office's investigation entitled Entry into the United Kingdom. Charter 87 for Refugees supports the recommendation that the Immigration Service should develop mi...

  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: extend or change?
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    From Mr Clive Bates Sir: Gerald Clark, of the Uranium Institute, acknowledges that the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has "contributed greatly" to the development of nuclear power in 30 countries (Letters, 23 February). He cheerfully conclude...

  • Wired up for EU
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Sir: With regard to Andrew Marshall's problems with Europlugs (20 February), I understand that the European Union wishes to persuade us to change to a standard European plug for domestic circuits. This will apparently mean changing from the ring main...

  • Call a shag by its correct name
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Sir: In John Walsh's diary (23 February), his musing on the new corporate name which is replacing the advertising company, Saatchi and Saatchi, company name, leads him to dwell on the word shag. He informs us that shag is the old, redundant name for ...

  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: extend or change?
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    The NPT has two main purposes: to stop countries acquiring nuclear weapons and to get those who already have them to move to full nuclear disarmament. While it is true that the NPT has done a reasonable job in curtailing the spread of nuclear weapons...

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Sir: In Another View ("How to ease racial tension", 23 February), Winston Churchill reminds us of Britain's proud record of combating fascism, racism and intolerance, and gives as an example, Britain's part in the liberation of Auschwitz and our reso...

  • Putting a brake on friction theory
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Sir: It is commendable that your readers are keen to help British Rail overcome the problem of stopping trains in the presence of leaf mould on the track (Letters, 23 February). Unfortunately, however well versed your correspondent, Mr Horncastle, is...

  • Climb the winter peaks, but heed the ptarmigan
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Grim rituals unfold, rituals of countless Februaries. Climbers climb into places where they should not be in conditions which drive summit- dwelling ptarmigan down on to the low ground, gasping for breath and fleeing for life. Mountain rescue teams a...

  • Out of the window, a lifetime's comfort
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    The words are John Major's at the 1991 Conservative Party Conference. For growing numbers of families with elderly relatives they have today an increasingly hollow ring. For many, the inheritance dream is over. Over the past decade and more, the defi...

  • The week John Major went nationalist
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Despite his repeated assertions that he is himself a Unionist, the framework document he unveiled on Wednesday was a comprehensive and undisguised rejection of all the principal Unionist political theories. It blasted them out of the water, opting in...

  • Cracking the whip over lunch
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Here was the snag, however. I'm not short of racontage, but without a fictional present, I was unsure whether I accomplished enough from day to day (ate enough; sallied forth enough after an agreeable lunch on historical strolls "How fares the skylin...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 25 February 1995

    Allowing only the biggest snouts in the trough discredits the free enterprise system. Greedy British bosses are making a Labour government inevitable - Andrew Neil, commentator Many people ... would no more think of entering journalism than the sewag...

  • 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...

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