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Saturday, 25 February 1995

  • LETTER : Unfair tax benefits help superstores kill market towns
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    It is physically impossible to introduce into the heart of the town the number of cars implied by its population and hinterland without demolishing many of the buildings that constitute its beauty. As it is, its two main Georgian streets have been de...

  • LETTER : Glasgow wants motorways
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Whether or not you approve of what civil engineers design, it is time this important profession was recognised, and not inaccurately described as "architects". John Pegler Cambridge

  • REAR WINDOW : COLD WAR :The British Ministry of Propaganda
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    We know that the KGB was painstakingly compiling its files in Moscow, allegedly recording Michael Foot as "an agent of influence" and logging contacts with Richard Gott, the Guardian journalist. But few people are likely to have heard of the Informat...

  • LETTER : Britain faces Trident flak
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Unfortunately for the Government, its planned procurement of D5s is far from complete: only 44 out of 65 have been purchased. The Americans may want to know why Britain wants so many missiles when it has said it will only deploy a maximum of 96 warhe...

  • LETTER : The language of money
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    By the time the single currency becomes a reality, the EU will speak at least 11 different languages. Banknotes have to be written in a language. The idea of each note being written in 11 separate languages is silly; there would not be enough room. T...

  • LETTER : No censorship on index
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    First, the changes to the Retail Prices Index First Release announced last week do not constitute a switch away from either the all-items RPI or the all-items RPI excluding mortgage interest payments. These measures will continue to be produced and p...

  • LETTER : Mega tingle
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    He is also misrepresenting his loss to his insurance company. As certain as is the cycle of seasons, a computer with "comparable RAMage and Megabytage" and presumably processor power is less expensive than it was when he bought it 11 months ago. Gabr...

  • LETTER : My heritage
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Like Neal Ascherson I cut my teeth on opposition to the Suez war of 1956. I was bitterly opposed to the Falklands expedition. And I believe this country still has an unsettled account with those who sent thousands to their death at Passchendaele and ...

  • LETTER : Road accident
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    1The border incident referred to involved no more than a Land-Rover belonging to the Tunisian Garde Nationale which fell in a ravine because of high-speed driving. The accident caused the death of two national guardsmen and the injury of four others....

  • LETTER : A good option for directors
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Of course, directors (at no cost) were betting on something approaching a certainty, as the profits could be increased simply by sacking staff. Ronald Eyres London NW5

  • LETTER : Putting MacNeice back in the picture
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Glyn Maxwell's reappraisal of Letters from Iceland - a paradigm of literary travelogues - did, I was pleased to note, touch upon the Irish heritage of the Icelanders. Yet he ignores the obvious fascination that the island had for the Irish poet and t...

  • LETTER : 'Ere we go again
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Blaming "the yob culture" only fuels the calls to take away the passports of "troublemakers" - ie anyone who the police say is one. The experience in Italy in 1990 illustrates the police's attitude to arrests in crowds worldwide - hit the person clos...

  • LETTER : Unfair tax benefits help superstores kill market towns
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Any action taken from now onwards can only have a modest effect in dealing with the two main culprits - over-dependence on the car and the development of shopping outside the natural town centres. However, the most important action that could be take...

  • LETTER : Glasgow wants motorways
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    The accusation that air and noise pollution will be increased in Pollok Park ignores the fact that the new road will be separated from the park by the width of a golf course. The suggestion that the Kingston Bridge is about to collapse will come as n...

  • LETTER : Unfair tax benefits help superstores kill market towns
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Yet, two simple changes to the Uniform Business Rate would balance things up between the supermarkets, town centre shops and the corner store: 1) Assess rates on the undeveloped rental values of all sites. 2) Make the rates payable whether the site i...

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    On reflection, this was probably a good idea as in the example given, Lagos is described as being the capital of Nigeria. Since December 1991, the city of Abuja has held that honour. M T S Edwards Twickenham, Middlesex

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Charles Kyriacou Bradford

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Pippa R. Holmes Cambridge

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Cameron MacDonald Glasgow

  • Political Commentary : Mr Heath paid dearly for asking a silly question
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    These questions perplexed Norman St John-Stevas too. Just before the decision to hold the election was taken, Walter Annenberg, the United States ambassador, gave a dinner party where several ministers were present. With Margaret Thatcher, St John-St...

  • War of the film worlds
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    The symbolism couldn't have been starker. In 1987 Wenders' solicitous angels looked down on a city where East still faced West over a wall. Both parts of the city could already share much the same electronic culture on television and video. But the c...

  • What are you supposed to say when the world is coming to an end?
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    The German paper I read runs daily a selection of items from the same day in 1945. It is a collage: official bulletins, scraps from letters home, diary entries, fragments of memoir. No commentary is needed. Germany was dying, and everybody knew it. S...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : All these wigs look the same to me, Your Honour
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    n THIS MEDIA business can be frustrating and thankless, let me tell you. Take Talk Radio, the new commercial radio station. There you are, on a mission to offend, packed out with characters called "shock jocks'', operating "at the edge" of broadcasti...

  • Why more women are going to prison
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    It was not just the formidable Baroness who thought that way. The few women in prison were often seen as mentally ill rather than as criminally deviant in the way that men were - hence the plans, announced in 1968, to rebuild Holloway women's prison ...

  • Put your talents in focus, Mr Fry
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    It's difficult for me to empathise with Fry because when I get bad press, it's usually to do with the characters I do on telly rather than personal attacks and, if the attacks are personal, I can hardly complain because I spent five years on Spitting...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The poverty of family policy
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Now, it seems that the decline of the traditional family has eroded one of our social cornerstones. So, argue some politicians, we need a "family policy" to deter divorce and to restore the cosy firesides of the 1950s. But is this the right answer? A...

  • Mad on animal rights
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Carla Lane, creator of The Liver Birds, Bread, The Mistress, Solo and Butterflies, celebrity animal activist, is being immensely polite, as befits a demonstration at which lipsticked blondes carry placards announcing "JPs against live animal exports"...

  • words : Process
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    The word (it comes from the past participle of procedere, to go forward, a hopeful verb) has had both meanings for about 600 years, which could be why "the peace process" has a touch of ambivalence about it. It is not a matter of throwing people toge...

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold : I adore women but members must come first
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    I have long been a passionate believer in women being given more executive jobs, particularly if those jobs involve neither driving nor mathematics, which, as they would be the first to agree, are not their strong suits. In my experience, women make ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Just a few bits of old history
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    The beauty of this thing called history is its variety, the layers of life that merge imperceptibly with each other, down and down and back and back. The uses of this thing called history can range from the modest to the immense. A woman buys a jar o...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    Carlo de Benedetti of Olivetti on the folly of trying to regulate information technology If we were to say that "bad taste" is indefensible, then we would have no Impressionist painting, no jazz music, no modern art, nor hundreds of things now deemed...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 26 February 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Porphyry, 4th-century monk of Macedonia. Crippled by illness, he travelled to Jerusalem to distribute his wealth to the poor and visit the holy places. At Calvary he had a vision that the thief, Dismas, crucified with ...

  • 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...

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