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Monday, 27 February 1995

  • Letter: The right to NHS care, the fear of growing old
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: Nicholas Timmins's excellent article "Out of the window, a lifetime's comfort" (25 February) omitted one topic, which is the terror of growing old today. My generation grew up in the forties and fifties. We were encouraged to provide for our old...

  • Yes, my holiday was a runaway success
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    This is probably an advantage on both sides, as when you are on holiday your parents are always grumbling about you and your behaviour, and they would probably rather be on their own. And the same goes for me. Actually, they are always grumbling abou...

  • Letter: Ways to regulate derivatives
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: In the light of the collapse of Barings merchant bank, and in a regime of self-regulation of the professions - particularly in the financial world - it is incredible that the Bank of England's own regulation of the banking profession should be s...

  • Letter: A strike back in the boxing debate
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: With regard to the recent debate triggered by the injury of the boxer, Gerald McClellan, to argue that one should not ban boxing because there will still be clandestine fights and British boxers fighting legally abroad is not sense. In an effort...

  • Letter: Protection for minority groups on TV
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: What a strange leading article ("Babies, BBC and the BCC", 24 February): praising the defeat of David by Goliath is rather different to the position previously adopted by the Independent. You are right that our complaint about the BBC's Panorama...

  • Letter: Why Ford made the better films
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: The point at issue (Another View: "Witty film, nutty editorial", 22 February) is not whether films should be about, in Michael Winner's words, "nice people doing nice things". It is whether or not a film is enhanced by showing the nasty things i...

  • Diary
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Presumably that does not apply to the portrait of the great cricketer, WG Grace. "As soon as he arrived here, the Prime Minister specifically asked for a portrait of Grace to be added to the Downing Street collection," says the spokesman, before addi...

  • Russia's charm offensive
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    The Foreign Office is treating the visit with due priority. But in terms of Russia's security policies, Mr Chernomyrdin's trip to Poland last week may prove to be more significant. For, four years after the collapse of Communism in Russia, the former...

  • Hitting drivers where it hurts
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Dr Mawhinney also repeated the elementary truth that you cannot reduce road travel or fuel consumption by subsidising public transport; the only effective method is to make such travel more expensive. In fact, the Government has in principle already ...

  • Review: Lost love in the time of empire
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Whatever, it served as a useful reminder of the dangers of anecdotal evidence when used as a historical tool. Personal experience is powerful on television precisely because it is at odds with the blurring simplifications of history. The people you s...

  • Leading Article: Bad news from the Balkans
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Without a credible threat of force to back up the Western initiative, there is not the slightest chance that either Serbia's president Slobodan Milosevic, or the leaders of the Serb-controlled regions of Croatia and Bosnia, will accept the plan. Mr M...

  • Leading Article: The Eagle in Steady Eddie
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    The gamble was the decision, late on Sunday night, not to ask for Treasury money to bail out Barings, after an attempt to put together a rescue package had failed. Mr George's calculation, apparently, was that having failed to secure a lifeboat crewe...

  • Letter: Silver linings
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: Miles Kington ("Any way the wind blows", 24 February), is nearer to the truth than many will realise. The Met Office moves to Trading Fund status on 1 April 1996, which means that it will have to become even more enterprising in the use of its r...

  • Letter: Bishop's assistance
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: Andrew Brown ("Bishop says UK would provide no safe haven", 25 February) is wrong to say I played "no active part" in the campaign to free the two accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. In fact, I was in constant touch with the government of Pakistan...

  • Mayhem that lurks in the shadows
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    For Tony Blair, smiling vaguely back, is not only the Shadow Prime Minister, but also the Opaque Prime Minister, the Glimmering Prime Minister. His New Labour is truly a Shadow Government, a place of dark murmurings and inexplicable rustles, where po...

  • Leading Article: Freedom to fight
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    I have no doubt that the stringent medical controls called for by the Professional Boxers' Association over the past 10 months, and enforced by the British Boxing Board of Control last Saturday, saved the life of Gerald McClellan. Following the death...

  • Letter: Risky judgments
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: You report ("Ministers `not above the rule of law' ", 27 February) the Lord Chief Justice in BBC 1's On the Record as calling for Britain to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law. In the same programme, I warned o...

  • Letter: The right to NHS care, the fear of growing old
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: Your story "Doctors fear end of cradle-to-grave care" (24 February) gives the misleading impression that our guidance on continuing care takes away or reduces elderly people's right to free NHS care. The guidance does not change two fundamental ...

  • Letter: Safety first
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: The heading of your article on health and safety courses ("Accidents will happen, but not quite so often", 23 February) is not correct. They don't happen, they are caused, and our job on all of our training courses is to teach what these causes ...

  • Letter: Ways to regulate derivatives
    Tuesday, 28 February 1995

    Sir: As a worker in the City of London for over 40 years, I find your reference to Barings' renowned prowess and skills in the Far East extremely worrying. The City's financial institutions happily promote the belief in the superiority of London as t...

    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: If Adam Smith were alive today, I doubt whether he would endorse the views (24 February) of Madsen Pirie on public libraries. The president of the Adam Smith Institute ought to be aware that Smith saw the measure of the wealth of a nation as inc...

    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: Madsen Pirie (Polemic, 24 February), as one might expect of the president of the Adam Smith Institute, has his head stuffed full of misconceptions. Just two: (1) that public libraries were created to bring literacy to the masses. Wrong. It was t...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    2. sb, arch Art, craft, cunning [C10, Old English, obs but vide Emily's List below] List, n 1. an item by item record of people or things, usually written one under another [C17, from French, compare Italian lista (strip, vide Football Association, b...

    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: I was born in Belfast in 1972, on the same day the Northern Ireland Parliament was prorogued. I grew up in a middle-class Protestant area never experiencing the peace that now exists. On the day of the IRA ceasefire, I left Northern Ireland to t...

    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: I find your coverage of the Stephen Fry affair, morbid and intrusive, but fascinating nevertheless. It feels like picking over the carcass of an admired but envied rival in the "Aha, I told you so!" mode. It is as if the bubble had to burst at s...

  • Fruity, with a hint of chaos
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Along with all of these is the kind of bottle of wine that is too disgusting to open but not horrible enough to throw away. These are usually brought by guests, dragged back from holiday or purchased on a whim because they are lying in a basket at th...

  • LETTER: Unionist input needed at Framework talks
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: Originally from Norway, I have lived in the UK for six years and have taken a keen interest in the Northern Ireland conflict since the Nobel peace prize was awarded to Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan in 1976. As an outsider, I consider mysel...

  • LETTER: Stephen Fry's two options
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: My husband and I have lived in many countries, among them the United States, Sweden, South Africa and Italy, and never have we read such a vicious press as that in Britain. In all my 12 years in the US, I found only respect for artists and thoug...

  • LETTER: Not a mere quango
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: The photograph you publish flatters me, but I must protest at the distorted picture presented by your article "Unloved institutions that grew like Topsy" (7 February). The Lands Tribunal is not a quango, unloved or not. It is a court of law, est...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Why we buy fewer rounds
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Despite this young man's agony, it will not help to be po-faced about the weekend's events. If boxing were not so attractive it would not have survived this long. An estimated 12 million people watched the fight on television. At its best, boxing is ...

  • LETTER: Orange casualties
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: There is a word that rhymes properly with orange, although its uses are pretty limited. Someone I know who served in the trenches in World War I told me of a General Gorringe, believed to be responsible for causing heavy British casualties. He w...

  • LETTER: Charged issue
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marshall's problems with Europlugs ("It's hard to hack it when the Europlugs don't fit", 20 February) will be of interest to those rich enough to own a computer and to travel abroad. There is a much greater problem with Europlugs, however...

  • Money doesn't make the world go round
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    But what was most surprising about Major's promise was not that he made it, but rather that it had so little impact. Part of the problem was the public's unwillingness to believe that the recession is really over. But the hollow reception may also ha...

  • LETTER: Prescription rise: no link to nurses' pay
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: Health minister Gerry Malone argues that the revenue generated by the increase in prescription charges would help to fund the nurses' pay award ("Prescriptions rise by triple inflation rate", 23 February). But as Virginia Bottomley has already p...

  • `I'll run away and then they'll be sorry'
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Parents go into a rage like that, when a child casually turns up after going missing (and I'm not talking about anything as astonishingly ambitious as running off to Malaysia). It comes from a feeling of having been emotionally tricked. First you go ...

  • An accident waiting to happen?
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    It remains to be seen if the Barings collapse provides the trigger for the financial Armageddon that Congress foresaw. Even by City standards, Barings is a relatively small player. On a world scale it is tiny. None the less, as many seasoned City obs...

  • LETTER: Bootless claims
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: There was no "feverish round of bidding" between newspapers for Oleg Gordievsky's memoirs, as your report "The sorry tale of Agent Boot" (23 February) states. His agent offered the book solely to the Sunday Times. And much as I am flattered, as ...

  • LETTER: Moral victory
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    Sir: Broadcasters, you say (leading article; "Babies, BBC and the BCC", 24 February), are obliged to get things right. The reason the Broadcasting Complaints Commission found Panorama's "Babies on Benefit" flawed and irresponsible was because it got ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Barings and the Bank
    Monday, 27 February 1995

    It is of real importance that the current crisis leads to changes in the method by which bank regulators monitor and control the use of derivative financial instruments. There have been too many warnings about their potentially destabilising effect f...

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