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Tuesday, 28 February 1995

  • LETTER : `Hidden' statistics that reveal boxing's lethal purpose
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: I have the greatest respect for Nicky Piper and agree with most of what he says (Another View: "Freedom to fight", 28 February). In addressing the horror of the acute, catastrophic intra-cranial haemorrhage in boxing bouts, he states, correctly,...

  • LETTER : True measures of human happiness
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: How sensitive and incisive I found Geoff Mulgan's examination of the assumption that has underpinned British politics since the war, namely, that economic growth is the key to human happiness ("Money doesn't make the world go round", 27 February...

  • LETTER : `Hidden' statistics that reveal boxing's lethal purpose
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: In my 60 years of connection with professional boxing, Nicky Piper is without doubt one of the most intelligent boxers I have met. However, his misuse of statistics and illogical reasoning leads me to worry that he might be feeling the effect of...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : ANOTHER VIEW : Greed can destroy us
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    From the very beginning, this created problems. Can one control one's feelings? One can keep the Sabbath; one can refuse to kill others - but how can we control our feelings and inner urges, particularly when they are encouraged by the society in whi...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Major's goodbye to the Eighties
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    What has prompted this sudden retreat from the unyielding tenets of High Thatcherism? The amounts do not seem to have become any more outrageous. Nor does the issue seem to have altered much in its nature or dimensions. The answer must surely lie in ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : You can hide, but you sure can't run
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Jim jumped; Nick Leeson plunged; 14-year-old Peter Kerry took a holiday with a stolen passport and credit card. Between those stories lies a whole century in which the drifters and the marginal types become more heroic until at last the whole idea of...

  • LETTER : A quiet afternoon with Stephen Fry
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: Much has been written on the subject of Stephen Fry's disappearance, and I have no desire to add my personal opinion to the pile. His fax to his theatrical agent says all we need to know ("I've been a silly old fool. Sorry", 25 February). I woul...

  • LETTER : Betrayal of Elgar's trust
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: Anthony Payne ("Listen to the music, not the words", 24 February) and the present director-general of the BBC should know that not only would any "tinkering" with Elgar's 3rd Symphony sketches be in direct contravention of his wishes, but it wou...

  • LETTER : For employers it pays to be safe
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: Employers are certainly under pressure to raise their safety standards ("Accidents will happen, but not quite so often", 23 February). The costs of injury and ill-health are a powerful argument for them to do so. But workers are not just passive...

  • Abuse and the serial offenders
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Persistent parents with great determination have eventually achieved a reversal in the Scottish court of the original August 1990 finding of ritualistic abuse. Two years ago they persuaded the Court of Session to order an inquiry which lasted 12 mont...

  • We can't bank on trust alone
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    In that sense Quiz Show, like Forrest Gump, enforces the orthodoxy that there was once an innocence, a time of mutual and deserving trust between authority and people. It dates that period in the United States to the 1950s, a little earlier than the ...

  • LETTER : True measures of human happiness
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: In the absence of government initiatives to measure what Geoff Mulgan refers to as qualitative growth in the economy, it has been left to voluntary agencies to highlight activities, such as volunteering, which add so much to our quality of life ...

  • LETTER : Time to start thinking about Start 3
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: The time may be fast approaching when Britain will be required to uphold its commitment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to pursue disarmament negotiations ("Trident could be bargained away to save arms treaty", 28 February). Sta...

  • LETTER : Bad dream comes true for Barings
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: The following is taken from "Nightmare", by W. S. Gilbert, from Iolanthe: The shares are a penny, and ever so many are taken by Rothschild and Baring, and just as a few are allotted to you, you awake with a shudder despairing. How is Rothschild ...

  • One giant leap for a Man
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Man has overtones of ... well, of Man United, I suppose, but not a lot else really, except of Man, and I suppose the way the human species is evolving at the moment. That's not a thing that any of us wants to be reminded of. Still, as a name it has a...

  • PROPOSITIONS Useful work for job counters
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Britain has two main sets of unemployment data: the monthly totals, based on a count of unemployed people registered for benefit; and the Department of Employment's quarterly Labour Force Survey. But how accurate or useful are they today? When Britai...

  • 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...

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