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Friday, 3 February 1995

  • LETTERS:Sierra Leone: solutions to a human tragedy
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    Andrew Graham (Letters, 2 February) is naive in giving credence to the present junta's commitment to return the country to civilian rule. Such promises are needed to pacify the diplomats and keep the aid coming, but only a regime of rare integrity ca...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Ken and Eddie's tasteless joke
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    It is all very well for Mr Clarke to speak of the need to control inflation and so prevent the economic recovery from overheating. But these inescapable aims mean little to the million or so homeowners stuck in properties worth less than their mortga...

  • LETTERS:Britain's need of European rights
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    There is an embarrassing abundance of human rights abuses to choose from. Legal slavery and anti-Catholic legislation until early last century, the absence of equal voting rights for women until 1928 and the lack of any law against racial discriminat...

  • LETTERS:Self-scrutiny for white males
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    Advisers' reports on an early draft of the book identified a number of important areas that needed to be covered in greater depth and it was agreed with Professor Vincent that these should be addressed in the final typescript. They included social hi...

  • Can local heroes convince a nation?
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    While Tony Blair may be concerned that nationally his party has been little more than a pressure group in recent years, in local government it has been gathering power in town and (often for the first time) county halls. Success in local government h...

  • LETTERS:Charles I was surely Anglican
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    Yours faithfully, NICHOLAS PATERSON London, E17

  • My mind's elsewhere, but at least my keys are safe
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    I cursed at having yet again brought upon myself the megaguilt-inducing cycle of ecstatic welcome followed by the suicidal disappointment that would erupt as I left the house for a second time. Wincing, I put the key in the lock ready to deliver the ...

  • LETTERS:Facts about MND
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    Firstly, the writer states that a patient with MND faces "an excruciating death by suffocation". This is false. Though MND is a terminal condition, it need never involve death by suffocation. Breathing difficulties may occur from time to time during ...

  • WILLIAM DONALDSON'S WEEK:Quite a turn-about after a volte-face
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    Further, she's had a volte-face, has Debbie Mason, and not for the first time. Her last volte-face had me spinning distractedly for a week. I was quietly developing Major Ron's Kama Britain through a job lot of small but fashionable production compan...

  • For 2000, let's repair our lovely land
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    Hitler's Thousand Year Reich was shortlived by 988 years, an economy that saved millions of lives while coincidentally sparing Berlin from the heavy hand of Albert Speer, the Fuhrer's pet architect. Speer's designs included a domed meeting hall 1,000...

  • LETTERS:Trains and tubes in the Docklands
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    Where the markets served by the JLE and the DLR overlap that will bring advantages to users of both. If some DLR passengers divert to the JLE, that will relieve overcrowding on the DLR and bring benefits to the remaining DLR passengers; those passeng...

  • LETTERS:Self-scrutiny for white males
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    It is disingenuous to pretend, as Mark Lawson does ("Fugitives from the book police", 31 January), that John Updike is merely recording or reporting white male middle-class attitudes which happen to be offensive to women. The point is that, if he doe...

  • LETTERS:Sierra Leone: solutions to a human tragedy
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    These include the first ever national conference of chiefs, held in July 1994, which resulted in the formation of a National Security Council that has resolved to transform the war into a democratic political process. The government has also enlisted...

  • Quote Unquote
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    Best way to help ensure healthy economic growth, leading to a continuing rise in secure jobs and higher living standards - Chancellor Kenneth Clarke's explanation for raising interest rates by 0.5%. Anyone who found themselves borrowing money over th...

  • LETTERS:Charles I was surely Anglican
    Saturday, 4 February 1995

    Charles I died for the Church of England, with its hierarchy of clergy and its beautiful liturgy as set out in the English prayer book. In copies of this prayer book published before this century, you will see that 30 January is set aside as a day of...

  • Scaremongering in Mexico
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Second, to characterise the situation of political tension in the state of Tabasco as "violent civil unrest" gives a false impression of the reality in that state, which together with Chiapas has seen political and social troubles over the past month...

  • Artistic question
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Who is right, or did Man Ray say both, just for fun? Yours sincerely, BRIAN GASCOIGNE London, NW3 31 January

  • When there are too many foetuses
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Unfortunately, we are not able to know precisely whether pregnancy will occur with fertility treatment, or, indeed, whether a single or multiple conception will result. It is certainly true that careful monitoring using ultrasound and other methods, ...

  • What Abigail really did
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    The book provokes a good deal of discussion on the various social issues involved and the children are well able to rationalise the imagery. Indeed, the children are able to produce their own images, inspired by bullying, frustration and lack of pare...

  • How should the West respond to Rwanda's cry for help?
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    No one could possibly deny the abomination of the Rwanda massacres, but isn't it a bit too easy to make a parallel with the Nazi persecutions? Unlike Germany, Rwanda (and the Balkans) have been in the process of civil war. Civil war is notoriously bi...

  • Training for the Probation Service
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Mrs Hinds also refers to Home Office statistics which claim that 88 per cent of all probation orders are completed in full, and not terminated early because of a subsequent criminal conviction; but she is wrong to call this a "success". The commissio...

  • Trips to visit the Lindley Library
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    I write as someone whose own needs of the library are considerable, but more importantly I write as the editor of an international journal, many of whose authors live in remote parts of the British Isles and abroad. While each of us can manage reason...

  • Non-violent end
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Yours etc, LUDOVIC KENNEDY London, W11

  • Meeting for a global agenda
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    As we all recognise, we are moving towards a new world that is multi-polar and increasingly interdependent. To meet these challenges, a global agenda for change is taking shape. Elements include Agenda 21 stemming from the 1992 UN Conference on the E...

  • How should the West respond to Rwanda's cry for help?
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    I share his concern about the situation in the camps where the Interahamwe militia are terrorising the people and peddling the propaganda about the dangers of returning home. It is clear, however, that until security and land rights are assured, ther...

  • Training for the Probation Service
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    There are already plenty of staff in the Probation Service with previous careers in the forces, but what they and all our other probation officers need is high-quality training to provide them with the skills to deal with the increasing numbers of se...

  • What Abigail really did
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Do you support censorship by a powerful retailer on the basis of quotations taken out of context? What might Ms Macdonald have said about Grimm's Fairy Tales or the Old Testament? Yours faithfully, FELIX PIRANI London, WC2 2 February

  • Opera without opera houses? Sing it loud
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    At first hearing the news sounds grave. Jonathan Miller would have to trek mournfully back to La Scala or the Met to feel appreciated. Pavarotti would have to brave the park again. And there could be a serious social vacuum. A night at the opera has ...

  • The problem is, I'm an agony aunt
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    To Auntie Auntie, that's who - the only agony aunt who deals only with agony aunts' problems! And she's back again today with more curious posers from her mailbag. Take it away, Auntie! Dear Auntie, I run a small provincial agony column for a weekly ...

  • So near and yet so trapped
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Yet behind the facade of bonhomie, eastern Europe is undergoing a profound crisis. Far from progressing steadily towards harmonisation with the rest of Europe, the east of the Continent appears to be stuck with governments that have all the trappings...

  • EVIDENCE : Hurricanes from the petrol pumps
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    The flooding in Europe, the worst in some areas for a century, has raised a question by now depressingly familiar to climatologists. Is global warming - specifically the increased turbulence which, according to most models, will result from pumping g...

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