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Saturday, 4 February 1995

  • Bad posture : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    This is mere political correctness, or to use an older and more expressive term, barbarism. Prof John Radford Psychology Dept University of East London London E15

  • Labour's other leader
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    The British left is increasingly a presence in Brussels, with the Kinnocks now installed at the commission and the parliament. Mr Kinnock held his first meeting with the British press last week, evidently relishing the task ahead as Transport Commiss...

  • Markets and other monsters : LEADING ARTICLE
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    The totalitarian state, as portrayed by Orwell, Koestler and others, allowed no commitments except to the ruling state ideology. Religion was discouraged, voluntary associations banned, schools, universities, press and broadcasting organisations cont...

  • Guess what? I've got a message to ring Elvis Costello
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Nelson Mandela was another teenage hero, and I met him at the Dorchester a couple of years ago. I've tried to blank out the memory, but I can't. I remember my hand shaking his, my mouth saying, "Thanks very much for not being in prison any more and s...

  • Briefly : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Rodney Warrington, Chester

  • Redhill is no high flyer : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    R F Jenkins South Nutfield, Surrey

  • If it was so trivial, why address the nation, prime minister? : Politi cal Commentary
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Mr Molyneaux said that, on 1 December, he had been "informed that a framework document did not exist". Yet he had just been told by the Northern Ireland Office that the Times report was based on a document of 25 November, a week before the statement ...

  • Making that connection : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Robert Goundry Regional Railways North West Manchester

  • Stressed? Join a union : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    However, low staffing levels, performance-related pay, long hours, bullying management practices and many other workplace stressors are best addressed by joining a trade union. It is no accident that John Walker, the former social worker who won dama...

  • Sex is something best left to our inferiors : The Agreeable World of W allace Arnold
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    It was while perusing last week's Mail - an exercise from which a good many woolly-minded Independent on Sunday readers might benefit! - that my eye was caught by the headline "How Sex Destroyed The Beatles". To be frank, I couldn't have cared less w...

  • While Europe rewards its workers Britain still relies on fear
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    The family had not changed much. They were the same high-spirited, pious mavericks I remembered. Steam trains and world Communism had gone, computers and the European Union had come, but they were still talking about who did what in the German occupa...

  • Cherie Blair, the poll tax and what barristers have to do : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Linden Ife Lincoln's Inn London WC2

  • Children's futures at risk : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Given the likely cuts in education budgets this year, we know that local education authorities will have some difficult choices to make. As you pointed out, reading recovery will be cheaper in the long run, but can education authorities afford to tak...

  • Muddle can't teach the young : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    If Mr Peters had made it clear that his comments were intended for the adult world of innovation in business and commerce, then he may have had a valid point. But somewhere along the way, someone (whether it is the learner or someone else close by) h...

  • More camp : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    2 Subtitling it "Tom Paulin's Masterclass". 3 Using that "informal" photograph of Tom Paulin having a jolly good think about criticism. 4 Ending it: "Next week: The opening paragraph." Richard Smith Brighton

  • Not all separated fathers buy noisy toys : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Sophie Radice's article will, I hope, be helpful to any parent or child dealing with the assaults of materialistic warfare. However, I fear that these positives may be undermined by her lack of overall context, and by the example employed, which serv...

  • A fine affair : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Keith Collins Whitton, Middx

  • Words on a new Clause IV : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Barrie Buxton Gravesend, Kent

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Nice Mr Paisley: "This is absolutely typical of the patronising, vile, uncompromising attitude of the British government that I should be given absolutely no choice of beverage! It is an insult to the memory of all those involved in the siege of Lond...

  • Cherie Blair, the poll tax and what barristers have to do : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Yet Cherie Blair appears to go beyond the call of duty. Nothing compelled her to ask in court for the imprisonment of a poll tax defaulter who had no means of payment. Raymond Challinor Whitley Bay, Tyne Wear

  • Cherie Blair, the poll tax and what barristers have to do : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Peter Goldsmith QC Chairman The General Council of the Bar London WC1

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Clearly poor Mr Nadir made a simple mistake and is innocent. All charges against him should be dropped and he should be given legal aid to sue the police and DTI for invasion of privacy, slander, victimisation, maliciousness and all the other things ...

  • Cherie Blair, the poll tax and what barristers have to do : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Cherie Booth's anxiety that a defaulter should be returned to jail while allegedly accepting that "there is no evidence that [the defaulter] has any means at all" raises serious legal issues. Your newspaper was right to publicise this. Chris Lamb Cov...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    5 February 1679: Joost van den Vondel (above), whose name is to Dutch literature what Shakespeare's is to English, died in Amsterdam aged 91. As a youth he worked as a draper in Amsterdam, but spent most of his time educating himself in languages and...

  • Words on a new Clause IV : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    2) "Equitable distribution of wealth" is much too prolix. Let us say instead the "Equal distribution of wealth". "Equitable" merely means "Fair" and while Sir Cedric Brown of British Gas is absolutely certain that three quarters of a million is fair,...

  • 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...

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