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Sunday, 5 February 1995

  • LETTERS: Accidents involving lorry drivers
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    At a number of locations around the country, protesters are throwing themselves in front of lorries. If there is a shadow of doubt as to whether it is completely safe to proceed, the driver should simply stop. One could also argue that it is unreason...

  • LETTERS: Accidents involving lorry drivers
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    All sympathy must go to the family and friends Ms Phipps has left behind and to the innocent creatures she spent her life trying to save. Yours, M. Thomas Slough, Berkshire 3 February

  • LETTERS: Financial logic underlying interest rate rises
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    1. It was John Major on his first day (27 October 1989, in Northampton) as Chancellor, not Norman Lamont, who said that, if it is not hurting, it is working, 2. The economy is not growing at 4 per cent a year, but at an annual rate of 3.1 per cent in...

  • LETTERS: Protestant views from Ulster
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    We are afraid to discuss these things with our fellow Protestants, never mind anyone else. The same old tired names and choices appear on the ballot papers each election. The newspapers interview the citizens of the Shankill Road to gauge opinion, no...

  • DIARY
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    When Adams was at a meeting in Boston last year, an American academic offered him a biography of one of his heroes and asked him to autograph the title page. I don't know how he felt when he saw it was a book about James Connolly by Ruth Dudley Edwar...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    Mr Tarantino has a famously rapid-fire and gabbling delivery, whether he is explaining a cinematic point or defending his reputation (or, one suspects, even ordering a pizza). That he is punishingly hard to follow or understand is not, however, count...

  • China must learn to behave
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    No one in the West can be sure of the precise interplay. Doubtless though, the worsening in relations between Washington and Peking is linked to the process of replacing Deng Xiaoping. Even if the 90-year-old Deng is still alive, he no longer control...

  • LETTERS: Need to define `quiet enjoyment'
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    Had the Lords instead introduced a maximum noise level to be phased in over a period, the scene would have been set for quiet enjoyment all round. Noise restrictions, based on maximum allowable decibels emitted, have been successfully imposed on airl...

  • LETTERS: Unforced labour
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    Public participation in the construction projects for regional development is a noble endeavour in Myanmar [Burma]. It is true that to implement major projects, financial resources of the state, technical skills and machinery, coupled with mass parti...

  • LETTERS: The price of music
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    As a violinist in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, it has taken me some 25 years in the profession to reach that level. Yours sincerely, JONATHAN TAYLOR Broadstone, Dorset 1 February

  • Vision for a one-eyed government
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    Emily's List identifies four barriers. Culture - the overwhelmingly male ambience of politics. Confidence - women don't have the sheer effrontery of men politicians. Children - women have them and men don't. Cash - women have very little at their dis...

  • Nothing to fear from the F-word
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    Federalism is not another word for centralisation, nor does it mean decentralisation; it is both, but both in the right place. Federalism is not a system of imposed uniformity, nor is it just an alliance of common interests; it offers, rather, as muc...

  • John Major is innocent - OJ?
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    It's not as if there is anything interesting about Simpson to the average non-American. Simpson may have been a star in America but nobody in Britain (outside a few late-night American football fans) displayed the slightest interest in OJ Simpson bef...

  • LETTERS: Financial logic underlying interest rate rises
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    In brief, the facts appear to be: first, yesterday's interest rate was the third in five months; second, the recovery is past its peak, according to the Governor of the Bank of England; and finally, the growth in the economy has largely been export-l...

  • LETTERS: Protestant views from Ulster
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    Only in the last paragraph did Ms Braid come close to a representative response, with the comments from an east Belfast community worker. That response was one of fear and concern. Within the Unionist community there in a recognition that Matthew D'A...

  • Latch on to the affirmative They love it, so shouldn't we?
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    Is this another NHS crisis? If we were less fascinated by navel-gazing at our supposed decline, we might alternatively take it as evidence that some things, at least, are right with the place. It is interesting, to say the least, that German hospital...

  • POLEMIC: All Birtspeak and no action
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    Thoughtful journalists have always been happy to accept Birt's ideas: the problem is turning ideas into action. But as one who has fought on both sides of the media-politics battle, I detect in Birt's words a worrying failure to appreciate the realit...

  • The bad news for black role models
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    Nobody else is doing much apologising these days. Politicians would rather not. The captains of industry are utterly impenitent (there was one last week who made a remark of unexampled stupidity about junior hospital doctors; he was given repeated op...

  • LETTERS: Algeria's war is Europe's problem
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    What is to be done? Europe should begin to co-ordinate its asylum and immigration policies to accommodate as many refugees as possible, rather than continue pretending the problem will not arise. Second, it should start giving massive amounts of aid ...

  • LETTERS: Accidents involving lorry drivers
    Monday, 6 February 1995

    The first step in solving the problem of how to reduce truck accidents is to be able to evaluate its causes. Research at the University of Huddersfield into such accidents has identified severe inadequacies in the Department of Transport's accident s...

  • 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

    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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Briefly : LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 February 1995

    Rodney Warrington, Chester

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

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

    Linden Ife Lincoln's Inn London WC2

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

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

    R F Jenkins South Nutfield, Surrey

  • 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

    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

    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,...

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