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Monday, 6 February 1995

  • DOCUMENT: No deserters in the global army
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    The style may be dense, the appeal oblique, but the report's suggestions are as radical as anything in any of the previous reports: the Brandt report on world poverty, the Palme Commission on disarmament, and Brundtland's report on the environment. T...

  • A media storm of one's own
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    Well, this sounds very much like what happened to the director-general, who got his own spit blown back in his face. He was certainly only hinting when he spoke of "overbearing interviewers who sneer disdainfully at their interviewees" and reminded u...

  • Not a nice task, but Salman's gotta do it
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    "Late Show on the line for you, Salman," said the policeman, putting his hand over the receiver. "Tell them to get stuffed," said Salman without looking up from his word processor. "Be fair, Salman," said the policeman. "They haven't pestered you for...

  • Blair's big chance of power ... but not yet
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    But, on the other hand ... yes. There is a situation developing which is unstable enough to offer Tony Blair rich opportunities and may radically change the politics of the year ahead. Before explaining why, though, let us deal with the unlikeliness ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Come clean on pay and perks
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    I am not in the business of preaching the politics of envy. The TUC backs proper reward for excellence, and people being paid well for their efforts. We are not opposed to share option schemes per se, nor do we want a legal ceiling on top pay. What w...

  • LETTERS: No one listens to Generation Y
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    The present problem the youth of today face is that we have no one to turn to in Parliament who is prepared to listen to what we have to say, and fight for what we want. Mr Hughes is quick to claim that his party is "responding to issues that particu...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Call out the waste-busters
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    The figures show that there must be change. We suffer more fire deaths than comparable countries, the number of fires is growing and so are the number of injuries caused by fire. What is more, the difficulties faced by the service are likely to grow....

  • LETTERS: Egypt needs foreign help if it is not to go the way of Algeria
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    Yours faithfully, Randhir Singh Bains Gants Hill, Essex 2 February

  • LETTERS: Central to any Czech history
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    The economic foundations for this had been established in pre-1914 Habsburg-ruled Bohemia and Moravia, where Czechs and Germans alike had created a thriving industrial economy. Czechoslovakia, and now the Czech Republic, may be recognised as the exce...

  • LETTERS: Screening's role in cancer detection
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    To put this problem in perspective, out of every 10,000 women screened, approximately 60 cancers will be detected earlier at screening and eight will be "missed" because subtle radiological features were overlooked. Yours sincerely, C.B.J. Woodman Di...

  • LETTERS: Tarantino's video view of the banal
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    Cinema at its best broadens and deepens our awareness of seemingly banal landscapes. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are both impressive films. Yet Tarantino restricts the landscape of cinema to the world of the exploitative video. I can't help feeli...

  • LETTERS: Unlicensed trucks, unlicensed drivers
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    2. Make it easy for the police, traffic wardens and the public to spot an unlicensed truck by printing the licence in colour (as for cars), but with a square shape (unlike cars). Without meaningful enforcement and meaningful penalties, too many irres...

  • LETTERS: Size is no object
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    Yours sincerely, Nicholas Jory London, N1

  • LETTERS: Peace for Ireland, progress for Britain
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    The future for all of us is bleak unless governments are prepared to commit wholeheartedly to Europe. Sectarian myopia isn't only the preserve of the parties in Northern Ireland. Yours faithfully, David Sellicks Tonbridge, Kent 1 February

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Beam us all up, Scotty
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    Gene Roddenberry, the series' creator, may have been an alcoholic lecher, and several of the actors pompous prima donnas in their earthbound lives. But they offered, and still offer, us the dream of an ordered universe in which humankind could, by co...

  • Epilepsy drugs row
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    Terry O'Leary, chief executive of the British Epilepsy Association, said: "If this survey gets patients back to their doctors and specialists asking for their treatment to be reviewed it will have achieved its purpose."

  • LETTERS: Egypt needs foreign help if it is not to go the way of Algeria
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    Everyday, extremists are being "manufactured" in Egypt's torture cells. The destruction of homes, burning of crops and beating of women by the security forces have already alienated most of the countryside in upper Egypt. Journalists and writers are ...

  • LETTERS: Peace for Ireland, progress for Britain
    Tuesday, 7 February 1995

    People of Britain and Ireland need both peace and progress, and they need Labour to put them both forward. These are not alternatives. Yours, John Nicholson Manchester 6 February

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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: 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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