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Wednesday, 8 February 1995

  • LETTER: Parents must stand up for what's best for their children
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    Yours faithfully, susan wilkins Leicester

  • Parliament's chickens come home to roost
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    Take yesterday: it was the turn of the chairman and the controller of the Audit Commission to give evidence. They argued that all holders of public office, possibly including government ministers, should be liable to fines for serious misconduct. Suc...

  • LETTER: Resources for intensive care units
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    In 1988, the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland published the results of an extensive survey of intensive care units in the UK. The number of nursing staff was inadequate in 32 per cent of units. Few units had enough consultant...

  • LETTER: Let shareholders fix directors' pay justice in self-awarded salaries
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    Yours, on a modest salary, MARK WYNN Altrincham, Cheshire

  • LETTER: Blame on all sides in Algerian war
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    It is only by supporting the democratic opposition in Algeria that Europe can ensure a peaceful and stable Mediterranean neighbourhood. Yours sincerely, Hafid Benchaoui Glasgow 7 February

  • LETTER: Court costs deplete legal aid fund
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    The Lord Chancellor has issued a directive to the effect that where a legally aided defendant is acquitted, his costs are not to be paid, generally, by the prosecution. This is contrary to the general rule regarding awards of costs and, indeed, if a ...

  • LETTER: How it was that Topsy just growed
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    Poor, misunderstood Topsy. She wasn't the original of the 50ft woman. Nor, when she made her celebrated remark, was it a confession at the weightwatchers' club. What Topsy said was: "I s'pect I growed. Don't think nobody never made me" (Uncle Tom's C...

  • LETTER: My time at boot camp
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    For two weeks in 1972, I was incarcerated at Haslar Detention Centre in Portsmouth (now closed) as part of my training as a probation officer. I lived the life alongside young offenders and it gave me an uncomfortably close view of what such regimes ...

  • Can I call you a cab?
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    The boss of Leeds Council environmental department got very annoyed the other day because his telephone receptionists kept saying "Hello, love" to callers they had never met before, so he told them to stop. I get annoyed every time I ring up a compan...

  • Inside the minds of the hard men
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    They have escaped prison because Judge MacLaren Webster decided that they would be "of more use to your country to do some community work than for me to incarcerate you ... It will not repair Mr McGuire's broken bones if I were to ruin your lives and...

  • LETTER: Let shareholders fix directors' pay justice in self-awarded salaries
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    Yours sincerely, marie claud angwin London, W8

  • LETTER: Parents must stand up for what's best for their children
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    As a parent governor last year, I attended seven full governor meetings, 10 sub-committee meetings, two full-day training courses, two evening courses and four information evenings. I visit the school in a governor's capacity one day a term, take par...

  • LETTER: Parents must stand up for what's best for their children
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    Our experience in the independent sector is that parents opt for independent education precisely because we can offer excellent pupil-teacher ratios, well-resourced departments and stable staff. It is tragic that the Department for Education feels co...

  • LETTER: Let shareholders fix directors' pay justice in self-awarded salaries
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    It can be done differently. In Australia, the economist Shann Turnbull has successfully introduced "Corporate Senates", which give shareholders a veto over some directors' decisions. Like Cadbury Remuneration Committees, they can therefore control pa...

  • LETTER: Parents must stand up for what's best for their children
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    I wrote to my MP, John Patten, and to John Gummer and Gillian Shephard, to express my dismay at this prospect. I told them that all the parents I knew were totally opposed to these cuts, and were prepared to pay higher council taxes to see them rever...

  • LETTER: Let shareholders fix directors' pay justice in self-awarded salaries
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    Yours faithfully, JOHN GRIMWADE Cirencester

  • LETTER: Blame on all sides in Algerian war
    Thursday, 9 February 1995

    Throughout the past three years, both the Algerian security forces and armed Islamist groups have acted with total disregard for international and humanitarian law, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths. Amnesty International has been consistently...

  • Call for a fair deal for the Third World
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    Justice needs to be applied to our policies on arms sales, to our policies on trade ensuring that we pay a fair price for the goods that we enjoy, such as tea and coffee; and justice for the poor needs to become the basis for the policies of the IMF ...

  • Humanity, not violence, please
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    Unfortunately, the increasingly violent behaviour of some demonstrators may make it difficult to keep that sympathy alive in a public that is growing ever more fearful of lawlessness and anarchy. Some of the violence undoubtedly comes from the rent-a...

  • Charles I was a peculiar Anglican
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    The political claims and pretensions of the Papacy were anathema to him as to most sensible monarchs, but when his courtiers interpreted the masque dancing of the Anglican king and his Catholic queen as a symbol of rapprochement, they were not entire...

  • RHS rule changes should be opposed
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    Had the council of the RHS announced its plans for the Lindley Library by September, any member could have put forward a resolution opposing the move. Next year, if the new by-laws are passed, such a resolution (always supposing the council has not a...

  • Eurosceptics' faith in sovereignty ignores the tide of history
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    To me, the archetypal federal constitution is that of the United States. Those of Canada and Australia also come to mind. They are characterised by having, as well as a federal legislature, a central federal executive, having substantial powers - exc...

  • Flood prevention depends on restoration of the wetlands
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    Yours faithfully, T. S. SANDS Director of Conservation Wildlife Trusts Lincoln

  • Eurosceptics' faith in sovereignty ignores the tide of history
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    To be sovereign, a nation must also be solvent. But for trade and financial markets, frontiers have lost their meaning and separate currencies are merely irritants. Meanwhile, telecommunications, transport and energy in Europe are taking centre stage...

  • Ask no questions, you get no lies
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    Birt: Well... Me: Excuse me, but I haven't asked you a question yet. Birt: I'm sorry. Me: Surely you must realise that the only reason that someone like Jeremy Paxman adopts the tone of a well-born Spanish inquisitor is that he knows that the subject...

  • Cabinet on the picket-line
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    David Hunt, the Cabinet's chief shop steward, was down at the Nolan Committee yesterday stoutly defending privileges that wheel tappers and shunters could only dream of. Of course ex-ministers should be free to take up the jobs of their choice, Mr Hu...

  • On to our next caller, and make it snappy
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    Talk, like Wonderbras or the Troggs, is a big new cultural rediscovery. Broadcasters have seized on Talk as a way of being both entertaining and serious. On the one hand, it pulls in the punters; on the other, it involves the people, thus allowing th...

  • PROPOSITIONS: Busting out of the classroom
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    0 from September. It is time to impose a statutory upper limit on class size. Since the 1988 Education Reform Act introduced local management of schools, funds have been directly related to pupil numbers. The temptation is for schools to accept more ...

  • Whoever said `no turning back'?
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    Yet something important has changed with the apparent conversion of the left to European integration, and the evolution of the Thatcherite right into outspoken and rebellious scepticism. The change is not just striking but also mystifying, since the ...

  • another view: A warrior monk speaks
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    Like my fellow monks, I am said by the article to be skilled at "cloaking a base ideology in the language of freedom", so remember, before you read on, that you have been warned. Let me just explain what support for the unity and independence of the ...

  • Nato - the next generation
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    A low point was reached last November, when one of the worst rows between the United States and its European allies broke out over how to react to the Serbian assault on the Bosnian enclave of Bihac. The new ideas now taking shape in the Nato countri...

  • Diary
    Wednesday, 8 February 1995

    establishment paper, that everybody knew it was a national. Clearly, the right man for that job. There's no chance of his being snubbed this year. In picking Jaspan, the Scott Trust has alighted on an Andrew Neil-style figure, full of bustling energy...

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