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Thursday, 9 February 1995

  • Leading Article:Reuniting the two nations
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    These images may seem extreme, but deep divisions are already unmistakeable. The report shows that the Eighties witnessed a dramatic reversal in the post-war trend towards a reduction in inequality. Britain had virtually the worst record: only in New...

  • Leading Article:Sitting next to Mr Norris
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Extolling the virtues of car travel to a select committee, Mr Norris listed one of its advantages over public transport as ``not having to put up with dreadful human beings sitting next to you". Immediately the Opposition spokesperson, Michael Meache...

  • Doing things the Army way: Another View
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    That is why the Army, and especially the Parachute Regiment, are so furious. A court martial would certainly have sentenced these four more severely. It has been suggested that the Commanding Officer should now send them to prison or kick them out of...

  • Letter:Tie gives drinkers cheaper beer
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Your article refers to the ultimate demise of the tie. More likely, further interference will lead to the ultimate demise of the British pub as we know it. It is no coincidence that because of the strength of the tie in Britain, customers in a pub en...

  • Letter: Observations on a new editor
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    This was all bunkum. It was based on no conversation with any of the seven people in a position to know the truth. There was no such division. The committee was unanimous in its recommendation of Andrew Jaspan to the Trust. But your reporter's invent...

  • Letter:Paras' penalty makes sense
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Community service may seem a soft option to those not in full-time work. But these soldiers are working. Community service is intended to be, and is, not merely something useful done for the benefit of the community, but also a punitive curtailment o...

  • Letter:Office blocks mar Newcastle splendour
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Of course, the strategy of finding new uses for the elegant listed buildings of the city is welcome. In my view, however, Newcastle's attractiveness as a regional capital would be greatly enhanced by the demolition of the uglier 1960s/70s office bloc...

  • Letter:Freedom myth takes liberties
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    The sovereignty of Parliament - allegedly derived from the ancient traditions of the Saxon Witan before the Normans invaded from France - was the myth which Protestant parliamentarians developed in their struggle with the Stuarts. Unionists embellish...

  • Letter:Facing facts
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    I am a 31-year-old married man, working in the construction industry and live in North Wales - how much more of a "real man" do I have to be? This is the 1990s, and gender should not be cited to inhibit any individual's penchants. Yours faithfully, M...

  • Letter:Primary schools, British Gas and veal
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    I knew that what I did and how I did it was important to her. It made me want to please her. She made time for me, even inviting me to her house on one or two occasions. It is only now, nearly 30 years later, with my eldest child soon to start school...

  • Letter:Nudes in public places are spiritually uplifting
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    To me, the issue is not the objectification of nude women in art but the appropriateness of hanging the pictures in a conference room. As a visitor to the university, I felt distinctly uncomfortable with the paintings. I would have felt the same way ...

  • Primary schools, British Gas and veal
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    What sort of society are we to allow massive salaries and share preferences to some while denying the best possible education to our children? How many leaders of industry could cope with 35 six-year-olds and manage a declining budget, school premise...

  • The comfort of strangers
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    And in any case ( I told the hitch-hiker) what Mr Steven Norris was saying about the pleasures of going by car and avoiding all those terrible people you meet on public transport was said a long time ago and much better by Mr Willie Rushton, the arti...

  • Single currency, double-speak
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    This view, quite commonly held among MPs, too, is profoundly wrong. The rows and cavortings over monetary policy in recent days may have resembled a surreal comedy, but they have the makings of a much darker drama. Whether it would join a European si...

  • Time to tap into the resources of disabled people
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    The Bill, which has been drawn up by disability groups and others over a decade, would directly affect 6.5 million people in the UK. It enjoys support from all ten political groups in Parliament: it ought to become law. Ironically, the greatest obsta...

  • How active citizens become activists
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Active citizens, according to stereotype, wear permanent pleats and Barbours, are law-abiding, respectable and paranoid. They are the scourge of the enemy within. Activists wear dreadlocks and army-surplus gear: they are the enemy within. All of our ...

  • Letter:Nudes in public places are spiritually uplifting
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    I attend an evening class once a week on international law. On one of the walls, there is a reproduction of a Auguste Renoir's painting of a female nude depicted in warm French sunlight. There has never once been a complaint and probably the picture ...

  • Letter:Nudes in public places are spiritually uplifting
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Yours sincerely, MARJORIE DAWSOn London, E17 8 February

  • Letter:Nudes in public places are spiritually uplifting
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Political correctness in the arts is an intriguing and disturbing phenomenon. I wondered whether Maia ni Bhrolchain's problem with objectification applied solely to women (was not Adam also objectified in Larry Wakefield's urban landscape?) or to nud...

  • 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...

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