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Wednesday, 1 March 1995

  • The sound of squeals from a Euro-snare
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Yesterday's was easily the best parliamentary performance by the Labour leader thus far and has surely achieved its ends. These were, first, to portray himself as true leader, a man of decision, and the Prime Minister as a prevaricating office-holder...

  • Letter: Hunting is a fact of country life
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: With regard to John McFall MP's upcoming Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill, it may be regrettable, but it is, nevertheless, a fact of nature that most of the animal kingdom hunts. Hunting is a fact of country life, not only for the pink-coated, gou...

  • Letter: Companies' love of Shakespeare
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: Paul Taylor's remarks on the Barbican's Everybody's Shakespeare festival ("Making a drama out of a crisis", 23 February) imply that foreign companies were chosen according to their ability to pay their own way. This is an insult to the many fine...

  • Letter: US 'missions other than war'
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: Richard Dowden ("No deserters in the global army", 7 February) should have read my book In Irons: US Military Might in the New Century more carefully before launching his diatribe against it. The salient points of the book, which were entirely m...

  • Letter: Arts resurgence in Scotland
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: In your feature on the British arts funding system (18 February), David Lister spent two pages talking about the Arts Council (English), the regional arts boards (English) and the Department of National Heritage (English, in terms of arts fundin...

  • Letter: Profit and loss
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: A few questions arise with regard to the ruinous derivatives transactions and the collapse of Barings. If Nick Leeson were "successful" in his dealings, who would have benefited from the enormous profits which would have been made, obviously com...

  • Letter: It's hard enough being a parent
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: I write regarding your open letter to Peter Kerry (28 February), who stole his father's passport and escaped on the first flight out. The incident that preceded this dash for freedom probably involved more than just a bowl of dropped spaghetti b...

  • Letter: Beyond description
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: In your article on the Nolan Committee (24 February), Dame Anne Warburton was described as "somewhat matronly in appearance". Could you please provide me with a description of the other eight men and one woman? Yours faithfully, L. A. DOUGHERTY ...

  • Letter: Schools fail to fund pay award
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: Leicestershire has been unable to fund the teachers' pay award in full, despite the claims to the contrary by Gillian Shephard, the Secretary of State for Education (report, 21 February). To have done so, and fund the projected increase in pupil...

  • Leading Article: Have gun, will shoot
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Armed police officers are entitled to shoot only if they are certain that their lives or the lives of bystanders are in danger, and their training obliges them to shoot to kill; the rationale being that a wounded gunman still has the capacity to shoo...

  • Letter: Braking: let's stay on the right track
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: Dr Ian Craighead's letter of 25 February is misleading. Any competent car driver knows that adhesion limits certainly are affected by tyre pressure and the area in contact with the road. The third-form physics cited by Dr Craighead is inadequate...

  • Letter: A Yugoslav commonwealth to unite the fearful
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: In your leading article "Bad news from the Balkans', you seem to believe that the only force available to thwart Slobodan Milosevic's aims is the Western force that has not been - and will not be- used, while you pass over the Bosnian force that...

  • Leading Article: Tales of neglect and incompetence
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    For others the antics of the Leesons are no joke. There are real casualties of the Barings collapse - people who may have lost a great deal of money and will not get it back. The losers obviously want to know just how it was that the management at Ba...

  • Leading Article: A farewell to arm-wrestling
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    It is impossible for a school governor or a parent to be sure who is right. Although 75 per cent of council budgets go on education, the local authorities also run planning, social services, roads and much more besides. There is no absolute relation ...

  • Moss: the rocker who never rolled
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    1. In 1965, when the Rolling Stones were looking for a new drummer, they held auditions, at which their eye was caught by a musician called Jackie Moss. They favoured asking him to join the group, until their manager pointed out that although the nam...

  • Observations: What is it about Malaysia?
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    The remarkable thing is that he was not British but a New Zealander, though that in the eyes of the Malay authorities is probably a pretty fine distinction. Such antics they have come to suspect from decadent English-speakers. Who can blame them? In ...

  • Behind the Birmingham scandal
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    The background to the accusations is easily explained. Aspirants to become the next Member of Parliament for Sparkbrook are accused of obtaining improvement grants for party members in return for their support when a candidate is selected. The allega...

  • Letter: A Yugoslav commonwealth to unite the fearful
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: The suggestion in today's leading article "Bad news from the Balkans" (28 February), that the West "must come up with fresh proposals more suited to Balkan realities", is most timely. Unfortunately, judging by past experience, it is difficult to...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Major's goodbye to the Eighties
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    What has prompted this sudden retreat from the unyielding tenets of High Thatcherism? The amounts do not seem to have become any more outrageous. Nor does the issue seem to have altered much in its nature or dimensions. The answer must surely lie in ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : You can hide, but you sure can't run
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Jim jumped; Nick Leeson plunged; 14-year-old Peter Kerry took a holiday with a stolen passport and credit card. Between those stories lies a whole century in which the drifters and the marginal types become more heroic until at last the whole idea of...

  • LETTER : Time to start thinking about Start 3
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: The time may be fast approaching when Britain will be required to uphold its commitment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to pursue disarmament negotiations ("Trident could be bargained away to save arms treaty", 28 February). Sta...

  • LETTER : `Hidden' statistics that reveal boxing's lethal purpose
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: In my 60 years of connection with professional boxing, Nicky Piper is without doubt one of the most intelligent boxers I have met. However, his misuse of statistics and illogical reasoning leads me to worry that he might be feeling the effect of...

  • LETTER : A quiet afternoon with Stephen Fry
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: Much has been written on the subject of Stephen Fry's disappearance, and I have no desire to add my personal opinion to the pile. His fax to his theatrical agent says all we need to know ("I've been a silly old fool. Sorry", 25 February). I woul...

  • LETTER : Betrayal of Elgar's trust
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: Anthony Payne ("Listen to the music, not the words", 24 February) and the present director-general of the BBC should know that not only would any "tinkering" with Elgar's 3rd Symphony sketches be in direct contravention of his wishes, but it wou...

  • LETTER : For employers it pays to be safe
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: Employers are certainly under pressure to raise their safety standards ("Accidents will happen, but not quite so often", 23 February). The costs of injury and ill-health are a powerful argument for them to do so. But workers are not just passive...

  • LETTER : Bad dream comes true for Barings
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: The following is taken from "Nightmare", by W. S. Gilbert, from Iolanthe: The shares are a penny, and ever so many are taken by Rothschild and Baring, and just as a few are allotted to you, you awake with a shudder despairing. How is Rothschild ...

  • Abuse and the serial offenders
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Persistent parents with great determination have eventually achieved a reversal in the Scottish court of the original August 1990 finding of ritualistic abuse. Two years ago they persuaded the Court of Session to order an inquiry which lasted 12 mont...

  • We can't bank on trust alone
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    In that sense Quiz Show, like Forrest Gump, enforces the orthodoxy that there was once an innocence, a time of mutual and deserving trust between authority and people. It dates that period in the United States to the 1950s, a little earlier than the ...

  • One giant leap for a Man
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Man has overtones of ... well, of Man United, I suppose, but not a lot else really, except of Man, and I suppose the way the human species is evolving at the moment. That's not a thing that any of us wants to be reminded of. Still, as a name it has a...

  • LETTER : True measures of human happiness
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: In the absence of government initiatives to measure what Geoff Mulgan refers to as qualitative growth in the economy, it has been left to voluntary agencies to highlight activities, such as volunteering, which add so much to our quality of life ...

  • PROPOSITIONS Useful work for job counters
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Britain has two main sets of unemployment data: the monthly totals, based on a count of unemployed people registered for benefit; and the Department of Employment's quarterly Labour Force Survey. But how accurate or useful are they today? When Britai...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : ANOTHER VIEW : Greed can destroy us
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    From the very beginning, this created problems. Can one control one's feelings? One can keep the Sabbath; one can refuse to kill others - but how can we control our feelings and inner urges, particularly when they are encouraged by the society in whi...

  • LETTER : `Hidden' statistics that reveal boxing's lethal purpose
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: I have the greatest respect for Nicky Piper and agree with most of what he says (Another View: "Freedom to fight", 28 February). In addressing the horror of the acute, catastrophic intra-cranial haemorrhage in boxing bouts, he states, correctly,...

  • LETTER : True measures of human happiness
    Wednesday, 1 March 1995

    Sir: How sensitive and incisive I found Geoff Mulgan's examination of the assumption that has underpinned British politics since the war, namely, that economic growth is the key to human happiness ("Money doesn't make the world go round", 27 February...

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