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  • Diary
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    I have read, written and been at the wrong end of nasty reviews, and I know that in this sphere academics excel. But even by their high standards, what I've just been shown in the Journal of the English Place-Name Society is a cracker. Among the accu...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties No. 7: Clausefourphobia
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    1. Clausefourphobia: a morbid fear of confined political spaces. Applies only to those active in the world of politics. The word derives in part from the Latin (claustrum: an enclosed space), in part from the British Labour Party (four: the fourth an...

  • A lesson for Karachi
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    Pakistan, with its greater ethnic and religious complexities, appears even more ripe for all-out conflict than Algeria. Nor did the Algerian authorities store up trouble for themselves by encouraging Islamic militancy in neighbouring countries, as ad...

  • Just hot air in a cold climate?
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    It was easy to be cynical about the exercise - to ask whether the cost of bringing 13,000 delegates, observers, journalists and their guards together, estimated at between £20m and £40m or between two-thirds and almost a half, respectively, of Christ...

  • Can we afford ill-health?
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    Sir: The following questions should be put to the Cambridge Health Authority with regard to the girl who is dying of leukaemia ("Cancer girl loses fight for treatment", 11 March): 1. Are the private doctors who have agreed to treat Girl "B" acting ir...

  • The bereaved deserve better
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    A new coroner, Dr John Burton, is about to begin a resumed inquest. It would not have been necessary if at any time the Government had acceded to the requests by the Marchioness Action Group for a public inquiry. But successive government ministers c...

  • Time to put an end to prejudice
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    But, of course, that is the Australia of stereotype. The real country is one that, like almost all other Western nations, has abolished discrimination against male or female homosexuals serving in the armed forces. The real Australia is genuinely sho...

  • Where and why did we go wrong?
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    But what of the future? I have recently reviewed - with the benefit of hindsight - the course of the British economy over the past 70 years. The picture that emerges does not give confidence that all will now be well. Indeed, if the past is any guide...

  • Thanks for no memories
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    Almost every politician in living memory has gone into print, and thereafter into the remaindered shelves: David Owen, Paddy Ashdown, Roy Jenkins, as well as many people who have actually been in the Government, have produced books about how they wou...

  • Thought for the day: dispense with bishops
    Monday, 13 March 1995

    I want a radio with a Thought-for-the-Day inhibitor, a radio that will turn down the volume automatically at the first mention of their god-slot, but which will monitor the silent broadcast and turn the volume up again as soon as the voice says, "Tha...

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