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Monday, 13 March 1995

  • Leading Article: A clause for the future
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    In abandoning Clause IV, Mr Blair set himself a very difficult task. The present clause may be outdated, unworkable, and largely irrelevant to modern political debate, but its language of collective ownership has a powerful appeal. Its sentiments hav...

  • Letter: Girl B is victim of the internal market's climate of mistrust
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    Here we enter a very difficult debate. It is generally accepted among health authorities and public health doctors that one aim of resource allocation in the NHS should be to maximise health gain, ie, to allocate health resources to those treatments ...

  • Leading Article: Mr Tatchell's latest outrage
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    Conversely, the bishop makes a more sympathetic, even courageous figure as he turns to defy his pursuer. No one has suggested that he is personally homophobic: on the contrary even Mr Tatchell's letter praises him for showing private kindness and und...

  • Laugh? I could have died ...
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    Several of the most brilliant writers in America are sitting round a large table, carving each other's witticisms on each other's backs. Robert Benchley: Why do we always come to the Algonquin for these little get-togethers? You can't even get a dece...

  • ANOTHER VIEW Arms remain the key
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    Reports of Sir Patrick Mayhew's comments in the US caused concern in Tory ranks. Was HMG retreating? Need there be only a token decommissioning before ministers began talks in earnest? The reports were misleading, it transpired, but the jitters had s...

  • Letter: Stevie Wonder's showdown with Radio 1
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    Radio 1 proceeded to bill this interview as Stevie Wonder "in concert". The day before the interview, on arrival in London, I heard an announcement to this effect on the Simon Mayo show and immediately contacted Polydor Records, through which the arr...

  • Letter: Fish wars: Spain sails against Canada and the Commonwealth
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    From the British standpoint, however inconvenient Canada's actions are, Her Majesty's government in the United Kingdom can do no more than moan at Her Majesty's government in Canada. There is no objective wrong and neither set of Her Majesty's minist...

  • Letter: All girls benefit from Work Day
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    The day is about building partnerships, with employers and schools, inviting girls from their locality into their workplaces for the day. The beneficiaries are the girls and, ultimately, the employers for whom these girls form the workforce of the fu...

  • Letter: Nice and crisp
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    However, of those children who are aware of Mr Lineker as a "nice man", how many will now see him as a role model for stealing and bullying, rather than in his previous position as a model of sportsmanship and general good behaviour? Surely we have f...

  • It's socialism Tony, but not as you know it
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    Beyond the small world of politics, too, Tony is trendy. Tony's grin is everywhere. Tony is voted on to lists of sexy men by women's magazines. His self-confident, southern voice echoes from the airwaves. More than that, Tony's views are, it seems, i...

  • Molars, money and martyrdom
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    As has been widely reported, the quest for such a sizeable advance led Amis to part company with his long-time English publisher, Cape, and his English agent, Pat Kavanagh. In the coverage of these events, Amis has been cast as the privatised power c...

  • Last of the latex laffs
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    This demise will, no doubt, be seen as the end of an era, the last nail in the coffin of political satire, and that dreadful, tired, boring, repetitive, unfunny, PC rubbish known as Alternative Comedy. At last we can roll on to a new dawn of New Lad ...

  • Letter: Church taboo on tenderness
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    The trouble is the whole issue is bedevilled by the obnoxious phrase "genital acts". If, however, we could instead use the word "tenderness", the matter would sound in a different key. "Love between two persons is to be treasured and respected," the ...

  • Letter: Church taboo on tenderness
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    I served in the RAF for four years in the late Forties and had to keep my sexuality hidden but, on leaving, my service book was full of glowing comments recommending me to any would-be employer written by my very straight commanding officer. The fear...

  • Letter: Girl B is victim of the internal market's climate of mistrust
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    1. The question the agency had to decide was whether or not it would fund an extra contractual referral (an ECR in NHS managerial speak). It follows, therefore, that a request must have been made for such a referral. If the clinicians involved did no...

  • Letter: Fish wars: Spain sails against Canada and the Commonwealth
    Tuesday, 14 March 1995

    Secondly, the chief offenders in the commercial extinction of the main North Atlantic species over the past 15 years have been Spanish vessels, well-known in Canada and beyond as being without scruple on these matters. The very Spanish fleet presentl...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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