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Tuesday, 14 March 1995

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Outright hypocrisy
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    While our private, courteous appeal for the bishop to come out has been universally denounced, no one has uttered a word to condemn the church's victimisation of lesbian and gay people. Priests in loving homosexual relationships face the sack. The Ch...

  • Leading Article: Whitehall doors stay closed
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    The Government's initiative, organised last year by William Waldegrave, was meant to let ordinary people discover previously unavailable information ranging from details on their personal social security files to the relative costs of routes for a pr...

  • Letter: Development of ideas at the UN
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae dislikes the UN and prefers the World Bank ("The UN's poverty of ideas", 9 March). He is, of course, fully entitled to his views; but his readers are also entitled to know that the proposal for a UN Economic Security Council, which ...

  • Leading Article: Too many fishers on the sea
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    The issues in dispute 300 miles east of Newfoundland are (as always with fish politics) as slippery as a trawler's deck. The Canadians have no right to pass domestic laws and enforce them in international waters: Tory MPs who cheered Canada may remem...

  • Letter: Unmerited praise for water regulation
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: I was surprised to see the generally favourable rating accorded to Ian Byatt, Director General of Ofwat ("Just who are the regulators?", 10 March). As water is a natural resource, essential for human life and critical for the maintenance of publ...

  • Letter: Church's unchanging doctrine on homosexuality
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: Outrage's tactics are designed to expose the hypocrisy of institutions which contribute to the homophobia that gay men and lesbians face every day of their lives. While David Hope, the Bishop of London, may be privately sympathetic to gay issues...

  • Letter: Clinton's invitation
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: When one considers the way in which the United States has decided to deal with the Northern Ireland issue, it should become clear to the United Kingdom and its government that the future lies quite firmly in Europe. Yours sincerely, GERAINT LEWI...

  • Letter: In care in Buckinghamshire
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: I should be grateful if you would allow me to comment on your February 13 report that the Buckinghamshire social services department attempted to cover up an allegation of a rape by two boys at the home by sending them on "a touring holiday at t...

  • Letter: Facts about smoke
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: Bryan Appleyard ("The anti-smoking fundamentalists," 8 March) refers to the dangers of passive smoking thus: This is, of course, a lie. There is no evidence whatsoever of the dangers of passive smoking. It is merely a propaganda device ... I'm o...

  • If it hurts, sue - or at least ask why
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    But US lawyers, 870,000 of the most reviled and envied figures in that country, have been dealt at least a temporary setback on their lucrative road to damnation. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has just approved a series of reform...

  • Letter: The city according to Rogers
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: In his assertion that "land taxes for retail, business and residential developments on out-of-town sites should reflect the real contribution of publicly financed infrastructure", Richard Rogers (13 March) has surely touched upon a principle wor...

  • RHETORIC Friends, Romans, modernisers!
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Rhetoric therefore has more than just a declamatory function. Leaving aside its content, how does the new version of Clause IV stand up to scrutiny according to the rules of rhetoric, as laid down by Aristotle? Those rules have hardly changed at all,...

  • Letter: Charities welcome good competition
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: Hind Woodward (Letters, 13 March) expresses concern about the current high profile on the BBC of one specific fundraising event, Red Nose Day. On discovering the juxtaposition of Red Nose Day on Friday and Marie Curie's Daffodil Day on Saturday,...

  • An unjustified death on the box
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    The documentary - Modern Times: Death on Request - is well-made and moving. Its close concentration on the anguished, anxious face of Dr van Oijen is particularly effective; it is difficult by the end of the programme not to find oneself loving the m...

  • Letter: Church's unchanging doctrine on homosexuality
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: In your leading article "Love and sex in a hostile church" (9 March), you deplore the slowness of the Church to catch up with contemporary society in the matter of homosexual practice. In the lemming-like rush towards total moral disintegration,...

  • Letter: Church's unchanging doctrine on homosexuality
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: The Rev Struan Dunn (letter, 11 March) believes that gay Christians and, in particular, gay priests, should remain silent about their sexuality. He cannot support any "coming out" because he is accountable to his parishioners and they surely cou...

  • Letter: The city according to Rogers
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: Having returned recently from Barcelona, I would like to underline Richard Rogers' tribute to that great European city as an example of a place "where autonomy, vision and strong leadership have totally transformed the city" ... "a city in which...

  • Letter: Church's unchanging doctrine on homosexuality
    Wednesday, 15 March 1995

    Sir: May I point out to The Rev Christopher Green (letter, 11 March) that his "consistent picture" in the Bible of "heterosexual sex in its right place - marriage" is somewhat marred by the fact that God did not arrange a wedding for Adam and Eve bef...

  • 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...

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