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Wednesday, 15 March 1995

  • The age of the flashing bobby
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: When I stopped laughing at the idea of "bobby strobes" ("Boys in blue learn to flash in the dark", 13 March), I realised that maybe this wonderful new invention could have something to do with the recent spate of accidents involving Panda cars t...

  • Letter: A window on listed buildings
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: Teresa Gorman (Another View, 10 March) complains that owners of Grade II listed buildings "are at the mercy of officers who lack even an architectural training". For 16 years her party has had the remedy in its hands: oblige local planning autho...

  • Letter: Oxbridge blues
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: J. R. Lucas's letter defending the payment of more money to Oxbridge than to other universities to educate undergraduates ("Animus against Oxbridge", 11 March) is counterproductive. When he says that "it does take more time to listen and comment...

  • Ocean wars that no one can win
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Farce maybe, but tragedy, too. And at three levels: politics, economics, and conservation. The political issue first. This happens to be one fishing row in which Britain is not directly involved. But we are indirectly, because as law-abiding members ...

  • Letter: Poor lookout for women
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: It is an established fact that women of pensionable age on average are the poorest members of British society. The Pensions Bill going through Parliament now does not address this problem. Women are to retire at 65 (ie they will contribute five ...

  • The referee who knew the score
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    A THROW TOO FAR There were 10 minutes left in the vital match between Mudcastle City and Sanderhoe United. These two mighty Premier League teams had both been tipped for the Championship this season, but had not met in the league until this crunching...

  • Letter: Cut the jargon as a Labour of love
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: Labour's attempt to revise Clause IV bodes ill for those who want clear English to become the norm in public life (" `Defining moment' as Blair wins backing for Clause IV", 14 March). All I could see was a string of jargon phrases which led nowh...

  • Make way for the globe-trotting trader
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    The new emphasis will be rather less European and rather more national, with particular emphasis on winning global markets and expanding British influence. In the Foreign Office, it is being sold as a reassertion of national and political self-confid...

  • Letter: Reconciling religion and homosexuality
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: If the "Thought for the Day / Bishop inhibitor" device, imagined by James Fenton ("Thought for the day: dispense with bishops," 13 March), were ever invented, then perhaps with a little adaptation it might also serve as `"prejudice / bigot oblit...

  • WITNESS
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    But then the Gaza strip is a surprising place. My left-hand lunch companion was educated in East Berlin, under a GDR/PLO exchange programme. He is now disbursing venture capital to small businesses under a US aid programme. On my right was a builders...

  • Not so special, after all
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: Your front-page story (15 March) about Bill Clinton's phone call confirms a theory of mine: that the national style follows that of government. When government is indecisive, so is business; when government is dynamic, so is business. When John ...

  • Letter: Not so special, after all
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: As a tit-for-tat to President Clinton, couldn't our Prime Minister invite Fidel Castro to this country? Being seen with the American bte noir (and sympathising with him over the cruel effects of the US blockade) would be a salutary reminder to t...

  • Letter: Not so special after all
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: President Clinton's White House invitation to Gerry Adams has considerable significance way beyond the confines of the Irish question. It neatly demonstrates the nature of the "special relationship" so beloved of successive British governments. ...

  • Letter: It doesn't add up
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: If Helen Wilkinson ("One woman's equality is another's poverty", 10 March) is to base her argument on "simple arithmetic", it would be good if she were able to demonstrate greater proficiency. Household inequality certainly does not double when ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Time we put the FA in goal
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    I am even more angry that the Government is refusing to step in and bring to book the arrogant men who run our national sport, which stands accused of ripping off its fans to the tune of millions. As an Arsenal fan, I was sad to see George Graham sac...

  • Leading article: One last chance for Algeria
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Although taking place less than two hours by air from Marseilles or Barcelona, Algeria's bitter civil war seems to be fought in the shadows, veiled by intimidation and the danger posed to working journalists. Robert Fisk's reports in this newspaper o...

  • Leading article: Democratisation of death
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Before last night's documentary was shown there were many calls for it not to be screened. The programme was "voyeuristic" and the BBC was "sick", said the Archdeacon of York . Alert, the anti-euthanasia society, called the transmission "disgraceful"...

  • Letter: A window on listed buildings
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: My village house, in a conservation area, was built in about 1830 grafted alongside an older single-storey cottage now serving as a granny annexe. The cottage was used as a studio in the 1930s by the then owners who replaced the tiny wooden case...

  • Letter: Reconciling religion and homosexuality
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: The Bishop of Southwark ("Bishop says he is willing to ordain homosexuals", 15 March) betrays faulty logic when he indicates that his mind has been changed through knowing clergy "in stable homosexual relationships who live godly lives of integr...

  • Letter: Reconciling religion and homosexuality
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: It is true that the churches are confused about sex. Your gentle leaders and James Fenton's mocking article (14 March) are right. But if the churches eventually become unconfused through affirming faithful same- sex relationships, it will not be...

  • Letter: Reconciling religion and homosexuality
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "Love and sex in a hostile church" (9 March) implied that the church has nothing to offer homosexuals other than the advice "don't do it" or "repress it". Happily this is not always the case. As someone who once lived out a ...

  • Letter: Reconciling religion and homosexuality
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: Your editorial (9 March) is so right about the need to reinspire society. Augustine of Hippo was one who, as much as any in history, reinspired the society of his time. He began with the recognition of his own sinfulness and of his need for God'...

  • Letter: Reconciling religion and homosexuality
    Thursday, 16 March 1995

    Sir: Of course James Fenton, though rather crude in expression, is fundamentally right: the hierarchical structure of authority in the Church, based upon the secular structure of authority in the Roman Empire, is no longer appropriate and must soon g...

  • 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...

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