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Saturday, 18 March 1995

  • LETTER : Costing the social chapter
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Social security costs, which add to expenditure on labour by the employer and reduce employees' take-home pay, include (in addition to income tax) items such as health insurance, pension contributions and other obligatory social taxes. All of these a...

  • LETTER : Conservation in the suburbs
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    All of this is a bit like my house now actually, or according to one of the "heritage police" quoted, my "slum". Anna Withers Leeds

  • LETTER : Inflated education sums
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Would Ms Abrams argue for a substantial increase in the defence budget because military inflation was running at 20 per cent above RPI? Lesley Gear Kew, Surrey

  • LETTER : Island facts
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    And for the benefit of television and radio newsreaders: the correct pronunciation of the name is Newf'ndLAND, with the stress on the last syllable. As Newfoundlanders explain to come-from-aways: "underSTAND? Newf'ndLAND". Alan Fisk Stowmarket, Suffo...

  • LETTER : Women graduates struggle to get jobs too
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    I find the language of the article chilling when it might instead have been compassionate and informative. The point is that we just are, and a society or community that values people for simply being is not likely to have the difficulties you descri...

  • LETTER : Fairies don't do the cleaning
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    I am the retired caretaker of a local high school which employed some 24 "ladies" daily on a part-time basis. Prior to contracting out we had a school to be proud of. Now there is a workforce of 16, the hourly rate is reduced by £1, there is no holid...

  • LETTER : Health costs are not endless
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    The demand for health care is not infinite; it is quantifiable. Some people need very little health care: they go through life with scarcely a day off and end up "dying on the golf course". Others are less fortunate and need varying amounts. It is th...

  • LETTER : In disbelief
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    And his argument that Orthodox Judaism has something to teach us today is absurd in a society where almost no one believes in Jewish scriptures or Jewish law and where a third of the population doesn't believe in any religion at all. Nicolas Walter H...

  • LETTER : Labour's public-private tussle
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Tony Blair and the "modernisers" are wrong in attempts to remove Clause IV from the constitution of the Labour Party. It defines what the party has stood for and should stand for; not Thatcherism or Majorism with a human face but a real alternative. ...

  • LETTER : A name for the mentally ill
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    John Knight Policy Development Officer Leonard Cheshire Foundation

  • Rebel theologians are `wreaking havoc'
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Richard Coles Grafton Underwood, Northants

  • REAR WINDOW: NEWFOUNDLAND Where fishes swim, men will fight
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Cabot, having forsaken Italy for Bristol, had in that spring and summer sailed westward over the Atlantic in a small ship, the Matthew, and eventually sighted land. Returning to Bristol with the story of his discovery he had been greeted as a hero, m...

  • LETTER : Rebel theologians are `wreaking havoc'
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    This "message" was not from the council; it was from numerous rebellious theologians who since the 1960s have invoked a spurious "spirit of Vatican II" to wreak havoc in the Church they supposedly serve. Dr Stuart should study the council's real mess...

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Alan Griffiths, London E5

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Edgar Shippen, Hatfield, Herts

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Philip Best, New Malden, Surrey

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Despite this, Guildford Borough Council has just adopted a plan to tackle the problem of poor air quality caused by excessive traffic. Jayne Marks, Councillor, Guildford Borough Council

  • LETTER : A name for the mentally ill
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    The term "mental distress" is preferred in some circles, but for reasons that are more to do with factual than political correctness. Since there is no proven biological cause for any form of mental distress (with a few exceptions such as senile deme...

  • LETTER : Conservation in the suburbs
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Far from being "self-appointed heritage police" or "cultural Stasi", the local Conservation Committee is elected by residents. I can only think that the "virtual war" Pennington describes breaking out during the discussion was set up for the occasion...

  • LETTER : Women graduates struggle to get jobs too
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    First, the figures apparently showing that "women graduates now find it easier to get jobs than their male counterparts" are considerably biased by teacher- training courses where women outnumber men by four to one. Since more than four-fifths of the...

  • LETTER : Labour's public-private tussle
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    ALAN Watkins ("Labour has a splendid solution. It's Clause IV", 12 March 1995) could not have been more wrong about nationalised industries. I have spent 30 years working in a nationalised utility and the last five years in the successor privatised b...

  • So that's the real Dr Rude
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    When Dr Starkey isn't queenily over-enunciating on Radio 4's The Moral Maze, he's discussing what he calls "cannabeese" on his new Saturday morning show on Talk Radio UK, or popping up in the Sun to denounce Diana - "Like a schoolgirl on heat ... she...

  • Once we worshipped our ancestors, now we worship our descendants
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    The custodian greeted me gravely. To reach him, I had descended into a cellar and then passed through a sort of air-lock chamber, with a sealed door at each end. On the wall of the airlock there was a red button. The custodian advised me that if he w...

  • Boys need men to teach them to be really silly
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Why don't men become primary teachers? Partly, I suppose, because the pay is so insulting; but then it is for all teachers, as the state seems to consider the manufacture of adults less important than the manufacture of just about anything else. But ...

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold : How I helped the poor in wonderful Copenhagen
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    "Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen!" I jested, for I am blessed with a pleasant singing voice. When young Leeson's hoots of laughter had died down, he managed to gather himself sufficiently to garnish me with some further details. "It'll be a real smas...

  • LEADER : More gaffes, more truth
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Gordon Brown, the Shadow Chancellor, need not have been outdone. He could have gaffed in a big way, too, and said: "A return of the `feel-good factor' would be bad for Britain. People feel good when they have tax cuts, rising house prices and cheap c...

  • When the cat's away, the rats start scurrying
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    What makes it worse is that such questions are usually justified. Prime ministers either choose troubled party times for their overseas expeditions or find that their very absence from the scene has provoked a crisis of sorts. As a news editor of my ...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : Canada goose ... pedalling Gordon ... red and proud
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    n WELCOME to Captain Moonlight's Consumer Corner.May I show you a recent purchase of mine, bought with an eye to the approach of more clement conditions? Your experience might be different, but I have always found the conventional pith helmet a touch...

  • WORDS : Solidarity
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Solidarity was just the ticket. Old Socialists would glow with the memory of battles waged by the workers against an exploitative capitalist class. But others would think, not of confrontation between one section of society and another, but of that b...

  • Must we copy everything American?
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    Yet this is the country to which Michael Howard, the Home Secretary, repeatedly looks for new ideas on how to tackle crime: private prisons and the US security companies that operate them are already here and, if Mr Howard has his way, military-style...

  • Not quite as mad as we are
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    The myth of the mad scientist is oppressive to us, the scientists claim. It creates an atmosphere of distrust, it makes progress difficult. How is science to get its funding, ask the scientists, if the writers keep presenting us as monsters? How are ...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    What is this thing called the EU which is sending ultimatums on our behalf to Her Majesty's subjects in Canada? Col Maurice Willoughby in a letter to the Daily Telegraph Last year you said you had three bastards in the Cabinet. I don't think you can ...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 19 March 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Joseph, father of Jesus. He was a carpenter and was told by the angel that Mary's pregnancy was divinely ordained. One visionary biography tells us that he was 89 at the time he married Mary and was celibate throughout...

  • Sitting pretty beneath his apple tree
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    The choice of the apple tree was felicitous. Its designer, Yves Setton, has become a celebrity. Cartoonists and headline writers love it: Jacques Chirac, "sitting pretty beneath his apple tree", "tending his orchard", and "harvesting the fruit of his...

  • Euthanasia: public opinion and MPs' courage
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: Your leading article supports the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia on the grounds of personal autonomy: if I want to die doctors should be allowed to end my life. However, before changes are made in social policy, two questions have to be as...

  • Write compassion into the new faith
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    The last decade was awash with words such as consumer, yuppie, market and manager. This one is very different: the new buzz terms are community, responsibilities, civil society and cohesion. Thus in Tony Blair's proposed new Clause IV, unveiled this ...

  • Fancy a cultural charabanc ride?
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    No point these days in seeking a woman's advice on domestic mysteries, so I rang my friend Justin Fashinu. "Soda crystals, dear," he said. "Cheap and effective," - and he's right. That said, you'll know this feeling, I expect: the flat's been cleaned...

  • LETTER:How to produce trust in science
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: Ruth McKernan's lament over lack of public trust in scientists ("Mad boffins and other science fictions", 7 March) fails to mention one important cause of this situation: to an increasing degree, scientists have a vested interest in the financia...

  • How far must we go for a cure?
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Including Alicia, the Department of Health has allowed the funding of four patients in the US in the past year because the equivalent treatment was not available in the UK. Is Britain falling behind on the cutting edge of medicine? Bryan Jennett, eme...

  • LETTER:What goes on at Oxbridge
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: Peter Jimack reveals his own ignorance of what happens inside "Oxbridge". My essays at Cambridge were handed in in advance, and having been read by my supervisor, subsequently discussed during supervision. It is at Oxford that essays are read al...

  • LETTER:Community? I prefer privacy
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: Now we have "communitarianism", backed by Tony Blair. As a citizen, I will be expected to contribute to my community, volunteer as a leisure- time fireperson, road cleaner and street party organiser. I will not do it. I vote Labour so that the b...

  • LETTER:United we fall
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: I seem to recall that just before the last general election in Canada, in October 1993, the Conservative prime minister - whatever was her name? - said something rather similar about her country's economy to what Kenneth Clarke said this week. I...

  • A drink and a fag
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: I cannot resist joining the breast milk correspondence with a sight I witnessed in 1966 in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea when working there as a medical assistant with VSO. A child of approximately six was standing by his mother with her rat...

  • LETTER:Losing sleepers
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: It is very bad news for Carlisle and for Cumbria that sleeper services are to be made virtually inaccessible from May. (What is the point of a sleeper if one has to get on or off in the small hours of the morning?) This is just the latest exampl...

  • LETTER:hat goes on at Oxbridge
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: Ignorance of practice in other universities may be even more widespread than Professor Jimack realises. His remarks about how "Oxbridge" dons do not read their pupils' work in advance were read out to me by a colleague while I was reading - as a...

  • The cost of metered water
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: I would be very interested to see the studies referred to in Susan B Hyatt's letter ("Unmerited praise for water regulation", 15 March). She claims these have demonstrated that low-income families on water meters are paying two to four times mor...

  • A nice man, Ronnie. And good to his mum
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    "You may call it natural causes," Frankie said ominously, in between fielding calls. "But, remember, I've visited Ronnie in Broadmoor. The number of drugs he was on, he must have had the constitution of an 'orse to keep going as long as he has." But ...

  • LETTER:In defence of Stephen Fry
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: You may recall that I was the unfortunate victim of an assault last February, following the annual Uppingham Old Boys' Dinner ("Fine for attack on actor's friend", 27 September 1994). The reason for this vicious attack was my coming to the defen...

  • Euthanasia: public opinion and MPs' courage
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Some members of the British medical profession, no doubt conscious that the "democratisation of death" would require rather more than a minor amendment to the Hippocratic oath as a result of a decision by Parliament to legalise euthanasia, have wisel...

  • LETTER:What goes on at Oxbridge
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Sir: Professor Jimack (letter, 16 March) may well lament "ignorance of what happens outside Oxbridge". Regrettably, however, it would appear he too is ignorant. In three years as a geography undergraduate at Cambridge, not once have I encountered "tu...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 18 March 1995

    Four hundred words of waffle - Michael Portillo's verdict Consett ... is also one of the major centres in Western Europe for disposable baby nappies - Kenneth Clarke, following up his steelworks gaffe with a reference to a factory that closed in 1991...

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