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Monday, 20 March 1995

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Dangerous days in commuterland
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Yesterday's atrocity in Tokyo combines some of our worst fears: confined spaces, random killing and the vulnerability of an apparently orderly society to the subversion of a few. Mass murders of the conventional type are horrific enough. Supermarket ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Commonwealth: a revival of hope?
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    It also set the seal on the return of South Africa to the Commonwealth. Caught in the South African sunlight that strange institution suddenly looks glamorous, perhaps even useful. For 30 years the row over sanctions against Apartheid and Britain's i...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : The Singapore solution
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    The courts already have several levels of punishment available, but these are patently not a sufficient deterrent to control the criminal fraternity. I have always admired and supported the work of the probation service, but in my estimation we now n...

  • LETTER : Tutorial system at Oxbridge colleges
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: Generalisations about "Oxbridge" are dangerous. The Higher Education Funding Council for England's assessment of teaching in the Oxford Law Faculty praised the tradition of reading essays tutorials and writing detailed comments on them, and this...

  • Luvvies, the SAS of the arts
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    The play is Simon Gray's Cell Mates, which has famously proved unable to survive the loss of its co-star, Stephen Fry, who went on a solo tour of Belgium rather than appear in it. This has been seen, understandably, as a story about the psychology an...

  • LETTER : Nato ultimatum
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: I suggest that Nato and Central Europe accept Moscow's "tough terms" on one condition - Russia does not become a dictatorship and she does not attempt to restore the Soviet Union or extend the current borders of the Russian Federation by force. ...

  • LETTER : Listed buildings can save you tax
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: I am sure that many of us can equal or cap Peter Lord's example of the horrors of trying to alter a listed building (Letters, 16 March). At least he has got a window, whereas we have to live in gloom. However, a point that seems to have been mis...

  • LETTER : The Gospel on Clause IV
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: Your report of Dr Leslie Griffiths' lecture to the Christian Socialist Movement ("Labour to receive Methodist blessing", 18 March) implies that the new Clause IV has been endorsed by Christian socialists. While some, like Dr Griffiths, may like ...

  • Labour faces up to the English Question
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    The Conservatives are already playing an English nationalist card, making the most of the fact that Labour has special debts to pay to its Scottish and Welsh supporters. With Gordon Brown as Chancellor and Robin Cook as Foreign Secretary, there would...

  • The truth will out, Ronald
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    That is what happened to Jim. Jim has been living with Ronald for 17 years. It has been a happy partnership. There have never been any major infidelities. There have never been any serious difficulties. Jim thought they did not have any secrets from ...

  • LETTER : A Heritage Minister without culture is a ..
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: That Stephen Dorrell, the Heritage Minister, has no awareness of, or interest in culture should come as no surprise. He is part of a sub- literate administration whose members views balancing the books as the ultimate achievement of society. Eve...

  • FORECAST : Quite a lotta short change
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    The results of the Henley Centre report on the impact of the lottery so far, published today, suggest that consumers haven't. Nor have many of the businesses which serve them. Partly this is because most seem to be doing rather well out of the lotter...

  • LETTER : The `world' is no alternative
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr ("Make way for the globe-trotting trader", 16 March) too readily concedes aspects of the Tory nationalist case. He reports that the up-coming, government-sponsored conference "Britain in the World" will become the moment when a new f...

  • LETTER : Making money from science
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "Science and apple pie" (20 March) makes the classic error of confusing science, engineering and technology. What the economy needs, and what our more successful economical rivals have got, is the technology to design effect...

  • LETTER : The poverty of fashion victims
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: I read with sadness and a sense of helplessness your article "The poverty in Britain's backyard" (13 March). Can you imagine my feelings when I turned to page 8 to be confronted with a prelude to a senseless competition to win a £10,000 Christia...

  • LETTER : Listed buildings can save you tax
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: I am surprised that in all the present discussion on listed buildings there seems to be no mention of what I found an unexpected and very welcome bonus: the fact that if one makes an alteration to a listed house (mine was Grade II) after going t...

  • LETTER : A Heritage Minister without culture is a ..
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: The article "So what does Stephen Dorrell do?" (20 March) repeats familiar points but misses the main charge against the man. His argument that when he was "at Health it was not necessary to be a doctor" is true but irrelevant. What a minister d...

  • LETTER : Tutorial system at Oxbridge colleges
    Tuesday, 21 March 1995

    Sir: Trivial accusations of ignorance on each side of the Oxbridge-non Oxbridge divide lose sight of the central issue that Oxbridge colleges exclusively receive substantial sums for supposedly special "tutoring". As tutor for biology for 15 years at...

  • How Mr Clarke could feel better
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Had Kenneth Clarke been entirely candid, he would have drawn attention to the reverse double whammy which the unconfessed failure of the exchange- rate mechanism (ERM) continues to inflict on the long-suffering but now angry British (and Conservative...

  • LETTER:Teeth, money and politics
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: I wish to register with an NHS dentist because I believe that health care, free to all at the point of access, without regard to patients' income, is one of the bases of a civilised society. Yours sincerely, ALICE GOLDIE Brighton

  • LETTER:Seatbelts make a useful Euromyth
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: A small paragraph on yesterday's front page of the Independent states that regulations about seatbelts in coaches and buses "will only apply to vehicles carrying children as otherwise they would conflict with EU rules which do not specify the ne...

  • LETTER:Attitudes to Irish people in Britain
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: Contrary to Gearoid O'Meachair's sad letter on the plight of the Irish and, in particular, that of the Irish emigrant in Britain today, sadly, I fear that "millions of people" in Britain were not in fact celebrating St Patrick's Day on Friday, e...

  • Lost options under a sexual ID system
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    A lifetime's living together most probably indicates a highly successful friendship (unless one woman is the prisoner of the other, as would happen in the case of the paid companion with nowhere else to go) but the example as given so far could easil...

  • Such a lovely man, our Ron
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir, I find it sad that in all the coverage given to the late Ronnie Kray, no mention has been made of his abiding love of cricket, and which I think shows a gentler side to his nature than has often been depicted. He and I often played together in t...

  • A piggy bank for knowledge
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    National education and training targets have been established. The staying-on rate at age 16 has climbed from 30 per cent to almost 75 per cent, and the proportion of young people going on to higher education has risen from 10 per cent to 30 per cent...

  • LETTER:EC subsidies lead to overfishing
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: Last year my wife and I sailed our boat across Biscay and down the west coast of Spain round to the Mediterranean. We were delighted to find that seemingly every port which we put into for the night was equipped with a large new harbour and fish...

  • Anorak tendency at Westminster
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    And we all know what conclusions to draw, don't we? Most MPs are lazy, self-serving and greedy, content to lecture on the need for hard work, and then swanning off on freebies, or moonlighting to earn a second salary. The trouble is that the Observer...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties No. 8: consettism
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    consett v to reveal, usually unwittingly, that one lives in the past. Orig: late C20, usually attributed to K Clarke, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, a now largely forgotten figure, who waxed lyrical about the town's unsuccessful steel works as if ...

  • LETTER:Europe's role in bringing about reconciliation in Algeria
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: Robert Fisk's articles over the past two weeks and your perceptive leading article highlight the disintegrating situation in Algeria. You state that this is a textbook case for the European Union to speak with the authority of its common foreign...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Science and apple pie
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    This week is the second of its kind, a follow-on from last year's efforts at raising the public profile of science, engineering and technology. That the public should understand more about science has become rather like motherhood and apple pie; ther...

  • LETTER:Wages of Sinn Fein
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: Now that Sinn Fein is raising loadsadollars in the US, perhaps it will be able to pay Gerry Adams a salary so that he will no longer have the humiliation of receiving state benefits from the UK. Yours faithfully, ELIZABETH THOMAS Halvergate, Nor...

  • LETTER:Comic relief: a sick joke
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: Tony Blair's Islington, in the top 10 of charity givers, and Dennis Skinner's Bolsover, in the bottom 10 (report, 17 March), perhaps hints at something about where new Labour is departing from "old" in planning a future welfare state. Mr Blair's...

  • LETTER:World of banking
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae (13 March), writes that the World Bank should ask itself what it is for. The Bank's Articles of Agreement state that the purposes of the Bank are to facilitate the investment of capital for productive purposes, to promote private fo...

  • LETTER:Europe's role in bringing about reconciliation in Algeria
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: Your call "for a concerted European and Arab initiative to identify (Algerian) moderates in the government and Islamic groups" to establish dialogue (leading article, 16 March) should be commended. However, there is no need to waste more time in...

  • LETTER:Teeth, money and politics
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: Your article on the state of NHS dentistry ("Do your teeth hurt yet?", 16 March) was most perceptive. I am a just-retired dental specialist who entered the profession in the early days of the NHS. After spending half a lifetime battling for bett...

  • LETTER:Comic relief: a sick joke
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: Red Nose Day, like the National Lottery, is an indulgent distraction from the real needs of the poor, raising only £10 million and giving the false impression that something effective has been done. In this country, Income Support levels are abo...

  • LETTER:Attitudes to Irish people in Britain
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: As I read Gearoid O'Meachair's letter (17 March) berating the British for their maltreatment of the Irish in Britain, I thought the Irish must celebrate both St Patrick's Day and their equivalent of April Fools' Day together. After throwing off ...

  • LETTER:Teeth, money and politics
    Monday, 20 March 1995

    Sir: It's a pity that dental surgeon Simon Fox (letter, 16 March) felt the need to be offensive about his professional colleagues. There is high (and low) quality dentistry in both private and NHS dentistry, but only in the NHS is there quality contr...

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