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Tuesday, 21 March 1995

  • LETTER:True cost of mobile phones
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: With all the palaver about what we should and shouldn't pay for mobile phones that "face inquiry on costs as price war looms" (report, 20 March), isn't it about time someone first sorted out the increasing menace of car phone numbers being stole...

  • LETTER:Comic Relief shows the role of private charity
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: The money raised by Comic Relief is used to help some of the poorest people at home in the UK and in Africa. By funding the work of other charities, we are able to contribute to the struggle to get young homeless people off the streets, support ...

  • Writing - a critical condition
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    True, there's nothing in the novelist's life to compare with that very public moment when the first-night curtain is down, the reviews appear, and the writer, actors, producers and investors stare instant success or failure in the face. But Martin Am...

  • A nose by any other name ...
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    There being no obvious use for plastic red noses, this column is pleased today to bring you today a selection of new ideas for the re-use of the same plastic red noses, which will aid in some measure the sale and disposal of the said 20,000 red noses...

  • LETTER:Excluded from the EU's axis
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: As a Euro-manager working principally in France I was interested to read Mary Dejevsky's article ("Sitting pretty beneath his apple tree", 18 March) on Jacques Chirac's campaign for the French presidency. However, in addition to what she has wri...

  • Disembodied democracy awaits
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Wired is an upmarket computer mag. It is expensive (£3.50 here, $4.95 in the US) and it is targeted at the technocratic lite - "because," as its manifesto says, "the most fascinating and powerful people today are not politicians or priests, or genera...

  • LETTER:True cost of mobile phones
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: Thank you for your report on the inquiry into the cost of mobile phones. One cost that is usually overlooked is that of making calls to such phones. From a fixed BT line, off peak, a call costs over six times as much to a personal communications...

  • LETTER:Young and unemployed
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: The unemployment figures, published yesterday, are a very poor guide to what is happening in the jobs market. In a book which I have just published (The Right to Work: the Loss of our First Freedom), Dr John Wells demonstrates the degree to whic...

  • LETTER:Responsible for building roads
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: Christian Wolmar ("Road-building plan collapses amid chaos", 13 March) believes that work on the road programme has stopped while ministers conduct a national transport debate. This is not true. Last April, the Secretary of State for Transport s...

  • The CAP won't fit them all PROPOSITIONS
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    The CAP cannot be retained in its present form if the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and other former Communist states are to be admitted. It would be far too expensive. Yet to undertake fundamental reform of the CAP risks upsetting big EU...

  • LETTER:Mediation works
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: Family mediators welcome the changes to divorce law ("New plan could end `quickie divorces' ", 20 March) which would ensure that an offer of mediation is made to every couple considering divorce. Research conducted by Newcastle University has co...

  • LETTER:Canine xenophobia
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: Congratulations on your excellent article on the iniquities of the British anti-rabies quarantine regulations ("Do we love pets? Not nearly enough," 17 March). Brits who would travel abroad with their dogs are not, of course, the only sufferers ...

  • LETTER:Too many chefs
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: The Navy's intention to replace the branch name of cook by that of chef (Diary, 21 March) could be a recipe for confusion. While regretting the abandonment of a good English title for one of European provenance, one suspects that, to quote anoth...

  • New workhouses of the nun from hell
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    She was brought over to London this week by the right-wing Institute of Economic Affairs for a conference on dismantling the welfare state. They could hardly have found a better advocate for their cause. She believes welfare hand-outs create an under...

  • LETTER:Comic Relief shows the role of private charity
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: Unless Rodney Hedley (Letters, 20 March) was making mischief, it would appear that he has no knowledge of the constructive role many charities are today playing in, for example, the broad area of social services. Very commonly such charities und...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:There may be trouble ahead ...
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Now even the midwives are prepared to imagine industrial confrontation with a beleaguered government. Yet what is ostensibly at issue is not pay but the location of where it is set. Last month the Government was swift to accept the recommendations fr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Why he was right to resign
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Many people will reject this reasoning. They will argue that the sexual proclivities of a minister, executive or newspaper leader writer are no one else's business. Such private matters tell you nothing about how fit a person is for governing, managi...

  • LETTER:Dangerous initials
    Wednesday, 22 March 1995

    Sir: Niki Lauda, Nigel Lawson, Norman Lamont and now Nick Leeson. All of them have the same initials and all have been involved in highly dangerous activities that eventually culminated in a crash.What is going on? Yours faithfully, JOHN DAVIES Nantw...

  • 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 : 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 : 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

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