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Wednesday, 22 March 1995

  • Letter: Assessing the value of nurses and midwives
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Sir: I have every sympathy for members of the Royal College of Midwives who are considering industrial action over their contemptible pay award. I notice, however, that one of the options they are considering is "a total withdrawal of labour". Surely...

  • Letter: Commonwealth betrayed by UK
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Sir: Your editorial "Commonwealth: a revival of hope?" (21 March) reeks of hypocrisy and arrogance and is offensive to people from other Commonwealth countries. People in the United Kingdom fail to appreciate the feeling of rejection and betrayal fel...

  • Letter: Serious about subsidiarity
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Sir: How many of your readers are aware that the British government is one of the few members of the Council of Europe which has not signed the European Charter of Local Self Government? Among the other non signatories are Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuan...

  • Letter: Euromyths
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Sir: I was pleased to see (20 March) the letter debunking the Euromyth about seat belts in school buses. Could you not make this a regular column? Here is a contribution: Brussels forbids the use of beetroot juice and carrot juice as a colouring in c...

  • Leading Article: Less blarney please, Mr Major
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    This constant change of ministerial attitude may seem bemusing to all but the most devoted of Ulster watchers. Yet the reality is simple: only the public is being kept in the dark. Ministers are now ready to begin direct talks with Sinn Fein before a...

  • Letter: Wreck of house in a "heritage trap"
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Sir: I was absolutely appalled to read Marianne Macdonald's article "House caught in the heritage trap" (17 March) about the listed house Torilla. Torilla was commissioned by my mother, designed and built by F. R. S. Yorke, for me and my little famil...

  • A bitter pill for tougher greens
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    None of the backlash arguments has yet delivered a knockout blow. Wilfred Beckerman's Small is Stupid (Duckworth), for example, is unfortunately itself both small and stupid: sloppily written, intellectually weak, philosophically naive in its treatme...

  • Tired Tory eyes alight on Shere Khan
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    As Major himself points out, we have been here before. The story about an imminent dumping of the Prime Minister has become an annual part of the political year which, like spring itself, comes earlier each twelvemonth. And yet Major remains chirpily...

  • Leading Article: Saving Rwanda's troubled twin
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Yet although there are many similarities, there are also essential differences between Rwanda and Burundi. They may have the same ethnic mix - about 85 per cent Hutu and about 10 per cent Tutsi - but while Rwanda was an oppressive system of aristocra...

  • Be lenient with the powerful
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Instead of bemoaning the intrusions of tabloids and the distress inflicted on innocent families unexpectedly caught in storms not of their own making, we should recognise that newspapers print stories they believe their readers want to read. The medi...

  • Letter: Smacking into submission
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Sir: It is a real tragedy that the rise in crime has brought us to the state where even a woman MP is prepared to recommend having criminals publicly caned on television. I can think of nothing more calculated to brutalise our population than this. S...

  • I was fine until I played Lear
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Dear Dr Gestalt, I am a 24-year-old man with a painful ingrowing toenail, a mother fixation and an obsessive murderous desire to involve the whole of the present Tory Cabinet in a disastrous mass skiing accident which could never be traced back to me...

  • Enemies bred within our cities
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    A nightmare, indeed, but unlike most nightmares, this one has a worthwhile message. For we can learn something from this both about ourselves and the societies we have created. If our worries fall into two groups - the threat from technology and the ...

  • Letter: Assessing the value of nurses and midwives
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Sir: I write in fury over the derisory support offered by the Department of Health to the midwifery profession ("The midwife crisis", 21 March). This down-to-earth body of nurses would probably be amused to hear themselves described as "angels", yet ...

  • Letter: Assessing the value of nurses and midwives
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Sir: I am afraid it is the Independent and not the Government which has adopted a logically untenable position with regard to local pay for nurses and midwives ("There may be trouble ahead...", 22 March). The nub of your argument is that the retentio...

  • Letter: Smacking into submission
    Thursday, 23 March 1995

    Sir: Elizabeth Peacock's suggestion ("The Singapore solution", 21 March) about televising canings was, I am sure, made with tongue-in-cheek and may have led some to dismiss her ideas. May I put in a plea for a re-examination of the subject? I remembe...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: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: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 ...

  • 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: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...

  • 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...

  • 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: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: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 ...

  • 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...

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