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Friday, 24 March 1995

  • LETTER:Private finance and the NHS: profits before patients or value for money?
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: You are to be congratulated on drawing the attention of the public to the extension of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), a major threatened inroad of privatisation into the NHS ("Private firms to run NHS hospitals", 23 March). As you point o...

  • LETTER:Tough cookies
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: With regard to the renaming of Royal Navy cooks (Diary, 21 March), it is said that the naval cookery course must be the most difficult of all naval courses, since none have ever passed it. Yours faithfully, WILLIAM JOHNSON Chester 21 March

  • LETTER:Per capita costs
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: As a "headhunter" with 12 years' international experience, I am bemused by the "competitive market" argument used to justify chief executives' pay, particularly in public utilities. If someone needs to be paid £500,000 today to prevent them from...

  • LETTER:Private finance and the NHS: profits before patients or value for money?
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: You are in danger of misleading your readers that construction companies will provide clinical services for our hospitals. The NHS is not being "privatised". Hospitals have always been built by the private sector. The new guidance on the Private...

  • LETTER:Not such a lot for Camelot
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: Marianne Macdonald's article, "In Camelot, they make magic" (22 March), is misleading in a number of respects. Camelot has made clear on numerous occasions that, over the seven-year life of the operating licence, it will receive an average of ap...

  • LETTER:How hospital saved my son
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: Thanks to Professor Chris Redman ("Mother died in Childbirth, dear. In 1995", 20 March), I no longer feel heretical. A year ago, my baby was overdue by about a week and I had begun to feel tired. My blood pressure had risen, slightly, and I was ...

  • LETTER:Why art galleries deserve respect
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: As owner of a West End art gallery, I read Jonathan Glancey's article ("Art galleries: dontcha hate 'em?", 21 March) with an increasing sense of despair. His description of West End galleries and their staff resurrects the well-worn stereotypes ...

  • Private finance and the NHS: profits before patients or value for money?
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: The new NHS guidance on the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) referred to in Rosie Waterhouse's article "Private firms to run NHS hospitals" may remove some of the confusion that has latterly bedevilled capital investment in the service, but a fu...

  • Michelle's pratfall for Mr Pratley Lethal woman turns tame
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Further to my piece last week, however, about surfaces and soda crystals - in which I established my credentials, I think, as a single-parent father and a victim of the crisis in masculinity - I can now see that this view was rampantly sexist and con...

  • Censorship: how the other half lies
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    I regard it as meaning the denial or interdiction of information by decree (usually Order in Council, occasionally by Statute) when applied by government. The term can be stretched to include deliberate omission or distortion of "news" by private or ...

  • Party on the edge of a nervous breakdown
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Many once-solid MPs want John Major to go, even so, to minimise the defeat; if he won't, others are determined to force him out in the autumn. Still others, though, think that a leadership contest would be the final act of nervelessness that would co...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Sharper, clearer, greener, better
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    But then, according to several recent works, the whole area of environment and greenery is rife with hypocrisy, exaggeration and wrong-headedness. Wilfred Beckerman's Small is Stupid and Richard North's Life on a Modern Planet take issue with just ab...

  • Science is for everyone, whatever they try to tell you
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Witness the success of this year's National Science Week, ending tomorrow, which has staged more than 3,000 events ranging from conventional lectures and meetings through debates on science and religion, to the setting up of a 15ft high model of DNA ...

    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Students without savings or money from their parents need to work so many hours to make ends meet, it is hardly worth being at university at all - National Union of Students' spokesman I wasn't too happy because I kept thinking I might end up doing s...

  • Letter: Let Britain defend the Kurds- not turn a blind eye to killing
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: Last month Turkey entered into a customs union with the EU on the understanding it would improve its human rights record, particularly in relation to the Kurdish minority. Within a day of the customs union being signed, the Turkish Foreign Minis...

  • Letter: Home truths
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: You have recently published letters reflecting badly upon decisions by local authorities in determining proposals to alter listed buildings. It would be helpful if we could hear the views of the other side, the planning authorities. It would als...

  • Things they said in silent movies
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    He had a projector and a membership of some film library which used to send him early silent comedies. Thus it was that I became introduced at an impressionable age to the works of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, and not just the gre...

  • Leading Article: Your life in their hods
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    As we revealed on page one yesterday, ministers want the private sector to move beyond supplying peripheral services to the NHS, and to invest in every aspect of health service activity. Under the Treasury's "private finance initiative", commercial f...

  • Letter: Financial affairs
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sr: Rupert Pennant-Rea has been admired by the Chancellor for his role in the handling of the Barings crisis. Perhaps if Mr Pennant-Rea had been showing more interest in the affairs of the Bank of England, the Barings crisis might never have happened...

  • Letter: Whatever happens, fathers must pay
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: Readers of your parliamentary report "Mothers in fear of ex-partners lose out to CSA defrauders" (21 March) would not guess why Liz Lynne committed the Liberal Democrats to repealing the Child Support Act. The 1991 Act, in the way it blundered i...

  • Letter: Destructive reform at the Arts Council
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: It was a surprise to see Sir Roy Shaw emerge from retirement to join the harrying of our Heritage Minister (Letters, 21 March). Stephen Dorrell's aesthetic abstinences pose less of a threat to art than did Sir Roy's enthusiastic innovations, whe...

  • Letter: Let Britain defend the Kurds- not turn a blind eye to killing
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: The offensive against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases is part of an attempt to crush the resistance of the Kurds, which last week spilled over into demonstrations in major cities in western Turkey. The Western governments, by their willi...

  • Leading Article: The making of Eric the Martyr
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Consider the facts: Cantona was severely provoked, it was his first offence, his victim escaped practically unscathed, he has no previous convictions and has expressed contrition. In such circumstances only a Judge Jeffries would impose a custodial s...

  • Letter: Who not to count among the jobless
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: It is a shame that Ken Coates MEP persists in peddling the old myth that the unemployment figures are fiddled (letter, 22 March), especially when only last week the independent Employment Policy Institute report stated that "fiddle theories" hav...

  • Milkman of human kindness
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Since the abolition of the Milk Marketing Board last November - so the argument goes - its "replacement", Milk Marque, has abused its near-monopoly position to force up the price of milk, throwing dairy workers out of their jobs and heralding the end...

  • Letter: Critics cannot stifle talent
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: Malcolm Bradbury's description ("Another View", 22 March) of the sufferings of novelists at the hands of critics does not tell the whole story. Corruption and self-promotion are indeed rife on too many literary pages, but numerous critics still ...

  • Don't ram duty down young throats
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Inevitably, many will read this as Blair's alternative to "back to basics". After all, he was speaking under the aegis of the Spectator - a bastion of grey fogginess that often seems hostile to the 20th century, let alone women. And his speech offere...

  • No more butcher, no more baker
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sainsbury, Tesco, Safeway and company are supposed to be food shops. What has all this activity to do with food? Not much, is the answer - but it has a lot to do with changing consumer habits, and the money that can be made from them. Few retail anal...

  • Come the US revolution
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Unfortunately, Clinton must have had his fingers crossed. As the oft- burned voters grew more cynical, the politicians waxed more literal. Speaker Newt Gingrich's 10-point "Contract with America", unveiled last autumn, contained more than 1,000 pages...

  • Letter: Tunnel vision
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: In his excellent article ("The Great Bore in its time - a forgotten gem in ours", 22 March) on Marc Brunel's Thames tunnel, Dan Cruickshank says that a request was made to Stephen Dorrell's Department of National Heritage for the tunnel to be li...

  • Letter: Let Britain defend the Kurds- not turn a blind eye to killing
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: The Kurdish "safe haven" created by the allies has turned out to be merely a reservation for the containment of the stateless who threaten instability. Once again, the people of the region have been sacrificed to wider regional interests. Tragic...

  • Letter: Home truths
    Friday, 24 March 1995

    Sir: Ruth Winawer (Letters, 21 March) expresses delight at the unexpected refund on the works of alteration carried out at her listed building. However, the operative word is "alteration". If she had repaired her property, completely as found, she wo...

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