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Wednesday, 29 March 1995

  • Biased reporting and the BBC
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Sir: Some 30-odd years ago when the then (Conservative) government was going through one of those fits of paranoia about the BBC which periodically infects governments, and from which Jonathan Aitken and others seem to be suffering today, I dined qua...

  • Why the English aren't dreary
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Sir: What evidence has Andrew Marr for his assertion, made in "Keep the mix salty and strong" (28 March), that "Britain" would be a dreary dump today if it had been left to the Anglo-Saxons (i.e. the English) and that "Britain" has needed regular "fl...

  • Enough Kraysiness
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Sir: Once Ron's lavish funeral is over, is it too much to hope that we might have heard the last of the Krays? Surely, the "cold-blooded killers/lovable Cockney lads" theme has been done to death, though I don't suppose that will prevent yet another ...

  • Global warming: economists don't know best
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Sir: Frances Cairncross may be right that the most rational course is to adapt to climate change when it happens, but the operative word is "may". Nowhere in her article does she address the risks involved. What happens if global warming greatly acce...

  • Global warming: economists don't know best
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Sir: In her analysis of global warming (28 March), Frances Cairncross fails to move beyond an increasingly redundant economic framework. On the one hand, she stresses the scientific uncertainty of predicting climate change, and rightly so. But on the...

  • Biased reporting and the BBC
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Sir: In the debate on biased reporting by the BBC, there are three key factors which also need considering. First, the need to avoid bias has encouraged a style of reporting that can itself distort the truth. To cover an issue, news editors set up a ...

  • Biased reporting and the BBC
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Sir: The squabble between Tory ministers and the BBC is missing the point. As an avid listener of Radio 4, I get frustrated by both the interviewer and the interviewee failing to discuss any issue in a constructive manner. The adversarial style of in...

  • Biased reporting and the BBC
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    and Mr Angus James Sir: While we were most interested in the main thrust of today's article on Julian Lewis ("Tireless bloodhound on trail of `bias' ", 29 March), there were two small points which were not strictly accurate. 1. We did not apologise t...

  • Can self-regulation be made to work?
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Sir: Recent events have highlighted the defects of self-regulation in business and in public life. However, no publicity appears to have been given to the fact that self-regulation is a manifest breach of the legal maxim Nemo judex in caura sua, a ca...

  • The end of our decline? We shall see
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    In general, such grand establishment conferences tend to send the truth- seeker into an idiot daze. Over-stuffed with rich phrases, sentence-sated, word-glutted, the mind cannot help but boggle. This time, though, the central proposition was big enou...

  • PROPOSITIONS Blair: a man for all classes
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Doubtless there will be those who take this as further evidence of Labour's drive to take its message upmarket. But this is to miss the point. The long-suffering residents of the Dyke House estate whom I met in my constituency on Sunday were in no do...

  • We are waiting, Mr Aitken
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    It is important to satisfy ourselves that he is telling the truth. Mr Aitken is a Cabinet minister at the heart of the Government. We must trust him as someone who takes the trouble to see that his interests do not conflict with those of the nation. ...

  • The Prime Minister and clemency
    Thursday, 30 March 1995

    Ingram may not be an obvious object for our sympathy. He was convicted in the United States 11 years ago of a vicious murder. According to the evidence, he tied a couple to a tree and shot each of them in the head, killing the man, during a burglary ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Britain's place on the map
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Perhaps it is symptomatic of our ruling party's loss of vision that today's conference on Britain in the World should be heralded not by thoughtful debate but by drab ministerial point-scoring over the allegedly excessive cost of our diplomacy. The p...

  • LETTER:Community care is best
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: We were very pleased to see the Independent highlighting the controversy over village communities for the mentally handicapped. Brian McGuinness, of Mencap, misrepresents the views of thousands of parents in implying that they want their relativ...

  • LETTER:Stay single and stay out of trouble
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Holders of public office, and important figures in the corporate sector, will be please to know that there is a logical way to avoid the media exposure of extramarital affairs and subsequent distress: remain single. The establishment still stron...

  • LETTER:Reforming force
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Like Sir Kenneth Robinson (letter, 28 March), I am puzzled by Michael Daley's attack on Sir Roy Shaw. Although I worked at the Arts Council during Sir Roy's tenure as secretary-general, I was unaware of any determination on his part to create a ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW Global warning
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Forget about agreeing new greenhouse gas reduction targets at the Climate Change Convention in Berlin this week, the argument goes. Wait until warming impacts are certain, then we'll know what needs to be done and where. That gives us 20-odd years to...

  • LETTER:Turkey is only defending its own
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: I have been reading the letters and the news about Turkey and its invasion into Iraq. I do not understand why the media keep blaming Turkey for everything its government does. Why is nobody bothered about the Turkish citizens - old people, women...

  • LETTER:Everything to lose
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: A National Lottery advertisement recently published in the Independent read: "Discover the meaning of life" (these words being crossed out in red) "Forget it all for an instant £50,000." I have just returned from Nepal, where the people I met co...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The catwalks are due for a truce
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    So how will fashion mourn one of its fallen heroes? Hopefully, Benetton will spare us the gory details of Mr Gucci's death in its next advertising campaign. Why not instead declare a brief moratorium on the backbiting that lies behind the silicon fro...

  • LETTER:Silence with style
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Wendy Holden (Life, 22 March) is clearly a beginner when it comes to the world of ear-plugs. Earex Universal "the Rolls Royce of ear-plugs"? For the real connoisseur, only the French "boules quies'' will do - as originally worn by Jean-Paul Sart...

  • How Graham made his pile
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    "It all started," he recalls, "when I was out for a bike ride with my girlfriend in the Cotswolds. I was in my early twenties. I was very much in love. Looking back, I realise now that I was very much in love with myself, but that's normal with young...

  • Bedevilled in the deep blue sea
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    It is conceivable even that the humble halibut, good only for fish fingers, will be the species that finally spurs mankind into ending his rape of the oceans. The battle between Canada and Spain has re-awakened public awareness of the issue. This wee...

  • LETTER:BBC and bias: public perceptions counter Conservative fears
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: How about the BBC responding to Jonathan Aitken's criticisms of John Humphrys by just reading them out in a silly voice on Points of View and Feedback, then putting him down in a patronising manner? Why oh why (as they say) should he get special...

  • Artists get criticism, stars get awards
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    In reality, the pompously entitled "Academy Awards" are a celebration of Hollywood and its continuing domination of the world film market. This does not mean Oscar winners are not talented, but they are not necessarily so. Far more important is the r...

  • LETTER:No defence for emperor's new clothes
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Is it right that Christo ("Artist parcels out planning work to wrap up Reichstag project", 27 March) and people such as Christian Boltanski ("Q: which photo shows a work of conceptual art and which a jumble sale?" 25 March) should be referred to...

  • For us, Newfoundland is like a second home
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    I've often fished off Newfoundland and my father and all my family have fished there for generations. For us, Newfoundland is like a second home. Some of us have family ties there, and it is a blow to be allowed no closer than 200 miles from the coas...

  • LETTER:Community care is best
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: The reports by Rosie Waterhouse ("Mencap `snubs families over residential care' " and "Thousands press for safe `village' on hospital site", 27 March) fail to distinguish between fact and propaganda. Since 1980, some 45 scientific studies have b...

  • LETTER:No defence for emperor's new clothes
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: I was so moved by Catherine Wilkinson's letter that I went and looked at my chest of drawers. I found some discarded underwear in the bottom drawer that was on the verge of becoming very abject. I thought of resuscitating and re-animating it, bu...

  • LETTER:No defence for emperor's new clothes
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: I hope I may be forgiven if I have missed the irony of Christine Wilkinson's defence (Letters, 27 March) of her stance over the "jumble sale art" issue. If, as it appears, she is sincere in her arguments, I fear for the future of the enjoyment o...

  • LETTER:BBC and bias: public perceptions counter Conservative fears
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Whatever the Director-General may prefer, I hope that my erstwhile colleagues John Humphrys and the rest of BBC News and Current Affairs will stand up to the latest outburst of bullying from the Government of the day. Years ago we were taught, m...

  • LETTER:BBC and bias: public perceptions counter Conservative fears
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: As Conservative ministers are once again claiming that the BBC is biased against them ("BBC braced for new allegations of bias from Conservatives", 27 March), it is interesting to consider the results of audience research which shows that the pu...

  • LETTER:BBC and bias: public perceptions counter Conservative fears
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: So, Jonathan Aitken and his fellow Tory MPs are unhappy with the BBC. I wonder how many of your readers have considered the way that these MPs actually respond to interviewers' questions. I first noticed it in the middle of the Thatcher era. I w...

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