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Thursday, 30 March 1995

  • Letter:Beveridge cure for "benefit tourism"
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: Peter Lilley's new habitual residency test, designed, he boasts, to eradicate "benefit tourists", is flawed in its conception and patently unjust in its application ("Thousands of Britons are failing benefit test", 23 March). A person returning ...

  • Letter: Barbarism in the USA
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: I have always considered our US "cousins" to be balancing on the edge of barbarism, but having just read your account of the fate probably awaiting Nick Ingram, I am persuaded to ask why they do not simply burn their murderers at the stake in th...

  • Leading Article:Mr Aitken: a failing minister
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    For the second time in a week, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has attempted to shoot the messenger. We are not going away, Mr Aitken, any more than John Humphrys is going to stop asking politicians hard questions. Now that is cleared up, let's g...

  • Letter: Charity losses due to lottery
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: Your news item "Lottery `hits charities hard' " (30 March) illustrates yet again that the National Lottery is having a major impact on the voluntary sector's other fundraising sources. The experience of Tenovus, and even the effect of the Nation...

  • Letter: To be interviewed on "Panorama"
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: These are the facts behind Donald Macintyre's article "BBC is accused of giving in to Tories" (30 March). Both [Panorama deputy editor] Nick Robinson's memo and John Major's acceptance of our bid [to interview him] predated Jonathan Aitken's spe...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: I'm on Aitken's side
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    It is a moot point, but there is a moral difference between offensive and defensive weaponry. The lathes that BSA sold to Iran (the case against us for doing so was dropped in November 1992) can obviously be used to build almost anything, but not ser...

  • Why doesn't ET visit Ambridge?
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    "... have a cooked breakfast every morning?" "... allow people to smoke in your house?" "... take sugar in your tea?" "... smoke that stuff?" "... have your old Status Quo records?" "... listen to The Archers?" "... get a Sunday paper?" "... find The...

  • Leading Article:Of blood ties and turbot
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    The Mail devoted a page to a "cut-out- and-keep guide" to the forthcoming Spanish-Canadian war. Under a token ("I back Canada's fishermen") to be sent to Agriculture Minister William Waldegrave, a headline invited readers to spot the difference betwe...

  • Letter: Post-traumatic stress: dubious diagnosis, bad law
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: Between 1955 and 1957, I did my National Service like thousands of others. I did not volunteer for the service, neither did I choose the particular branch of the service that I found myself in, namely the RAF Medical Branch. One of my duties was...

  • Standing firm in his time warp
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Humanae Vitae was the 1968 encyclical by Pope Paul VI which surprised the world by proscribing contraception, overturning the recommendation of a painstaking pontifical commission of theologians and scientists which had concluded that the Church's tr...

  • Letter: Nessie's diet
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: Martyn Kelly ("Fishy business in Loch Ness", 28 March) reports Dr Ian Winfield as saying that the fish stocks in Loch Ness are not big enough to feed a monster, therefore a monster does not exist. He confuses cause and effect. It is perfectly ob...

  • Letter: Counting youth unemployment
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: I have never, as Ken Coates claims (Letters, 28 March), denied that unemployment among young people is a problem. Rather, I was questioning his extraordinary claim that the unemployment figures were "polluted" because they contained fewer young ...

  • Ministers should know the price of lunch
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    All of which said, it is an odd business, isn't it? Either he knew about these armaments contracts or, as he assures us, he did not. If he did know, then he is chin-deep in liquid unpleasantness, and sinking. If he did not, then his former business a...

  • Letter: Barbarism in the USA
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: While abhorring capital punishment, I had no idea how frightful the electric chair was until I read the description of the ordeal that Nick Ingram will undergo unless reprieved. By the Georgia prison service's own confession and nightmare descri...

  • Letter: Post-traumatic stress: dubious diagnosis, bad law
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: Although the Law Commission's proposals about compensation for post- traumatic stress disorder ("Families who see death on TV `deserve damages' ", 29 March) are no doubt based on a humane desire to help people who suffer, let me advise the utmos...

  • Letter: Barbarism in the USA
    Friday, 31 March 1995

    Sir: The execution of Nick Ingram, scheduled for next Thursday, is a brutal and horrific prospect for another reason that is mentioned neither in your report "Major warned against trying to stop execution" nor in your leader "The Prime Minister and c...

  • 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 ...

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