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  • `Question Time' always welcomed women: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    I WAS interested to read your article last week about women on Question ime and wish Sue Ayling the best of luck in her search for equal numbers. I think it would have been nice if you had congratulated the original Question ime for having created th...

  • Show me a European film and I'll watch it: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    A contributory reason, however, is Hollywood's stranglehold over distribution. Save in a few cities and big towns, European films are seldom screened so that most people simply have no opportunity to see them. More worryingly, there seems to be a tre...

  • Briefly: LETTERS
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    Charles Murray, London N17 l IT SHOULD not be thought, as your caption implies, that Sphynx cats are a new breed (26 February). The Book of the Cat published in 1980 by Pan Books, gives a description and photo. They are similar in form to the occasio...

  • Can't pay or won't pay?: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    Mark Romer Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate London WC1

  • Show me a European film and I'll watch it: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    At the same time, non-Hollywood films offer a glimpse of life outside California or Manhattan. Studio bosses seem to believe Americans only respond to remakes boosted by home-grown, made-by-TV stars. Second, the preference in the UK and US for subtit...

  • Get transport back on track: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    The line is notorious for its unreliability as antiquated signalling or 34-year-old trains fail to take the strain. Stations are in an appalling state and bridges are crumbling. Despite all this, 4,000 people use the trains each weekday, because they...

  • Truth of British propaganda:LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    Cloak-and-dagger operations were wholly absent from IRD's work; rather was it a store-house of political, military, historical and psychological reflections of high intellectual quality. Some of the men and women responsible for them came from the to...

  • Can't pay or won't pay?: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    "Why more women are going to prison" by Nick Cohen, told us about a woman serving a three-month jail sentence after being fined £460, which she was unable to pay, for fiddling her electricity meter. The prisons are cramped and overcrowded, but many o...

  • Show me a European film and I'll watch it: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    Montagu Bream Chinnor, Oxfordshire

  • Ads that court publicity : LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    The ASA does not, as you claim, have to wait for complaints before it acts. We can take swift action against any advertisement we think misleading or offensive. You misquoted my colleague Grahame Fowler. He said: "It's not a perfect system - but it w...

  • `Question Time' always welcomed women:LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    Any such rumour is wholly false. I have never "turned my back" on any Question Time guest, male or female. My courtesy towards guests, especially women, was always impeccable. Before quoting this alleged rumour as his opening sentence, Mr Teeman migh...

  • Norse code for peace: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    Not only did he point to many on-going links within the island of Ireland, he also pointed to Catholics, North and South, identifying with football teams in Britain, that in these islands we watch the same kind of television (O'Toole is himself a pre...

  • Money lovers: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    "So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value ... that man's mind i...

  • `Question Time' always welcomed women: LETTER
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    If you exchange "two white middle-class men in suits" and "two white middle-class females in business suits", both expounding middle-class values, the result is just as boring. The programme is made up of the same old establishment faces who say the ...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    The worst form of litism is the kind that makes intelligent, well-educated people condescend to what they assume to be the public taste. George Walden, Tory MP, who is to chair this year's Booker Prize Too old, too bourgeois, too distant from the ave...

  • Sponsors' corner ... Di cleaning bills ... national Noddy alert CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    But you want to know what I think. Well, I think it's a tremendous idea, long overdue. If it moves, sponsor it, and if it doesn't move, sponsor it, that's my view. Providing, of course, it's tastefully done. And, to show you what I mean, I am invitin...

  • The head girl in charge
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    And sure enough, arriving to interview Gillian Shephard, you are whisked up through the jungly atrium in a glass lift and ushered ceremoniously into the splendid ministerial suite, where the Secretary of State for Education and the coffee materialise...

  • Don't expect businessmen to protect any interests other than their own
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    "Take your programme over to Germany and ask them what their motives are! D'you think they are there to sell out to some European superstate? They are in it because they think Germany can gain!" (Michael Heseltine, on BBC's Today, Thursday morning). ...

  • How come no one loves my old mate Norman?
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    I WENT to a lunch recently and Gerald Kaufman was there. He is a quite ridiculous man. He didn't shut up with his daft opinions for two-and-a- half hours. Even during the speeches, when I tried to shhh! him, he continued his relentless monologue in a...

  • Tell the truth about Europe
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    Labour would agree to join a single currency, its leader proclaimed in Wednesday's debate. Yet Tony Blair was one of the worst offenders in evading the European issue. He professed to agree with the Chancellor: a single currency was not a threat to t...

  • words:Rogue
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    IT WAS Peter Baring, chairman of Barings Bank, who first described Nick ("Lucky") Leeson as a rogue trader, and he was using the word rogue in its special sense of someone apart from the herd. There was no suggestion, heaven forbid, that any of the o...

  • Insanity at the heart of banking Barings has crashed. The surprise is that a bigger institution has not yet done so, says James Buchan
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    The failure of Barings last weekend is not just any such moment. "This is," says David Kynaston, a historian of the modern City, "the greatest City story ever. I've seen some pretty strange things in my researches, but nothing like this, remotely." I...

  • Thud and blunder in the news rooms
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    The generous view is that everyone makes mistakes, and that the media gets far too excited about slips of the tongue made by politicians. This is sometimes good fun for the press, but has not helped genuine political dialogue and debate. Politicians ...

  • Despite the Wilsonian wit, Blair stores up trouble
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    But Mr Blair cannot claim all the credit. Most of it belongs to the Tory tabloids. When the Sun alone urges a course of action on the Government, it can be resisted. When the Daily Mail runs a campaign, it may or may not succeed. But when the Mail co...

  • When old friends become a little embarrassing The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    We in the Tory party do not simply ditch someone when they grow too awkward for our convenience. Good heavens - if that were the case, we might one day find ourselves ditching our very leader just because he or she was doing things not to our taste! ...

  • Who's afraid of the minimum wage?
    Sunday, 5 March 1995

    So little attention is taken of the TUC these days that one wonders why it bothered: the brothers and sisters could have broadcast their proceedings by Tannoy and no-one would have listened. But the caution was significant. It shows the timidity of t...

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Paul Vallely, in his article "Blood sports meet their Waterloo" (3 March), reports the Ministry of Agriculture as saying that foxes are "not a significant factor in lamb mortality nationally". Maff must know that, regionally, the impact of foxes...

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: While Mr and Mrs Berger (letter, 2 March) maintain that hunting is part of country life, one fact of which I'm sure they are aware but, conveniently omit to mention, is that humans are in a tiny minority of the animal kingdom in hunting for spor...

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Thank you for the first words of clarity that I have seen written in this whole hunting debate. Although I have hunted foxes, I don't have particularly strong feelings about fox-hunting per se. But I do fish and, just as you rightly say in your ...

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Paul Vallely, in his article "Blood sports meet their Waterloo" (3 March), reports the Ministry of Agriculture as saying that foxes are "not a significant factor in lamb mortality nationally". Maff must know that, regionally, the impact of foxes...

  • Letter : Human genes: patently not the case
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: It is incorrect to suggest in your article "MEPs reject gene patenting" (2 March) that the decision of the European Parliament to reject the European Biotechnology Directive marks an end to the possibility of securing patent protection in Europe...

  • It's 2000, and Britain's mellow, man
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Richard Branson is said to be furious that his brand of dopecake, Virgin Munch, does not win the bid, and is hardly pacified when the home secretary announces that the regulatory body of the marijuana trade, OffReef, is to be headed by Norman Lamont....

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: While Mr and Mrs Berger (letter, 2 March) maintain that hunting is part of country life, one fact of which I'm sure they are aware but, conveniently omit to mention, is that humans are in a tiny minority of the animal kingdom in hunting for spor...

  • Letter : Shabby London
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Nicholas Schoon does a good job in telling us about shabbiness and decay at Greenwich ("Royal parks `sliding into shabbiness and decay'", 1 March). The Royal Parks Review Group is right to demand that Greenwich Park and the important buildings b...

  • Letter : Human genes: patently not the case
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Your report today on the rejection of the European biotechnology directive by the European Parliament suggests that the biotechnology industry is disappointed with the outcome. In my experience, both as a Patent Attorney representing various bio...

  • Letter : Cut the coupons
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: I subscribe to the Independent because it seems to me to be the best paper around - for its editorial values, provision of information and Miles Kington; not for its promotional gimmicks. I get very bored with being propositioned all the time to...

  • Have a nasty time in the hot tub with Sam and Jackie
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Jackie lists movies. Sam: "What a line-up. Be good to yourself. Relax." Jackie: "Put the laptop away. Let's go to the movies ... Guys [to a weary- looking jazz combo who are brought into things before and after every trailer], take it away." Jackie: ...

  • Letter : Using their loaf
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: If a powerful bakery were to sponsor Baker Street Underground station as part of its PR drive ("Dear Head of Marketing, UK plc", 2 March), perhaps it may be able to persuade London Underground to announce "Mind the bap" upon the arrival of each ...

  • Letter :Thinking for ourselves
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: I am, of course, delighted that Francine Stock ("We can't bank on trust alone", 1 March) should reckon that philosophy, and Annette Baier in particular, is worthy of her attention. I am, however, puzzled by the identity of the "traditional male ...

  • Leading Article : Suburbia turns to Buddha
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Meanwhile the Hindu temple in Bhaktivedanta Manor at Letchmore Heath has grown so popular that it has created a serious traffic problem and excited the ire of villagers. Such difficulties are only a dream for the Protestant churches whose immediate c...

  • WILLIAM DONALDSON'S WEEK : When Bottom falls out of your world
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    You'll gather from this that the week has been marked by a bungled attempt to kill Pratley, and by other disappointments, too: by the acquisition of a motor-bicycle that I don't particularly want; by my ex-temporary literary agent, Cat Ledger, taking...

  • Letter : Off the breast
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Any mother who wishes to breastfeed (Letters, 3 March) knows that, just when the nutritional advantages are becoming clear, financial and social pressures may force her to transfer to bottle-feeding in order to return to the workplace. Governmen...

  • Cannabis: the drug we still can't accept
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    But overall, public attitudes seem to justify the policy of both Labour and Conservative parties, which is to rule out decriminalising or legalising the drug for the foreseeable future. Previous polls have not asked quite the same questions, but it s...

  • Letter : Pink gin forever
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Having been resident in India from 1946 to 1960, I was astonished to read in John Walsh's diary (2 March) that "The British fled from India taking their imperialism paraphernalia of pink gins ... with them". I can assure readers that, 10 years a...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    The best committee is a committee of two with one away sick - Sir Wyn Roberts, Conservative MP I don't see myself making 70. I'm like the workhorse. The harder you push it, the less life it's going to have - Marco Pierre White, 33, chef I've always h...

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