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Sunday, 5 March 1995

  • LETTER : When buses get right up one's nose
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: I am pleased to see that the Government intends to crack down on polluting vehicles (report, 28 February). I hope, however, that inspections will include the worst emitters of noxious fumes - buses. In Sheffield, and no doubt in other cities, th...

  • LETTER : Cover up your hair for health's sake
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: In the picture accompanying your article on the school for asthmatic children ("A breath of fresh air for children with asthma", 28 February), the two young women bent over the children have long flowing locks falling over their shoulders. This ...

  • LETTER : Profit and loss in the dope war
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: With regard to your article "Cannabis: the drug we still can't accept" (4 March), I am a 44-year-old carer. My wife has multiple sclerosis and it breaks my heart to watch this once vital woman reduced to a wheelchair- bound, incontinent invalid....

  • LETTER : Losing local councils: a recipe for chaos and confusion
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: Your radical proposal for running the education service is most interesting - "break up the functions of local councils, and create new, elected bodies charged with supervising particular services". If such a new, elected body were to be created...

  • Nick and Joseph were just too good
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    When newspapers embark on a major story, editors ask themselves: what kind of story is this? Meaning, what is the archetype? They don't passively wait for the full picture to emerge. They form their own preliminary theory about a story, then they see...

  • LETTER : Outsiders give PhDs the edge
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: Stephen Pritchard ("Who supervises the supervisors?", 2 March) is incorrect when he writes that the internal examiner for PhD students is usually the supervisor. Most reputable universities recognise that the supervisor cannot be sufficiently di...

  • LETTER : Old gits blaze trail for baby-faced boyz
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: I think John Lyttle is unduly pessimistic "Men will be boys -it's safer that way", 3 March). Alongside "role models" Brad Pitt and Macauley Culkin, there are a good few old geezers, too. Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman et al, all of t...

  • No escape from Alton Towers
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    I've never been to Alton Towers I've never been inclined But I never saw a theme park That was better signed. Up every bloody motorway Up every exit road You can't go half a bloody mile Without this sign being showed: `Leave now for Alton Towers! Get...

  • LETTER : Suburbia and the Eastern approach
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: Though your thoughtful leading article ("Suburbia turns to Buddha", 4 March) rightly identifies several vital questions for Christianity in the West, it is important to realise that the issue is wider than this, or suburbia. The dominant cultura...

  • Who's afraid of the catwalk?
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    It's a flip idea, but one that still has its adherents. It goes like this: fashion demeans women. The fashion industry is in the hands of men who like to see women making fools of themselves. The only way out is to dump the whole thing. Although Robe...

  • LETTER : Yorick's lockjaw
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    From Mr Peter Forster Sir: Further to David Lister's article of 1 March ("Alas, poor Yorkick, I'll play his skull") and subesequent correspondence (Letters, 3 March), I once saw a production of Hamlet in which Yorick had taken the precaution of being...

  • LETTER : Closed minds and children's dreams
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: The wit and imagination of Alix Sharkey's open letter (28 February) to the runaway Peter Kerry, made me think that there may be hope for us all yet. My optimism was somewhat dashed by the mother (and teacher), Diane Atkinson, who berates Sharkey...

  • LETTER : The best possible returns for trusts
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: I was most concerned to read the headline "Health service managers lack a sense of balance" (22 February). The National Audit Office examined a sample of NHS trusts and found that all had developed treasury management policies in line with best ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Indecent harassment
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    This is not the first time the ASA has got hot under the collar about advertisements that use sex to sell products. The Club 18-30 holiday group had its notoriety restored by the banning of a post-Aids campaign that suggested its holidays were all se...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Untried cure kills hospitals
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    This deferential culture is also responsible for a policy dbcle in NHS. The hospital closure programme that has been gathering pace over the past three years is now in danger of being discredited. The reason: NHS planners convinced themselves that th...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Applied to: meek and sensitive souls for whom the world was too gross, too loud or too threatening. Escape destinations: Dreamland. Romantic fiction. Closed religious order. Cheap movie house. Watershed: The faking of his own demise by John Stonehous...

  • LETTER : Losing local councils: a recipe for chaos and confusion
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: Your leading article of 2 March raises again the idea of "school boards" which were replaced in 1902, including the education function within multi-purpose local authorities. Local Education Authorities do not just help to administer schools but...

  • LETTER : Losing local councils: a recipe for chaos and confusion
    Monday, 6 March 1995

    Sir: Your leading article of 2 March ("A farewell to arm-wrestling") proposing the establishment of separate elected boards for schools, social services, transport, etc in place of local councils, is a recipe for chaos, confusion and buck-passing. Lo...

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

    Montagu Bream Chinnor, Oxfordshire

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • `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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • `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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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). ...

  • 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! ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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