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Tuesday, 7 March 1995

  • Letter: The pluses and minuses of legalising cannabis
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: Your poll finding against decriminalising cannabis proves that there are still enough people who put responsibility for others before their own self-interest ("Cannabis: the drug we still can't accept", 4 March). In my work as director of a drug...

  • Special Report on South Korea: Open welcome cloaks country's riven hist ory
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Hemmed in and scrapped over by powerful neighbours, in two thousand years the peninsula has suffered five foreign occupations and 900 separate invasions, including four wars in the last century alone. Korea has been stomped on by Mongols and Manchus,...

  • Letter: Buddhism's appeal to the West
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: In your leading article "Suburbia turns to Buddha", you imply that a turning towards Buddhism may imply a turning away from science. In fact, the Suttas (the Buddha's discourses) are more analytical in character than any other major scripture. T...

  • Leading article: Living with Littlechild
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    All's well that ends well, then. The excessive dividends to be paid to shareholders should be replaced by a bonus of some sort to customers. Three cheers for the prof, surely? Not exactly the view of the financial markets yesterday. In the first plac...

  • Letter: Buddhism's appeal to the West
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: I was most impressed by your leading article "Suburbia turns to Buddha" (4 March). In an increasingly cynical world, it is refreshing to read a piece that attempts to understand the burgeoning appeal of Buddhism rather than marginalise or trivia...

  • Special Report on South Korea: Military opponents preen and pose on Panmunjom border
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    This did not stop the Australian air hostess next to me putting out her tongue at the only visible representative of the forces of communism, a North Korean soldier on the steps of a building opposite us. Such childishness often seems appropriate at ...

  • Letter: Counting the cost of hospital beds
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: Ron Kerr and Chris Spry (letter, 7 March) should not attempt to rewrite history. The Tomlinson report did argue that improvements in London primary care/ general practice would lead to a reduction in the need for hospital beds. Paragraph 77 stat...

  • Letter: Westminster took legal advice
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: In his letter of 25 February, Cllr Peter Bradley refers to the "charge" against Westminster Conservatives that, inter alia, they knew that their policies were not reasonable, lawful or in the public interest. Mr Bradley has apparently entirely i...

  • Letter: Fair and effective share schemes
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: With regard to the wide discrepancy in pay between those at the top of any organisation and those at the bottom, I suggest it becomes the norm for those at the top to earn no more than 10 times the amount of those at the bottom, including perks ...

  • Why did Mr Hughes confess?
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    The greatest problem I have when I try to comprehend Mr Hughes's decision to quit is that if "nobody" knew anything about his extramarital ding- dong, why in blazes does he confess it now? Admittedly, I am one of those who does not believe politician...

  • A patent need to look at ethics
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: Your two patent lawyer correspondents (Letters, 4 March), writing in response to the news that the European Parliament has rejected the EU directive on patenting life forms, both seek to portray the decision as being of little consequence for th...

  • Special Report on South Korea: Korea enjoys its labour's fruits
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    If the first Korean impression of Britain was founded on a dim and distant vision of wealth, the same is probably true for how we see the South Koreans today. Beyond one or two memories of the Seoul Olympics in 1988, most Europeans probably have litt...

  • Lawyers do it in front of a judge
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Counsel: If you do not actually have a baby on board, Mr Greenleaf, why do you have a car sticker in your back window saying: "Keep back - baby on board"? Witness: Well, to be honest, because I hate drivers coming up close behind me and driving down ...

  • Letter: Feeding time
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: The Advertising Association congratulates the Government on its responsible and principled im-plementation of the Infant Formulae and Follow-On Formulae Directive (Letters, 3 March). All advertising is governed by restrictions, and the regulatio...

  • Leading Article: An accountant's guide to sex
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    He reveals for the first time what a huge amount of money we have lavished on permissiveness. For instance, item: Aids care - £710m; item: familial disintegration (alimony, therapy, disturbed children, etc) - £600m. And those are just for starters. D...

  • The mighty buck bites the dust
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    So much for conventional wisdom. The potential star pupil has become the dunce of the financial class. Since the start of the year the dollar has dropped 8 and 11 per cent respectively against the yen and the German mark, the two other anchor currenc...

  • A day but not an era for women
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    This is an unfair selection, of course. There are also events for women carers, exhibitions to encourage women into the Internet, discussions on the UN Peking conference on women, talks on eating disorders and employment rights, concerts, cabarets, r...

  • Letter: The pluses and minuses of legalising cannabis
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: In this supposedly free land of ours, I have the right to drink myself to oblivion, or otherwise harm myself in a variety of ways that many of us enjoy frequently, such as eating too much fat, breathing the air of London or playing computer game...

  • Letter: Cardinal error
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: You recall ("Baring the City", 4 March) the admiration expressed by "Cardinal Richelieu" for Barings. Although Cardinal de Richelieu, the eminence rouge of King Louis XIII, was a man of sharp intellect and some prescience, he unfortunately died ...

  • Letter: Worried for sheep
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    Sir: What splendid, healthy open- air fun hunt sabateurs have. But why pursue fox hunters, who, after all, merely pursue a carnivorous rural pest? I am looking for a group of sabateurs who will take on sheepdog trialists, who subject sheep to repeate...

  • Special Report on South Korea: Korean tiger is still burning bright
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    If this is how the South Korean authorities react to a couple of years of GNP growth below the long-term average of 8 per cent, one scarcely dares to surmise what they would have to say about an increase of only 3.9 per cent, which is what Britain en...

  • ANOTHER VIEW Lest we Japanese forget
    Wednesday, 8 March 1995

    I was evacuated from Tokyo to the countryside as a small girl, but other members of my family, all of them civilians, lost their lives to American bombing. It is a little known fact that 130,000 died in Tokyo on one night alone: Dresden was not the o...

  • Baby on board? Tell it to the judge
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Counsel: Your name is Sidney Greenleaf ? Witness: It is. Counsel: Do you or do you not own a car ? Witness: I do. It is not a crime to own a car. Counsel: Nobody is suggesting that it is a crime, Mr Greenstreet. Witness: Greenleaf. Counsel: Greenleaf...

  • LETTER : Major needed in Copenhagen
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: Why is the Prime Minister not attending the UN Social Summit in Copenhagen? Is he ashamed to stand alongside Franois Mitterand and Helmut Kohl and be identified as the Poor Man of Europe? Or does he genuinely believe that British policy on pover...

  • LETTER : Patients gain when hospital beds are matched to changing needs
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: Your discussion of the bed closures issue ("Untried cure kills hospitals", 6 March) misreads what the King's Fund has said, as well as misreporting the policy of the NHS. Worldwide, there is no doubt that hospitals are becoming ever more efficie...

  • LETTER : Bringing Elgar's sketches to life
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: Nobody will be more curious than me to hear Elgar's sketches for his Third Symphony in performance (Letters, 3 March). I've had a special interest in Elgar's music since producing Ken Russell's Monitor film in the early Sixties and in 1978, when...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The bell tolls for free roads
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Dr Mawhinney's predecessor, John MacGregor, had a disturbing enthusiasm for all things on four wheels. He proposed that motorists should to be charged electronically as they passed a toll point and that the money raised should be spent on new roads. ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Signing your life away
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Living wills, or advance directives, are very different: the signatory is still alive, although no longer able to communicate, and so deprived of the chance to indicate any change of mind. No inquiry will be made into the reasons for refusal of treat...

  • LETTER : Pipeline dream
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: We are told that the new competitors for the British Gas domestic market will buy gas from British Gas, deliver it through the British Gas network and yet charge their customers less. Presumably they will achieve this feat by paying their direct...

  • Patients gain when hospital beds are matched to changing needs
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: If the Government had consulted the medical profession in 1990 they wouldn't find themselves today with the situation of an increase in hospital bed usage ("Untried cure kills hospitals", 6 March). Following the 1990 general practice contract an...

  • Enter priestly men, to fill our moral void
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    They're everywhere. Liberal bishops, bashed around the mitre a bit by Margaret Thatcher, are reasserting themselves. Last week David Sheppard, the Bishop of Liverpool, spoke about how Christianity should be "uncomfortable for the fat sheep ... both a...

  • PROPOSITIONS : There's no charity without security
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    But what do we now do with the £1.2m? How can we have faith in the City, when the regulatory system has so patently failed and yet the authorities refuse to lift a finger? The Chancellor's decision to set up an independent inquiry that will drag on f...

  • LETTER : Salary solution
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: Surely the Prime Minister must be aware that machinery already exists to trim excessive salaries and bonuses: it is called income tax. The addition of five pence to the present 40-pence rate, and the creation of a new tax band at 60 pence to be ...

  • LETTER : Stunt 'reward' for a runaway
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: "There are no bad children, only bad parents." I was reminded of this saying when I heard of the supine acquiescence of the parents of Peter Kerry in a media stunt giving him a free trip to New York, following his betrayal of them. Yours truly, ...

  • LETTER : Stunt `reward' for a runaway
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: I do not condemn Peter Kerry. He is a child, I would surmise by his recent notorious journey, who is having difficulties accepting the values and morality of the society in which we all have to live. Peter's "adventure" has even served as a usef...

  • LETTER : Flaky nicknames
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: Lesley Gerard ("Why top dons are the business", 2 March) writes about the decision to name an Oxford college after Kellogg, the cornflakes manufacturer. She might be interested to learn that the college is known locally as "Cornflake College", o...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Emu hopes sink with the peseta
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    The European Union can draw several lessons from the latest troubles on the currency markets. One is that there is no point in continuing to pretend that a single currency could come into effect by January 1997, the first target date set in the Maast...

  • The visible price of fame
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    The question of "anonymity" is really just the question of "celebrity" in disguise. What is fascinating about Craig Charles's complaints in newspaper pieces and television interviews in the past few days is that the person demanding anonymity was alr...

  • LETTER : Russia should not be left in the cold
    Tuesday, 7 March 1995

    Sir: Jonathan Eyal ("Russia's charm offensive", 28 February) tries to prove that "the Kremlin's interests remain diametrically opposed to those of Western Europe". Therefore the East Europeans' desire to join Nato, and to do it almost immediately, se...

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