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  • Bishops, rabbis and morality
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    From Mr Nicholas Walter Sir: Jonathan Sacks spoils his plea for a return to the family ("Finding our way back to the family", 6 March) by linking it with claims about morality and religion, It is not true that the family is "first and foremost, a mor...

  • Boys' games?
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: Judith Church alleges that the themes of computer games are "inherently male-friendly" (Inside Parliament, 8 March). While it is refreshing to see sexual equality debated in the House the idea that "space wars, destroy and conqueror themes" "inh...

  • Shortchanged future of the NHS
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: The policy of reducing the number of hospital beds has been facilitated by the practice of using a euphemism, "community care". In plain English, however, the pharase "community care" simply means nursing sick and infirm persons in their own hom...

  • Formula for wages
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: I take strong exception to the suggestion in Barrie Clement's article (6 March) which states that the TUC has abandoned a commitment to seek a national minimum wage set at half of male median earnings. The TUC's position, set out at the 1994 Con...

  • The price of sexual freedom
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: Your editorial (8 March) on my book The Rising Price of Love misquotes me. The contribution of Aids care to the estimated annual cost of the sexual revolution is not £710m as stated, but a mere £200m of the £9bn total - but £9bn is enough to run...

  • Cannabis: addiction, public policy, metaphysics
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: The questions posed by Robin Prior (8 March) are metaphysical. Is an individual free to enslave himself? Is he free to encourage, if only by example, others to do the same? To cite the legal use of alcohol in support of freedom is to answer the ...

  • A Dutch lesson on staff management
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: At the press conference following the takeover of Barings bank, Aad Jacobs, the chairman of the Dutch bank ING, confirmed that staff would receive their 1994 bonuses; a matter previously in doubt ("Dutch clinch Barings deal", 7 March). What is m...

  • How to avert currency chaos
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: The main thrust of much of your newspaper today was that turmoil on the foreign exchange markets raised doubts over the whole possibility of a single currency. You rightly acknowledge the reasons for the current financial instability, but from t...

  • Cannabis: addiction, public policy, metaphysics
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: Your correspondent David Partington (Letters, 8 March) says that "The last thing we need is another intoxicating substance unleashed on society". As someone who treats both alcoholism and illicit drug abuse, I have sometimes said to alcoholic pa...

  • Cannabis: addiction, public policy, metaphysics
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: Stephen Ward's article on cannabis was misleading in its description of Liberal Democrat views ("Cannabis: the drug we still can't accept", 4 March). The Liberal Democrat Conference voted to refer the issue of whether to decriminalise cannabis p...

  • Shortchanged future of the NHS
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: Thank you for your balanced reporting of the crisis in the NHS since the implementation of the Government's health reforms. With regard to Ron Kerr's letter (7 March), where he outlines the need to get the right place for the right bed, I find i...

  • Bishops, rabbis and morality
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr is the country's best political commentator, wise, knowledgeable, and instinctively right on all the main issues; but religion seems to be out of his field ("Enter priestly men, to fill our moral void", 7 March). His conclusion seems...

  • Not Wilde about these repeats
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Not funny in itself in any way, the cartoon makes sense only when you realise that just about that time no fewer than two major films on the life of Oscar Wilde had just appeared. One starred Peter Finch as Wilde, and the other featured Robert Morley...

  • One woman's equality is another's poverty
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    She's typical of today's young professional women who want careers in their own right. This is a sea change compared to just 50 years ago. Then, wealthy women's careers came through marrying a wealthy husband. Working-class women acquired financial s...

  • THE BOOK REVIEW
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Richard D North is quite wrong, however, in his central but never explicitly stated message - that overall the greens have done more harm than good. This tract is one long, intelligent, provocative and very useful mistake which should be required rea...

  • Simenon would have loved it
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    This would not be of great interest to anyone outside Belgium but for one thing. Pre-eminent among those who have found themselves trapped in the threads of investigation is Willy Claes, a man who only five months ago was appointed secretary-general ...

  • The smile of the tiger
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    This contrasts strongly with the political mood-music of 18 months ago. Then Conservative minds were preoccupied with two related questions. The first was how to forge shackles for the Murdoch monster that they had helped to create. With about 35 per...

  • Who'd own a listed home?
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    It is possible to wake up one morning and find a letter on the mat telling you that the baleful eye of English Heritage has fallen on your property and that from now on you'd better not think of painting the parlour without asking its permission. Leg...

  • Why Paddy's party still matters
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Events today are likely only to strengthen the view that the party is sliding into obscurity and irrelevance. The Liberal Democrat spring conference in Scarborough will almost certainly be overshadowed by the Labour Scottish conference as Tony Blair'...

  • Noel's news party ... apeing authors ... and hug warning
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    n LIKE ME, you must have noticed that a former London journalist, Debbie Martyr, is mounting an expedition to Sumatra to try to prove the existence of the orang pendek, a 4ft-high primate she has spotted on previous trips. I append an artist's impres...

  • My secret love for the golden girl of the BBC
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Ah, memories, memories! Let me start at the beginning - or, if you would rather, at the end! This morning, as I was working hard on Future Projects in my BBC office suite, a young lady from a department colloquially known as "Talent" arrived with her...

  • The treachery of the lites Elite sense of irresponsibility
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    When Jose Ortega y Gasset wrote The Revolt of the Masses, first translated into English in 1932, he could not have foreseen such an outcome. From Ortega's point of view, one that was widely shared at the time, the value of cultural lites lay in their...

  • Poor comparisons and rich ironies
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    As to causes and solutions, their report can satisfy both left and right. On the one hand: "We have seasonal employment, under employment. But not 20 years of a purposeless, meaningless existence." And on the other: "The poor in Britain seemed better...

  • A nation once left for dead is trying to blow its own brains out
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Day after day in the Independent last week, I have been reading Robert Fisk's terrible reportage from Algeria. It took high courage to go and work there, as the figures for dead journalists testify. But Bob Fisk also showed guts in his search for imp...

  • When life costs too much
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    But, before we are overwhelmed by indignation at the fate of Child B - "Sentenced to Death" according to one newspaper headline yesterday - we should recall the case of Laura Davies, a child from Eccles born in April 1988 with a bowel outside her bod...

  • Why gays are called to the church
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    But, until recently, the Church seemed an institution full of uncomplicated heterosexuals - pipe-smoking types who lived in rambling houses with several children and a thrifty wife who made the family clothes. This illusion was further punctured last...

  • words
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    HIGH-FLYING junior minister Robert Hughes resigned after admitting an extra-marital affair, we read. Or, as some papers put it, a passionate affair. It all sounded rather old-fashioned. But then affair is an old- fashioned word. The Victorians tended...

  • quotes of the week
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    Alun Michael, Labour home affairs spokesman Ministers are not elected and appointed for their chastity. George Walden, Tory MP He just waits. He's never had so much time on his hands. Eberhard Kempf , German lawyer, on the position of his client Nick...

  • THE LIST
    Friday, 10 March 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Fina, who lived in the Tuscan hill village of San Geminiano in the 13th century. Her claim to sainthood lay in the resignation with which she accepted suffering. As a child she would keep half her food to give to the p...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : How about a gesture, Gerry?
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    This anxiety arises from a sense that the Government seems to shift its policy towards the IRA, sometimes from day to day. At first, we were told that Sinn Fein would not be allowed directly to enter talks until the IRA had "decommissioned" a "substa...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Love and sex in a hostile church
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    On homosexuality, we have come a long way since Oscar Wilde was locked up in Reading gaol. But the Christian churches have lagged behind; meanwhile, their power and authority have waned. Yet the effect of longstanding Christian condemnation of homose...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Giving up isn't hard to do
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Mr Appleyard, however, is wrong to suggest that once you are a smoker you can never altogether rid yourself of the desire to smoke. The fact is that you can stop if you go about it the right way (as I found 12 years ago). It is the illusion that you ...

  • The UN's poverty of ideas
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Whether the summit does anything for poverty in the rest of the world is the source of hot debate. It has been strongly criticised by several NGOs; and Save the Children, one of the most honourable and effective in its work to eliminate poverty among...

  • POLEMIC : Uber alles (sotto voce)
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    But if there is glee, it is sotto voce. For sure, peripatetic German tourists are happy, because now they can slurp an espresso in Rome for a third of what it costs in Munich. Of course the exporters don't like it because a relentlessly appreciating ...

  • LETTER : Parental wisdom
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: Has anyone thought to look at the positive side of the New York trip which Peter Kerry took (Letters, 7 March)? Perhaps it was a reward for returning and a demonstration of love. Anyway, who are we to say if the parents are right or wrong - "gla...

  • LETTER : Pressures and fallacies that shape London's health service
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: You rightly point out that the King's Fund has made a basic miscalculation in its recommendation that primary care be expanded at the expense of hospital beds ("Untried cure kills hospitals", 6 March). What you did not add was that the changes b...

  • LETTER : Public sector trust
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: Your article "Fraud in Whitehall soars" (17 February), about the astonishing rise in public sector fraud, reminded me of an experience of my own in early 1963. I had arrived back in this country after a year spent working in the Indian Ocean. Wi...

  • LETTER : Teens' thoughts turn to violence
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: What many of the older generation cannot understand about the controversial new film Natural Born Killers is the working of the modern-day youth's mind (leading article, 21 February). What they see on screen is mindless violence with no cause or...

  • LETTER : Support for living wills
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: Regarding Peggy Norris's negative remarks about living wills or advance directives ("Signing your life away", 7 March), I would like to remind her that more than a year ago, in January 1994, the BMA issued a statement which said it "strongly sup...

  • LETTER : An alternative to the nuclear family
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: I was interested to read the long extract from the Chief Rabbi's new book, Faith in the Future (6 March). Your readers may not be aware that the book is dedicated to the Council of Christians and Jews, which seeks to unite people of goodwill and...

  • LETTER : Bank governor's costly lesson
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: Nick Leeson is reported to have used the number eight for the secret computer account, as eight is regarded as lucky by the Chinese. The number of the account is: 88888; when added together, this produces the number 40; 4+0 = 4. The number four ...

  • Poetry we can all understanza
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Ah, you may say, but poetry is such a national thing, individual even, that to set European standards for it is impossible! It will never work! And I would tend to agree with you, if I had not been privileged to be introduced to the EU's poetry compu...

  • Why the Battle of Inverness matters
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    If it is a battle over the party's aims and values, then Blair needs to win it. Some of his allies have been duly talking up the importance and knife-edge nature of the Clause IV vote, so that when the modernisers' victory follows, it will seem the m...

  • LETTER : Pressures and fallacies that shape London's health service
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: Your editorial (6 March) reflects a rising tide of public disquiet about the closure of London hospitals. Our own position is that the strategic objectives of current policies are largely correct, but that great care is needed with the handling,...

  • LETTER : Bank governor's costly lesson
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: Most comment on the role of the Governor of the Bank of England in the Barings' collapse has concentrated on whether or not he should have used taxpayer's money to bail the bank out. But we should not forget that at the time of the ERM dbcle, th...

  • LETTER : An alternative to the nuclear family
    Thursday, 9 March 1995

    Sir: In describing the assets of the family, the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks ("Finding our way back to the family", 7 March) stated, "its greatest time is yet to come". However, it is difficult to sustain this statement in view of the present sociolo...

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