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Monday, 10 April 1995

  • LETTER: The enviable shape of children's education in Taiwan
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    From Mr Wun-Shaing Wayne Chang Sir: Indeed, culture is the major reason why Taiwanese children do so well scholastically. However, one should notice that the qualifications of a Taiwanese teacher are also expected to be of a higher standard than the ...

  • LETTER: Moral debate in the USA
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    From Mr Robert A. Nye Sir: As an American reader who does not share the murderous convictions of the majority of his countrymen, I would like to express my admiration for your coherent and moving editorial opposing capital punishment ("4,000 miles fr...

  • LETTER: The enviable shape of children's education in Taiwan
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    From Mr Randhir Singh Bains Sir: Judith Judd rightly identifies ("Children worlds apart in success at schools", 7 April) the role of the Asian work ethic in promoting educational standards and achievements in Taiwan and Hong Kong. However, the Asian ...

  • LETTER: Walls and borders
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    Sir: Your leader writer ("Fear and Lothian in Westminster", 8 April) declares that with the establishment of a Scottish parliament, the jurisdiction of English and Welsh MPs in many matters would end at Hadrian's Wall. He is being economical with the...

  • LETTER: Unpredictability of Down's handicaps
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    Sir: I read with scepticism your report on predicting the level of handicap in babies with Down's syndrome ("Foetus test shows level of Down's handicap", 4 April). My own son scored highly in his "development quotient" tests, conducted when he was ag...

  • LETTER: Modest needs of the manor house
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    Sir: I was astonished to read Vicky Ward's statement ("Why Alice had to leave wonderland", 3 April) that "the bottom line for maintaining the most modest of historic houses is roughly around £100,000 a year". Lest that alarms people considering takin...

  • LETTER: What we need is love and friendship
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    Sir: People "feel good" when they are loved and cared for. This enables them to love and care for others. It's called friendship. This government markets rivalry. A further up-turn in the economy, with rolling pre-election tax-cut bribes which appeal...

  • LETTER: The enviable shape of children's education in Taiwan
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    From Master Nicholas James Trowles Sir: In the article on the front page about teaching, I can answer the question about shapes in three seconds and I am British and I am only seven. NICHOLAS JAMES TROWLES London, N7

  • LEADING ARTICLE: One tunnel going under
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    These are the follies that have cost all of us a great deal of money. Whenever they've gone wrong, the public purse has been plundered to make it all better. Contrast these with the case of Eurotunnel, which yesterday told the world that it was in da...

  • LETTER: Moral debate in the USA
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    From Mr Uzair M. Rizki Sir: Today's leading article on the death penalty implies that a greater society is one that does not take the life of a criminal. You do not, however, consider the responsibilities of a greater society to the victims of crimes...

  • LETTER: New national partners for the UK
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    Sir: As the difficulties of the UK with the EU continue, I am led once again to wonder why it seems never to have occurred to anyone else that a natural economic home for this nation would be in a worldwide confederation of fairly prosperous, English...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Pathway to peace
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    Access in the countryside has always been a thorny topic. Not least it boils down to questions of "rights" - and since time immemorial, there are few issues that incite more fire and fury. For landowners the legal position is clear - where there are ...

  • LETTER: Health line
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    Sir: Your recent article about Medisearch (4 April), the company providing health information at a cost of £14.99, failed to mention the availability of the free NHS Health Information Service. This confidential, national service is open from at leas...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: The sword cuts both ways
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    But then Mr Aitken is pretty fed up with journalists. He says that Britain harbours the best media and the worst media in the world. We know he does not think much of the BBC ("the Blair Broadcasting Corporation"), of the Independent ("a failing news...

  • That great grudge match: TV vs Sport
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    In the space of 48 hours, the cameras delivered the Grand National (BBC1), the FA Cup semi-finals Everton vs Spurs (BBC1) and Man Utd vs Crystal Palace (Sky), the US Masters golf from Augusta (BBC2), snooker's British Open (Sky) and cricket's Austral...

  • LETTER: Offended by link to cabinet minister
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    Sir: There was a certain predictability about it. Among the columns devoted by the Independent to Jonathan Aitken in recent days, you could not resist ("Up-and-coming Tory with the right credentials", 29 March) making an entirely gratuitous and offen...

  • Good on schools, but what else?
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    Mrs Shephard is no stranger to leadership speculation. She was an active member of the small circle of John Major supporters, including Norman Lamont and Graham Bright, who were keen to start his leadership campaign before Margaret Thatcher resigned....

  • The play's the thing ...
    Tuesday, 11 April 1995

    I thought he was wonderful. That was how I wanted to look. If I had seriously gone about achieving this similarity, I would have had to have had my nose broken, because Belmondo was an ex-boxer. I ducked this extreme measure and decided to go for the...

  • Diary
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    When I reported this to my friend Reg, he observed: "It's the only aspect of adolescence I envy. When they wake, they look at the clock, see it's midday, turn over and instantly go back to sleep. When I wake up it's eight hours earlier and I'm prayin...

  • Letter: Political courage will resolve the NHS problems in London
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Both the diagnosis of London's ills and the broad character of the appropriate remedies ought to command cross-party support, despite the undoubted truth that changes of the magnitude that have become necessary are bound to offend specific institutio...

  • Letter: Missed opportunities at County Hall
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Sir: Clearly, County Hall derives its potential value from its position; the building would not be worth much in, say, the middle of the Nevada desert. In other words, it owes its importance and value to our presence - to the presence of London and L...

  • Revealed - too late for us to care
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    The problem is that the information in Thatcher's Gold: The Life and Times of Mark Thatcher by Paul Halloran and Mark Hollingsworth comes so late and is so subtle at the level of factual detail that it is likely to appeal only to reporters and others...

  • Letter: As bad as the BBC
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, R. T. DONALD Old Aberdeen 6 April

  • Letter: Racism in the playground
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    As Deepa passed the play area, one of the children called her a Paki. She rode quickly towards me and warned me. She looked worried, so I said: "Don't worry, they are probably mucking around." The second time, she passed by another one of the childre...

  • Leading Article: Old medicine is good medicine
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Yet many of these drugs, though tested, remain a relative mystery. We report today, for example, that a group of top-selling drugs may in fact increase the risk of a heart attack in some patients. Although more research is necessary, the study sugges...

  • Letter: In defence of Ann Clwyd
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    I would like to put on record, as I did recentlyat a conference on Iraq which my centre organised with Ms Clwyd, that the emergence of the safe haven in northern Iraq and, more importantly, its durability in the early critical months of 1991 (when th...

  • Marks or merks, it's all sterling currency
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    And this very familiarity would revive in the Germans that ancient sense of inferiority to the French. Whereas if, as suggested, the unified European currency were to be called the euromark, this policy would be easier to sell inside Germany. Well, I...

  • Lacking a full set of prints
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    This important increase in police powers improves the thrust towards a better intelligence-based system and will, in theory, enable the police to compare people against other people, and people against stains found at the scene of a crime or on a vic...

  • Hot news on global warming
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Professor Rose Hedging is the head of the prestigious news studies department at Milton Keynes University. Her job is to watch news developments around the world, to monitor them, to write articles and books about them, to go on television and talk a...

  • Letter: Energy priorities
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    It needs to be remembered that the industry was privatised without any commitment whatsoever to improve energy efficiency. Instead, the Government set up an Energy Savings Trust under the chairmanship of John Moore, with an initial budget of just £6m...

  • Letter: Double our debt
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, JOHN F. SPELLAR MP for Warley West (Lab) House of Commons London, SW1 6 April

  • Letter: More time to read
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, PRISCILLA CHENEVIX TRENCH London, N4 6 April

  • Leading Article: Stewed in corruption
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Richard Spring, a junior minister with no public reputation anyone could recall, resigned when a Sunday tabloid claimed that he had shared a bed with a businessman and a young woman. This brings to 15 or 17, depending upon how you keep the score, the...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    youfism n the cult of youf which arrogates to itself functions and rights which previously were the province of themiddle-aged or mature, qv, now obs. See policemen, younger looking; tennis players, etc, and Jodie and Jade, youf models who caused a s...

  • Letter: Leaving home
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Professor Watson's proposal (letter, 5 April) that more students should live at home would be afurther step on the road to homogenisation of university education, a road the end of which is creative death. Yours faithfully, P. A. REYNOLDS Borwick, La...

  • Letter: Missed opportunities at County Hall
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    It is worth remembering that when the Thatcher administration wasfulfilling its act of spite to deprive London of its strategic authority, it was busily allocating vast expenditure to various annexes to the Palace of Westminster - notably, the Bridge...

  • Letter: Political courage will resolve the NHS problems in London
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    At 9.15am, I rang the government offices and, having explained the nature of my request, was told, "The Department of Health doesn't open until 10 o'clock." Later in the day, I tried again and was put through to the Department of Health switchboard w...

  • Oblivion, survival or radical new spirit
    Monday, 10 April 1995

    Not only the size of the gap is new; so, too, is the length of time the Government has been behind. Collapses of support for governments in the middle of a parliament are routine; governments often survive them and come back to win the general electi...

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