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Tuesday, 11 April 1995

  • Letter: Little to be gained from a federation of English-speaking states
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    After the second de Gaulle veto on our membership of the EEC, and when I was director general of the National Economic Development Council (NEDC), I had extensive talks with leading people in all three countries - and with the Danes - to see whether ...

  • Defeated in war, victorious in therapy
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    The Hollywood Vietnam movies - with the noble exception of Apocalypse Now - all said the same thing. The war was a mistake, but redemption was at hand. Not, admittedly, for the Vietnamese, but for the American soul. The liberal establishment looked w...

  • Delivering the workers for Blair
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    Mr Dromey, Ms Harman's husband, yesterday declared that he is to stand against Bill Morris, general secretary of the TGWU since 1991, when Mr Morris submits himself in June for re-election, as he is periodically obliged by law to do. The T&G has ...

  • Up the Rovers, down with Rupert
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    Featherstone Rovers play rugby league, a game that is known best for its strong links with community and genuine values of pride in local identity, celebrating local heroes and working together as a team. Rugby league fans feel part of their club, wh...

  • Letter: Making the world safe for Salman
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    This is confirmed by the text agreed in Luxembourg yesterday. A ceasefire period would be carefully monitored before political and economic links with Iran were strengthened. We do not see the plan that was announced by the European Union yesterday a...

  • Hands up for the next sex romp
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    (The Jonathan Aitken question, in case you happened to be on Mars at the weekend, is this: if you try to cut out cancer from journalism using only the sword of truth and the trusty shield of British fair play, where would you find an NHS bed for the ...

  • Letter: The capital's healthcare needs
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    Additionally, the Tomlinson Report's statistics underpinning the Government proposals for London have been widely discredited. Professor Brian Jarman has refuted the questionable data suggesting that London is overbedded, demonstrating that London ha...

  • Leading Article: A Jag, a BMW and an addiction
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    There are, of course, good reasons to like the lottery. Throughout the country, millions of people are participating in the draw. Post Offices in pretty hamlets are packed out with ticket buyers, swapping lottery gossip and fantasies. Like the FA Cup...

  • Leading Article: Newt of the Hundred Days
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    Actually the polls have shown that as many as 53 per cent of Americans have heard of the contract and that Mr Gingrich's name recognition is almost as high as that of Lance Ito, the judge in the Simpson trial. It is only in a nation where the system ...

  • Letter: Research centre under a cloud
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    This letter records the widespread concern of many virologists, in this country and abroad. We see four areas of adverse consequence: 1. The career of an eminent British scientist, who has a long history of achievement and service, has been blighted....

  • Letter: Correct view of Columbia's courses
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    Among the prominent members of the history department, in which Schama and I teach, are David Cannadine, a specialist on the British aristocracy (composed, at last report, of white Europeans); the German historian Fritz Stern, and the French historia...

  • Letter: Roman coins
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    Yours sincerely, TREVOR COX Croydon

  • The feel-bad faction
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    Much nonsense has been written on the subject, perhaps inevitably; it is not easy to describe an absence of sentiment. Now the TUC has gone on its own snark hunt and come up with a new answer. The falls in employment over the past two years are not, ...

  • Letter: Italy should put an end to royal exile
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    Article XIII of that constitution forbids male descendants of the last king, Umberto II, from entering Italian territory. What kind of democracy is it that condemns its citizens to permanent exile? Denial of the basic human right to live in one's own...

  • Letter: Compensation for loss of young lives
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    Families claiming for compensation have, under the law on fatal accidents as it stands, received hardly anything over and above the cost of the funeral. Many people have lost jobs, homes and relationships due to bereavement grief in the aftermath of ...

  • Letter: Little to be gained from a federation of English-speaking states
    Wednesday, 12 April 1995

    First, why would they want it? How would the United States benefit from such a confederation? Just two weeks ago, Henry Kissinger was in London speaking about "the special relationship" in the past tense and saying the description should now be trans...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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...

  • 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 ...

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