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Thursday, 13 April 1995

  • Letter: Denied access to the countryside
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Take one example, from a county not known for bad paths. Oxfordshire County Council's recent path survey shows that two-thirds of footpaths across fields in the county were not reinstated as required by law. Hardly a "positive approach" and "construc...

  • Letter: Judge councillors on their own performance
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    The Liberal Democrats, with a share of the vote a whisker below that of the Conservatives, nevertheless won 50 per cent more seats. The Scottish Nationalists, with a vote share on 25 per cent, won well under 20 per cent of the seats; while Labour, wi...

  • Leading Article: Turning fishnets into stockings
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    There has been fault on both sides. European - and in particular, Spanish - vessels have been guilty of overfishing and breaking the rules. The Canadians, by acting outside their own territorial waters to seize a ship, have played fast and loose with...

  • Learning from inspection
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Raising standards in our schools is an aim that all those concerned with education surely share. Certainly it is one issue on which there is political consensus. The regular inspection of all schools in England is an essential part of that improvemen...

  • Letter: Judge councillors on their own performance
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Those standing as Conservatives, or for Labour or the Liberal Democrats, have become accustomed to being judged on the performance of their national leaders. Even those who have given a lifetime of service to the community see this counting for nough...

  • Letter: Teaching children about racism
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    We have sold 650 copies of our teaching pack, Isatou, Chloe and You, to primary schools throughout the UK. This compares the lives of Isatou, an 11-year-old in the Gambia, with Chloe, a nine-year-old in Marlborough. It comes with a sound tape, video ...

  • Letter: Luvvies, sillies and Labour
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    One recalls that Cambridge caste dubbed "sillies" - described by Leonard Woolf as "an intellectual aristocracy of the middle class, the nearest equivalent in other countries being the French 18th century noblesse de robe". His wife, Virginia, was a "...

  • Letter: Clear as mud
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    It is incredible how often the phrase "I want to make it perfectly clear" precedes a diatribe that has precisely the opposite effect. Politicians appear to muddle "talking at" people with "communicating" with them. Perhaps if we could understand what...

  • Letter: Who's moralising?
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Is it that he feels irritation with me more strongly than distress at the Bosnian situation? Or is there some reason directed by "intelligence, not passion"? If he really has something to propose, I beg him to propose it; if not, I beg him to desist ...

  • You can quote me on that
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    The only reason I know this is that yesterday I was quoting my old French teacher's injunction always to verify my references, and I wondered afterwards who had first said this, and I looked it up last night, and now I know. Or to put it another way,...

  • Let the viewers in on the game
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Now, of course, the broadcast made clear this was a dramatic reconstruction, and thus the party was not claiming that former Labour councillor Leo McKinstry actually does live in a vermin-infested street, works only at night, and has yet to invest in...

  • A task for the Cherie at the top
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Cherie Booth is one of only eight women among a total of 71 new QCs appointed this year. Her achievement was neon-lit not just because of her youth (40 is young for a QC) or her spouse but also because it coincided with two other events which appeare...

  • Letter: Elected monarchs
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, P. A. BRYAN New Barnet, Hertfordshire

  • Letter: Recovery delivers few permanent jobs
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    The CBI response makes the common mistake of mixing-up part-time and temporary employment growth. Many of the part-time jobs are permanent, while many of the temporary jobs (and self-employment) are full time. For that reason the TUC report had nothi...

  • Letter: Denied access to the countryside
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Unfortunately, this could scarcely be further from the truth. The CLA employs a legal adviser, one of whose principle roles is to help landowners with the diversion or closure of footpaths. Some of its most prominent members have been lobbying to red...

  • Leading Article: Please Sir, stop whining
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Not any more. This week has seen Gillian Shephard's charm offensive. If you haven't got enough money, if you're suffering, tell me about it - I am on your side, she reassured them. They applauded. David Blunkett, however, went to Harrogate not in pea...

  • Letter: Luvvies, sillies and Labour
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Sir: Though jokily, Tony Banks pinpoints a sad truth about the parading of "celebs" as tinsel on political platforms: it doesn't win elections and could be said to patronise the public ("Dear Ken Follett", 12 April). This rather mindless involvement ...

  • Letter: Recovery delivers few permanent jobs
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Sir: No doubt the false managerial assumptions expressed by Howard Davies reflect life on the Conservative side of the fence. This fence has grown mightily since 1979 as revenge has been exacted for the mild socialism that prevailed in earlier decade...

  • Letter: Judge councillors on their own performance
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Sir: It is ludicrous and self-deluding of the Prime Minister and some of his ministers to blame the Scottish Conservative Party "wipe-out" on the present disunity in their party. Ordinary voters are not all that concerned about what most of us would ...

  • LETTER: The costly burden of motherhood has its benefits, too
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: Being the mother of three professional daughters now in their thirties (and one son also in his thirties), only one of whom has yet had children, I read Mary Braid's article ("The declining appeal of motherhood", 11 April) with much interest, an...

  • LETTER: The costly burden of motherhood has its benefits, too
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: Should we be too concerned about "The declining appeal of motherhood" (11 April)? Are we not, in common with the rest of the world, overpopulated enough already? I suppose there may be women who can balance a demanding career with the even more ...

  • LETTER: Jersey during the Occupation
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: I am a Jerseyman. I lived through the Occupation. The fact I was a schoolboy did not prevent my spending its final months in a German prison. I was lucky. Others of my friends and contemporaries died in the camps. I remember the period as one of...

  • LETTER: Permission to lift Khomeini's `fatwa'
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: Iran's protestation that Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa against Salman Rushdie is inviolable because it is a religious edict ("Rushdie's killing `a Muslim duty' ", 12 April), not a political decision, must not be taken at face value. For was it not ...

  • LETTER: France, Japan and the Thames Tunnel
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: We have heard that London Underground is proposing to repair Brunel's Thames Tunnel by "shotcreting'' [lining the tunnel with concrete], but there is a grave concern about spoiling its civil engineering heritage value through marring its interio...

  • LETTER: Initial meaning
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: You refer in your front-page report of 11 April to Jonathan Aitken's doubtlessly altruistic and innocent unremunerated directorship of the enigmatically named company Future Management Services. Surely, it can be no more than the wildest of coin...

  • LETTER: Hadrian's divide
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: R. N. Boston (Letters, 11 April) is 90 per cent correct in his geography. Hadrian's Wall runs through, rather than south of, Northumberland. Luckily it runs south of Ponteland and I am happy to be in the Scottish bit if a political split is achi...

  • LETTER: The costly burden of motherhood has its benefits, too
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: As a childless, professional 35-year-old woman, I read with interest the articles on motherhood (11 April). However, I felt the overwhelming impression was that women were choosing not to have children in order ambitiously to pursue their career...

  • LETTER: Not all old medicine is good medicine
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: Your editorial "Old medicine is good medicine" (10 April) argues that doctors are pressurised by pharmaceutical advertising into prescribing new, expensive drugs which may be less safe or effective than those they replace. You suggest that the N...

  • LETTER: Saddened by a godless lottery
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: I am deeply ashamed to be a citizen of a country that has introduced a National Lottery. I am deeply saddened that the cynicism of the Government and Camelot has been justified by the response of the population in the first few months. This mean...

  • LETTER: No need to revive odious caricatures
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: We were disconcerted to see a stereotypical "Shylock" figure in the photo montage illustrating Paul Vallely's article on the Catholic Church ("Standing firm in his time warp", 31 March). We had really hoped that racial and religious caricatures ...

  • LETTER: France, Japan and the Thames Tunnel
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Sir: Your correspondents Richard Morris and Roger Morgan (27 March) describe the Thames Tunnel, which London Underground proposes to waterproof, as "a triumph of British engineering". Its engineer, Marc Isambard Brunel, was a French royalist who lear...

  • Long, hot summer on the docks
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    The port of Dover and the Coventry and Plymouth local councils, said the judges, had no right to bar a legal trade. In seeking to do so they had consulted only their own parochial interests, without considering the economic impact upon farmers. Dover...

  • Blind date with danger
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    But the question is - when the programme goes out at peak family viewing time on a Saturday evening - can we have fun without going over the top? While there is much to enjoy and many delightful couples to rejoice with, the anxiety remains as to whet...

  • Triumph of Hope over adversity
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    The question of homosexuality seems likely to continue to consume a disproportionate amount of the Church of England's time in the year ahead. Its internal document Issues of Human Sexuality is to be presented by the bishops to its governing body, th...

  • The unclaimed victory of Mr Major
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    There is precious little agreement on what is going on in European social policy, let alone on what should happen in the future. This confused picture is the result, above all, of the way that the issue has been politicised within the Conservative Pa...

  • Everything to lose with these chains
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    Tesco's results put paidto those proponents of Thatcherite market orthodoxy who pronounced that competition from new low-cost, small-range chains such as Aldi and Netto, and US-style warehouse clubs, would be tough for the giants but just what the re...

  • C'est la vie, as they say on the BBC
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    "And she says at the end of the letter" - I am paraphrasing from memory here - "she says at the end of the letter that she is sorry she has written so much and that she would have written shorter if she had the time. Isn't that just delightfully Aust...

  • Tough on the philosophy of crime
    Thursday, 13 April 1995

    To say that is to make an act of faith. We tend to think of crime as something which inexorably rises, but there have been long periods of history when crime has fallen. The trouble is that the evidence in the UK is still thin, and the fall in crime ...

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