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Monday, 17 April 1995

  • Letter: Georgia needs help from all
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    Dr Hewitt makes special mention of the support of Her Majesty's Government for the Georgian leader. However, the peoples of Georgia will be better served by more informed public and official opinion abroad than they now are by both their present gove...

  • Letter: Cultural genocide
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    We are always doing that sort of thing to the "benighted heathens". During the recent troubles in Rwanda, the French are reported to have airlifted 1,000 Rwandan babies to a "better" life in France, and now their relations are presumably looking for ...

  • Letter: Religious lessons
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    But on another page, you report on the research of David Owen of Warwick University, which shows that educational standards in Ireland are higher than those in Britain. This report states that "only 12.5 per cent of white British people between 18 an...

  • What price integrity today?
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    Simultaneously, Britain has been overrun by a seemingly endless succession of scandals at the interface of business and politics. Yet in this, as in other matters, we are not fully at the heart of Europe. We make a general assumption that Britain is ...

  • Letter: Fishing for a clich
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    Yours sincerely, ARTHUR JACOBS Oxford

  • Letter: Judges ignored the peaceful protestors
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    They do no justice to peaceful, law-abiding animal welfare demonstrators by dismissing them in conveniently derogatory terms as animal rights activists bent on mob rule. The judgment moves on from stating what the live animal exporters can do, to pre...

  • Letter: How to balance work and children
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    Unfortunately, this concern is a reality for too many working women in Britain. If employers are to recruit and retain the highest quality employees, they can do much to address this concern practically and conceptually. Women need not only access to...

  • Letter: Monarch of Italy
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, MARIO LAURENZA Enfield, Middlesex 14 April

  • Letter: Health risks of National Lottery heartstoppers
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    The US Commission on the Review of the National Policy toward Gambling expressed concern about instant lotteries. It stated that, where the Commission does find a serious potential for abuse in the present practices of the state lotteries is in their...

  • Letter: Nuclear powers' commitments
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    Since the NPT came into existence in 1970, the main thrust of the nuclear- weapons states has been to prevent the nuclear-weapon capability passing into the hands of non-nuclear states. To that end, the NPT has worked quite well. But on nuclear disar...

  • Leading Article: Swapping Trident for a shield
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    The truth is that it was always more likely that any nuclear conflict would be started by a reckless superpower proxy; it is widely believed that Israeli technicians began to assemble components of what were then very basic nuclear weapons for a stri...

  • Snookered by the bookies
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    It was the bookmakers' trade body, the Betting Office Licensees Association (Bola), that released details of "unusual betting patterns" on the Embassy World Championship snooker match between Jimmy White and Peter Francisco, leading to an inquiry by ...

  • Low marks for teachers' Easter farce
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    In Eastbourne, Nigel de Gruchy, leader of the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers, is announcing proposals to send pupils home on a rota basis when classes are too large. In Blackpool, the National Union of Teachers' leaders...

  • Leading Article: The price of childlessness
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    Gradually, they suspect that, like one in 10 couples, they face a problem conceiving and time is running out. As the years go by, the effects of infertility multiply. It can undermine self-esteem, destroy relationships and leave couples feeling isola...

  • Unmentionable goings on
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    Similarly, things must have been difficult before we invented terms like "shoplifting". At least they must have been much more long winded. Instead of having signs saying: "We always prosecute shoplifters", you would have to have had signs saying: "W...

  • Letter: Health risks of National Lottery heartstoppers
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    Every week millions choose to purchase Lottery tickets in the full knowledge that the rewards of winning are about as great as the odds against them becoming multi-millionaires. They accept full responsibility for the amount of their own money they d...

  • Letter: Health risks of National Lottery heartstoppers
    Tuesday, 18 April 1995

    A similar pattern repeats itself at the next opportunity to visit the polling station when the party one votes for forms a government and subsequently brings about those "feelings of hopelessness" when it reneges on so many of its election promises. ...

  • Letter: Satan on the Internet
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    I would like to point out that many people run Linux (which is a version of Unix available on the Internet at no charge) at home, so the danger may be greater than you fear. Regards, MARTIN TOMES Durrington, West Sussex

  • Ancient art, but what does it mean?
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    One supposes that the Parthenon, which was designed as a whole, would make sense as a whole, in its sculptural programme. In classical times, the main attraction was the colossal statue of Athena by Phidias, which is described in detail by Pausanias ...

  • Letter: Trauma part of a police constable's job
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    In all of this time, and among all of this mainly avoidable carnage, neither myself nor any of my many colleagues have ever considered the possibility of compensation for the gruesome sights we have to contend with. These things are merely part of ou...

  • Letter: Labour's true democracy
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    First, it is significant that you are already referring to the present formulation as the "old Clause IV". Why "old"? It can only become thus if, and only if, the present clause is abandoned at the forthcoming Labour Party Special Conference. Could i...

  • Letter: One report should not alarm patients
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Since the full data have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, British doctors will not have had the opportunity to evaluate this study or judge its scientific worth. Very few British doctors would have attended the meeting in th...

  • Letter: Having a ball at Covent Garden
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    As for the word "litist", I wonder if it has become a substitute for "minority"? Am I litist or just a member of a minority if I enjoy reading 17th century English metaphysical poetry, which costs nothing in monetary terms? If price is what is involv...

  • Letter: A new church in Newcastle
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    However, the extensive coverage you gave it might give your readers the false impression that the Church of England is in crisis in this part of the world. In fact, the reverse is the case. The diocese of Newcastle is thriving under good, orthodox, C...

  • Letter: Teachers need sound policies, not Mr Blunkett's soundbites
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Until 1915, I was at a primary school (then called "public elementary") that lay just on the boundary line between a middle-class residential area and an extremely slummy one. The school population was thus a social mix throughout, by chance, not des...

  • Leading Article: Teachers strike an uncaring pose
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Yesterday's motion, passed in the face of opposition from Doug McAvoy, the NUT general secretary, does not set the union irrevocably on course for a one-day national strike in the summer. But if the union votes tomorrow for a ballot on that policy an...

  • In two minds, comme toujours
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    But, despite this progressive panoply, France remains a deeply conservative country. Most of the moves to the left have been followed by a lurch to the right - from the Revolution, which ended in Napoleon's Empire, to the 1968 riots, which led to one...

  • No 12: Oneism
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Hence oneism n practice of putting number one before everything else. A self-obsessional philosophy that became mainstream under Thatcherism but continued to develop in the Nineties as society broke down into single entities. Each became, as the Scot...

  • Leading Article: Misdial for the voice of reason
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    The challenge posed by the need to add the number one to many of the country's best-loved area codes is no small matter. For those in Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield, proud cities all, there is also the added insult of having to c...

  • An alternative Easter day out
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Guided tour of Barings Open to the public for the first time. Once one of the vital links in the mighty British banking world, Barings was, until recently, a humming fortress of finance but now stands a gaunt and shattered ruin, open to the winds, wi...

  • Invasions from outer space
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Complex chemistry in the inky void of interstellar space is not new - since the discovery of ammonia in space in 1968, more than 100 moderately complex molecules have been detected. At the beginning of this year, it appeared that the warm gas near th...

  • Letter: Teachers need sound policies, not Mr Blunkett's soundbites
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Last week, Mr Blunkett said one thing in the press release issued before he spoke at our conference, but something quite other in his speech itself. In his press release he said that as a last resort, a failing school would be shut down completely, a...

  • Letter: Trauma part of a police constable's job
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    I have known hundreds of Vietnam war veterans and the percentage of those having any trauma is very, very low. I am a veteran of that war myself. I also flew as aircrew in combat in the Second World War and know that most combat veterans experienced ...

  • Diary
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Those of us who take a keen interest in Northern Irish matters are well aware how easy it is to underestimate the vital importance of emblems as a form of emotional shorthand. They can demonstrate pride, solidarity and even act as a safety valve: bet...

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