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Tuesday, 18 April 1995

  • LETTER:Taking the lottery far too seriously
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: Dr J. Ilangaratne (letter, 15 April) is understandably concerned about the national impact of newly defined entities such as the "Lottery Stress Disorder" (British Medical Journal, 1 April). This disorder would appear to have replaced "lottery f...

  • LETTER:Law should distinguish between `mob' and peaceful protesters
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: In your article on Mark Glover, he says "the most basic animal right of all is not to end up on the end of someone's fork". What about feeding pet animals? When I had a cat, it showed complete disdain for anything other than meat or fish. Lookin...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Make fertility free
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    The moral questions raised are whether IVF should be freely available throughout the UK and free of financial cost to couples. Certainly this has public support, shown by the response to a Channel 4 People's Parliament debate last autumn which approv...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:An own goal for Cantona?
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Making the punishment fit the crime is one thing. But are we ready for young businessmen's classes in share support operations from Ernest Saunders? Or tips for London cabbies on how to handle difficult customers from the Marquis of Blandford? And wh...

  • LETTER:No nukes is good news
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: Michael Sheridan, your diplomatic correspondent, does not do justice to the Non-Proliferation Treaty ("Big five strive to keep nuclear peace", 17 April). It is not just a treaty that "stops the spread of nuclear weapons". It is also a treaty tha...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Only law will protect pensions
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    The Personal Investment Authority - the financial services' self-regulatory watchdog - will set out terms for making good the mis-selling of policies by commission-hungry sales staff. Offending companies expect the exercise to cost them £3bn. This ma...

  • Taking the lottery far too seriously
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: Though I share the view of the Rev Roger Reed (letter, 13 April) that there is much about the National Lottery to be regretted, I believe that the scale of its success is an indication of something that we could well find reason to be grateful f...

  • The terrorism of total contempt
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    At the time of writing, Tokyo still stands. Certainly, Shoko Asahara, leader of the Aum Shinri Kyocult, has been proved wrong in his prediction that something cataclysmic would happen last Saturday. Asahara now seems to be playing the longer mind gam...

  • LETTER:Vive le Chunnel
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: Brian Rix and his friends (14 April) were very unlucky for their trip to Paris on Eurostar for their wives' birthdays. My husband and I had a very different experience for my birthday. We left Waterloo International terminal on time, had a leisu...

  • LETTER:For your information...
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: Early on Friday morning, I embarked on my eagerly awaited long weekend holiday. I chose a small cosy hotel hidden in the rolling green hills of the English countryside. I went there armed only with the novel The Information. I was determined to ...

  • Good Thing for Europe's currency
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: Your article "How about a fistful of Delors?" (13 April) gives a number of possible names for the coming European currency unit. The Ecu is unsatisfactory, even though it has a double origin (a medieval French coin and an acronym for European Cu...

  • LETTER:OutRage! only outed hypocrites
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: Paul Vallely has a right to criticise me but he does not have a right to distort the truth ("Triumph of Hope over adversity", 13 April). The Bishop of London did not meet me to discuss "the threat by OutRage! to `out' him". We have never threate...

  • LETTER:Sizing up Wagner
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: Keith Warner and Lionel Friend ("Lieber Herr Wagner", 13 April) are right to protest the one-sidedness of Channel 4's recent Wagnermania, but wrong to suggest that Wagner's ideas are "too exacting, too complex" for the medium of television to ha...

  • Never will I join Rupe's league ... Battlecliff joins Rupe's league
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Mike Haslet had been captain of Battleby Town for as long as anyone could remember, which, on a Saturday night in Battleby, wasn't very long. His craggy chin, merging into a craggy nose, jutting out from under his craggy brow, made him look in profil...

  • LETTER:Aitken's law suit
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: Will you please allow me to commend Jonathan Aitken's determination to fight the media with the "Bright sword of truth" ("Aitken sues over `wicked lies' ", 11 April) and all the panoply of a knight of old - provided, of course, that he, like the...

  • Where are all the angry parents?
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    The comfortable assumption is that Fran Crowhurst, Eddie Parkinson, Stefan Simms, Keith McKenna and their co-conspirators are marginal characters. OK, they trapped David Blunkett in a room, hurled abuse and waved copies of a newspaper - the Socialist...

  • Technical failure down at the lab
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    If the playing fields of Eton proverbially won the battle of Waterloo, then victory in the Second World War can be located precisely to the leafy suburbs of Teddington, west London. For there, at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Robert Watson-...

  • LETTER:Law should distinguish between `mob' and peaceful protesters
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: It is little wonder that the judges failed to do justice to the views and activities of the peaceful protesters against live animal exports (Letter, 18 April). The demonstrators, who were firmly labelled in the judgment with the "mob" tag, were ...

  • LETTER:Law should distinguish between `mob' and peaceful protesters
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: As representative of the company currently exporting thousands of veal calves through Coventry Airport, J. E. Bradshaw (letter, 15 April) can hardly be expected to be a disinterested commentator on the recent court rulings. In reducing the issue...

  • Good Thing for Europe's currency
    Wednesday, 19 April 1995

    Sir: In seeking a name for the proposed Euro currency, can we not remember Charlemagne? He ruled much of Europe, apparently successfully, and introduced the £sd system which we retained until 1968. His reign is generally regarded as a Good Thing. The...

  • 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. ...

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