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Wednesday, 19 April 1995

  • Letter: To coin a Eunit
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: The name for the proposed European currency unit should be short, pronounceable in the various languages, have no connections with past or present currencies, and be non-religious. May I suggest the "Eunit", which seems to meet the above require...

  • LETTER: Infertility is an illness and the NHS should provide treatment
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: "Pregnancy is not an illness. Therefore the treatment for IVF should not be treated as an illness on the NHS". This quotation from a senior Labour source (report, 18 April), in addition to alienating the infertile, should also offend the rest of...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: When will our leaders learn?
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    What did the conference actually vote for? Nothing more than a one-day strike to protest against underfunding and oversized classes. Parents have already shown their support for such action. The magnificent demonstration organised by Fights Against C...

  • In a league of someone else's
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    The story so far: Rupert Murdoch has bought the entire British rugby league set-up to turn the game into a television-only spectacle. Mike Haslet, captain of newly formed team Battlecliff, privately hates the takeover but publicly supports Murdoch's ...

  • LETTER: Educating the teachers' unions
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: Judith Judd ("Low marks for teachers' Easter farce", 18 April) praises the NUT leadership for supporting "campaigns ... founded on a broad-based alliance of parents, governors and teachers". How strange it is, then, that this leadership refused ...

  • Letter: Neglected conflict in Tajikistan
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: Andrew Higgins ("Yeltsin dilemma as Tajik-Afghan border war flares", 15 April) is surely right to ascribe much of the unpublicised conflict in Tajikistan to regional and clan differences (albeit partially misreporting them). Yet to go on to desc...

  • Letter: Diplomatic error
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: I read with great interest the article "What price integrity today?" (18 April) by Vincent Cable. I would like to say, as far as Brazil is concerned, that the factual information is correct. I was pleased to notice that Brazilian democratic inst...

  • The meaning of life - and death
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    As an eloquent defence of the Gospel of Life against what he calls "the culture of death", the encyclical fulfils a noble purpose. It is impossible to doubt the sincerity or the urgency of the task the Pope has set himself in combating by all possibl...

  • Blair can dump unions, but not the poor
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Relations between the Labour leadership and the leadership of some unions are bad, and getting worse. There is a cold anger in the political party and a resentment among left-wing union activists that reminds one, however gently, of the bitter fag-en...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Why police must stay unarmed
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    It is, therefore, unsurprising that Sir Paul Condon, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said yesterday that he will reconsider whether all his officers should be armed. To avoid tackling this question would be to devalue the life of PC Walters and...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: How the mighty dollar has fallen
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    The reasons for the weakness of the dollar are shatteringly simple. For more than a decade the United States has run a deficit on two accounts: the Federal deficit, representing the gap between the government's tax receipts and its payouts; and the c...

  • Letter: Holy Week is not just for Christians
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: Margaret Hebblethwaite ("Today is the ultimate Remembrance Day", 15 April) argues that there can be no (Easter) festivity without mourning, and pleads for the secular world to respect Christians' grief and to spare them the "holiday noise and cl...

    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: I read with interest your series of articles on infertility (18 April) and I agree with many of the sentiments expressed in your editorial. There is considerable debate as to whether infertility is an illness or not. Infertile couples are not "w...

    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: Your editorial "The bottom line on IVF babies" (18 April) makes some interesting suggestions regarding the funding of infertility treatment. The British Fertility Society, which comprises some 800 clinicians, scientists, nurses and counsellors, ...

  • LETTER: Educating the teachers' unions
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: In your leading article "Teachers strike an uncaring pose" (17 April), you appear to have overlooked one vital fact in your comparison of the NUT and the British Medical Association. The Government has done exactly what it wants with the medical...

  • LETTER: Educating the teachers' unions
    Thursday, 20 April 1995

    Sir: The General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Peter Smith, justifies (letter, 17 April) his unwarranted attack on me (which led to John Monks, General Secretary of the TUC, joining in) by stating that my speech at his confe...

  • 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...

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