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Sunday, 2 April 1995

  • My incident in the back of a cab
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    You fly into Kuala Lumpur, you don't know what's going on, you get a taxi from the airport, you ask the taxi driver what's going on and he tells you. It's your first impression, and however wrong or right it is, it stays with you. If I were a dictato...

  • A meeting by the Rhine
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Traditionally Knigswinter, just across the river from Bonn (more a state of mind than a geographic location; every other year the meeting is held in Cambridge) has been a place where both sides address their knottiest problems. Usually, Germany is th...

  • Good vibrations in Mexico City
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    First there was Mexico City itself. It might be Miami in its wealth and in its sense of civic pride. Doubtless the city hides Miami's menace as well, but it seems in a different league from the frightening squalor of Bogota or the post-authoritarian ...

  • There's no trumping Mr Major
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Enviable in themselves as individual items, these objects form a nonsensical ensemble. One might covet a personal aircraft. I can see that. The kind of aeroplane which could land in any old field might be a fun thing to have. A flying doctor's plane ...

  • Letter: Caring for everyone in the community
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: I am writing concerning your article "Mencap `snubs families over residential care' ", 27 March. Our son is 25 and has severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and sometimes challenging behaviour. When he was born, the only service available was r...

  • Letter: Setting medical record straight
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: There are two points I would like to make in response to your feature entitled "Carry on, Doctor Pilsworth" (30 March). You quote one of the villagers of Kirton in Lindsey as saying: "Why doesn't the General Medical Council focus its attention o...

  • Leading Article:Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    These last few days, the prefect has been doing his best to oblige. "Unique" and "exceptionally important" are the phrases that trip off the tongues of administration officials when questioned about relations between London and Washington. All of whi...

  • Letter: World-class science
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: What a pity that during the conference on "Britain in the World" there appears to have been no mention of our world status in the spheres of science and medicine. Declining it may be as the funding dwindles, but thanks partly, no doubt, to the e...

  • Letter: Furore over a few words
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: I am extremely puzzled by the furore over Eric Cantona's quotation which I regard as self-deprecating for him and very easy to understand. What he means is that his many supporters (the seagulls following the trawler) are not really interested i...

  • Letter: Showcase for tropical wood
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: I feel that Mary Dejevsky was badly informed when she visited Paris's new national library ("Volumes of dissent decry Paris library", 30 March) in that she failed to mention the unparalleled use of wood from tropical rainforests in its construct...

  • Letter:Pope's message fails to address realities of life
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: It is reassuring to know that the Pope is against the "culture of death", particularly in view of the fact that he was the only head of state in the world to recognise the brutal and murderous military junta whose three-year rule in Haiti ended ...

  • Letter: BMARC: charge those responsible
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: If BMARC, the Lincolnshire-based arms firm, acted illegally in selling arms to Iran via Singapore ("New evidence on Aitken arms link", 30 March) was anyone prosecuted for this action? If not, why not? And if they were to be prosecuted now, would...

  • Leading Article: What John never said
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    We removed the immense drag of the nationalised industries and pioneered the success that is privatisation. We installed a tax regime free of the penalties that used to exist for personal success. Our steadfastness during the harsh days of the first ...

  • Letter: John Major should "interfere"
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: I do not understand the logic behind the remarks made by Tom Charron who originally prosecuted Nick Ingram ("Major warned against trying to stop execution", 30 March) when he says: I don't know how Mr Major could even intelligently ask for cleme...

  • Letter: Prison vision was a "mirage"
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: Possibly the most depressing aspect of the reports on prison overcrowding and the announcement of the building of another new privately-run jail ("£35m jail planned as crisis grows", 30 March) is that nobody has mentioned the Woolf Report that w...

  • ISMISM: New concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Once there was fishing, using a rod, reel and line, also known as angling because of its popularity with Anglo-Saxon races, their colonies and dominions. People caught fish, bragged about their size, took them home and ate them, or had them stuffed a...

  • Letter: Furore over a few words
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: What Eric Cantona probably had in mind was the ghost of a memory of Tacitus: Cum aves piscatores sequntur pisces eis iacturi esse credunt sed sola intestina donantur (Agricola, 31; Fife). The seagull following the fishing boat expects to be thro...

  • Letter: Furore over a few words
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: Why all the heart-searching about Eric Cantona's line (report, 1 April): "When seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea"? Clearly, this is a muddled translation of Malcolm Muggeridge's dictum: "Jo...

  • Letter:Pope's message fails to address realities of life
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: The latest encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae (the Gospel of Life), claims to proclaim the value, dignity, grandeur and worth of every human life while condemning the "culture of death" which threatens civilisation ("Pope urges pr...

  • Letter: Caring for everyone in the community
    Monday, 3 April 1995

    Sir: The emotional debate about community care (reports, 27 March and Letters, 29 March) does not sufficiently emphasise that the label "learning difficulties" (mental handicap) covers an enormously large spectrum; from people who have relatively min...

  • LETTER : Collective security, not benefit scrounging
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    In reality, change proceeds by way of enormous social explosions followed by quiet periods and then further explosions. For example, 10 years ago I would never have dreamt of faxing this letter to you. Now I would not dream of doing anything else. Ge...

  • LETTER : Feeling bad
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    1 The Government's primary policy is fear of unemployment. This affects the poor much more than the rich. 2 Privatised services (water, transport, fuel) have been turned into instruments of extortion. 3 Creativity in the country has been stifled by t...

  • LETTER : The money in your card
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    If you and I use the EMV system we will have to pay for the computers that maintain audit trails and send out bills. Yes, we will be able to use EMV's tokens in outlets that accept them and transactions will, for cost reasons, probably not be audited...

  • LETTER : New themes
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    Gary Kent London SW1

  • LETTER : Ins and outs
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    The final straw for Dr Hope could well have been an article in the Independent on Sunday ("Why gays are called to the church", 12 March) the day before he declared his sexuality. This referred to the large number of gay clergy in the London diocese. ...

  • LETTER : Bhutto's role in Karachi
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    The assertion is absurd and glosses over the constant endeavours of the Prime Minister to bring complete peace and normality to Karachi. Her government has even offered to mediate between the two warring factions. She has been taking various administ...

  • LETTER : `Today' as rude as ever
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    I returned recently from a long visit to South Africa and Zimbabwe, where nothing as pungent as Today exists, and eagerly turned the programme on. It seems to me that all the interviewers are as rude as ever - with the possible exception of Anna Ford...

  • LETTER : Why Mishima was eccentric
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    He was a homosexual who haunted the gay clubs of Tokyo yet married a girl who had to be someone who would "be a credit" to him. Paul Shrader had such trouble with his film because Mishima's widow would not approve the revelations in the original scri...

  • LETTER : Betrayal does not `diminish' the betrayed
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    An outsider cannot possibly know why another person's spouse has conducted a clandestine relationship. Plenty of betrayed spouses are attractive, talented people who go on to form new and long-lasting relationships with other attractive, talented peo...

  • LETTER : Aid that goes to the wealthy
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    If so, it should be pointed out that the "poorest group" referred to is of countries and not of people. Britain's aid tends to benefit Western companies and wealthy lites in poor countries whose greed and economic mismanagement have allowed these cou...

  • LETTER : Fay's favour
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    This is blatantly a commercial exercise and no amount of jolly twinkling on Ms Weldon's behalf should prevent this from being pointed out. Joolz Bradford, West Yorkshire

  • LETTER : Don't turn A-levels into glorified GCSEs
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    Providing a basic knowledge in a wide range of subjects is surely the purpose of GCSEs, not A-levels. At 16, the majority of students are ready and eager to specialise. I struggled reluctantly through GCSE science, counting the days until I could giv...

  • LETTER : No `secret talks' by EBRD
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    The EBRD was restructured in late 1993, under new leadership, to increase our ability to assist in the transition of Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. That restructuring made us a more efficient organisation, and moved staff out...

  • LETTER : Collective security, not benefit scrounging
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    When was it ever thus? Where do such silly ideas come from? We never thought that we were looking to the state to "bail us out". We were looking to forms of collective insurance based on the premiums that we knew we ourselves were paying. We were doi...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    Anne Rowland, Bromley

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    James Dawson, London SE26

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    Jeffrey Kissoon, London EC1

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    Joan Walters, Exeter

  • I'd rather be a pheasant than a cow, yes I would
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    Spike went on to condemn the Queen: "She likes hunting and shooting, which is just murder." The worst clich people come out with is that battery hens are kept in "concentration camp" conditions. I worked in a battery-hen farm as a teenager and I do n...

  • Pointless lies that reveal so much
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    Big lies have a cynical logic. It is the little lies, the correctable mistakes, that seem so pointless. Why bother getting it wrong when getting it right would do no harm? Take the apparently trivial case of Brian Mawhinney, the Secretary of State fo...

  • LETTER : That's enough art - ed.
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    The full import of this experiment and the exhibition's twin themes of "participation" and "dispersal" are discussed on page 28 of the Sunday Review."Participation" means that a visitor to the gallery may take home a piece of old clothing from one of...

  • The toff in the middle
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    To call Michael Ancram blue-blooded is an understatement. He is the Earl of Ancram, son of the Marquess of Lothian, and his wife is Lady Jane Fitzalan-Howard, daughter of the 16th Duke of Norfolk. He is a toff, quite literally, down to his cotton soc...

  • The search for British self-knowledge could end in the usual muddle
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    Several foreigners were asked, including Joffe and Dr Henry Kissinger, and watched a series of British speakers depressing themselves as they denounced all the fashionable pessimism about their country. Joffe thought he would cheer them up. But of co...

  • Major's support may not be enough for Aitken
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    He had clearly broken the law during his journalistic activities in Nigeria. Nevertheless Mr Justice Caulfield in effect instructed the jury to acquit. This they duly did. The judge filled the role in Mr Aitken's case which the jury was to fill in Mr...

  • words : Snap
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    The whole idea of a snap vote - the expression is Victorian in origin - was that it was taken when the opposition wasn't expecting it, and with any luck would be thinking of something else, or had nipped out for a moment. Some took the view that it w...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Who voted for school fees?
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    No sane political party would ever put such propositions to the electorate. Yet we know that many leading Tories would like to implement them. More, they have created the conditions in which this could happen, without any explicit approval from the v...

  • Bound to end in tears
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    John Smith once remarked that the Chancellor was "a clever fellow". But he also explained why he found him irritating. Lawson tended to say, not that he disagreed with Smith, or even that his opponent was wrong, but that he "did not understand". If a...

  • Dimbleby's literary pastures ... M und S ... Flopsy disks
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    n MARKS & Spencer, I see, is about to open up in Germany. To help my many German readers get by at dinner parties over there, I have prepared this handy phrase: "Na ja, ein bisschen teuer sind die Lebensmittel schon, aber ehrlich gesagt, ich weis...

  • No proprietor has ever interfered with me
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    Needless to say, I have always enjoyed an excellent relationship with the proprietors of the newspapers whose pages I adorn. Indeed, in recent years I have saved a great deal of time and effort by going "over the heads" of their here-today-gone-tomor...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Francis of Paola, who from the age of 15 lived as a hermit in a cave in Calabria, southern Italy in the 15th century. When other young men joined him, the local people built them a church and a monastery and his order,...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 2 April 1995

    US chat show hostess Joan Rivers, questioning Liz Hurley at the Oscar awards ceremony When the seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think the sardines will be thrown into the sea. Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona, after a 14-day ja...

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