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Thursday, 20 April 1995

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The lessons of Oklahoma
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    In the past, such terrorists found it easier to attack US embassies abroad or to seize American citizens there. The logistics of working in the distant United States were more tricky. More significantly, mainstream Palestinians restricted the activit...

  • LETTER : Franc rejoinder
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: So you thought Ecu stood for European Currency Unit, did you? According to Cassell's French dictionary: "Ecu - crown (an obsolete French coin formerly worth three francs)". There are no flies on the French. Yours sincerely, MICHAEL GUMBRELL Ashd...

  • LETTER : Cantona's service to Salford
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: Your editorial (19 April) "An own goal for Cantona?" is right not only in endorsing community service as a more appropriate penalty than prison for the errant footballer, but also in its support for the kind of work involved. Nacro has a particu...

  • LETTER : My Luxembourg: a very different place
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: I wonder if Andrew Marshall's claim that Luxembourg is the largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions per capita in the world is related to the now discredited story that the country had the highest consumption of alcohol per capita in the wor...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : A yellow card in the Commons
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Against this background of malevolence and back-biting, contrast the second half of the proceedings, when two MPs were disciplined after accepting £1,000 for asking a parliamentary question. They had a bad day: no doubt the pair took the precaution o...

  • LETTER : Plain truths about dreadful disasters
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: Professor Dummett's puzzlement (Letters, 14 April) drives me to request space to make clearer the points made, too briefly it seems, in my letter of 5 April. They are too important to be allowed to dissolve in the steam of a clash of personaliti...

  • LETTER : Prevention of infertility
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: Regarding your wise and humane editorial "The bottom line on IVF babies" (18 April) most attention has focused on overriding infertility. The possibility of preventing it is much less discussed. Proper primary care treatment of pelvic inflammato...

  • LETTER : Labour's `Stalinist' approach to the unions
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: The attempt by Andrew Marr in his column "Blair can dump unions, but not the poor" (20 April) to link the mobbing of David Blunkett at the National Union of Teachers conference with the decision of the Unison political forum to oppose the revise...

  • Willing slaves of the maze
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Hi. I'd like to say straight off that it cannot help but be cruel. The very conditions in which the poor Moral Mazers work is cruel. They get up very early in the morning, they come to Broadcasting House, they are cooped up in a tiny subterranean stu...

  • ANOTHER VIEW Martin Wright In defence of victim's rights
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    The accused also has the right to information collected but not used by the prosecution. The importance of this was shown by the case of Judith Ward, convicted of the M62 coach bombing; the prosecution proceeded although the police had evidence of he...

  • Football is better than boot camp
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Certainly if Michael Howard has his way, Cantona's may well be the last so-called ``soft option''. We are now being told that community service will be reformed to look more like military service, with boot camps instead of ball control classes. For ...

  • LETTER : Education in Sierra Leone
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: David Orr reported in his article "Hopes grow for hostages held by Sierra Leone rebels" (18 April) that Action Aid had "pulled out" of Sierra Leone. While we are taking security precautions, Action Aid has not withdrawn from Sierra Leone and our...

  • Who can we trust with our gold?
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    This juxtaposition raises a host of questions. Is it an instance of a new and respected entrant about to impose higher ethical standards on a somewhat tarnished industry? Why did those giant life assurance groups, some with hundreds of years' experie...

  • LETTER : Labour's `Stalinist' approach to the unions
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: The decision of the public sector union Unison to oppose Tony Blair's rewrite of Clause IV has brought forth the predictable response from the Labour leadership's spin-doctors: the vote was "unrepresentative", there was no secret ballot, this is...

  • LETTER : Education in Sierra Leone
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: Why, I wonder, does David Orr ("Hopes grow for hostages held by Sierra Leone rebels", 18 April) describe the Revolutionary United Front leader Corporal (not Colonel) Foday Sankoh as "mysterious"? His origins and military service are well-known f...

  • LETTER : My Luxembourg: a very different place
    Friday, 21 April 1995

    Sir: What on earth happened to your usually reliable reporter Andrew Marshall (Luxembourg Days, 18 April)? Was he hit by a sudden acute depression? Was his only suit ruined by the rain? Did he fall off the Ro'de Breck (the magnificent single-span bri...

  • 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...

  • LETTER: INFERTILITY IS AN ILLNESS AND THE NHS SHOULD PROVIDE TREATMENT
    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...

  • LETTER: INFERTILITY IS AN ILLNESS AND THE NHS SHOULD PROVIDE TREATMENT
    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...

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