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Friday, 21 April 1995

  • LETTER: Militant teachers aren't classroom wreckers
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: Tim Kelsey (News Analysis, 19 April) dismisses Militant with a "little or no influence... in major unions" in the very aftermath of the attack on us and the Left from NUT General Secretary Doug McAvoy. This had little to do with the minor event ...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Like most of the British nation, I am so turned off by the House of Commons - Clare Short, Labour MP It can be tricky waiting for other people to catch up - Edwina Currie, Tory MP, describing impatience as the trait she most deplored in herself Women...

  • LETTER: Militant teachers aren't classroom wreckers
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: I expect I'm one of the militants who is, according to Judith Judd, isolated from the views and concerns of ordinary teachers because I hold a union post and so am rarely in school (News Analysis, 19 April). I am given a day and a half facility ...

  • Are animals losing their innocents?
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    For almost a year the dispute has progressed with what may turn out to have been comparative gentility, beginning with the campaign by animal rights activists to press cross-channel ferry companies to pull out of a trade in calves and sheep which had...

  • Negative, nasty and very effective
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Most media folk and some politicians intensely dislike party political broadcasts. Viewers vote with their feet. In 1992, one-fifth switched off before Conservative broadcasts began, hurting audience figures for the following programme. Independent t...

  • LETTER: Wagner in an uncertain world
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: Humphrey Burton's sentimental recall (Letters, 19 April) of his own Wagner programmes of 13 years ago is understandable but meaningless for the new generation of viewers who will be innocent of the "good old days" of BBC history. Channel 4's Wag...

  • LETTER: Cooling America's outrage
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: The bewilderment and shock that has ripped through America as a result of the Oklahoma blast is not surprising. Neither is the news coverage that it has received. But it does reflect a rather unsavoury American arrogance. "This looks like Beirut...

  • Fly-on-the-wall in Bournemouth
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    In a letter this week, he more or less accuses me of having got the whole thing wrong - not least in the matter of Michelle, Bournemouth and the couple next door who watch Inspector Morse, play Scrabble and invite you to take potluck on Sunday. "All ...

  • LETTER: Sovereign remedy
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: Surely the simple answer to the problem of what to call a future European currency unit, while keeping European citizenry happy, is that there should be no name - each bank note or coin would be printed with just the denomination - but each memb...

  • LETTER: UK's variable `plutonium pledge'
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: Some may regard the lukewarm response from disarmament groups to the proposals put to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) conference in New York by the Foreign Secretary (reports, 19 April) as churlish, especially as the British proposals...

  • LETTER: IVF: still free
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: I was surprised as well as sorry to read the suggestion (18 April) that the Labour Party proposed that "in vitro fertilisation will no longer be available free on the NHS". No such proposals have been discussed, either by the leader or by me, an...

  • In a simmering stew over a few Michelin stars
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    It went like this: on Thursday the Times published a short piece, no more than a couple of paragraphs, reporting that Italians had been outraged to discover the previous day that the Michelin Red Guides had downgraded Italian cooking "to fourth place...

  • LETTER: Militant teachers aren't classroom wreckers
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: Judith Judd is wrong to allege (19 April) that only the NUT has a policy making conference. The NASUWT conference not only determines policy but is the sovereign body of the Association. Yours faithfully, NIGEL DE GRUCHY General Secretary NASUWT...

  • LETTER: Instant thrills hold no fears
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: Would not the National Lottery be much improved if the organisers were obliged by law to display notices, prominently in all outlets, setting out the odds against one ticket winning the various prizes? Should they argue that this is not possible...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A letter to America
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    What are you to make of this unaccustomed terror? Perhaps Britain can offer some consoling thoughts, since we have lived with bombs for over 20 years. Horrible, frightening, outrageous, inhuman, yet nonetheless it is survivable. It will make a differ...

  • LETTER: Cooling America's outrage
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: In calling for a political response to a murderous attack in America's heartland, your leader (21 April) warns against rash military action should the evidence point towards a foreign government. An admirable sentiment, but precedent suggests th...

  • LETTER: Instant thrills hold no fears
    Saturday, 22 April 1995

    Sir: Dr E. Moran's letter (18 April) on the subject of Instant scratch cards merits some response. While naturally there may be comment that some people could become addicted to instant games, as indeed they may to horse racing or alcohol, there seem...

  • 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 : 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 : 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 : 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 : 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...

  • 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...

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