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Saturday, 22 April 1995

  • LETTER: State execution's vile details deserve airing
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    I recall waiting, when I was young, for the executions of Timothy Evans, Ruth Ellis, James Hanratty and others. I will never forget the pain of hearing the early morning time signal on the BBC on more than three occasions and realising, with fresh ho...

  • LETTER: Selling point
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Nicholas Royle London N15

  • LETTER: Genetic engineering is too risky to pursue
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    The trend towards the increasingly rapid application of gene therapies and genetic engineering methods without proper consideration of their impact poses serious risks. The long-term and cumulative effects in any species lead to irreversible and high...

  • LETTER: Tories aren't conservatives
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    P C Metcalfe Stevenage, Herts

  • LETTER: Social works
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Many members of sociology departments have little or nothing to do with the BSA or its conferences. More importantly, sociology has had an influence way beyond departments. There are many sociologists working more or less as such, not only in such in...

  • LETTER: State execution's vile details deserve airing
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Edward Turnbull Gosforth, Northumberland

  • LETTER: Liberty for all
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Chris Lamb Bath

  • LETTER: A case of mistaken consent When consent is mistaken
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Wyn Davies Burry Port, Dyfed

  • LETTER: To Fort William with love
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Polly Chapman Havant, Hampshire

  • LETTER: True or false?
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    In a profile of me, "The spy in the nation's bedroom", later in the same issue, Mr Cohen states that I have a daughter and that Kelvin MacKenzie never bollocked me when I was working for him at the Sun. Since both these latter assertions are complete...

  • LETTER: A pebble or two from Goliath
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    The gist of the item was that Pearson is setting up "Europe on Line" as the UK agent of "America on Line", in order "to connect its UK customers to the Internet", and that we have callously disregarded the worries of a London entrepreneur with a smal...

  • LETTER: Broadsheet litism adds up to an own-goal
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    In fact, his central point, that football is enjoyed by only half the male population (Kohn fails to mention the millions of women who watch, play, and read about football - a disappointing omission, given his anti- Lad tone), makes a case for more f...

  • LETTER: Tories aren't conservatives
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Non-Conservatives can be conservative on many points, thoughtfully so and not "unthinkingly", as he would have it. They wish to conserve what is valuable for the many - the health service and social security, an education system open to all and free ...

    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    23 April, 1616: William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest playwright of all time, died on his 52nd birthday. Born in Stratford-upon- Avon, the son of a glover, he wrote at least 36 plays, 154 sonnets and four long poems. He married Anne Ha...

  • Man of ch-ch-ch-ch changes
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Asked about his old friend the painter Derain, Balthus talks of an "extraordinary man ... because he changed his opinions every day like a cloud". You can sense Bowie's antennae quivering. "And did he have a throughline?" he asks. "A sense of continu...

  • Tourist's Charter ... Italian trifles ... hamster survey
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    n THE Captain was not at all surprised to see that Michelin now ranks Italian cuisine below ours. The Italians are, predictably, outraged. Some chef in Rome called Derflingher has gone so far as to call it "impossible" and to accuse the British of co...

  • What will recharge the batteries of a tired popular movement? popular movement run so low?
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Mr Gummer's department has provided no money to finance or promote the year - the 25th anniversary of a predecessor, which did much to launch the environmental movement despite being quickly and justifiably dubbed European Conversation Year. No natio...

  • Is Scargill the one to save the British apple? apple farmers
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    This is sad, but I can't help feeling a sense of irony that this group of true blue Tories should see their livelihoods destroyed and their communities shattered by the same government that they supported so vigorously a decade ago when it strove to ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Keeping calm after the bomb
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Now, all that has changed. Symbolism was still there but it was entirely different. Far from being the result of some alien infection, the bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building represents a disease that sprang from America's own heartland. Th...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Here endeth the lesson - they hope
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    No sooner has the furore over the gay proclivities of the Anglican episcopacy subsided than we are slap bang in the middle of an alarming tale of Essex girl jokes and sexual innuendo among the vergers of St Paul's. Marilyn Ivory, the complaining verg...

  • In defence of our noble and diligent Upper House
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    But this is no excuse for the onslaught it led upon their Noble Lordships under the snide heading "Full House puts Lords £6m in pocket", with a sub-heading in only slightly smaller letters declaring "With expenses of up to £134.50 a day, more and mor...

  • A curious silence from the Party of the Pure
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Perhaps wisely, Mr Tony Blair shows no inclination to make a political virtue of this difference between the parties. It may be that, if he pointed to the lack of scandal in the People's Party, the resistance to temptation shown by its members, he mi...

  • 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 ...

    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...

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