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Monday, 24 April 1995

  • The Lady's not for copying, Tony
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Cartoonists have found a physical resemblance, and there is at times a certain glint in Blair's eye that reminds one of the Lady. To compare the two is, of course, to compare early glimmerings of promise with a historical record. But their characters...

  • Letter: Oklahoma City: thoughtlessness about America and Iran
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Sir: The patronising tone and superficial attributions (eg those on racism and on tourist timidity) of your editorial "A letter to America" (22 April) are thoughtless and unreflective. As a frequent visitor to Britain, I know how resolute your countr...

  • Leading Article: The misjudged policemen's ball
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Manning's repartee is notorious, but that night he outdid himself. Jokes about beating up "niggers" and "coons" were followed by references to the Asian population of Bradford that might have graced the pages of a British National Party freesheet. Th...

  • Letter: BBC dramatic cuts
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Sir: Further to your story, "Financial crisis halts BBC series" (21 April), I feel it cannot be emphasised sufficiently how these cuts are to be implemented almost exclusively in those departments -drama, documentary, history and education - that ent...

  • Bafta's marital mistake
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Even so, I thought five awards a mite excessive. Hugh Grant (who had the grace to be self-conscious about the award) for Best Actor when John Travolta was in contention for Pulp Fiction? Mike Newell for Best Director when Quentin Tarantino's dazzling...

  • Letter: The Pope ,morality and the frontiers of life and death
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    From Mr Nicoas Water Sir: It is a very we for the Archbishop of York to give the Pope essons in bioogy (20 Apri). What they both need is essons in ogic and common sense. It is absurd for John Habgood to assert that "the principe" that "post- nata hum...

  • Vital advice on your pension
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    After taking advice from my financial adviser, I have taken out a personal pension scheme linked to life insurance and mortgage repayments, which involves me paying £340 a month. This wouldn't worry me so much, except that he insists that I pay the £...

  • Letter: The real thing
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Sir: The "controversy" over the authenticity of The Goose Girl sounds like a publicist's wheeze ("Critics cast doubt on goose girl's Irish origins", 22 April). The Irish Independent long ago published the first full-scale appraisal of William Leech's...

  • Who's afraid of a gay soldier?
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    The "them" in question were homosexuals. Sir James was responding to reports that a Labour government would end the ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces. Sir James is among the many in the Conservative Party and the military who are horrifi...

  • Letter: Laboratory's pioneer work
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Sir: Tom Wilkie's lament over what he describes as the wasted potential of the National Physical Laboratory is, I think, misplaced ("Technical failure down at the lab", 19 April). True, when NPL was founded, in 1900, its role was wider than that of a...

  • Excellence comes in many sizes
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    The year was 1969-70, when experimental teaching methods were in full swing. Our school was no exception. Though we were mainly taught at desks, we also did group work. We even tried "integral" days, in which each child had to complete a number of ta...

  • Letter: Ring in the "new"
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Sir: Since people in Europe are so attached to their currency names, I do not see why they should not be allowed to keep them, when a single currency is achieved, with the simple prefix - for a time - of the word "new". After all, the British soon go...

  • Letter: Oklahoma City: thoughtlessness about America and Iran
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Sir: I am afraid that the title of Christopher Bellamy's article on improvised explosives based upon ammonium nitrate ("Bomb built for damage, not slaughter," 22 April) may give the mistaken impression that they make less lethal bombs than those cont...

  • Leading Article: When the state fights back
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Meanwhile, here in Britain, legislation eats away at civil rights. The Public Order Act is employed at Brightlingsea, where householders receive letters warning them of their limited rights to demonstrate against the trade in animals. The Criminal Ju...

  • Letter: Oklahoma City: thoughtlessness about America and Iran
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Sir: So the perpetrator of the bombing of the federal office building in Oklahoma City turns out to be a home-grown nut. Yet how much print and paper, even in your own pages, not to mention broadcast time, was wasted on speculation about "the Iranian...

  • Letter: The Pope ,morality and the frontiers of life and death
    Tuesday, 25 April 1995

    Sir: The Archbishop of York's general support ("The meaning of life - and death", 20 April) for the Pope's moral leadership in his recent encyclical on life is most welcome. As Dr Habgood points out, protection of human life, especially in its weakes...

  • Diary
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Something in the water may also be the answer to the oddity of my graveyard companions. At least, it's the only answer I'm likely to get: none of you managed to offer any explanation whatever in response to my query last week as to why a duck and a d...

  • LETTER : The human 'whole' begins at fertilization
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Dr Pita Enriquez Harris Sir: It is nave to think that Catholic teaching on such matters as embryo experimentation is wrong, because it is based on ignorance of biology. Those who consider and formulate the teaching are themselves informed by many phy...

  • LETTER : British success
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Helen Wilkinson (21 April) rightly describes community service by offenders as one of Britain's more successful exports. From modest beginnings as an experiment in six probation areas in 1973 it is now widely used not only in this country but in...

  • LETTER : Investors pay for personal pensions
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Your leader (19 April) on pensions fails to criticise the Government for its part in the mis-selling of personal pensions. Sir Norman Fowler's introduction of personal pensions in 1988 (incidentally they were not new - we already had them under ...

  • Over-taxed and under siege
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    There are two answers to this question. The first is that the bombing is merely the latest episode in the rising tension between the US government and its gun-loving white religious right, for whom America's fast-growing network of state militias pro...

  • PROPOSITIONS : Call the doctor to account
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Alfie had spent the night vomiting, was delirious and had a temperature of 106F. Dr Archer agreed to turn out reluctantly. When he arrived, he kicked a bowl of Alfie's vomit under the table. When the boy failed to respond to his instructions, Dr Arch...

  • Rare collection that inspires passion
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    This feeling can transfer from one library to another, or from one kind of library to another, but for the real intense passion there is probably only one library at any one time in the life of any individual. For many writers, it would be the London...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties No.13: confusionism
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Though confusionist historians will point to Shakespeare as an early neophyte ("For mine own part, it was Greek to me", Julius Caesar) most accept that the beat novelist Jack Kerouac first explained (or rather didn't explain) the creed when he wrote:...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : France remains a divided nation
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    This ambivalence reflects deep uncertainty in a nation that likes to appear sure of itself in its dealings with the rest of the world. After the Socialist dream of the early Eighties had been punctured by tight monetary policies, high unemployment an...

  • LETTER : A crown for the currency
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Further to the discussion about a name for the European currency unit may I put in my ha'pennyworth? How about calling it the "Crown"? All the member states either have, or once had, a royal family of some description. Even those countries that ...

  • Letter : Feeling for Oklahoma
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: The immediate and overwhelming response to the Oklahoma City bombing is one of horror and utter condemnation, but is it not also worth considering the hypocritical light which this appalling act of terrorism has cast on President Clinton? "Terro...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Ancient law and modern science
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    But science does not stand still. IVF is, by the standards of the Nineties, an "old" technology. The forefront of today's research is manipulating human genes rather than embryos. Instead of transplanting organs, such as kidneys, doctors in Britain a...

  • Labour can learn from Victorian values
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    But if Labour wants to redefine its vision of the future, it must also discard the soft-focus mythology which so long has stood in place of a clear analysis of its past. In the 19th century, it was the Tories who were known as "the stupid party". But...

  • LETTER : Lights out at night
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Bill Rich ("At home with a power-hungry phantom", 20 April) should not despair. About 30 years ago I read in Estates Gazette an account of a consumer in the South-west whose electricity bills rocketed. The electricity board changed the meter, ch...

  • LETTER : Armenian anniversary
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Monday 24 April marks the 80th anniversary of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turkey. It was the first genocide of the 20th century. Talaat Pasha, the Minister of Interior, declared that "those who are innocent toda...

  • LETTER : The human `whole' begins at fertilisation
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Dr John Habgood is mistaken in believing ("The meaning of life - and death", 20 April) that respect for human embryos - or for persistent vegetative state patients - is scientifically misplaced. A human being is a human "whole" or organism, not ...

  • LETTER : The human 'whole' begins at fertilization
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: I find it strange that in his discussion of what constitutes life Archbishop Habgood dwells so heavily on physical phenomena such as the condition of the brain stem. I have always thought that the spiritual life, of which the archbishop is suppo...

  • LETTER : Cracking up
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: As publishers bring out hardback books with the pages glued in, you now get a more durable product if you wait for the soft-cover edition: hard covers treat threadless spines less gently. The "crack" as the glue breaks and the pages come loose i...

  • LETTER : Investors poay for personal pensions
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Pensions are only of value if there are people available to provide the goods and services needed by pensioners. This means that as the working/retired ration falls, effectively the value of a pension will fall and this leads to the inevitable c...

  • A little time off from the limelight
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    For a while it seemed as if you could not open a paper or switch on a television or radio without bumping into names such as Silvio Berlusconi or Ian Botham - then suddenly one day the names vanished. But the people themselves did not vanish, so wher...

  • LETTER : Investors pay for personal pensions
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Your report (19 April) gives details of the large amount of money which might be paid to those wrongly advised to arrange personal pensions. You omitted to mention where the money might come from. The financial services industry is large and com...

  • LETTER : Feeling for Oklahoma
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Shannon Turner ends her letter (22 April) almost as if she is telling America it deserved the Oklahoma bombing for what she sees as past injustices - stating that "perhaps it [America] now knows what it feels like". As we (Americans and others) ...

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