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Tuesday, 25 April 1995

  • LETTER : The British way of protest
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: I notice that in today's edition (24 April) you carry two seemingly unconnected stories on opposite sides of the same page. Figuratively too, these tales represent opposite sides of the same page and should give us cause to rejoice at living in ...

  • LETTER : Identifying the original authors of Clause IV
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: Further to the essay by Gareth Stedman Jones, it is perhaps worthwhile recalling that the following motion: that the object of the Independent Labour Party shall be to secure the collective and communal ownership of the means of productions dist...

  • LETTER : `New genetics' debate under way
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "Ancient law and modern science" (24 April) calls for "a full debate aimed at devising legislation to set rules governing a host of issues ranging from genetic testing and insurance to patenting, experimentation and confiden...

  • LETTER : A benign disorder
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: My eyes pop to learn that anyone still thinks infertility is an illness (Letters, 20 April). Clare Brown, of the National Infertility Awareness Campaign, asks: Why are infertile couples expected to accept that, for them, having children should b...

  • LETTER : City supporters
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: Your business comment "Breath of fresh air at the Bank" (25 April) incorrectly refers to Howard Davies as someone who "backs Manchester United". As any supporter of the great Moss Side footballing academy knows only too well, Mr Davies, along wi...

  • LETTER :Farewell to Blair
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: So, Tony Blair admires Mrs Thatcher, does he? Any so-called Labour leader who can utter such a thought has moved too far from the left to deserve the admiration, or the vote of, Yours truly, LYNNE REID BANKS Beaminster, Dorset 24 April

  • Do the levellers know how the land lies?
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    They are now settled into a ditch below the disused Wisley airfield in Surrey, where, if they were dressed like Venture Scouts, their camping skills would warm the cockles of Baden-Powell's heart. Their knowledge of country lore would be the pride of...

  • LETTER : The British way of protest
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: In your report today on the recent activities of the "New Levellers", you quote one George Monbiot as saying: Our intention is to leave the land in a better state than before we arrived ... We want to show that this kind of action can be done wi...

  • LETTER : Identifying the original authors
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    From Mr G. Chowdharay-Best Sir: Gareth Stedman Jones's essay on Clause IV ignores an awful lot of history ("Labour can learn from Victorian values", 24 April). He seems to be arguing that the wording of the clause was entirely due to Sidney Webb; and...

  • LETTER : Academic freedom for Aids doctor
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: Your article "Admission of false Aids case suppressed by NHS" (6 April), a follow-up to one on 24 March relating to the world's first ever Aids victim, accused NHS officials of suppressing information and implies that the Central Manchester Heal...

  • It's the Latin for lousy sales pitch
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Somebody else's Nunc. That stopped me in my tracks. Just for a moment I couldn't understand what he was saying. Then I realised that this was an abbreviation for Nunc Dimittis. When he arrived to do the film, they were already using a setting written...

  • LETTER : A rosy future is assured for Petra
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: It was with some surprise that I read Paula Weidegger's article about Petra entitled "The pink city's future isn't rosy" (12 April) as it contained many erroneous statements. Ms Weidegger claimed that "a vast Roman forum is being `reconstructed'...

  • POLEMIC Save Channel 5 from Murdoch!
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    I woke up with a start to realise that the nightmare was fast becoming a reality. Next Tuesday is the closing date for applications for the new Channel 5. A consortium backed by Murdoch stands a very good chance of winning. If it does, it will mark t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Britain needs Gerry Adams
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Those whose distrust of the IRA runs deepest believe the republicans will accept nothing less than a united Ireland. They conclude, therefore, that it is only a matter of time before the armed campaign begins afresh, whatever the nature of the agreem...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : ANOTHER VIEW : Freedom to gag on the truth Gags don't stifle the reality
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Nor are the jokes that he was so sensationally captured telling to an audience of policemen on World in Action on Monday especially different from his routine in his own club. Nor have they ever been. Bernard Manning is in his mid-sixties, the world ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Who's afraid of Rupert Murdoch?
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Their reasons for wanting to avoid the franchise from hell incorporate lavish quantities of self-interest, but were well put yesterday in a speech by Channel 4's chief executive, Michael Grade. Mr Grade was apocalyptic. If Murdoch wins, he said, then...

  • Even in war, justice must prevail
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Except that nobody can believe any such thing and still claim to be human. Cynical contemporary relativism can only go so far. If what the Nazis did is not absolutely wrong, then human life is a joke and nihilism is the only sustainable philosophy. I...

  • Men in white coats with delusions of grandeur
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Lorraine Heggessey's film followed the case of Philip Adoo , or John Baptist, as he prefers to be known. John, a young Ghanaian, is convinced he was born white and that his twin sister has been cannibalised. These are unorthodox convictions, it's tru...

  • LETTER : Identifying the original authors of Clause IV
    Wednesday, 26 April 1995

    Sir: Gareth Stedman Jones has repeated the myth of Sidney Webb composing Clause IV ("Labour can learn from Victorian values", 24 April). This political philosophy of the party was, however, defined long before 1919, at the famous TUC meeting in 1900,...

  • 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...

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