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Thursday, 27 April 1995

  • Go ahead and identify me, if you can
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    Like many other issues raised by European union, the question of identity cards does not fit smoothly into orthodox distinctions between left and right. Anarchists and little-Englanders alike will portray such documentation as means to the end of bar...

  • Letter: The remedy is a lottery strike
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, PHIL BLOOMFIELD Witney, Oxfordshire 27 April

  • Letter: The remedy is a lottery strike
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, F. G. HOLDMAN Much Birch, Herefordshire 27 April

  • Letter: Diversity and bias at Channel 5
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    Stephen Dorrell, the Heritage Secretary, should establish the rules of the game before selling Channel 5. If a Parliament stuffed with lawyers can't legislate on cross-media ownership after five years, then what can they do? Perhaps they should look ...

  • Letter: The remedy is a lottery strike
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    This startling redistribution of wealth from ordinary working people to leading Conservatives is not what most folk expected to happen to money from the lottery. This is naive. Redistribution from the mug to the powerful is precisely the object of ga...

  • Letter: The remedy is a lottery strike
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    I rather suspect that if my suggestion had been implemented from the outset there would not have been enough money nominated to the heritage fund to allow the purchase of either the Churchill papers or Mar Lodge (report, 27 April). Yours faithfully, ...

  • Letter: The apple of a Frenchman's eye
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    In one of the big street markets, I discovered an apple stall from which an orchard owner sold his own produce. I recognised only one of the varieties on sale. They were Coxes and they were the cheapest. I asked the stallholder why the best apple on ...

  • Letter: The remedy is a lottery strike
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    Might the Independent promote a lottery strike - just for this week - to test the nation's views, showing those responsible for distributing proceeds, that there are many more worthy recipients? These would include those who fought in World War II un...

  • Letter: Marriage proposal
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    Yours etc, SHIRLEY COULSON Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 26 April

  • Letter: Warning about artificial hips
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    Total hip replacement is a successful operation but there are significant complications. Six people in 1,000 will die as a direct result of the surgery, while over one in 100 will have complications in terms of infection or nerve damage which will tu...

  • Letter: Diversity and bias at Channel 5
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    For instance, it could be argued that any plans - whether those of Sky, Pearson or Virgin - which offer local city or regional elements within the framework of a national channel would better meet the diversity requirement than a simple unified natio...

  • Letter: Nuclear ban: report from New York
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    A fragile unity has been bought at some cost. Concessions, reluctantly offered in the weeks prior to the conference and hedged with qualifications, do not stand up to scrutiny. Assurances have been given that nuclear weapons will not be used against ...

  • They also served
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    War requires a huge support structure: the Emergency Powers Acts of May 1940 obliged many factory workers to work 12-hour shifts seven days a week. In his "never has so much" speech, Churchill announced that "the front line runs through the factories...

  • Leading Article: ... or, eight legs and a funeral
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    As revealed in yesterday's paper, you need only look at the webs that spiders spin when drugged to realise that they get stoned on marijuana, dozy on sleeping pills and wired on speed. Nothing very surprising in this. But the results for caffeine wil...

  • Letter: Equal rights in the forces
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    No party must shirk from enacting the appropriate law, which would send an unequivocal message to the British people of tolerance, of a belief in equal citizenship and opposition to prejudice and bigotry. Yours sincerely, CAROLE TONGUE, MEP; MEL READ...

  • Leading Article: Marriage reform la mode
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    Lord Mackay has recognised an important truth - that the state has limited ability and little right to intervene in the personal relationships of private individuals. It certainly has no place in asserting the moral superiority of a particular way of...

  • Letter: Honest doubts about the meaning of life
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    David Jones and Pita Enriquez Harris (letter, 24 April) indicate that many of those who assist in the formulation of Roman Catholic teaching are physicians and embryologists. There are, however, conflicting views and dissenting Roman Catholic experts...

  • A very Churchillian gesture
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    Ah, but that is not, as tradition has it, how things work in this country. Papers accumulated by prime ministers during their terms of office have always become the property of the individuals in retirement. The muniments rooms of 18th- and 19th-cent...

  • Scratch here for a winning Winston
    Friday, 28 April 1995

    I may have said in the past that the National Lottery was a cruel way of separating those who know no better from their money. I may have pointed out that only those who have been through the British state system of education and thus have no groundi...

  • LETTER:Oklahoma: anti-heroes and racist reporting
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    Indeed, McVeigh and the Michigan Militia view the Clinton regime as "the enemy within" - seeing a centralised government taking away individual liberty and rights. Why should the Oklahoma bombing be seen as more "outrageous" than Desert Storm? We mus...

  • LETTER:In praise of 'Four Weddings'
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    Certainly, if he can't remember the film's principal characters, he is ill-qualified to lecture the rest of us on its shortcomings, whatever they may be. Nor can he tell us what is worth laughing at when he doesn't even seem to understand how humour ...

  • LETTER:Turks should admit Armenian massacres
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    About the Armenian massacres there are three points of controversy: (a) Was the operation of the Ottoman army militarily necessary? (b) How many Armenians died? (c) Was there really intent on the part of the Ottoman government, ie was genocide commit...

  • LETTER:Thatcher's garter
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    In fact, this century there have been 10 prime ministers honoured with the Garter. To your list may be added Balfour (1922), Asquith (1925) and Baldwin (1937, receiving the honour on the day of his resignation). Lord Home, of course, holds the Order ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:A nation ill at ease with itself
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    This is the picture, uncertain in detail but clear enough in outline, that emerges from a report published yesterday by the King's Fund, an independent health policy think-tank. Our reaction should not be passive or fatalistic. We may have become mor...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Winners don't buy tickets
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    Then there was the Conservative MP whose grandfather was a famous prime minister and war leader. Yesterday, he emerged as a principal beneficiary of the £12m of lottery money that is to be paid for his eminent ancestor's papers. Winston Churchill jun...

  • LETTER:Oklahoma: anti-heroes and racist reporting
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    The suggestion that Iranian embassies are involved in such unsavoury activities is highly defamatory and offensive. On a larger scale, you will agree that such fabrications create hatred and suspicion against Muslims and are most unhelpful in the eff...

  • LETTER:In praise of 'Four Weddings'
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    The only genuine emotion appears in the funeral oration; otherwise relationships are banal and degrading. The institution of marriage is ridiculed and the hero and heroine after leading what can only be described as promiscuous lives decide against i...

  • LETTER:Signs of spring
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    The signs were unmistakable. Where posters have long urged the weary, but wary commuter to ceaseless vigilance for unattended luggage on Guildford station, there now appear a new set of left luggage lockers on the platform. How long will it be before...

  • LETTER:The sound of sinister laughter
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    As a once semi-professional musician, working on cabaret bills at weekends for a number of years, I have lost count of the number of racist, sexist and generally objectionable comedians who have bored me and my fellow- musicians to death. With few ex...

  • LETTER:Voting flaw in France
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    Votes are cast by the voters selecting a number of voting slips, each printed with a candidate's name, from a table in full view of the public. The voter then enters a booth and places one of these slips in an envelope, which is then put into a ballo...

  • Never mind the Social Chapter, feel the buckshot
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    It was also, to be fair, entirely in character, because Sharpe's appeal is based on his stern repudiation of airs and graces. He's blunt is Sharpe. The other officers appear to believe that the war is a rather bloody game of British Bulldog, a jolly ...

  • 'Dogged does it' is the Tories' only hope
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    Panic has already become pass. However bad the May elections, the game has moved on. It is not that Major is revealed as a titan. His admirers, struggling manfully against the anti-Major consensus, tend to overdo it. He is not so good. But he is not ...

  • If less is more, free is free
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    They cannot both be right. But they may both be wrong. I think they are both wrong. There is a third school of thought, at which I appear to be the only paid-up pupil, not to mention the entire teaching staff - a third school of thought that sees it ...

  • Lucky to live in the eternal city
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    So cities, viewed rationally, are a success story, for they are passing the market test: people are moving to them. Yet whenever people talk about them, they focus on their problems: the loss of jobs, crime levels, pollution, breakdown of communities...

  • Should nuclear safety be sold?
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    If it goes ahead, privatisation could raise between £2bn and £3bn for a tax-cutting budget before the next election. An army of highly paid accountants and financiers will make a killing sorting out the formidable details of the sale, but it could ye...

  • Starting afresh on divorce; ANOTHER VIEW
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    During that time the spouses will have a chance to consider counselling or mediation, and arrangements for the care of any children and distribution of property will be settled. The welfare of children is of paramount importance because research has ...

  • LETTER:Oklahoma:anti-heros and racist reporting
    Thursday, 27 April 1995

    Sir: On hearing the news of the tragic bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma city, many western media pundits put their accusing fingers on the "Muslim fundamentalists". In the few days that elapsed before the arrest of the main culprits, Musli...

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