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Friday, 28 April 1995

  • Letter: 'Tower block ghettoes': a coherent housing policy is the only answer
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    Preliminary results from our research in Sheffield show that refurbishment with high levels of insulation and efficient heating systems has eradicated fuel poverty - even among the poorest residents - and lifted many above a "basic essentials" povert...

  • Letter: Rightful heirs to Churchill's papers
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    It is astonishing that the Churchill family claims ownership of such documents, written by an employee of the state, however eminent, and even more remarkable that the Government should condone their purchase from the contributions of so many pension...

  • Letter: 'Tower block ghettoes': a coherent housing policy is the only answer
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    The Prime Minister could do no better than to remember the words of his Government's own environmental strategy, that "sustainable development within urban areas is closely bound up with the quality of urban life". In a country where we are urbanisin...

  • It's the people's lottery, so let the people pick the winners
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    But are they the right people doing the right job? When the Churchill row broke this week it became clear there was a real credibility gap between popular conceptions of what the Lottery money was going to fund and what the establishment was doing. T...

  • Leading Article: Pensions: a parable of our times
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    This week collective anxiety rose another few notches as it became yet more apparent that both the public and private sectors are all too likely to let us down when we need them most. Take the state sector first. After the Second World War, successiv...

  • Fortune smiles - in Moosejaw
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    "Hurry hurry hurry while stocks last! Mountain Mac's hot cakes are moving as fast as The Big One, The Black One, The Fat One and The Other One!" This, you may remember, was a collection of my Independent pieces, published in 1992 by Michael O'Mara Bo...

  • War that set off an Asian earthquake
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    There is one simple reason for this: 1989. This was the year of the end of Eastern Europe, the conclusion of the Cold War and the effective collapse of Communism. It was the year that brought the 20th century to a premature close. The Vietnam war was...

  • Letter: Abattoirs already faced the chop
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    There is a view in the industry that British slaughterhouse closures are not due to Government regulation. The Meat and Livestock Commission has published a report demonstrating that the number of slaughterhouses has been falling for over 20 years du...

  • Letter: Royal palace rents are fair
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    It is impracticable for employees in the Royal Household to be charged market rents. Their salaries are paid from the public purse at public sector rates and would have to be raised to take account of the rent increase. Staff are employed on merit, a...

  • Letter: Debunking a Hollywood myth
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    In a photograph often reproduced in books about the Gershwin brothers, George and Ira are to be seen on the set of the Astaire and Rogers film Shall We Dance (1937) with Fred and Ginger, in whose left hand a cigarette can clearly be seen. Another Hol...

  • Letter: Rightful heirs to Churchill's papers
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    I rarely attend football matches and never go to the opera, but I do not begrudge those institutions their lottery grants. I am appalled that, just as common-sense politics seemed finally to be taking root, Labour and Liberal reaction has been so phi...

  • Letter: 'Tower block ghettoes': a coherent housing policy is the only answer
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    The reality is that we have had 29 government inner-city schemes in the past 16 years, but all have resulted in an inner-city strategy that is neither coherent or constructive. Mr Major has forgotten that, only a few months ago, this Government's own...

  • And so farewell, monstrous icon, 1918-1995
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    By the time the train got to Victoria I had decided that despair was not enough. I had better do something, write something to avoid this fate again. I read all the scores of analyses on Major's victory. As I did, an encounter in the Tory marginal of...

  • Letter: Just isn't rugby
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    Perhaps Tony Blair's affinity for Labour's traditional roots is as tenuous as some cynics suggest. Yours faithfully, JOHN NEASHAM Bradford, West Yorkshire

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    Insecurity at work is now epidemic. Too many people feel that each pay cheque might be their last - Harriet Harman, shadow employment secretary. I would like to challenge Mike Tyson - that is how I feel - Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa, 76...

  • Letter: 'Tower block ghettoes': a coherent housing policy is the only answer
    Saturday, 29 April 1995

    Much has been made of so-called problem council estates, but now housing associations are being forced by current government policy into a similar situation. Cuts in subsidy mean increased reliance on private investment, the cost of which is passed o...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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