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Tuesday, 4 April 1995

  • Third World problems caused by greed, not the Catholic church
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    When money superseded cowry shells, it had the clear meaning of a token of exchange that denoted a claim on goods or productive capacities. Its use to get more money "without labour, cost or risk" (Pope Leo X, 1515) blurred its meaning, and put human...

  • Let the PM be heard
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    I would like to make the following points: I live in the North- east of England - not Scotland - but our television transmissions also cover parts of Scotland, so some Scottish people might see the interview should it be transmitted in the North-east...

  • Letter: Some of us must cope with stress alone
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    I witnessed the aftermath of my husband's death. He was killed in December 1992 when a Libyan war plane collided mid-air with the the civilian plane he was in. I can't turn around and say I can't cope, because I was left with two young children to br...

  • Third World problems caused by greed, not the Catholic church
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, LEONARD MARSH Chaplain, City University London, EC1

  • Let the PM be heard
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    "Back to basics" honesty seems to have been left off this particular curriculum. Yours faithfully, STEVE BRADLEY Chair, Swansea Association of University Teachers Swansea 4 April

  • Let the PM be heard
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, MICK HUME London, WC1 4 April

  • A victory for the thin-skinned
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    It was hardly as if this was a piece of brilliant political propaganda. The BBC, perhaps trying to cover its back, introduced the interview with a series of cruel pictures of Major looking glum, and footage that implied: here's a pretty dreary fellow...

  • Letter: Some of us must cope with stress alone
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    In the years since then, I have had many "traumatic" experiences but a supportive, loyal family has always been the answer and still is. Yours sincerely, J. RATCLIFFE Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire 1 April

  • Leading Article: Keeping the BBC from timidity
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    Now the courts have been brought in and the equation has changed. Yesterday Scotland's Court of Session refused the BBC leave to appeal directly to the House of Lords against a ruling that a Panorama interview with the Prime Minister could not be bro...

  • Letter: University students should live at home
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    If we wish as a society to see more students enjoying the privileges and benefits of higher education, we must recognise that this involves a price. It seems, not unreasonably, that the taxpayer is not prepared to pay this price, or has other priorit...

  • Letter: Bright clothes maketh the man
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    As someone who enjoys wearing striking clothing in bright colours, I resent the implication that the main function of the human male is to provide a bland backdrop against which the female of the species can exhibit her exotic plumage. The excuse tha...

  • Third World problems caused by greed, not the Catholic church
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    Far from suggesting that "humanity should passively accept what life throws at us and that we should shun the scientific developments that enables us to shape our destiny", the church advises that there are moral limits to what we can do in alleviati...

  • Letter: Off the Civil List
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, JENNIFER MILLER London, SW15

  • Proposition: Tow away the old visionaries
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    If ever a car was largely the work of one man, that car was the Mini and the man was Sir Alec Issigonis. When it was launched in 1959 the diminutive yet spacious, chic and radical Mini was like no other car; it was a brutally functional little runaro...

  • Sweet music to Sir Tallis's ear
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    After Newton's Apple (Story so far. Young scientist Toby Farthing is nervously walking up and down the college lawn with old Professor Sir Tallis Farlow, trying to ask him an important question. Sir Tallis, who looks as if he is trying to work out a ...

  • Letter: Late windbags
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    It might have been more profitable for the Late Show to collaborate with the Book Council to create a better award process and a better programme. As it is, they did untold damage to the cause of widening the audience for literature. Did the TV contr...

  • Another View: Under the lash of the whips
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    Those who know me are well aware that the truth is otherwise. We had gone to Turkey and Iraq at short notice last week to monitor operations against the Kurds. It is not for me to criticise the actions of a colleague who was literally under fire in a...

  • Letter: Death of the soul
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    The film, shown at prime viewing time, could hardly fail to have had a powerful impact upon any viewer with a conscience or the least compassion; yet, so far as has been manifested in or by the newspapers, not the tiniest reaction has been forthcomin...

  • Letter: Moscow diary
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    The facts are that, on 17 and 18 March, I had meetings in Ashgabat with the president, with four deputy prime ministers (one of whom is also foreign minister) and with the minister of agriculture. Other members of my party had meetings in parallel at...

  • Let the PM be heard
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, STEWART RUSSELL London, SE10 4 April

  • Coming to terms with magic
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    But, like AJP Taylor, Schama has his influential critics, especially among those who resent his star status. As one admiring historian said to me, he has "an extraordinary capacity to rile mediocrities". And he does not, yet, have household name auth...

  • Leading Article: Something fishy in Parliament
    Wednesday, 5 April 1995

    We have waited a long time for some action. We first heard about this scandal last July. Since then the IRA has ceased fire, Japan has lost a city and Prince Charles has admitted on television to committing adultery. In all that time, the two politic...

  • Letter: Results of traumatic stress
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    Never mind treating him for post-traumatic stress. He learnt and went on to complete nearly 40 years as an airline captain without killing a passenger. As they say, "there are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old bold pilots". Yours sincerely, ANNE...

  • Letter: Death watch
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    a violent or unnatural death, a sudden death of which the cause is unknown or died in prison ... and also to hold that inquest in front of a jury if the death occurred "in prison or in police custody". While it is correct that, under current law, a j...

  • Hanley's trap could be fatal for the Tories
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    These would be over three years, straddling the next election, and would involve "binding our own government to a course of action". This, suggested the egregious Hanley, would constitute "a trap''. Damn right it would. But this would be a trap with ...

  • Letter: The best, and the worst, of science
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    Scientists are like flippant and irresponsible parents who would send their five-year-old child out to play with a loaded machine-gun. Science is at the nadir, as well as the pinnacle, of the 20th century. Yours faithfully, EDWARD TURNBULL Gosforth, ...

  • Leading Article: Better to bank on redundancy
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    Yet these fears are being overstated. The blight that closed so many pits is not being visited upon those whose fingers can count notes as efficiently as shipyard workers once knocked in rivets. True, it will be disruptive for many branch officials t...

  • Letter: EU gives a lead at Berlin climate conference
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    The Berlin meeting must take us out of the sour mood of today's global environmental policy. A lot of fancy words are being said, but that is not enough. While we are talking the global climate is changing. Climate chance is hard to grasp. On the one...

  • Newt 'n' John cannot sing in tune
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    "Major asks Gingrich for tips on winning," claims one British newspaper. Gingrich, who stormed his Republican troops to victory in last November's American mid-term elections, will now apparently slip the Prime Minister some tips on how the trick mig...

  • Letter: Results of traumatic stress
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), when properly applied, is an important clinical diagnosis. Many people exposed to major stressful events do recover completely but, equally, many do not. PTSD affects normal people; no other "contributing" facto...

  • Letter: US states are a law unto themselves
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    Bill Clinton may well want to write polite letters to Anne Campell, MP, and Mr McDowall. But he has no authority over the prospective execution of Nick Ingram. The Georgia state courts, and, now, the governor of Georgia, in his ability to grant execu...

  • Letter: Stealing a bad man's good name
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    Who steals my purse steals trash ... But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed Mr Pappenheim wrongly attributes these lines to the Moor himself when, in fact, they are spoken by Iago. It ...

  • A second bite at Sir Isaac's apple
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    After Newton's Apple "Sir, could I have a word with you?" There were two men on the college lawn. They were both scientists. The elder one was grey with bowed shoulders. He was called Professor Sir Tallis Farlow. He had money worries. That was why he...

  • Letter: Moral justifications for the arms trade
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    Mr Bailey contends that any moral justification for the trade as it stands comes from a country being able to defend itself: "so its people are safe and can use their democratic freedoms and enjoy economic growth". Is it not the case that a large par...

  • Another View: Balanced in the extreme
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    For Labour's Scottish Affairs spokesman, George Robertson, to have kept a straight face, as he complained in a witness box that John Major's 40- minute earnest guide to world trouble spots gave the Tories an advantage in Thursday's Scottish local ele...

  • Leading Article: Cuddling the Russian bear
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    This is tough talking. The treaty, implemented in 1992, has led to the destruction of thousands of heavy armoured vehicles, aircraft and helicopters. Signed by members of Nato and the former Warsaw Pact, it has helped European security immeasurably, ...

  • Letter: Hospital is home
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    Forty five years ago, I undertook locum duties at Meanwood Park Hospital which was then the largest hospital for the mentally handicapped in Yorkshire, and spent most of my working life there. In 1957, one of my five children was found to be profound...

  • Letter: Lottery threatens everyday funding
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    It is the raising of such continuously required working funds for charities that is being prejudiced by the lottery. Yours faithfully, TONY LEE London, SW13 31 March

  • Letter: Farmers' early crop of problems
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    The first is the much-publicised over-production of milk. Vigorous grass growth has resulted in many dairy farmers achieving their annual quotas with several weeks left to the year end. This had caused a shortage in the cheese manufacturing industry ...

  • Disputation: An imp, but not a great historian
    Tuesday, 4 April 1995

    According to Rowse, Taylor was "wanting in integrity" and had "no judgement". "There should have been more people to tell him to stop talking (and writing) nonsense." Rowse's feeble remarks have enabled Taylor's admirers yet again to spring into acti...

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