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Wednesday, 5 April 1995

  • Letter: BBC injunction fails audience
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    During the US presidential elections of the 1960s, extensive audience research was carried out to discover how much impact political party broadcasts had upon the electorate's decision in choosing a new president. The findings concluded that no matte...

  • Letter: Crime and punishment in the State of Georgia
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    Mr Ingram stands convicted by due process of law of an appalling crime, but reading the newspaper reports about the case over the last few days, it is clear that doubts about the evidence for his conviction remain. And surely, in a civilised world, w...

  • Letter: Crime and punishment in the State of Georgia
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    Georgia is unusual in that such a prerogative rests with the state's board of appeals. Yours sincerely, TERRY PHILPOT Oxted, Surrey

  • Letter: A.J.P. Taylor - still making history
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    The Taylor tradition sees the past as a field of human action constructed out of individual and collective choices in particular circumstances. It emphasises the freedom of individuals to act, the importance of reconstructing the past from the point ...

  • Spacious, desirable and still empty
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    Peer through one of its 3,000 windows and the scene is one of dust and decay. Deep holes, long abandoned, have been dug through the floors of those of its 1,200 rooms that are visible from the riverside. Its 12 miles of corridor serve no purpose othe...

  • Letter: BBC injunction fails audience
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    Not only the BBC, but every other TV and radio channel, could have defended future breaches of the impartiality guidelines by reference to this case. A watershed event was prevented at, admittedly, great risk. Yours sincerely, J. D. PERTWEE Canterbur...

  • Well, it's about this writer
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    By a pleasing coincidence I came across the same line of thought on the very same day in a book of selected Prejudices by the late great H L Mencken. "The worst of it is that an author must always suffer alone. If authors could work in large, well-ve...

  • Letter: Discounted books will push up prices
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    The vast majority of UK booksellers do not believe that discounting will result in a sufficient number of additional copies being sold to compensate for lower profits on discounted titles. Selective price cutting would inevitably lead to compensatory...

  • Letter: Celtic Cornishmen
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    For grizzled Anglo-Saxon frontiersmen, I suggest you try looking in Plymouth. Regards, CHRIS CARTER Birmingham

  • Letter: A. J. P. Taylor - still making history
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    First, the implication that historians should have a good political agenda (in this case, to "assuage traditional English mistrust of all things German") is a dangerous one. Recent political pressure on British historians to foster the sense of natio...

  • Letter: `Midweek' break
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    The truth is that I have asked if I can give up the last six Midweeks of this series, by way of a sabbatical to make up for having spent six months of last year working on through a severe arm injury. Dull, but true. Yours faithfully, LIBBY PURVES Lo...

  • Leading Article: Time to lead, Mrs Bottomley
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    Virginia Bottomley knows that no news is good news. That was the message last November in a leaked memo by John Maples, the Tory party deputy chairman. The Tories, he warned, could not win on health, so it was best to keep quiet on the subject. Since...

  • Another View: The right epitaph for Bart's
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    That said, the basic policy is both sensible and worthwhile. The issue of dispersed specialities and the inheritance of an arguable excess of hospitals (and a compensating shortfall in primary health care) are problems worth tackling, and Mrs Bottoml...

  • Letter: Suspended MPs got off lightly
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    Surely, the people who govern this country should be beyond reproach. I'm therefore disgusted that the MPs David Tredinnick and Graham Riddick should get off with such an easy punishment. It seems we must now accept that the Conservative idea of hone...

  • Leading Article: Everyone march, two, three, four
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    It is true that there are rather a lot of ranks at the moment. Each of the services contains 12 for officers and seven for non-officers. So it is suggested that a number of amalgamations take place to reduce these to eight and four respectively. Admi...

  • And shall our children inherit the deficit?
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    The size of the US national debt, or rather, the way it has been soaring in recent years, is the subject of hot political debate this week, as we hit the final days of Newt Gingrich's 100-day "Contract with America". This was the programme on which t...

  • Letter: Crime and punishment in the State of Georgia
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    Mr Ingram has had a full and fair trial in the eyes of a country that prides itself on its judicial system's fairness, and at the end of it, a jury unanimously decided that he was indeed guilty of murder. For the British government to intervene would...

  • Letter: Justice now for Rwanda
    Thursday, 6 April 1995

    Four weeks ago, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 978. Recalling the 1949 Genocide Convention, and Resolution 955 of November 1994, which set up the International Tribunal for Rwanda, this new resolution called on all states to arrest and det...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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