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Friday, 7 April 1995

  • LETTER: No goodbyes for victims
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    From Ms Virginia Frank Sir: As an American who has been in this country only a few months, I am distressed and appalled at the coverage of the case of Nick Ingram. After reading an article designed expressly to arouse sympathy for a convicted crimina...

    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: As Chairman of West Surrey Health Commission, I write to stress how vital it is that changes to London's health services go ahead if our own local hospital and community services are to thrive. Demand among West Surrey residents for treatment in...

  • LETTER: The long-term generation game
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae ("And shall our children inherit the deficit?" 6 April) expresses the widely held view that a government deficit has to be "paid for" by future generations. This is surely a misconception. A government deficit will require a transfe...

  • What is life in the womb without mother?
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    The unborn child was 19 weeks old when its mother was terribly injured in a car crash and went into a coma. Persistent vegetative state has been diagnosed for her, but the child has continued to develop. It is now 25 weeks old and doctors intend to s...

    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: It is announced from Downing Street that Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley has the full backing of the Prime Minister. I give her until the end of the month. Yours sincerely, PAUL RICHARDS London, W6 7 April

  • When memory fails, try Wittgenstein
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    They blanch, frankly, just as my socially ambitious mother used to blanch when I discovered, at the age of three, that I could cause the world to make no sense to her by saying "pardon?" in front of the Duchess of Gloucester's sister, Lady Burghley. ...

    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: Gareth Stedman Jones's heavy-handed revaluation of AJP Taylor, while free of the personal bile of AL Rowse's recent attack, should not mislead your readers. Long ago Erich Maria Remarque presciently identified the seeds in mainstream Teutonic cu...

    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: In today's Independent the Secretary of State for Health is quoted ("Bottomley gets mauling over hospital cuts", 6 April) as saying that "to allow the services to fossilise is not going to address the real needs". Quite so. Why then the continue...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Fear and Lothian in Westminster
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    We have been here before, of course. After the Tory defeat in the Kincardine and Deeside by-election of 1991, some journalists got excited about the prospect of a complete Tory whitewash at the next national poll. When the Scottish Conservatives did ...

  • Flying by the seat of his pants
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    The background to the story is that Virgin sued British Airways for breach of copyright linked to a number of episodes in which BA staff illicitly read information on Virgin flights and passengers stored on a computerised reservation system. Only the...

  • LETTER: Action not words
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    From Mr Geoffrey Best Sir: I wonder how many besides myself are getting a bit tired of being told by Michael Dummett that we are moral slackers? Or, to use the expression in his letter of 5 April about BBC2's recent Yugoslavia feature, "dead of soul"...

  • LETTER: Dizzy's ear trumpet
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    From Mr Fritz Spiegl Sir: The Health and Safety Executive should insist on making compulsory Dizzy Gillespie's upward-pointing trumpet ("Dizzy trumpet bent by a falling dancer goes on sale", 6 April). There would be fewer orchestral players with ear ...

    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: Am I the only person to be sickened by the media treatment of the case of Nick Ingram? I see it as perfectly acceptable that the facts of the case and all the legal moves to stay execution should be reported. However, I can see no justification ...

  • Across those far blue hills a bell is tolling
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    MPs don't regard local elections as being quite real, either - Westminster has been too contemptuous of local government for too long to worry about what happens there in itself. But any elections, even these ones, hit home. The party of government i...

  • LETTER: A historian of the people
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    From Dr Brian Hill Sir: Gareth Stedman Jones (Disputation, 4 April) rightly defends the late AJP Taylor against an "intemperate and petty" attack, but he still refuses him the accolade of a great historian. It depends on what criteria are used. Mr St...

    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    I cannot believe that it is God's will that this young man's life should be ended by state execution - the Archbishop of Canterbury, asking Georgia to reprieve Nicholas Ingram At the last Canadian general election, the number of Conservatives in the ...

    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "Time to lead, Mrs Bottomley" (6 April) rightly points out that health services rationalisation in the capital has been talked about for a long time. For the sake of the millions who live, work and visit the city it is essen...

  • Letter: Students need to be away from home
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Sir: Professor Peter Watson's insensitive attitude to the financial situation of students is quite remarkable. Students deserve the right to attend the university they choose on the basis of their qualifications; finance should not determine which un...

  • Letter; Sleepers up for sale
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Sir: Peter Brown, of the London Friends of the West Highland Line, is possibly incorrect when he says in his letter (1 April) that sleeper rolling stock will probably be scrapped. To date, 10 surplus sleepers have been sold to Danish state railways a...

  • Letter: Why Germany built the "Oriana"
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Sir: On Thursday (6 April), the Queen will name the new liner, which has just arrived from her German builders, the Oriana. The new flagship of the UK merchant fleet, as she has been termed, has provided thousands of jobs in Germany and should earn h...

  • A sanction fit for murderers
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    The undercurrent of criticism has been that the ultimate sanction is indeed immoral, even if constitutional in the eyes of the US Supreme Court. Moreover, there seems to be a confidence that only a morally deficient country could contemplate putting ...

  • Leading Article: Still paying for the poll tax
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    According to a recent study, "the basic rate of income tax could have been about 4p in the pound lower in 1994-95 than it actually was (or VAT some 4 percentage points lower) if the community charge had never been introduced and abandoned". Set out i...

  • In the mood for optimism
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    He cannot really believe the stuff he spouts about the Tories storming back to a fifth victory, one thinks. It is just a front, surely, a rather admirable piece of effrontery in the face of looming political disaster. Good old Hezza. Ho, ho. And yet ...

  • Letter: Students need to be away from home
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Sir: It was interesting to read that "a zero rate of interest is charged" for the present student loans system ("Student loans system could be privatised", 3 April). Unfortunately, this only serves to propagate one of the myths about student life. Th...

  • We'd prefer the horse and no carriage
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    With one hand, the Government offered inducements for couples to tie the nuptial knot, while with the other, it cut one of the last fiscal incentives to reward them for doing so. For some, this will simply be another sign of a government that has los...

  • The minds of Middle England
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Where is Middle England? It is all around us. How shall we recognise it? If John Major can recognise it, it cannot be too difficult for us to recognise. How does John Major recognise it? By its hearts and minds. What is special about its hearts and m...

  • Letter: Stress can be a long-term trauma
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    and Mr John C. Wright Sir: Clinical experience and research do not bear out Professor Wade's assertion (Letters, 31 March) that "the natural tendency is for full recovery [of post traumatic stress disorder] in days or weeks ..." The reality for many ...

  • Leading Article:4,000 miles from Georgia
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    We oppose the death penalty. This stand is not taken because of the question of deterrence, although there is no evidence that the death penalty deters crime (so much so that proponents of state execution have abandoned it as an argument). The fact t...

  • Letter: Films that serve the public good
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Sir: The notion of "public good" being in opposition to commercial success, put forward in David Lister's article on lottery support for films (6 April), is incorrect. Indeed, many commercial films do serve the public good by virtue of their high art...

  • Letter: Bias and the BBC: the case for intervention
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Sir: The furore over the BBC has focused on several specific allegations of bias (Aitken, Panorama, Clause IV conference), but there are larger issues of principle at stake. In December 1993, I began a correspondence with the BBC that has revealed th...

  • Letter: MPs' ill-fated trip to Turkey
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Sir: The trip to southern Turkey and northern Iraq conducted by Ann Clwyd, Jim Cousins and myself, has been overshadowed by the internal politicking of the parliamentary Labour Party. A trip that provided a major boost to the minority, Social Democra...

  • Letter: Bias and the BBC: the case for intervention
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr contends (5 April) that the questions raised over the appropriateness of Panorama's interview with the Prime Minister were an attempt to "intimidate the Corporation". The Labour Party is proud of its stout defence of the BBC over the...

  • Letter: Students need to be away from home
    Friday, 7 April 1995

    Sir: Peter Watson raises the prospect of more university students being encouraged to live at home during the course of their degrees (Letters, 5 April). Yet surely one goes to university as much for a social education as its academic equivalent. Hal...

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