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Monday, 1 May 1995

  • Physician heal thyself POLEMIC
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    The world's biggest killer lurks somewhere near the bottom of the list of the International Classification of Diseases. It is called extreme poverty, and more than one-fifth of the 5.6 billion people on the planet are suffering from it. Sounds famili...

  • LETTER: Economic decline of post-war Britain: myths and realities
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: Corelli Barnett is right, of course, to emphasise the post-war complacency of the British but it is sad that he should seem to lend the brilliance of his scholarship to a national malaise at least as harmful - endless self-denigration. One would...

  • Let the people spend the cash :LEADER
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    This is the message of the opinion poll whose results are published today. A game that would, according to John Major, improve life "for millions of people, irrespective of income and without taxation" has achieved little beyond liberating a popular ...

  • Long live our beloved May Day
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    As Francis Wheen brilliantly showed in one of the Sunday papers, the hatred of the maypole and all its phallic symbolism was much more a Roundhead delusion. But at least they knew what they were doing, or thought they did, which is more than can be s...

  • LETTER: Faith and the environment
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: Richard D. North (Faith and Reason, 29 April) wrongly suggests that the Bible or, for that matter, any ancient scriptural text of any religious tradition cannot serve as a modern "management manual" for the environment problems of our planet Ear...

  • Still less equal than others: LEADER
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    The new draft Code of Practice published yesterday by the Equal Opportunities Commission is unlikely to make much impact, either. At least, the Government hopes not. The EOC lobbied unsuccessfully for a tough new streamlined law: it takes 16 procedur...

  • LETTER: Essex police in line with Mill
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: In your leading article "When the State fights back" (25 April), you quote with approval the statement of John Stuart Mill that the only rightful exercise of power "over any member of a civilised community against his will, is to prevent harm to...

  • LETTER: Lloyd's a victim of US judicial system
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: We learn from your paper this week of the fifth successive year of heavy losses totalling some £8bn that is bringing Lloyd's of London to its knees ("Lloyd's denies collapse is imminent", 25 April). Yesterday you reported ("Lloyd's bosses summon...

  • LETTER: Bum steer
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: More than a simple hobo's song, Halleluja, I'm a Bum, title of Brian Behan's new play (Diary, 27 April), has in it a summary of Marx's theory of value even more concise than the old Clause IV. It says: Whenever I get all the money I earn The bos...

  • LETTER: Not free to choose
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: How many weary London commuters would dispute Duff Hart-Davis's view of the city? (Go to hell? You live in it", 25 April). But we can't all be writers and farmers. Some of us have to earn our living in the filthy place. Most of us have had to se...

  • Were we singing with the enemy?
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    He may well be right. As a foreigner, though, one should not really pass judgment on other people's anthems. I don't know "The Star-Spangled Banner" that well, but I don't think I would actually like to stand for it, fight for it or let a lump come i...

  • The guns are waiting for Sir Richard
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    These are critical days for the Scott Inquiry into the arms-to- Iraq affair, which has the potential to cause the biggest detonation in Whitehall for a generation. The inquiry is running late, is already being privately attacked as unfair by politici...

  • LETTER: Wasted water
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: The crux of Elizabeth Nash's article "A terrible thirst in Torremolinos" (26 April) is her statement that 80 per cent of Spain's water is used in agriculture. There is no more wasteful use of water than that. We are plagued with surpluses of mos...

  • Where's the beef, Mr Brown?
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    You go to your local car showroom. The dealer only stocks one brand, and her agreement with the manufacturer means that you would have to travel out of the area to find a competitor selling the same make. You want to set up a franchise for the same b...

  • LETTER: Suspect reporting
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: In your report concerning the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (25 April), you state that Dusan Tadic, who was transferred from Germany to The Hague, is "the only suspect in custody". In fact, he is the only person so ...

  • LETTER: Happily ever after ...
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: As the commissioning editor at Channel 4 responsible for the part- funding of Four Weddings and a Funeral, may I be allowed to refute the suggestion in Paul Caira's otherwise excellent letter (27 April) that the ending of the film was changed to...

  • LETTER: Economic decline of post-war Britain: myths and realities
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: Corelli Barnett ("How Blighty turned victory into defeat", 27 April) perpetuates some hoary old myths about the British economy in the late 1940s. First, he talks about the "complacency" of Britain about her industrial position, completely ignor...

  • LETTER: Economic decline of post-war Britain: myths and realities
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: The extract from Corelli Barnett's new book gives, in my opinion, a distorted view of the cause of Britain's post-war industrial decline. My work, during the 15 years immediately after the Second World War, took me into several shipyards and hea...

  • LETTER : Damaging remarks are far from true
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: John Watson, who watched our arrival at the Wisley Airfield with "disgust" (letter, 26 April) appears to have viewed our land rights encampment through somewhat discoloured spectacles. We have not, as he asserts, torn down branches of trees and ...

  • LETTER : Children's welfare should be a priority in reform of divorce law
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: In her stimulating and thought-provoking look at divorce ("Till death, dispute or boredom do us part, 28 April), Polly Toynbee claims that Lord Mackay's White Paper "marks the final failure of the Gummers, the Archbishops, the Chief Rabbis and o...

  • LETTER : To coin a phrase
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: The new European currency should be called the Humpty, because whoever thinks that they can make Europe's economies converge is heading for a fall. Yours faithfully, DAVID E. FLAVELL Peterlee, County Durham 26 April

  • LETTER : Needed: a new New Labour
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: The destruction of Clause IV is an attempt to change the fundamental character of the British Labour Party and accept the situation in which ownership of private capital confers overwhelming economic, social and therefore political power. New La...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Neither beer nor bromides
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Almost everybody else knows that Mr Blair is proving to be a formidable and attractive politician. Far from being "unprincipled", he is clearly a man who harbours strong views and is prepared to fight for them. His handling of the Clause IV battle ha...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties; No.14: anniversaryism
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Also, a date generally forgotten by husbands. Anniversaries, recent: Yesterday, 30 April, was the 20th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the 50th of Hitler's suicide, the 50th of the Russians entering Berlin, and the 1,684th of the issuing of an edi...

  • Frogmarched into manhood
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    So each war fades into history, leaving us with war memorials, poppies and remembrance services, "lest we forget". Societies treat their wars as finite episodes, and do not trace the lines of continuity that must have linked the men who marched away ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The mystery of Auntie's savings
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Under long-term competitive threat, which it knew would push up costs while driving down revenues, the BBC has been cost-cutting for seven years. In fact, so successful was its efficiency drive that last year a fund was set up to distribute the fruit...

  • But what's the score behind the door? inning is only the first step
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    If Blair makes it, there will be many such days ahead. To govern, in our times, is to struggle to hold your course on a turbulent sea of sudden economic events, under constant criticism from the public and press, and with fewer effective powers than ...

  • It has taken a gamble to restore our heritage
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    So one reads in the Financial Times, for instance, that "the lodge and its grounds will be developed partly for commercial deer-stalking. Deer will have to be culled. The two decisions [ie, the purchase of Mar Lodge and the Churchill papers] suggest ...

  • LETTER : The art of telling a good racial joke
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: As a Mancunian, I can tell you that Bernard Manning is doing no more than many other comedians ("Bernard Manning: racist, sexist and offensive ... don't you just love him?", 28 April) - "Big Yin" for instance - in promoting the street humour of ...

  • LETTER : Children's welfare shopuld be a priority in reform of divorce law
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: The uncritical welcome given to the Lord Chancellor's proposals for divorce law reform by your front-page article "Panel will control right to divorce" (26 April) is a cause for concern. The hopes and wishes expressed by these proposals regardin...

  • LETTER : Nation owes the Churchill family
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: It is outrageous that £13m of Lottery money has gone to a trust whose beneficiaries exclude females. Does this then mean that organisations that discriminate against gender or race are eligible for Lottery money? This Churchill case seems to hav...

  • No news that's fit to print
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Simply read the following news stories which or may not have occurred in the past few days and decide which ones you think are true and which ones are false. OK? Are you ready? Let's go. 1. After it became apparent that the Oklahoma car bomb atrocity...

  • LETTER : Children's welfare should be a priority in reform of divorce law
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: If the Lord Chancellor's proposals for divorce law reform ("Panel will control right to divorce", 26 April) are motivated primarily by a strong wish to put children first, then they are to be welcomed. However, the Government's related concern t...

  • LETTER : The art of telling a good racial joke
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: If the Attorney General declines to prosecute Bernard Manning and the organisers of the Greater Manchester Police function featured on World In Action for incitement to racial hatred ("Action ruled out over Manning's racist cabaret", 25 April), ...

  • LETTER : Nation owes the Churchill family
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: I have a letter that was written to me by Lady Churchill in 1943, thanking me and the children in my street for the sum of £2.10s.0d which we had raised in aid of her Russian fund. It is handwritten and signed by Lady Churchill herself. As the H...

  • LETTER : Nation owes the Churchill family
    Monday, 1 May 1995

    Sir: Your correspondents (Letters, 28 April) are quite wrong, and so are all others who claim that Sir Winston Churchill's papers should somehow be delivered free to the nation. They belong to his heirs. I recall clearly, some decades ago, an acute s...

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