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Wednesday, 10 May 1995

  • LEADING ARTICLE : After the vote - the debate
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    It is natural for Labour, a party that still identifies itself with the creation of the welfare state, to treat the NHS more as a monument to be preserved than a service to be modernised. Labour says it wants a "moratorium" on closures, and to "slow ...

  • LETTER : Serious money for Channel 5 licence
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: As a member of a group which has bid £36m for the Channel 5 licence, I was naturally interested to learn from Rhys Williams ("Identical bids for C5 provoke disbelief", 4 May) that, according to Kleinwort Benson's media analyst, "the experience o...

  • LETTER : Gloom among rail bidders
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: Lord Kirkwood's rejection of "ghost" trains as a ploy to evade statutory line closure procedures ("Sleeper reprieve may slow privatisation", 10 May) is another blow to companies expecting formal invitations to tender for the first three franchis...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Spare the cash, spoil the parent
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Modern children do not expect to make sacrifices for the sake of the family. They are like the schnorrer (beggar) in the Jewish story, who regularly receives food and clothes from a respectable household. One day the woman of the house tearfully tell...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Hereditary peers have uses
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    That view of the Lords, although perhaps a little extreme, emphasises one of the greatest strengths of the upper chamber. It is seen as the legitimate part of Parliament, a legislative chamber that has survived for almost a thousand years. It has an ...

  • Celtic names to make you spit
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    It is not given to many people to be able to restore a local native pronunciation at the same time as they are warding off a banal misreading. We English tend to be pretty cackhanded and conservative about pronunciations, and generally take the easy ...

  • You can't bank on bluffness, Ken
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    You would not have gathered from his pugnacious, uncomplicated speech to the Scottish Tory conference yesterday that Clarke was facing such a test. It was full of the conventional stuff about the Tories and sound money. Yet by disagreeing with the Go...

  • LETTER : More projects for the millennium
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: I hope the European Union is also considering how to commemorate the millennium (Letters, 10 May). A bridge or tunnel linking Ireland to Britain, if technically feasible, would be a good way for the European Union to celebrate the millennium. Yo...

  • LETTER : Pro-Europeans are organising to fight back
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee claims that "anti-Europeans have effected a stranglehold on the media". Presumably, she does not read the Independent. Yours sincerely, JOHN TORODE London, NW3 10 May

  • Why go on meeting like this?
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    The images, with soldiers dressed in the uniforms worn when American and Soviet armies met on the River Elbe, were deliberately old-fashioned. But it is more than the clothes that were dated. The tandem, born in the alliance against Hitler and then f...

  • LETTER : Wherefore silence? It's all relative ...
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: Paul Vallely ("Silence. For two whole minutes. Can this man be serious?", 8 May) is right to emphasise the importance of silence in music as presaged by the groundbreaking innovation of John Cage, yet, erroneously, he states that devotees search...

  • LETTER : Browned off by skin cancer patrol
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: I was amazed by your report of skin cancer counsellors patrolling Welsh beaches (8 May) and persuading holidaymakers to protect themselves from the carcinogenic effects of sunlight. So now we cannot even in sit in the sun without suffering the u...

  • LETTER : Moscow farce ignores Chechnya's fate
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    and others Sir: Fifty foreign leaders, with many heads of state among them, have been in Moscow celebrating the victory over fascism. Out of consideration for these visitors, the Russian government has declared an interruption to hostilities during t...

  • LETTER : Still a reason to celebrate
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: Ruth Picardie, who lives in a free and democratic country and makes her living writing for an independent and uncensored newspaper, thinks that the 50th anniversary of the defeat of Nazism is irrelevant. What a very stupid thing to think. Yours ...

  • LETTER : Election result
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: The Tories must feel well satisfied for at last giving us the "feel good factor". Yours sincerely, JOHN PEMBERTON Hathersage, Derbyshire 6 May

  • Why go on meeting like this?
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    In a sense it should not be so. In terms of the global economy, far more hinges on America's ties with Japan, "the most important bilateral relationship in the world", as officials in Washington will intone with appropriate gravity. Yet US/Japanese s...

  • LETTER : Still a reason to celebrate
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: As a 33-year-old member of the white working class, as Ruth Picardie ("Time to put away national symbols that leave bad taste", 9 May) calls me, I celebrated VE Day with union flags and bunting on the walls of my terraced house. We had a party f...

  • LETTER : More projects for the millennium
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: I understand that there is a possibility of putting spires back on the three towers of Lincoln Minster with funding from the Millennium Fund. I have known the cathedral for a long time - looked at it close to, and from afar. Always, something se...

  • LETTER : Pro-Europeans are organising to fight back
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee is absolutely right when she writes that the pro-Europeans have let down the case for full British participation in Europe ("Who will come out fighting for Europe?", 10 May). It is true that most pro- Europeans, including the Europ...

  • LETTER : Pro-Europeans are organising to fight back
    Thursday, 11 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee makes some useful points. However, her sweeping indictment of the European side of the national debate left out some pretty fundamental points. Westminster was not even mentioned, yet it is badly informed backbenchers and anti-Euro...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Give health a chance
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Change in a large and complex international organisation can be painful and difficult. Since 1993 WHO has made far-reaching reforms to its programmes, management and policies in response to the needs of a rapidly changing world. Budgeting and operati...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Ermine in the gloaming
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    And what an anachronism it is; 1,200 members - consisting of 800 hereditary peers (of whom 30 or so are women), 26 bishops and archbishops, 33 Law Lords and some 400 appointed life peers, the vast majority of whom are Conservatives. How odd that so l...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Fast breeder realpolitik
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    The first concern on most people's minds will be safety. On that front at least ministers have not compromised. Yesterday events will not make another Chernobyl or Three Mile Island more likely. Since we are assured that the safety regime for the pri...

  • Who will come out fighting for Europe?
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    So the British pro-Europeans let another opportunity go. Hardly surprising. This past year has been a catalogue of cowardice, ineptitude, bungling and complacency on their part, while anti-Europeans have effected a stranglehold on the media, public o...

  • First the effect, then the cause
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    "Tonight's television analysis of the industry has already provoked a furious controversy over ..." "Reaction to tonight's attack on the ruling body of the sport has been swift and predictably bitter ..." "Legal circles are in an uproar after tonight...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Britain: a nation united by farts and fireworks. Yours etc, SIMON CORDER London, NW3 8 May

  • LETTER : Nuclear test for President Chirac
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: The election of Jacques Chirac as President of France today gives the green light to the resumption of French nuclear testing in the South Pacific. Mr Chirac gave de facto approval for a resumption of nuclear testing under his presidency in his ...

  • LETTER : Political odyssey back to the past
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Until they read "Big Daddy government is out of date" (8 May), your readers will have missed something that Financial Times readers like myself have enjoyed over recent years, namely journalist Michael Prowse's transformation from avid defender ...

  • LETTER : Poor snapshot of council performance
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: It was kind of David Walker to instruct people how to vote in the local elections ("Local politics: who gives an X?, 4 May). But it was unfortunate that the advice was based upon raw Audit Commission performance indicators, used even more crudel...

  • LETTER : Commemorating the millennium
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: David Lister (1 May) asks for ideas for the Millennium Commission. Mine is very simple. There should be plaques commemorating historical events at the spot where they occurred; the place where the Romans first crossed the Thames, where King Char...

  • A healthy idea in the long run
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Their stance has been the most overt attack yet on the post-war social compact - that people would pay contributions and taxes and in return receive health and national insurance benefits as of right, without a means test. The system has long been un...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Cyril Evans (Letters, 6 May) might like to know that the lad refused entry to the Forces canteen on Crewe station in 1942 is anticipating his 70th birthday next month. Later, Merchant Navy personnel were admitted to Forces canteens and my husban...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: The No 30 bus to Hackney screeched and jerked to a halt as a crackled garble roared from the driver's radio. The bell rang shrill, the doors hissed shut, and outside the boom-a-boom of car music behind us was punctuated by a horn or two and the ...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Large numbers of Quakers who might have read Paul Vallely's imaginative and wide-ranging article on silence (8 May) will have been surprised to read that the Quakers "made it the centre of their worship", and that "the power of Quaker silence wa...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: In reference to "Queen sounds note to start the big party" (7 May), I would like to express how upset I was to see the attitudes of "the young" summed up in the phrase: "I don't see what it's got to do with me", attributed (once again) to indiff...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Ruth Dudley Edwards (Diary, 8 May) takes issue with Gerry Adams for not celebrating VE Day, since he considers the great wars "to have been imperialist adventures". I take it from Ms Dudley Edwards' comments that she does not regard any aspect o...

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