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Friday, 12 May 1995

  • Enough aplomb to embrace the B-list
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    "I'm up for that," I said. "Tell them all to be in MacMillans in the Fulham Road, in half an hour." That's how it is these days. Once, as I'd been explaining to Michelle, I was socially quite active - having the last dance at Claridge's with the Lord...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Judges and bankers to the rescue
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    This week, the judiciary rescued politicians from sleaze. Lord Nolan, a senior Law Lord, offered MPs and ministers a new code of conduct, imbued with all the esteem in which judges are still held. His contribution will soon be followed by that of ano...

  • LETTER:Socratic memo
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    These words were inscribed on Apollo's Temple at Delphi. They are not an invitation to introspection but a solemn reminder that we are mere mortals, not gods, and must remember our limitations. The other Delphic precept was, of course, "nothing in ex...

  • LETTER:One Nation: a true blue view
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    We have as urgent a responsibility as we ever did during the Eighties to reassert our values and reaffirm our heritage as the true Conservative one. Certainly we have all learnt the lessons of the Eighties, both strategic and political. We have only ...

  • LETTER:Killer bugs whose time has come
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    The parallel with the first recorded outbreak of Ebola virus is startling. Ebola emerged from its mysterious hiding place somewhere in the tropical jungles of Africa in 1976, when a schoolteacher attached to the Yambuku Mission Hospital, an ''upcount...

  • LETTER:Hidden benefits of being in the EU
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    It is time to acknowledge that the long peace enjoyed by member states of the European Union, invoked with such pride by John Major during the VE Day celebrations, might well not have existed had membership of the (original) EEC not provided its memb...

  • LETTER:Post-war investment rose, not fell
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    He says that British investment was "savagely cut" in 1949, yet he only has to consult Feinstein's standard work National Income, Expenditure and Output of the UK, Table 5 to see that investment rose continuously under the Attlee government, in total...

  • Taming of the Bogside hawk
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    For nearly a quarter of a century McGuinness has been regarded as personifying the leadership of the IRA: an implacable, relentless, ruthless, ingenious opponent of the British presence in Ireland; he is a man who will never, ever accept that that pr...

  • LETTER:MPs' misconduct: from kangaroo courts to the rule of law
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    Over 85 per cent of Cable & Wireless's profits (at that time over 90 per cent) are generated overseas and my suspicion is that I would have had to wait less, rather than more. Yours faithfully, YOUNG Executive Chairman Cable & Wireless London...

  • LETTER:Inflation and the 'feel-good factor'
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    There are no votes in pursuing the objective of sustained economic growth with low inflation. This is sensible to those with a knowledge of economics, but the results of economic policy cannot be esoteric. We shall now witness the steady relaxation o...

  • LETTER:Lazy omission
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    You write: "It will continue to require blood, sweat and tears" if we are to make the world a better place. Winston Churchill knew better than that. His actual words, on 13 May 1940, were "blood, toil, tears and sweat". Yours sincerely, DAVID A. ROTH...

  • My money's on the lonely shepherd entry from Cyprus
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    The King masterplan starts with submitting to tonight's contest the most interesting UK entry for years, which he hopes will win. As the winning nation, the UK would then host next year's contest, allowing King to set about his modernising project. I...

  • LETTER:Hidden benefits of being in the EU
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    By chance, I heard of a civic project in Staffordshire made possible by EU support. How many others have there been? Are even local residents made aware of how such things have taken place? Knowledge of such developments, among other benefits, would ...

  • LETTER:MPs' misconduct: from kangaroo courts to the rule of law
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    Furthermore, there is a great need to bring Members of Parliament fully under the rule of law, so that a government with a small majority could not prevent legal action in the courts against any of its MPs for acts of corruption or seriously unethica...

    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    I never shout at my musicians because if they are very bad, I pack my case. That's my shout - Sir Georg Solti What's this? Pensioners' Woodstock? - American tourist watching elderly people pour into Hyde Park for VE celebrations Money can't buy happi...

  • LETTER: Empire's fight against fascism
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: What ignorance Niall Meehan shows to write that Britain ruled over two-thirds of the Earth's surface when in fact never more than a quarter of the map was ever coloured red. Of this, the four dominions were self- governing, as was his own countr...

  • LETTER: Afraid to fight for Europe
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee ("Who will come out fighting for Europe?", 10 May) is right in castigating pusillanimous business leaders and frightened Conservative pro-European politicians for failing to provide finance or speak out for Britain in Europe. The u...

  • Funny you should ask
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    This was a difficult question to answer. I had seen one or two of the early episodes, and laughed, and hadn't laughed since, even though I have seen quite a lot more episodes, because it struck me that what made the early episodes funny either didn't...

  • A certain kind of Conservative
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Things to Come eschews gossip: the publishers have not provided an index, but if there were one it would, I think, contain only one entry for Thatcher, none for Major and two for the President of the Board of Trade. Notwithstanding the claims of the ...

  • New ecology in public life
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Next they found them wanting; the rules, such as they were, were often imprecise and unenforcable. Finally, the committee recommended clarity, transparency and an element of independent scrutiny backed by a degree of force. Outside intervention, for ...

  • The loneliness of the long-distance city
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    For example, the vast internal distances within Australia meant that the main cities developed independently of each other, even to the extent of building railways of three different gauges - the final conversion to a single standard has been complet...

  • LETTER: Barnsley Labour: reborn and ready
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: As a member of the Barnsley Labour Party, I am surprised by the views attributed to activists in Simon Garfield's article, "They're not bitter, they're for Blair" (9 May). Statements such as the present leadership is so terrified of activists sa...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Kenneth Clarke's big gamble
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    If the Bank's analysis is half-way right, it means that the Chancellor has taken a tremendous gamble with the economy. Britain's ignominious exit from the ERM on Black Wednesday tarnished the Tories' reputation for competent economic management. Mr C...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A tonic for Westminster
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    A defining feature of a modern liberal political culture is that its leaders are not a law unto themselves. There must be carefully designed checks and balances between the powers of the elected politicians and the judiciary. For too long British leg...

  • Fur flies over animal traps
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    We would point out that most of the animals taken in the wild are killed as part of wildlife conservation programmes, or for reasons of pest or disease control or crop or habitat protection. Many industries use the animal by-products; the fur trade, ...

  • LETTER: Healthy drinking
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: I wish you'd stop parroting claims about the salutary effects of wine-drinking ("A bottle of wine a day 'keeps angina away' ", 5 May). The only demonstrable fact is that someone who enjoys a few glasses a day is likely a priori to be a better-ba...

  • LETTER: Hot air for sale
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: Not long ago, the Government promoted VAT on fuel and power on the grounds that this would encourage energy conservation. Now (report, 10 May) it is promoting the privatisation of nuclear electricity on the grounds that this will reduce prices. ...

  • LETTER: How to control UN agencies
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: You perceptively analyse what is wrong with international agencies ("A world order of scandal and graft", 11 May), but you are wrong in the conclusions you draw from the one instance in recent years when Western countries have withdrawn from a U...

  • LETTER: US embassy ploy is threat to peace
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: Patrick Cockburn is wrong to report that Senator Bob Dole had "hitherto shown little interest in the location of the US embassy in Israel" before introducing his congressional bill to relocate it to Jerusalem ("US embassy plan adds to Jerusalem ...

  • LETTER: Power to the House of Lords: Enoch's dilemma
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "Ermine in the gloaming" (10 May) jumps upon an old and very rickety bandwagon with the statement: "The anachronism of hereditary membership should be abolished." In reply, I would maintain that the hereditary peerage is the...

  • LETTER: Power to the House of Lords: Enoch's dilemma
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: However we reform the composition of the Lords ("Should be change the rules of this club?", 9 May), Enoch Powell's dilemma remains insoluble. If we give the House of Lords too little power, it will not be able to protect us from misbehaviour on ...

  • LETTER: Afraid to fight for Europe
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: Three cheers for Polly Toynbee for articulating the disgust felt by many like me for the feebleness of the pro-Europe lobby. I would go further and accuse the majority of Tory MPs - as well as the majority of the Cabinet - of failing to speak ou...

  • LETTER: Empire's fight against fascism
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: Perhaps, as Niall Meehan claims, we did not fight in order to save "the Jews, gypsies, Communists, gays and other groups" but the fact that we did fight saved many of these people. No doubt Mr Meehan is proud of his country's neutrality, unlike ...

  • LETTER: Empire's fight against fascism
    Friday, 12 May 1995

    Sir: Niall Meehan (Letters, 10 May) vastly exaggerates the size of the British Empire, which even at its greatest extent occupied less than a quarter of the Earth's land surface (12m square miles out of 52.5m, according to the Encylopaedia Britannica...

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