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Sunday, 14 May 1995

  • LETTER : Children for hire
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: Regarding the begging woman in the Underground (Maggie Brown's Diary, 10 May), a few years ago I was accosted by a woman in Tottenham Court Road. Could I spare something for the children? Three of them, around four, five and seven years old, tag...

  • LETTER : Santer's views on EU veto
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: Your article "EU national veto must go, Santer warns Britain" (11 May) contains some inaccuracies which may obscure the debate on the future of UK in the European Union. Nowhere in the document [containing the European Commission's outline propo...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Invite Nolan to the party
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    This weekend the question was revived when Labour and the Liberal Democrats called for the Nolan Committee - broadsheet heroes of last week - to be allowed to examine the funding of political parties. Nolan is already due to begin looking at the Lord...

  • LETTER : Safety record of high-speed police
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: One death caused by a police vehicle is one too many but there are several points I would like to clarify concerning your article "Training cuts behind rise in police car accident injuries" (9 May). You state that in 1994, 855 civilians were hur...

  • LETTER : Peak of Empire
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: G. Chowdharay-Best (letter, 12 May) is incorrect when he says that Niall Meehan (letter, 10 May) vastly exaggerated the size of the British Empire. In fact, Mr Chowdharay-Best just as vastly underestimates. The probable reason for his error is t...

  • LETTER : Merit appointments for UN staff
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: Your articles on the weaknesses of international organisations (News Analysis, 11 May) raise a number of key issues with which this association is deeply concerned. For many years, Cold War and regional rivalries contributed to the diminishing o...

  • LETTER : Sheep on the range
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: Seeing the veggie heroes of Generation Why (12 May) unwittingly loosing their rescued sheep on to a Ministry of Defence firing range reminded me of an Army battle camp, in 1956, on the Welsh hills, abounding with sheep. We were told not shoot at...

  • LETTER : New blue Labour
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: John Walsh points out the quaintness of the hammer and sickle flying from Hackney town hall on VE Day (Diary, 11 May). In neighbouring Islington, the blue flag of the European Union fluttered from the highest pole where the red flag was once hoi...

  • The time is right for a velvet divorce
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    If he sports a strange helmet, straw-coloured pigtails, blood-drenched tunic and complex cross-gartering, that sounds like a Vandal, or at any rate some version of the unwelcome intruder, to us. If he stands at the end of a trail of rape and pillage ...

  • LETTER : Pricey pupils
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: Alas, your leader writer has a nasty shock coming ("Spare the cash, spoil the parent", 11 May). Oh for the comparatively inexpensive days of primary school clothes and party bags. They cost but nothing in comparison with the riotous living of pr...

  • Why Mr Bugg's idea backfired
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    I mean, who would want to be called Naughty? Is it likely anyone was ever called Naughty? And if he were, wouldn't he want to change it to Naughtie? But would anyone have been called Naughty? Is it possible? Well, yes, it is. If you go back to a book...

  • When killing is the only escape
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Like Mandy and Beth Jordache, the mother and daughter from the television soap who face life imprisonment if convicted of murder of the violent Trevor Jordache, many abused women who kill find themselves between a rock and a hard place. The fact is t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : A beginning, not an end
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    For many pupils the experience will be a positive one. It will allow them to recap on what they have learnt since the age of seven - and it will give their parents important information to supplement their teachers' assessments of their abilities. In...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties No.15: relativism
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    How things change with time. Relativism was once a matter for lofty sorts. It began with Plato, who turned his withering intellect upon Protagorus for his suggestion that man was the measure of all things, and continued until Hegel. Then Einstein cha...

  • LETTER : Tory reaction to Welsh assembly
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: John Redwood's hostile reaction (report, 13 May) to Labour's plans for a Welsh assembly was as predictable as his leader's position in Scotland. Yet it is easy to understand such hysteria given what has happened since the Tories came to power. T...

  • LETTER : Historical centre of Australia
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae's article "The loneliness of the long-distance city", 12 May), fascinating though it is, misses out a point of great interest about Australia and the Australian constitution. Australia has, during the period of the last generation, ...

  • LETTER : When Hitler invaded Austria
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Sir: Jojo Moyes' throwaway remark about Austria "which joined the side of Nazi Germany in the Second World War" shows a sad distortion and neglect of historical facts ("Anniversary revives painful memories in Europe", 9 May). Austria was invaded by H...

  • Myth of withering government
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    Few dispute these facts. And few are unaware of the extent to which such things as currencies are now far beyond the sway of national governments, and not only because of currency dealers. Just imagine the implications for the monetary police if all ...

  • Diary
    Monday, 15 May 1995

    But if there was a bit of a frost among the chattering classes, in my west London village the event was greeted enthusiastically. The knitting shop had an elaborate window display constructed in red, white and blue wool; the florist made up patriotic...

  • LETTER : Webern note
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Leonard H Hancock London, N1

    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    To Grard Depardieu? Barry Cole London EC1

  • LETTER : China flies the Union flag
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    And where will all these bags finish up? In UK landfill sites. It is a great pity that the companies concerned in this failed to take into account, not only the environmental cost, but also the cost to the local economy in Telford. If they had done s...

  • LETTER : The origin of Darwin
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Chris Curtis Twickenham, Middlesex

  • LETTER : Lloyd Wright was an architect for everyone Architect who captured public's imagination
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    It may be reasonable to characterise Wright's early clients as successful businessmen. However, during the decades that followed, his genius inspired many individuals of more modest means to pursue his services in domestic architecture. Indeed, a num...

    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Simon Bullock, Friends of the Earth, London N1

  • LETTER : Homeric reflections of war
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    In Christopher Logue's translation of Book 19 of the Iliad at line 399 we read: "Though it is noon, the helmet screams against the light; /Scratches the eye; so violent it can be seen /Across three thousand years." Or perhaps this is a Churchillian e...

  • LETTER : Why try to be like a bank?
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    If a building society wants to be a bank, presumably it has been inspired by the banks' example. These include treating your customers with contempt (learning fast), looking for ways to pay directors inflated salaries (becoming a plc), selling "finan...

  • LETTER : Breast cancer: we all know the bad news
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    One does not need statistics to prove that "early detection remains the best hope" rather than chemotherapy, nor that mammography has an important part to play. However, for those pre-menopausal women for whom Dr Smith concedes that chemotherapy is m...

    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    William Roberts, London N1

  • LETTER : The cost of cleaner Cornwall
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Laurie Ronaldson Okehampton, Devon

    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    John Updike's couplet about Gerard Brodkin's English needs expansion: The rhyme is there, but where's the scansion? Andy Maslen Richmond, Surrey

  • LETTER : Drying out the less well off
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    At Broadreach, we may not be able to offer the manor house idyll of Farm Place, but we can certainly offer some of the best available treatment in the country for this problem to virtually anyone, regardless of their bank balance. In the majority of ...

  • LETTER : Paine's law
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    In fact, Paine did not advocate "education vouchers" but direct lump sum transfer payments for relief of poor families' "distress" in rearing children (to the age of 14) and looking after the aged. Parents would be "enjoined" to send children to scho...

  • LETTER : Badgers, dairy cows and TB
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Hence a significant specialist cheese industry has grown up supplying discerning customers with cheese which is made from raw milk. Abandonment of the TB eradication programme would not only destroy this growing industry, it would also necessitate th...

    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Richard Peters, Liverpool

  • LETTER : China flies the Union flag
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Colin Hines East Twickenham, Middlesex

  • The poison in the welfare state
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    There are families now that have totally abandoned the idea that paid work has any relevance for them at all, such is the impossibility of finding a job. There are schoolchildren who, because no member of the family is in work, have not the slightest...

  • words : Nuclear
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    In fact the word has existed since the 1840s, well before the atomic age gave it its present meaning. Nucleus in Latin was the kernel of a nux, or nut, and had come into English in the early 18th century as a technical term for the heart of a comet, ...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : Proud to be British ... some names for Nolan
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    You will have your own outstanding image of the present paying homage to the past: a grandchild with a grandfather, the Royal ladies at Buckingham Palace, Cliff Richard giving his irrepressible all. The Captain's, though, came at the marvellous VE ni...

  • A little local difficulty
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    In Harrogate on Tuesday morning, the congress of the Royal College of Nursing will vote to amend its constitution to allow nurses to take industrial action against NHS hospital trusts. Next month, the proposition will be put to a postal ballot. It is...

  • I thought I was me till you thought I was someone else
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    I get asked this quite a lot and despite being tempted to be sarcastic and say "No, I'm not me. I'm that man standing over there drinking cider" or "That's an interesting question, is anything what it seems?" I'm too grown-up and polite. I say "Yes, ...

  • Let age approve of youth
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    And what of the subject of those "decisions"? When Carling flies to South Africa on Wednesday for the Rugby World Cup, he will be travelling as something more than the England captain. After last weekend's furore, he is assured of his place in the so...

  • How I help Virginia and Stephen face the press
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Of course, the two of them were in grave need of the support of ordinary, decent Britons. Mrs Bottomley has been doing valiant work tidying up our hospitals, which, before her bold changes took effect, had become hotbeds of the sick and infirm and - ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : A short, sharp shock for MPs
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Such a comment now would be greeted with ribald laughter. Good sense, like duty or compassion, is an unfashionable virtue. It cannot be entered in a company balance sheet, cannot be subject to a performance indicator, cannot be enshrined in contract....

  • The art of vanishing and why the English needn't fear identity cards
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Australians sometimes talk of people who have "gone through" (vanished), although whether that means driving through town and disappearing into the infinite beyond again or falling through the skin of things into the darkness beneath, I am not sure. ...

  • A bold course, Captain Nolan, but still in sight of land
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    There is the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee, which is surely the most ineffectual agency in the whole of our polity. There is the judge who is supposed to oversee the interception of communications and who has never, to the best of my knowledge...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Roseanna Cunningham, SNP candidate in the Perth and Kinross by-election The power and the glory of public service broadcasting in Britain is that it is not an optional extra. Alan Yentob, controller of BBC1 I am not one to lecture my colleagues on a ...

    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Matthias, patron saint of alcoholics. Following the suicide of Judas Iscariot, Matthias was chosen (by lot) to become the twelfth apostle. His patronage of drunks is traditional but of uncertain origin but his life as ...

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