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Thursday, 18 May 1995

  • Letter: The need for leadership in libraries
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: The Public Review report published by Aslib (Association of Special Libraries and Information Bureaux) and covered by Marianne Macdonald ("On borrowed time in Libraryland", 17 May) is probably the last chance this country will have to save its p...

  • Letter: Goodbye to the red flag of Islington
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: I regret to say that Andrew Grant-Adamson's enthusiasm for new Labour in Islington is misplaced (letter, 15 May). The red flag still flies from the town hall on the day of every council meeting, admittedly alongside others, including the UN, the...

  • Selling Britain by the pound
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    This is, at the very least, an embarrassment. For the British these days getting off a plane can be a traumatic introduction to hitherto unplumbed depths of poverty. Last week in Switzerland I watched a pale, currency- shocked English couple discover...

  • Love your husband, Jemima
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    They must be the words that Imran Khan said to the beautiful young Jemima Goldsmith, and her answer was `Yes'. It sounds just like the ending of one of my novels, where the tall, dark, worldly wise, handsome hero proposes to the beautiful young girl ...

  • Letter: Hungary: a safe place for holidays
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: Your article ("Going on foreign holidays `getting more dangerous' ", 10 May) on the Holiday Which? report placing Hungary on the top of the list for muggings deals with matters of fact which need some elucidating. Hungary's geographical position...

  • Letter: Save our soil, go organic
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: During the war, the health of this nation as a whole was better than it had been before 1939 and better than it has been since. This is largely due to the fact that we then had a separate Ministry of Food which had nothing whatever to do with th...

  • Letter: Shrinking British Empire
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: In reply to Jim Mangles (Letters, 15 May), it is true that the addition of mandated territories increased the size of the British Empire after the First World War by about a million square miles. But even then, at 13,347,187, it was still only a...

  • Germaine's desperate bid for attention
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    The attack was shot through with generational tensions, with Greer criticising Moore as "a feminist of the younger school", going on to critique not Moore's feminism, but, instead, her hair, make-up, figure,way of speaking and for smoking. It was spi...

  • Letter: Ernie shows his bottle
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: What is all this tosh about milkmen not being qualified to manage football clubs ("The making of a manager", 11 May)? What about Ernie Tagg? Ernie, getting on for 30 years ago now, was a popular and effective predecessor of Dario Gradi as manage...

  • Of city skips and syringes
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Many a rubbish skip has lain in our streets through the winter, waiting for this moment. Those abandoned mattresses and rotting pieces of cardboard may just seem like abandoned mattresses and rotting pieces of cardboard to the untrained eye, but the ...

  • Letter: Professionals for peace of mind
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: If Victor Osborne ("Six weeks with the au pair from hell", 16 May) continues to use untrained and inexperienced carers for his child, such as au pairs, he should expect problems. I suggest he pays for a professionally trained nanny or uses a reg...

  • Letter: Charities: the"contract culture",ethics and raising funds
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee is unfair in her judgement of Shelter. To say that we don't pack a punch is not true and, indeed, ill-informed: Shelter is the National Campaign for Homeless People and last year we helped over 60,000 individuals with housing probl...

  • Letter: The need for leadership in libraries
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: In all the advice offered to make libraries more attractive, no one, not least the Department of National Heritage, has acknowledged the value of joint ventures between libraries and museums. Many museums have travelling displays, some developed...

  • Leading Article: Beware of Greeks baring all
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Courage, mon ami - there may now be some good news. As reported today, a Harvard boffin, Dr Christos Mantzoros, recently took a research team to a Greek army camp and quizzed the young Hellenes about their orgasms. How many had they had? Blood sample...

  • Leading Article: Heseltine turns sour to sweet
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    In fact, the President of the Board of Trade was there to do business with the Chinese. Flanked by battalions from leading British companies, his task was to strike deals and impress the Chinese with all the goodies Britain could offer. His mission m...

  • BOOK REVIEW; Once more into the gene pool
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    This idea had its roots in Darwin's Origin of Species. In its modern form it depends on Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, because this reveals how information is embodied and copied in theorganisms we know about - those found on e...

  • Letter: Charities: the"contract culture",ethics and raising funds
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: I was saddened by Polly Toynbee's tirade against charities ("Charities don't need a contracting role", 17 May). Her outright attack on charities contracting with the state is misplaced. The growth of what is known as the "contract culture" has h...

  • Letter: Charities: the"contract culture",ethics and raising funds
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee is absolutely right; charities do not need a contracting role. Those that have accepted it have slipped out of the charity world and into mini-quango land. Unfortunately, many smaller charities which have allowed themselves to be s...

  • Letter: Charities: the"contract culture",ethics and raising funds
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee asks whether there is any difference between a charity, a private company and a state-run service. The difference is crucial. A charity respects people and treats them as ends in themselves, not merely as instruments to be used for...

  • Letter: Save our soil, go organic
    Friday, 19 May 1995

    Sir: As an organic farmer, I found your leader on organic farming ("An organic but lonely furrow", 17 May) lacking understanding of its raison d'etre. Organic farming is not just about its products (excellent though they are) but about a system that ...

  • Cosmetic changes will not affect crime
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: The Home Secretary's plans to tilt further the trial process in favour of the prosecution display an offensively cynical approach to his remit to deal with the problem of crime ("Howard gives prosecution a better chance", May 17). The day the Bi...

  • Australian statehood
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Patrick Cosgrove (letter, 15 May) is wide of the mark with his remarks on the constitutional status of the Northern Territory of Australia. The Northern Territory, formerly administered from Canberra, the federal capital, has had statehood for m...

  • Contract pressure on charities
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's piece about the dilemmas facing charities which take on contracts to provide local authority or health authority services was well argued (17 May). She misses one point though. There are some charities, Carers National Associatio...

  • If the name fits ...
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Miles Kington's piece on surnames ("Why Mr Bugg's idea backfired", 15 May) reminds me of some advice I heard given by a canny old solicitor some years ago. He told a client, who wanted to be rid of an insulting surname, to change it twice - firs...

  • Woolly thinking in the Army
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Your "Generation Why" strip cartoon (12 May) showing animal lovers releasing sheep on to a Ministry of Defence gunnery range reminded me of National Service infantry exercises in Wales in 1960. It was explained by our directing staff that the fa...

  • Burden of an unwieldy name
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Your leading article comments that Baroness Cumberlege's name "suggests unwieldiness on the brink". I understand what you are saying, she should have acquired a more media-friendly name, perhaps from the ranks of the make- believe characters of ...

  • Seeing the dividends of devolution
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: John Major, while being "clearly against any dilution of the Union", nevertheless is committed to upholding policies that put the strength of the Union to test. This is demonstrated in his refusal to countenance any decentralisation of power fro...

  • Doubts about donations
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Lord McAlpine seems to think he has settled the problem of political funding when he says that people have the right to give money privately to the party of their choice. However, the issue is not the donor's right to privacy but whether the rec...

  • Labour's attempt to regulate the privatised utilities
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Tony Blair's condemnation of the "unseemly racket" in the privatised utilities is to be welcomed, although Labour's proposed remedies such as enhanced regulation and a consumer dividend do not go far enough. A pledge to bring gas, water and elec...

  • Labour's attempt to regulate the privatised utilities
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Your Business Comment column is wrong to report that Labour has done a "U-turn" on a windfall profits tax (16 May.) My proposals for more fairness in the distribution of profits in privatised monopoly industries are not an alternative to a windf...

  • Doubts about donations
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Lord McAlpine ("Don't waste your time, Lord Nolan", 16 May) seeks to justify the acceptance of money from overseas donors by the Conservative Party by claiming that, as party treasurer, he applied the criteria "would money from this particular s...

  • Labour's attempt to regulate the privatised utilities
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: Was it a coincidence that the Independent published news of Labour's plans for controlling privatised utilities ("Labour plans 'fat cats' act", 17 May) in the same edition as a full-size reproduction of a classic Monopoly board? To the serious M...

  • Seeing the dividends of devolution
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Sir: James Fenton's article on Scottish devolution is one of the more sensible and sensitive ones I have read to date ("The time is right for a velvet divorce", 15 May). His likening of it to a trial separation is indeed magnanimous, implying as it d...

  • 'Bill' Carling and other odd stories
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    1. As it has become increasingly embarrassing for John Major or any cabinet minister to address the dwindling numbers of Scottish Conservatives - and indeed decreasingly cost-effective to do so - it has been decided from now on that whenever the Scot...

  • REFLECTION; Why bishops are like apes
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    The Bishop of Edinburgh is not the first nor probably the last cleric to look to nature for an explanation of human sexual desire. A century or more ago, a Reverend FO Morris, a keen amateur naturalist, was so impressed by the tranquil monogamy of th...

  • Even hamburger flippers have to eat
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    It wasn't always thus, and it is about to change. Back in 1909, introducing an early version of wages councils, Winston Churchill called it ''a serious national evil that any class of His Majesty's subjects should receive less than a living wage ... ...

  • Hurray, they've noticed the problem
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    In the space of three days, there have been four important contributions to this discussion, two from Labour politicians, two from Conservative ones. The ideas from the left are Gordon Brown's plans to reform monetary policy, disclosed yesterday, and...

  • Hello, sailor ... or goodbye?
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Mr Turnbull is to sailing what Frank Spencer was to home maintenance and his fellow Dundonian William McGonagall was to poetry. Much as he tries, everything seems to go wrong. Since setting sail from Hastings five weeks ago in the Curlew, his 18ft ya...

  • Don't sack the manager
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Since the start of the season in August, 43 of the 92 Premier and Football League clubs have changed managers. Some even managed to wield the axe more than once, so that 52 managers were involved on the merry-go-round. That's more than twice the aver...

  • It's prudent, but is it radical?
    Thursday, 18 May 1995

    Yesterday's speech, the second in a series, addressed the question of "Labour's macroeconomic framework". It represents a fundamental break with Labour's past. The mood music is all about fiscal probity, public audit and the absence of quick fixes. "...

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