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Friday, 19 May 1995

  • A nation is splitting apart - will anyone notice?
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Once, the survival of Belgium, a strategically placed state engulfed by both World Wars, was a neccessity. The country was referred to as Britain's revenge on the French, a state that came into being in 1830 mainly to counter French expansionism and ...

  • Remember when rock was young?
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Then, on Thursday, Domino, the greatest of all rock and roly-pollers, collapsed after a performance in Sheffield. Diagnosing post-pneumonial infection of the trachea, doctors ordered the 67 year old to rest. His was a medical condition that unleashed...

  • LETTER:US folly in Jerusalem
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: Israel's recent seizure of another 131 acres of Palestinian land in East Jerusalem may well spell the death knell to an already discredited peace process, since it seeks to pre-empt resolution of Jerusalem's final status in 1998. As with every o...

  • LETTER:Legal aid fees and proposed reforms for the Bar
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's "new order" for the court system (18 May) would pose a fundamental threat to the very rights and freedoms that any newspaper which flatters itself with the virtue of independence should seek to defend. Her article confuses the ea...

  • LETTER:Nurses have the right to strike over local pay bargaining
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: I must support the nurses in their anger. Why should two people doing the same job in different parts of the country get different rates of pay? Just because there are already regional differences in some jobs, there is no excuse to compound thi...

  • Parliament must not be run by an outsider
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    One of the problems that I am asked about today is the question of constitutional government. Now one of the things about the Conservative Party is that you can summarise it by saying it is pragmatic and not dogmatic, and when we have got into troubl...

  • Nurses have the right to strike over local pay bargaining
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: I feel that I must write in support of the Royal College of Nursing's decision to ballot on changing their rule on taking industrial action. Whenever governments try to impose unacceptable pay and conditions on people employed in public services...

  • LETTER:Active Member
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: As one of only to pig-tailed Lords I could not but take your illustration of "Lord Backwood" ("Should we change the rules of this club?", 9 May) personally! So, I would like to point out that although I do have some rare-breed sheep on my farm, ...

  • LETTER:Home comfort
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: While a trained nanny or registered childminder may be better for Victor Osborne's peace of mind (letter, 19 May), his child's peace of mind is likely to be better served by the presence of one of his parents. Yours faithfully, SUSANNAH CLASEN W...

  • LETTER:Pog corruption
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: Thank God for Pogs? ("Spare the cash, spoil the parent", 11 May). Would it were so that these "cheap and popular" toys should involve "harmless competition". Do you not realise the extent of the corruption of today's young? Pogs have been banned...

  • LETTER:Productive farms
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: We applaud the efforts of the organic industry, and certainly support its place in UK agriculture. The tone of your leading article, "An organic but lonely furrow", (17 May) would have many believe that most farmers are splashing pesticides on c...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The high road to disaster
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    In the course of this past week three main objections to Nolan came to the surface. Best articulated by the Telegraph's partisan commentator, Simon Heffer, and the Tories' own wannabe Gingrich, Alan Duncan MP, the first argument was that Nolan's rest...

  • If your cork pops, go out for a spin
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    That's the trouble with a background like mine (Sunningdale, Winchester and Magdalene, the duffers' college) and, to a lesser degree, of course, like Blacker's: we've been trained to bottle up the insults, so when the cork is released the damage can ...

  • LETTER:Legal aid fees and proposed reforms for the Bar
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's article on the Lord Chancellor's legal aid changes mentioned that the Lord Chancellor would soon be allowing solicitors and barristers to deal with personal injury cases on a "no win, no fee" basis. She said that if they lose, "i...

  • LETTER:Nurses have the right to strike over local pay bargaining
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    Sir: In response to today's leading article ("When being cross is not enough", 17 May), which favours local pay bargaining between hospital and trusts to produce "the flexibility to offer the patient the best possible service", I would wish to questi...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 20 May 1995

    We reject the idea that the Government can do everything and we reject the idea that we can do nothing. There's no picking winners. There's no government by subsidy - Gordon Brown, Shadow Chancellor Personally, I would consider it an honour to be fos...

  • 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 ...

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