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Tuesday, 2 May 1995

  • LETTER : Morality of the selfish gene
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: According to Bryan Appleyard, Richard Dawkins "cannot explain how the selfish gene allowed goodness into the world". In fact, however, the explanation is well under way: the rapidly expanding discipline of evolutionary psychology is set to expla...

  • LETTER : Cambodia's debt to Vietnam
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: In his article on the Vietnam war ("Vietnam: two men, two wars", 28 April), Tim McGirk makes a passing reference to Vietnam's "abortive... dabble in expansionism" in Cambodia. Vietnam invaded Cambodia in 1979, stating that it intended to end agg...

  • LETTER : VE Day deserves to be celebrated with style
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Another forgotten group of non-combatants must be added to Philip Hoare's list (Another View: "They also served", 28 April): the Merchant Navy, of whom 29,180 men lost their lives in the Second World War. We in Britain at that time simply could ...

  • LETTER : Ahead in the lottery game
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: The debate on the purchase of Churchill's papers seems to concentrate mainly on details such as the price and whether this is a proper use of Lottery money. One assertion has been left unchallenged: that it would be a Bad Thing if the archive we...

  • LETTER : Reason enough
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: As the senior detective officer leading the investigation into the abduction and murder of Daniel Handley, I was appalled to read the comments made by Ruth Picardie ("Pervert-crazy police go astray - again", 28 April) regarding suspected paedoph...

  • Nightmare cures for unhappiness
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Clearly this one bad thing invalidates all the good things. No matter how great the car or the marriage, they are not working as intended. They are not getting through to the inner man because, in the midst of this privilege and plenty, he remains un...

  • Whisper it not in the Crucible ... you're snookered
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Yes. The snooker is over. Snooker? The circus has moved on. The cleaning ladies have moved into the Crucible at Sheffield and are even now taking away the sponsors' stands and the old crisp packets and are trying to get the chalk marks out of the car...

  • POLEMIC ; Nuclear reaction to a merger
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Scottish Nuclear is the state-owned company set up to run the reactors north of the border. Over the past five years, under the chairmanship of James Hann (an Englishman), it has carved out a distinctive identity for itself. It has made its two power...

  • Who pays for a child to grow tall?
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    The family was first told he needed the drug in January, but he still hasn't received it. It would cost about £5,000 for the first year, rising to £10,000 a year, probably about £60,000 in total over his growing years. Every month that goes by his he...

  • LETTER : No blessings at all
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Your City Comment (27 April) suggests that the ITC may give its unofficial blessing to clever ways around the ownership regulations that apply to the Channel 5 licence. There is no truth in your suggestion. The ITC will apply the ownership provi...

  • LETTER : No Aids letter
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Your article "Admission of false Aids case suppressed by NHS" (6 April), relating to research into the death in May 1959 of a man presumed to be the earliest known Aids case, suggests that I had a letter retracting my laboratory's own findings s...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The death of the quiet Moroccan
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    And then, on Monday, horror. As marchers attending the annual Joan of Arc rally of Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front crossed a bridge near the Louvre, 10 skinheads broke away. In plain view of hundreds of people, three of them grabbed Brahim and thr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Selling out to Mr Budge
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    The haste to privatise was understandable in the early years when "denationalisation" was unpopular and would certainly have faltered had it not been for the extraordinary energy and determination of Margaret Thatcher. But there were costs: look at B...

  • Turning back the bulldozers
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    We fought back at Twyford Down - lying in front of massive machines, chaining ourselves by the neck to bulldozers, networking frantically to alert others to the horror of what we were witnessing. We were continuing the battle that respectable middle-...

  • LETTER : Ahead in the lottery game
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Why this sudden rash of criticism about how the National Lottery funds are allocated? It has been known for a long time how the spoils would be divided. The fact that heritage and arts projects are receiving grants ahead of the rest says more ab...

  • LETTER : VE Day deserves to be celebrated with style
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Over the past few days the media, understandably concerned to anticipate the coming VE Day celebrations, have attacked schoolchildren's lack of awareness and criticised schools for not allowing their pupils to have the day off to celebrate. May ...

  • LETTER : VE Day deserves to be celebrated with style
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Celebrate? Commemorate? Remember? Do we really need to be told how to behave ourselves on VE Day? Most of us who remember VE Day have one thing in common. We were young. Young enough to have ideals and to believe in the future. Why are we not al...

  • LETTER : Morality of the selfish gene
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Bryan Appleyard asserts that "[Richard] Dawkins cannot explain how the selfish gene allowed goodness into the world" (Magazine: "Darwin's Disciple", 29 April). Let me try. Although the gene is the unit of replication on which the process of natu...

  • LETTER : Ahead in the lottery game
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Once the dust settles over the largely misinformed debate concerning the sale of the Churchill papers, which is regrettably causing "public display" (report, 2 May), it would surely be highly desirable for Stephen Dorrell, the National Heritage ...

  • LETTER : Ahead in the lottery game
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: In view of the controversy surrounding the Churchill papers, as highlighted in your survey today ("Public dismay at Churchill papers sale", 2 May), might I suggest a method of solving it that would enter fully into the spirit of the National Lot...

  • Physician heal thyself POLEMIC
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    The world's biggest killer lurks somewhere near the bottom of the list of the International Classification of Diseases. It is called extreme poverty, and more than one-fifth of the 5.6 billion people on the planet are suffering from it. Sounds famili...

  • LETTER: Economic decline of post-war Britain: myths and realities
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: Corelli Barnett is right, of course, to emphasise the post-war complacency of the British but it is sad that he should seem to lend the brilliance of his scholarship to a national malaise at least as harmful - endless self-denigration. One would...

  • Let the people spend the cash :LEADER
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    This is the message of the opinion poll whose results are published today. A game that would, according to John Major, improve life "for millions of people, irrespective of income and without taxation" has achieved little beyond liberating a popular ...

  • Long live our beloved May Day
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    As Francis Wheen brilliantly showed in one of the Sunday papers, the hatred of the maypole and all its phallic symbolism was much more a Roundhead delusion. But at least they knew what they were doing, or thought they did, which is more than can be s...

  • LETTER: Faith and the environment
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: Richard D. North (Faith and Reason, 29 April) wrongly suggests that the Bible or, for that matter, any ancient scriptural text of any religious tradition cannot serve as a modern "management manual" for the environment problems of our planet Ear...

  • Still less equal than others: LEADER
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    The new draft Code of Practice published yesterday by the Equal Opportunities Commission is unlikely to make much impact, either. At least, the Government hopes not. The EOC lobbied unsuccessfully for a tough new streamlined law: it takes 16 procedur...

  • LETTER: Essex police in line with Mill
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: In your leading article "When the State fights back" (25 April), you quote with approval the statement of John Stuart Mill that the only rightful exercise of power "over any member of a civilised community against his will, is to prevent harm to...

  • LETTER: Lloyd's a victim of US judicial system
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: We learn from your paper this week of the fifth successive year of heavy losses totalling some £8bn that is bringing Lloyd's of London to its knees ("Lloyd's denies collapse is imminent", 25 April). Yesterday you reported ("Lloyd's bosses summon...

  • LETTER: Bum steer
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: More than a simple hobo's song, Halleluja, I'm a Bum, title of Brian Behan's new play (Diary, 27 April), has in it a summary of Marx's theory of value even more concise than the old Clause IV. It says: Whenever I get all the money I earn The bos...

  • LETTER: Not free to choose
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: How many weary London commuters would dispute Duff Hart-Davis's view of the city? (Go to hell? You live in it", 25 April). But we can't all be writers and farmers. Some of us have to earn our living in the filthy place. Most of us have had to se...

  • Were we singing with the enemy?
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    He may well be right. As a foreigner, though, one should not really pass judgment on other people's anthems. I don't know "The Star-Spangled Banner" that well, but I don't think I would actually like to stand for it, fight for it or let a lump come i...

  • The guns are waiting for Sir Richard
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    These are critical days for the Scott Inquiry into the arms-to- Iraq affair, which has the potential to cause the biggest detonation in Whitehall for a generation. The inquiry is running late, is already being privately attacked as unfair by politici...

  • LETTER: Wasted water
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: The crux of Elizabeth Nash's article "A terrible thirst in Torremolinos" (26 April) is her statement that 80 per cent of Spain's water is used in agriculture. There is no more wasteful use of water than that. We are plagued with surpluses of mos...

  • Where's the beef, Mr Brown?
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    You go to your local car showroom. The dealer only stocks one brand, and her agreement with the manufacturer means that you would have to travel out of the area to find a competitor selling the same make. You want to set up a franchise for the same b...

  • LETTER: Suspect reporting
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: In your report concerning the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (25 April), you state that Dusan Tadic, who was transferred from Germany to The Hague, is "the only suspect in custody". In fact, he is the only person so ...

  • LETTER: Happily ever after ...
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: As the commissioning editor at Channel 4 responsible for the part- funding of Four Weddings and a Funeral, may I be allowed to refute the suggestion in Paul Caira's otherwise excellent letter (27 April) that the ending of the film was changed to...

  • LETTER: Economic decline of post-war Britain: myths and realities
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: Corelli Barnett ("How Blighty turned victory into defeat", 27 April) perpetuates some hoary old myths about the British economy in the late 1940s. First, he talks about the "complacency" of Britain about her industrial position, completely ignor...

  • LETTER: Economic decline of post-war Britain: myths and realities
    Tuesday, 2 May 1995

    Sir: The extract from Corelli Barnett's new book gives, in my opinion, a distorted view of the cause of Britain's post-war industrial decline. My work, during the 15 years immediately after the Second World War, took me into several shipyards and hea...

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