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Sunday, 21 May 1995

  • Diary
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Then the mail arrived with a postcard relating to my recent query as to why Gerry Adams condemns discrimination but couldn't celebrate the defeat of the Nazis. (As is customary with such communications, it had no address - presumably lest I emulate t...

  • LETTER : The Bar: cheap at the price
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: As a practising barrister (and former solicitor), I was depressed by the article written by Polly Toynbee ("Time for a new order in the court", 18 May). Not least among the many inaccuracies and mistaken conclusions, which will serve only to mis...

  • LETTER : Unaccountable
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: The chief executive at Treliske Hospital, Brian Milstead, is quoted as saying (report, 17 May) that no individual would be disciplined for leaving a needle embedded in a newborn baby because it was the system that was at fault. Since Mr Milstead...

  • Leading Article: Ulster comes to Washington
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    There are many who have had a hand in making this week's conference possible. But John Major deserves a great deal of the credit for nurturing a delicate process that will, in Washington, see Sir Patrick Mayhew, the Secretary of State for Northern Ir...

  • LETTER : Thanks to police and protesters
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: My quiet parish has just experienced a major event with the eviction of tree dwellers from Stamworth Woods, a local beauty spot. As the local vicar, I was on site for most of the period that the eviction took place. May I make the following obse...

  • Leading Article: An old-style union mud sling
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    One reason is that it is a good story. As good stories should be, it is rich in irony. Jack Dromey, the challenger, is a friend of Tony Blair, who would like him to win. But Mr Dromey argues for a pounds 4- or even pounds 5-an- hour minimum wage - th...

  • Has adultery become a spurious issue?
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Michel Foucault has argued that sex has come to occupy a tyrannical place in our lives and that we are no more free of obsessions with sex than were the Victorians. Although we might now seem to be more pro-sex in general than the Victorians, for Fou...

  • The Madonna with a beautiful secret
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    You will remember, of course, that Wellington defeated Joseph Buonaparte, then King of Spain, in 1813 at the Battle of Vitoria. Five thousand Frenchmen lost their lives in the action, which ended so precipitately that Joseph was forced to abandon his...

  • Some tough things to digest
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    One of his earliest public appearances was to the Tory party conference of 1992. He confirmed his critics' worst fears - producing the first of the pieces of offensively right-wing doggerel that have become his party- piece trademark. He had, he clai...

  • Letter: Militant is behind Morris at TGWU
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: I write to put the record straight about Militant Labour's attitude to the present general secretary election under way in the Transport and General Workers's Union. You quote ("Dromey vs Morris: showdown at the T&G corral", 19 May) unnamed ...

  • Letter: High Commission's role in Zimbabwe rescue
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: Your article on David Pearson, killed by a landmine in Zimbabwe, highlights the plight of many Zimbabweans, black and white, who suffered in a largely forgotten war. I grew up in Rhodesia, as the country was formerly known, during the years of t...

  • ISMISM: New concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Nolan n. A long, drawn-out and expensive process to seek a solution to a significant problem, which then reaches an unsatisfactory conclusion. (Builder to householder: "I've spent a week looking at your roof, and I've come to the conclusion you need ...

  • LETTER : The pounds 250 Pog
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: With regard to your leading article "Spare the cash, spoil the parent", on Sunday last my son went to get yet more Pogs from a local newsagent. His bike was stolen from outside the shop. I went to pick him up. As we cruised the area looking for ...

  • LETTER : No wonder people don't wear fur
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: Fur is not simply a by-product from "wildlife conservation programmes" or of "pest or disease control" measures, as described by the fur trade in its defence ("Fur flies over animal traps", 12 May). The trapper attempts to target the species tha...

  • I'll tell you why Manchester lost Every one's a winner
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    The last time I placed a bet was two days ago, on Saturday morning, when I went down to the betting shop to put some money on the Cup Final. Now I won't be doing it again until 1996 or 1997. The first serious bet I can remember placing was about 20 y...

  • LETTER : The red flag will continue to fly
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: Steve Hitchens (letter, 19 May), in referring to the flying of the red flag over Islington town hall, argues that the red flag is a "symbol of oppression". Nonsense. It is an emblem of revolt, liberation and international working-class solidarit...

  • Letter: Beyond belief
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: To provide a fitting, all-inclusive conclusion to their series on modern "beliefs", perhaps Andrew Brown and Paul Vallely would care to define cynicism. Yours quite sincerely, JACK CAWTHORNE Garforth, West Yorkshire

  • LETTER : The Bar: cheap at the price
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: As a practising barrister, I believe the proposed "demolition" of the Bar ("Time for a new order in the court", 18 May) would make litigation more expensive and difficult for most people. The authors fail to realise that a relatively small perce...

  • Letter: High Commission's role in Zimbabwe rescue
    Monday, 22 May 1995

    Sir: No parent should have to face the agonising decisions Andrew Pearson had to take following the tragic accident involving his son, David, in Zimbabwe in 1989 ("My son lay dying, cradled in my arms", 18 May). But Esther Oxford's article makes seri...

  • Letter: Rattle is advancing steadily
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    First, the older a conductor, the better. Second, the best ones are dead, but there are a few old ones left. Third, there are many young conductors who will in time age, achieve greatness and die (not necessarily in that order). Finally, a new editio...

  • Letter: The poor do not deserve this
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    His solution - self-interested social collectivism for the middle classes and remoralising programmes for the poor - is untenable as it will do little to bridge the social divide. What is required is a raft of policy measures, including high-quality ...

  • Letter: The truth about the Irish potato famine could help peace
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    As he points out, there are some who fear that open discussion of the famine at a delicate stage in the peace process will somehow provide "ideological bullets" to extremist Republicans. I believe the reverse is true. The failure to give this subject...

  • People worth knowing - if you had the right set
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    He was right: it was a great adventure. For 26 Saturdays, from 8.10pm until Whicker's World came on at 9pm, half the country was hooked on the doings of Soames, Irene, Uncle James, Winifred, Monty Dartie, Fleur and the various Jolyons. No costume ser...

  • Letter: Leakey could be the answer
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Indeed Leakey's whiteness, let alone his worldwide reputation and credentials, could be his greatest asset. In a country where President Moi and his followers have made the politics of tribalism an art form, Dr Leakey will emerge as a compromise cand...

  • Letter: Rattle is advancing steadily
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Since Lebrecht regards the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as "provincial" ("regional" is much more accurate, since even London is a region), small wonder he overlooks the talent of Carlo Rizzi, music director of Welsh National Opera. And there is no...

  • Letter: Who needs identity cards?
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Mr Ascherson dismisses the whole affair by saying that Britain is full of "sturdy vagabonds", thereby invoking Dickensian images of cheeky cutpurses always ready to cock a snook at authority. As an example of how it is possible to cheat the ID police...

  • Letter: I'm not xenophobic, but
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    I refer to the recent outcry about the unification of the British nuclear power industry and what the two journalists see as a sudden conversion of Scots to the nuclear cause. As a Scot I would like to see Scottish Nuclear remain an independent entit...

  • Letter: Green in Wales: the facts
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    The CCW's budget was indeed cut, but should that be a surprise in view of cuts being applied in other areas of government spending? Also, a reduction in staff numbers was put forward by Mr Redwood, but to be achieved over the next two financial years...

  • Letter: Putting the right foot forward
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    1 Ensure that official statistics include journeys of less than a mile. Exclusion of these from most travel surveys badly biases subsequent transport policy decisions against walking. 2 End the use of traffic models and cost-benefit analyses which gi...

  • Letter: Roaring (with static) 20s
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    In the summer of 1922, I and friends had our usual camping excursion. We settled on a picturesque site with stream and trees, and of course my completed four-valve wireless set with an Amplion loudspeaker powered by a car battery. An aerial was rigge...

  • Letter: Was Darwin really a saint?
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    N Saakwa-Mante London SW9

  • Letters
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Dr A J Brimicombe Crawley, West Sussex l IN Nelson Mandela's interview ("People must be patient", 7 May) he gave a long catalogue of the tasks confronting him in the restructuring of South Africa. But he omitted the most glaring problem - population ...

  • Letter: The poor do not deserve this
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Ivor Morgan Lincoln, Lincs

  • Letter: The truth about the Irish potato famine could help peace
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    At the age of 63, Kennedy did not contest the 1868 general election but his friend Chichester Fortescue then entered Gladstone's first cabinet and later became Lord Privy Seal. Kennedy had organised relief works and his older brother, John Pitt Kenne...

  • Letter: The truth about the Irish potato famine could help peace
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Liam de Paor Dun Laoghaire County Dublin, Ireland

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Godric, a 12th-century hermit born in Norfolk to poor parents. When he was young he went to sea for 16 years as a pirate. A stopover at Lindisfarne moved him deeply but he was not yet saintly. In his next job, as a ste...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Alan Duncan MP to Lord Nolan The Dirt Book was just a little book in which you had to write down varying things that you knew or heard about people. Viscount Whitelaw, chief whip in the 1960s, confirming the existence of a book that recorded details ...

  • Scouse sultan of soap
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    It was gripping, moving even, and it was a soap opera. Many people, however, acted otherwise. Hundreds called Channel 4 to complain about the verdict; the director of the battered wives' charity Refuge issued a condemnatory statement, with the backin...

  • The chain reaction fizzles to an end
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Ever since, Calder Hall has faithfully supplied the electricity and steam needed to power Sellafield, British Nuclear Fuels' controversial nuclear complex that sprawls beside it on the Cumbrian coast. But just 10 weeks ago - entirely without fanfare ...

  • words: sin
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    THERE IS, as St Peter remarked, a multitude of sins. One of the shortest and oldest words in English, a sin was originally an infringement of the divine law, but it now means also breaking the laws of football (hence the sin-bin) or merely being a po...

  • It doesn't have to be all sleaze, sleaze, sleaze
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    I think it fair to say I have succeeded in this aim quite brilliantly. Accordingly, I was delighted to have persuaded the current Party Chairman over a warm sausage roll come elevenses to "cough up" for a small celebration in my honour. We mulled ove...

  • Middle England comes out
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Meanwhile, an out-of-touch and inarticulate establishment appears to be left with its back to the wall while cupping its hands over its collective private parts. On Thursday a serving member of the armed forces in the audience of BBC's Question Time ...

  • Brown study ... port in a storm ... Major's favourite read guide
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    NOW, then. You will be looking to the Captain for some informed, useful comment, based on his experience, in this matter of homosexuals in the services. Quite natural. So here it is: frankly, I'd rather be in a tight corner with Achilles, Alexander t...

  • Leading Article: Tell MPs what their job is tscription
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Not nurses, not teachers, not firemen, but MPs. Behind last week's backbench fury over the Nolan report, restricting outside earnings, lies the view, widespread in the House of Commons, that ordinary MPs are underpaid. If backbenchers' wages were bet...

  • Here's something to really worry the bank manager
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    "Let's face it! Life's treating you well at the moment! But what if your husband's killed in a car crash?" I don't have a husband, but anyway, help! "C'mon! We all like to do a bit of DIY! But accidents do happen! What if you cut your finger off with...

  • Poor Mr Major, he just can't get anything right Major will be damned with Nolan and damned without
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Let us have a look at the mythology of the report, as set down in our great broadsheet newspapers, in both their news and, with the exception of the Daily Telegraph, their editorial columns. According to this account, Lord Nolan publishes a report re...

  • Leading Article: Terminal Five: who really needs it?
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Heathrow Airport, we are told, needs a fifth terminal as the 50 million passengers who already use the airport annually will soon be joined by another 30 million. But what are all these people doing? Business? What about the information super highway...

  • One million 'excess deaths' and a modest lesson for our time
    Sunday, 21 May 1995

    Some prefer not to remember. With wonder and compassion, Cal McCrystal described in this paper last week the reluctance of ordinary Irish people to recall what happened to their ancestors. The normal reaction of victims, whether broken by act of man ...

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