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Monday, 22 May 1995

  • LETTER : Shell has the power to save the Ogoni people
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Ms Eva Tucker Sir: The caption accompanying the photograph of a protester being restrained outside the annual meeting of Shell (19 May) describing Ken Saro-Wiwa as a Nigerian human rights activist held for murder needs amplification in order to avoid...

  • Letter : Libraries lead way to bright new dawn
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: I don't know what qualifies Marianne Macdonald ("On borrowed time in Libraryland", 17 May) to make such sweeping generalisations about the state of public libraries, but she cannot have visited West Sussex or she surely would have prefaced her r...

  • Letter : Shell has the power to save the Ogoni people
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: On the first anniversary of Ken Saro-Wiwa's imprisonment in Nigeria, we, the Greenpeace environmental protesters occupying the Brent Spar ("Greenpeace rig squatters ready to repel boarders", 22 May), wish to express our admiration and solidarity...

  • Letter : Democracy for the modern age
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: Revelations of parliamentary activities by MPs connected withpaid consultancies for particular sections of business, industry or other special interests surely highlight the inadequacy of our present Westminster structures. MPs are elected to th...

  • Is the handbag losing its impact?
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Even allowing for Clarke's sense of humour, the remark turns out to have gone to the heart of Mr Major's problems with Thatcherites - and possibly with the Baroness herself; faced with, as they saw it, the horrific prospect of a party led by Michael ...

  • Letter : A dishonest remedy to low pay
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: I share Andrew Marr's desire to see the less well-off better paid, but have doubts about the solution he proposes and question some of the claims in his article "Even hamburger flippers have to eat" (18 May). The way, surely, to achieve sustaina...

  • Letter : Democracy for the modern age
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: At the Conservative Party conference, when he was announcing the abolition of the right to silence, Michael Howard said "the innocent have nothing to hide". On this basis, can we assume that he would not object to the Nolan committee investigati...

  • Nothing less than victory
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    South Africa: nothing less than victory will do for the host country. The people of South Africa are so anxious to show they are the best that if they don't win, South Africa will slide back into years of racial strife and anarchy. Either that, or el...

  • Letter : Safe sunbeds
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: Despite the claims of recent news coverage, there is no proven causal relationship between sunbed use and skin cancer ("Sunbeds 'should carry health warnings' ", 19 May). Maximum levels of annual usage have already been defined in international ...

  • Letter : Shell has the power to save the Ogoni people
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: The Shell flags fluttering outside the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre for the company's AGM on 18 May were lowered to half-mast in respect for Ken Saro-Wiwa, in prison for opposing Shell's oil drilling in Ogoniland. In a message, recently ...

  • Never too late for justice
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Opponents of war crimes prosecutions maintain that 50 years after the events in question trials cannot be safe. Above all, eyewitnesses cannot be trusted. Yet British trials will not rest on testimony alone. There are stacks of documents in archives ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Is the judge up to the job?
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Revenge is the charitable explanation for Friday's extraordinary sentence. Depriving three small children of their previously unblemished parents - because they told a silly lie - is a strange thing to do. It outraged the quiet fellow burghers of Bro...

  • The real wreckers of the Union
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    This is solid conservative country. Perth itself is a well-doing farming and insurance town, though with pockets of poverty. Around it stretches some of the most quietly alluring countryside in Scotland, from the raspberry- growing land of the Tay va...

  • Letter : Cold comfort farm
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: Am I alone in feeling uneasy about the concept of a water treatment works masquerading as a farm (" 'Farmstead' disguise for water treatment works", 22 May)? What on earth is wrong with a well-designed water treatment works? The development, whi...

  • Letter : V&A director's fine achievements
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: To suggest that the Victoria and Albert Museum has been "left badly scarred" by Elizabeth Esteve-Coll when announcing that Dr Alan Borg has been appointed the next director ("V&A shake-up raises fear of entry charges", 20 May) is simply not ...

  • Letter : Forgotten victims of asbestos dust
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: Quoting the Health and Safety Executive, your report of the asbestos fallout in Birkenhead ("The day a strange snow came down on Birkenhead", 18 May) states that "suspicions of a link between asbestos and lung disease were aired in the 1920s". I...

  • Letter : Libraries lead way to bright new dawn
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    Sir: Our main library is housed in an old building and we have all the basic essential services and excellent customer care. As I am unemployed and my husband is retired, we spend a lot of time visiting the library. Over the years I have requested ra...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Labour leaves the land of dreams
    Tuesday, 23 May 1995

    But if the nightmare has gone, what of the dream Labour once offered? Is that also now no more than a mirage? For 16 years Labour has told us that the Tories are destroying state education, the National Health Service and the social security system. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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