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Tuesday, 23 May 1995

  • LETTER: SENTENCING THE WHITEHEADS
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: Patricia Whitehead said that lying is against everything she taught her children, but the children were told that their parents were "on holiday". Is this not a lie? Surely the best lesson that the children, aged five, seven, and nine, could lea...

  • LETTER: SENTENCING THE WHITEHEADS
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: A Member of Parliament lies, apologises after disclosure and is reprimanded. A couple lie, own up and are sent to jail. Wherefore justice? Yours faithfully, CHRISTINE SMITH London, E1 23 May

  • Grovelling is not enough
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    But to the astonishment of Labour MPs and not a few Conservatives, there was no disciplinary action. Being paid a pounds 1,000 to table a question merits a 10- or 20-day suspension (and loss of salary). But being paid thousands more to try to change ...

  • LETTER: Opus Dei's place in the divine plan
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: As I read Paul Vallely's article "What in the name of God is going on here?" (22 May) about the Catholic organisation Opus Dei, a passage of scripture came to my mind. In the Acts of the Apostles, we read that when some of the apostles were take...

  • Leading Article: N1's betrayal of the innocents
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Now let's talk about the management. Many people profess to be bored by the subject of how things are managed - until they go wrong. But what the independent inquiry into Islington's care for children (chaired by Oxfordshire's director of social serv...

  • Time to lose your self-control, Mr Major
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    First, the Speaker, Betty Boothroyd. The affair of Sir Jerry Wiggin and his deceitful amendment has drawn her into her first really serious spate of bad publicity, with attacks both from Labour MPs and the tabloid press for letting the arrogant and s...

  • LETTER: Radical options for benefits
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: You are wrong to suggest that the Social Justice Commission proposed "more means testing and in-work benefits" ("Labour leaves the land of dreams", 23 May). We argued powerfully that the present government's policy of extending means tests will ...

  • LETTER: That's no way to treat a lobster
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: Simon Hopkinson extols the flavour of fresh lobster ("Hot, buttery, fresh from the sea", 13 May), prepared either by cutting the animal in half while it is alive or immersing it in boiling water for a couple of minutes, "effectively killing" it....

  • Mme Thompson: elle a du style
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    I remember a svelte American producer defying fashion for an opening at the Grand Theatre Lumiere by wearing leggings. Two British female film executives behind her were barred entry. "But we're wearing the same as her," they protested. "Oui," replie...

  • LETTER: Forum looks to Britain's future
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: The Independent's announcement of the proposed establishment of a new national forum for public debate ("Debaters look to ancient Delphi", 19 May) rightly stated that it will "provide a nationally recognised base for independent long-term planni...

  • LETTER: Keeping track of psychotherapists
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: Bryan Appleyard's sweeping inclusion of psychotherapy in his "Nightmare cures for unhappiness", (3 May) has already prompted considerable concern, in particular his failure to make clear that when seeking treatment, the public in the past has no...

  • My World Cup runneth over
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Taiwan: the Taiwan team has no hope of winning and has only entered in order to annoy mainland China. Their manager, the genial Lai Kwo Too, learnt all his rugby at Oxford, where he was studying theology. "To me, rugby is a very gentle, almost orient...

  • Simple lies mask complex truths
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    What is extraordinary about them is that they do well what television usually does worst - they deal with complexity. Indeed, complexity is the whole point. The message is that attempts to simplify the world - a peculiarly contemporary affliction - a...

  • LETTER: Sentencing the Whiteheads
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: Despite your creeping editorial on behalf of people who lie in court ("Is the judge up to the job?" 23 May), Mr Justice Kennedy is certainly up to the job. The custodial sentence was perfectly justified. Patricia Whitehead lied. Had she been an ...

  • LETTER: Suburban limits on bedouin
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: I was disappointed with the report your newspaper ran about the controversy over the Jahalin bedouin tribe which lives near the Israeli city of Maale Adummim outside Jerusalem ("Bedouin face expulsion to make way for settlers", 17 May). Your rep...

  • LETTER: Unreasonable reactions to Nolan
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: The debate on the Nolan committee report does not show the House of Commons in a favourable light. Sir Edward Heath bemoans the growth of suspicion about MPs' integrity but pursues his argument that to be open about MPs' earnings "would be a ser...

  • Leading Article: Keeping up with the barons
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Stephen Dorrell's proposals to overhaul the rules governing how newspaper and television companies can own shares of the each other's markets suggest that the Government takes seriously the need for more trouble. It has recognised that the present sy...

  • LETTER: A title Hastings does not deserve
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: As coroner for Hastings I feel I must break my usual rule and write to the press. I was concerned to see that Hastings is described as "the suicide capital of Britain" in an article by Emma Brooker in your paper today ("The latter-day battle of ...

  • LETTER: SENTENCING THE WHITEHEADS
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: In his article about the Whiteheads and their conviction for lying to the police, Paul Vallely states ("The whole truth: who needs it?" 23 May) that the lies were told about "what, everyone agreed, was a fairly trivial motoring accident". Speaki...

  • LETTER: SENTENCING THE WHITEHEADS
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: Could Lord Nolan's committee consider recommending the appointment of Mr Justice Kennedy as Speaker of the House of Commons? At least we could then expect more appropriate sanctions for those engaging in impersonation and deception in high place...

  • LETTER: UNREASONABLE REACTIONS TO NOLAN
    Wednesday, 24 May 1995

    Sir: Those Conservative MPs who are objecting to declaring their earnings by statute seem to have forgotten that they have already passed legislation in regard to local councillors - in that they have to register all earnings from all sources on a re...

  • 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. ...

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