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Wednesday, 24 May 1995

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Who can politicians believe?
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    When the London Evening Standard first started printing allegations centred on the existence of a paedophile ring and the mismanagement of children's homes, rumours of the existence of a paedophile ring had already been investigated thoroughly by the...

  • France still isn't working
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Philosophically, too, it was expected - perhaps misguidedly - that a right-of-centre government, as Mr Chirac's professes to be, would have as much interest in keeping spending down and the franc up, as in possibly taking risks with inflation in the ...

  • LETTER: The happy, open reality of Opus Dei
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: Paul Vallely's article on Opus Dei (22 May) includes comments from seven critics, but only one supporter. This does not appear to me to represent a very "independent" point of view. Yours faithfully, A. M. FOX Grandpont House Oxford 23 May

  • Lessons of the Wilson years
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    He had a photographic memory - a huge asset to any politician, but particularly one required constantly to meet and greet people - so it was especially tragic and poignant that the illness which struck him a few years ago first eroded and later destr...

  • LETTER: Not a whiff of decent garlic
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: I wonder whether any of your readers have noticed the recent decline in the flavour strength of garlic sold by our supermarkets. It is some while since I last visited France, but lingering still is that evocative taste of garlic. What has happen...

  • The wrong kind of prose on the line
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    I think I was the only one rash enough to choose a book by a living author, Lady Antonia Fraser, and she hasn't spoken to me since. I don't think she had spoken to me before, so it didn't really change my life a great deal, except that I have never r...

  • LETTER: Britain's neglect of a vital science
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: Roger Dobson's article ("Try a little flower power", 23 May) on the pharmaceutical comeback of plants was timely. In spite of the long history of the derivation of medicinal agents from plants, interest in the pharmaceutical industry in screenin...

  • A trio of reasons for public ill temper
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    The absence of a "feel-good" factor has become the theme of our times. Every piece of vaguely disturbing economic news that emerges is seen either as an explanation of this grouchy mood or a justification for it. Earlier this week, there was the publ...

  • LETTER: Jam tomorrow
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: My sister was at prep school in Hastings during the 1960s ("The latter-day battle of Hastings", 22 May). Each day the children were given, among other restricted foods, two measured teaspoons of sugar and jam and told that that was what they wou...

  • LETTER: Past and present horrors in a worldwide plague of land- mines
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: Your article on the clearing of land-mines by German prisoners of war was shocking ("Minefield plague was legacy of war for France", 23 May). For developing countries, these sorts of horrors and dangers are still a day-to-day reality. In Cambodi...

  • Howard plays his card
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Voluntary and compulsory schemes are the two main varieties on offer. Immediately available could be simple plastic cards. Coming soon should be smart cards carrying a memory chip to store much more information about us. Principled libertarians oppos...

  • LETTER: A challenge to UK jurisdiction
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: I read with interest your article ("Hauliers challenge animal welfare law", 12 May) stating that Ken Lane Transport and Europan Ltd, the companies that transport live animals to the continent of Europe for Albert Hall Farms, were challenging the...

  • LETTER: Europe hears about Islington
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: I was horrified to read your report "Council dogma hid child abuse" (24 May) about the alleged abject disregard by Islington council and the then council leader, Margaret Hodge MP, of the welfare of children in their care. Of course recruitment ...

  • LETTER: 100 years on from Wilde's conviction
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: One hundred years ago today, Oscar Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years' hard labour on charges of homosexuality. The law against "gross indecency between males", with which Wilde was charged and jailed, remains on the statute book. Th...

  • LETTER: Past and present horrors in a worldwide plague of land- mines
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: I refer to the article in respect of the use of German prisoners of war during the Second World War in clearing minefields in France. As an ex-British prisoner of war in Germany, I feel that the Geneva Convention did not mean much to my captors,...

  • LETTER: Past and present horrors in a worldwide plague of land- mines
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: It was not only in France that German prisoners were used to clear mines ("Scandal of PoWs sent to deaths on minefields", 23 May). They were similarly employed in Britain, too, after the war. In 1946-47, when I was serving with a specialised Roy...

  • LETTER: The happy, open reality of Opus Dei
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: Having lived for nine months in a residence run by Opus Dei, what has surprised me is how open its members are about their ideas and their activities. From the very beginning I knew who was in Opus Dei, and it was left completely up to me to att...

  • LETTER: The happy, open reality of Opus Dei
    Thursday, 25 May 1995

    Sir: What Paul Vallely does not state ("What in the name of God is going on here?" 22 May) is that the vast majority of Opus Dei's 80,000 members are ordinary married men and women leading humdrum lives with their own families in their own homes. All...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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