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Thursday, 25 May 1995

  • LETTER : Hodge's legacy in Islington
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: Margaret Hodge's belated efforts to apologise, yet avoid blame, for Islington's childcare disaster will not wash. ("Who can politicians believe?", 25 May). It is the responsibility of elected office to sift the advice before making decisions, no...

  • LETTER : Harold Wilson: a practical, caring and unfailingly kind man
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: On 23 October 1975, my father was murdered by the IRA. That evening Marcia Williams rang the house in which I, my two sisters and my brother were sheltering. She was ringing on behalf of Harold Wilson to ask if there was anything the Prime Minis...

  • LETTER : Harold Wilson: a practical, caring and unfailingly kind man
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: I met Harold Wilson for the first time at a reception at the Star Hotel, Maidstone. In conversation, after joking about sharing the same name, I told him of a recent interview I had had with an excited American, who had just flown into London fr...

  • LETTER : Harold Wilson: a practical, caring and unfailingly kind man
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: As many tributes flow in for Lord Wilson, we at War on Want will remember the man who was deeply committed to world development and a founder of our organisation. Indeed, Lord Wilson's greatest gift to us has been the name, allegedly thought up ...

  • LETTER : The Duplo set
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: As the father of two avid Duplo collectors (aged two and four), I must take the Weasel to task over his assertion that there are no black people in Duplo land (Magazine, 13 May). Last Christmas, my sons received the Duplo "World People" set, com...

  • LETTER : Harold Wilson: a practical, caring and unfailingly kind man
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: May I, as an unknown recipient of Lord Wilson's unfailing kindness, add to his obituary (25 May). In the late 1960s I was a postgraduate student at Bradford University, of which Lord Wilson was the first chancellor. I had some difficulty in gett...

  • LETTER : Hodge's legacy in Islington
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: You rightly devoted a considerable part of your edition of 24 May to the White report on Islington's care practices. Most of the concern seems to surround the people who might now be carrying out wholly inappropriate care practices elsewhere, as...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : No more Paddy in the middle
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Until now. As the Tory ranks lie face down in the mud, exhausted and defeated, pigged out on port and cigars, Captain Ashdown has finally given up on the Conservative Party. They'll never be any good, he has concluded. The Liberal Democrats will refu...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Stay at home and mind the shares
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    In fact, last year she had become the unwitting repository of 58,949 shares in the National Grid, placed in her name by her husband, David Jefferies, chairman of the National Grid. His fellow (all-male) directors had bestowed similar favours on their...

  • Don't kill all the lawyers
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    The Bar helps to meet the need for specialist advice and skilled advocates to give true access to justice. Even in countries where there is no legal division between solicitors and barristers, a separate Bar has emerged. Detailed and careful reviews,...

  • Did he go or was he pushed?
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    "See that tribute to Harold Wilson the other night?" The question floated up into the air of the club smoking room, hovered for a moment then began to dissipate. It had been aimed by one of the only two inhabitants of the room, at the other one. The ...

  • LETTER : A vote for ID cards
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: Please may I express my support for the notion of identity cards ("Howard plays his card", 25 May) through your pages. Perhaps MPs could use theirs when tabling questions. Yours faithfully, PHILIP BALL Bramhall, Cheshire 24 May

  • LETTER : Supranational identity of the Union
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr seems to view the possible break-up of the UK state with equanimity ("The real wreckers of the Union", 23 May). However, it is highly debatable whether such a move would merely "lessen London's influence on the world stage and cause ...

  • LETTER : Origins of the Monopoly board
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: Apparently, Charles Darrow had about as much claim to have invented Monopoly as William Friese-Greene did motion photography ("Mayfair, mortgaged for pounds 200 - and go to jail!", 17 May). Forms of the game were known in Atlantic City, but the ...

  • Turfing out the elderly in Middle England
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    There speaks the authentic voice of Middle England, and it is seething with a bitterness that frightens Downing Street. David Anderson is one of a group of six families who have been sitting in to protest at their elderly relatives, victims of Alzhei...

  • LETTER : Gnat-picking
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: It was a pleasure to see natural history (amber) make the front page ("Amber bee eclipses 'Jurassic Park' fiction", 19 May). I don't wish to be a spoilsport, but your "bee" is, in fact, a fungus gnat (ie, a true fly). Yours sincerely, ED JARZEMB...

  • LETTER : Quintessential 20th-century artist
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    Sir: David Lister describes Carrington, the film that Christopher Hampton adapted from my biography of Lytton Strachey, as being "little known". He gives this obscurity as the reason for Emma Thompson having sought extra publicity for the film at the...

  • Why I won't let Major in
    Friday, 26 May 1995

    During my whole adult life, I had never had a clearer sense of political entropy at the top - of a government that is simply running down, bereft of conviction, drained of energy and all too aware that its useful life is over. The reason that the Con...

  • 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...

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