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Friday, 26 May 1995

  • Ethics man takes on the fat cats
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Meanwhile, the rest of us looked on angrily, fed up with a bunch of characters who did not seem to know the difference between right and wrong. The issue was not whether the tax wheeze was legal. What mattered was that it failed to pass the Nineties ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The United Nations in chains
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Think back before the IRA ceasefires, and before the Arab-Israeli peace accords. Western publics, tired of the gory headlines, sometimes imagined that if all-out war were let rip, then a war-crazed generation might sicken of killing more quickly, lea...

  • Life's a gas for a feisty high-flyer
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    This is where you can help. I'd be grateful if you could let me know whether your experience of Prozac is the same as mine: that it's quite subtle in its operation, having no effect at all for several days and then scything you down with a depression...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Identity cards and the precarious state of data protection
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Sir: Not only, as you suggest ("Howard plays his card", 25 May), is there no substantial evidence that identity cards will help to reduce crime, but such a scheme would, paradoxically, increase crime. It would not be long before even "smart" ID cards...

  • LETTER : Beer and dogma with Opus Dei
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Sir: I read with interest your article on Opus Dei of 22 May ("What in the name of God is going on here?") as one who has been subject to the overtures of this movement for over a year. As an undergraduate at Oxford (the location of an Opus Dei centr...

  • LETTER : City built on an injustice
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Sir: In criticising your report on the conflict between the Jahalin bedouin and the Israeli settlement of Maale Adummim, Elizabeth Lightstone ignores a couple of important facts (Letters, 24 May). Maale Adummim is an Israeli settlement built upon lan...

  • LETTER : Whose politics?
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Sir: With regard to Polly Toynbee's article "When PC gives equality a bad name" (25 May): political correctness is according to whose politics? Yours sincerely, DIGBY L. JAMES Weston Rhyn, Shropshire 25 May

  • LETTER : A chance to ban mines
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Sir: Your graphic report ("Minefield plague was legacy of war for France", 23 May) on the aftermath of the Second World War in France where perhaps as many of 20,000 German POWs died attempting to clear up to 13 million mines (many of which remain ac...

  • Chief troublemaker leaves the nick
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Putting such a man in charge of the prison inspectorate must have seemed to the then Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd, an innocuous and uncontroversial appointment. Stephen Tumim was and is comfortably located at the centre of the Establishment - a membe...

  • LETTER : No mistake in my near-win
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Sir: As one of the women candidates featured in your article on New Labour, I was bemused to read that I "nearly got elected by mistake" as Euro MP for Cambridgeshire last year ("Women who are the face of New Labour", 25 May). Perhaps the record coul...

  • LETTER : Singing the praise of Brum
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Sir: Inspired by Birmingham's vibrant musical life and the range and quality of its venues, BBC Radio chose to stage its largest festival of live music here over the May Bank holiday. The Independent really rose to the occasion with Edmund Beatty Wri...

  • LETTER : Lasting perfume
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Sir: For the benefit of Mr Warner from Warwick (letter, 25 May) who feels that garlic is not what it used to be, I bought a friend a microwave garlic baker for Christmas and he still has not stopped complaining about the strength of the finished dish...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Identity cards and the precarious state of data protection
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    Sir: Your leading article on identity cards ("Howard plays his card", 25 May) highlights the inadequacy of Britain's data protection laws. Government reassurances about the benefits of such a scheme suggest that it may be timely to remind people of h...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 27 May 1995

    He kept the show on the road and he kept the country behind him. He wasn't one of those prime ministers who never takes a bus - Lord Healey, a Wilson government minister Harold Wilson's passing will be deeply mourned by all those who knew him persona...

  • 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...

  • 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 : 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 : 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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