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  • LETTER:A bottle of Perrier to the lucky winner
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: Much as I look forward to winning one of your 1970s classics in your current competition, I can't help wondering about the direction that future competitions will take. Presumably, we are soon to be invited to collect tokens to win 1980s classic...

  • LETTER:Withdrawal of United Nations peace-keepers would lead to carnage in Bosnia
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: Last month, Michael Sheridan wrote about Douglas Hurd's criticism of Arab dissidents, taking refuge in London, for "abusing our hospitality by indulging in malevolent propaganda campaigns against our good friends in the region". Mr. Hurd went on...

  • LETTER:Shameful addiction in local government
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: Your articles on alleged child abuse in Islington express the shock and outrage that many people must feel. You mention the failure of managers to act on allegations for fear of the consequences. It needs to be said that there was no certainty t...

  • LETTER:Data registrar has no power to fine
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: David Anson (letter, 30 May) accuses Liz Parratt of Liberty of misrepresenting the Data Protection Act, and promptly does so himself. Police systems are not exempt from the subject access provisions of the 1984 Act. Instead, it provides that the...

  • LETTER:Equality is not discriminatory
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: If the only down side to women-only shortlists were that some mediocre men would lose their jobs ("Women's place is in the House", 30 May), I would be with Barbara Follett like a shot. Some male nonentities, who would never have got to elected o...

  • LEADER:The siren call of Little England
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Suddenly, it is not Munich that offers a history lesson, but Vietnam. "Our soldiers did not join up to die for a country which has nothing to do with us," says Teresa Gorman. Really? So why were Teresa and pals so (rightly) keen on risking lives for ...

  • LETTER:Oman shares no secrets with Israel
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: Patrick Cockburn's piece "Israel targets Iranian nuclear plants for raids" (22 May) refers to speculation that Israel is sharing intelligence information with the Sultanate of Oman. Lest there be any doubt in this matter, it should be known that...

  • LETTER:The mysteries of iron absorption
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: As scientists working on basic aspects of iron metabolism, we read with incredulity your article "Doctor sniffs out remedy for anaemia in an Indian cooking pot" (26 May) concerning a government-funded scientist's discovery that balti currys cook...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Our troops must leave Bosnia
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    So what are the principles? There is, of course, nothing new about a discussion of where, whether and when we ought to deploy British troops and risk British lives and British taxpayers' money. The traditional Tory principle is not bombastic. It is c...

  • LETTER:Savage gerbils
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: I doubt whether Geraldine Tausig (letter, 30 May) would have been quite so rapturous about her "wonderful and therapeutic" gerbils if she, like me, had had the murderous fangs of one of these savage rodents embedded in her fingers for a full fiv...

  • LEADER:Putting parents on the payroll
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Today's report from the Institute for Public Policy Research by two eminences grises of British social policy, Michael Young and AH Halsey, is the latest example of a growing trend of thinking on family policy on both the left and the right. They arg...

  • That was you? Don't pull my leg
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    I haven't looked like a baby for decades, so I didn't know what he was talking about until it turned out that the BBC has been putting out repeated snippets of Call My Bluff, the television panel game, on which I did occasionally appear in the 1970s....

  • Time we all learnt to grow up
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    The report - from a European academic group - was first intended to establish whether certain types of disorder had increased among the young in the past 50 years. The disorders were crime, suicide, depression, eating disorders and drug and alcohol a...

  • LETTER:South Africa aid is not for trade
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: In his article on South Africa ("EU aid row threatens to sink South Africa's trade hopes", 29 May), Andrew Marshall describes the current state of play between the European Union and South Africa over the proposed free-trade agreement. It is cru...

  • Shareholders, ignite!
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    At the AGM today, I shall be representing 1,400 small shareholders and former staff, with about 700,000 shares to speak for. Professor Joe Lamb of the "Gas Greed" campaign will carry another 500,000 votes. This is a drop in the ocean compared to the ...

  • Listen, minister, prison doesn't work
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Enter the new broom, retired General Sir John Learmont, who is due to report shortly on the Whitemoor and Parkhurst escapes. The word inside the Home Office is that his report, now completed, will call for a stern new military-type command structure ...

  • LETTER:Withdrawal of United Nations peace-keepers would lead to carnage in Bosnia
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: The holding of UN troops at Nato targets by the Bosnian Serbs once again highlights the West's foreign policy fiasco in the Balkans. By failing to act decisively in the wake of the Serbian aggression in April 1992, the West has not only put the ...

  • LETTER:Withdrawal of United Nations peace-keepers would lead to carnage in Bosnia
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: Bravo, Michael Sheridan ("Will it be Russia v America next?", 29 May). The responsibility for the deepening crisis in Bosnia lies with an American administration (supported by Germany) that has continually made a hypocrisy of the principles by w...

  • LETTER:Withdrawal of United Nations peace-keepers would lead to carnage in Bosnia
    Wednesday, 31 May 1995

    Sir: In weighing the costs of a possible UN withdrawal from Bosnia, Andrew Marshall does not mention the only certain consequences of such a decision ('Spectre of withdrawal closer", 29 May). The first would be the death by starvation of the two mill...

  • Letter: Laying down the law on data protection
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: It is all very well for people with passports, driving licences, credit cards, workplace identity cards or student union cards to oppose the introduction of national identity cards. However, I would suggest that if such people threw away these p...

  • Human rights in the Commonwealth
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: In protecting human rights in the Commonwealth, the Privy Council in London plays a vital role but, in her review of the Caribbean "death row" cases ("Life or death, long distance", 25 May), Heather Mills suggests that courts of India and Zimbab...

  • Letter: A society unable to repay its debt
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: The lack of money for state-funded care of the elderly which Polly Toynbee describes in her article today ("Turfing out the elderly in Middle England", 26 May) has other facets in addition to the experiences she describes. My grandmother worked ...

  • Letter: Keep children out of Lottery
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: The survey conducted by Children's Express ("Shopkeepers break ban on child gamblers", 25 May) is highly significant. Furthermore, the reported response of David Rigg of Camelot is rather disingenuous. Throughout its short life, the National Lot...

  • Leading Article: Two unsuitable cases for service
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    A dealer to the end, Mr Levitt - who wore a heavy coat, a big moustache and a large smile every time he left the court - bargained the hapless SFO into settling for a minor charge, one for which a non-custodial sentence was almost certain. In the end...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Women's place is in the House
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Labour, with its commitment to equality, has tried hard to correct this imbalance. But by 1993, it was clear that something had to be done to speed up the snail's pace of progress. Almost half a century of persuasion, exhortation and tokenism had pro...

  • Leading Article: Homes, taxes and Madagascar
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    This is not entirely irrational behaviour. Traditionally, those who have campaigned for constitutional change - such as Charter 88 - have ploughed their furrow in a different field to that of the majority of voters. MPs are sensitive to this; they do...

  • Sending a message to the Serbs
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    The first of these is resolve. The harsh truth is that the Bosnian Serbs seized hostages because similar tactics have worked for them before. This is the first time they have chained their victims and filmed their humiliation, but throughout last yea...

  • Letter: Culloden commemorations
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: A good deal is being proposed in the Highlands to mark the anniversary next year of the battle of Culloden. Some of the proposals are excellent, some verge on the bizarre or even offensive. All of them, so far as I know, are local and backward-l...

  • Letter: Periwinkle cure
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: Further to your article "Try a little flower power" (23 May), Roy Campbell, in his book on Portugal, describes how he was cured of diabetes when he visited his Portuguese friends in the Alentejo. He was given a concoction derived from periwinkle...

  • A real life or death decision
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Today's choice is far harder. Nothing can or will happen in the Balkans now that will cause Union Jacks to wave or garner politicians' grateful votes. That more British soldiers are fated to die seems inevitable. It would be a remarkable retreat from...

  • Letter: Wonderful gerbils
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: With regard to Maggie Brown's comments on gerbils (Diary, 24 May), I can only express how wonderful and therapeutic these rodents are. Our gerbils are always busy and purposeful and have entertained the elderly, as well as countless nursery scho...

  • WITNESS: Stalinist reluctance to study the facts
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    The Labour borough has finally put its hands up. Last week an independent report confirmed that pimps, paedophiles and pornographers had for years preyed on children in Islington's homes. Not all were "gay", but many were, and the report unequivocall...

  • Letter: German PoWs suffered, too
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: With reference to your article "Scandal of PoWs sent to death on minefields" (23 May), concerning the clearing of French minefields by German PoWs, may I draw attention to another "legacy of war". My father was one of over a million German PoWs ...

  • In other words, it's the same again
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    "Same again?" said a voice in my ear. I looked up at my potential benefactor, Randolph, the village linguist. "Ah, but is it actually possible to have the same again?" I asked. "One can always have something very similar again, or the same sort of th...

  • Letter: One for the road
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: The Department of the Environment is soon to introduce a written examination for learner drivers because this is in line with EC law and it is fondly believed this will produce better drivers ("L-drivers must pass extra written test", 24 May). M...

  • Letter: Laying down the law on data protection
    Tuesday, 30 May 1995

    Sir: I must take exception to comments raised by Liz Parratt in her letter today (27 May) suggesting that the police are exempt from the Data Protection Principle One requiring that users obtain and process data fairly and lawfully. The police have t...

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