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  • Flights of fancy and bitter truths
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    The people I remember best were Frank Muir and Patrick Campbell, who were just as glamorous in their own way. One programme, I remember, featured the Scottish actor Bill Simpson, who was then famous for portraying Dr Finlay, but who never seemed to r...

  • LETTER:Paras' war crimes
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Just as we are about to try out our new War Crimes Act on an 84- year-old foreigner, a British ex-serviceman, speaking about the Falklands war (Magazine; "Para-noia", 20 May) can freely admit: "We found some conscripts cowering in a hole, but we...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: when to withdraw
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Your newspaper today (News Analysis, 31 May) lists me, among others, as supporting the withdrawal of British troops from Bosnia. This is not entirely accurate. I would ideally continue to support the presence of British troops as part of the UN ...

  • LETTER:Humane lobster
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Leonard Black (letter, 24 May) is absolutely right; there is no justification for torturing a lobster (or any other animal) to death. He will be glad to hear, though, that not only I agree with him but also the fishmonger in our local market. Bo...

  • LETTER:Plans for the ecu
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: I was somewhat disappointed by the negative reaction of the press yesterday to the unveiling of plans for the single currency by Commissioner de Silguy. The hype over loss of sovereignty is, in my opinion, greatly exaggerated and based on outdat...

  • LETTER:Standing in the shadows of art
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Andrew Graham-Dixon accuses Sir Ernst Gombrich's "Shadows" exhibition of being a "series of rather flat observations about the representation of reality in painting". Mr Graham-Dixon misunderstands what Gombrich sets out to do. Gombrich's style ...

  • No withdrawal, no war, and no neutrality
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    There had been a suspicion that the decision to send thousands more troops was cover for withdrawal. Some unforeseen disaster may cause that to happen, but the Prime Minister could not have made his hostility to the idea starker. Having summoned Parl...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The positive side of fundholding
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    On the upside, fundholding has proved the biggest single agent for change in the NHS since 1991. Fundholding GPs have been able to get their patients quicker access to hospital. They have proved good at cutting waiting times for out-patient appointme...

  • LETTER: Who is truly representative?
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    If, in order to represent, representers must belong to the same categories as the represented, then MPs require right proportions of oyster-lovers, self-lovers, credit card debtors, alcoholics, fiddlers, those economical with the truth, lovers of bit...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Student reality and realism
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Those arguing for progressive reform sought to commit the NUS to a combination of funding sources in which the beneficiaries of education - society, business and graduates - would contribute to its costs through general taxation, an employer levy and...

  • LETTER:The prisons policy, the judge and his verdicts
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: In 1849 the first of the new Victorian prisons was opened - at Pentonville, in north London. It was known at the time as the New Model Prison, and inmates had individual cells as well as their own toilet within each cell. It has taken us the bes...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Failure to grasp politics of greed
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Outrage, in the shape of the Shadow Chancellor, took to the air. The public would be angry, he said, that nurses were getting 3 per cent and regulators were asking for 21 times that. All day union leaders and politicians queued up to heap obloquy on ...

  • Exit centre stage (yet again)
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Despite his two-year tenure as Foreign Secretary in the last Labour government (somewhere, it now feels, between the pre-Cambrian and Cretaceous periods), back in 1992 Lord Owen seemed an odd, even maladroit choice to head Europe's diplomacy in Bosni...

  • LETTER: Who is truly representative?
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Rather than enriching the skills base at Westminster, they will add to the already depressingly large majority of MPs with no tangible business experience. Perhaps all parties should consider quotas to ensure that our legislature and executive have a...

  • LETTER:Standing in the shadows of art
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: In an old cartoon, a man at a private view stands in front of a painting and says out loud to himself: "I know a lot about art, but I don't know what I like." Last week, Alan Bennett's original and open-minded lecture on My National Gallery ("I ...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: when to withdraw
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: The fact that the British Army is soon to be the biggest single contributor to Unprofor in Bosnia-Herzegovina says more about American weakness than British determination. Throughout the Bosnian conflict, the US attitude has been one of a back- ...

  • LETTER:The prisons policy, the judge and his verdicts
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: How sad I feel on hearing the news that Judge Tumim is to stand down as Inspector of Prisons, as a result of the decision by the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, not to renew his contract. This decision is apparently due to the challenging and cr...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: when to withdraw
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Robin Cook is right to insist that we must have a clear long-term plan for Bosnia, but his suggestion that Serbs be forced into a pluralist Bosnian statelet lacks the logic of either possibility or justice. If the Slovenes, Croats and Muslims ca...

  • LETTER:The prisons policy, the judge and his verdicts
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee clearly demonstrates the fallacy of the Home Secretary's argument that "Prison works" ("Listen, minister, prison doesn't work", 31 May). There is, however, mounting evidence that certain forms of supervision in the community do wor...

  • 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...

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