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Thursday, 4 May 1995

  • Letter: Good and bad ways of spending the National Lottery proceeds
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    I have, however, become very disturbed in the past few days by the controversy over the "Churchill papers" and the financing of the purchase of them for "the country" out of lottery money. I now hear that the Thatcher papers are to be presented free ...

  • Peace: they're getting there
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Such images demonstrate that the gulf between the two sides is narrowing. Yet Wednesday's fracas in Londonderry - and John Major's subsequent threat to cancel next week's first meeting between the republicans and Michael Ancram, the Northern Ireland ...

  • Another View: Fair play for rugby amateurs
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    I can only assume the programme was made some time ago as it certainly does not reflect the current situation, but that does not excuse collective abuse if reports are correct. At a meeting last Friday, the new executive, recommended by the Bishop Co...

  • Letter: EU accession talks for Malta
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    In fact on 10 April 1995 the Council of Ministers also decided that accession negotiations with Malta "will start six months after the conclusion of the 1996 intergovernmental conference". Yours sincerely, SALV J. STELLINI High Commissioner Malta Hig...

  • Letter: Belgrade left out in the cold on VE Day
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Belgrade was promptly blitzed by the Luftwaffe while Zagreb hailed its German liberators. Serbia was truncated and subjected to German military rule for the duration of the war. Zagreb, in contrast, became the capital of a Ustasha-run Greater Croatia...

  • Advice well past its heed-by date
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Why do they all look so troubled in mind? Well, organising things is horrible at the best of times, but it can't be much fun trying to find out exactly how bouncy castles were powered in 1945 and then finding out that they didn't even have the blaste...

  • Let's face it, we've backed a real loser
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    The Government was clearly taken aback by the public outcry, but this may just be the beginning, for the lottery is coming to symbolise a whole range of government weaknesses. Take the spectre of quango sleaze. The Churchill dbcle created the impress...

  • Letter: Deciding who prescribes
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Drugs have not been "banned" from GP prescription and GPs do not have to "seek permission" before prescribing. The guidelines drawn up in Bromley after extensive local consultation, which included GPs and other health professionals, simply give advic...

  • Leading Article: Whitehall talks hot air on fumes
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Showing all the quick-fire reactions of a sloth, the Government is beginning to realise that a lot of air pollution is due to rising numbers of cars. The Government won't admit it, but there may well turn out to be a link between traffic fumes and th...

  • Letter: Socialist principles in a changing world
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    But you will not find it surprising that we should stand by the principles to which we committed ourselves when we joined the Labour Party, and to which we were all asked to declare our allegiance when we were nominated as candidates for our party in...

  • Letter: Good and bad ways of spending the National Lottery proceeds
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Remember the advertisements which appeared last year showing examples of charitable work likely to benefit from the National Lottery? The clear message from Camelot was (and still is) "buy a lottery ticket and you will be supporting charity". Your re...

  • Leading Article: Ken and Eddie's big day
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    But the pair of them should not be put off. The Governor, Eddie George, can indeed make a reasonable economic case for a rise, designed to save Britain from rolling towards the downward curve of the country's typical boom-bust cycle. Mr George can ju...

  • Letter: Fair Trade's work against poverty
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Contrary to the impression given, Oxfam can guarantee that our trade with partners in the Third World is ethical and humane. What we can't guarantee is that producers and consumers will have the same perception of what constitutes a fair price. Worke...

  • Letter: 'Olympic Chickens' an affront to art
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    If human corpses were shaved of hair, decapitated and manipulated in grotesque, statuesque parodies for "artistic" presentation, would this not constitute a violation of human dignity? The protests over live animal transport are equally about dignity...

  • Peace: they're getting there
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    As early as page 28, however, comes the chapter with the unoriginal title of "From reform to revolution", and from then on the IRA and Sinn Fein take centre stage. Mr Adams's subsequent career was anything but dogmatic and unoriginal as he proved him...

  • Letter: Good and bad ways of spending the National Lottery proceeds
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    A small endowment would place the Dulwich Picture Gallery on a much-deserved even keel for the future. This is the oldest public picture gallery in Britain (opened in 1817, before the National Gallery), and has been struggling valiantly for many year...

  • Letter: Good and bad ways of spending the National Lottery proceeds
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Our original masterplan, on which the lottery application is based, included a detailed acoustical survey. What became apparent was that further studies would be necessary and that, given we were already operating in an acoustically difficult buildin...

  • Letter: Socialist principles in a changing world
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    We have, however, the right to campaign for policies aimed at restoring full employment, redistributing wealth and bringing health education and social services back into full public control. Despite the ballots, common ownership does win popular sup...

  • Letter: Involvement of women, men and sailors in the Second World War
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Barbara Hoddinott (Letters, 3 May) speaks of the Merchant Navy and its 29,180 men who lost their lives in the Second World War as a "forgotten group". It is intended to remember the great contribution that the Merchant Service made by planting a...

  • Letter: Risks and benefits of contraceptive pill
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: With regard to the dangers and inadequate warnings on Pill leaflets, the warnings about thrombosis et al in my Pill's instructions are decorated with a border of pink flowers. On the front of the leaflet, there is a picture of a "flower fairy" a...

  • We've swallowed the bottle
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Bottling water ought to be as inherently silly as canning air and there was a time when everybody in Britain would have shared this view. At the end of the Seventies the market for bottled mineral waters was a paltry £9m. Then came the Eighties, upwa...

  • Letter: Golfers' defence of a worthy game
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: I'm sure Genevieve Fox's article on World No Golf Day will draw plenty of replies from Outraged of Tunbridge Wells, but as a relative newcomer to the sport, I probably have a more balanced outlook ("How about bunking off for the day?", 28 April)...

  • Letter: Scene of triumph
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Greta Garbo and Charles Spencer were too dismissive of Cecil Beaton on stage (Vicky Ward's Diary, 2 May). I saw that 1946 production of Lady Windermere's Fan, for which Beaton also did the stage designs and costumes. The audience was so delighte...

  • The City and the global village
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    But this latest foreign invasion of the City should be a matter of concern for us all. It speaks loudly and clearly about the weaknesses, and strengths, of the British economy in the mid- Nineties. And it carries a particular message for Labour as Go...

  • Letter: No bones about it
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: If a team of American scientists genuinely believe they have found the world's oldest bone tools, some 90,000 years old, in Zaire ("Stone Age folk in the Rift Valley 'lived in nuclear families' ", 28 April), they should read the Independent, if ...

  • Letter: Involvement of women, men and sailors in the Second World War
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Rosalind Miles appears, in her essay on masculinity as defined by war ("Frogmarched into manhood", 1 May), to lay the responsibility for warmongering exclusively at the feet of men - but what about women's involvement? Without the support of wom...

  • Letter: May Day: pagan and revolutionary
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Michael Foot's valiant vindication of the May Day holiday unfortunately includes a high ratio of fantasy to fact ("Long live our beloved May Day; Another View, 2 May). There is no connection between the pagan festival of May Day and the Christia...

  • Leading article: Lib Dems add electoral spice
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Such conclusions would, however, be mistaken. First, today's poll will almost certainly not be the Prime Minister's Waterloo. As the Tory losses are totted up, probably in their thousands, the doom merchants will ply their trade. Plots will be hatche...

  • Gemini Calling! Gemini Calling!
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    After the war Lord Haw Haw was dismissed as a traitor - indeed, he was executed as a traitor - but during the war he had given a great deal of entertainment to the British, and I sometimes feel that just because he was on the wrong side, we undervalu...

  • Letter: Risks and benefits of contraceptive pill
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: If women are to work, study, engage in social or political life - all the things we regard as our right - we must be able to prevent unwanted pregnancy ("A hard pill to swallow", 1 May). The contraceptive pill is one of the most effective, conve...

  • A heritage trail littered with mistakes
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    The name ought to have been warning enough. People who make a government department for "National Heritage" are clearly the spaced-out mind-slaves of corporate euphemism. It is a McName, a crunchy, bite-sized little chunk of nothingness that makes th...

  • Letter: Mythical cause of Balkan wars
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: The Independent's coverage of Croatia's liberation of Sector West was a disappointment after its past treatment of the conflict in former Yugoslavia. Michael Sheridan and Christopher Bellamy's News Analysis ("Hunkering down for a long, long war"...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Leeson's best hope for trial
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Leeson's bail application was doomed even though there can be little doubt that a native German would have been granted bail, albeit with strict conditions attached. In that respect Leeson shares his plight with British tourists accused of mayhem in ...

  • Leading article: When warlords stoop to folly
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Once again, the conflicts of the former Yugoslavia have been waged without care for the consequences. Once again, the victims, this time Serbs, have nowhere to turn but to the international aid agencies. Once again, they will depend on the soldiers o...

  • Letter: Involvement of women, men and sailors in the Second World War
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: I possess a copy of General Eisenhower's message that ended the war. It has been among my souvenirs these 50 years. It orders all "active operations" to cease at 23:01 hours Central European time, 8 May 1945. Even if the difference between Centr...

  • Letter: Golfers' defence of a worthy game
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Genevieve Fox has obviously never played the "Royal and Ancient" version of golf. While I agree with much of her sentiment about the harmful, ludicrously expensive and unnatural golfing developments, such as the £40m London Golf Club at Sevenoak...

  • Letter: Involvement of women, men and sailors in the Second World War
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Those who were involved in the Second World War are certainly taking a drubbing half a century after the conflict. We were, it is sometimes alleged, at least indifferent to and often given to gloating over the killing of German civilians, especi...

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