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Monday, 8 May 1995

  • LETTER : Reasons for the Tory dbcle in the local polls
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: The Prime Minister has revealed he really is soldiering on without any sense of direction. Replying to questions outside No 10 on Friday he promised: "We shall do what the British nation has always done when it had its back to the wall - turn ro...

  • LETTER : Speedy control of traffic pollution
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: Your article on measures to control vehicle air pollution ("Air quality set to remain poor", 5 May) failed to mention one existing legal restraint which is insufficiently used in cities - speed limits. Nearly all forms of vehicle pollution are d...

  • LETTER : Speedy control of traffic pollution
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: In vast parts of Britain we are experiencing traffic levels and meteorological conditions that have led to high levels of low-level ozone. As a result certain members of society, notably asthmatics, are advised to avoid vigorous exercise. At the...

  • Getting stuck into the admin scrum
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    As an admin man, Dennis Easby seemed to have everything. Invisible, anonymous, hard-working, unknown, uncharismatic, pedantic and a senior citizen of unimpeachable grammar and sentence construction, Dennis Easby had moulded the administration of rugb...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Bill and Boris - powerful men
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    First we should understand the Russian mood. Half a century past, Russia stood bruisedly victorious, its lifeblood and treasure expended in what Soviet historians called the Great Patriotic War. The title alone spoke of the mystical nationalism that ...

  • LETTER : Celebrating children
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: Jack Dominian's Another View ("Starting afresh on divorce", 27 April) presented an optimistic picture of life in the future for children involved in divorce. As an educationist I am not so convinced. In my view the law and education require the ...

  • A new image for a new century
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    In France, commentators have made much of the fact that in electing Jacques Chirac to be their next president, the French are the first Europeans to have chosen the leader who will take them into the 21st century. Mr Chirac, unlike his Socialist oppo...

  • LETTER : Croatian law on minorities
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: The reincorporation of Western Slavonia within Croatian jurisdiction has been accompanied by the flight of most of the region's Serbs. Western Slavonia, having experienced two rounds of ethnic cleansing in the last four years, is presently a wil...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Tories must think or sink
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Style persuades and is not to be sneered at. Someone new with a new style coming along is bound to be appealing for a bit. But even Mr Blair's political honeymoon will come to an end, as the commentating classes force themselves to examine what all t...

  • LETTER : Lottery Sports Fund allocations
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: I was very concerned to read that Philip Jackson (Letters, 3 May) had not received information about the National Lottery Sports Fund. Although we fell short of the required standard on this occasion, I would emphasise that we have tried extreme...

  • LETTER : Mountain rescue avoids tree-tops
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: In your report "Road warriors' woodland siege" (2 May) concerning the use of bailiffs to evict tree-top protesters in the path of the M65 you state that "a mountain rescue team has been recruited to help with the eviction". This has caused upset...

  • LETTER : Britain's post-war economic record
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: I am sorry to have wounded Jim Tomlinson of Brunel University (Letters, 2 May) in his assumptions about the economic record of the post-war Labour government, but I fear that the criticisms he makes of my article do not accord with the documenta...

  • Better a dalliance than an all-out alliance
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Neither chap, however, is ready for the full clinch. As soon as the newspapers start panting about national pacts, they go all coy. No pacts, says the Labour leadership. No deals. No chocolates. Got that, everyone? Despite which, things are hotting u...

  • LETTER : Reasons for the Tory dbcle in the local polls
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: The Tories' problem is simply explained. Their message is getting through. Yours sincerely, DUDLEY DOUST West Bradley, Somerset 5 May

  • LEADING ARTICLE : A cough and bull story
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    But this bank holiday weekend cars were busy killing people in more conventional ways. It is true that fewer of us now die on Britain's roads - deaths last year were down, at 3,651, to their lowest level since 1926. But disaggregate the figures and b...

  • LETTER : US embargo links Iran with Iraq
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: Now Iran joins the list of countries to have a US-led embargo against it ("US allies alarmed at trade ban on Iran", 2 May). According to the French human rights organisation, Partage Avec Les Enfants Du Monde, in Haiti the number of children suf...

  • LETTER : Reasons for the Tory dbcle in the local polls
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: So John Major thinks that "party disunity" is the main cause of the Tory annihilation in last week's local elections (reports, 6 May). It is equally likely that at least some of those who do still vote Tory do so for just the opposite reason: be...

  • LETTER : Reasons for the Tory dbcle in the local polls
    Tuesday, 9 May 1995

    Sir: The third year of crushing defeat for the Tories in the local elections has brought complaints from the defeated about the unfairness of the electorate voting on national and not local issues. It seems that the Tories are incapable of seeing tha...

  • Diary
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    In Maryland at Malice Domestic, the annual convention for writers and fans of those crime novels known in America as ''cozies'' (as opposed to ''hardboiled''), I asked someone if she was a writer or a fan. ''I'm pre-published,'' she said. I took this...

  • LETTER : Angry and joyful on VE Day
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: It is with an overwhelming sense of anger that I anticipate the arrival of the VE Day celebrations. So many people during the war gave their lives in the unselfish hope that their sacrifice would help to bring a better world. It was a vision who...

  • LETTER : The only way to build lasting peace in Croatia
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Mr Danny Thompson Sir: On Wednesday Croatia's President Tudjman declared that "Croatia will no longer tolerate the continuation of ethnic cleansing in Croatian areas behind the cloak of the [UN] peace forces". On Thursday evening Chris Gunness, the U...

  • LETTER : The only way to build lasting peace in Croatia
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: The Croatian expulsion of 15,000 Serbs from western Slavonia this week marks the end to centuries of Serb existence in this region of former Yugoslavia. It also brings the Croats a step closer to realising their long-held goal of creating an eth...

  • Big Daddy government is out of date
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Such views now strike me as entirely natural for somebody brought up in a welfare state. Like many in my generation I enjoyed free education (at university as well as at school) and free health care. I expected state support should I become unemploye...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Unlearning the lessons of 1945
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Four years later, in May 1945, the war in Europe was over. Britain, which in 1940 and 1941 had genuinely stood alone, save for its colonies and former dominions, could congratulate itself for its extraordinary achievements. The fact that the realitie...

  • LETTER : Bromley's policy on prescribing
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Dr Jackie Spiby Sir: We were pleased to see the debate about the prescribing of expensive drugs (reports, 3 May). We should like, however, to make a number of points clear. Bromley Health has not told GPs that they cannot prescribe certain drugs beca...

  • REAPPRAISAL : 1945 - the first Summer of Love
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    The Sun's 12-page VE Day pull-out the other day finally put the whole question beyond debate. For every anecdote ending tastefully with a reunited couple hugging on their doorstep, there was another in which the protagonist absentmindedly went to a s...

  • LETTER : The only way to build lasting peace in Croatia
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: R. Marcetic and others (letter, 5 May) complain that the British government has not invited a representative from Belgrade to the VE Day celebrations. However the Government is quite right: during the Second World War Serbs indeed suffered great...

  • Germany's journey to health
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Since coming to live in Germany I have become accustomed to a familiar pattern in conversations about the Second World War, a pattern that is both depressing and encouraging at the same time. When talking to a 70- year-old, I can expect that any refe...

  • LETTER : Daughters at work are here to stay
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: I would like to address Maggie Brown's objections to Take Our Daughters to Work Day (Diary, 3 May). Girls and boys need to think harder and aim higher when choosing careers, but the things that stand in the way of achieving those heights are dif...

  • LETTER : Shocking and short-sighted
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: The hasty decision by the Rugby Football Union to sack Will Carling, for a disrespectful remark apparently made off the record, and despite his prior apology, is not only shocking but confirms the very short-sighted and self-seeking attitudes th...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : France votes for pragmatism
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    It is tempting to think that the new president, being a man loyal to the tradition of Charles de Gaulle, will take a more sceptical attitude to the European Union than has President Mitterrand, and that he might align France with Britain in a common ...

  • The key to those wartime melodies
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    This goes back to the days when I was playing in the cabaret group, Instant Sunshine, and we had a regular slot on the Saturday afternoon Radio 4 programme called Stop the Week with Robert Robinson. One year the producer, Michael Ember, decided to ha...

  • LETTER : Restoration of the Taj Mahal
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: Tariq Ali's letter to Prime Minister Rao (1 May) is in line with his recent emphasis on distortion and exaggeration. Having received round condemnation for his film on Mother Teresa broadcast in November on Channel 4, he has now turned his atten...

  • LETTER :Military-style modern buildings
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: Jonathan Glancey hardly needed to go across the Channel to find the military influences on post-1945 architecture in England ("Concrete proof of Rommel's invasion", 3 May). On the opposite page you aptly printed a photograph of the Festival Hall...

  • LETTER : Kidderminster's ethical carpets
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: Following Adam Robertson's letter (6 May), perhaps Western buyers of carpets should consider purchasing carpets made in Kidderminster which are already inherently free from exploitation. This would save damage to our economy that we can ill affo...

  • LETTER : Angry and joyful on VE Day
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: Like Marjorie Edwards (Letters, 3 May) I was 17 on VE Day, and 11 when war broke out for the second time in my parents' generation. The six years of my adolescence were spent in the shadow of war with its terrors and deprivations and, it has to ...

  • A grand project to look forward to
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    But some projects are grand by their very nature, and there is no getting around it. The refurbishment of the Louvre was like that, and what excites a kind of generous envy in the British heart is to see the French government coming to a good decisio...

  • LETTER : Where to learn about the Pill
    Monday, 8 May 1995

    Sir: Your reporter Decca Aitkenhead ("A hard pill to swallow", 1 May) quotes women who complain of a lack of information from manufacturers and GPs on oral contraceptives. She fails to mention that the side-effects, contra-indications and monitoring ...

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