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Tuesday, 9 May 1995

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: In reference to "Queen sounds note to start the big party" (7 May), I would like to express how upset I was to see the attitudes of "the young" summed up in the phrase: "I don't see what it's got to do with me", attributed (once again) to indiff...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: The No 30 bus to Hackney screeched and jerked to a halt as a crackled garble roared from the driver's radio. The bell rang shrill, the doors hissed shut, and outside the boom-a-boom of car music behind us was punctuated by a horn or two and the ...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Large numbers of Quakers who might have read Paul Vallely's imaginative and wide-ranging article on silence (8 May) will have been surprised to read that the Quakers "made it the centre of their worship", and that "the power of Quaker silence wa...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Ruth Dudley Edwards (Diary, 8 May) takes issue with Gerry Adams for not celebrating VE Day, since he considers the great wars "to have been imperialist adventures". I take it from Ms Dudley Edwards' comments that she does not regard any aspect o...

  • LETTER : Commemorating the millennium
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: David Lister (1 May) asks for ideas for the Millennium Commission. Mine is very simple. There should be plaques commemorating historical events at the spot where they occurred; the place where the Romans first crossed the Thames, where King Char...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Fast breeder realpolitik
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    The first concern on most people's minds will be safety. On that front at least ministers have not compromised. Yesterday events will not make another Chernobyl or Three Mile Island more likely. Since we are assured that the safety regime for the pri...

  • First the effect, then the cause
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    "Tonight's television analysis of the industry has already provoked a furious controversy over ..." "Reaction to tonight's attack on the ruling body of the sport has been swift and predictably bitter ..." "Legal circles are in an uproar after tonight...

  • LETTER : Nuclear test for President Chirac
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: The election of Jacques Chirac as President of France today gives the green light to the resumption of French nuclear testing in the South Pacific. Mr Chirac gave de facto approval for a resumption of nuclear testing under his presidency in his ...

  • A healthy idea in the long run
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Their stance has been the most overt attack yet on the post-war social compact - that people would pay contributions and taxes and in return receive health and national insurance benefits as of right, without a means test. The system has long been un...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Give health a chance
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Change in a large and complex international organisation can be painful and difficult. Since 1993 WHO has made far-reaching reforms to its programmes, management and policies in response to the needs of a rapidly changing world. Budgeting and operati...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Ermine in the gloaming
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    And what an anachronism it is; 1,200 members - consisting of 800 hereditary peers (of whom 30 or so are women), 26 bishops and archbishops, 33 Law Lords and some 400 appointed life peers, the vast majority of whom are Conservatives. How odd that so l...

  • Who will come out fighting for Europe?
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    So the British pro-Europeans let another opportunity go. Hardly surprising. This past year has been a catalogue of cowardice, ineptitude, bungling and complacency on their part, while anti-Europeans have effected a stranglehold on the media, public o...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Britain: a nation united by farts and fireworks. Yours etc, SIMON CORDER London, NW3 8 May

  • LETTER : Political odyssey back to the past
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Until they read "Big Daddy government is out of date" (8 May), your readers will have missed something that Financial Times readers like myself have enjoyed over recent years, namely journalist Michael Prowse's transformation from avid defender ...

  • LETTER : Poor snapshot of council performance
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: It was kind of David Walker to instruct people how to vote in the local elections ("Local politics: who gives an X?, 4 May). But it was unfortunate that the advice was based upon raw Audit Commission performance indicators, used even more crudel...

  • LETTER : VE Day: youthful tributes, British war aims and the power of silence
    Wednesday, 10 May 1995

    Sir: Cyril Evans (Letters, 6 May) might like to know that the lad refused entry to the Forces canteen on Crewe station in 1942 is anticipating his 70th birthday next month. Later, Merchant Navy personnel were admitted to Forces canteens and my husban...

  • 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...

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