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Friday, 16 June 1995

  • LETTER:Girls: `terribly good for the boys'
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: I too was the first female head of school at a predominantly boys' school that, until then, had always appointed a head boy with a deputy head girl (Another View; "A girl's place at Rugby", 15 June). Like Louise Woolcock, I was appointed in the ...

  • LETTER:Crime ratios now
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee, in another of her "away with moral panic" articles, recalls similar "panics" over crime in yesteryear ("Pollyanna vs the pessimists", 14 June). She mentions the "hooligan gangs" in the late Nineties of the last century, and the Te...

  • LETTER:Bradford riots: stereotypes, harassment and policing
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: As residents of an inner-city area in Bradford we feel that we must write about some of the incidents of racial harassment that we have suffered from over the last two and a half years. These involve graffiti daubed on our property and almost da...

  • LETTER:The ethos of Opus Dei
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: Richard Stork's reply (9 June) to Paul Vallely's article on Opus Dei ignores specific criticisms and repeats bland generalisations about his organisation. I will deal with a few points in Father Stork's replies. He asserts that the accusation of...

  • LETTER: Carers andcareer mothers
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: The answer to Maggie Brown's question (Diary, 14 June) is quite straightforward. Mothers of small children who manage to win and hold down top jobs simply pay someone else to look after their offspring, thereby handing over to someone else a con...

  • PROFILE; Maybe this time he'll be the bride
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Yet this week Critchley recanted. "Is Michael Heseltine destined to be always the bridesmaid, never the blushing bride?" he asked the readers of the Times. "I hear wedding bells." Heseltine, he reported, had regained not only his "health but his ambi...

  • LETTER:Out bad judges
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: Lord Taylor is absolutely right (report, 15 June). The appointment of judges should not be interfered with either by politicians or minority pressure group activists. Quality should be the only criteria. However, the present appointments system ...

  • Mrs Beckett is armed and ready to do battle
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    But ask any of Labour's successive health spokespeople in the past five years what the party plans to do about the NHS and the verbal sparring begins. While Labour nationally damned the NHS reforms in the run-up to the 1992 general election, Labour c...

  • LETTER:Insecure on the unpoliced Internet
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: Your article, "Internet `seduced' schoolboys into credit card fraud" (8 June), raises a number of security and legal issues about the nature of the Internet, and the risks to organisations that are connected to it. The advantage of the Internet ...

  • A quiet day's pain infliction by the riverside
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Our long-held assumption that fish, those cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates that have been around for 450 million years, do not feel pain when impaled on the end of a hook, is apparently wrong. So it would appear that publishers Wynkyn de Worde's 1496...

  • LETTER:Longer lengths
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: Nick Walker (16 June) says I swim 10 lengths of my pool in 37.5 minutes. What a feeble effort that would be in a 30ft pool. In fact it is 90 lengths - just under half a mile every weekday morning. Real exercise indeed! Yours faithfully, CLAIRE R...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A dangerous complacency about race
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    For many people, these events will be mere blips in lives which rarely feature a black face. Yet they go to the heart of a very human problem: how should outsiders behave and be treated in a civilised country? Mrs Gardner, being an illegal immigrant,...

  • Eton vs Windsor
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    And you can see their problem. Adolescent boys intuit that girls of their own age have reached an emotional and intellectual maturity that they themselves will not achieve for another 20 years. Today's intelligent boys accept this, planning their rev...

  • LETTER:Bradford riots: stereotypes, harassment and policing
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    From Mr Martin Foreman Sir: The first I heard of the Bradford riots last weekend was when a friend called in and told me the police had barged into someone's house and Manningham had turned into a battle zone as a result I live near Manningham in a p...

  • LETTER:Support for SionCollege Library
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: Not all those who use Sion College Library find it either daunting or inadequate, nor do they view the proposals for its future with the equanimity displayed by Canon A. E. Harvey (Letters, 14 June). There have been numerous expressions of disqu...

  • LETTER:Bradford riots: stereotypes, harassment and policing
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    Sir: "Asians pride themselves on being peaceful and compliant", "inner- city Muslims feel victims of liberal toleration", "young Asians are `adrift from the values of their elders' ". These are quotes from the Independent's News Analysis of the Bradf...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 17 June 1995

    The Queen's birthday is irrelevant to contemporary Australians - Michael Ward of the Australian Republican Movement I have begun to lose interest in the whereabouts of Germaine Greer's uterus - Roy Hattersley, Labour's former deputy leader. I don't e...

  • LETTER:Pavement politics will get us nowhere
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: So the Revolutionary Pedestrians' Front has declared war on the "cult of the motor car" ("Pedestrians' Lib takes shine off new Alfa", 5 June). I wonder whether it has occurred to these latterday Luddites that membership of the "car cult" numbers...

  • LETTER:Lifting the veil on the vitamin myth
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: In her letter on the hejab (15 June), Julie Hynds suggests that the lack of exposure to the sun of our Muslim women wearing the hejab is causing vitamin D deficiency. This is a common fallacy among the people of the West. It is a medical fact th...

  • Any more takers for digital TV?
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Digital TV means a massive extension of choice for viewers in a whole range of interactive services. It will present the existing terrestrial broadcasters with fresh threats to their dominant position; but also with fresh opportunities to become invo...

  • She's raw, she's rough, she's our new icon
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    The fact that she got to the top was clearly crucial. But perhaps even more important was how she did it and the style with which she does everything, whether governing a country or marketing a book. After all, a central tenet of feminist belief is t...

  • LETTER:Before superstores
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: In our town centre we have a Tesco with walls decorated with photographs similar to those in Dorchester's (letter, 11 June), dating from the 1920s. I do not recall those palmy days, but whenever I return from shopping I feel grateful that I do n...

  • LETTER:Medication and mental illness
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: Regarding the controversy between Sane and Mind with regards to publicising the side-effects of neuroleptic medications meant for the severely mentally ill, I can't see any problem with giving information to patients and their carers about side-...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Big business behaves itself
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Today's investors, by way of contrast, believe in specialisation, and few multinational conglomerates remain from the Seventies. Mr Rand Araskog, ITT's clinical Swedish-American chief executive since 1979, has several times reduced the scope of ITT's...

  • LETTER:Medication and mental illness
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: Majorie Wallace's zeal for the use of medication in serious mental illness (Letters, 13 June) would appear to be based either in a misunderstanding or, worse, a misrepresentation of the facts concerning the use of these drugs. A biological cause...

  • LETTER:Results of the Oxbridge tutorial system
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: One form of subsidy not mentioned in your articles and leader on Oxbridge tutorials (13 June) is the very substantial one provided by those who are doing the teaching. At about the time that most people are packing up and going home, we embark o...

  • BOOK REVIEW; A repair job for East and West
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    There are really two essays here. The less interesting one covers the political economy of Europe and the former Soviet Union during and after Communism. Skidelsky's analysis of the end of Communism is somewhat perfunctory. On the transition from Com...

  • LETTER:Antecedents of Thatcherism
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: No wonder the Tory party is in terminal disarray, if Lord Gilmour, one of its most erudite elder statesmen, is labouring under the misapprehension that "Thatcherism was and is a reversion to Gladstonian Liberalism" - with or without the idealism...

  • LETTER:Confusion over Britain's nuclear arsenal
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: While the level at which the Government has set its requirement for a minimum nuclear deterrent remains a matter of contention, Peter Melchett's accusation that it is increasing Britain's nuclear arsenal "threefold" ("J'accuse Malcolm Rif-kind",...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; France's last few tests
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Why such a decision? Because France, a nuclear power, recognised as such by the Non-Proliferation Treaty, is duty bound to ensure the safety and reliability of the nuclear deterrent on which her independence and defence depend. Admittedly, France wou...

  • Our green and pleasant tableau
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    When my daily work is done I like to have a spot of fun So after I've packed away my gear I pop down the pub for a bit of cheer. (I normally go to one of Camra's Where the landlord's nice and the barmaid's glamorous.) Well, as I was sitting at the ba...

  • LETTER:Miracle weight loss
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: Today, with your help, the All Black Jonah Lomu shed three stone in weight, falling from 19 stone ("Hastings make a proud exit", 12 June) to 16 stone ("God wills them to win", 12 June). If this reduction in weight continues, the England rugby sq...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Greenpeace, right or wrong
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    That was the question angry European environment ministers put to their UK counterpart, John Gummer, at last week's North Sea conference. Greenpeace added others. What has happened to the "polluter pays" principle? And what precedent does Shell's imm...

  • LETTER:Results of the Oxbridge tutorial system
    Friday, 16 June 1995

    Sir: Like John Ashworth ("An enduring blue privilege", June 13), I am a product of the Oxbridge tutorial system. I now work in a considerably less lavishly funded university which has always grounded its teaching approaches on other principles. The O...

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