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Saturday, 17 June 1995

  • LETTER: Taunts leave a sour taste
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    The Samoans played with courage if not total conviction but there were a couple of strangely out-of-character high tackles against the South African scrum-half, Joost van der Westhuizen. The next day I read in your paper that it is alleged that he ha...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Carol Godsmark Chichester, W Sussex

  • Letter: `Reservoir Dogs' may be violent but it has a moral code
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    He is right that it is different: the morality of loyalty and betrayal is dealt with far less superficially than in lesser action pictures (which have no trouble going straight to video). Perhaps more importantly, the effects of violence are shown. B...

  • LETTER: Not so new disadvantage A not so `new' South Africa
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Concealed by the whites and the ANC alike is the huge falsification of SA's history of racial settlement, entrenched in law in the 1950s, to pretend that blacks had no historical or property rights in 86 per cent of South Africa when in fact they fir...

  • LETTER: GPs cut off by tide of demand
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    The problem is that a small but growing proportion of people believe that the out-of-hours emergency service should be available not only for the seriously and suddenly ill but also for the routinely ill. It is not clear that this trend can be revers...

  • Letter: Good spirit
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Geoffrey Elkan London NW11

  • LETTER: Pills packed with information
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    It should be made clear that generic medicines are only dispensed by pharmacists when a doctor prescribes them or in an emergency. There is no question of a pharmacist dispensing a generic medicine where a doctor has requested a particular brand for ...

  • Letter: Irish beauty
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Not everyone is taken by the Irish style of dance, but to dismiss it in such snide and pejorative tones is to fail to recognise the dis-cipline, art and beauty involved. D A O'Dwyer Bedford

  • Letter: The man who could be king?
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Jennifer Miller London SW15

  • Letter: Anger goes with the territory
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Peter L Appleton University of Wales Bangor

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Jessica Fox Hove, E Sussex

  • Letter: We all subsidise the supermarket milk war
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    There is a significant burden associated with disposing of the supermarket carton (refuse collection, landfill sites etc). However, the cost of this is not borne by the supermarket but by the taxpayer. This means that we are subsidising the supermark...

  • Letter: Arabs are bottom of the pile
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Rob Kent Birmingham

  • Letter: Worthless
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    The concept of the sale of council houses to sitting tenants could only succeed as a piece of social engineering if the majority of sitting tenants on any given estate bought their properties. This did not happen. As a result, an ex-council house is ...

  • Letter: The man who could be king?
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Unfortunately it is likely to be a vain hope. Although 68 per cent of Bavarians said in an opinion poll they would like their monarchy to be restored, the German constitution forbids them from campaigning for this. Donald Foreman The Monarchist Leagu...

  • Letter: The man who could be king?
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Unfortunately it is likely to be a vain hope. Although 68 per cent of Bavarians said in an opinion poll they would like their monarchy to be restored, the German constitution forbids them from campaigning for this. Donald Foreman The Monarchist Leagu...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Lawrence Moore, London SW6

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Daniel Chatterton, London N1

  • I won't mourn the demise of the grinning flogger
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    I opened the obituaries page in the Telegraph a few months ago and saw my old headmaster, the Grinning Beater, was top of the list. But when I read it I felt rather sorry for him, as he'd clearly been shoved out by his family at a very early age (per...

  • Rugby: enjoy it while it lasts
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    There is a growing feeling that whoever picks up the Webb Ellis trophy and runs off with it next Saturday will be heading in the direction of the bank, ushering in a wind of change that will blow away the oldest of farts. Rugby union, the most defian...

  • You won't catch this scout with his shorts down
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    As a devout Anglican (godfather, indeed, to Mr Jonathan Aitken) and a keen Scout (I always wear my shorts and Backwoodsman badge to the Cenotaph) I feel I have earned my right to speak out. Who will rid me of these meddling dolts? Deep breath, Wallac...

  • Tories seek exorcist to see off their malevolent ghost
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    She certainly presented a most alarming spectacle when she made an appearance before Sir David Frost, who took the precaution of falling sound asleep. Her smile bore no relation to what she or Sir David was saying. Her teeth seemed to have been speci...

  • Profile: Whistler against the wind: Gerald James
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    All these things have occurred, he is convinced, because of his knowledge that in the late 1980s the Government acquiesced in the sale of British weaponry to Iran and Iraq, nodding through such embargo-busting deals as the sale of naval guns to Iran ...

  • Leading Article: They lose even when they win
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    But Shell deserves very little sympathy, and the Government not the slightest for being on what is clearly the losing end of the public debate. A boycott in Germany, which is now spreading to Britain, has cut the company's sales by a fifth. In Halifa...

  • If Communism was just a missile from Moscow why are people voting for it?
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    There are still British people who assume that the experience of Communism in eastern and central Europe was of unmitigated tyranny, that all were victims except for the Party bureaucrats and the secret policemen. Today, in 1995, when democracy has r...

  • Why more people should go on strike Strikes are a measure of our freedom
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    This is not a fashionable view of the world, certainly not nowadays, and probably only rarely in the past. Because it is also true that strikes can be divisive, humiliating and, in material terms, extremely damaging to those who take part in them. Bu...

  • Captain Moonlight: Knight club ... erotic efforts ... Mr Aitken takes a trip
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    n IF, AS I pass along my way, I can give a little hand-up here and there, I do. And today I want to help Peter Stothard, editor of the Times, a cheap newspaper. Some time ago I noted that Peter was having something of an identity crisis, in that peop...

  • Words
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    "CHEAT is mowed down by wife" said the Sun headline, and we all knew what sort of cheat it meant. In popular newspaper language a cheat is usually a love rat. "Lottery love rat Mark Gardiner cheated on his pregnant mistress by having a torrid affair ...

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    John Major, talking to German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, when his voice was picked up by a rogue microphone at the G7 summit in Canada She can't expect to have our respect when she's not in the 1st XV. Joseph Martin, pupil at Rugby School, about the ap...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Ephraem, fourth-century scholar from Mesopotamia. He was largely responsible for the introduction of singing into church services. Ephraem was said to be small, beardless and bald with a shrivelled skin. He wept a lot ...

  • 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...

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