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Thursday, 22 June 1995

  • LETTER : Where are the true offspring of the SDP? Not in New Labour
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's column "We lost, but Son of SDP will win" (21 June) with its claim that Tony Blair is our creation, there only by grace of our efforts, the sweat of our brow. reminded me that history is always interesting after a rewrite. As som...

  • LETTER : Where are the true offspring of the SDP? Not in New Labour
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: The purpose of a general confession is to express contriteness. Instead Polly Toynbee turns past deeds into a rip-roaring success story. I remain mindful that I and others were not more effective in keeping some Labour moderates on board. Yet Po...

  • LETTER : Backlash against affirmative action
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: The backlash against affirmative action began years ago. Its intellectual origin lies with the black academics Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell. Their influence was and is enormous. One is tempted to believe that they have been ignored as a res...

  • Why we yearn for the pub
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    So we don't care about National Pub Week, which this is. Apart from anything else, how could we? Every week is National Something Week and if we started to take notice we would find ourselves in a debilitating condition of perpetual celebration. But ...

  • LETTER : Where are the true offspring of the SDP? Not in New Labour
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's "if you can't beat them, join them" approach is profoundly depressing to those who seek real reforms in the UK. By swallowing the Tory agenda in mouthfuls, Tony Blair is positioning himself almost ideally to betray the hopes of t...

  • LETTER : Where are the true offspring of the SDP? Not in New Labour
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: It was a pity that Polly Toynbee didn't cast her net a little wider for her hymn of praise to Tony Blair ("We lost, but Son of SDP will win", 21 June). Had she looked outside London she might have noticed that large numbers of former SDP activis...

  • LETTER : Wrong Sir Richard
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: Surely there has been a confusion of Richards in the recent government distribution of knighthoods. Imagine how many more electors would rally to the Conservative cause if the honour had been correctly bestowed upon the real rock and roll phenom...

  • LETTER : Sectional strife
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: Your new format has caused domestic chaos. Every morning my sports- mad husband used to disappear into the bathroom with a cup of tea and the second section of the paper, leaving me in peace to enjoy the first section - a perfect arrangement now...

  • Major's bid to lance the boil
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    After the initial shock most Conservatives will feel intense relief. And perhaps not only them. The remorseless campaign against Major - death by a thousand smears - has become a bit of a national embarrassment. Having a party rule-book for an annual...

  • BOOK REVIEW : A great Pope with great flaws
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    The relationship between Jaruzelski and the Pope is one of Tad Szulc's major themes. Himself of Polish-Jewish extraction, he is very strong on the Polish background. Karol Wojtyla's mother died when he was eight, his brother when he was 11, his fathe...

  • LETTER : EU should help Southern Africa
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: Last Monday in Luxembourg the foreign ministers of the European Union decided to enter into negotiations towards establishing a new long- term relationship with South Africa. We were especially encouraged to learn that the EU wishes the new agre...

  • LEADING ARTCICLE : John Major's last chance saloon
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    The Prime Minister's loss of patience with the antics of his own side is understandable. Nothing that he has been able to do or say on Europe (short of sacking his Chancellor and his Foreign Secretary) has pacified the Conservatives' anti-Europe tend...

  • Make the challenge and clear the air
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Nor would it have made for good government. Gouverner c'est choisir, but a party obsessed with its own internal problems is not strongly placed to make rational choices. It is also shrewd in terms of John Major's own interests. Labour Party accusatio...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Labour's educational chaos
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    The spin doctors are having an understandably hard time. Those from Tony Blair's office are attempting to reassure grant-maintained (GM) status supporters, especially in the 28 key marginal constituencies that have GM schools. While things cannot sta...

  • LETTER : Superstore disaster
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: Your report (21 June) that Sainsbury's and other retail chains are planning to build superstores in Northern Ireland makes one wonder if we are capable of learning from our mistakes. It is now generally acknowledged that the growth of superstore...

  • LETTER : Censorship inquiry
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: Following the article "You can't show that, it's political" (20 June), can I on behalf of Index on Censorship - also a victim of the ban on radio and TV advertising by organisations deemed to be "wholly or mainly political' - invite those who kn...

  • LETTER : Pious hopes for legal reform
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Sir: The central flaw in Access to Justice, Lord Woolf's strategy to improve civil justice (" `Failing' civil courts face radical shake-up", 17 June) is that it aims to achieve much with little or no extra resources. The report makes a very wide rang...

  • Brent Spar: a hollow victory
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Shell is certainly a giant. It is a multi-billion, multinational company with vast resources and an excellent reputation. It must be made clear, however, that Greenpeace is no small-time organisation. It has a budget approaching pounds 100m, bases in...

  • LEADING ARTCICLE : Blair and chums go foxy over fishing
    Friday, 23 June 1995

    Dear Tony, We've got a bit of a slippery problem with the party's policy on fishing, so I thought I should cast a fly over in your direction. As you know, we did our bit yesterday to hook the fishermen by announcing our "Anglers' Charter": "a rod on ...

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, JOHN WRIGHT West Wittering, West Sussex 21 June

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, ANNA LOVE Seaton, Devon 21 June

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    We argued that Labour would need to pay serious attention to environmental issues if it were to be elected. Mr Smith, however, was insistent that people's only concern was the pound in their pocket. The Brent Spar affair has shown just how wrong he w...

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    It is particularly important for environmental campaigners to recognise that this is the decision which they have helped European governments and now Shell to take - and to accept the implications of this decision. These include the real possibility ...

  • chess
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    The next symptom of real talent is where they put their pieces. High- level chess demands an instinctive feel of where pieces belong and how they co-operate with one another. Over-trained pseudo-prodigies win games either through intimidatory over-ag...

  • numbers
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Twenty-two is a remarkable number. It is the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet, the cards in a small tarot pack and the number of Joseph Heller's Catch (though he changed the name of his book from Catch 18 just before publication). Twenty-two ...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Old Wives, one of whose tales has been offered some vindication by a paper in Archives of Ophthalmology that links certain cases of blurred vision with intense sexual activity. "Maybe this gives us a physical explanation as to why there were some old...

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, MONTY PRIEDE Aberdeen 21 June

  • true gripes noisy theatre-goers
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    At awkward social gatherings there's always someone who clears phlegm from their larynx during any conversational lulls. It is this type who, at the theatre, acquaints us with the frog in their throat each time the tension mounts and the dialogue pau...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Executing the truth
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    The Independent suggests that you won't see this sort of footage on the BBC. This is exactly why we made the film. The BBC won't play "My Ding A Ling" on radio and wouldn't broadcast its own film about theIrish nationalist Michael Collins for 25 year...

  • Letter: Pungent cure for head lice
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, VALERIE BENNETT London, NW3

  • Labour's big, bad idea
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Diversity and Excellence is built around two myths. The first is the possibility of offering "parental choice" to anything more than a handful of fortunate families. In truth, the processes which are dignified by that description allow the articulate...

  • The true cost of corruption
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Councillors looked after their pals; they looked after themselves. Those living in council flats got their repairs done quickest; the Coatbridgers (Catholic) got the lion's share of the caretaking jobs, leaving the Airdrionians (Protestant) out in th...

  • Diary
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Fans of the actor, who died 10 months ago, will know that in his autobiography he expressed a wish to be buried at St Alphege's Church, Seasalter, beside his late wife, Helen. But comb the graveyard though you may, you won't find him. As the Times re...

  • Letter: Asian attitudes towards British racism
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    The huge increase in the population has given rise to very large numbers of non-English speaking children who have to be taught in large classes. An ever-increasing number of children are leaving school at a time when the fight for jobs is difficult ...

  • Letter: When, and when not, to smoke
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    There are 97 million smokers in the EU (15 million in the UK). UK smokers pay over pounds 10bn in cigarette taxes each year, respect the laws and rules on when and where they can smoke, and are regularly bombarded with information on risks associated...

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    The added costs, likely to run into scores of millions of pounds, will be borne by all of us, not just by Shell, at a time when financial resources are very tight. Greenpeace's triumph will indirectly cause the cancellation of many worthwhile project...

  • Rules you can safely break
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Living in the West, I've developed a powerful spirit of contradiction: the moment I see a forbidding sign, or a placard calling for this or that, I feel an irresistible urge to disobey. An innocuous "No Smoking" plate causes a strong craving for a ci...

  • Who will save us from this next dip?
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Now no one can be so sure. We will not have any reliable figures for the first half of this year for several months, but it does look as though the rate of growth has dropped off quite sharply in all the big economies. In the three months from April ...

  • Letter: Asian attitudes towards British racism
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    A number of factors contributed to this retrogressive development. The "invasion" of the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the explosion of the Salman Rushdie affair in Britain alienated Asians not only from the indigenous population, but also from each ...

  • expert jury what price censorship?
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Jim White Independent TV reviewer "This film should shock because the truth hurts" runs the coverline of the video Executions. Which is true. Not many truths shock more than the one on show here, as the producers seek to disguise their cynical attemp...

  • Leading Article: From Monklands to San Francisco
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    This exchange is revealing. Messrs Lang and Robertson might have employed their time better had they shared with us what they conceived to be the lessons of Monklands. But, as ever, the phantom armies of local government are invoked as surrogate foot...

  • Letter: Children at the supermarkets
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, COLIN BUMBIERIS Egham, Surrey 14 June

  • Masonic rites and municipalwrongs
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    It is this last that sets the local government scandal apart. Membership of the shadowy organisation all too often seems to be a prerequisite for anyone handing out council grants, awarding planning permission, issuing service contracts, offering job...

  • Letter: Head pupils pass the beauty test
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    If you are short, fat, big-nosed, notoriously poor at sport, or just plain ugly, you will have almost no chance at all of being selected as head pupil anywhere, regardless of your potential leadership qualities. Yours sincerely, STEPHEN R. GOULD Lond...

  • Children at the supermarkets
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    I speak as someone who remembers Safeway's experiment with horror, and I can only hope that Sainsbury's trolleys suffer the same fate ["they got nicked"]. Yours with bruised and lacerated ankles! NORMA TREGONING Bideford, Devon 16 June

  • Leading Article: The middle path on child abuse
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yesterday, the Department of Health took stock. In a paper that has the tone of an experienced grandparent, it recognises the impossibility of raising children perfectly. Too much time, the paper cautions, is spent investigating suspected child abuse...

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