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Friday, 23 June 1995

  • Electoral system that favours challengers
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    In order to win on the first ballot, Mr Major has to secure not only an overall majority, but also a majority over his nearest challenger equal to 15 per cent of all Tory MPs - a more difficult hurdle than 15 per cent more votes than the nearest chal...

  • Mystery of the stones decays and dies
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    Had the weather put a dampener on the event? Has interest in the site suddenly declined? Or was it a case of coming to terms with the fact that Stonehenge is now out of bounds on 21 June to the people to whom it means the most? No one really knows wh...

  • The old order is crumbling
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    It's a feeling - nothing more. But it comes because they see that the old cabinet is breaking up and with it slips away further authority. The loss of Hurd leaves the Chancellor terribly isolated as the last aggressive pro-European. He and Major are ...

  • Soundbites, backbites and bluffbites
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    6.00pm: The BBC Six O'Clock News has a crew in Malvern, Worcestershire, where the Europhobes are having a bash. On a sunlit lawn the Beeb collars the rebel MPs Tony Marlow and Teddy Taylor. Marlow, a serial regicide, is an uncomfortable partner for S...

  • Beware the tapes
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    And until this week most of us associated school gymnasiums with plimsolls, bean-bags and squeaky floors. So it was a shock to discover that - like the toy cupboard in a Grimm fairy tale - the gym sometimes comes to life after the children have gone ...

  • Why Major decided to turn and fight
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    Few on Mr Major's team doubt that the contest will happen; and they are determined to be as successful as his team were in 1990 (many of the personnel are the same). But even if they fail, it is still just possible that John Major will not regret the...

  • Letter: A tribute from the right
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    In 1969, I was working at the Conservative Research Depart ment. One of my colleagues, the late Rosemary Marten, who was the desk officer responsible for research on social policy, suggested that we meet the people who were running the Child Poverty ...

  • The Tory party in search of a new vision
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    There are two quite different ways of reading the fevered activity which Mr Major's rose garden resignation has set off. The first is that the Tory Party is accelerating its decline into the condition Labour fell into during the late Seventies: confu...

  • Rory Bremner's; week
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    I was at Ascot collecting my losings on the 4.20 when the news broke. But why did the PM choose 5pm to announce the biggest gamble of his life? The calculation was a critical one: no toss of the coin for Our John. Oh no. It can only have meant one th...

  • Letter: Video donation
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    He could do even more to convince us of his serious intentions by arranging to donate the profits to Amnesty International. Yours faithfully, JACQUELINE DAVIS London, NW5 22 June

  • Letter: Osprey sitings
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    My 1920 bird book questions whether the osprey could still be considered to be resident - as "one after another its historical eyries have been deserted ... the eyrie at Loch Arkaig was deserted in 1911, that on Loch- an-Ailein a few years earlier". ...

  • Letter: Poison potion
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    I would recommend a mixture of eucalyptus, rosemary, geranium and lavender to combat head lice. Yours faithfully, MICHAEL FEARS Bay House Aromatics Brighton

  • Letter: Labour's plans for 'fairness and opportunity' in education
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    He writes that "the Labour Party will repudiate the principle of comprehensive education". On the contrary, Tony Blair reaffirmed our commitment to that principle at today's document launch. Roy has a particular definition of how that principle ought...

  • Letter: Legal rights for disabled people
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    In research carried out for Scope among 1,500 disabled people, 38 per cent said they had suffered abuse because of their disability; over a third had been turned away from a pub, restaurant or other leisure facility; nearly a fifth said that other pe...

  • Letter: Major: panic of a weak man
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    This approach, once beloved of Neil Kinnock in leading Labour, has become Major's favourite tactic. Each time he has used it, most notably over Maastricht and the European Finance Bill, has been an admission of his failure to convince by rational arg...

  • Letter: Home shopping
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    There was a marvellous grocer called Boons, where I used to take shopping lists for delivery. Farmers, in their carts, from nearby rural areas called with fresh eggs, farm chickens and butter, rabbits and vegetables. At the weekends, the Muffin Man c...

  • Letter: Think global on green issues
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    Scientists have spent the second half of this century trying to convince human society of the interconnectedness of the natural world, of how ecosystems, migration routes and river basins all cross political jurisdictions, of how it is paramount that...

    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    I cannot leave the future alone. I don't want it to go wonky or wobbly - Baroness Thatcher We don't normally win things, do we? That's great! We're going to put the kettle on - One of the activists on the Brent Spar contacted by radio with news that ...

  • Letter: Labour's plans for 'fairness and opportunity' in education
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    Unfairness in education usually involves two parallel education systems: one clearly superior to the other, where the less favoured have no option but to accept the status quo. Thus - and Roy Hattersley is right about RA Butler's Education Act - seco...

  • Letter: Labour's plans for 'fairness and opportunity' in education
    Saturday, 24 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, GRAHAM PIRT Goole Humberside 22 June

  • 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...

  • 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 : 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 : 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 : 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 : 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...

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