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  • Labour leads the new school consensus
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    All this sounds very Tory and will be taken by some as evidence that Mr Blair is not really on the left at all. But the truth is that the Tories' latest ideas on schools owe as much to the left as Labour owes to the right. The Tories deserve credit f...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT:Trend spotting ... the Great Contender ... grey matter
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    n BRRNNGG! It is the Captain's political correspondent, Miss Una Tributable, on the telephone. "Captain," shouts Miss Tributable. "Did you know that if you dial Conservative Central Office on a touchtone telephone the numbers play 'The Red Flag'?" I ...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Febronia, 4th-century virgin and martyr. A purely fictitious person, say the hagiographers, she is supposed to have lived in a convent in Mesopotamia at the time of the persecution under Diocletian. She was stunningly ...

  • Uncle Sam would not disarm for all the tea in Boston
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    With the British, a sniper is treated as a privileged craftsman. He has all his special gear - the little green veil to hide his face, and sometimes camouflage mittens to keep his fingers warm as they fondle his rifle with its optical sight. He may h...

  • At home with a most delightful 'Bastard'
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    To keep my finger on the pulse of public opinion I have been staying in Mrs Teresa Gorman's house - or "lovely home", as she prefers to call it - around the corner in Lord North Street. Teresa is a simply marvellous hostess and has made me feel most ...

  • I've got a bigger superhighway than you, so there
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    Boys are strange creatures. THE 79-year-old mother of a friend of mine recently fell ill and her daughter, who lives in Spain, got her to go out there so she could take care of her for a couple of months. When she returned, the Department of Social S...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A threadbare challenge from a Nobody
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    All politicians twist and turn; what makes Mr Major exceptional is that, in a position of supreme power, he stands transfixed in the headlights of momentous decisions. Is he for closer European Union or against it? His Euro-sceptic opponents are both...

  • Why is it in for lesbians to be out? be out?
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    The cover, and the accompanying profile of lang, were classic examples of lesbian chic, a phenomenon now running riot through all branches of the media. Lynda La Plante's television drama serial She's Out featured a lesbian love triangle while Channe...

  • Surgeon of the psyche profile; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    As Jhabvala picked over his correspondence and worked through his biographies the latter question snagged her attention. Not in a prurient way - her writer's manners had been well-known since her elegant colonial India novel Heat and Dust won the Boo...

  • words:GENTLEMAN
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    This is only half right. "You're a gentleman" is still a common, and I suggest perfectly serious, way of expressing thanks. The people who readily shy away from the word are the remains of the old leisured classes who dislike being thought snobbish. ...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    Peter Preston, editor in chief of the 'Observer' and 'Guardian', writing in the 'Spectator' I just want to get my head around the fact that turtles on the beach have taken precedence over fare-paying humans. One of 200 passengers delayed for nine hou...

  • 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...

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

    Yours faithfully, GRAHAM PIRT Goole Humberside 22 June

  • 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 ...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    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...

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