The Independent | Archive
Home 1995 June

Saturday, 24 June 1995

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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

    Yours faithfully, GRAHAM PIRT Goole Humberside 22 June

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

  • 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...

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Apprentice IT Technician

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...

1st Line Technical Service Desk Analyst IT Apprentice

£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...

1st Line Helpdesk Engineer Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...

Sales Associate Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit