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Wednesday, 28 June 1995

  • How to win for the environment
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: In the aftermath of Brent Spar, pundits have lined up to state that only spectacular publicity exercises, with multimillion-dollar budgets for helicopters and sea craft, can win battles for the environment. They allege that the parliamentary pro...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: Today's lunchtime news showed John Redwood, now deprived of his ministerial car, being driven to a press conference by one of his parliamentary supporters, Sir David Evans. And what does this nationalistic MP use to chauffeur his Euro-sceptic wo...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    28 June From Mr David A. Hough Sir: In all this speculation about potential Conservative Party leaders, one name appears to be missing and that is David Hunt. Surely he would present exactly the image that the Conservatives need: trustworthy, honest,...

  • Dounreay's radioactive particles
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: As the chairman of the Committee on the Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (Comare) and the then chairman of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC), we must respond to the letter ( 20 June) from Dr Derek Pooley,...

  • What a graduate degree is worth
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: After reading your article "Graduates 'are forced to take low-paid jobs' " (22 June), I was amazed by the arrogance and short-sighted opinion of the employer who said such jobs are "very suitable for a 2.2 from a new university who's only ever w...

  • Tax on classics
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: The Department of Transport is proposing to introduce continuous licensing of motor vehicles. Many in the old car movement see the proposal for licensing cars, even when off the road for restoration and repair, as just an excuse to get more mone...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: The election for Conservative Party leader brings to the British people a fascinating period of political observation, even if "participation" is what we would prefer, in an election to decide our next Prime Minister. It is worth reflecting that...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: The Gibraltar Apes are potentially quarrelsome and vicious animals that can inflict a nasty bite. Fortunately, they are usually kept in order by the leader of the pack who ruthlessly metes out instant retribution to any ape who steps out of line...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: This Marlow resident trusts and fully expects his constituency MP (Ray Whitney, Member for Wycombe) and the other local Buckinghamshire MPs wholeheartedly to support the Prime Minister. At the time of the last leadership election he declared him...

  • They dream dangerously of escape
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    They don't know what to do, think or say. So they sit and speculate, which is the least fruitful pastime of all. Split a second and you find the mood's changed. Solid parliamentarians who say they know what's going to happen as they take their first ...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    cartoonists, with the report from Brazzaville that the constitution of Congo has been produced in comic-strip form to make it accessible to a wider public. World Bank figures indicate a 43.4 per cent adult illiteracy rate. A bad day for: flying baker...

  • The hidden virtues of Mr Major
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    This week's Cannes summit was a poor guide to the Prime Minister's European batting average. The other EU leaders bowled him daisy hops and knocked over their own wickets in the dotty belief that this would help him at home. It would have been more h...

  • Murdoch, a problem of our own making
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    But all these new deals put together are as nothing compared with the fast-approaching spectre of what is now known in media circles as "Murdoch's Black Box". Of course, there are already several million Murdoch black boxes sitting on top of televisi...

  • Tories without a voice
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    This week the Conservative Party is embarking on a leadership contest that does not involve all party members, in spite of the quaintly named "consultation" process with the constituencies. Supposedly authoritative statements are made about the level...

  • expert jury living with rejection
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Virginia Ironside Agony Aunt You should try not to let everyone know what a lowly worm you feel - but you have to be very thick-skinned not to take a snub personally. Reacting with dignity is the ideal reponse, though not always possible, of course. ...

  • true gripes tap manglers
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    What amazes me is where they get all their strength from. We've had visits by young women with slender white arms who have twisted the taps way beyond what I thought was physically possible. And when I confront them with it, they deny they have done ...

  • Young (and old) pretenders
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    John Gummer. Mr Gummer believes that anyone called John is in with a very good chance of winning the title, and as he is called John, this would seem a good time for him to stand for the post. Of course, anyone called Michael is also in with a very g...

  • McDonald's vs common sense
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Not many people, outside the company itself, want McDonald's to succeed. There is a long and lively tradition in this country of robust comment by individuals and pressure groups about the powerful and wealthy; so the use of the libel laws to prevent...

  • numbers The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Twenty-nine is the number of days in February in a leap year and the number of letters in "flocci-naucinihilipilification" - which was the longest word in the Oxford Dictionary until someone - evidently a Mary Poppins fan - added supercalifragilistic...

  • chess
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Play continued 1...Kxe6 2.Kf3 Kd6 (Black decides he cannot risk 2...Bc1 when 3.Ke2! Bxb2 4.Kd2 buries the bishop). Now 3.Be3? Bxe3 4.Kxe3 f6 would lead to a totally drawn position. But if White cannot offer the exchange of bishops, what is his winnin...

  • Thank you for partying with us
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    We met at a party. I was standing in a group of friends when suddenly a man arrived among us who broke off everyone's conversation by the simple means of raising his hand for silence. "Hello there," he said, breaking in. "My name is Jan, and I would ...

  • Leading Article: John Redwood's hasty credo
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Mr Redwood's initial revelations were, however, less than tantalising. Some played to the crowd: he backed tax cuts and capital punishment while opposing the closure of popular local hospitals. Others established his Euro-sceptic credentials: he rule...

  • Letter: Court of Appeal in Hong Kong
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Your report from Hong Kong on 23 June ("Patten shrugs off motion of no confidence") repeats the mistake perpetuated in your previous article of 10 June ("London 'kowtows' on Hong Kong court") on the recently concluded Court of Final Appeal (CFA)...

  • Leading Article: Stop rigging the housing market
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    The Tory right believes the road to popularity is paved with bribes for homeowners. They think a little house price inflation would win back the middle class, and if that means damaging the economy and abandoning their free market principles, so be i...

  • Letter IQ tests measure potential, not accomplishment
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Should Dr James Tooley ever have the misfortune to be under the surgeon's knife, I hope that he will be able to take comfort in the fact that the surgeon's IQ was high at the age of 10 - rather than worrying about his or her skills as a surgeon,...

  • Letter: Who worshipped at Stonehenge?
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Jonathan Glancey is right about Stonehenge. Whatever it may once have been, Stonehenge now has an important religious significance. As our cathedral Chapters are learning, in the balance between tourism and religion, long-term vitality is only g...

  • Why Redwood is not the answer
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    A sensible Euro-scepticism does not mean withdrawal from Europe. Only a fool or fogey would want to destroy the institutions which ensure that Europe's leaders meet and talk so often that war between member states is unthinkable. We should all celebr...

  • Letter IQ tests measure potential, not accomplishment
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: If Dr James Tooley, the "educationalist" (" 'IQ tests should replace exams' ", 26 June), knew more about the long-term predictions of IQ scores, he would not recommend them as indicators of life success. They are only reliably predictive of scho...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Professional political commentators should put up or shut up. Are they all missing the obvious conclusion that John Redwood has absolutely nothing to lose in throwing his hat into the leadership ring, save for a few weeks' salary at ministerial ...

  • Letter: Spot the leak
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: There is a simple remedy for Sir Richard Scott that would enable him to trace the source of any future leaks of his draft report: ensure that each circulated copy of the same original passage has small differences in wording. Yours sincerely, Ti...

  • word of mouth soundbites
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    American presidents have also discovered that a soundbite can bite back. One can only wonder whether the dying Lincoln had time to reconsider his dictum that "the ballot is stronger than the bullet" or whether Nixon was being ironic when he declared ...

  • Letter: No romance in teenage suicides
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: I was rather concerned with the flippant attitude taken in Vicky Ward's column ("What a week it was for Martin Hinchcliffe", 23 June) to an attempted teenage suicide. Last year, (at the time when his GCSE mocks were imminent), my 14-year-old son...

  • Letter: Sunny side down
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Not buttered toast again ("Scientist puts fresh spin on buttered toast riddle", 26 June). It was resolved empirically - in the original Yiddish - but the dispute between the optimist and the pessimist. "Life is optimistic," says the optimist. "I...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: At last, an election that Screaming Lord Sutch could win! Yours sincerely, Peter Stockill Berwick Hills, Cleveland

  • How does your psyche measure up?
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Day after day we were crammed for the 11-plus. Bored rigid, we would send each other notes with surreal explanations for why banana might not be the odd one out. Intelligent? No. I, my two best friends and my sister failed, late developers all. Bad a...

  • Men - they just can't help it
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    If they were out in the open but somewhere quite private - a park, perhaps, then I think the police should just let them be. But it is wrong to upset people with your behaviour in public, and I would have thought a star like Hugh Grant would have ple...

  • Letter IQ tests measure potential, not accomplishment
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Even if we were to disregard years of well-supported research documenting the environmental influences upon IQ levels, and accept the postulation that IQ levels are decided by genetics, surely all IQ test scores would reflect is such "unborn pot...

  • Why Redwood is not the answer
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    It is because the party is divided that Redwood opens his manifesto with a stirring call for lower taxation. Conservatives of all persuasions can agree on that at least. But the hard part is to turn the principle of lower taxation into reality, given...

  • Letter: Who worshipped at Stonehenge?
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Could Jonathan Glancey ("Mystery of the stones decays and dies", 24 June) please enlighten us as to who exactly were the "ancient peoples of these islands", who, he tells us, worshipped the sun until the 11th century? And whose pantheon did the ...

  • meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Not Minnie speaking Customers ringing AT&T Corp in Philadelphia were surprised to be answered by a sultry voice saying: "Are you ready to get naked? ... If you want hard-core, uncensored, explicit sex now ... then come and, ummm, take it!" The co...

  • Chess
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    To stalemate himself, Black will need to clog up all his pieces. The mechanism is not difficult to spot: With Rg4, Rhh3, Kh2, h5 and h4, all is clogged. The white rook on a2 will pin the knight on g2, but another white piece will have to prevent Kg1....

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Michael had suggested that I should doss at Susie Deardon's place just up the road from the site. In this, probably the poshest B&B in the world, various middle-aged good eggs wondered vaguely if they might join the unwaged in ferreting into the ...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: One point is not clearly brought out in Andrew Gamble's essay on the Tory Party (26 June). If the Tories become an anti-European English nationalist party, they are scarcely going to appeal to the Scots, Welsh or Northern Irish. It would inevita...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "The Tory Party in search of a new vision" (24 June) states: The other way of reading this leadership contest is that the Tories are in trouble because they have dared to put their finger on an issue that deeply troubles the...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: In an election between Tony Blair and Michael Heseltine, which candidate would be on the left - and which would Polly Toynbee take for Son of SDP? Yours friendly, Russell House of Lords London, SW1 27 June

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Look what has happened since the resignation of John Major. We finally win a Test Match against the West Indies at Lords, and the weather has improved significantly. Should this affect the voting of Conservative MPs? Yours faithfully, Chris Adam...

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