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  • EU's secret minutes
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: Your story "EU faces legal storm over backroom deals" (23 June) should at last bring the issue of secret Council minutes into prominence. Anyone who closely studies the implementation of EU directives becomes aware that unpublished Council minut...

  • Footballers are free to go on the wing
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: Jon Holmes and Struan Marshall criticise the footballers' transfer system in the light of the Jean-Marc Bosman case now before the European Court of Justice ("The player vs the transfer trap", 21 June). They are entitled to their views as agents...

  • Leak detection
    Saturday, 1 July 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...

  • Excuses not to hire older staff
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: A few weeks ago I noticed a job advertised in the local press by a large life assurance company. Age limits of 22-35 were indicated. I wrote to the company asking why it found it necessary to discriminate in this matter for a job that could be d...

  • Waste of water in the garden
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: The sad aspect of the water shortage ("Sunshine turns heat on water supplies", 29 June) is that much of the water used on gardens is wasted through incorrect methods of watering and cultivation. Many gardeners use a 'little and often' approach t...

  • In hope of finding the Shellduck
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: I was distressed to see, in your photograph of plastic ducks on the Cam, that few of them had managed to maintain an upright stance (Home News, 22 June). I have long had an affection for these appealing creatures, and can remember the time when ...

  • Any parent's hardest choice
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: Regarding Claire Rayner's article today (Another View, 27 June) I too am sorry that the Lawsons are using their disappointment at the birth of a daughter with Down's syndrome as a stick to beat other, less fortunate parents with. Ms Rayner is ab...

  • Too liberal usage
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: Members of the Liberal Party, who believe that the Liberal Democrats' acceptance of the equal status of social democracy undermines their liberal pretensions, are used to the Liberal Democrats being referred to as the Liberal Party without corre...

  • Tory games
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr refers today to the possibility of "demands for loyalty oaths all round" if John Major wins the first round of the election for the leadership of the Conservative party. It was a common practice of late medieval kings to require oath...

  • Tory games
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: The Conservative party likes to make much of the phrase "level playing field". It was, therefore, instructive to learn that its leadership election rules are all but on the level. What election allows new entrants half way through? I hereby decl...

  • Tory games
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Sir: I am confused by Andrew Marr's contention (29 June) that John Major "dreams of being freed from the clawing, wretched succubi of the past few years". Succubi are demons in female form who seek to have intercourse with men in their sleep. What ex...

  • Sticky Chinese fingers close to the honey pot
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    It is absolutely no surprise that the daily reminder of China's imminent takeover is being recorded in Peking but not in Hong Kong itself. After Britain in 1984 agreed to relinquish sovereignty, China's foreign minister Wu Xueqian told the Chinese pa...

  • An election with the wrong candidates
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    One of the problems is John Redwood. He was billed as a fresh, young general who would light the fuses within the party and explode the myths of post-Thatcherite Toryism. But instead of providing a compelling critique of the party's difficulties, Mr ...

  • The hotel sex test
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    Not that politicians observe the distinction. As John Redwood did his unbelieveably tedious Salome's dance this week (did I imagine cries of "keep 'em on"?) it went virtually unnoticed by his dwindling audience that - roundabout the fourth veil - he ...

  • Life of the party, but not the soul
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    The ancient rulebook of British Conservativism contains many crossings- out and splashes of Tipp-Ex. "Members shall wear cavalry twills while leisured" - gone. "Members shall not take their own political views too seriously" - almost illegible now, a...

  • PROFILE: Brave face of a cosmetic image scandal
    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    This is the job Elizabeth Hurley has signed up for with the cosmetics giant Estee Lauder. She is no longer just Elizabeth Hurley, small-time actress and big-time girlfriend of Hugh Grant; she has been reborn as a concept: a complex package of looks a...

    Saturday, 1 July 1995

    I cannot see why Tory women are supposed to die for Michael Portillo's good looks. The man has revoltingly greasy hair, a disgustingly pudgy nose, no discernible chin and a permanent expression of smugness - Harry Enfield, comedian. He cared passiona...

  • Letter: Dutch shipwreck could be saved with ingenuity
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Were it otherwise, English Heritage would no doubt have a statutory duty to act, but isn't its miserably negative attitude really symptomatic of a lack of willpower? One imagines with what relief English Heritage executives received the news from the...

  • A white-knuckle ride I cannot join
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    To many Conservative MPs, it is a sad perversion to see our party fast beginning to resemble a Greek tragedy without the jokes. There is something quite distasteful in watching angry young men with all the vigour and enthusiasm of a Faustian time-sha...

  • Letter: Labour should think again
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    This is a crucial question that the Labour Party failed to address in its policy document. It is our view that the funding system encapsulated in the Local Management of Schools scheme, and whose extension is advocated in the document, contains inher...

  • Letter: Three volumes of Thatcher
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, Josephine Craig Easingwold, North Yorkshire 26 June

  • Letter: Wimbledon faults
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Why has no player ever before been penalised by more than a point or a fine for persistent verbal abuse of officials, racket-smashing, illegal massage between games and so on, whereas a first offender who clearly did not intend to hurt anyone suffers...

  • Leading Article: When next door is for sale
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Neither Mr or Mrs Chambers, nor any of their children, have criminal records. They are a large, rumbustious family from the wrong side of the tracks, with auto parts in the garden and Mr Blobby painted on their outside wall. The move to the new house...

  • Letter: Compensation for Thalidomide victims
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    The Government has given its formal backing to structured settlements, which are a tax-efficient way of paying and receiving damages. The long- term financial and medical problems of the Thalidomide victims would be resolved once and for all should G...

  • Letter: Modern rites at Stonehenge
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    We would park opposite the stones and usually there would be no one but us and no sound but the larks overhead, the far-off baaing of sheep and the wind over the grass. We would explore the stones, overawed by their enormous size when close-up. "But ...

  • Letter: Compensation for Thalidomide victims
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    I would like to deal with three, in particular, of the misreportings in Ms Oxford's article, as I would not like them to affect the campaign to persuade Guinness to recognise fully its responsibility to the victims of Thalidomide. First, I did not at...

  • This prescription might do some good
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Knee-jerk opposition to the Government's policies has been replaced by a thoughtfully discriminating response in which Labour has sought to retain most of the best aspects of recent changes, while reversing those elements which it opposes. At the hea...

  • Batting phrases instead of balls
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    It's very hot out there. They'll need this break. Of course, grass is not his natural surface. During this changeover, he'll have to work out a change of plan. The sun is really baking down. They're coming back on now. The umpire is asking for quiet ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Hands off our ruddy ducks
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    The answer is that they are foreign - not British or even European. There is nothing wrong with them as ducks. Indeed some of them are quite decent, well groomed and good-looking. But they do not always behave well: they try to get off with our own n...

  • Letter: Sandwich courses
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    The experience and knowledge of work gained by such students, not only in the sciences and engineering but also in many other areas, is of great benefit to them in job-finding afterwards. The salary helps, too - most students are paid on placement. T...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Take care: words at work
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    An American professor of linguistics, Tannen is also the author of the provocative bestseller "You Just Don't Understand". In that book she focused on the problems of communication between men and women generally. She has now shifted specifically to ...

  • Leading Article: Labour tackles unhealthy record
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Not that there is any contrition at the beginning of Renewing the NHS. Indeed the final chapter repeats the traditional mantra that "the NHS reforms have failed". Yet even a cursory reading demonstrates the opposite. The party now accepts and pledges...

  • Letter: Modern rites at Stonehenge
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Various ancient cultures incorporated or modified Stonehenge for their own obscure purposes: there is no reason why this should not continue. If this means ringing the stones with kiosks and car parks, so be it - this will be our culture's form of ap...

  • Letter: Dutch shipwreck could be saved with ingenuity
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    If the Amsterdam was not a Protected Wreck, then the situation would be simple. The Secretary of State for National Heritage has the power to schedule wreck sites in "territorial waters off the coast of England" as ancient monuments. Once scheduled a...

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