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Monday, 5 June 1995

  • Election that casts a poor shadow
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    For a Labour politician in Opposition, election to what is formally called the Parliamentary Committee of the Labour Party is the gateway to the big time. It guarantees a relatively big shadow job, with the media appearances, higher profile and Commo...

  • LETTER:Historic bikinis
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: I have recently returned from a school trip to Sicily where I visited the Roman villa of Casale at Piazza Armerina, and saw mosaics of bikini- clad girls that date from the 4th century AD. This clearly predates "The first bikini, Paris, 1946" ("...

  • LETTER:Remember the South Sea Bubble
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: Reading today's coverage of the plight of the small minority "caught in the negative equity trap" ("Homeowners, you've never it so bad", 2 June), I am almost sorry that I never had enough cash in the Eighties to treat housing as an investment. E...

  • LETTER:Calculating the rate for the job at British Gas
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: In the name of competitiveness, the people at the bottom of the pile have their earnings compared with those in the sweat-shops of Asia, the people at the top with those in the most successful economies of the Western world, so that the gap betw...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Tory fears of repossession
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Their self-interested motives for wanting to subsidise those in mortgage misery will not, of course, torment those who might benefit from government munificence: the 1 million people living in homes worth less than their mortgages and the 250,000 hou...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Less Tarantino, more Chatterley
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Last week, however, they were at it again with an attack by Republican presidential frontrunner, Senator Robert Dole, on the lack of moral responsibility of American film-makers, book-writers and song-singers. "When you debase America, debase society...

  • LETTER:Please hang up
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: A sign at the pavement cafe outside the Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel in Dam Square, Amsterdam, reads: "No Drugs, No Live Music, No Beggars, No Portable Phones". A polite announcement on the Japanese high-speed train says: "Ladies and Gentlemen, we a...

  • LETTER:Remember the South Sea Bubble
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: So John Major thinks that those of us who are saddled with negative equity have only ourselves to blame, does he? He would do well to consider the words of George Orwell who wrote in Coming Up for Air, way back in 1939, that: The really subtle s...

  • LETTER:When post-natal depression strikes
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: It is obvious that Jim White ("Someone Must Take The Blame"; TV Review, 2 June) has little sympathy for sufferers from mental illness. Having watched Inside Story I feel he has also missed the point. No one was trying to suggest that Caroline Be...

  • LETTER:Environmental risk rating
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: In your business section today ("Index will give companies a 'green' rating", 31 May), you report that the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) decided not to launch a "green rating" scheme because of the length of time it took to...

  • LETTER:Stranded statues
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: While agreeing with the comments on the Strand ("How the Strand could be grand", 5 June) I feel, as the architect for the recent refurbishment of Zimbabwe House, that I must defend the British Medical Association from accusations of defacing the...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Hackney's fraud squad
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    In the past five years the council has sacked 110 employees for fraud- related offences, and successfully prosecuted 24. In the case of job fraud, an investigation of all staff who had joined the housing directorate in the previous two years was begu...

  • LETTER:Calculating the rate for the job at British Gas
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: The parade of a pig named "Cedric" outside the British Gas AGM by a Trade Union is an insult to the pig. Pigs only eat as much as they need; they do not demand an extra 75 per cent because pigs on another farm are overfed. Nor do they starve the...

  • Being bugged can be flattering
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    "But why should anyone want to bug our conversation?" asked Roger, not for the first time. "Oh, Roger, I can think of a dozen reasons," said Edith. "Maybe the minister is checking up on us to see if we leak things to the press. Maybe the News of the ...

  • One signal could stop the train
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Until now, the 100 or so companies into which British Rail has been split have proved difficult to sell. Only a quarry and a small electronics firm have been privatised; Red Star, BR Telecommunications and Freightliners were all brought to market onl...

  • LETTER:Calculating the rate for the job at British Gas
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: May I correct some information in your article "Gas chief's pay comparison challenged" (5 June)? The data Cedric Brown quoted in his television interview, screened after our AGM, was from an independent organisation called Monks Partnership. It ...

  • LETTER:When post-natal depression strikes
    Tuesday, 6 June 1995

    Sir: I was greatly saddened to read Jim White's review of Inside Story concerning the tragic tale of a woman on trial in New York for murdering her new-born baby. Mr White seems to share the view of the district attorney in blaming Caroline Beale for...

  • LETTER:Responsibility for home loans
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: As an independent surveyor/valuer in the residential sector, I find it is commonly agreed among those of us "at the sharp end" that the peak in prices of late 1988 was entirely the result of Nigel Lawson's budget (which deferred the loss of doub...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Supping with the devil over Bosnia
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    The devil, in this case, is the Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. Western governments rightly believe that he is the strongest character in the Balkan landscape, the man with most power over disparate Serb communities strung out across Bosnia, Cr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Yankee Doodle dandy for Britain
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    But, if you are surprised, you have merely been fooled into thinking that the British desire to reconstruct Continental holiday bliss in these colder climes has held back the cultural tide from across the pond. It hasn't. And the evidence is so obvio...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: how we got to this point
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr's suggestion that the Bosnian Serbs "fear" a return to the "negotiating table" is incorrect ("No withdrawal, no war; and no neutrality", 1, June ). The Bosnian Serbs have always been prepared to negotiate with the Bosnian Muslims. Si...

  • LETTER:The cockiness of the new
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: Jonathan Glancey's article on Uppark ("A fantasy, lovingly rebuilt", 2 June) asserts that life in Britain today is so full of changes and chances that we positively need a country-house fantasy to fall back on. There may be something in it, and ...

  • LETTER:Cyberspace bores
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: Our sympathies must go to Roy Sutherland, defrauded of pounds 1,000 on the Internet (report, 2 June). However, is life in cyberspace really so dull that it must be spiced up with chilli sauce ordered on the World Wide Web, albeit direct from Cal...

  • ISMISM; New concepts for the Nineties; No. 18: Sidism
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    In a series of highly successful privatisation initiatives, public services were sold off so cheaply that even ordinary people could make a quick buck by buying and then selling at the earliest opportunity. Sidism achieved its apotheosis during the a...

  • LETTER:Groucho grouch
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: I am amazed at the amount of column inches you have wasted writing about Julie Burchill and the emotional crises of her superficial coterie. Is any of it of any real interest outside of the Groucho Club? Or do you think that London is the centre...

  • Drivel that deserved to self-deconstruct
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Since Toby Young's announcement last week that - the views of Julie Burchill to the contrary notwithstanding - the latest issue of the Modern Review would be the last, the national press has been enjoying a frenzy of speculation on this subject, aide...

  • Company man takes a dive
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Political commentators have all met a redundant middle manager, or at least talked to a taxi driver who has. They are at one in attributing part of the Government's unpopularity to the growth of white-collar job uncertainty, as hitherto stable compan...

  • Diary
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Just after dawn last Tuesday, as I printed out the typescript due with my publisher that morning, I asked myself why I have never finished a book at a sensible time of day. The answers I proffered myself were that optimism makes me always underestima...

  • LETTER:Tagged with success
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: Contrary to the assertion ("Tagging delay as US equipment fails", 1 June) of the Association of Chief Officers of Probation, the use of the electronic tag in penology in the US is steeply on the increase. It is also on the increase worldwide, wi...

  • China's doing well enough
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    This disjuncture between the politics of repression and the economics of opportunity is troubling from several standpoints. It sets in apparent opposition the different dimensions of human rights: rights to a decent standard of living versus the righ...

  • LETTER:Searching for evidence about GP fundholders
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: There is a simple error of logic in your theory that because GP fundholding works, we need more of it. As you rightly point out, fundholding works at the expense of the non-fundholders. Fundholding patients compete for hospital resources and are...

  • LETTER:An invitation to the Irish
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: The likelihood that the Queen will follow up Prince Charles' successful visit to the Irish Republic is surely welcome. She would make such a visit in her capacity as Head of State here, rather than as head of the Commonwealth. But is it not time...

  • It's the Ministry of silly sundries
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    ''We can't have people refusing titles. Remind me why he refused it,'' said the Minister. ''The letter from Conyers just says, 'Dear Sir, I herewith return your offer of a knighthood. It is very nice of you to think of me, but I have always felt that...

  • LETTER:Searching for evidence about GP fundholders
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: Your assertion that "GP Fundholding has plainly worked" cannot be allowed to pass unchallenged ("The Positive Side of Fundholding", l June). My review of the literature on fundholding suggests that there is only limited evidence in support of yo...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: how we got to this point
    Monday, 5 June 1995

    Sir: Since taking charge of the conflict in Bosnia, the five-power Contact Group has achieved a record of almost consistent failure. They have failed to reverse the foreign invasions of Bosnia; to support the preservation of a secular, multi-faith, p...

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