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Tuesday, 6 June 1995

  • Letter: Serbs' right to self-determination in a land of artificial borders
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    We must reject the sophistic evasions of those like Mike Gapes, MP (letter 1 June) who, in his phrase, would "favour withdrawal". Withdrawal would lead to further mass slaughter by Serb ethnic cleansing in pursuit of Milosevic's Greater Serbia, to im...

  • Letter: Serbs' right to self-determination in a land of artificial borders
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    From the very start of the disintegration of former Yugoslavia, the Republic of Macedonia has followed a pro-European policy which gives a good example of how all problems could and must be solved by peaceful means. We support all the efforts of the ...

  • No more living in sin, and that's official
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    It is 10 years since its report Faith in the City raised the wrath of the Government with its stern critique of growing poverty. Now it says the social divide has deepened. The Church's report on the family will turn half the Cabinet purple with fury...

  • Letter: The lowdown on pop culture
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    I would like to press Mr Ferguson on one point, however. The Modern Review was a bad magazine not because it dealt with popular culture, but because it enshrined that same high culture/low culture dichotomy ("Low Culture for High Brows") that Mr Ferg...

  • Letter: Negligible benefits of tagging
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    When I visited earlier this year, Washington DC had more than 22,000 of its citizens on probation and parole supervision. The number tagged had fallen from 300, in 1991, to only 58. Florida claims 15,000 people on intensive crime control supervision ...

  • Letter: Serbs' right to self-determination in a land of artificial borders
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    Second, in the case of Bosnia, there were Serbs and Croats, as well as Muslims, who sought independence. Unfortunately, the nature of this war has meant that anybody not agreeing with a "tear-away" group of Serbs has been terrorised, shot or "ethnica...

  • I, too, would have acted as William Waldegrave did
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    No argument was advanced as to why our public broadcasting service had decided to ignore the judge's request. Without a blink the BBC, with Robin Cook in attendance, embarked on a series of captious questions aimed at traducing my friend and former c...

  • TELEVISION / There is no need to adjust your mind-sets
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    Curtis wasn't done any favours by the extravagant praise. Having been promised the best thing since sliced bread, you worked your way through the undoubtedly stylish packaging to find... sliced bread, a statement of the obvious wrapped up as a lone c...

  • Leading Article: Britain's private foreign policy
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    Mr Waldegrave survived for now, though wounded, and Sir Richard probably only briefly wobbled as he cycled to his office to continue work on his explosive report. But this latest exchange is just the beginning of a bloody and attritional conflict, pr...

  • Leading Article: Israel misses its chance of peace
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli premier, has only himself to blame for most of his difficulties. From the moment the Oslo agreement was signed his government's future hinged on its success. Yet Mr Rabin never seemed wholeheartedly behind it. When an Israe...

  • Letter: Science students know their Newton
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    Though "science students do not learn their trade from original texts", it does not follow that they are ignorant of the history of their subject. Many university mathematics departments offer short courses on the history of mathematics, and undergra...

  • Letter: Serbs' right to self-determination in a land of artificial borders
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    As far as Bosnia is concerned, everybody there is a minority - Muslims, Serbs and Croats. The Serbs expressed their collective views in the referendum in 1992: that they wanted the right of self-determination applied to themselves, in the sense that ...

  • Letter: Bad memories
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    It was true: there was hardly any standing room for the prisoners in this field. I managed to feed the crumbs through the barbed wire to some prisoners when I noticed some bodies on the ground. They had died of starvation and cold, I was told, and th...

  • Letter: Personal touch
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    What Mr James writes is rubbish. Village shops pay more for their goods, have higher distribution costs and pay higher business rates per square metre than out-of-town multiples. The public is swamped by advertising that has convinced them that bigge...

  • Blood in the bookshops
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    This may be fair enough, in that the Restrictive Practices Court is also looking at the NBA and can decide on its fairness or otherwise in a broader context. But the problem is that between now and when the NBA finally collapses - as it surely will -...

  • Missing persons? Just leave it to ex-officer Lucan
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    Dennis Easby. The controversial president of the Rugby Football Union who once upon a time fired Will Carling from the English captaincy for saying that the age of the amateur was past. As president of the RFU, Mr Easby had to be out in South Africa ...

  • Another View: Don't let Clegg go free
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    The campaign to release Pte Clegg has run since he was sentenced to life, and took off in January this year when the Lords rejected his second appeal. Campaigners skilfully used the media to build Pte Clegg up as a hero and to present my daughter as ...

  • Letter: Older pregnancies: proceed with care
    Wednesday, 7 June 1995

    What science can do is to enable a woman to bear a child from an egg which has been donated and transferred from another woman. And since this is so, it is very reasonable that the donor, or society in general, should take as much interest in the chi...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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