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Thursday, 8 June 1995

  • Break-up of the family is a social disaster we cannot ignore
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: In reviewing a new Church of England report on the family, Polly Toynbee accuses its compilers of "always trying to have their sacramental wafer and eat it"; but she seems to be doing the journalistic equivalent by pretending that her news doesn...

  • Plain wrong about books
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: Bryan Appleyard's claim ("Blood in the Bookshops", 7 June) that the Net Book Agreement is leading the book trade to disaster does not take account of the facts, or even the findings of the National Heritage Select Committee report. After prolong...

  • Break-up of the family is a social disaster we cannot ignore
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: Coverage - including your own - of the Church of England's working party on family life has highlighted its views on the rise of cohabitation. This risks underplaying the wider significance of the report. What should be welcome to all those seek...

  • Praise is due for superstores
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham's article about out-of-town superstores and, in particular, Tesco at Dorchester (Magazine: "Doomsday for rural England", 27 May) needs a counterbalance. Many reasons lie behind the decline of certain town centres: the recession, too...

  • Gas guestimate
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: British Gas has been much in the news for greed in the boardroom. But I wonder whether they are not operating a more subtle form of greed in the home. I received this morning my quarterly gas bill. It is an estimated figure, since they now only ...

  • Unluckiness of four-leafed clover
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: I was intrigued by your News Analysis (1 June) about marketing disasters of our time. I have worked in the sales promotion industry for my entire career, so can vouch for the fact that most of them and many more that "got away" are certainly tru...

  • Official guilt and the Scott inquiry
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: The leak you have received of the Scott inquiry draft report (front page, 7 June ) points to apparent inconsistencies in statements by Baroness Thatcher in 1989 about Government policy towards the proposed sale of Hawk trainer aircraft to Iraq. ...

  • School speech day
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: Mark Jones (letter, 2 June) asks for alternatives to "the company director or retired politician" for heads to invite to be guest speakers at school speech days. What could be better than a comedian, "alternative" or otherwise? At least we could...

  • Official guilt and the Scott inquiry
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: Tristan Garel-Jones ("I, too, would have acted as William Waldegrave did", 7 June) displays a very selective memory when he says: "It is absurd to suggest that Foreign Office officials would connive to mislead Parliament." He has forgotten the C...

  • War of the words
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    What were the offending items? A Father Christmas who puked fake vomit on to a member of the public, a fake colostomy bag split over another member of the public, and a novelty act who inadvertently gave us a flash of his penis, despite being warned ...

  • Is there life on Mars?
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Elements of the right and centre within the Government are edging towards a new strategy for keeping the party alive and competing. Whilst their fellows remain obsessed with Europe and Nolan, they are thinking about the big issues that will decide th...

  • Break-up of the family is a social disaster we cannot ignore
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee is entitled to her bit of fun with the Church of England ("No more living in sin, and that's official", 7 June), and it can answer for itself. But the break-up of the family cannot be dismissed as an unfortunate side-blow against t...

  • Luvvies' labours lost
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Fluellen: How now, Barbican? Where be the royal company? Is fleeting winter so soon over, that they are gone to Wales and Scotland with the Noble prince Adrian? Barbican: Such news, my lord, as grieves me to report. Adrian spake vilely thus: "Despisi...

  • Several funerals and an opportunity
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    There is a temptation to assume that these are examples of luvvie hypocrisy and lefty hyperbole. Yet both detractors have half a point in that pounds 84m, to be disbursed over five years, is a tiny amount by the standards of the global film industry....

  • Why smugness is next to godliness
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Does it seem very radical? "Oh, it's not as revolutionary as you might think," says Jim Binding, Bishop of Radio 4's 'Thought For The Day' and one of the authors of the report. "After all, many vicars now in the Church of England lost their faith yea...

  • The C of E isn't soft on sin
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    But discussion about families inevitably means thinking about marriage. Here the report is quite clear: "A central place in Christian understanding of the family has to be given also to the institution of marriage. It is seen as a relationship undert...

  • Britain must join the game
    Friday, 9 June 1995

    Chirac's victory indeed heralds problems for the timetable for monetary union set under the Maastricht treaty, elaborated in last week's somewhat optimistic Green Paper from the European Commission. On the wider plane of the Franco-German relationshi...

  • LETTER:Islam's views on terrorism
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: Iran's Foreign Minister, Dr Ali Akbar Velayati, is right to condemn the premature and false reports that Iran was involved in the Oklahoma bombing ("Velayati offers no word of hope for Rushdie", 31 May). However, Dr Velayati's claim that the Ira...

  • OBITUARY:Roy Beddington
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    He taught me how to paint better. (I was one of his only two pupils, he said. The other was his daughter the painter Sarah Beddington.) I am grateful not only for his skill, but especially for the humility which allowed him to enter into a pupil's wa...

  • Why Lancelot gets paid a lot
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Then his eye was caught by the sight of a young maiden riding slowly up the road to the castle. His smile faded. She seemed somehow to exude sadness, a discordant note in that smiling landscape, and King Arthur had an ominous feeling that her slow pr...

  • OBITUARY:Tony Clegg
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Though often referred to as a Yorkshireman, Clegg was born in Littleborough, Lancashire. He attributed his great business acumen to his mother, Cicely, who bought and ran a successful corner shop when her husband entered the Navy during the war. The ...

  • LETTER:Uneven playing field of justice
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: Paul Vallely ("Private Clegg's friends in high places", 6 June) is right to contrast the speed of government reaction to the media campaign to free Lee Clegg with the sloth displayed in other miscarriage of justice cases. On 8 June 1993, lawyers...

  • LETTER:Hackney must face independent inquiry
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: As a member of the disciplinary sub-committee that heard Bernard Crofton's case, I would like to respond to the article "Hackney accused of harbouring job cheats" (5 June) and Another View by Mike Craig ("Hackney's fraud squad", 6 June). It real...

  • LETTER:BBC's 'whiter than white' image
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: I am sad and surprised to read about what happened to Carol Vorderman as a result of her appearance in a soap powder commercial. A large number of television personalities, politicians and prominent people in public life present TV commercials. ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:A fair deal for classroom lepers
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    These statistics are an admission of failure. If we abandon difficult young people with such careless disregard, there is little point bemoaning delinquency and the creation of a so-called "underclass". Once children are permanently excluded, they ar...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:From Lionheart to Stonewall
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Life may not, however, be that simple. We are talking here about the immense power that prejudice exerts over otherwise good minds. Take the "reasons" adduced by the Ministry of Defence for maintaining the ban: that allowing gays into the forces woul...

  • LETTER:The flaws of democracy
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: Every year your distinguished columnist Andrew Marr pens a column complaining about the fact that the Parliamentary Labour Party elects its Shadow Cabinet ("Election that casts a poor shadow", 6 June). It reflects, all too obviously, the complai...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Junk these union junkets
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Ann Widdecombe, the employment minister, today flies to Geneva to challenge the ILO's plans to criticise the ban on trade unions at the government's telecommunications listening post GCHQ. She will threaten to pull out altogether. We must face the fa...

  • LETTER:Scott inquiry reveals Government's grey spot
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: The Government appears entirely to have missed the point of the Scott inquiry. Ever since the collapse of the Matrix Churchill trial, it has been clear that the Government behaved immorally in attempting to prosecute people whose activities it k...

  • LETTER:BBC's 'whiter than white' image
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: I am sorry that Carol Vorderman finds it so difficult to accept the reasons for her departure from Tomorrow's World, following her appearance in a new run of soap powder commercials ("Dear Auntie", 5 June). Indeed, she herself agreed terms which...

  • LETTER:Hackney must face independent inquiry
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: As a resident of Hackney and someone from an ethnic minority, I am outraged that the people of Britain's poorest borough, such as myself, will have to pay for the alleged fraud that has been hidden by charges of "racial harassment". This is beca...

  • OBITUARY:Emilio Garca Gomez
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    He was a student of the great scholar of Arabic literature Miguel Asn y Palacios (1871-1944), to whom he dedicated one of his best-known collections in 1930, Poemas Arabigoandaluces, still a best-seller. These refined, playful, delicately textured (a...

  • OBITUARY:Sir John Bunting
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Yet it was his removal from the post of civil service head of the Prime Minister's Department in 1968 by the newly chosen Liberal prime minister John Gorton (succeeding the recently drowned Harold Holt) which heralded a marked shift in relations betw...

  • Gay, Sir, and ready to serve
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Four years ago, the trauma of outing deeply split the gay population in America and forced the question of homosexuality on to the front pages. This year, Britain followed almost exactly: outing polarised the gay community, and ironically, forced man...

  • LETTER:Bilious attacks on 'Modern Review'
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: Jon Savage's attack on the Modern Review (Letters, 7 June) might be not unconnected with the MR's devastating and hilarious review by Julie Burchill of his book, England's Dreaming. To rub salt in the wound, La Burchill's hatchet job on Mr Savag...

  • OBITUARY:Sir Jay Gohel
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Always a keen observer of British politics, Gohel joined the Conservative Party soon after arriving in Britain in 1960 and became one of its most staunch leaders. He pointed out to Asian voters that Asian values are Tory values. ''We Asians are the o...

  • Behold the backlash, sabres drawn
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Lord Howe, with the words ''natural justice'' emblazoned on his banner, is leading it, with squadrons of Conservative backbenchers at either shoulder. Then comes the Whitehall Cavalier, Tristan Garel-Jones, sabre drawn and determined to right the ''m...

  • LETTER:Scott inquiry reveals Government's grey spot
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: I note with wry amusement that the damage limitation exercise that followed the leak of Lord Justice Scott's report conforms to a traditional pattern. First, all wrongdoing is strenuously denied. Then, it is claimed, that even if mistakes may ha...

  • LETTER:Hackney must face independent inquiry
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: Your articles "Hackney accused of harbouring job cheats" and "Rise and fall of man who set up the 'Untouchables' "(5 June), were misleading. As you admit, in recent years Hackney has been an example of effective local government in the inner cit...

  • LETTER:Scott inquiry reveals Government's grey spot
    Thursday, 8 June 1995

    Sir: John Major should say what he means by full support for William Waldegrave ("Waldegrave accused in draft of Iraq report", 6 June). Is this provisional until the final report on arms for Iraq, or has he pardoned Waldegrave before the verdict has ...

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