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Friday, 9 June 1995

  • LETTER : Pop ain't what it used to be
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: The debate about the death of the Modern Review grows ever more spiteful. I declare no interest whatsoever in the demise of the magazine or what it stood for. However, the defence of the popular arts needs little further ammunition. The case has...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: With regard to your table on sin, it is not the case that pre-marital sex, homosexual practices and masturbation are considered "not harmful" in Buddhism. Rather, (lay) Buddhists undertake a precept to "abstain from sexual misconduct", which is ...

  • LETTER ; An effective service
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: We write, as chairmen of probation committees responsible for probation services in the South West of England, to express concern about Government proposals which we fear will erode the professionalism of the Probation Service. We are the employ...

  • LONDON CALLING
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    By coincidence, Terry Christian, the trans-Pennine presenter of The Word, the Channel 4 youth programme, has been reflecting this week on a related issue. According to Christian, the criticism of his programme - for featuring such items as an explodi...

  • LETTER : Celebrate Wilde's sexuality, not wit
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: The Weasel (Magazine, 3 June) is being disingenuous in supposing that a statue to Oscar Wilde, the man - over and above the already existing Westminster Abbey panel to the writer - would not be intended to celebrate him as a homosexual martyr. A...

  • The obsolete British art of keeping a secret
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    And bill stickers have subversive allies in other walks of life. On Wednesday, Keith Rose unlocked another awkward secret. A convicted murderer, he telephoned the BBC from jail to tell millions of listeners how to escape from Parkhurst prison. Meanwh...

  • The grey suits deserve better treatment
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Health service managers, meeting at their annual conference in Harrogate, are under siege from all sides. The Welsh Secretary, John Redwood, has criticised the number of "men in grey suits" in the NHS and has placed a moratorium on appointments in Wa...

  • Who can fill the RSC's empty stage?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    The RSC was going through one of its periodic financial crises and, unless some extra cash was found, bankruptcy - let alone withdrawal from London - was distinctly on the cards. It looked as though the writing was on the wall. It did not take the co...

  • LETTER : Our mistake
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: I am writing in response to Gilbert Adair's review of Jeanette Winterson's Art Objects (3 June). The answer to Mr Adair's question "doesn't she know what 'nemesis' means?" is - yes, Jeanette Winterson is fully aware of the meaning of the word "n...

  • LETTER : Lottery prophesy
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir; As well as prophesising the miseries of negative equity (letter, 6 June), George Orwell also predicted another "achievement" of the Major government. In Nineteen Eighty Four (published in 1949) he wrote: The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of e...

  • LETTER : Gay veterans
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: Thank you for your enlightened leading article today about the ban on homosexuals in the armed services ("From Lionheart to Stonewall", 8 June). We need an international homosexual veterans' association to recruit from all ranks who served in al...

  • When 12,000 mayors wave adieu
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    To many of France's small-time mayoral candidates in tomorrow's local elections, the unfortunate fate of Mr Hallet would have seemed not just an isolated family tragedy, but a symbol of their plight. Local mayors in rural areas, the pillars of their ...

  • LETTER : Northern secret
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: Not every northerner endorses Robert Cockroft's sour salvo ("Dear Harvey Nichols", 7 June) to Harvey Nichols. Leeds is about to gain a branch of mass-market home furnishers, Ikea, so Harvey Nicks will represent an opulent balance. Even those of ...

  • PROFILE : A model of an absent father
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Today, our national paterfamilias, the Duke of Edinburgh, is 74. Among the 850 organisations of which he is an energetic patron, he does not, alas, include Families need Fathers. But maybe they should write to him to suggest it. For in the image of t...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: Your game attempt to simplify the notion of sin in your chart guide to morality in different religions is at odds with what Alan Storkey says in the text that "the picture is complex". There are also one or two details which are wrong. Divorce i...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: In the table accompanying the article "Where to find sin in the modern world", cruelty to animals is listed as "permitted" in Judaism. This is entirely wrong. Avoidance of cruelty to animals (tza'ar ba'alei chayim) is one of the most cherished p...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: Alan Storkey ("Where to find sin in the modern world", 8 June) writes persuasively about marriage as a "given", an institution ordained by God which must be respected if we are to flourish. His analysis, however, leaves out much that should be a...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Lawrence of Arabia would not be welcome in today's armed forces - Lord Justice Brown, as four gays lost the fight to resume their military careers. If I had been sitting in a Mini it wouldn't have happened - company director Alan Jacoby, 39, attacked...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: The table of religions accompanying your article about sin indicates that cruelty to animals is not a sin in Islam. This is not correct. Cruelty to animals is a sin punished by God in the afterlife. Conversely, kindness to animals is rewarded by...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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