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Friday, 14 July 1995

  • Letter: Interpreting Burma-speak
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: Since my letter urging people to boycott the Burmese (Myanmar) tourist drive (6 July), Aung San Suu Kyi has been released, a welcome first step towards Burma's return to the civilised world. But there is a long way to go, as U Myo Nyunt of the L...

  • Letter: Attitudes to the disabled
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: In his TV review of 6 July, it was perverse of Tom Sutcliffe to lump two very different programmes together - The Invisible Wall and Wednesday's edition of Over The Edge - and then criticise them partly on the basis of their difference. The Disa...

  • Letter: Rock of ages
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: Who says the Rolling Stones are not the rebels they were? Whereas they once offended established authority with their long hair and irreverence, they now appear to be just as offensive to the gestapo of youth culture who imply that no one over 5...

  • Letter: Building bridges with stone walls
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: Your feature on dry stone walling in the Cotswolds ("Wall's end?", 8 July) emphasises not only their national importance as part of Britain's rural heritage, but touches on their impact on community involvement and self-help. The use of traditio...

  • Letter: Causes of crime in the Thirties
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: It was depressing to read the muddled logic of Ray Honeyford's letter (13 July). He glibly discounts the "sociological" causes of crime, ignoring well-established research which has demonstrated that crime in the 1930s was associated, then as no...

  • If 30,000 newts could vote, John Major would be out
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    I had caught many of the small brown common newts in my local parks, but even in those days the great crested newt was already extinct in inner London. I stood transfixed in my local pet shop as I watched this beautiful underwater predator stalk and ...

  • Right, let's don those kits and build some character
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    The centrepiece is a British Academy of Sport in the Midlands, designed to improve the performance of our national teams. But there will also be a big push to expand the role of sport in schools. It is a substantial reversal of a government habit tha...

  • Letter: Inheritance tax on works of art
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: Even if their remedy is in the very long term, the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are in agreement in emphasising their joint concern over inheritance tax ("Major rallies Tory troops for election push", 14 July). But surely t...

  • Letter: Global consensus
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: Fr Broadbent says (11 July) that most of those leaving the Church of England over women priests would readily accept them "if it could be shown by a consensus of the Universal Church to be what God wants". If he believes that the spirit reveals ...

  • Letter: After the fall of Srebrenica: intervention or withdrawal?
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: It is reassuring to know that in 50 years' time Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic will be prosecuted for the war crimes they are now committing. Yours faithfully, Carolyn Walker Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex 13 July

  • Leading Article: Beyond the killing fields of Srebrenica
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    These traumatic events speak of the gravest geopolitical impotence in Europe since the war against Hitler. Over Bosnia, western European states, still not weaned off their transatlantic dependency, are too divided and poorly organised to act as the n...

  • Never too old
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    This week, Julie Christie, Mick Jagger and William Hague were all visited by the age police. Article after news item told us that Julie is older than she used to be, Mick is just old, and the new Secretary of State for Wales is young. This is notjust...

  • PROFILE: The king of Highbury brought low
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Graham was born in Bargeddie, a Scottish mining village not far from Glasgow, at the end of 1944. His family was poor and his father died when he was very young. His talent as a footballer, however, was such that by the age of 18, he was playing for ...

  • Letter: Bright plans for idle hands
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: Having read your account (10 July) of the attack by youths on a local mayor, I wondered whether the vandalism would have occurred had those youths planted the flowers themselves. This leads me to suggest that a very simple VSO-type organisation ...

  • Letter: Paymasters for BBC presenters
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: James Moorhouse, MEP, says (letter, 14 July) that "BBC presenters are public servants, their salaries part-financed by the nation's taxpayers." Is this really the case? Or is it not true that the BBC is financed wholly by licence payers, and its...

  • Letter: After the fall of Srebrenica: intervention or withdrawal?
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr (13 July ) is right about the disastrous consequences for us all if General Mladic is allowed to consolidate his victory. Mr Marr blames lack of preparation and leadership, but how can the UN, Nato and the EU still be unprepared? If ...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    The fact is that Margaret Thatcher was never really a Conservative - Sir Robert Rhodes James, former Tory MP Nothing is a greater aid to privacy than to live side by side in a skilfully contrived terrace. The next-door neighbours are invisible; the n...

  • Letter: After the fall of Srebrenica: intervention or withdrawal?
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: Srebrenica has fallen, Zepa is on the point of doing so as I write. Oxfam's staff in Tuzla are currently one of the agencies trying to deal with the crisis as thousands, traumatised by appalling violence and separation from their loved ones, see...

  • Letter: After the fall of Srebrenica: intervention or withdrawal?
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: News headlines, including your own, have made much of the word "humiliation" in describing the UN's plight in Bosnia. I beg to differ. It is the warring tribes of Bosnia who, by their intransigence and acts of genocide, are humiliating themselve...

  • Letter: After the fall of Srebrenica: intervention or withdrawal?
    Saturday, 15 July 1995

    Sir: The UN Security Council rattled off yet another of its many resolutions, this time demanding the withdrawal of Bosnian Serb forces from Srebrenica and the restoration of its "safe area" status. And yet there was no resolution forthcoming after Z...

  • Black ties and the boys in blue
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    What we were never sure of was whether the DJ had a good or bad effect on police. We often drove home from jobs late at night in our classless garb, and if we ever attracted the attention of the police, would it help or hinder the proceedings if we w...

  • LETTER:Our battlefields are our heritage
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: In response to David Rendel's article concerning the Newbury bypass (Another View, 7 July), I am keen to address his remarks about the insignificant nature of the destruction to the battlefield of the First Battle of Newbury (1843) from the new ...

  • LETTER:Where's the Britishness in Orange marches?
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: One of the most arresting images from the last few days concerned the pictures of un-arrested Orange protesters in Portadown holding up placards demanding "parity of esteem" for Orange marches. As the various Orange and Loyalist bodies hold up t...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; A bad month for blacks
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    The real culprits are much higher up the ladder in the Metropolitan Police. Theirgrotesquely named Aliens Deportation Squad, based in the same building they work in, was using sticking plaster, belts and body belts for use on unsuspecting, mainly bla...

  • LETTER:How to change French policy
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: As a regular visitor to the South Pacific, I have followed your reports on Greenpeace's campaign in French Polynesia with considerable interest. While I agree with Andrew Marr's point ("Green power in the world's saloon bar", 11 July) that boyco...

  • LETTER:Wednesday delight
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: Wednesday 5 July. 14st, calories ?, alcohol units nil, newspapers 3, instants 1 (Independent). The one day brightened by the brilliant Bridget Jones's diary. Bravo! Yours faithfully, John Conway Glasgow

  • LETTER:All in a picture
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: Today's picture from Bosnia of a French UN armoured vehicle could be considered an accurate illustration of UN policy; the vehicle's gun points towards Serbian positions while the soldier standing in the turret faces the other way. Yours faithfu...

  • Dignity, nation and De Gaulle
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Today, as Mr Chirac presides over his first Bastille Day festivities, with another six years and 10 months of his presidency still to run, the consequences of his election and the national clamour for change that produced it are already making themse...

  • LETTER:Tackling famine post-Geldof
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: Bob Geldof and his friends did a great job orchestrating our response to one of Africa's cases ("Where are you now, Bob Geldof?", 12 July). We are still moved by the compelling sight of a starving child. Sadly, our Band Aid response often turns ...

  • LETTER:Where's the Britishness in Orange marches?
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Today, in 1995, my thoughts turn to Sarajevo, where the Serbs are wiping out the "world-dominating" Muslims. It does not strain the imagination to picture other ethnic/nationalist trouble spots around the globe. My apologies for labouring the point, ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The trial of Nick Leeson
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    This newspaper has published material which suggests that Mr Leeson, while running the Barings' derivatives trading operation in Singapore, shredded documents about his trading activities, lied to auditors, falsified reports to the Singapore exchange...

  • LETTER:End of the sales
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: After two weeks of sunshine I decided to buy some sandals, but, silly me, it's now the end of the season sales and there are only a few pairs left. Now when I go shopping I find that the shops have "back to school" promotions. However, my childr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Passing cloud over the economy
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Time to push the panic button? Not necessarily so. There are two scenarios of what lies ahead. One is that the recovery is in danger. The other is that we are witnessing a pause in growth. Of the two, the second seems both more likely and arguably so...

  • LETTER:Problem with men
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: When the majority of muggings, rapes, murders, frauds, burglaries, domestic violence and abuse cases are committed by men, why isn't Paul Condon contacting all "community leaders" and urging them to address this urgent problem? How has this stat...

  • LETTER:Lib Dem campaign strategy on course
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: I was nothing less than astonished by your article "Ashdown under fire from his own MPs" (12 July), which claimed that members of the parliamentary party believed the party was being squeezed. After our quite extraordinary successes in local ele...

  • Anyone interested in a riot or two?
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    The response to the riots of the Nineties has been quite different. After a couple of evenings on the television news they're forgotten, accepted as just another feature of modern British life. Whether in Leeds or Banbury, Luton or Bradford, riots ha...

  • LETTER:Where's the Britishness in Orange marches?
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: David Trimble says (Another View: "Orange is not offensive", 13 July) that the Orange marches through Northern Ireland are "a harmless long-standing tradition". He also refers to the "traditions of Ulster British people". As a normal, non-religi...

  • LETTER:How to change French policy
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: Many people hearing the broadcasts of French commandoes boarding the Rainbow Warrior will doubtless share my feeling of alarm that the French government should compound the folly of its threat to resume testing in the Pacific by establishing an ...

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