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Saturday, 15 July 1995

  • No danger from dinosaurs, but is Blair afraid of spiders?
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Unlike some people, I do not think Mr Blair is betraying the Movement by making this trip. My advice to him is not to expect anything from Mr Murdoch in return, and certainly not to promise anything in advance in exchange for his newspapers' support ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : New student slash and learn policy
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    But, as a crime, it does at least have the merit of consistency with life in late 20th-century Britain as encouraged by an administration dedicated to the elevation of individual interest above that of us all. The advent of ease in mechanical copying...

  • LETTER : Wales: a challenge for misfits for malcontents A Welsh cornerstone
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    It's true that the office of Welsh Secretary has become one occupied by political malcontents that the Prime Minister of the day can't decide what do with, or by fraudulent practitioners of "consensus" in a country that has rejected their party overw...

  • LETTER : No-stop train One-way line
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    J Caffrey London N4

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    George J Harney, London NW2

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Fergus Keogh, Paris

  • LETTER : Housing policy falling down
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Of course all public sector housing could be revitalised overnight if the Government lifted its arbitrary ban and allowed local authorities and, when relevant, housing companies to use capital receipts from the sale of assets, not least from housing ...

  • LETTER : The return of the Poor Law Ill-effects of regional benefits
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    If Lilley is serious about devolving benefit policy and administration rather than finding convenient cuts, German decentralisation - where implementation is the responsibility of "regional" Lander within a federal financial equalisation framework be...

  • LETTER : Brussels is no picnic Real life among the MEPs
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    There are researchers here from 15 member states. This has led to a range of employment practices. However, we are represented by a single association that can negotiate on our behalf. Instead of interviewing assistants from different member states, ...

  • LETTER : The return of the poor Law
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Alexander Chablo Manchester

  • LETTER : Blackmailed into Europe A German threat to rebuff
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    That threat is entirely redundant: the pretence that it is not was the lie on which the EEC was based and promoted. Among many other reasons, nuclear weapons made it redundant. He is wrong to say that the whole of Europe is praying loudly that the Co...

  • LETTER : Housing policy falling down
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    The last English House Condition Survey in 1991 showed 13 per cent of homes either failing to meet the Government's own modest fitness standards or in need of substantial repair. The majority of these homes (the homes of almost 6 million people) were...

  • LETTER : Clearing Eric
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Scientists on a US-Swiss-Danish project who bored through two kilometres of the Greenland ice-cap in 1979-81 to examine the climate of past centuries proved that the island was much warmer in AD986 - when Eric settled there after being exiled from Ic...

  • Green peace keeper Survivor who just protects He who protects survives Sick man for a healthy world ness Survivor until the end World in his hands Man about the The man woudfnsdkj
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    The French never saw the dinghy go. It was launched from a 39ft timber ketch, the Vega, which stayed outside their territorial waters while attention was focused on the organisation's trespassing flagship, the Rainbow Warrior II. Two hours later 150 ...

  • Only halfway in is neither in nor out
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Edward Heath, because he had a more robust consistency on the issue, emerged from the swamps in ruddier health than these two, but suffered from other political infirmities. Margaret Thatcher tried to keep the disease-bearing insects at bay with her ...

  • When the jackets come off ... G'day Tony ... royal warning
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    n I CAME across my arresting photograph (below) in a new magazine called Learner Driver. It was used to illustrate an article on the danger to wildlife from inconsiderate driving, and pretty vivid it is, I think you will agree. I was hoping against h...

  • When great minds met on the banks of the Cam
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Our first meeting was indeed auspicious. It was some time in the 1950s. I was an undergraduate at Cambridge, hungry for knowledge, earnest in my pursuit of that all-encompassing moral viewpoint upon which I was later to build my reputation as a man o...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Peter Harries Hay-on-Wye, Powys

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Playing silly games
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Last week's initiative - more team games, more sports scholarships, a pounds 100m British Academy of Sport - was described by the Times "as the biggest revolution in school sport for 50 years". What exactly happened in 1945 was not specified but it c...

  • Who exactly is it that the French are planning to nuke? Forget Hiroshima, Paris is all that really matters
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Even worse, the defeated far-right candidate ran an effective campaign of harassment, threatening to urge his supporters to vote socialist in the crucial second round. You need to make your mark on the world stage as fast as possible. Do you: (a) pul...

  • Saint George Orwell would be better
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    The dear old C of E's latest wheeze is an enlargement of the Anglican calendar, its quasi-equivalent of sainthood. A list of 70 names has been proposed to the General Synod. Strictly speaking (but then when has the C of E spoken strictly?) they won't...

  • words : Ethnic
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    So far so good. Ethnos is the Greek for "nation", and ethnic costume is national costume. But already ethnic has acquired its own overtones. In the United States (and increasingly in Britain) it can mean quaint, bizarre or "other" - in brief, foreign...

  • The shocking truth about inflation: it could do us a power of good
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    How strange it is that the British should have let themselves be conquered by Whiggish zealots who believe that inflation is the deadliest sin! The British - that conspiracy of cheerful, slovenly peoples whose main tribe, the English, live under the ...

  • LETTER : Fifty years on and still in denial about the bomb
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    My late husband was on the Burma/Siam "Railway of Death" where people died every day like flies. Fortunately he survived but it ruined his health, and I have now been without him for a long time. Sir Rudolph should be apprised that the relatives of t...

  • LETTER : Fifty years on and still in denial about the bomb
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    But, as I document in Hotspots: the Legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to be published next month, this was not the view of the American scientific and military command responsible for the bombings. To them, these two bombs were "air bursts" which wou...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Peter Forster, London N4

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    May it not be concluded that even "sexist" brokers are prepared to treat female co-workers as equals, given the proviso that they demonstrably are equals, at least in terms of the criteria by which male workers' value is judged? Howard Peel, Hull

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    General Ratko Mladic, Bosnian Serb commander, to the Srebrenica refugees My wife long ago forgave me. I hope others will follow her example. Jonathan Aitken, MP I am not a nutter and I am not a psychopath. It was a cry for help. Robert Gipters, the t...

  • 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...

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