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Sunday, 2 July 1995

  • Black Jack in an alternative world
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: Not least because of also operating as a critic, I think that in general authors should refrain from responding to reviewers, but I would worry if your reviewer Hugo Barnacle's epically pedantic catalogue of alleged "carelessness" in my novel Id...

  • A drop of restraint
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: Southern Water's response to recent water shortages (report, 29 June) is to claim to see a social and cultural change in which people regard watering their lawns as of equal importance to other, more essential, uses. It appears to be perplexed b...

  • Cross-fertilisation on the radio waves
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: Despite the warfare within the Tory party, Stephen Dorrell seems to have suddenly developed a burst of enthusiasm for National Heritage. Although this may have been kindled by the prospects of a reshuffle after the leadership election, he has at...

  • Party members pass judgement on Redwood
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: I would like to warn all Conservative MPs who may be contemplating voting for John Redwood, or abstaining, in the forthcoming leadership election that they are playing with fire. The vast majority of those of us at the grassroots of the party wa...

  • Hong Kong needs British passports
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: We are a group of Hong Kong women who would like to encourage the British government to regard as a priority the interests of the residents of this British colony during the final 730 days of British rule. In the South China Morning Post (Hong K...

  • Burnt out of Kent village life
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: A house has been torched and, no doubt, community lips sealed. A housing association's hopes of placing a large family from a problem estate into a quiet Kent village has been burnt at the stake, literally. It is indicative of the welfare state ...

  • Traces of old ideology in Labour's policy on NHS reform
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: The Labour Party's proposal (report, 30 June) to appoint a Minister for Public Health to "co-ordinate inter-departmental action to tackle health inequalities and to promote good health" is welcome. However, the minister's influence will be minim...

  • Party members pass judgement on Redwood
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: May I congratulate you on your leading article (28 June), in which you point out that John Redwood's figures do not add up. This was agreed with some embarrassment by three eminent economists in a television programme last night. The tax cuts an...

  • Burnt out of Kent village life
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: As a resident of the village of Crockenhill, a previous district councillor, and chairman of the parish council for the Crockenhill ward within the Sevenoaks district, I was appalled at your misrepresentation of the village in your editorial ("W...

  • Traces of old ideology in Labour's policy on NHS reform
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Sir: Labour has proposed much on health care that makes ideological rather than practical sense (report, 30 June). They will abolish fundholding because it creates a two-tier system. Yet there is no evidence that the NHS has ever produced uniformity ...

  • creativity ideas worth filing away for later
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    "The proper purpose of a filing cabinet," Jonathan Griffin informs us, "is to hold the coffee; everything else inside is just waste paper to give the illusion of office efficiency." Nicholas E Gough mentions Umaru Dikko, famous a few years ago for be...

  • A bit too much of a prig and a prude
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    The Tories, meanwhile, have combined laissez-faire economics and a pursuit of individual "freedom" through property ownership and consumerism with a growing demonisation of "abnormal" families and other forms of social deviance, and an erosion of civ...

  • Going down a bomb
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    The environmental argument isn't about the probable levels of radioactive fall-out in Tahiti, which is 600 miles away, still less in more distant New Zealand or Australia. These will be underground, not atmospheric tests, and so there should not be v...

  • Privatise sex, Mr Redwood
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Heterosexual aspirants to cabinet rank under JR do not have quite the same confessional obligation as gays. They had just better have nothing rattling in their cupboards, waiting to crash out. Mr Redwood has seen what scandal has done to the Major ad...

  • Diary RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    I would rather admit to getting old than go through what has to be gone through without the string - or in my case, chain. Perhaps it's different for a chap because of pockets, but without having the specs round my neck when I go out I might in the c...

  • You have 60 seconds and no policies
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    First, a big hand for the challenger, Mr John Redwood. "Hello, I'm the the one with the slightly hard features who looks fiercely intellectual, as you might expect from one of the youngest ever members of All Souls', not that the British public has t...

  • Pitiless corruption and national shame
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    The Korean bystander looks at the wreck of the store. He knows there has been no earthquake, no bomb attack, and that even if there had been a gas explosion it should never have caused such complete destruction of the building. So the next theory com...

  • When sorry is the right word
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Apologising for historical events in the remote past seems incongruous. Who is the royal We doing the apologising? Is it the Queen as successor to the 19th-century imperial state which fought the Maoris and negotiated peace directly with them? Is it ...

  • No. 22: Hurleyism
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    The founder's recent statements to the press, exploring in some detail her bewilderment and sadness at the indiscretions of her partner Hugh, are consistent with the movement's moral teachings. "No comment" is considered to be the most serious blasph...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    1928: the first commercially available television set goes on sale in the US for $75. 1954: the end of post-war rationing in Britain. 4 July: 1776: King George III writes in his diary: "Nothing of importance happened today," overlooking the American ...

  • chess
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    Such advice, if followed, could bring closer the dream of the single European chess opening which some of us have been advocating for years. If every game had to begin 1.c4 (the English Opening) 1...e6 (the opening move of the French Defence) 2.Nf3 (...

  • bridge
    Monday, 3 July 1995

    At all four tables, South's opening bid of Two No-trumps was raised to Six and West led a diamond. Three declarers saw matters in simple light: they tested the hearts to find that East guarded the suit and followed by cashing all of their remaining m...

  • Rise of Islam
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    The mosques in Britain are overcrowded every Friday at jummah prayers. An increasing number of schools, colleges, universities and places of work have prayer rooms. More and more Islamic study circles are being held throughout Britain and there is an...

  • l IN YOUR list of MPs who pose a threat to the Prime Minister
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    George Crivelli Kidderminster, Hereford And Worcs

  • Come to see the real Worth
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    W Lockhart (Head Boy) and eight prefects Worth School Crawley, West Sussex

  • War poetry
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    It might be more appropriate to compare "First Gulf War poetry" with that written, say, in Britain and France during the Hundred Years' War. A search for literature - especially any written by soldiers - during that period might make an interesting p...

  • YOUR leader "A threadbare challenge from a nobody"
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    I did. Trisha Rendel, London W4

  • Militant about gay rights - and socialism Only a socialist society will bring gay rights
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    We do believe, however, that prejudice will never disappear while we live in a society based on class division and inequality. We therefore link our day-to-day battles against prejudice and discrimination to the struggle for a socialist society which...

  • More marchers, less refuse
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    Keith Flett London N17

  • Paths away from addiction
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    1. AA and NA do not have "methods". They are autonomous self-help groups for people with alcohol and drug problems. They are not treatment. 2. I do not refer to the treatment at Broadreach as "Minnesota Model". 3. We do use the first three to five st...

  • If it were so it would be, but as it isn't it ain't
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    GE Spence Liverpool

  • We have to study the media if we want to understand the world
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    Tim Gay Open University Chulmleigh, Devon

  • We have to study the media if we want to understand the world
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    Students have always gone to university to prepare for careers in law, medicine, teaching and business because of the perceived prestige and value of these professions. Most "conventional academics" may feel that entertainment is not worthy of seriou...

  • More marchers, less refuse
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    I personally brought with me on the march two heavy sacks of my own domestic refuse, which I proudly dumped in Victoria Park. However, I didn't notice many other people doing the same, so I am at a loss to understand how the London Borough of Hackney...

  • If it were so it would be, but as it isn't it ain't
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    The genesis of the book is well documented. It was a spontaneous act on a summer afternoon; a tale invented to entertain three little girls during a long boat trip. The participants recorded their memory of the occasion - that Carroll made up the sto...

  • We have to study the media if we want to understand the world
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    Richard Hoggart Farnham, Surrey

  • Unpaid, unsung and ready to tell the truth
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    "But what would you tell them?" "The truth, I suppose." "Exactly." And now here was a case that offered a carefree experience in which I might discover my steadfastness, if any, under cross-examination: "Come now ... yes or no." "I don't think the qu...

  • No place in history for gay victims of Nazism
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    In all the 1,245 pages of this massive work, which purports to be the definitive account of the Hitler regime, there is not one reference to the persecution of homosexuals. This means that, for all its undoubted strengths, The Rise and Fall of the Th...

  • words Lewd
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    HUGH GRANT's arrest in Hollywood for "an act of lewd conduct" reminds us that the spirit of the Pilgrim Fathers is still alive in the States today. It's not so much that Americans are more easily scandalised than we are. That old word lewd is what ma...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Poetic licences ... gnome alone ... the number of the beast
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    n MAKE Your House Into A Home With Captain Moonlight. You know, people often say to me, "Captain, the trouble with this country is that we still have tremendous ideas and imagination, but we seem to have lost the knack of being able to capitalise on ...

  • United by power lust Ungoverned power lust
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    This creates a preposterous situation for a modern democracy and one that must be almost incomprehensible to foreigners. The electoral system gives us an unrepresentative Parliament; the constitution provides wholly inadequate checks on executive pow...

  • Never apologise, never explain
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    Traditionalists will feel a sense of loss; we can't help wondering where it is all going to end. Because the trouble with saying sorry is that, once you have started, it's difficult to know where to stop. And there is quite a bit of apologising to do...

  • We are all in the same European boat; wherever it leaks, we all get wet The game that matters is to design a Europe in which we feel safe
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    That capacity to see and yet not to understand is still around in Europe. Outside the gates of Nato and the doors of the European Union, a crowd of applicants is gathering. There are something like 11 of them, all except Malta and Cyprus from East an...

  • The excuses run dry
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    It was at it again last week. Scarcely had the sun come out on this hitherto chilly summer when the season's first hosepipe and sprinkler bans were being imposed - accompanied by strictures on householders for being "inconsiderate". And the air was t...

  • Proud to work with such great political minds
    Sunday, 2 July 1995

    Our press conference on Monday was a huge success. You may have noticed me standing behind John Redwood, three along from Mrs Gorman, one down from the formidable Captain of Industry Mr Ernest Saunders. In the past few days, we have been deluged with...

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