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Friday, 21 July 1995

  • Letter: Only joking
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    My speech was delivered from a prepared text, copies of which were distributed. It is clear from the text that I did, in fact, speak in warm praise of Ms Pembridge's undoubted fighting qualities. I described her as "a woman of indomitable energy, cou...

  • Blair: quite a year, quite a few questions
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    The most dramatic change has been in the Labour Party itself. This is not surprising. It is the one area where Mr Blair has the power to change. It is also the true site of his radicalism. Mr Blair did not believe in most of the old Labour baggage: t...

  • A bad business
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    The issue was, of course, executive pay and the committee the Greenbury committee. Presided over by the chairman of Marks & Spencer, the chairmen of Whitbread, Rank, BP, BT, the director-general of the Institute of Directors - a veritable capo di...

  • Just how much do the Masons really matter?
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    All the rituals and oaths of Freemasonry are couched in terms of secrecy, and the penalties for revealing them are bloodcurdling in the extreme. If these rituals are not secret, then how can they be revealed? And why punish those who reveal them? Do ...

  • Letter: Investing in GP services
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    We think very carefully before committing these funds. But I am convinced that investing in general practice so that family doctors can continue to provide high-quality services, but with less stress and fewer demands on their time, is the right thin...

  • Letter: Leakey's the one
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    As an African (and Kenyan), albeit a white one, Leakey understands the "African mind". Africans need strong and inspired leadership, not the ruthless tyrannies they have known under various dictators - Mobutu, Bokassa, Amin, Moi. Dr Leakey is headstr...

  • Letter: The plain truth about rabbits
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    1. Rabbits are lagomorphs not rodents. 2. Data from our 12-year monitoring of a natural colony in East Anglia shows that young does never breed until the year following their birth and the maximum average number of emergent offspring per doe recorded...

  • Letter: Benazir Bhutto: despot or peace-keeper?
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    However, Benazir Bhutto has gone even further. She has amended the legal system to enable her government to use criminal law statutes as a principle instrument of repression against her political adversaries. Recently her government has registered nu...

  • Letter: Howard panders to prejudice
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    The Home Office is currently spending as much as pounds 20m per year holding asylum-seekers and other would-be immigrants in detention centres and prisons while their cases are dealt with. Despite research by Amnesty International showing that many a...

  • Letter: Good value from charity shops
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    They are not well-dressed ladies dispensing unctuous patronage, but ordinary people who grew up in the depressed years between the two world wars and know all about hard times without the benefit of the welfare state and charity shops, only straight ...

  • PROFILE; The old man of war is still a sure shot
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    This week only an appeal from the White House persuaded him to postpone a US Senate vote that would have lifted the United Nations arms embargo and scuttled the entire UN mission, exactly as Bob Dole believes it should be. Now he watches and waits fo...

  • Make the opera house a people's palace
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    That criticism found widespread support ranging from the Times, which felt the money should have been spread more equitably among the arts, to the Labour MP and former arts spokesman Tony Banks, who sounded off about "middle-class people in central L...

  • Letter: Good value from charity shops
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    We strive to ensure that the second-hand merchandise in the 355 Red Cross shops is of a high quality - items which do not meet the grade are not put on display. "Well-dressed ladies" are not the only people who make donations. We receive goods from p...

  • Letter: Benazir Bhutto: despot or peace-keeper?
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    In the first place it cannot be called a "tribal war" at all - the government's peace-keeping efforts in Karachi are just that - peace-keeping efforts. Secondly, the Karachi police and paramilitary Rangers are not "Sindi". Both the forces are made up...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 22 July 1995

    Fifty years after we took a stand against evil in Europe, the words 'never again' must not be allowed to become a mockery - Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's security adviser, advocating US intervention in Bosnia If I had been able to read the ...

  • Letters: Respect to LPs
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: David Lister (14 July) reports that the Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds has been voted as the best of all time. It is a pity that the record companies show little respect to such classics when they re-issue them on CD. The best albums published as ...

  • Give them arms and dignity
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    The fall of Srebrenica is a defining moment. The prolonged and brazen defiance of the international community by an armed mob of Bosnian Serbs can no longer be tolerated. The suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, and the murder of...

  • Letters: Fiction: Leavis's 'dumb judgement'
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: Nigel Williams, reviewing Ian MacKillop's F.R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism (Weekend, 15 July), writes of Leavis's often extraordinarily dumb judgements about fiction, such as the absurd idea that [D.H. Lawrence's] Lady Chatterley is better than ...

  • Letters: Britain should back French call to reinforce safe havens
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: The failure of the safe haven policy in Bosnia raises difficult and urgent questions. If the international community and the EU states in particular are unable to guarantee the safety of parts of the Bosnian population on their own territory, ho...

  • A few of my favourite lists
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    The ERM. The Tour de France. Jazz. The attraction of motor car racing. Endowment policies. Rugby Union infringements. The difference between Sunnis and Shias. Reincarnation. Derivatives. The Government's transport policy. Ten terms that mean somethin...

  • The cross I chose to bear
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Jesus said you should take up your cross - and crosses are not just for hanging round pretty girls' necks. Crosses are for crucifixion, and crucifixion is a very, very painful ordeal. Burdens must be endured, but you chose to shoulder your cross. Jes...

  • Letters: Lottery effect on income of charities
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: The Rowntree Report ("Rich communities gaining most from lottery grants", 17 July) accused the National Lottery of transferring money from poorer communities to benefit the rich. However, the Arts Council of England is already using lottery fund...

  • New parties, old politics
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    At Littleborough and Saddleworth next Thursday both New Labour and Newish Liberal Democrats face the voters in a by-election that both regard as vital. If Labour wins a seat where it was third at the last general election, it really is on the march. ...

  • Letters: Savings from Shephard plan
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: Reports that the Education Secretary, Gillian Shephard, is considering the introduction of a form of apprenticeship scheme for schoolchildren aged 14 years and over raises some interesting questions. In an area such as Teesside, which has the hi...

  • Drawing a line in Bosnia
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    The fall of Srebrenica and Zepa has destroyed an international approach based on humanitarian aid, the use of token UN forces to monitor "safe" areas and the application of diplomatic pressure on the warring parties to reach a political settlement. N...

  • Pretence of peace that prolongs the war
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    For a start, the bickering between allies over what is to be done immediately to staunch the bleeding on the military front will have to be replaced by a consensus - of which so far there has been little sign. Beyond that, scales will have to fall fr...

  • Letters: Humpty Dumpty's NHS league tables
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty told Alice, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." According to the NHS hospital league tables, 93 per cent of patients in casualty departments have been assessed within five minutes ...

  • Letters: Lottery effect on income of charities
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee in her article ("Roundheads who would steal our dreams", 19 July) about the National Library suggests that the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has an "instinctive distaste" for the lottery. This is a major misunderstan...

  • Letters: Britain should back French call to reinforce safe havens
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: Once again in Bosnia we see innocent communities being destroyed and atrocities committed. We are appalled at the recent developments in the region and we urge the British Government and the international community to take urgent and immediate a...

  • Letters: Britain should back French call to reinforce safe havens
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: We are writing to urge the British Government to support the French proposals to reinforce the safe havens in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The fall of eastern enclaves will represent a tragic and humiliating failure for the UN and for Europe. It will mak...

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