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Saturday, 22 July 1995

  • LETTER : Clare should belong to us all
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    I suspect he would have found it dishearteningly familiar, for he had more than enough experience of what he called the "fence of ownership". One would have thought that posterity would treat the legacy of his work more generously: Clare, of all poet...

  • LETTER : A costly miss
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Sanders has never to my knowledge made reference to the enforced stoppage or complained about it. I firmly believe, however, that without it he would have sunk the putt and won. John Harwood New Malden, Surrey

  • LETTER : Love and bonding at the zoo
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    I know from my hand-rearing experience that there is no feeling to compare, after rearing your animal day and night, with forever being accepted by that animal as a friend. If it is John Aspinall and Nick Marx's wish to continue the bond, they should...

  • LETTER : Down but definitely not out
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    All our professional lives we have tried to tell youngsters that stealing is wrong, but we know that if we had only pounds 36 for a week and were painfully hungry, we would steal to exist. We would be surly and unwashed. We would drown our misery in ...

  • LETTER : Real Anne
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Her father, John, Duke of Cleves, was not a Protestant prince. He was a Catholic all his life. Her brother William (not her brother-in-law) suggested that Holbein should paint her portrait. There are various portraits of her, all showing similar feat...

  • LETTER : Condon and the voodoo poll
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    In fact, it was a swizz. To test the system, I rang nine times in the two minutes given to register a "yes" vote (although I would not normally participate in such a "voodoo" poll). Each time the line was engaged. A Daily Telegraph correspondent sugg...

  • LETTER : Netball has a lot to answer for
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Netball is a prime example of a game forced upon schoolgirls which the vast majority are only too glad to shun for the rest of their lives. If, between the ages of 12 and 16, you had the temperament to conform to its rigid rules and managed to cope w...

  • LETTER : A rat race which is breeding first-degree rats
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Gary Slapper Staffordshire University Stoke-on-Trent

  • LETTER : Inflation is inflammable
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Germany's experience of inflation in the early 1920s inhibits it still but the subsequent consequence of sound monetary policies adhered to by the Bundesbank has served the nation well since the last war. It being now understood that the destabilisat...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Michael Selson Rotherham, South Yorkshire

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    K Long, Chipstead, Kent

  • LETTER : A rat race which is breeding first-degree rats
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    One likely explanation is indicated in your editorial ("New student slash and learn policy") which suggests that book slashing is "about getting the edge" over your fellow students. My experience as a librarian at the University of Brighton has shown...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Jane Dunkeld University of Edinburgh

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Keith Flett, London N17

  • Royal bulletin: BBC has shocking grovelling attack
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Yes, we're talking about the Queen Mother's cataract operation. Royal cronies were wheeled out, Sir Cliff Richard and Dame Vera Lynn among them, to field taxing questions such as - I swear this is verbatim - "I put it to Sir Cliff that she really is ...

  • Mr Blair can have the cabinet he wants, if he's clever
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    "Well, I believe in patronage," she replied. "I've no time for the PLP. I don't think having leaders elected is a sensible idea at all." This view was not perhaps surprising, as the leader who had just been elected by the parliamentary party, James C...

  • Is there anybody there?
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    The fascination of Donald Trump's letter to her last week was that it apparently threw light on all three mysteries. She had interviewed him for a Grampian television documentary last month. He complained that she had asked him off-camera if he knew ...

  • Millennia dilemma ... sticking a neck out ... Greer soundbite
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    That's settled then. But I have a far more important millennial problem to solve. It has been keeping me awake at night, and I want to keep Virginia Bottomley, the new National Heritage Secretary, awake at night until she solves it. I want to know wh...

  • The itch of guilt won't go away while Rushdie remains condemned
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    This property of irritation is interesting. Very few people indeed, out of all the thousands who have involved themselves in the matter of Salman Rushdie, have come out of it looking or feeling better. One of the few, I have to say, is Lady Thatcher,...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Mineral water diplomacy
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    For these reasons, the only sensible way in which the West can help the Bosnian Muslims is by arming them. This may lead, in Douglas Hurd's phrase, to a level killing-field; but it is hard to see why this would be worse than an unlevel killing-field ...

  • A blind eye to violence The losers get violent
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Why, then, does the Home Office persist in denying it? Perhaps because the likely suspect for this wholly avoidable slide into American-style violence is the Government's economic policy since 1979. The Home Office uses two arguments to support its c...

  • Thank you for a feast of opera, Mrs Bottomley
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    I am an unabashed opera aficionado. For me, there is no greater pleasure on earth than to sit in a box in The Royal Opera House with fellow opera buffs such as Lord St John of Fawsley, Lord Wyatt of Weevil, HRH Princess Margaret and the becapped Mr B...

  • words : Elitism
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Elite comes from eligere (past participle electus), to choose, which seems to identify it with the democratic process; logically, elitism should be an affirmation of that process. But etymology is a poor guide to current meanings. Elizabethans who sp...

  • How New Labour lost its nerve
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    "We know in our hearts that the monarchy is an historic absurdity," he said. "But, because we lack the courage to abolish it, as we lack the courage for any radical undertaking, we express our anger at our own bad faith by torturing the individuals c...

  • 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 ...

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