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Thursday, 27 July 1995

  • Letter: Politics without George Walden
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    He admits to Donald Macintyre ("Out of the house of illusions", 25 July) a "relative lack of practical political skill". To be an effective politician, to stick by your case, to tell the truth as you see it, in season and out, to persuade others of i...

  • Affirmative action, negative effect
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    However, this is profoundly misreading the broader mood. What's happening in smoky (or now more likely smoke-free) selection conferences around the country within the Labour Party is only part of a worldwide rethink about the tools of equality. As so...

  • Letter: How to deal with bird women and feral pigeons
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    Here in Leek we are trying an experiment, under the auspices of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, to control the local pigeon population without the horror of the annual cull (or the necessity of imprisoning pensioners). This involves pro...

  • Letter: Seeking redress from a hostile world
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    Her claim for damages was brought against the organisers of the race, the British Flag Carnival Club. Your article "Living dangerously in our dreams" (26 July) alleges that she also sued her father and that she and her legal advisers "have clearly go...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Should killers be compensated?
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    When my husband Jonathan was killed in December 1992 by Christopher Clunis, I concentrated my efforts on making sure there was a full and proper inquiry into the case. I then approached North Thames Health Authority for compensation, implying that I ...

  • Leading Article: Last chance for Hackney Downs
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    It has room for 1,000 students, but only 200 on its roll. Since 1990 there have been four changes of head teacher. The decaying buildings are in need of repair. One in three pupils is defined as having special needs, two-thirds do not use English as ...

  • No going back to the violence
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    Hume, leader of the predominantly Catholic Social Democratic and Labour Party, was the catalyst for change. He held secret talks in 1993 with Gerry Adams that convinced the Sinn Fein president the armed struggle was an outdated strategy. His influenc...

  • Letter: The PRP promise never came true
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    Nigel Lawson's original enthusiasm for the PRP idea came from a book by the US economist Martin Weitzman, who suggested that if a reasonable proportion of the remuneration that employees received went up and down with the firm's profits, then in rece...

  • Letter: Education is birth control
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    There is also a clear Third World parallel with Dr Kathleen Kiernan's finding that girls who do badly at school are four times more likely to become teenage mothers than those who do well. In one study, conducted in a cross- section of countries and ...

  • Letter: Seeking redress from a hostile world
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    There is a worrying trend in my own profession, medicine, in that some people expect 100 per cent perfection 100 per cent of the time. If things go wrong, it must be the doctor's fault. Operations, for example, all carry a degree of risk, however sma...

  • Letter: One in the eye
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    In retrospect, I wonder whether the headlines and extensive TV coverage were celebrating the Queen Mother's recovery or merely the fact that for once an OAP managed to get her operation done on schedule. Yours faithfully, Jack Liebeskind Radlett, Her...

  • Leading Article: No justice in the media's lynch law
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    The prospect of that kind of press speculation ought to frighten us. But perhaps Britain is closer to that abyss than we like to admit. Yesterday the sisters Michelle and Lisa Taylor, who were eventually acquitted of murder on appeal, began their jud...

  • Letter: Who will pay for out-of-hours GPs?
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    This is an issue of the quality of service that patients have a right to expect and that GPs can reasonably be expected to provide, given the increasing demands on their daytime work. General practice has changed in the past 20 years, but the out-of-...

  • Opera? Actually, I prefer music
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    Almost every weekend I used to appear on a local street corner carrying a tin and a tray, shaking the tin and offering the tray to passers-by so that they could take a flag or a sticker. The tin and the flags were usually marked "British Blindness We...

  • Letter: How to deal with bird women and feral pigeons
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    I have no doubt that Mrs Knowlson was given ample opportunity to put her side of the case at the hearing of the application for an injunction. The judge, having heard and considered the evidence, made an order restraining Mrs Knowlson from certain ac...

  • Letter: Politics without George Walden
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    A change in this system to one that would allow for more voices to be heard, and give the individual voter more choice, would allow our politics to develop into one where a rational debate was the norm and not sadly the exception. I believe that a ch...

  • Letter: How to deal with bird women and feral pigeons
    Friday, 28 July 1995

    Yours faithfully, Julie Ruxburgh East Horsely, Surrey 26 July

  • Letter: House owners' hope for stability
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Gavyn Davies presents an eloquent argument as to why a significant recovery in real house prices would be a "very bad thing" ("A housing recovery would create new losers", 24 July). He is, however, addressing yesterday's problem. The slump that ...

  • Everyone loves to beat the system
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    The counter argument - why should employees of commercial companies get a tax-free bonus when civil servants, nurses and train-drivers cannot? - has hardly been heard. In fact, precisely the opposite argument was made this week to help justify the en...

  • true gripes bottled water
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    I suppose people are entitled to spend their money on anything they like, and if they want to buy this stuff it is up to them. It just strikes me as ridiculous to fork out for bottled water when they've already paid twice for tap water: once to settl...

  • Fretfulness over the pain of change
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Then a 20-minute discussion, a quick 22-3 vote, and the unions, which gave birth to the party and until two years ago commanded 90 per cent of its conference votes, henceforth are to have just half. And all this the day after the party leader has alm...

  • Don't spoil my train of thought BR, the bike and the bass
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sometimes it's Bosnia. Sometimes it's the voice of Mr Ian Paisley, God's own pit bull terrier. Sometimes it's the voice of Malcolm Rifkind, that strange half-vanilla, half-Irn-Bru voice, from which the native Scots twang has been inefficiently eradic...

  • Letter: Mistress of Quarr
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: It is to be hoped that next time Michael Bouchier goes on retreat ("Escape from virtual reality", 22 July), he will spend a little more time reading about the history of the place. If Quarr Abbey was founded by the Earl of Devon in 1132, his cou...

  • Letter: Larwood's legacy
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: When I was at school in 1933, I was told that Australia was about to leave the Empire and become a republic. I was told that this was all the fault of Harold Larwood and that it would be a tragedy. Now that Harold Larwood has died, if Australia ...

  • Letter: Reconviction: scientific methodology vs empirical experience
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: The only valid test for the usefulness of Professor Copas's formula is this: take, say, 100 case histories not included in the original survey sample and apply his method to predict the likelihood of re-offending. Give the same case histories to...

  • expert jury can miracles really happen?
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Paul Cunningham Spokesperson, Morris Cerullo's Mission to London I believe in miracles, unquestionably. I believe, as does the ministry of Morris Cerullo (right), that as Jesus was taken up to heaven, he gave his disciples power to do God's work. And...

  • numbers
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Twenty-seven is the cube of three, and is equal to the sum of the digits of its own cube: 273 = 19683; 1+9+6+8+3=27 Twenty-seven is the smallest integer expressible as the sum of three squares in two dist- inct ways: 27 = 32+32+32 = 52+12+12 Another ...

  • Letter: Concern about safety of ro-ro ferries
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Many British holidaymakers will be alarmed by reports concerning the safety of roll-on, roll-off ferries. The leaked findings from the transport select committee report to be published on Friday suggest that safety on these ferries is currently ...

  • Letter: No constraints on research
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    As to the initiative dubbed "Equal", we can all join in the jokes about acronyms but the new Minister for Science and Technology Ian Taylor's aims of helping people to stay active as long as possible must be a central one for a civilised society with...

  • A model selection process
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Before the Leeds selection process started, the local party volunteered to choose its candidate from an all-women shortlist. Seven women were invited to branch nominating meetings. We came from a wide variety of backgrounds and offered party members ...

  • Letter: David revealed
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Concerning your report ("Jerusalem shuns the naked David", 22 July) of Jerusalem's refusal of the gift of a replica of David by Michelangelo, I feel constrained to point out an astonishing omission: nudity is indeed offensive to Judaism, though ...

  • Leading Article: Bob Dole's big gamble
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Should the Senate eventually override a Clinton veto, it is certain that Britain, France and other countries will order their UN contingents out of Bosnia. This in turn will trigger a US-led Nato operation to assist the withdrawal. No one expects it ...

  • Leading Article: Menzies tries to explain
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Britain's electoral system, of course, makes it much harder for third parties to turn their votes into seats, and thus exercise influence in proportion to their support. At the 1992 general election just under 6 million votes won the Liberal Democrat...

  • Letter: Reconviction: scientific methodology vs empirical experience
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Probation services work to reduce crime by the careful assessment of the risk of re-offending and the implementation of community-based programmes, designed to address the root causes of criminal behaviour. The Home Office "Offender Group Reconv...

  • Letter: Reconviction: scientific methodology vs empirical experience
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Your article "Home Office's calculated crime doesn't add up" (24 July), and the comment on your leader page, add up to a cynical and unwarranted distortion of what the Offender Group Reconviction Scale does and why it is useful. The scale is a c...

  • chess
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    "It is my fault," said his companion. "Had I not taken precious minutes to explain to you how I solved the curious case of the Martian omnibus, we might have arrived in time." "Yet now all we have is this position and a report that Moriarty missed an...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Dentistry, as a Chinese dentist built a tower 8ft tall from 28,000 diseased human teeth in the hope that it would raise awareness of dental hygiene. The construction had taken him two years. A bad day for: Namibian politicians who have been shouting ...

  • Letter: Concern about safety of ro-ro ferries
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: The sustained reluctance of the ferry companies and the Department of Transport to act with resolution to ensure vessel safety should be a matter of great concern to all who cross the Channel by sea ("Review of ferry safety urged", 24 July). The...

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