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Friday, 28 July 1995

  • Not spin doctor, but counsellor
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    If the Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election has had one side effect above all others, it has been to propel Peter Benjamin Mandelson into the spotlight once again. So far did he dominate the Labour campaign, with his mixture of whimsy and menace...

  • Leading Article: Blinded by the light of Hiroshima
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Armageddon was always difficult to imagine, even with the holocaust of Hiroshima to prompt us. It took the unsentimental, contemporary accounts from Japan by the American writer, John Hersey, to provide a glimpse of what takes place when nearly 100,0...

  • Letter: Avian advice
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: With reference to your article on The Birds (24 July), about the inspiration for the Hitchcock film, you write "a flock of shearwater, or puffins". The Manx shearwater's Latin name is indeed Puffinus puffinus but it is not a puffin - the puffin ...

  • Letter: Alone, not lonely
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: The Royal Court's proposal to have a weekly singles night implies that going to the theatre on one's own is somehow strange and sad. I have loved the theatre all my life, and for the past 50 years have gone regularly, 95 per cent of the time on ...

  • Letter: The sun also rises on Turner
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: There is another interesting aspect of Turner's painting of The Fighting Temeraire, which should have alerted the early commentators to the "unreality" of the scene. Judging by the width of the river, and the facts brought to our attention by Ju...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Our politics seem to me to be increasingly about the management of illusions and I possess no talent for soothing and sweet-talking the public like infants - George Walden explains why he will stand down as a Tory MP A few years ago I could never hav...

  • Take off that jacket, sir, and chill out
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    We are at heart a dark-suited nation - fine in the winter under the heavy camouflage of wool suits and sober colours, but at a loss in hot weather. As soon as the mercury starts to rise, standards can be seen dropping on an almost weekly basis. And w...

  • Time to kick ass
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Not the kill-all-foreigners, Volk-and-Vaterland kind, but the trains- running-on-time variety. Compelled by my intellect to admit that X's argument contains some truth and that Y's thought has validity, I nevertheless long for the moment of pure acti...

  • Letter: Lottery awards divide the arts
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: Naturally, Simon Rattle (letter, 26 July) would like to pretend that there is a consensus in the arts world in favour of lottery money for all, including pounds 3.7m for his orchestra, as well as pounds 55m (with more to come) for the Royal Oper...

  • Letter: Terence Conran: I left by design
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: While, on the whole, I can cope with the monstrous slings and arrows that come winging my way at the moment, I would really like to correct that much-regurgitated inaccuracy that was repeated yet again in your columns ("Conran biographer hits ba...

  • Letter: Black and Jewish alarm
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: As a group of Black and Jewish people we are alarmed by recent developments. No sooner has the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police issued highly selective statistics on the allegedly disproportionate involvement of young black men in so-call...

  • Letter: The sun also rises on Turner
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: Why does everybody assume that the setting for J. M. W. Turner's fantastic painting The Fighting Temeraire (thoughtfully analysed by Andrew Graham-Dixon) is sunset? It has always seemed to me to be the dawn. This makes geographical sense, since ...

  • Letter: Fly and ointment
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: To avert a recent invasion by mosquitoes of our bedroom, I poured some liquid insect repellent (of a popular brand and meant for human use) on the window sill, only to find that the paint crinkled in front of my eyes, as if I had been applying p...

  • Letter: Bad timing at the Proms
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: Now that Sir John Drummond has expressed his irritation at the antics of the Last Night Promenaders (Giles Smith interview, 24 July) perhaps he could address the increasing problem of applause between movements. At last night's Prom, the (seated...

  • Letter: Up to date at St John's
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: St John Ambulance is very much on the up and up and is definitely not in decline, as suggested in your feature article on charities ("Charity begins with home truths", 20 July). As the Princess Royal (Commandant of our cadets) said recently to m...

  • Letter: Lessons from the Jonathan Newby killing
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: The tragic death of Jonathan Newby focuses thinking about issues of regulation and the enforcement of standards that have concerned local- authority inspection units since their inception under the terms of the NHS and Community Care Act in Apri...

  • What led to Lambeth's humiliation?
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    The report by Elizabeth Appleby QC published yesterday, will widely be seen to vindicate the name-calling and political attacks of the past 15 years. It would be difficult to exaggerate the nature of the criticisms made in the report: "an appalling f...

  • Letter: Lessons from the Jonathan Newby killing
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: The Clunis Report cited the serious breakdown of communication between agencies as a key contributory factor in the killing of Jonathan Zito. Eighteen months on, agencies with no clearly defined roles are still engaged in a lethal game of buck-p...

  • 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

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