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Monday, 3 July 1995

  • Letter: A plea to save Sion College library
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Founded at a time of great religious division, a division which we now seek to reconcile, Sion College was for too long hampered by a restrictive charter that placed unfair burdens on a dwindling body of overworked City of London clergy who furnish i...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Good neighbours start here
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Let us take as a test Labour's proposals for a new criminal offence of un-neighbourly behaviour, which Ms Coote derides as "authoritarian" but which have already gained widespread support. These proposals are indeed tough. They include a"community sa...

  • Letter: Compensation for mis-sold pensions
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    With few exceptions, both sides are determined to deliver reassurance and compensation, where due, to those who were mis-sold. The reasons for this mis-selling have been well aired - misleading government propaganda, lack of communication from large ...

  • Letter: Lottery is giving art a great start
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Five million pounds a week is only pounds 260 million a year and remember, at the moment, it's only going into facilities, bricks and mortar, etc. These are very important and its thrilling to learn that musical instruments are being bought for the M...

  • Leading Article: Mr Major's day is done
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Yet three years on the Prime Minister has lost his touch. Beset by unruly backbenchers and slyly subversive cabinet colleagues, there is now no realistic possibility that Mr Major can emerge from this leadership contest with enough authority and char...

  • Letter: Think British, not English
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    He talks of an assertion of "English nationalism" as being indispensable for the revival of Conservative support, but if this is so, it can only increase the alienation from the Tories already clearly felt in Scotland, Wales and northern England - as...

  • Letter: No democracy in a Tory minority
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Yours faithfully, Michael Rosenthal Upper Brailes, Oxfordshire 30 June

  • Letter: Dollar speculation
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Other bank officials suspect Iran - Washington's favourite culprit, although it has produced no evidence to this effect. You will agree that pointing the finger at a country purely based on speculative deduction goes against the basic principles of f...

  • Letter: Philosophical approach to communitarianism
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Nowhere will she find either Taylor or MacIntyre putting forward, or even implying, such Gingrich-inspired simplifications. They hardly even use the term "communitarianism", although the idea of community is quite central to their thinking. What they...

  • Leading Article: Private Clegg and the peace process
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    The inevitability of the move makes the timing, on the eve of the first ballot for the Tory leadership contest, all the more regrettable. It is only 10 days since Sir Patrick Mayhew, the Northern Ireland Secretary, played his part in the leadership s...

  • Something has shifted. Major has lost
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    It has something to do with the anti-Major newspaper editorials; the loss of HMS Daily Telegraph to enemy dive-bombers being a particular blow to Downing Street. It also reflects the feelings of wavering Tory MPs who have failed to hear the overwhelm...

  • Letter: Milk into water
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Yours faithfully, Bill Allen Oxshott, Surrey

  • Collect these tips and make pounds pounds pounds s! I could be a collec tor's item
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Then, after a pause, you say to yourself: "What loony, come to that, would spend all his life hoarding unused phone cards and Dinky toys?" And then, after yet another pause, you say to yourself: "I wonder if I have got any phone cards or Dinky toys u...

  • Clegg becomes Tory ammunition
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Sir Patrick Mayhew continues to insist that the Clegg case can be ring- fenced and kept separate from the fate of other prisoners. Some commentators have argued that Private Clegg's three seconds of madness in which he shot Karen Reilly cannot be com...

  • Site unseen / Stone alcoves, Victoria Park, London, E9
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    How can I be so certain? Because some years ago I lived in a flat near Victoria Park and from time to time, driven by the determination to look good on the beach and mercilessly kick sand in other people's faces, I would embark on a jog. This explain...

  • IVORY TOWERS
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    So the research finds, for example, that Jessica, Anna, Christina and Julie are considered considerably more feminine than Hortense, Elke, Rowena and Sophronia, while John, David, Robert, Paul and Eric gain higher ratings on masculinity than Waldo, I...

  • True gripes / TV remote controls
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    They had tuners - Bakelite knobs which controlled brightness, hold and volume, giving you the impression you were in charge. Despite battles with the aerial socket, they were worth it. TVs even had model names in addition to those of the manufacturer...

  • Letter: No democracy in a Tory minority
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Yours faithfully, Anne Fine Barnard Castle, Co Durham

  • Chess
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    For much of his life, Philidor combined his work as a composer for the Paris Opera - one of his most successful works was a setting of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones - with six months a year as chess professional at London clubs. He gave his last display...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Etiquette, with the start of National Courtesy Month in Singapore. The Courtesy Council has commissioned academics to rule on such matters as the acceptability of belching and spitting at meal times. A bad day for: Bears, following what has been desc...

  • Letter: Think British, not English
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    For instance, it seems odd to place Enoch Powell on the same axis as Oswald Mosley and Colin Jordan. Powell combined his opposition to "coloured" immigration with anti-Europeanism and free market economics. Mosley, on the other hand, moved from Conse...

  • Letter: Think British, not English
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Yours faithfully,

  • Letter: Philosophical approach to communitarianism
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    But Tony Blair would have to be blind not to have seen that the main area of interaction between capital and community, that of employment and its supporting structures, including the unions, has ceased to be compelling. If Labour ignores the need to...

  • Letter: No democracy in a Tory minority
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Yours faithfully, Isabella Zornoza London, SW7

  • Clegg becomes Tory ammunition
    Tuesday, 4 July 1995

    Dick Spring, the Irish Foreign Minister, noted that Irish concerns about giving the wrong signals, by taking the Clegg case in isolation, had been raised again with London as recently as four days ago at the Anglo-Irish conference. Yet, informed sour...

  • 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...

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