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Tuesday, 4 July 1995

  • Major's/Redwood's triumph/disaster
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    So. We now know that the result of the Tory leadership contest is a clear victory/indecisive draw, and that we are relieved/doomed to have got it all over with/face yet another bout of politicking and manoeuvring. Many of us said that Mr John Major c...

  • A steep and slippery hill to climb
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Let's be clear: this ought to mean a healthier political atmosphere at Westminster and indeed through the whole country. We have had far too much of poisoned gossip and intrigue, and far too little argument about health, education, political reform, ...

  • Uncomfortable questions must be faced
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    The moment that I will remember most from the campaign is the meandering nonsenses from Brain Mawhinney when he was invited, as a Major spokesman, to name any independent nation that did not have its own currency. He mumbled and stumbled. He hummed a...

  • word of mouth same old song
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Even though they say that soon we'll all be marching to a different drum, for all we care they can go and whistle Dixie. Let the bandwagons roll by, let them blow their own trumpets as loud and as long as they like, because whoever ends up taking the...

  • Finn caught in lift
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    The Finnish president, Martti Ahtisaari, became stuck in a lift while visiting a school. The lift, intended for disabled children, could not cope with the weight of the president, his wife Eeva, and two aides. "The elevator worked again as soon as we...

  • Congratulations, you're a boy...
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Li, a married woman of 26, has been told by doctors in China that she is actually a man with a rare genetic disorder.

  • Dorsal Finns
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Twelve Finns, carrying women on their backs, entered the annual national wife-carrying championships in Sonkajarvi near the Arctic Circle. The women, according to the rules, had to be over 17 and preferably someone else's wife. The course was 780ft l...

  • Had his chips
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    A Pennsylvanian man has been sentenced to between three and ninety days in jail, and ordered to stay away from branches of McDonald's, after a dispute over chips. Mr Briggs claimed he was short-changed when two extra- large orders of French fries did...

  • Shout Hallelujah!
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    All charges have been dropped against Joan Sudwoj and Cynthia Balconi, the two women who had been accused of disrupting church services in Pennsylvania by praying too loudly and drowning out the priest. The women have now moved to Vienna, Ohio.

  • Chew says no chewing
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Chew Lai Leng, spokeswoman for the Singapore customs, has emphasised the government's ban on the import of chewing gum. The ban was imposed in 1992 following subway delays caused by wads of gum gumming up the doors of trains.

  • Giving up the horses
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Singapore racehorse owner Herry Cahayadi Si, who threatened to shoot his 57 horses if he was suspended over allegations of betting irregularities, has decided to reprieve the horses, give up racing and raise chickens instead.

  • LETTER:Fabricated stories of gang-rape
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: I refer to your story "Bhutto agonises as Karachi burns" of 26 June and, in particular, to the following sentence: Soon after, the 16-year-old sister of another Mohajir activist was gang- raped, allegedly by a rival faction with shadowy governme...

  • LETTER:Deliberate errors
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: In reviewing Mark Lawson's novel Idlewild ("Whatever happened to JFK", 24 June) I thought of raising the dire possibility that the various inconsistencies, contradictions and howlers in the text were deliberate, but decided to give Lawson the be...

  • LETTER:When a killer can walk free
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: I find the decision to release Lee Clegg so soon after being convicted of killing a young person, in order to assuage right-wing unionists in the Tory party, utterly outrageous. Patrick Mayhew warned two weeks ago that John Major's unpopularity ...

  • LETTER:Our heritage of shipbuilding skills
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: While decisions concerning our heritage are ultimately taken by the Treasury Solicitors' department ("Historic wreck's rescue scuppered by bureaucrats", 27 June), we cannot expect them to be the right ones. The Amsterdam should not be considered...

  • LETTER:Who is a true Englishman?
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: How depressing it is to read the sentiments written by Robert Henderson in Wisden Cricket Monthly. Describing black Englishmen as "foreigners" might incite others to racial hatred, an offence under the Public Order Act 1986. Talk of being "unequ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Truth in old wives' tales?
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    This latest medical discovery should not surprise us too much. We now appreciate that some religious taboos, such as the Jewish ban on eating pork, have a sound scientific basis, unbeknown to those who originally forbade the practices. It may therefo...

  • LETTER:Speaking up for the oppressed
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: Anna Coote ("A bit too much of a prig and a prude", 3 July) quotes approvingly Anthony Crosland's belief that anarchism and libertarianism should run through the blood of socialists. It is unfortunate that in doing so Ms Coote dismisses the day-...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Strike, and everyone loses
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    You can imagine what everyone will be saying: that the railways charge ever more for ever poorer services. Any support that rail workers may once have enjoyed will melt away like a penny lolly on a hot summer's day. Aslef's case is that drivers deser...

  • LETTER:Intolerable Westminster delay
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: It is nearly six months since the last of the accountancy evidence was submitted by the defendants objecting to the Westminster auditor's provisional, but highly publicised, view that we were guilty of costing the city council pounds 21m. Yet, s...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; The value of celibacy
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    What difference will it make? It could mean around 100 married priests among more than 5,000 celibate priests in England within the next four years. The Pope personally asked English Catholic bishops to "be generous" in welcoming suitable ordination ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Good for Major, better for Blair
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    A Heseltine premiership, full of rant and daring, might have given the demoralised Tories a lift. The youthful Portillo could conceivably have managed to find the electoral G-spot of the disenchanted middle classes, promising patriotism and pork barr...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    I put the route in these terms because I am trying to see the old names and the geology which lie still, and as real as ever, under the palimpsest of trunk roads, motorways, service stations and junction numbers which threatens to blind us to what a ...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    The following game, played on board four, was a total knightmare for the Middlesex player. Of Black's 34 moves, exactly half were made by knights. Black effectively won this game in the opening with a little-known positional trap in the Alekhine Defe...

  • LETTER:When a killer can walk free
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: One law for the soldiers, a different law for others? No. One presumption in favour of those engaged in upholding the law, a different presumption for those deliberately breaking it? Yes. To start doing something which is illegal: criminal. To c...

  • Uncomfortable questions must be faced
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Inevitably, plenty of questions are raised by this leadership election, and often they imply uncomfortable answers for the Conservatives. First, there is the style of leadership. I do not believe John Major can change his innate qualities. He is a li...

  • LETTER:Memoir lane
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: With apologies to Frances Edmonds, a suitable title for Lady Thatcher's third volume of memoirs would perhaps be Another Bloody Tour - at least it might interest cricket-loving John Major. Yours faithfully, Adrian Brodkin London, N2 F

  • LETTER:Memoir lane
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: After The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years, surely volume three of the Thatcher story has to be titled The Road to Ruin? Yours faithfully, James Lindesay Edith Weston, Leicestershire 30 June

  • LETTER:Memoir lane
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: I suggest: The Funny Old Lucrative World. Yours faithfully, Kathleen Newell Newcastle upon Tyne

  • LETTER:Who is a true Englishman?
    Wednesday, 5 July 1995

    Sir: Robert Henderson's view that "foreigners" cannot have the same commitment to the national cricket team as "white" players ("Black cricketers may sue over claim they lack commitment", 3 July) is nonsense. Using such xenophobic, spurious reasoning...

  • 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...

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