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Thursday, 6 July 1995

  • Vouchers for the kids
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    The proposal is that every four-year-old should be entitled to a pounds 1,100 voucher for nursery education. The money could be spent in the private or voluntary sector, where parents would have to pay a top-up fee of anything up to pounds 2,000 a ye...

  • ANOTHER VIEW
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    That battle was an important turning point in the Civil War. The King's path to London was blocked, and although the battle itself was inconclusive, at Newbury he lost his last chance of returning in triumph to the capital. The battle has a special p...

  • Letter: Labour must respect liberty
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: The philosophers Taylor, Sandel and McIntyre cannot be blamed for the politicisation of their ideas, or for the communitarianism propagated by Amitai Etzioni and others. But their works, whether they like it or not, are prominent in providing a ...

  • Letter: Married priests in the Catholic Church
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: With reference to your article "Vatican faces revolt among Austrian flock" (5 July), it is not just in Austria that the formal authorities of the Catholic Church are being challenged. It is happening everywhere, including in this country, but th...

  • Letter: Labour must respect liberty
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: It is depressingly predictable that Jack Straw (Another View, 4 July) and David Blunkett (letter, 5 July) should argue with Anna Coote's perceptive article (3 July) on Blairite policies. Hers was an accurate conceptual analysis; Labour's takeove...

  • Letter: Marr done good
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: One striking linguistic phenomenon of recent times is the form that could be called the "sporting adverbial". We have all heard football managers assure the viewers that "the boy done good". But tennis players are particularly adept at the form,...

  • Letter: Tasks that still face the PM
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: On the subject of Douglas Hurd's departure from the Foreign Office, John Marshall, MP for Hendon South, is quoted (6 July) as saying: It must be a matter of great satisfaction to him that he leaves the world a safer and freer place than it was i...

  • Letter: Ending corruption in South Korea
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: As a Korean student, I am partly in agreement with James Fenton ("Pitiless corruption and national shame", 3 July): "corruption and greed must be to blame" for the collapse of the Sampoong department store in Seoul. According to his appropriate ...

  • Those were the days, eh?
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    I have recently found myself humming Glenn Miller hits and even, God save us, whistling old Vera Lynn songs. As it is now more than a month since the 50th anniversary of VE Day, I am frightened that I am going to be unable to shake off my VE Day nost...

  • Why Major should heed the press
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    This has provoked debate because it follows a long period in which conventional wisdom held that the press was as powerful as - or more powerful than - the Government. The Prime Minister, as Norman Lamont pointed out in a bitter speech on his return ...

  • Letter: Nationality haunts the village cricket green
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Mr Guy Osborn Sir: The controversial article in Wisden Cricket Monthly has generated a debate which has, to date, centred entirely around professional sports players. Issues of nationality are far more deeprooted than might initially be suspected. Ov...

  • Letter: Married priests in the catholic church
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: Any Christian generosity I might have is being strained too far by Cardinal Hume and Bishop Lindsay et al asking me to welcome the ordination of Anglican clergy to the Catholic priesthood. Bishop Lindsay carefully avoided any reference to the re...

  • Get radical: remodel public services
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Even before the excitement of this week, public spending under Mr Aitken was not sufficiently tightly controlled to have room for significant tax cuts before the next election - much to the dismay of the Tory right. With the emergence of John Redwood...

  • Holiday horrors, home and away
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Escape from work seemed to be the only certainty, the only thing you could rely on was two weeks away. Except that just now your holiday - should you be able to afford one - has never looked so insecure. In Greece, hundreds of back-packing young Brit...

  • Letter: Nationality haunts the village cricket green
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: So now we know why the Prince of Wales is not pulling his weight in the family firm. He can't help it: being the son of an immigrant father, he lacks that extra something, that team spirit, that would make him want the whole show to succeed - in...

  • Letter: Nationality haunts the village cricket green
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: The accuracy of Derek Hodgson's piece about Wisden (4 July) can be gauged by the fact that the name of my publication is given wrongly five times in four paragraphs. Likewise, he attributes to me supposedly controversial changes in the format I ...

  • Letter: Tasks that still face the PM
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: I write as a pro-European who is (therefore) anti-Maastricht. Now that the anti-ECU John Redwood is on hold, can we not look on the good side of the common European currency issue? What bliss it will be! That family holiday is looming, whether o...

  • Letter: Tasks that still face the PM
    Friday, 7 July 1995

    Sir: Now that John Major has confirmed his position as leader of the Conservative Party, he will hope to bind up the wounds of his party and lead it as a united body. Is it too much to hope that he will try to perform the same service for the nation ...

  • Bad timing
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: Your caption in today's Independent claiming to show Bill Cash being interviewed before the Tory leadership election is clearly wrong. Big Ben in the background shows 6.15, nearly an hour after the result was announced. Yours faithfully, Philip ...

  • Tourism funds the tyrants of Burma
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: The marriage of convenience between a newspaper's editorial and advertising content is a necessity we accept, but as the industry's own codes of conduct recognise, there are limits. It was disappointing therefore to see that you accepted a full-...

  • Poetry of a pilot
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: Peggy Noonan may well have been the most influential sentence-doctor in recent history ("Er, say that again, Prime Minister?", 4 July), but she did not create the phrase "slipping the surly bonds of earth" for Ronald Reagan. She was quoting from...

  • Housing help for those that need it
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: "The idea that everyone should own their own house is neither achievable nor desirable," declares your editorial (28 June), and it continues, rightly, to reject the Government's worthless proposal to allocate housing in a way to suit respectable...

  • Imported treasure
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: Chris Martin ("From the dawn of time, a bargain", 1 July), does not seem to be aware of the proposals for an International Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, under the auspices of Unidroit, which was adopted by an inter...

  • A child's life at Barnardo's
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: In response to Polly Toynbee's article on Barnardo's ("Suffer the little children", 4 July). I am an "old" Barnardo's girl and proud of it. Barnardo's personnel provided warmth, understanding, stability, encouragement and interest, allowing me t...

  • When a Rolls is a sales ambassador
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: In your report about nine British Embassies overseas having Rolls- Royces as their official vehicle ("Foreign roles with luxury perks", 30 June) you ask, "Why, Brasilia?". You quote John Hutton, MP, as describing it as perks for the select few. ...

  • Before Clegg
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: Christopher Sallon, QC, knows of no other case where an individual was released on licence after four years, having been convicted of murder (report, 4 July). He must be unaware of the case of Private Thain, the only other member of the British ...

  • Communitarians, authoritarians and nonconformists
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: Anna Coote sees Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor and Michael Sandel as "the high priests of communitarianism" and links them with Amitai Etzioni, to whom they never refer and with whom they have little in common. Dr Haridimos Tsoukas (Letters,...

  • Communitarians, authoritarians and nonconformists
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: Jack Straw ("Good neighbours start here", 4 July) accuses Anna Coote of naivety in daring to criticise communitarianism. I was surprised, though, by how naive his own views seem to be. Not all forms of communitarianism are authoritarian - no one...

  • Communitarians, authoritarians and nonconformists
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: Anna Coote's criticisms of communitarian ideas may understate what could potentially be a radical agenda and one that could pose a real problem for Labour. For example, Etzioni in his Spirit of the Community has argued that it is vital to revive...

  • Communitarians, authoritarians and nonconformists
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Sir: Jack Straw's response to Anna Coote's questioning of Labour party policy shows, only too depressingly, how right she is about its authoritarianism. She expressed qualified support for the proposed policy of expanding the power of the police to s...

  • A congenial Cabinet - and Hezza
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    This is not the Major we thought we knew. His previous form and instincts would have suggested the arrival of Michael Howard at the Foreign Office, a top job for Michael Portillo and perhaps even something, in a spirit of reconciliation, for the chal...

  • Death: the surgeons' best-kept secret
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    The NHS Performance Guide 1994-5, published yesterday tells us equally little about the real performance of doctors and hospitals. Even so, predictably, the professionals were indignant: the BMA passed a unanimous emergency motion regretting the publ...

  • true gripes: the shipping forecast
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    The job of reading out the daily five-minute reports on live radio is rumoured to be one of the most stressful occupations going. Anyone who listens to the wireless regularly will know that the forecast has to be finished just before the Greenwich Ti...

  • expert jury: should we take more care of NHS doctors?
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Dr John West London GP I usually work an 11-hour day, but even then I have to put things off for the morrow. It would be quite possible for me to work 24 hours a day with my workload. We don't have an hourly structure, rather we are self- employed, s...

  • Murky secrets below the surface
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    For instance, the Drinking Water Inspectorate could have calculated that in 1992, supplies to around 14 million customers at times exceeded the legal limits on pesticides - but they didn't. Using the inspectorate's data, Friends of the Earth did. Alt...

  • Move over Hippocrates
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Like so many matters the BMA makes much of, the foundation for the fuss is poor. Hippocrates is probably not the author of the document. Of the 70 works ascribed to the Hippocratic Collection, Hippocrates might have written only six of them. The fact...

  • Mr Major's next trick
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    As this Government reaches late middle age it is thickening in the middle. The loyal centre is rewarded for its fidelity and strengthened slightly in Cabinet. There are no concessions whatsoever to the disaffected and defeated right. John Redwood, pr...

  • Over to you, Sir George
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    So the wheels are moving - but oh, so slowly! The bureaucracy of the European Commission has been forced grudgingly into action and next year is expected to issue draft legislation on making belts mandatory, but there has been a terrible lack of urge...

  • numbers: the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    And when you take into account the advantage of the serve, it all comes down to tossing a biased coin in a curiously irregular series of experiments. To take a simple example: suppose we have reached a score of deuce and the server has a two-to-one c...

  • chess
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    First let us see how they arrived there: White: Ivan Sokolov Black: Jonny Hector Queen's Gambit, Semi-Slav. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 e5 Black allows his d-pawn to become isolated in exchange for freedom for his pie...

  • The smartest card around
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Here's how it works: Let's say that you are in a strange town and you suddenly get an overpowering desire to put pounds 50 on My Delight in the 3.30 at Chepstow at a very favourable 70-1. You don't know where the bookie is in this strange town, and e...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 6 July 1995

    Dutch home-owners, with the news that Rotterdam police have begun taking earprints of criminals. Burglars who confound conventional methods of forensic science by wearing hats and gloves often leave incriminating earprints when listening at doors and...

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