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Friday, 7 July 1995

  • Off with the mince
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Nor was this a statistical fiddle arrived at by massaging the figure(s) - the evidence was tangible. But as with all economic statistics, it is worth trying to turn the abstract into the concrete. Four stone equals 56lbs. Turn this into, say, 56 one-...

  • Letter: Labour view of GP fundholding
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    What is the essence of GP fundholding? Once you strip away from it the government flannel and the "feel-good" factor, fundholding creates for the more entrepreneurial GPs a direct cash incentive to hold down prescribing costs. Surely it is better to ...

  • Letter: Political violence in Nigeria
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Although Britain has added her voice to those calling for the immediate release of those under detention and trial, more is needed if political and economic pressures from abroad are to help normalise the situation in Nigeria. Nigeria should be suspe...

  • Letter: Support the nuclear test ban
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    At the heart of the bargain in New York between nuclear and non-nuclear weapon states, which recently secured the indefinite prolongation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, was agreement by the former that they would exercise the "utmost restra...

  • Here's the diploma, now buy the video
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Hoffman, sullen and confused, was feted by his proud and adoring parents; offered all sorts of jobs by his father's friends (recall the memorable dialogue: "Ben, I want to say just one word to you. Plastics." "Plastics?" "Plastics."); and ended the d...

  • Leading Article: When it comes to ideas, the best party is
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    But it was not to be. With Michael Heseltine's backing, John Major has tilted the balance of power in his cabinet towards the Tory centre-left, naming a team that is the least Thatcherite since he entered No 10. The result is that Messrs Major, Blair...

  • Letter: Traditional Tory values
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    The postwar "traditional" Conservative Party of Macmillan and Heath took a one-national, generally pro-European stance. The party under Mrs Thatcher changed all that radically. Her views represented not "traditional Conservative values" but a distinc...

  • A puzzling letter from a smart policeman
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Of the four Commissioners I have know, Condon is the smartest, the coolest and the most calculating. He is a politician to his fingertips, better at handling himself in public than most government ministers. And behind him stands the amiable but form...

  • Letter: Must Roman Catholic priests always be celibate?
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Few of us doubt the value of a vocation to celibacy and have met priests who exemplify its virtues, but it is clear that a vocation for the priesthood does not necessarily include a vocation for the celibate life. For diocesan clergy, unlike those in...

  • Letter: Homes that care for children
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Since 1843 the Shaftesbury Homes and Arethusa, one of Britain's oldest children's charities, has been totally committed to providing a sound upbringing for disadvantaged children. While striving to improve professional standards through the residenti...

  • Letter: No help from lottery money
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Their grant was from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts (FSA), not the lottery, and it might well have been larger - and nearer to what my daughters require but for the lottery, whose effect has been to diminish the funds available to the FSA. My ...

  • Profile: Stephen Hawking; Not just a great brain
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    For 20 years this image has been as famous as any media icon in the pantheon of fame. Be it Ali McGraw in the Seventies or Liz Hurley today, he is up there beside them. The difference is that while their stars flash briefly, the light of Professor St...

  • Letter: Ruddy duck breeding
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Conservationists are not concerned about introduced species out of some raw prejudice against "foreigners". They are concerned because so many of the species introduced by man have ended up threatening the very existence of native species, either dir...

  • Letter: Locals want Newbury Bypass
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Since the decision last December to review the scheme, an active campaign of local residents has demonstrated their overwhelming support for the Western Bypass. They inundated the Secretary of State with nearly 18,000 representations in favour of the...

  • Shares leap after rate cuts bring hopes of more to come
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Tokyo saw the most dramatic rise in share prices, with the Nikkei index rising nearly a thousand points in a single session. In London, share prices enjoyed their biggest one-day rise since the pound left the European exchange rate mechanism in Septe...

  • Letter: Must Roman Catholic priests always be celibate?
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Yours faithfully, Anthony Gee London, W14 The writer is a former RC priest. From Mr Robert Nowell Sir: Bishop Hugh Lindsay (5 July) is indeed right to point out that clerical celibacy is an outstandingly idealistic way of showing we are made to live ...

  • Letter: Must Roman Catholic priests always be celibate?
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    Moreover, everyone knows that many priests do not keep their vows. The "Perpetua" described in Manzoni's classic The Promessi Sposi is still alive and sexually active in thousands of priests' homes in Italy, living as so-called "housekeepers". Enforc...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 8 July 1995

    I'm the sort of person Mrs Thatcher's parents warned her not to talk to as a little girl. I'm quite proud of that - Ken Livingstone I don't go around flirting with Prime Ministers ... not consciously - Edwina Currie I try to think of God, then Father...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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 ...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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 ...

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