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Saturday, 8 July 1995

  • LETTER: The stamp of Redwood
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    A suggestion: could not those pictures be issued as a set of commemorative stamps? - in the usual denominations, and, of course, with a little red dragon in the top right-hand corner? They'd make lovely postcards, too. B Coffey Reading, Berkshire

  • LETTER: Antics in the Queen's name
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    There is talk in Australia about becoming a republic. But the present arrangements are not in our interest and we should not wait for dithering former colonies to sort themselves out. The British government should inform these countries that it will ...

  • LETTER: The best CVs are ignored Employers must go for gold
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    If employers restrict their visions to the flea markets, they will get flea-bitten. Why should I sympathise with policies to recruit at the lowest rates with the cheapest overheads, compliant ingenues unlikely to benefit any organisation? Thousands o...

  • LETTER: Young offenders need support
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    The Home Office's stance flies in the face of its own research, which compared the experience of young offenders in local authority secure units, where the Children Act applies, and in prison service young offender institutions, where it does not. Th...

  • LETTER: pounds 1.50 per day, not every hour
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    The one mistake is that, as a prisoner, I don't get paid pounds 1.50 per hour but pounds 1.50 per day. It may seem a small point, but for the prison population it is important. There are many outside prison who would love to get pounds 1.50 per hour,...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Virginia Bottomley, former Secretary of State for Health I rather enjoyed that vote. Norman Lamont, having voted for John Redwood I thought it would be wise to vote for myself. John Redwood The people I vote for usually lose. Teddy Taylor, who voted ...

  • LETTER: Oblections don't hold water
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Edward Paget-Tomlinson Wells, Somerset

  • LETTER: Antics in the Queen's name
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Keith Flett London N17

  • There's more to homes than ownership Let's look beyond the ownership dream Time to face the truth about ownership shj The ownership dream has ended
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Meanwhile, the number of new homeless families remains at historically high levels. Last year local authorities took in 140,000 households, three times the level of the late Seventies when Margaret Thatcher was first elected. Whisper it quietly, but ...

  • Leading Article: A slip on the nursery slope
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Vouchers were originally a left-wing idea. They would be "weighted" so that children from deprived backgrounds carried higher-value vouchers with them. The children would then automatically enjoy smaller classes, more skilled teachers and better buil...

  • 'Apocalypse Now' comes to Miss Marple country
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    They talk anxiously about traffic jams, dirty streets, the high levels of crime, as though none of these problems exists outside capital cities. If you want to talk authoritatively about parking problems, try living next door to a country church on a...

  • Dear Malcolm, it's time to ditch all those tired Foreign Office notions
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Congratulations on becoming Foreign Secretary! It would be nice to peal it out in trumpet-sounds - "Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs" - but journalists always get these ceremonial titles slightly, irrita...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of The Martyrs of China, some 30,000 Catholics slaughtered in the Boxer uprising. In the mid-19th century "Forbidden China", in order to secure trade agreements with Europe, had guaranteed toleration of Christianity, and missio...

  • Uneasy lies the head that wears the funny white hat reached EU dandruff levels Incredible - all seven lookalikes work in the same bakery
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    n YOU, with me, will have noticed the Prime Minister's tie on Tuesday. What a knot! A knot of remarkable, awesome proportion. What did it mean? Had he bought a tie that was too big for him, or was there something more? I telephoned my style consultan...

  • LETTER: Those who wish to rewrite history start by banning books
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    As Mr Tatchell himself notes, a not insignificant part of that persecution was the burning of books "stolen from the trashed headquarters of the homosexual movement, the Institute for Sexual Science". Is the pulping of books, then, a more acceptable ...

  • LETTER: Extravaganza at the Globe
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    The idea of re-creating that is one which will stir many Londoners. It certainly stirs me. Raphael Samuel London E1

  • Leading Article: Hero today, gone tomorrow
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Now, we are told, O'Grady shouldn't have allowed himself to be shot down, and would have been rescued days earlier if he had known how to operate his survival radio and work out where he was. And when he was rescued, a sergeant had to knock his prime...

  • Mr Major astonishes the right with his ingratitude proves sharper than traitors' knives
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    He had misleadingly claimed to lead the party from a centre-right position. He had promised that there would be "no recriminations" after Tuesday's ballot. For some reason an absence of recriminations was believed to mean the same as an abundance of ...

  • LETTER: Oblections don't hold water
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Metering would save water, not only during summer droughts but also in the longer term, where users face the threat of steadily rising charges to meet the cost of increasing capacity to meet demands unrestricted by price. The objection that metering ...

  • Fortunately, I have always been famously feisty
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    "Unlike so many of your colleagues, you keep us in touch with what young people are really thinking," says a Miss Arnetta Wallis, while Mr Willy Arnwald confirms, entirely in his own words, that "Your writing absolutely crackles with ballsiness. It i...

  • Unbroken butterfly; profile; Mick Jagger
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    A pleasing picture comes to mind, of Mick Jagger in the late summer of his years, relaxing in the study of his palatial Richmond home, a rolling stone's throw away from the Railway Hotel where his career began 33 years ago, listening to his fumbling ...

  • In pursuit of Englishness
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Almost all of them used one word - the countryside - and almost all of them immediately qualified it by saying that they knew, of course, that this was a mythic England, the real England being one of the most urbanised countries in the world. As for ...

  • LETTER: Extravaganza at the Globe
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Are original paintings of replicas eligible for heritage grants? The Everett collection must be preserved in single ownership. It is a unique record. Jim French Billingshurst, West Sussex

  • LETTER: Those who wish to rewrite history start by banning books
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    The manipulation of history by convenient omissions allows minority groups to be stigmatised and controlled. Paul Buckley Canterbury, Kent

  • LETTER: Those who wish to rewrite history start by banning books
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Mr Tatchell's valid desire for plenitude as he wants it would surely mean the withdrawal for "amendment" of numerous other worthy writings on this period, not to mention films and radio broadcasts. As I see it, the persecution of homosexuals under Na...

  • Briefly
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    Nicolas Walter, London N1 l ONE OF the photographs in "The Lost London of Cartier Bresson" (Review, 2 July), showed passengers buying tickets at Piccadilly tube station in 1951. The fares displayed on the ticket machines reveal that the cost of trave...

  • words
    Sunday, 9 July 1995

    TORY MPs who took part in last week's ritual were described by several journalists as the most sophisticated electorate in the world - a notion which, as Alan Watkins pointed out last Sunday, was hard to take seriously, given your average backbencher...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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