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  • LETTER:Pupil and parentpartnership
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: For too long we have focused on the rights of parents and pupils and the responsibilities of schools. At last (report, 6 July), questions are being raised about the reciprocal responsibilities of parents. High- quality education is best provided...

  • LETTER:Unwarranted claims of 'delay'
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: In her letter ("Intolerable Westminster delay", 27 June) Dame Shirley Porter says it is nearly six months since the last of the accountancy evidence on her behalf was submitted to John Magill, the Westminster auditor. This is not the case. Two m...

  • ISMISMNew concepts for the Nineties; No. 23: grovelism
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    But that is only the start of the chain. The political correspondents who confidently predicted that the man was finished had to explain to their editors why they got it wrong. Those leader writers who called for Mr Major's head had to explain to the...

  • LETTER:Sir Paul Condon's damaging race statistics
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Sir Paul Condon's vituperative figures about the criminal travails of "young black males" around London ("Howard backs Yard chief in race row", 8 July) are ill-informed, and dangerously provocative. Far from helping to stem the tide of crime, su...

  • chess
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    But did Judit prove that women can play chess as well as men? Trained to play chess from the age of two-and-a-half, and specialising in it since she was six, Judit was the subject of a remarkable educational experiment. Her parents, Laszlo and Klara,...

  • bridge
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Playing a Strong Club system, North-South were not given an easy ride. South opened One Club, West overcalled with One Diamond, and North bid One Heart. So far, so good, but when East raised to Three Diamonds and South showed his spades, West raised ...

  • LETTER:Pupil and parentpartnership
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: The Advisory Centre for Education welcomes the Education Select Committee's acknowledgement of the key part that parental involvement plays in successful schools ("Pupils' poor performance blamed on parents", 6 July). We are, however, concerned ...

  • LETTER:Sir Paul Condon's damaging race statistics
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Beckford Sir: How regrettable it is that the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Condon, has sought to alienate the black and white communities by expressing the problem of mugging in terms of the number of muggers who are black (report, 8 Jul...

  • LETTER:Sir Paul Condon's damaging race statistics
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Statistics can be revealing. It would be interesting to see figures relating robbers to educational attainment, unemployment levels and the value of the houses where they live. The least interesting thing is the colour of their skin. These are n...

  • Diary
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Richard Crossman once compared the speed and lack of sentimentality with which Whitehall dealt with a change of regime to "the hospital drill for removing a corpse from the ward and replacing it with a new patient". The drill for simply changing mini...

  • In Coventry, in Hong Kong
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    For not a single Chinese official will even speak to Chris Patten. The leaders of the business community shun him like a bad smell and even members of his civil service are discreetly erecting barriers between themselves and their boss. Now even the ...

  • Why Clarke took a handbagging for the NHS
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Clarke and his colleagues had been called in for a Spanish inquisition. For in the previous weeks, Mrs Thatcher had dispatched around the NHS three of her most trusted advisers: Sir David Wolfson, the businessman from Great Universal Stores who had h...

  • LETTER:For the love of Myanmar
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: John Boorman's letter on the Union of Myanmar (6 July) must be corrected. We have made great movement ahead in Myanmar culture and morals and our biggest task is to build a united Myanmar nation. We, in the Union of Myanmar, are currently involv...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Creating a case for reasonable doubt
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Every cub reporter knows it is impossible to second-guess a jury - especially in California - but it is none the less true that few Americans expect Mr Simpson to be convicted, despite what appears to be a stack of incriminating circumstantial eviden...

  • LETTER:Un-Americans
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Appropriately enough, on (American) Independence Day, 4 July, your reporter, Tim Glover, referred to Pete Sampras as "the American with the un-American name". There are no "un-American names". As Franklin Roosevelt said over 50 years ago, "we [A...

  • creativity Wiltshire: a henge too far
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    It would save a good deal of time if the correspondents to this column took the trouble to compare notes before sending in their contributions. Chris Bell, for example, gives an excellent list of Wiltshire's potential for a novelist: as birthplace of...

  • LETTER:Think positive discuss politics
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Andrew Belsey thinks wrong when he regards Andrew Marr's use of adjective as adverb (Letters, 7 July) as a case of political discourse emulating sporting discourse. In fact this is a traditional feature of political language. Mr Belsey, I assume...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The probity of the people's voice
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    But would most people think it right that some of those asking the hard questions of British Telecom, ICI, Nuclear Electric, government departments or Marks and Spencer are the same people who undertake well-paid freelance work for these same institu...

  • When 300 men go to the polls
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    "But the most interesting question I have heard raised is quite different. It is the question of whether or not the result is actually sustainable. "Legally, the result of the Tory party leadership election is on shaky ground. What is worse, it is st...

  • LETTER:One missing science minister
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Am I the only professional scientist in this country who was amazed to discover that the post of Minister of Science, previously held on a part-time basis by David Hunt, has temporarily vanished in the Government reshuffle? No one seems to have ...

  • You must add a pinch of Maldon salt
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Olive oil has come a long way since the Fifties, hasn't it? It used to be a colourless fluid in a small bottle in the medicine cabinet marked "Olive Oil BP". It was used for putting in one's ear. Then it turned yellow, then green, then almost bottle ...

  • LETTER:Sinn Fein and democracy
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: The violence and destruction perpetrated in the name of justice in the wake of the release of Lee Clegg serves to underline the true nature of the process in which Sinn Fein is engaged. We have now been treated to the spectacle of those Sinn Fei...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    1921: Mongolia becomes an independent state. 1947: The Government announces that Princess Elizabeth will receive extra ration coupons to buy her wedding dress. 1958: Britain's first parking meters appear in Mayfair. 11 July: 1804: Aaron Burr, US vice...

  • 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...

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