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Saturday, 12 August 1995

  • Tory backbenchers need help or at least new caterers
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    One way of looking at this is to say that there is nothing new under the sun; another, to acknowledge that there has indeed been a parliamentary decline since 1959, but that recently it has become more precipitate. It was, in short, ever thus, but in...

  • But what if he had won?
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    A man grown old is remembering a moment in his boyhood. It was 23 July 1745, and young Clanranald had been taken on board the French warship Du Teillay anchored off South Uist. When he felt his heart swell, he did not yet know that the man with the n...

  • The world would be just perfect without women
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    Women are considered irredeemably evil if they buy the wrong brand of washing powder, leave their children in the care of others, or gain a few pounds. Men, on the other hand, are never irredeemable. Whatever they have done, other men will find it in...

  • A very focused Blur
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    He is Suggs, formerly of Madness, and now a solo artist. But the description also fits Damon Albarn, lead singer of Blur, as snugly as his parka jacket. Suggs is well aware of the similarity. "I saw Damon at the football," he said when we spoke last ...

  • Pull the curtains tight. The light hurts our eyes and we are tired
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    Politicians encourage us to fear and mistrust our partners in the European Union. We seem to be less and less keen on knowing what's going on in the outside world. According to "The Cruellest Cut", a submission just made to the Treasury by three majo...

  • Land of hope and glory gets darker still and darker
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    These days strikes are few and far between and life proceeds more smoothly. Or does it? On Tuesday I was among the 4,000 people who had to leave the Albert Hall half-way through a Prom when London Electricity was unable to supply sufficient power for...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Every right to boil over
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    This is a temptation we should resist. It may provide short-term relief (and green grass), but like most expressions of temper, in the longer term it will only make things worse. The water industry has moved from public to private ownership but the g...

  • Mushy peas ... Captain's haddock ... Mandy whip backlash
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    n AND NOW, competition time! You will remember that I asked you to send in your unusual postcards for my summer exhibition. Bubbly this week goes to the charming view of Cromer, that refined Victorian resort in Norfolk. The card is signed Pelagius, w...

  • LETTER : Who says we're meritocratic?
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    But even if it were a desirable aim, are we really any nearer to it than 40 years ago? The author uses Margaret Thatcher as the model of the meritocrat, but would she ever have achieved the highest office had she not been married to a millionaire? Wo...

  • LETTER : Welsh quango quandary
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    You reiterate old and wild charges from employees and former employees with most to lose from my policy. I am surprised you ignore the other argument, and forget your usual scepticism towards quango power. John Redwood House of Commons London SW1

  • LETTER : The Scots are not one people
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    Mr Ascherson, like the Scottish National Party, would have us believe that Scotland is a more homogenous place than it is. However, Scotland is not Edinburgh: there is Glasgow and the Clyde with its strong southern Irish influence (and its own potent...

  • LETTER : And now for Derek Bonham's next trick...
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    Should anyone who is clearly so poor at the "guess which tumbler the pea is under" trick be trusted with the management of such a company? Having one tumbler the wrong way up and filled with liquid is bad enough (the pea will usually float), while th...

  • LETTER : Remembering George Wigg
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    So much for opinion. The fact is that at his court hearing Wigg was acquitted of kerb-crawling, whatever contentious remarks the magistrate made to cloud the outcome. Surely that matter ought to end there. Ivan Rowan London SW10

  • LETTER : Kobe alliance
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    Hugh Hanning Leonard Cheshire Association of Pathfinders London EC1

  • LETTER : Not such a great pay deal
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    There is nothing "unique" about the new salary agreement for NUM officials which is considerably worse than the "linked" arrangement (instituted by my predecessor, Lord Gormley) which tied officials' and staff members' salary increases to National Co...

  • LETTER : Tree houses and tall storeys
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    Not so many of us would want to live in the kind of houses illustrated, but if we had more imagination we would build very beautiful homes close to, and more in touch with, nature, as do people in British Columbia and other parts of afforested Canada...

  • LETTER : Comprehensives work when the teachers are up to it
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    The comprehensive system motivates increasing numbers of our children to strive for and achieve degrees from our established and newly found universities. The parents of many of these children never had the opportunity of a higher education. The grow...

  • words
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    THERE'S nothing new about road rage - people have been going berserk on the highway for generations. What is new is the expression itself, and it's an apt diagnosis. is an old corruption of the Latin rabidus, which meant mad, applied to both dogs and...

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    Richard Marsden richard@mard.demon.co.u

  • LETTER : Comprehensives work when the teachers are up to it
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    With a school of sufficient size it is possible to provide enough teachers for all levels and for a very wide range of subjects. Also in minority subjects, particularly music, it is possible to provide itinerant teachers who go from school to school ...

  • LETTER : Comprehensives work when the teachers are up to it
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    I have taught for 21 years in comprehensive schools in Scotland, the North-east and the West Midlands. I have found teaching pupils of all abilities to be interesting, challenging and rewarding. If there are any heads, schools or groups of teachers f...

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    l l TO COMPLETE Andrew Gumbel's list in "Tosca - out with a bang" (6 August), the famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt should be added. Early this century, while flinging herself off the ramparts in the title role of Tosca, she hurt her leg so badly...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    Will Carling, denying claims of a liaison with the Princess of Wales Tony Blair has more chance of being selected than Norman Lamont. Michael Bilton, chairman of the Stillington branch of the Vale of York Conservative Association, on the former Chanc...

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    Patricia Sogbanmu, Glasgow

  • LETTER : BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 13 August 1995

    D W Warwick Farnham, Surrey

  • ... and why Labour is stumbling
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    During his acceptance speech, Tony spoke - in intentionally ambiguous terms - of the comrades and friends who supported him because he looked a winner. That was certainly one of my reasons for being a Blairite from the start. And I make no apology fo...

  • LETTER: A suicidal future for young people today
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Your article (8 August) makes chilling reading for any parent of teenagers. We know instinctively that our ability and willingness to talk and listen to our children is crucial but are often at a loss to know how to do that. Communication skills...

  • Lessons in sex
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    You do not have to be Victoria Gillick to question this claim. What exactly, one wonders, is the causal relationship between more sex education and reduced sex? For most boys, sex cannot come too early or too often. Nor is this anything to do with so...

  • Sorry seems to be the hardest word
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    At last, Tomiichi Murayama, the Japanese prime minister, seems to have managed it. In the draft of a statement to be delivered on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan's surrender, he expresses "acute remorse" for the great damage and pain inflicted on A...

  • High-risk culture for the Nineties
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    That a black market can be operating for the Berliner Ensemble playing at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, where the supertitles are not even visible in whole sections of the auditorium, says much about how the Edinburgh Festival has changed in the past few...

  • A Tory offensive ...
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    This week's success in Walsall - putting the boot into the local council and wrong-footing the Labour leadership - confirmed Dr Mawhinney's private reputation as "Mr Nasty". On the day of his visit, the town's local paper interviewed himunder the hea...

  • LETTER: Debate on media diversity
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: I hope the Departments of National Heritage and Trade and Industry have taken serious note of Oftel's consultative document (Report, 8 August), which is a welcome early move to stimulate debate on issues surrounding media convergence. The threat...

  • LETTER: A tale of two cities
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Your correspondent Mrs S. E. Tomlinson (Letters, 10 August) writes of the tolerant atmosphere among Serbs, Croats and Moslems in Zagreb. This is largely my Zagreb experience, too. She also asks whether you can imagine this mixture being allowed ...

  • LETTER: Flaws in means-tested benefits
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: While the political parties vie with each other to excel in righteous indignation at benefit fraud to ingratiate themselves with taxpayers, there is nobody to campaign for an increase in the level of income support. There is evidence that some p...

  • LETTER: The life in a cherry tree
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Implicit in the bald translation of the wondrous calligraphy on the cover of the Independent Magazine (5 August) is an exegesis worth reading. For centuries, the cherry blossom has been a metaphor for the human condition; the flower's five petal...

  • LETTER: Standing ovation
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Apropos the correspondence about applause at concerts, I am reminded of something my mother told me. She said that in her youth, in the early part of the century, there were two pieces of classical music for which, traditionally, the audience wo...

  • LETTER: Campaign for `Coriolanus'
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: I read with interest and a wry smile Tom Sutcliffe's comments on the Royal Shakespeare Company's campaign for promoting Coriolanus at the Barbican (Arts and Books, 5 August). He missed the point, failing to pick up the irony at the heart of what...

  • LETTER: The inglorious 12th of August
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: On Saturday, 12 August 1995, the annual massacre of tens of thousands of grouse will begin, together with the ridiculous obsession of some to get the first pathetic, lead-peppered corpse on to a restaurant table. Throughout the year, other wildl...

  • LETTER: Films of violence
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Dilys Powell, reviewing Straw Dogs in 1971, wrote that "hatred of violence isn't fashionable. Films are making violence itself fashionable." Would any of your published pundits dispute that movies did make violence fashionable? Yours faithfully,...

  • LETTER: Small rewards for architects
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Your article "Taking on the professionals" (9 August) contained inaccuracies regarding the architectural profession. Unfortunately, fees are not "still very good for those who can win contracts". The architectural profession is far from a monopo...

  • LETTER: Flaws in means-tested benefits
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: The announcement by the Department of Social Security that one in three households is now in receipt of a means-tested benefit should focus attention on the driving forces that have caused this ("Tories preside over rising benefit culture", 9 Au...

  • LETTER: A suicidal future for young people today
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: After reading your article on teenage suicide ("As the pop song says, suicide is painless", 8 August), I felt I had to put pen to paper. As a 16-year-old girl awaiting her exam results, I feel I am well placed to comment. Depression, drugs and u...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    I travel free on public transport because I'm a clapped-out old fart - Lord Healey She says she'd rather be my wife than not be my wife. She wouldn't want to walk away from me because she wouldn't have anywhere to walk to - Tom Jones, singer There is...

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