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Friday, 25 August 1995

  • LETTER : Volcanic fire and brimstone
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: The fears among scientists about the possibility of a much bigger volcanic eruption still to come on Monserrat are not that it will "spew deadly lava", as stated in your report (23 August). Lava is rarely deadly. A lava flow may destroy building...

  • LETTER : City aldermen will 'have to go'
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: Richard Agutter may be celebrating his unopposed election by his firm as alderman in the City of London ("Accountant elected City alderman in one-man contest", 22 August) but it may turn out to be a briefly held post. Since 1990, it has been Lab...

  • LETTER : Justice is a right, not a commodity
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: Regarding the issue of increasing numbers of people denied legal aid and the difficulties faced by litigants-in-person, as well as the problem of access to legal advice, there's the problem of a sheer lack of money and resources that working-cla...

    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Prince William must be allowed to run, walk, study and play at Eton free from the fear of prying cameras - Lord Wakeham, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission He's not the same as "any other child" - the Sun, commenting on Lord Wakeham's remark...

  • LETTER : American culture of the lonely individual
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: I can understand why Sheila Johnston would like to expropriate our great American master, Edward Hopper, for the English but we won't give him up, not to a culture that has spawned the Sex Pistols, etc, or is that not your authentic national cul...

  • LETTER : Fifi's tale: fact, not fiction
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: For anybody who happened to read "Burning and peeling", my "short story" in last Saturday's Independent Magazine, especially my family, my friends of long ago, and the poodle involved (on the off-chance that he has learnt to read), I want to exp...

  • LETTER : What we should ask of farmers
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: Drought or no drought, it certainly appears to be a bumper year for arable farmers. We hear that the combined effects of a switch within the Common Agricultural Policy from price support to area payments and the unexpectedly high market price fo...

  • LETTER : Privacy law is workable
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr ("Privacy, the press and happy hypocrites", 24 August) says that "a privacy law is perfectly possible and perfectly workable". The framers of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Counci...

  • Alien fixation
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    The Roswell film is, of course, a hoax, following in the long tradition of the Turin Shroud, the Loch Ness monster and the Hitler Diaries. Each time new, astonishing evidence is discovered. Lots of journalists who ought to know better get very excite...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Prevarication: the enemy of peace in Ireland
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Peace has brought many dividends. People can sleep without fear of being shot in their beds. The bombing that tore the heart out of town centres has ended. Troops have become a rare sight - two army battalions have already been relocated from Norther...

  • It's managers vs talent on TV tonight
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    We are at a major turning point in media - British TV can emerge as a mega-player or another interesting extra. For the last four years, I have looked after between pounds 30m and pounds 40m worth of production annually and have felt increasingly tha...

  • How many grams in a pinch of salt?
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    The duality of the new system is bad enough, but to make matters worse no one can agree on how many grams there are to the ounce. Ask the DTI and it will tell you 28g, ask The Guild of Food Writers and it will tell you it is 25g, and there are plenty...

  • Spinning across the spectrum
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    He remains hard to label. Some see his connections with Newt Gingrich's revitalised Republicans and his closeness to Peter Lilley, Secretary of State for Social Security, as evidence that his trajectory across the spectrum of British politics has end...

  • LETTER : Weather we remember, 1939
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: Man's perception of our climate and/or the drought has changed, as compared with 1591 when an Elizabethan, John Kay, wrote of a very dry summer, says Gerald Hinchliffe (Letters, 22 August), making perhaps a contentious statement. I have memories...

  • LETTER : 'Benighted' boot camps
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: I note that the regime at Colchester military prison includes "drill, physical exercise and rifle practice" ("Army jail plan for young offenders", 24 August). Do we want young criminals turned into strong, fit marksmen? Yours faithfully, John Cu...

  • LETTER : 'Benighted' boot camps
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: As you rightly comment in your leading article ("People in glass houses", 25 August), it is fanciful to believe that military-run boot camps will do anything to solve the problem of youthful delinquency. But since this benighted idea is apparent...

  • LETTER : American culture of the lonely individual
    Saturday, 26 August 1995

    Sir: I was disappointed with Sheila Johnston's review of the Edward Hopper exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York ("Does Edward Hopper really epitomise American culture?", 22 August). From the 17th century onwards, a central strand in American ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: The gospel truth in context
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Shock waves from the scandal surrounding the Nine O'Clock Service will be felt within the Church for some time. I join the Archbishop of Canterbury in praying for the victims of a tragedy that should never have been allowed to happen. But it would be...

  • What do exam results mean?
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Education in England and Wales (Scotland does it differently) used to be about producing an elite. Tests at age 11 and tough examinations at ages 16 and 18 picked out a select few for higher education and the top jobs. Even in 1980 only a quarter of ...

  • LETTER: Conflict over cyclists and pedestrians on the canal towpath
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: Christian Wolmar's article about his adventures with Steven Norris, the transport minister, on a bike was nicely stimulating ("Minister gets on his bike to peddle the case for cyclists", 22 August). Originally, towpaths along canalsides were con...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: People in glass houses
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Lord Whitelaw's "short, sharp shock" centres of the early 1980s were abandoned as a failure. Home Office research showed that militaristic regimes for young offenders had no effect on recidivism rates, and did not reduce the overall level of youth cr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Major misses the education point
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Coincidentally, John Major yesterday made us privy to his innermost thoughts on education in an interview with the Times. Here again, the standard of discussion was disappointing, focusing primarily on changes to the educational bureaucracy that the ...

  • LETTER: Conflict over cyclists and pedestrians on the canal towpath
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: I was delighted to read how much Steven Norris enjoyed his bicycle ride, at the invitation of the Independent, along the towpath of the Regent's Canal. I was also rather sorry to read that Mark Bensted, on behalf of British Waterways, felt that ...

  • LETTER: How Red Star deal hurts the taxpayer
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: Your editorial on Red Star (23 August) shows how misleading it can be to declare part of a business unprofitable when the results of cost- centre accounting are followed too blindly. If spare capacity was available on BR trains and if staff were...

  • LETTER: Who needs rivers?
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: Michael Price's article "How anguished anglers stop us hosing the roses" (Science, 22 August) was enlightening on the causes and effects of drought, but he seems to dismiss adequate river flows as important only to anglers and people in picture-...

  • LETTER: 'After you,' on top of the mountain
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: I wish you would not keep calling Sir Edmund Hillary "the first man to conquer Everest", when he did conquer it jointly with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay - and that is official. Obviously, the men did not step on the summit at precisely the same moment...

  • LETTER: Why Charismatics are dangerous
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: The alarming allegations surrounding the Nine O'Clock Service in Sheffield serve to highlight the real danger now posed by the Charismatic Movement, not only to the Church of England but to most of the mainstream churches. In a time of declining...

  • LETTER: More welfare, fewer taxes
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: Jean Corston (letter, 23 August) has simply misunderstood the plan for reconstructing welfare I put forward ("Poverty, but not as you know it, Roy", 18 August), and she shares with Roy Hattersley what I regard as, yet again, a total misreading o...

  • Good news for gays ... well, nearly
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Its latest victim is Michael Barrymore, popular entertainer and an unlikely icon of political conflict. After being hounded for four weeks, Barrymore threw in the towel and proclaimed himself to be officially gay on a late-night radio programme for g...

  • LETTER: Own-grown water
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: For over 12 years we lived in a cottage without mains water. The original supply seeped into a hole cut in the rock (and turned red in the summer with daphnae). I constructed an underground tank and fed rainwater into it from the roofs, through ...

  • Military cure can't solve crime
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    If the Government believes - as many people do - that the civil legal system is too soft on certain types of offenders, and that the military has valuable lessons to offer in how to run tough prison regimes, then the Government should toughen-up the ...

  • My Windows '95 is double glazed
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Hey! Hey! Can you hear me in there? Yes. I can hear you. There's no need to knock so loud. So, what's all this Microsoft Windows '95 bloody nonsense about then? It's about the next generation of technology. It's like Gutenberg with knobs on. It's abo...

  • LETTER: Conflict over cyclists and pedestrians on the canal towpath
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: That Steven Norris, an Under-Secretary of State for Transport, has become a committed cyclist is excellent news. May we hope that he will soon take the next step, and identify also with walkers? You report that he could not "understand the probl...

  • LETTER: How Red Star deal hurts the taxpayer
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: I read your leading article on the sale of British Rail's Red Star parcels business with great amusement ("Red star over new Labour", 23 August). Alone among the entire press corps, your leader writer has discovered that giving an incompetent ma...

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