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Saturday, 26 August 1995

  • LETTERS: When Labour was Socialist
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    For several months, these papers completely suppressed any reference to the Labour Party. Even in verbatim reports, the party's name was published as the "Socialist Party" and MPs names had "Socialist" appended. I was a branch delegate to the 1956 Ea...

  • Letters: Ernie pays off
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    It is important not to confuse the rates offered to savers with the banks' lending rates. It is the latter that have risen recently. They have no direct bearing on the Premium Bond prize rate: in fact, when bank base rates were reduced in late 1993 N...

  • Poor results of an elite system
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    We are less elitist than we were. Nearly one in three young people goes to university, against one in eight a decade ago. More than 40 per cent achieve five or more grades A to C at GCSE, against less than 25 per cent who used to get the equivalent f...

  • The authentic Irish tradition of impersonating Elvis
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Everybody in Dublin takes it so much for granted that a Dublin soccer crowd will cheer an English Premier League team against a Dublin team that nobody even remarks on the fact. But I wondered, watching it, how you could begin to explain this to a to...

  • Letters: Putting the apostrophe in its place
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Nigel Kendall, Nicholas Royle nigel@nkendall.demon.co.uk.

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Margaret Rose East Molesey, Kent

  • Letters: Lords can do as they please
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    A further advantage is that the distinguished scientists and engineers who are appointed to the House of Lords can provide a useful technological insight on committees. Such people are very rare in the Commons. Charles Hughes Felixstowe, Suffolk

  • Letters: Left-wing and anti-abortion
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    I am a member of the Labour Party, and am undertaking an MA in gender and society. I also consider myself agnostic. I wrote a factual article about the link between breast cancer and abortion and there is nothing "right-wing" in that. Nor is it so to...

  • Letters: Putting the apostrophe in its place
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    However, since CFC is an abbreviation (which she acknowledges by writing it in upper case), it is not unreasonable to write "CFC's", since the apostrophe replaces the missing "arbon". Similarly, when abbreviating "telephone" to "phone", it would not ...

  • Letters: Croatian perspectives
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    L A Shields Chesterfield, Derbyshire

  • Bill and Boris: a fragile friendship built on fear of something worse
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    In Washington, where it is understood at every level of the White House and State and Defense Departments, that Boris Yeltsin is "our man", the lazy analysis offered by most observers is that here, as in so many things, the Clinton-Gore team maintain...

  • words: Charismatic
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    CHRIS BRAIN, the Anglican priest suspended for getting above himself and harassing members of his congregation, has been described by one of his followers as "charismatic and brilliant". The Daily Telegraph called him "a long-haired charismatic", whi...

  • Snug rambles with Kingers of a Tuesday night
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    I have oft enjoyed setting the world to rights over a foaming pint with Kingers in the snug bar of the Garrick come Tuesday night. Invariably, our talk turns to the world of letters; we delight in exchanging blunt and pithy (and sometimes quite outra...

  • Letters:Strong leaders or history?
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    All the countries he cites as having achieved democracy, pluralism and tolerance more readily lie in the northern part of Eastern Europe and were part of the European cultural and political area during the Enlightenment as Europe turned its back on t...

  • The train has already left
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    If there were no plans to sell off the railways, these tales of miscellaneous mishaps on the rail network would not have merited a paragraph on page 11 of the Westmoreland Gazette, let alone lead story on the Nine O'Clock News. Indeed, if it were not...

  • There is no point in Microsoft contacting me for free publicity Money for old MPs ... the Prince's new socks ... Microsoft
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    n CAPTAIN Moonlight's Social Register: a unique service that warns you which events you should avoid. And first up, be very careful if you are anywhere near Cardiff today, for, I have to tell you, The Power House there will be hosting the "Paranormal...

  • The selfish generation
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Take the past month's media coverage of events either meaningless or tedious to anyone under 45 or over 65. There have been huge features on the 25th anniversary of a pop festival on the Isle of Wight ("The bitter death-cry of the pure hippie dream",...

  • Profile: John Gummer: Not as daft as he acts
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    As the nation sweltered and moaned about hosepipe bans, Mr Gummer was at first quoted on his family's habit of saving water by washing their faces in a bowl. Then the minister attempted to clarify his comments, insisting that, like everyone else, he ...

  • Disorder can still give reason a good run for its money good fight against reason and disorder
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    The famous frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii show initiates in the cult of Dionysus taking part in various rites including flagellation and nude dancing. Feared throughout the ancient world, the cult was associated with wine, fertility and...

  • LETTERS; Tigers, sheep and wolves
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Noel Currer-Briggs Ely, Cambridgeshire

  • LETTERS: Worthy to take their place with Nelson
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Robert Weale London NW3

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Lord Wakeham, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission When John Major came to power, he promised to create a country at ease with itself. These figures show he now heads a country in fear of its future. Ian McCartney, shadow employment minister, ...

  • LETTERS: Worthy to take their place with Nelson
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Nearly a century and a half later, history repeated itself in the Battle of Britain. Would it not be appropriate to acknowledge the incalculable significance of that victory by mounting on the vacant plinth a statue of an RAF fighter pilot? The statu...

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Frederick Barker, Newbold Heath, Leicestershire

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Tom M Wheeler, London N4

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Ray Brooks, London SW12

  • Letters: Croatian perspectives
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    a) the description of the 500-year-old checker-board shield on the state flag of Croatia as a "symbol of Ustasha Fascists" and b) the accusation of racism in the sentence: "For no visitor to Zagreb can fail to notice the most startling difference bet...

  • 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...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    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 ...

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