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Thursday, 3 August 1995

  • Building society not entitled to surplus
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    A building society which had been misled by fraudulent misrepresentations into making a mortgage advance but had recovered its advance in full from the sale of the mortgaged property is not entitled on the basis of unjust enrichment to the surplus pr...

  • Stir it up and simmer gently
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Humphrey Wharton was the doyen of British weekly cookery writers. He had a weekly page in a lush weekend supplement. He had an artist who drew romantic, Mediterranean, lulled-by-the-orange-scented-breeze illustrations for his food page. He had severa...

  • You can't blame it on the box
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    This is the contention of a detailed book of research published this week by the Institute of Communications Studies in Leeds, Moving Experiences: understanding television's influences and effects. Yet it is a racing certainty that this conclusion wi...

  • Letter: The importance of being Julie
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: If Julie Burchill thinks that by bedding down with Charlotte Raven she automatically becomes "an important member of the gay community", she has another think coming to her. Burchill has consistently blamed gay men for Aids, indifferent to our a...

  • Letter: Gambler's garb
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Perhaps, by commenting that, without his jacket, Mr Fennemore (letter, 3 August) looked like a Mississippi gambler, his sub- manager intended him to remove his waistcoat as well. Yours faithfully, A. J. Nelson Headley, Hampshire

  • Charged with deciding the undecidable
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Who cares most for him? Con and Fiona Creedon believe their little boy is suffering. As parents they have particular insight. They love him. They're not asking for anybody else to look after him. The offer of 24- hour lifetime care by a hospice is ge...

  • Letter: Speed bonny boat
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: I write to congratulate you on John Arlidge's report (15 July) about the "Skye high" toll road bridge controversy. Since then, we directors of the Skye Boat Company have been overwhelmed by expressions and offers of support. Remarks such as "We ...

  • Letter: Limiting judges' power
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee thinks judicial review gives the judges too much power "to make it up as they go along". She calls instead for Parliament to pass a Bill of Rights. Since this would inevitably be expressed in terms of broad, general principles, the...

  • Letter: Changed customs of musical applause
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Customs change. I quote from an LP sleeve note on the first performance conducted by Haydn of his symphony no 96 in D major in 1791. The second movement had to be encored. The third was vehemently demanded a second time also but the modesty of t...

  • Letter: Thomas Creedon: legal precedent, faith and quality of life
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: As the result of the Court decision ("Parents seek right to let their son die", 1 August), it is encouraging to learn that the parents of 22-month-old Thomas Creedon will not have to bear the ultimate responsibility on their own. Again we all ag...

  • Letter: Bupa stands by its NHS policy
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Obviously, Dr Loveday (letter, 2 August) understands the concerns of consultant anaesthetists over Bupa's policy on "private" patients and intensive care, but Bupa's prime concern in this regard must be for its subscribers. When citizens of this...

  • Letter: Limiting judges' power
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee ("Judicial review is a mere Elastoplast", 2 August), is intrigued when judges strike down the decisions of Government ministers or other public authorities for being unlawful, and it is not hard to see why. When doing so, the court...

  • Letter: Thomas Creedon: legal precedent, faith and quality of life
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Your leading article of 2 August "Should we feed Thomas Creedon?" continues the confusion which bedevils debate on this issue, namely the inability of commentators to separate the individual and particular circumstances of this case from the con...

  • Letter: Thomas Creedon: legal precedent, faith and quality of life
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Your editorial (2 August) concludes that we should feed Thomas Creedon. This conclusion must be based on the assumption that human life is somehow sacred, in the sense that even a human being with severe brain damage and disabling mental retarda...

  • Letter: The importance of being Julie
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: There was surely a type- setting error in the letter you published from Julie Burchill (31 July). Instead of beginning "As an important member of the gay community myself", Ms Burchill must have written "As a self-important member of the gay com...

  • Letter: The importance of being Julie
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: I was quite intrigued to read Ian MacMillan's attack (letter, 2 August) on Julie Birchill's attack on John Lyttle and his account of his boyfriend's excessive sexual demands (28 July). It seemed to show that a sense of humour, while not the excl...

  • Letter: The importance of being Julie
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: I was pleased to find "an important member of the gay community", as Julie Burchill describes herself, attacking the truly awful John Lyttle, a thing I have often been tempted to do. I am not a "gloating heterosexual" but I am encouraged to poin...

  • Letter: Changed customs of musical applause
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: I sympathise with your correspondent's complaint (letter, 30 July) about the applause after the third movement of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique - maximum impact being best achieved by having only the briefest pause before the start of the desolate fi...

  • Letters: What David wore
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: Martin Goldenberg (letter, 27 July) is, of course, right that Michelangelo's David is uncircumcised and that, therefore, a gift of replica to Jerusalem would inevitably be shunned. However, the report (22 July) that Jerusalem seems likely to acc...

  • Death on a building site
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    The slow, cumulative total of fatalities and injuries in the construction and building industry does not usually provide enough drama or headline attention to generate the immediate appearance of a sober government minister laden with something-will-...

  • We've saved the ozone. What next?
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    This international success story shows that when governments are convinced of a scientific case, they are capable of taking dramatic action. Once the Antarctic hole was recognised as a fact, the world's nations were remarkably quick in agreeing to ph...

  • Asians won't go away, Tony
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    The document says much about Labour's determination to win at any cost, but it is particularly insensitive in a constituency where barely 1 per cent of voters are non-white. It also says a lot about the absence among Labour's leadership of anybody wi...

  • Patients who kill are victims too
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: The victims of a flawed mental health care policy include the killers as well as the killed. To argue, as Jane Zito does (Another View, 28 July), that patients who kill should not receive compensation, distracts attention from the root cause of ...

  • Letters: Statistics on child safety
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: Today's news reports (eg, BBC Radio's Today, BBC TV news and ITN's News at Ten) claim that child safety, at least in regard to murder by a stranger, is much the same as it has been for 50 years, because the incidence rate is similar. Wrong! The ...

  • Letters: Fairer alternatives to motorway tolls
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: The discussion about motorway tolls has again brought the Automobile Association on to the radio and newspapers, as a spokesman for its members, pressing for greater spending on roads. The AA chooses to call its customers "members", but they mer...

  • letters: Lay down the law
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: Maureen Blakesley (letter, 1 August) is to be praised for her support of standard English. Unfortunately, the example she complains about is in fact correct: Waitrose is right to say "lay all bottles down", as "lay" is what people do to objects....

  • Letters: Formula is an offence to officers
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: John Copas (letter, 27 July) misses the point. The mathematical formula to be used to predict the chance of re-offending was greeted with mirth, then anger, by probation officers, not because they do not understand statistics, but because it had...

  • False polarities in Bosnia
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: Bernard-Henri Levy ("The spirit of Europe lives or dies in Sarajevo", 31 July) argues, or at least insists, that the Bosnian government stands for the enlightened principle that You can be a Serb, a Croat, a Jew or a Muslim ... and yet belong .....

  • Letters: Government and science research
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: The worrying thing about moving the Office of Science and Technology (OST) to the Department of Trade and Industry ("No Minister, this is not a good idea", 25 July; letter, 27 July) is not so much what it says about the Government's understandin...

  • Letters: Summertime rules
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Fennemore Sir: Karen Wheeler's article "Take off that jacket, sir, and chill out" (29 July) reminded me of the occasion in the early Seventies when, as a young bank cashier, the hot weather got the better of me and I removed my jacket. Sitting in my ...

  • Is this the start of something good?
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    To this cacophony of conflicting economic indicators is added the disinformation of the politicians. Yesterday we had Michael Heseltine, Deputy Prime Minister, greeting the highgrowth rate, prospects for rising living standards, improved competitiven...

  • The Beaujolais n'est pas arrive
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    The Herald's theory to explain the absence of grouse is all to do with the prevalence of a tick that lodges in the grouse and infects them, causing anaemia. I don't know what form anaemia takes in birds, but if it is anything like the human form, you...

  • On the side of the angels in the library
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Libraries in a World of Cultural Change, "the first independent study of the public library network in Britain for more than 50 years", goes some way to meeting that need by listing most of the important facts and trends. It corrects excessive depres...

  • Taking the sting out of Bosnia
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    To be specific, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has done a rarely done thing, which is to make a public appeal to 30 governments, including Britain, to take more refugees from Bosnia: 5,000 in total plus contingency planning for a f...

  • TRUE GRIPES : SURNAME ABUSE:
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Indeed, having to weld "I'll spell it for you" every time I utter my surname has become a pointless reflex, especially when pitched against the nation's telephonists (aka graduate temps). Despite spelling my name with the patience and clarity of a Se...

  • letters: Lay down the law
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: The checkouts at our nearest branch of Sainsbury's bear a notice that reads: "Please lay all bottles on their side". Do, say, six bottles all share the same side? Yours faithfully, J. W. King Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire

  • Letters: Fairer alternatives to motorway tolls
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: The response of the Labour Party to the introduction of tests for motorway tolls ("Road fees will be another poll tax", 1 August) includes a number of valid points (for example, if adopted, road tolls would lead to an increased use of secondary ...

  • Letters: Fairer alternatives to motorway tolls
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: Like Charles Arthur ("Foreign trippers to stretch system", 1 August), I have been wondering how the high-technology solutions mooted for motorway tolling would cope with visitors from abroad. The more I think about it, the more it strikes me tha...

  • Letters: Fairer alternatives to motorway tolls
    Thursday, 3 August 1995

    Sir: There is a form of taxation which, in addition to raising revenue for the Government, will discourage unnecessary car journeys, penalise gas-guzzling unenvironmental motor vehicles, spur manufacturers into developing more efficient cars, reduce ...

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