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Sunday, 10 September 1995

  • Letter: Economic nonsense of age discrimination
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: So Labour are to outlaw age bias at work (report, 7 September). Well, I will vote for that, being 56, and I am sure there are many fellow citizens, fit and healthy and wanting to work, but "over the hill", who feel as strongly as I do about this...

  • Letter: Economic nonsense of age discrimination
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Labour has promised to "introduce legislation to make age discrimination illegal just as discrimination on the grounds of race and sex are today". From an employer's point of view, however, while there is nothing to be gained from racial or sexu...

  • Letter: Young people disadvantaged
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: It seems disturbingly likely that the "sweeping deregulation of grant maintained schools" ("Major orders blueprint for all schools to opt out", 4 September) will further disadvantage the education of young people looked after by local authoritie...

  • Letter: Accident statistics for air shows
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Whenever there is a bad crash at an air show there always follow reports that air shows have more than their share of accidents and that pilots and aircraft are pushed to the edge to impress customers or thrill a crowd ("Nimrod deaths inquiry te...

  • Sex may be here to stay
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    My good friend Sam Abdalla, director of the excellent test-tube baby clinic at the Lister Hospital in London, says sex is a casualty of modern life. Apparently his fashionable clientele are so preoccupied that they find it simpler to pop into the Lis...

  • Letter: Character assassination
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: The Independent and James Cusick are to be congratulated on the courage of their outspoken journalism for their brave profile of John Costello (6 September). What courage it must have takent to write "Costello's death is an event devoid of sadne...

  • Letter: How to keep the Peking promises
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Ms Jackie Peace Sir: Teresa Poole's excellent article about the Peking Conference and NGO Forum (7 September) makes the valid point that documents alone cannot effect change and that action is needed after the conference to ensure that the Platform f...

  • Let us now sing a new hymn
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Hugo Kneestall is the Labour Shadow Archbishop of Canterbury. ( His colleagues sometimes call him the Left Reverend instead of the Right Reverend.) He is poised to take over when Labour is voted in at the next election. And he is going to make change...

  • Letter: Scientific facts
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Professor Byron (letter, 7 September) seems to have produced a typical arts man's analysis of the state of science; he lays the blame for low application rates for science courses on the alleged tedium of the subject matter, thereby apparently "...

  • Why we won't turn off the taps
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    And so one gave in and listened more than once to the bizarre line thought up by Mr Gummer and his associates, the line which has played Horatius on the bridge all summer. According to this plucky argument, the reason why the water ran out was that D...

  • Trimble wins: will peace lose?
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Of several dozen people privately offering their opinions of the new leader, almost all regarded his elevation as disastrous for his party, the peace process and community relations generally. The universality of the gloom is striking. Non-Unionist o...

  • Letter: Poor consultation on patenting
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Patenting may be too important a topic to be left to Patent Offices, as Tom Wilkie warned us ("In patent need of surgery", 5 September). On 11 September the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich opens its "hearing" on its strategies for the fut...

  • Letter: Bhutto's brother
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Tim McGirk's article on Murtaza Bhutto (28 August) is totally incorrect. Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been accused of harassing her brother. The facts are exactly the opposite. Murtaza Bhutto has been given full freedom to engage in legitim...

  • Creativity / Dunwutherin: a soap at the edge of Bath
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    "I'm goin' down the Virgin," shouted Keith Swillsby. With scarcely a glance at his father Colin - or Colleen as he had preferred to be known since the happenings of 1978 - Keith lifted himself out of the comfortable armchair, nodded farewell to the b...

  • Letter: Economic nonsense of age discrimination
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Harriet Harman, MP, and Ian McCartney, MP, this week unveiled the Labour leadership's policy on outlawing age discrimination in employment. We hope that the country's 6 million disabled people, who have been waiting for over a decade for full an...

  • Bridge
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Playing five card majors, South opened One Heart and North responded Two Clubs. East pre-empted with Three Spades and, rather than take a penalty, South bid Four Clubs. With a close decision, North tried for game with Four Hearts and South was happy ...

  • Chess
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    There will be no time-outs, no adjournments (after 60 moves each in the first three hours, the players have an extra half-an-hour for their remaining moves) and may the best man win the $1m purse provided by the sponsors Intel. The chess tipsters of ...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    1895: The original FA Cup is stolen from a Birmingham shop. 1905: The government blames an increase in rural lunacy on the tedium of country life. 1947: The government declares that vegetarians will receive extra potato rations. 1952: The first video...

  • LETTER: Briefly
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    William P Roberts. London N1.

  • LETTER: Lower pay and fewer skills
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    On the contrary, through redundancy much expertise has been and is being lost, and companies will often now take on cheaper, less skilled labour. Indeed the very notion of flexibility or transferability of labour implies that skill and quality are li...

  • LETTER: Briefly
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Pauline Gaunt London SW8

  • LETTER: Cameras fighting crime in Newcastle, not just snooping
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    The TV security system has won approval at many public meetings, but that welcome will soon wear thin if the system becomes identified with the sort of ill-formed, sweeping generalisations about the local people featured in your report. Most people i...

  • LETTER: Hitler and the Holocaust on Albert Speer's conscience
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    I began by telling him that I wouldn't have been at the party if I had known that David Irving (according to whose very special version of history Hitler knew nothing about the Holocaust) was at the same time giving a lecture at the Book Fair, which ...

  • LETTER: N-test lesson
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Allowing for hyperboles and allowing for the fact that Oppenheimer disliked politicians and the military, and allowing also that Oppenheimer was the most arrogant of humble men, it was quite an assertion. In the light of that, and after 50 years of n...

  • LETTER: Lower pay and fewer skills
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    I won't even mention fear of redundancy, short-term contracts, negative equity or concern over NHS provision. No wonder the feel-good factor and increased consumer spending are not even visible on a distant horizon. Barbara Daniels Northwich, Cheshir...

  • LETTER: Cameras fighting crime in Newcastle, not just snooping
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    It was not the authorities but journalists who put West End people in the frame, using them to further their ideas of a morally irresponsible "underclass", largely comprised of violent white unemployed males. Once liberal commentators had turned soci...

  • LETTER: EUROPE'S BALKAN FAILURE
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Patrick Curry London W14

  • LETTER: Astute Emma
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    In the rest of the piece I gathered the clear impression that this astute woman knows how to keep her brains, personality and family life well hidden from people who are not embarrassed to be heard screaming with envy. Virginia Browne-Wilkinson Flore...

  • LETTER: Chocs away
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Jo Evans simon@bowfor.demon.co.uk

  • LETTER: Alarming misunderstanding
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    These days most homes have several easily saleable and portable items: televisions, radios, videos, cameras, etc. But whatever one owns, who wants intruders "turning over'' one's belongings anyway? A police security officer recently put the point of ...

  • LETTER: Baby talk
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    David Smith Milton Keynes.

  • LETTER: Briefly
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Len Clarke. Uxbridge, Middlesex

  • LETTER: Briefly
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    YOUR readers may have received a fase impression of physiotherapy from Hester Lacey's review of massage ("Massage - just ie down and take it", Rea Life, 3 September). Simpe touch therapy, as she describes it, is sti centra to physiotherapy, which h...

  • LETTER: Cameras fighting crime in Newcastle, not just snooping
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    The camera system now established was installed after widespread public consultation and agreement. To suggest that it might be used for irresponsible snooping is outrageous and in direct conflict with the guidance and instructions for this or any ot...

  • LETTER: EUROPE'S BALKAN FAILURE
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Martin Hutchison Stirling

  • LETTER: Europe's Balkan failure
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    The fact is that Europe has lost all moral authority and credibility in the Balkans, and already there are many who are not too proud of being European. No doubt Bosnian Muslims will ponder long and hard at what it means to be a European Muslim. As f...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Peace before principles
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    So why should they now return to principle and jeopardise the peace process? Why dig in their heels over the IRA's refusal to start handing over arms, when even the police and the Army say that this is an issue of no importance? Gerry Adams and Sinn ...

  • words: SECURITY
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    For Macbeth it was the opposite: the absence of fear. The Latin prefix se meant "without": and cura meant "care", so securitas was freedom from care, thence unconcern, thence carelessness, or misplaced confidence. An Elizabethan talking about "a fals...

  • Women have a way of being disruptive and it makes men uncomfortable
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    The result is that if radical new ideas about women were expressed during those days, we know practically nothing about them. Instead, we read what Hillary Clinton said about the Chinese organisers, and what Baroness Chalker said about Hillary Clinto...

  • The very British love of a gentleman for his dog
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Aside from wishing humane executions, whippings and biffings on such miscreants, I am a peaceable sort, a chap who shies away from visiting violence upon all but the most disagreeable citizens. But on some subjects, I will not be silenced. And the fa...

  • Can we talk about race?
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    But how much longer can we rely on science to hold the line against racism? Its endorsement of anti-racism has been part of the post-war order, like the Soviet bloc and the welfare state. Like them, however, it may prove to be no more than the produc...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Mud, blood, Verdi ... and hard men with time to kill
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    "What you doing over there on your own, writing your will or what? Come and have a drink for Christ's sake." "Like a fight, do you, butt?" I replied with the necessary lie. "Not being funny," says Dai Hard, whose name was actually Sledda, several pin...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Contradictions and ironies on the road to Peking
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    This works only if your readers have very short memories and fail to notice that you've never previously shown a jot of concern for raped women in East Timor or exhausted mothers in Bangladesh. But even if you're sympathetic, the conference poses awk...

  • What does she think?
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Tessa Keswick, named last week as the executive director of the Centre for Policy Studies, has stunned the brainy right of the Tory party. Her coup in being appointed intellectual heir to Sir Keith Joseph was unexpected, particularly since she had on...

  • How to really upset the French
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Dressing: there is no question of wearing anything from Saint Laurent, Chanel, Cardin. Forget the Robert Clergerie shoes and the Jean-Paul Gaultier perfume. Downstairs: those coffee beans, were they roasted and packed in France? The milk? None of tha...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: DIARY
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    HI! TODAY, for once, I want to address a serious question. And it is this: do you, like me, think that we spend too much time in this country knocking people who have made a bit of a go out of life? Envy is not an attractive emotion, I find. But alre...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jock Slater, on Royal Navy opposition to relaxing the ban on homosexuals in the armed services. One of the things a writer is for is to say the unsayable, speak the unspeakable and ask difficult questions. Salman Rushdie. W...

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