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Thursday, 14 September 1995

  • Letter: Science should improve, not negate, the lives of the disabled
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: "We all live in hope," according to Polly Toynbee ("Sentimentality is not enough", 13 September), but what hope for our children in the next century if her chilling attitude towards handicapped babies is representative of society as a whole? If ...

  • Leading Article: Opening up the school closet
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    But politics stopped Mrs Shephard acknowledging the problem. Now at least she can stop pretending. Her leaked Cabinet briefing document clearly admits what she has denied repeatedly: that "insufficient resources threaten the provision of education in...

  • Letter: Science should improve, not negate, the lives of the disabled
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee has been extremely brave and thoroughly justified in her arguments. As for Mother Teresa, she is living in cloud cuckooland. In 1991, there were, in India, 32.7 million children (under four years of age) living in institutions, whe...

  • The myth of athletic gifts
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    There is undoubtedly much evidence that reinforces the view of black people being athletically gifted. Since Alan Wells's gold medal in the 1980 Moscow Olympics all the medals at major games and championships in the 100 metres have been taken by blac...

  • Letter: New life after Crown service
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: I am sorry that your Westminster correspondent, Chris Blackhurst, has drawn some incorrect conclusions from the figures I gave Alan Milburn, MP, in reply to this question about the behavioural conditions imposed on former civil servants under th...

  • Letter: Great expectations
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: Politicians of all colours espouse the view that education is the answer to all of this country's problems. History teaches us otherwise; the "Great" was put into Great Britain when education was at best minimalist, at worst non-existent. Yours ...

  • Letter: Minimum wage: Tory mythology
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: Before the last general election, the Government told us that 2 million jobs would be lost through the introduction of a minimum wage. A few months ago, the figure changed to 800,000. Now Ian Lang tells us that 950,000 jobs would be lost (Anothe...

  • Letter: Reflections on paying to pray
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: Last Friday, I found myself in London with some time to spare. I freely entered Westminster Cathedral, spent some time in quiet reflection and prayer, lit a candle and left a donation. On Saturday, I was in Canterbury and decided to repeat the e...

  • Letter: Exhilaration of women's forum
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: As the UN conference on women draws to a close, the Independent deserves congratulations for its balanced coverage of both the NGO Forum and the official part of the conference over the past few weeks. Having just returned, exhilarated, from the...

  • National rot, patent remedy
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Home Thoughts from Abroad are invariably an annoying provocation to those yoked to the domestic agenda. I have tried to eschew giving offence for the past three years. But Trappist caution is challenged by Andrew Marr's entertaining polemic, which wi...

  • Leading Article: A middle-classy sort of dame
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    The beans were spilled this summer by the crime writer Chaz Brenchley, who one night overheard a very revealing conversation. Long after midnight Baroness James of Devices and Desires, former governor of the BBC and best selling 'tec author, was expl...

  • Letter: Oases of respect
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: Peace and war may ebb and flow (as do the tides), empires and states may rise and fall, but Bethlehem, Hebron, the Old City of Jerusalem, Nazareth and certain sites in Gallilee remain. For Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, they are marked by p...

  • The 20th century: one to forget
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Because beginning today in this space is a 4,546-part survey of the 20th century. This century, whose end we are now approaching, has been called the century of the common man, even though the common man has never been allowed to take charge anywhere...

  • Letter: Random cameras for risky drivers
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: Tim Mickleburgh (Letters, 12 September) is correct: the speed-limit on British motorways is still 70mph (60mph on single carriageways). But Mick Whitmore ("Motorways are good for you ...", 9 September) is also correct: many motorists flout this ...

  • Letter: Science should improve, not negate, the lives of the disabled
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's article "Sentimentality is not enough" is a criticism of the medical advice, or implied lack of it, given to the Astburys, the expectant parents of Siamese twins. To my mind the article is dangerous in that it develops the theme ...

  • Letter: Science should improve, not negate, the lives of the disabled
    Friday, 15 September 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee writes that pregnant women are poor "confused" creatures who experience "imaginary love" and require "professionals" to guide them in their decisions about their own bodies and their children. Her tone is insulting and patronising....

  • chess
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    The following encounter is not a Sicilian, though it was played between two men who had Sicilian variations named after them. It is a fine example of Polugayevsky's meticulous approach to calculating tactical variations. After 19.Nf4, White appears t...

  • Diary
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Why, my friend inquired, have you named a police dog after a Bantu tribesman from the Cape Province of South Africa? (Visions of reversed racism coursed through his head: weren't they taking this community-policing thing a little far? Would the Brixt...

  • How safe are our reactions?
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    So Jack Cunningham, the shadow trade and industry secretary, was able to say that the proposed privatisation of the nuclear power industry "will exacerbate the conflict between safety, accountability, profits and dividends". And Greenpeace argued tha...

  • Brilliant leaks and bubbling resentments
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Good people are being shut out, goes the lament. Anything with a whiff of radicalism is taboo. The long-sight of vision has been sacrificed to the near-sight of focus groups. This dirge is now widespread on the left, assiduously promoted by the left-...

  • LETTER: Labour's delight
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: Chris Davies, the Liberal Democrat MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth, claims that "Labour activists feel very unhappy indeed about the nature of the campaign they fought" (report, 8 September). Not the ones I meet. They are delighted that Lab...

  • Planning for sustainable development
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: What would Esther Oxford say if we arrived at her house without appointment, climbed over her garden fence and wandered into her kitchen? Or of we interviewed her most objectionable neighbours about her personal habits? This is how she treated t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Black power on the track
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Some, a small minority, will resist his conclusion because they wish to believe in white physical superiority. But evidence has been stacking up against them for a long time. Their theory has been falling apart since the black athlete, Jesse Owens, w...

  • expert jury; Female poets: talented or talentless?
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    AS Byatt Novelist Well, there's probably a certain amount of truth in what she's saying. But I'm not really very interested in high-powered moral criticism - I am quite interested in poetry. I don't understand this business of taking up "positions". ...

  • LETTER: Homes before risks at Circle 33
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: Your article "Homes charity plans derivatives venture" (11 September) is misleading. Circle 33's committee of management discussed for the first time last week the possibility of using derivatives to reinforce its risk management strategy. It is...

  • letter: Most successful species of the millennium
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: I believe Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is guilty of lifeism in his argument for the supremacy of plants. For where would plants be without the soil from which they are grown? There are far more grains of sand on the earth than there are plants. Sand...

  • LETTER: The last klaxon of the Proms?
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: Undoubtedly you will receive many letters complaining about Sir John Drummond's perceived curmudgeonliness in banning klaxons and the like from the Last Night of the Proms (report, 13 September). I wonder how many of the writers will have experi...

  • Night of passion at the Proms
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Please leave these at home, pleads Drummond in the Prom programme, and let's all listen to the music. This is not going to please those members of the audience who have come to the Prom with their noisy equipment, and who then buy the programme, read...

  • LETTER: The return of union militancy
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: For a newspaper that espouses liberal and particularly democratic values, it is disappointing to read your knee-jerk reaction to Labour's proposal for the reinstatement of rights of recognition for trade unions. If a vote by 51 per cent of emplo...

  • Choose love, not abortion
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    "Chilling" would more properly be applied to Ms Toynbee's article. She argues that the Astburys are sentimental and irresponsible, and that they ought to have the children aborted (by which method, suction or dismemberment, she does not say). Ms Toyn...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Do not wobble over Bosnia
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    To borrow a phrase from Margaret Thatcher, this is no time to go wobbly. The United Nations command in Sarajevo was right to insist yesterday that it is now in the business of peace enforcement. That means an end to bargaining with the Serbs and a de...

  • true gripes; Britain in bloomers
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Every summer, my town, still full of attractive buildings despite the depredations of Sainsbury's et al, goes horticulturally insane. It takes part in a competition called Britain in Bloom. Organised by the Keep Britain Tidy Group, the contest is to ...

  • numbers; The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    When at night I go to sleep, Fourteen angels watch do keep. (old German evening song) Fourteen, as the number of days of half the lunar cycle - and hence the number leading from newness to perfection - has strong, and generally benevolent links with ...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    rich Japanese golfers, with the launch of a $250 camera with 16 lenses that takes 16 pictures, to provide a golfer with a complete picture of his swing. It is voice- activated for solo use and has variable time between pictures - slow on the backswin...

  • LETTER: Most successful species of the millennium
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is thinking along the right lines, but he fails to make clear that plants, in fact, are the indisputable masters of the planet. His comment that food plants and man exist in a state of "mutual dependence" is incorrect. P...

  • LETTER: Most successful species of the millennium
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: I was surprised to see how much space you devoted to Felipe Fernandez- Armesto's curious views ("If we are not masters of the universe, who is?", 11 September). The posited objective observer on another planet would surely not find it difficult ...

  • LETTER: The return of union militancy
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: John Monks's comments about the rise of militancy in the workplace should come as no surprise ("Labour or Tory, we want to talk", 12 September). The massive resentment on the shopfloor against the dictatorial methods of management is only waitin...

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