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Friday, 15 September 1995

  • Silver daggers vs the kitchen knifers
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    And all because of what P D James said on the World Service at two o'clock one morning, causing Chaz Brenchley to write to Red Herrings, the CWA's monthly magazine in June. Baroness James of Holland Park suggested that moral choice is a monopoly of t...

  • A dangerous talent, as seen on TV
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Indeed, behind her at the Mirror Group, she leaves scorched earth and a blast of scorn. Live TV, a three-month-old cable channel run by the group, is Hello! magazine on speed: celebrity interviews, doorsteps, parties and happenings on video loops. Ho...

  • Letter: Make audits consumer-friendly
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: Your article on auditor liability ("Few plaudits for the official audits", 13 September) raised important questions about government policy. The Government has ignored pleas for effective audits and has failed to prosecute any firm criticised in...

  • Letter: Morality in the crime novel
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: PD James did not say that only middle-class people were capable of making a moral choice. What she tried to say was that, in inner-city areas, it's damned hard and well-nigh impossible to do the right thing, even if you know what the right thing...

  • Letter: Why black people excel at sport- if they really do
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: It is interesting that a man as eminent as Roger Bannister should risk his reputation by advancing unproven scientific theories of slight physical differences to explain the current hegemony of athletes who have an Afro-Caribbean line of descent...

  • Letter: UK's recent nuclear tests
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: In response to your article "No fuss please, we're British" (8 September) and Sue Rabbitt Roff's letter (12 September), I would like to add that not only has Britain tested nuclear weapons in Australia 40 years ago but also in the US far more re...

  • Leading Article: Radicals of the world unite, you have nothing to lose
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Then, a few days later, we gained a rare glimpse behind the Tory frontage. A confidential Whitehall paper warned that "insufficient resources threaten the provision of education in the state school sector". At a stroke the confident, breezy expositio...

  • Don't let's be beastly to the Germans
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    The episode muddied further the argument about Britain's place in Europe. None the less, it would not be a total surprise if, during the next five years, Britain again sought a monetary policy link with Germany and other EU partners as part of a poli...

  • Letter: Economical and British-made , too
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: Virginia Bottomley is being more than slightly disingenuous ("Big money goes to small projects", 12 September) in saying that "to build 2,500 miles of the cycle routes is not something the Government would have been able to do". As the analysis ...

  • Family fortunes
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    The windows rattle and in sweeps the shade of Dame Joyce Anelay, chair of the Conservative women's national committee. Dame Joyce's spirit draws up a chair and in a reedy, but well-educated whisper reminds you of the sanctity of your vows. Then she p...

  • Letter: Morality in the crime novel
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: There was an unpleasant whiff of artificial controversy about Mary Braid's article "PD James embroiled in PC row" (15 September). Speaking as a crime writer who has no wish to put his dagger into anyone, I should like to add two points. First, P...

  • Letter: Why black people excel at sport- if they really do
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: May I, as a black man - though I hope my reactions would have been the same were I a non-black - say how distressed I was to read the "explanations" from Sir Roger Bannister (and, to some extent, from Chris Brasher, too) of why black sportsmen f...

  • Letter: Why black people excel at sport- if they really do
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: It is a sad thing when a person of such weight and public prominence as Sir Roger Bannister uses his position as a key to "enlighten" society so irresponsibly. Perhaps he should consider the economic disadvantages of black people, rather than th...

  • Letter: Morality in the crime novel
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: The anger PD James's spontaneous remark on radio has caused almost certainly comes from her critics confusing a remark about the complexity of moral decisions with the question of making the right decisions. You quote a critic and author ("In th...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Insufficient resources now threaten the provision of education in the state school sector ... job insecurity and the fear of unemployment is holding back the feel-good factor - Education Secretary Gillian Shephard's leaked memo Growing insecurity at ...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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....

  • 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: "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 ...

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