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Wednesday, 20 September 1995

  • LETTER: Patent medicine for genes
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: The European Patent Office has not said that human genes should be the intellectual property of international drugs companies: human genes in themselves are not new inventions, which are the EPO's concern. Both Tom Wilkie ("In patent need of sur...

  • LETTER: Let constituents decide MPs' pay
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: I understand the Government's prudence in wishing to limit pay rises in the public sector. I have two suggestions that would help to save money and would make the Conservative government much more electable. First, we could have local pay bargai...

  • LETTER: Patent medicine for genes
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: In his article looking forward to the public hearing of the European patent system, at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, Tom Wilkie implies that the EPO is acting outside the context of public opinion [in saying that "public attitudes ...

  • LETTER: Profiting from the Holocaust
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: I agree fully with Nicholas Faith (Letters, 19 September) regarding the accounts of Holocaust victims in Swedish banks. In my discussions on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews with Swiss bankers, I became aware that there were such ...

  • LETTER: Limited liability for auditors
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: In his letter (16 September) Austin Mitchell, MP, argued that there was no case for any liability concessions to audit firms and that any such concessions will further reduce the incentive to do good audits. As you might expect, I disagree. The ...

  • LETTER: Too early to write off the UN
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: Your Diplomatic Editor, Michael Sheridan, reports ("Humiliation for UN as it ends Bosnia peace-keeping role", 19 September) that the United Nations will hand over to a Nato-dominated multilateral force in Bosnia- Herzegovina, in what he describe...

  • LETTER: Sins of omission
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: Ray Monk, having got into the habit of skating over things in his biography of Wittgenstein, now leaves things out in his review of The Oxford Companion to Philosophy ("In pursuit of truth", 16 September). In his report of the entry on Craig's T...

  • LETTER: No support for Churchill
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: While the sculpture of the late Oscar Nemon is rightly praised and admired in this country, particularly his sculpture of our wartime leader Winston Churchill, I hardly see how a 40ft bronze of Churchill on London's South bank would re-instil a ...

  • What's your line on referrals today?
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: Three highly ironic cheers for your leading article "Use your power to refer, Mr Lang" (19 September). As U-turns go, this one would put any politician to shame, but is no less welcome for that. For months now, the Independent - through your uns...

  • LETTER: Railtrack advice
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: If stockbrokers have a legal duty to give best advice, as appears to be the case with banks, how do they rank Railtrack after the Eurotunnel investors debacle? There are similar commercial and political uncertainties, and one imagines that a leg...

  • LETTER: No support for Churchill
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Sir: Regarding Marianne Macdonald's article "On the banks of the Thames, a 40-foot bust of Churchill" (20 September), I wish to state that neither I nor my nephew, Winston Churchill MP, have at any time been either informed or consulted about the pro...

  • numbers
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    But I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me. (AE Housman, A Shropshire Lad) If you are ever short of 21s, take two 508853989s and multiply them together. The last 10 digits of the product are 2121212121. The only other two-digit numbers that can q...

  • true gripes air-guitarists
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Most of these men (female air-guitarists are a rare exception) got stuck on page two of Bert Weedon's classic instruction manual, Play in a Day, and it has been downhill ever since. Now they content themselves with imitations, thinking in their heads...

  • Why speculators are good for society
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    There is always a fascination about the very rich. It is not so much that, in Scott Fitzgerald's phrase, they are different from you and me; more the endless puzzle that being very rich somehow seems never to be enough. Consider the triumvirate of So...

  • Power to the people in the pews
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    The dead Christians are those who laid down the laws under which the church understood itself, and who endowed over the centuries the various bodies whose assets were centralised in the Church Commissioners in 1947. Under the weight of the law and of...

  • It's odds on that I'll get literal
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    The strangest thing that ever happens to words has been suggested to me by a reader from south London called Norman Shepherd. His theory is that many words are used to mean something that is directly opposite to their real meaning, and I am afraid th...

  • A prize leak in Caledonia: LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Currently nearly twice as many Scots prefer Mr Robertson's plans for a devolved Scottish parliament to Mr Salmond's scheme for full independence. But in spite of this the SNP is on something of a high, reflecting increased Scots national self-confide...

  • expert jury should funding for the Globe be a lottery?
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    David Mellor Former Minister for National Heritage I have visited the Globe site and it is very exciting. Sentimentally, one wishes it well. Being practical though, it is inevitable that there are worries - are the 20th-century theatregoers willing t...

  • Freedom to get it wrong
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Two unrelated events this week confront us with this chasm between what rational sensible mature human beings claim to desire (total freedom) and the awful reality that so often forces us to bargain with the devil. It is taken for granted that we in ...

  • France loses its balance: LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    France's composure has been shaken by international outrage at its nuclear tests in the Pacific and a campaign of bombings at home, apparently carried out by Islamic terrorists. Against a background where almost one in eight of the workforce is out o...

  • Mother Russia's prophet returns; BOOK REVIEW
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    He has a way, however, of bouncing back and raising the issues that really matter. In 1973, for example, in his Letter to the Soviet Leaders, he predicted accurately the way in which the Soviet Union would end. Now he has done it again. This is large...

  • CHESS
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Switching from the solid 1.d4 of the opening game and the cautious 1.Nf3 of the fourth, Kasparov opened with the direct 1.e4, and when Anand replied with the dynamic Open Variation of the Ruy Lopez, a real battle looked likely. At move 11, Kasparov o...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 21 September 1995

    Chen Zhaoguo, a Chinese calligrapher, who has completed a 10-year project to carve the bible onto a collection of 380 stones. The 1.5 million Chinese characters, each between 0.1 and 0.2mm in height, need magnifying 15-fold before they become legible...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Attack of Lib Dem vapours
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    It's already happening. There are now more than 40 joint administrations at local government level in England - local authorities where the two parties have shared out committee chairs and work co-operatively. But the best example of co-operation has...

  • Letter: Moral choice
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    His name is Simenon. Yours faithfully, Doiran Williams Whitbourne, Worcestershire 16 September

  • Letter: Fears in the nuclear industry
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    Ultimately, the safety of the industry depends on the experience, commitment and morale of the scientific and engineering staff. Will Nuclear Electric encourage them to talk openly about redundancies and short-term contracts of employment, so that th...

  • Leading Article: The prime of Mr Brandon Lee
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    The original Brian had attended the same school some 16 years earlier, but had left early with no qualifications. He was so unremarkable that even those teachers who spanned both his school careers do not remember him. And so Brian MacKinnon lived ou...

  • Highway robbery in the cathedral
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    I was horrified, too, for a different reason. It means that some very important documents will have to be changed. For instance, do you remember the poem by Philip Larkin called "Church Going"? It's the one that starts: Once I am sure there's nothing...

  • There is nothing, even in a liberal regime, that makes prison attractive
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    Mind you, it's not hard to see why the prisoners at Hewell Grange, near Redditch in Worcestershire stay put. Firstly, there is the grim fact that anyone who does wander off immediately loses Category D status and returns to a nastier place. But beyon...

  • Letter: We must save the Serbs from their folly
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    The basic fact is that the victory in the north-west is primarily a victory of the Bosnian army, highly motivated and now quite well equipped. The Serb rout is not stage-managed and will not stop. It is irreversible and must put paid to the whole gam...

  • Letter: Daily spread
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    Alternatively, can you assure us that the coating has been cleared as fit for human consumption? Yours apprehensively, John Wilkin Newcastle upon Tyne 17 September

  • Leading Article: Faulty diagnosis, dangerous remedy
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    First Rodney Walker, outgoing chairman of the NHS Trust Federation, called for tax breaks for private health insurance to allow the NHS to concentrate on the elderly, the poor and emergencies. Then the Royal College of Physicians sought a kind of nat...

  • Letter: Inside interest in the external audit
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    In theory, auditors are appointed by the shareholder to represent their interests. In fact, auditors are appointed by the Board to represent their own, often quite different, interests. Thus, there is often a strong motivation to appoint, or reappoin...

  • word of mouth jaw jaw
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    After Neil Kinnock, a man who would beat his gums and run off at the mouth in a torrent of verbal diarrhoea as soon as give you the time of day, Tony seems like a man of few words, less of a bletherer and not so full of hot air, but a windbag in his ...

  • meanwhile... Some news stories of the past week that you may have missed
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    Spotty problems The Dalmatian Club has voted, by 106 to 71 against co-operating with the Walt Disney organisation in a remake of the film 101 Dalmatians. In the cartoon version 30 years ago, Disney animators drew 6,469,952 spots. This time they will ...

  • Letter: Fears in the nuclear
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    By smoking, I increase the probability of ill health, premature death, actuarily calculable as x. Whether I am frightened or complacent about the risk will be affected by my assessment, possibly intuitively, of personal factors such as my age, family...

  • Letter: Common policies
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    An analysis of the 35 policy documents published by the two parties, starting with their 1992 election manifestos, shows that Labour and the Liberal Democrats have broadly similar policies across a whole range of issues, including constitutional refo...

  • Letter: Acute need to avoid a two-tier NHS
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    The immediate Government reaction that he is being much too gloomy is probably correct, but only if the decision is taken to release the NHS from the wasteful and inappropriate market system under which it now struggles. Both the Audit Commission and...

  • The Bank's gain is our loss
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    At its worst, it looks suspiciously like another symbol of the English disease, abandoning his post as head of the CBI in the earthy world of industry for the thin, heady air of high finance. The best British brains have always drained away into the ...

  • Why Paddy can spend, spend, spend
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    Given the cramped confines of modern political discourse, this was a surprisingly left-wing speech. Mr Ashdown will not like the description; it causes him trouble in the South-west of England. He would prefer something easier on the ear, like radica...

  • Letter: Inside interest in the external audit
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    I needed years of intensive study under articles to become a qualified accountant in 1938. Even so, I needed a lengthy refresher course before returning to employment with my former professional firm in 1945; and for the remaining 35 years of my care...

  • chess William Hartston
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    Seen in the context of a 20-game match, the contest is developing into an intriguingly tight fight, with neither man prepared to take the sort of risk that could give his opponent the opportunity to score the first victory. In terms of the individual...

  • Letter: Fears in the nuclear
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    Mr McRae says that the Magnox reactor is intrinsically safe because it is designed to overheat very slowly. So, protests about its dangers are irrational. But how did this particular design come to be adopted? Surely, public concerns about safety had...

  • Letter: Acute need to avoid a two-tier NHS
    Wednesday, 20 September 1995

    I had the privilege of working in the NHS for 40 years, from its foundation in 1948, as a trainee, and later consultant, surgeon. It is fair to say that it became one of the nation's most valued services, and yet one of the most economical health sch...

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