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Saturday, 23 September 1995

  • LETTER: More than meets the critic's eye in Arbus's portraits
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Mr Hilton says that "the meaning of any festival was surely beyond the intellectual range of the people we see". This not only presumes that a person's level of intelligence can be judged by his or her appearance, but also that there is a general lev...

  • LETTER: Republican embarrassment
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Although Packwood's financial misdeeds were indeed serious, there was nothing that he had done that has not been done many times before, both in the US and in Europe. Packwood's influence-peddling, while deeply reprehensible, was not a "bomb" that wo...

  • Did the statue drink the milk? When is a wonder a miracle?
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    The Hindus whom I saw at the Vishwa temple in Southall offering milk to a statue of a cow were not "frenzied" or even excited. Many seemed curious more than anything. Nor were they overcome with reverence. I heard one saying, "Jesus Christ!" as he ca...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Let's be adult about tax Taxing issues for Labour
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Paddy Ashdown should be congratulated for at least trying to get one started. A certain scepticism is, of course, justified: Mr Ashdown will still get votes because nobody expects him to be in a position actually to put taxes up. (Even the public sup...

  • LETTER: Go on, condemn a little more
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office might remember mainstream government policy. We are now "to condemn a little more". And crime, environmental or otherwise, can be committed by act or omission - there is no right to silence over such a crucial issu...

  • LETTER: supermarket's alone won't revitalise town centres
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    The crucial issue is market share. In some regions the chains are near or over the UK definition of a monopoly - 25 per cent of market share. The incapacity or unwillingness of the Office of Fair Trading and the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to d...

  • Britain's finest ... Home Office cherry tripe ... tortoise hell
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    n NOW YOU know the Captain: I like a wheeze. So I thrilled to the proposal that a giant head of Winston Churchill, measuring 40ft by 35ft, should be erected on London's South Bank. This highly imaginative scheme is the brainchild, as we say, of Mr Fa...

  • For the good of the game
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    The struggle for justice in professional football began 88 years ago, its leader and inspiration, the great Billy Meredith, a man of principle and rare intelligence, the founding father of the Professional Footballers' Association. Last week the last...

  • Now is the time for official heroes to come to the aid of the party
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Now you might think that Dr Tate was some retired gent who expressed these views in a reader's letter to his local weekly rag in Hampshire. Far from it! Dr Tate is chief executive of the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority. He is the field mar...

  • Resources
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    It's not that resources is an inaccurate word for what it was trying to say. The Old French resoudre meant to rise again, and a resource is a means of supplying a deficiency (and thence also "a reserve") - just what we are told the NHS lacks. Indeed,...

  • LETTER: Passport over-control
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    In May 1993, Donald Flynntook a day trip from Dover to Calais. On his return he refused to produce his passport and was only admitted after being held for 40 minutes. He argued that Article 7a of the EC Treaty required member states of the European U...

  • A bit of discipline does wonders for the Cabinet
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Let me begin at the beginning. It was little more than a fortnight ago. I had completed my morning ablutions and was putting the finishing touches to an article for the Daily Mail entitled "Is Britain Going to the Dogs?" for which the eager-beavers o...

  • LETTER: YOUNG OFFENDERS
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    D A Cosgrove Macclesfield, Cheshire

  • LETTER: Shifting blame in Balkans
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    And if Nato's bombing of Serb military targets makes it "an accomplice to genocide", one has to wonder how to label the arms embargo against Bosnia, without which exterminating the Muslims would have been more difficult. Also, the Serb "exodus" shoul...

  • LETTER: Aftertaste of a wine show
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    No agreement has been entered into which allows Sainsbury's to sell wines featured in the series. No specific wines are recommended in the programmes; on the contrary, the series deals generically with grape varieties. Nor does Eden Productions' inve...

  • Margaritas are more fun than medals, Diana
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    The party was for Carlos Fuentes, whose new novel, Diana: The Goddess Who Hunts Alone, is a thinly disguised roman-a-clef about his affair with an "androgynous blonde" called - well, Diana. It's an elegy to lost love in which the narrator, Carlos (I ...

  • Paddy's `new-found clarity' seems as muddled as ever
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    I do not, I confess, greatly like the phrase. It came over from the United States in the mid-1970s; was first used, I believe, in the Economist; and derives from the hung jury. But everyone, in the political classes anyway, knows what it means. Among...

  • Bosnia's peace warrior
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    During the past week the US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs has been variously described by anonymous colleagues in America's news pages as abrasive, vain, egomaniac, domineering, manipulative, narcissistic and nakedly ambitious. Wh...

  • LETTER: TRAINS TO PARIS CUT
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Mary Pritchard, London N16

  • LETTER: FORMULA ONE BACKMARKERS
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Richard Clements Romford, Essex

  • LETTER: IRISH CATHEDRALS
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    W H Hillis Holywood, Co Down

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Alexei Sayle, comedian Glaswegians speak English rather than Scots, but it is very, very difficult to understand. Liberal Democrat publication I cannot honestly say that as we sit around the Cabinet table, the first thing we would spend money on is b...

  • LETTER: supermarket's alone won't revitalise town centres
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Retailers will inevitably look for sites similar to those sought for Drive Thru McDonald's - high visibility, convenient road access and parking at the door.When one thinks about the location of petrol stations (to which the retailers wish to attach ...

  • LETTER: supermarket's alone won't revitalise town centres
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    These will be visible from our main store for reasons of branding and management. They will sell a small range of basic lines similar to those sold in other petrol stations but they will be nothing more than that. Christopher Leaver J Sainsbury Plc, ...

  • LETTER: Lesbian zaps hit a nerve
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    To disagree with the means they use is one thing. However, surely the fact that as a result of their "zaps" issues relating to lesbians are being talked about openly, means that they have achieved at least part of their goal - increased visibility fo...

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