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Sunday, 24 September 1995

  • Letter: We do not need, or want, MI5 to be a secret police force
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    Although there appears to have been some attempts at openness at MI5 - such as Stella Rimington delivering last year's Dimbleby Lecture and even risking a two-line entry in Who's Who - recent evidence indicates that this has been little more than an ...

  • Diary
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    Seeing my woebegone expression, the tenant of my affections stopped laughing at your many letters, put his arm comfortingly around me, and asked: "How could they believe this of you?" And it is true that my initial response was to wail like a banshee...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    1769: Honoretta Pratt is cremated, the first official cremation in Britain. 1818: The first blood transfusion using human blood is performed at Guy's hospital. 1897: Britain's first motorbus service begins in Bradford. 1968: The censorship of stage p...

  • Bridge
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    South opened One Spade and a long and unconvincing auction led to Six Spades and left West with an unattractive lead. A club lead could, and would, lose a trick; it was easy to envisage hands where a trump or heart lead would be expensive, so finally...

  • Blood pact that must end in gore
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    None the less, the events of the past week - the warning from the German finance minister, Theo Waigel, about the fitness of Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands for EMU, the stirring of trade union strife in France, and the run into the mark and Swiss...

  • Leading Article: No mines are smart
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    But with land-mines, although the soldiers have gone, the killing continues. The Red Cross estimates that there are 30 million mines in 18 countries across Africa, 7 million in Cambodia and now some 3 million in former Yugoslavia. And in Afghanistan ...

  • Chess: A winning coupon of no-score draws
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    When Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov drew 17 games in a row in their 1984 match, they had the same excuse, magnified by the fact that each was trying to prove the other to be a total wimp, afraid to come out and fight. Garry Kasparov and Viswanatha...

  • Leading Article: Patten's cat among pigeons
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    Early to express his alarm over the weekend was David Wilshire, MP for Spelthorne. Like one of those bus conductors from a bygone era, Mr Wilshire put out his hand and told us that Britain is "full up". No standing room, even up in the Orkneys. The M...

  • Letter: Restraints on TV companies
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    The ITC, quite rightly, has no powers of prior restraint over the transmission of programmes. Parliament has, however, decided that restraints in the areas of taste and decency should apply to broadcasting. All television companies licensed by the IT...

  • Letter: `Race' is not a social concept
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    These concepts have "woolly edges", but do stand for something real: members of the same group tend to have various shared characters which are not found (or are much rarer) in other groups, and some of these differences are genetically influenced. T...

  • Letter: Concern over the probation service
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    We are regularly involved with probation officers in providing joint supervision for patients discharged from hospital care. In addition, we are involved with probation officers in the joint supervision of offenders under the terms of probation order...

  • Doomed hero's foreign affair
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    Carrington! The story of a woman called Margaret and a man called Carrington, who rose to the heights of his profession and then resigned rather than get embroiled in the world-conquering designs of the woman he did not love. Carrington! The first ti...

  • A backlash running ahead of schedule
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    In other words, if white male newsmen are angry today, it is not because they are racist in the old sense (not wanting to share space with blacks) but in a new post-affirmative action sense (not wanting to share space with blacks). The old bigotry wa...

  • Letter: We do not need, or want, MI5 to be a secret police force
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    First, the culture of secrecy and the lack of accountability. While the effectiveness of the country's security and intelligence services depends on a degree of secrecy that would be unacceptable in other institutions, this very latitude puts them in...

  • Letter: Unkindest cut for an adult
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    In every generation some children of the observant abandon Jewish practice and some children of the non-observant resume it. If your son turns out to be one of the latter, his journey back will be very much easier and less painful if he was circumcis...

  • Letter: Asian view of Hindu `miracle'
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    Traditional Asian scientists have always subscribed to the view that science is only a means, not an end in itself. For example, when Professor Abdus Salam came to know that he had won the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics, his first reaction was to go to...

  • Can we really afford to grow old?
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    Demography is the most visible cause. At present in the European Union there are 4.5 workers to every pensioner. By 2020 this will have shrunk to 4.0 in Britain, 3.5 in France and 3.0 in Germany. In Britain the numbers aged over 75 are set to double ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Not up Rupert's Street
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    Predators always pick the juiciest prey and pirates naturally chose to plunder the most valuable cargoes. So it was natural enough for Sky to treat Coronation Street as a loss leader which, once acquired, would attract new customers and encourage the...

  • Letter: Degrees of uselessness
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    As far as employers are concerned, the situation is farcical and doing no service to the graduates these institutions are pouring on to the job market. Having 10 days ago placed a minute advertisement in a national newspaper for an "assistant editor"...

  • Creativity
    Monday, 25 September 1995

    Michael Rubinstein wants to use both the clockwise and anti-clockwise lanes as atom-smashing accelerators, "arguably the long-est in the civilised world". He believes the inevitable atomic crash or two would create, at the centre of the M25, the firs...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • LETTER: YOUNG OFFENDERS
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    D A Cosgrove Macclesfield, Cheshire

  • LETTER: IRISH CATHEDRALS
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    W H Hillis Holywood, Co Down

  • LETTER: FORMULA ONE BACKMARKERS
    Sunday, 24 September 1995

    Richard Clements Romford, Essex

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

    Mary Pritchard, London N16

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

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