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Monday, 25 September 1995

  • Opening up the stuff of politics
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    All governments, every year, face three hard choices. They have to pull their ideas together into an annual public spending plan; a tax plan; and a Queen's Speech of proposed legislation to put to Parliament. Let us start with spending and its mirror...

  • Major got it right, but nobody's listening
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    He remains a leader on the sidelines of the argument, calmly pointing out flaws, mildly raising questions, without a strategy or answer of his own. But his very mildness may help to rebuild his reputation in British politics at a time when the passio...

  • LETTER: An aye to compulsory voting
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Sir: Is it significant that Helen Wilkinson and Geoff Mulgan ("Can we really afford to grow old?", 25 September) advocate compulsory voting quite independently from my own book Ayes to the Left, also published this week? Compulsory voting would not b...

  • LETTER: Life in Mongolia is no joke
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Sir. It's a pity that in his "extruded polystyrene" sneer at Hillary Clinton (Diary, 21 September) John Walsh had to poke fun at the Mongols as well. Mongolia is a fun place, but it's not a joke. It's also not part of China, but has set out to build ...

  • LETTER: Priestly figures
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Sir: Peter Stamford talks of departures from the ministry ("Another view", 18 September). In the 30 years from 1964 to 1993, the total number of Catholic priests who left the ministry was 55,324, an average of 1,844 per annum. There have throughout t...

  • The freedom to stay
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    In spite of the furore generated by Governor Chris Patten's recommendation last Friday that the 3 million Hong Kong people who carry British passports be granted the right of abode in Britain, the reality is that very few people in Hong Kong want to ...

  • LETTER: How to remember Winston Churchill
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Sir: Instead of a 40ft bust of Winston Churchill, it would be more appropriate to construct an exact replica of the Skylon on the place where it was originally part of the South Bank exhibition for the Festival of Britain and which was destroyed on t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A popular tax on the fat cats
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    City analysts estimate that the water industry alone could cope with a one-off tax bill of up to pounds 5bn, stick to the same pricing plans and still keep dividends to shareholders rising at 6 per cent a year until the year 2000. Dividends just woul...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Pride and prejudice against ramblers
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Earlier the same day, the scene was another literary landscape: Haworth moor, also known as Wuthering Heights, was chosen by Janet Street-Porter, the Ramblers' Association president, to lead the latest protest at restrictions on the walker's right to...

  • LETTER: Schools need space provisions
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Sir: As organisations concerned with the quality of education of our children, we have major reservations about a recently announced Government intention to put before Parliament revised Education (School Premises) Regulations, including a proposal t...

  • New departures in timetabling
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    "I don't want to sound incredulous, Mr Doe," said Mr Naughtie, "but it's almost beyond comprehension that in these days of computers and all the rest of it a timetable like this can be provided with so many mistakes. How can it happen?" "I absolutely...

  • LETTER: View from Oz
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Sir: In reference to Sophie Constanti's review of Dein Perry's Tap Dogs, how convenient it must have been to link her negative opinion of the show to her view of Australian men (22 September). As an Australian recently arrived in your country, I was ...

  • LETTER: Citizenship an `insurance'
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Sir: Being a Hong Kong Chinese who has settled in the United Kingdom, I applaud Chris Patten's suggestion that Hong Kong British Dependent Territories Citizens (BDTCs) should be given right of abode in this country. The fear of many Conservative poli...

  • site unseen Watford Metropolitan Station
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    For the first 20-plus years of its existence, the smelly steam trains, belching out fumes, ensured that plentiful supplies of fresh air were imperative. Only the arrival of electricity, lifts and escalators allowed the companies to burrow deep down i...

  • true gripes bare feet
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Unfortunately, photographers and editors have a love/love relationship with exposed feet and the things are everywhere you look these days. Granted, models have always gone for that Sandie Shaw look, as though being able to afford a designer suit mea...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Apart from the results, however, the Kasparov-Anand match has been anything but dull. Oh, all right then; apart from the results and a tendency for the players to cop out when the position becomes too complicated, the Kasparov-Anand match has been an...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Feminism, as Wal-Mart discount retail store in Florida apologised for removing from sale T-shirts with the slogan "Someday a woman will be president". A couple of customers had found them offensive, explained Wal-Mart's vice- president for corporate ...

  • LETTER: How to remember Winston Churchill
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Sir: Contrary to today's article by Marianne Macdonald ("On the banks of the Thames, a 40ft bust of Churchill", 20 September), the International Churchill Society (United States) knows nothing of plans for a 40ft bust of Sir Winston on the Thames, an...

  • LETTER: How to remember Winston Churchill
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    Sir: Why propose to site a 40ft bust of Winston Churchil on the banks of the Thames, surely a mediocre suggestion with London already having been well-utilised with past and present memorial sites? A more adequate proposal would surely be for a memor...

  • juste a mot
    Tuesday, 26 September 1995

    All you out there in logofandom, what's with the language? None of the weep-worthy dictionaried words of the usual Dwems, this is the chicest in-yer-face guide to the verbal Euromulch fighting its way into the next editions. So here's another view fr...

  • 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...

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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: 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: 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 ...

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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