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Tuesday, 26 September 1995

  • true gripes closing-down sales
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Funny, then, that a year later the shop is still open. And still about to close down. Now, is that any way to run a business? Apparently so. There seem to be a lot of these shops around lately, all specialising in closing down. Most of them have a lo...

  • LETTER: New empires for MI5's generals?
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: If MI5 is allowed to extend its role into that of criminal police work (report, 22 September), the Government will have effectively created a national secret police force. If there is a need to increase police resources for fighting internationa...

  • LETTER: True democracy needs no compulsion to vote
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Compulsory voting, as advocated by Peter Hain, MP would increase turnouts at elections but would be counter-productive as individuals who did not want to vote would simply not register to vote. Unless those that did not vote were fined, with all...

  • LETTER: High standards for probation
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: I write to echo the concern expressed by your correspondents (letter, 25 September) from the Forensic Psychiatry Service about Home Office proposals to restructure probation service training, and the impact this might have on working relationshi...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Is young Brian too old to be a doctor?
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    What medical school would take on a man ejected from a course elsewhere? And what education authority would fund a five-year course for someone who'd already spent three years in higher education? So Brian became Brandon, supposedly just turned 17, w...

  • Give up your seat to a woman
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    I also founded the "High Flyers Club" to encourage women of no party affiliation to take a bigger part in public life and to be tempted by our Conservative policies to vote our way. I was much encouraged by the result, boosting female membership of t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A welcome for Mr Arafat
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    But Palestinians and Israelis, most of them, have now made peace. Mr Arafat is on his way to Washington to sign the second stage of his agreement with Israel. It is not a perfect deal; indeed, the Palestinians have had to negotiate hard for the most ...

  • LETTER: A patent need for discussion
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: The European Patent Office (EPO), through its public relations director (letter, 21 September), confirms the complaint made by your science editor, Tom Wilkie, and by me, that its consultation document appears to have been circulated only among ...

  • Real weight of a pay packet
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Judith Judd reported (" `No logic to university chiefs' pay' ", 21 September) the results of putative research on the salaries paid to vice-chancellors based on universities' published accounts. It came to the conclusion that one half were overp...

  • LETTER: Rationalism and milk-sniffing
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Randhir Singh Bains is wrong in implying that the Asian Nobel laureate, Rabinder Nath Tagore, as a "deeply religious man", would have gone along with the milk-sniffing that is going on in Hindu temples and homes. More spiritual than religious, T...

  • LETTER: Not just James's house; Benson's too
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Because Lamb House in Rye was donated to the National Trust by the James family, the official emphasis remains resolutely on Henry James, with a tendency to marginalise the Benson connection. Might I therefore correct the statement in your artic...

  • When meaning takes a leap
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    John Coe of Westcliff on Sea, for instance, points out that prepositions can undergo this change. "I used to `fill in' a form, but now we `fill out' a form. I used to say `it's up to you', but now people say `it's down to you'." He's absolutely right...

  • Two Cultures: a science fiction
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    The Two Cultures are with us, apparently, for ever. Since the phrase first appeared in 1962 with the row between FR Leavis and CP Snow (Why all the initials? Fear of an excess of intimacy?) the idea that there is an unbridgeable gulf between the gran...

  • LETTER: Ways of counting the unemployed
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Diane Coyle's report ("CSO rethink on jobless count could add 100,000 to total", 25 September) is wrong in suggesting that the Central Statistical Office has decided to introduce monthly publication of unemployment estimates based on the Interna...

  • An embarrassment of lottery silver
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    It is a sign of the wobbly state of this government that it has failed to deliver one of the few great success stories of its administration. A torrent of money is cascading in from the lottery for cause after cause - and on it will go, year after ye...

  • meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Spam fritters Hormel Foods, makers of Spam luncheon meat, failed in their attempt to stop Jim Henson Productions, makers of the Muppet films, from using a pig character called Spa'am - the high priest of wild boars. Federal judge Kimba Wood ruled tha...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Anand was the first to vary from earlier games in the match when he played his bishop to f3 instead of d3 at move 11. In the same position against Karpov 10 years ago, Kasparov had replied 11...Rb8, but this time he adopted a slightly different plan,...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Of course, even when I first started going to Aquitaine, everyone knew that an entire peasant world was dying, here, and everywhere in Europe. Two types of people over-admire the world of the small proprietors, who grow almost as much for subsistence...

  • LETTER: Rationalism and milk-sniffing
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Randhir Singh Bains tells us that certain Nobel laureates have believed in a god or gods (letter, 25 September). Quite how this supports the view that a milk-drinking statue is a miracle is not at all clear, particularly as no one, to my knowled...

  • LETTER: True democracy needs no compulsion to vote
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Compulsory voting ("Can we really afford to grow old?", 25 September) would surely be a disreputable resort to coercion by an unpopular or discredited political system. It would also be against the political principles of those who praise the "f...

  • LETTER: True democracy needs no compulsion to vote
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: So, Peter Hain would force us all to vote, to protect a democracy (letter, 26 September) which he considers threatened by the "increasing exclusion of the young and the underclass". He seems to think that compelling us to turn up at the polling ...

  • 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...

  • 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
    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...

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