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  • Today
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    . . . in 1207, Henry III of England (above) was born. He reigned for 56 years from 1216 and by general consent made a dreadful job of it. He had the excuse that when he succeeded his father, King John, he was only nine and the country was already in ...

    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    n NOW. AS DOGGED readers will know, the Captain is extremely keen on culture, art, literature, all that sort of thing. And I am glad to see that I am not alone. Increasingly, as I travel around this great country of ours, I notice that commerce is be...

  • No promises, but a Straw in the wind from Labour
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Mr Blair is more interesting than Wilson, though not as clever. But he is the cleverest of the present party leaders, for what that may be worth. He has certainly done interesting things to the Labour Party. Three apparently disparate happenings last...

  • Someone should tell Rifkind that Europe is not a pick-and-mix counter The Foreign Secretary is giving in to the pick-and-mix delusion
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    "Occasionally it may be appropriate to accept a loss of influence if that is the only way we can protect our interests" (Malcolm Rifkind, British Foreign Secretary). WHAT DOES Malcolm Rifkind mean by that? Since he laid down this principle in a speec...

  • Catch 8a
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    However, should not immigration officials satisfy themselves that anyone seeking entry into the UK is indeed an EU citizen? They may therefore be entitled to insist on seeing a valid passport or similar document. Not very useful, then after all, that...

  • Leading Article: You never see a pigeon buy a ticket
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    But subhuman triumphalism was all around us last week. On Wednesday, we had to endure endless heavily-humoured accounts of the return of the Downing Street cat, Humphrey, feared dead after an absence of three months, but discovered living happily hal...

  • One can't make a souffle without cracking heads
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Perhaps you caught the "documentary" on commercial television on Thursday last. If so, you will have been unable to avoid seeing the cameras smuggled into my Arnold Park Country House Hotel near Bath. At one point, I was pictured giving an under-chef...

  • Leading article: Cheap books at a high price price
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Yet the mood in much of the publishing and bookselling trade - and particularly among what may loosely be termed the literary intelligentsia - is one of gloom and apprehension. Why? Because these people are suspicious of the consequences of a free ma...

  • I've seen into the future and it's full of Tony Blurs
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Scaremongering tosh, of course. The advantages of cloning are obvious, far outweighing petty drawbacks such as predictability, lack of diversity, everyone looking and sounding the same. One of the few organisations forward- thinking enough to get int...

  • Quick-fix solutions for dentists won't stick
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Until - or more likely if ever at all - the same ministers who are expounding a welcome for dentists in the hillsides, recognise that it is the very system imposed on the profession in 1990 by Kenneth Clarke with the famous "...good for patients and ...

  • A blackmailer's taxation
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Does this mean that the loony right is now admitting the immorality of demanding from those of us who are long resident the pounds 60 levy that all Commonwealth emigres were forced to pay in 1988 to retain the right of abode? A nice little earner and...

  • Brightlingsea is not riddled with fishwives Animal export provides feud for thought
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Hoof may have access to the wharf, but it is those outside who have exposed overcrowding, overloading, ill and infirm animals and lorries not being weighed. They have also negotiated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and local Trad...

  • The myth of dirty monarchs
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Contrary to legend, Henry VIII saw to it that most of his palaces were equipped with an en suite bathroom for his use, complete with sunken baths and hot and cold taps. His daughter Elizabeth bathed regularly once a month - against the advice of her ...

  • Getting the hump on traffic
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    If as you report, council workers driving council vehicles are the main culprits, that is obvious grounds for serious disciplinary action by the council against the employees for damaging council property. Questions also need to be asked whether the ...

  • Spy stories
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    During my tenure as director of Scientific and Technical Intelligence in the Defense Intelligence Agency, the remote viewing phenomenon was in fact under evaluation. Because the field was infested with charlatans and zealots, I had strict controls pu...

  • Lib Dems and their peers
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Lib Dems have accepted peerages because, although we oppose the system, it would be an abdication of responsibility not to play our part in the political process as it exists. If Mr Watkins finds the existence of Lib Dem life peers so iniquitous, the...

  • A huge smoke-screen of humbug
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    The Gibraltar killings on 6 March 1988 were certainly an example of effective counter-terrorism in the strictly military sense. Danny McCann, Mairead Farrell and Sean Savage were terrorists - "volunteers on active service", as the IRA said after they...

  • Mix-and-match for shoppers
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Surely there is an opportunity here for everyone to benefit, by pooling the best resources of the national grocers and corner shop owners. Instead of driving them out by competition, the big players could offer franchises to convenience shop owners, ...

  • Falling out with the Net
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    It was the first time I'd been forced to face the fact that I'd now completely fallen off the Internet. In the early days of the information superhighway I'd have been in front of my Apple at half-past six in the morning, sitting up in eager anticipa...

  • Profile: Umberto Eco: The brain with a label
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Despite his failure to solve the shower problem, Eco is now probably the most famous intellectual in the world. With Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault dead, his beard and glasses and beady, mocking eyes have become the international symbol for profe...

    Sunday, 1 October 1995

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  • Brief letters
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Warren French Swansea, Wales l BUNHILL goes to some trouble to estimate the cost of levelling the playing field (Business, 17 September). Surely this is all unnecessary. Fairness would be assured provided that the teams change ends at half- time. Pet...

  • Words
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    THE UGLY little dispute about the profits made by privatised public utilties is said to have caused Energy Minister Tim Eggar to become "incandescent", though the utility that got him overheated was electricity rather than gas. It is all a bit sordid...

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Buckingham Palace spokesman on the former's decision to attend the latter's 70th birthday party Moral crusaders must expect to pay the price of martyrdom. Chris Howell, Institute of Trading Standards, on the consequences of defying the new metricatio...

  • LETTER: Off the rails
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir: It appears that the old joke "Excuse me, librarian, do you have a copy of the BR timetable, please" - "Yes, we do, you'll find it in the fiction section" is about to become fact ("Railtrack timetable set to become pulp fiction", 26 September). Y...

  • LETTER: The lost tribes of terracottas
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir: In his article "The government, the terracotta and the Academy" (Visual Arts, 26 September), David Sweetman mentions that the Royal Academy's secretary, Piers Rogers, "is struggling to maintain his customary urbanity" in the run- up to the openi...

  • Drop your feet and use your fingers
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Lengths of wood can now legally be sold only in multiples of "the length of the path travelled by [a beam of] light in a vacuum during a time interval of 1/299792558 of a second". A second is "the duration of 9192631770 periods of the radiation corre...

  • LETTER: Grant asylum to East Timorese
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir: It is to be hoped that Britain does grant asylum to the five East Timorese men who have sought refuge in the British Embassy in Jakarta ("Timorese plead for UK asylum", 26 September). The atrocities carried out by Indonesia in the two decades si...

  • LETTER: Policing financial traders
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    MEP Sir: The revelation that a trader at the Daiwa Bank has carried out more than 30,000 unauthorised deals, losing more than pounds 700m over an 11-year period, highlights the gross inadequacies of the global financial trading system's ability to de...

  • LETTER: Where are the female artists?
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir It is notable that in keeping with the Nineties ethos of selling the sizzle, not the steak, there is not one painter, composer or writer in your catalogue of future female leaders in the arts (Section Two; "Business and the arts - 40 women under ...

  • LETTER: Get rid of poor health education
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir: If social factors such as male unemployment have such a large effect on teenage health ("Children today are 'healthier but less happy' ", 22 September), then groups such as Healthcare 2000 ("NHS is told: charges or cuts", 19 September) which are...

  • Conkers plonkers
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    "Because there was less water around during the summer the horse chestnut trees have had to ration supplies," explained a spokesman for the Forestry Commission. "The conkers have not had a chance to develop to their full potential before dropping. No...

  • LETTER: NHS ageism and idealism
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir: Of course young Brian is too old to be a doctor (leading article, 27 September). NHS trusts depend upon the blind enthusiasm and natural energy of their youthful junior doctors, working for 72 hours a week, at 50 per cent of the hourly rate thro...

  • LEADER: We look in the mirror of the UN and see ourselves
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Here, roughly speaking, is the quality of debate in this country - but not just this country - on international institutions. Witness the obloquy poured on the European Court of Human Rights this week for a painfully split-decision on an honestly dif...

  • Can Blair cope with democracy?
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    On Wednesday, the national executive decided not to endorse Ms Davies as the candidate in Leeds NE because, according to the party general secretary Tom Sawyer, of "her perpetual opposition to the mainstream of the party and its policies over a long ...

  • Success will lie in the small print
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Elliott, 48, is a quiet, modest man, yet the launch has been anything but. He flew most of his London staff over for the occasion. All week he has claimed that he is offering something New Yorkers have been deprived of, and that they can do without n...

  • LETTER: Decade of cruel imprisonment
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    and others Sir: On 1 October, Mordechai Vanunu will start his 10th year of solitary confinement in Ashkelon Prison, Israel, in conditions described by Amnesty International as "cruel, inhuman and degrading". For revealing the truth about Israel's nuc...

  • LETTER: Human rights: Britain's obligations and aberrations
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir: In today's "Another View" (29 September) Bill Cash MP argues for ditching the European Convention on Human Rights on the basis that "we would barely notice" if we withdrew. He condemns himself from his own mouth: if we wouldn't notice, why does ...

  • LETTER: Human rights: Britain's obligations and aberrations
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir: Stephen Ward is right in arguing that one of the consequences of not having a written constitution or a domestic Bill of Rights is the relatively high number of cases against Britain in Strasbourg ("When Britain stands accused in the dock", 28 S...

    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    God knows perfectly well that I have nothing to do with the Mafia - Giulio Andreotti, Italy's former prime minister, accused of being organised crime's political Godfather In two days, I'll be forgotten. That's life - Joseph Le Guen after rowing acro...

  • LETTER: Human rights: Britain's obligations and aberrations
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir: With regard to the coverage you give to the Strasbourg ruling (reports, 28 September), one essential point seems to have been missed. To the IRA, the conflict was war. They say that their prisoners are political or prisoners of war. IRA members ...

  • LETTER: Human rights: Britain's obligations and aberrations
    Saturday, 30 September 1995

    Sir: You observe that the real problem with the European Convention on Human Rights is that Britain is alone, with the Republic of Ireland, in failing to incorporate it into domestic law ("Human rights on the rocks", 28 September). This is deeply iro...

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