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Thursday, 7 September 1995

  • LETTER : Side-effects of the breast screening programme
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: The debate around breast screening omits one important issue: that the current policy is age discriminatory. The national breast screening programme, by only inviting women between the ages of 50 and 64, excludes those who are most at risk, as m...

  • LETTER : Side-effects of the breast screening programme
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: I was interested to read Polly Toynbee's article ("When breast screening is best", 6 September) about the controversy over breast screening, which concludes that although "it may turn out that the money is not being spent on saving many lives fr...

  • LETTER : Greenpeace and the politics of honesty
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: I was surprised to read Nicholas Schoon's description of Greenpeace as a "relatively small" outfit who manipulate the world's media ("Covering itself in glory", 8 September). Greenpeace has around 4.5 million members worldwide with around 300,00...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : No fuss please, we're British
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    This is a strange statement. If it is only a matter for the French, does that mean oil spillages in the sea are only a matter for petrochemical companies? If you are mugged in the street, is that a matter merely for robbers? It is hard to understand ...

  • Gloom will bring us together
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    If one took some of our social philosophers seriously, one would conclude that the democratic impulse, the essential spirit of fraternity, is dwindling as the majority become increasingly scared about their futures, their tax bills and a babbling hos...

  • LETTER : Side-effects of the breast screening programme
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee is correct in noting that "there are no politics in the colon". However the media must acknowledge that it is at least partially responsible for this sad situation. Newspapers and glossy magazines abound with articles on breast and...

  • LETTER : Why Ecstasy is a treacherous drug
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: Alix Sharkey's pious (teetotal and tax-paying) anarchy makes amusing reading (Magazine; "E is for ... each to his own", 3 September) but his suggestion that Ecstasy (or MDMA) is an innocent accoutrement to modern recreation is dangerous drivel. ...

  • Words to key into your mindset
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Human rights abuse: this is the modern euphemism for "murder" or "kill". Example: "The Serbs were guilty of more human rights abuses in Sarajevo last night." Information highway: a vain attempt to get information to a recipient before it becomes outm...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Tory silence is unforgivable
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    To anyone who followed the course of the negotiations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York earlier this year it is inconceivable that the non-nuclear countries would have signed an indefinite extension of the treaty had they known what...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Love Dempsey, hate pit-bulls
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Meanwhile the dog-lovers of Middle Britain are being invited to band together to get the law changed. The MPs Roger Gale and Gerry Bermingham were quoted in the Mail yesterday describing the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 as bad law which is not working. In...

  • LETTER : Nuclear tests: France accused
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: Is the Government lily-livered or does it have no views on the French nuclear tests? It's been remarkably quiet. Yours faithfully, Christine Smith London, E1

  • LETTER : Monkey puzzle
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: If 100 monkeys sat Mr Savill's economics exam in 2006 (letter, 5 September), he would no doubt ensure that exactly the same proportion got Bs as did students in Hull in 1996 - in line with his hypothesis. Would this prove that standards were ris...

  • A First Lady should respect the veil
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    It will take some time for the significance of the conference to sink in. When it does, we may conclude that although many people have said that Peking was the wrong place to hold it - a country run by ancient men that treats its women with contempt ...

  • LETTER : Safe as houses
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: In the light of recent judgments, can I assume that I am able to sue the estate agent who, seven years ago, advised me to "buy that house now before it goes up any more" and the building society manager who advanced me a ludicrously large sum of...

  • LETTER : Let tsars and princes reign once more
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: In his article of 5 September ("Royal nostalgia blossoms for the murdered tsar") Steve Crawshaw is mistaken in thinking that interest in Russia's imperial past is mere nostalgia. Russian monarchist groups report growing support for restoring the...

  • LETTER : Greenpeace and the politics of honesty
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: In commending Greenpeace's "integrity" for acknowledging that it misinformed the public during the Brent Spar affair (leading article; "Better to blunder than to lie", 6 September) you fail to address the main charge against that organisation's ...

  • LETTER : Nuclear tests: France accused
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: How does an individual reasonably express immediate disagreement, distress or outright anger at government policy/ action? Difficult at the best of times, but extremely difficult if the government concerned is not one's own. I am angry at the Fr...

  • LETTER : Nuclear tests: France accused
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: So President Jacques Chirac has ignored the massive opposition in Britain and around the world to French nuclear testing in the South Pacific. The French government is guilty of duplicity over its claim that nuclear tests in the Pacific are aime...

  • LETTER : Nuclear tests: France accused
    Friday, 8 September 1995

    Sir: The flag flying outside the French embassy in Vanuatu this morning is that of the European Union. What should I answer to all those friends of Britain in the Pacific who ask why we have not at least used our influence to restrain our French alli...

  • expert jury; Do trainee police need minority placements?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Darcus Howe (right) Black broadcaster and writer Well, it's certainly an innovative idea. Twenty years ago I was threatened with prosecution for criminal libel for referring to police officers as racists, and now the phrase is in everyday usage. I wo...

  • LETTER: Street homeless: the last Straw
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: So Jack Straw wants to reclaim the streets from drug addicts and other "aggressive merchants" ("Straw sets agenda for reclaiming the streets", 5 September). He would be wise to heed the views of those who work with drug users. The Association of...

  • The art of being dystopian
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    (Note to readers: in protest against French nuclear tests in the Pacific, all French expressions are being excluded from this tour d'horizon. Honi soit qui mal y pense.) Access: after centuries of tranquil existence as a noun, "access" has suddenly b...

  • LETTER: Divided loyalties
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Gerry Adams can deliver republicans to the negotiating table; the British government cannot deliver loyalists thereto. Thus republicans are more loyal to Gerry Adams than are the loyalists to Britain. To whom are the loyalists loyal? Can a house...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Stalled, but not doomed
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    The answer is no. The peace process is stalled, but it is stalled at a non-lethal stage in Ireland's recent history. There is no short- or medium-term likelihood of a resumption of the killing. But if things are not dangerous, they are very frustrati...

  • LETTER: Are banks money shops or business partners?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: The real issue which society needs to consider regarding the Lloyds Bank case is the astonishing position which banks occupy in the high-street hierarchy. As a breed they have done a remarkable job in elevating themselves to a moral high ground ...

  • true gripes; backpacker facts
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Good-looking couple, smart, professional, bags of laughs. You chanced upon them in a bar during your stopover in Melbourne, got chatting, had a few drinks, maybe even slept in their spare room. So naturally, to be polite, you said, "Hey, guys, if you...

  • Will Europe go to war again?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    The story behind it runs like this. Bernard Connolly, a fairly senior bureaucrat in Brussels, who is in charge of the paperwork preparing for European Monetary Union, took some unpaid leave and wrote a book* arguing that the plan for EMU is a confide...

  • Blurring the way round Ulster's impasse
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    This is a test of people, not of hardware. The problem was well put on the front page of the Independent yesterday, where a Whitehall source said baldly that "Sinn Fein don't trust us and we don't trust them". Just so. The British government and the ...

  • LETTER: Street homeless: the last Straw
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Labour Party members have endured many policy changes in recent years, not least the dropping of a commitment to common ownership, the endorsement of Trident and the refusal to return privatised utilities (particularly the water industry) to pub...

  • LETTER: We must take the lead on Unesco
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: In his article "Where Britain gets it wrong" (4 September), David Howell MP, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, offers four examples of the UK government's over-submissive approach to foreign policy. He would agree to a fifth, the...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Streets free of fear
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    The result is a vicious circle in which people use the streets less, society becomes atomised, and community life breaks down. It is homeless people themselves, most of whom do not beg anyway, who often become the victims of the crime that this break...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Jack Straw's urban myth
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Politically, Mr Straw's motives are obvious. He is building on his predecessor Tony Blair's slogan "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime", which has done much to reassure the public that Labour cares about the victims of crime and social diso...

  • LETTER: Military secrets
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Now that the British government has enough confidence in our former Cold War enemies to open up its military secrets to 40 Russian military officers (Home; In Brief, 5 September), can we expect that the people of this country will be permitted s...

  • LETTER: Parents who are loved and lost
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: James Fenton states ("The death of a mother, the pride of a child", 4 September): "while every child dreads losing a parent, nothing gives a child greater pleasure than the thought that a parent has achieved something extraordinary". I suggest b...

  • LETTER: Studying science was a tedious affair
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Are the arts and social science subjects at university a softer option than science? Dr John Gosden (letter, 1 September) thinks so. Speaking from my own undergraduate experience in the Sixties, having studied physics and chemistry as well as cl...

  • LETTER: All hymns wise and wonderful
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: I cannot be alone in my feelings of sheer amazement at the vitriolic attack on one of our finest children's hymns by the Catholic Bishop of Leeds (report, 5 September). "All Things Bright and Beautiful" was written by one of our most prolific Vi...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Pet-owners as a New Zealand telephone company incorporated into its employees' contracts a clause that allows them paid leave to look after a sick pet - which is "just as much a dependent as a sick child" according to a spokesman. A bad day for: Tony...

  • numbers; The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Seven is: The age of which Chopin wrote his first Polonaise; The average weight in grams of a human eyeball; The average length in feet of a blue whale's penis; The percentage of methane in a fart; The Deadly Sins; Ages of Man; Virtues; Hills of Rome...

  • chess
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Curiously, he had done all the important work for this game before, for Ivan Sokolov fell into the same trap that had earned Short an easy win against Robert Hubner in 1990. Black's 12...Na5 and 13...c5, normal in other Ruy Lopez variations, is rathe...

  • LETTER: Are banks money shops or business partners?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: I am worried that the Lloyds bank case ("Victory over bank's 'bad advice' ", 5 September) will make it more difficult for directors of small firms like myself to build and maintain a working relationship with the bank. When I started my company ...

  • LETTER: Are banks money shops or business partners?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Your balanced and sensible leading article ("Bank rage hits Oxfordshire", 5 September) does not go far enough. Had Julia Verity and Richard Spindler taken the advice of a solicitor before embarking on their venture, rather than relying on the ba...

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