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Friday, 8 September 1995

  • LETTER: Questioning the values of the UN Conference on Women
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: As an Asian woman, I am fed up with the discussions at the UN World Conference on Women in Peking and it is not just the anti-Chinese sentiments that sicken me. Why is it that traditional practices like female circumcision, which have been carri...

  • In Bosnia, no deal matters without a map
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    The most positive element is the acceptance by the Serb delegation that Bosnia-Herzegovina should remain a single, internationally recognised state in its present borders. On the face of it, this buries Serb hopes of forging an enlarged Serbian state...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: An electric storm, but will the customers get soaked?
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    There will be spontaneous sympathy for this view. Although some of the privatised utilities, such as British Telecom, have achieved notable improvements in service since entering the private sector, the performance of others has left much to be desir...

  • Finding freedom in the bugs
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Over the past 20 years, Professor Gould has become consummate in writing about science at a popular level. And his science sells around the world. The most recent collection of his essays, Eight Little Piggies, spent four weeks on the Sunday Times be...

  • Bums on pedestals
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Don't think I like this particular journey; the whole subject fills me with a queasy disgust. I would far rather squat over a hole in the ground than use one of those appalling Teutonic loos, where a ledge catches everything for a quick pre-flush ins...

  • LETTER: Ex-Communists back in control
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: Michael Sheridan's rather gloomy "Rusting hulks in the land that Russia forgot" (7 September) places the accent upon the Communist background of most of Ukraine's leadership as a negative factor in its current stage of development. But is this r...

  • LETTER: Refining the art of word play
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: I assure Professor Broadbent (Letters; "Fluid words and helpful fluids", 5 September) that with my old Olivetti, I can "get exactly the right word in exactly the right place". All I have to do is to take a pen, draw a line through the wrong word...

  • LETTER: Bruno the hero deserves a title
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: After witnessing one of the most courageous and thrilling events in British sporting history - namely the victory of Frank Bruno over Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium - I believe there is a new name in our roll- call of sporting legends ("Bruno ...

  • LETTER: Labour did oppose N-tests
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: I was very surprised to read your editorial (8 September) criticising the Labour Party for failing to speak out against French nuclear tests in the Pacific. The truth is that Labour has been active on this matter from the outset. Robin Cook wrot...

  • LETTER: Planning peace for Bosnia
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: For the first time since the start of the war in Bosnia in April 1992, the possibility of a lasting peace settlement is emerging. This cannot, however, be based on any re-juggling of previous plans, all of which were inherently unjust, even, to ...

  • LETTER: Lib Dems first to combat ageism
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: I never cease to be amazed by the arrogance of the Labour Party's claims. Your report ("Labour is to outlaw age bias at work", 7 September) that the Labour Party was the first major political party to use the law to fight ageism is simply not tr...

  • LETTER: Colon campaign? Here it is ...
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee asks "Where are the colon campaigners?" (6 September). Here we are. We have proposed that a "once in a lifetime" test which detects and removes pre-cancerous polyps might prevent about 40 per cent of bowel cancers in people screene...

  • Deserted, betrayed, but always right
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    For at least a few months he became the most popular man in the Labour Party. Had Labour won in 1992, he would certainly have held high office. So in one sense he was a casualty of Labour's fourth election defeat. For it was in the months that follow...

  • LETTER: Questioning the values of the UN Conference on Women
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: Today I returned from the NGO conference in Peking and I have listened to and read the media reports. Was I at the same event? The Chinese I met were courteous and welcoming; the hotels were luxurious. The only time I felt the slightest apprehen...

  • LETTER: Three wheels are better than four
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: I was interested to read the article by Christian Wolmar and John Arlidge about the proposed car-free estates ("Escape from chock-a-block Car City", 5 September) on my return from spending two weeks in one, Christiania in Copenhagen. The Christi...

  • LETTER: Questioning the values of the UN Conference on Women
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: Teresa Poole ("So many women, so little time", 7 September) is right to draw attention to delegates' concern at the diversion of attention away from women's issues at the UN Women's Conference in Peking. Oxfam shares this concern, as the confere...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    It was like acting with the Rock of Gibraltar - Billie Whitelaw on working with Sir Laurence Olivier I think we are now culpable in the light of history in that we didn't spend enough money on leakage reduction as a means of securing supply - Sir Gor...

  • 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...

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