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The fatuous new statesmen

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The British Foreign Secretary, Dr David Owen, and the American Ambassador to the UN, the Rev Andrew Young, have concluded a visit to Africa during which they presented an AngI9...

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Political Commentary

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Ward politics John Grigg When the Scarman 'court of inquiry' was set up, responsible politicians on all sides hoped that it would lead to a settlement. Unfortunately it has...

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TUC Notebook

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The momentary expulsion of the mighty Transport and General Workers Union from the TUC on Monday provided one of those uncovenanted thrills that stirs the anarchy of us all. The...

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Another voice

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Meditations in church Auberon Waugh At Gruissan, on the Mediterranean coast nine miles south of Narbonne, they have built a workers' paradise. It stands in the beautiful Aude...

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NATO's weakest link

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Patrick Cosg rave An important paper is about to go into circulation in Washington which will give rise to considerable concern about the future strategic posture of the Unites...

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Berm the Bomb

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Richard West Johannesburg My journey to Salisbury, Rhodesia began at Victoria Station which does not of course mean that I planned to get there by way of Cecil Rhodes's Cape to...

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Nkomo factor

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Xan Smiley Salisbury The fear of a wave of urban bombings following the blast that killed eight Blacks and three Whites in Woolworths a few weeks ago has it seems imposed new...

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Bent Old Bill

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Brian McConnell A criminologist recently gave a lecture in the United States on Victorian murders. When he had finished, an eager student Of crime in the audience asked: 'Was...

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Towards the psychopathology mental health

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Hans Keller Ever since 1961, the year of the publication of Thomas Szasz's The Myth of Mental Illness, the professional world — psychiatrists, anti-psychiatric neurologists,...

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In the City

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Ironic surpluses Nicholas Davenport The type of humour which appeals to me is the ironic and as I move in the cynical financial world I often find much to raise a laugh. One...

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Sir: Reporting on cancer treatment with laetrile, a food-derivative which though admittedly harmless in applied dosage has not yet been legally sanctioned throughout the USA, Mr...

Criticising Kaidor

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Sir: In his article 'The Nemesis of Free Trade' (27 August) Lord Kaldor makes no mention of the consequences of the adoption of protectionist policies of which there is abundant...

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Elvis Presley

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Sir: John Grigg is wrong in his sweeping and bitter article on Presley (27 August). Myths of all kinds are omni-present and invariably gross and should be treated with...

Voice of the siren

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Sir; The appearance of Banquo's ghost before Macbeth could not have aroused greater astonishment than I felt on reading John Grigg's article (3 September). Extraordinary it was,...

The tourist trade

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Sir: Alfred Sherman is correct to point out in 'Who gains from tourism?' (27 August) that tourism can impose social costs on tourist areas. However when he states that taxes '...

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With ultimate bitterness Alistair Home Wartime Milovan Djilas (Seeker and Warburg £7.95) Memoirs of a Yugoslav Vane lvanovic (Weidenfeld £10) Montenegrins have a robust way of...

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The Fourth Man

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Auberon Waugh God's Apology: A chronicle of three friends Richard ingrams (Deutsch £5.50) There is the difficulty in reading a friend's book that one hears his voice on every...

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Changing into evening dress

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Juliet Mitchell Marie Stapes Ruth Hall (Deutsch £5.95) The name of Marie Stopes is almost a synonym for contraception. She, herself, certainly considered that she had brought...

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Local colour

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Richard West The Honourable Schoolboy John Le Carrel (Hodder and Stoughton £4,95) When Ian Fleming's novel You Only Liverwice appeared in 1964 there were strikingly different...

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Dear diary

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Peter Ackroyd Speed Boat Renate Adler (Hamlet) Hamilton 23.95) This is the first time you will have heard of it, but there is a new kind of fiction which has nothing to do with...

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Benny Green A Dictionary of Catch Phrases Eric Partridge (Routiedge and Kegan Paul E7.95) That Eric Partridge is, in his own way, a great man, must by now be a truism; anyone...

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Supper club singers Robert Cushman Mabel Mercer sings with an English accent, standard English at that. Since she wag born in Burton-on-Trent this may not-Seem surprising but...


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Legendary Ted Whitehead Dean (London Casino) Shoot Up at Elbow Creek (Greenwich) 'I am neither a young rebel nor an old rebel, nor a tired rebel but quite simply an actor who...

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Lifetime by John McEwen 'Whistler and his Influence in Brtain' (Tate Gallery till Oct 30) could hardly have come at a more appropriate moment. It commemorates the centenary of...

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Postscripts Richard Ing rams The rise and fall of magazines is for obvious personal reasons a subject that interests me. But it can be of general interest given that a...

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Characters Alan Gibson Whatever may happen to the Packer troupe, or gang, or brave company of Pioneers (you get into trouble with somebody or other, however you describe them)...


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Lurch about Jeffrey Bernard The Lambourn Lurcher Show, held on Peter Walwyn's land at Seven Barrows, is my favourite annual event and just about the only Sunday in the...