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N ot long after the war Keynes said to Chaim Weizmann (to the latter's dis- quiet) that there was no answer to the Palestine conundrum, no peace which could be imposed to the...

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Political commentary

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The noise of the tumbrils Charles Moore Blackpool A ccording to Mr Ken Gill (AUEW (TASS)), Mr Tebbit's trade union laws 'cut across custom, practice, tradition and justice'....

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Auberon Waugh's capacity for stirring things up in the sub- continent, while not yet on the scale of Mahatma Gandhi's, is pretty impressive all t he same. Some years ago he made...


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Another voice

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Thoughts on the Budget Auberon Waugh An unusually winsome photograph of our .M1.new Chancellor which appeared in Monday's Times accompanied the an- nouncement that Mr Lawson...

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Believing the unbelievable

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Tokyo F irst, a statement of personal interest. As a frequent traveller in Asia, a sometime Passenger of Korean Air Lines and a regular voyager along Romeo 20, the now-famous...

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Rush to judgment

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington president Reagan leaped on the shooting down of the Korean aeroplane with the zest and celerity of a younger politician. The news had barely...

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The war game in Lebanon

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Charles Glass Phis month sees the first anniversary of 1 the assassination of the Lebanese president-elect, Bechir Gemayel, and of the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian...

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One hundred years ago

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Nothing can be more right than the advice that Englishmen should take a warmer interest in the West Indian Islands. They are among our oldest possessions, they are perplexed...

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Vietnam's apartheid policy

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Richard West T he strangest thing that I witnessed during a recent trip through the US was a de monstration by Vietnamese political ex- iles outside the Los Angeles City Hall,...

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Remembering Ortega

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Harry Eyres T hisyear, which is the centenary of Marx's death, is the centenary also of the birth of the Spanish thinker Jose Ortega y Gasset. It is doubtful whether he...

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A Glasgow Festival?

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Allan Massie Edinburgh dinburgh is a very odd city. I can't think of an odder. Not even Florence so curiously combines old splen- dour and new mean complacency, though I...

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In the City

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Muddling through Jock Bruce-Gardyne T he international banking crisis is coming more and more to resemble one of those epics of the silent screen, in which each episode ended...

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The press

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The quotation game Paul Johnson L et us all rally round to protect the principle of privatisation, by which I don't mean transferring British Rail to sensi- ble commercial...

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An affront to decency Sir: Paul Johnson's crude and intemperate article ('An affront to decency') in your issue of 3 September does no service to the. Zionist cause. It does...

Choking a darkie

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Sir: Richard West (`An Earl from Oz', 3 September) might care to know that the courtesy title traditionally borne by the eldest son of the Earl of Stradbroke is Viscount...

Hit for six

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Sir: It would appear as if P.J. Kavanagh is in astutely flashing form off the field and on it, if the nervous Mr Welch is anything to go by (3 September). And, though he may...

Sir: In his article on the press — 'An affront

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to decency (3 September) — Paul Johnson is Sir: In his article on the press — 'An affront to decency (3 September) — Paul Johnson is referring to me, wealthy though not by...

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to enter politics, in order to counterbalance the unpleasant lot who seem to be filling the profession up now. Alas, if the situation is as he seems to think (and he may well be...

Seeing double

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Sir: I recently discovered that besides writing his unremarkable Low life column in your journal, Jeffrey Bernard is also being billed in Penthouse magazine as 'our authoritY on...

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The legend of Colin MacInnes Christopher Hawtree Inside Outsider: The Life and Times of Colin MacInnes Tony Gould (Chatto and Windus £12.50) D eviewing books — particularly...

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Dirty Dick or Good King Richard?

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Eric Christiansen The Year of the Three Kings: 1483 Giles St Aubyn (Collins £11.95) T he year approaches when we celebrate the downfall of Richard III and the "risin g of...

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Conrad's letters

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Nigel Nicolson The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Vol.I, 1861-1897 Edited by Frederick r. Karl and Laurence Davies (Cambridge University Press 19.50) This is the first of...

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Mature innocence

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Elizabeth Jennings The Flutes of Autumn Peter Levi (Harvill Press £7.95) p eter Levi's autobiography, The Flutes of Autumn must be unique among such ;° 11 ns of revelation...

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Snow on Snow

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Anthony Storr C. P. Snow: An Oral Biography John Halperin (Harvester Press £18.95) J ohn Halperin, a Professor of English in California, and author of books on Gissing,...

Poverty line

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Patrick Skene Catling How to be Poor George Mikes (Andre Deutsch 1.4.95) P I used to believe, was about a s 1 funny as terminal cancer of the Pr o- state. Not so, apparently....

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A wonderfully funny novel

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Francis King Scandal A. N. Wilson (Hamish Hamilton 03.95) t is on the sad detritus of past political scandals that this highly entertaining novel has been constructed. The...

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John Stewart Collis An axe, a spade and ten acres George Courtauld (Secker £7.50) r George Courtauld declares that there are only three necessities in life — a spade, an axe...

Scotch mannerist

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James Knox C onsidering that Charles Rennie Mack- Ni.,intosh practised as an architect in Glasgow, it is astonishing how many of his buildings survive. His masterpiece, the...

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Themes and variations Julie Kavanagh New York City Ballet (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) L oved the dancing — pity about all that Balanchine' was the unanimous v i ew of...

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Shadow boxing Peter, Ackroyd T he Twilight Zone, from which this film has been adapted, was a staple of American television in the early Sixties, when television sets...

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Witty and wise Giles Gordon Tales from Hollywood (National: Olivier) The Devil's Gateway (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs) 6 Do you have any linen?' an unkem pt , and unshaven...


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Peace and quiet Richard Ingrams N ever having been a good sleeper, it is not often that I nod off during a pro- gramme. But this happened during Face the Press (ITV) on Sunday...

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High life

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Better days Taki speisal T see that my old friend the Aga has been .I. to Newport, looking over his investrne nt in the Italian boat Azzurra, now thankfu ll Y eliminated from...

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Bulldog breed P. J. Kavanagh rr his journal must not become incest- ' uous but an opportunity has arisen which makes the temptation irresistible. The Spectator television...

Low life

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Write-off Jeffrey Bernard ? t numerous cotnplaints about the vulgari- !! Puerile racial abuse', because I happen to I 1111 told that recently there have been 1 - s comes...

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No. 1286: Old favourite Set by Jaspistos: A piece of prose please (maximum 120 words), containing, in any order, the following ten words: gung-ho, woozily, mollycoddle, shag,...

No. 1283: The winners

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Barney Blackley reports: Competitors were asked for 12 lines of verse commenting on this magazine and its features, the first let- ters of the lines spelling out THE SPEC-...

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Anglomania Raymond Keene T his week's title is defined as a craze or in discriminate admiration for what is fl glish, and the term certainly seems to fit International Master...

Crossword 624

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A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution O pened on 26 September. Entries to: Crossword 624, The S Pectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 211....

Solution 10 621: Cop out

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Portrait of the week

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rr wo thousand five hundred miles south- '. west of Anchorage, Alaska, a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747, having strayed from its flight path to Seoul, was intercepted by Russian...

Books Wanted

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ROBERT HEINLEIN: 'Stranger in a Strange Land' and 'Theory of Games and Economic Behaviour' by Neuman and Morgenstern. An- drew Ashbridge, Attorgarth, Distington, Work- ington,...