11 FEBRUARY 1995

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Brief encounter. M r John Major, the Prime Minister, said in a speech that a single European currency would 'tear the European union apart' if economic conditions were not...

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Certain people would prefer to see a return to bombing in Ulster than to see Major triumph BORIS JOHNSON M ost of my readers are doubtless too fastidious to have dipped into...

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N ext Friday, a Labour MP, Tessa Jow- ell, will place before the House her private Tobacco Smoking (Public Places) Bill 'to control smoking in public places and to make...

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A deeply sensitive man, but at the same time a man without pride CHARLES MOORE W hat do you think of this assessment of the Prime Minister? For John Major 'keeping all the...

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The Conservative split over the European Union is a direct result of our national obsession with the second world war, argues Andrew Roberts WHY ARE YOU proud to be British?...

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Kevin Myers lambasts the Chic Intolerant Liberal Tendency, which senses a unionist plot in any criticism of the Irish peace process Dublin ONE OF the most extraordinary...

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Michael Heath


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Andrew Stephen reports on the attempts by the new American Speaker to crush public sector broadcasting Washington PERHAPS THE MOST surreal eight hours I have ever spent came...

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Simon Courtauld fears that the Foreign Office is poised to sell off all that is British and sacred on the Costa del Sol Malaga ACROSS the street from the bull-ring, opposite...

Will of the week

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Mrs Ruth Pattinson AGUTTER, of 9 Knowle Crescent, Sheringham, Norfolk, who died on Sept. 9th last, left estate valued at £6,296,784 gross, £6,252,861 net. She left £8,000 each...

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Leo McKinstry, former head of personnel at Islington Council, reveals how slackers and malingerers are the new workplace tyrants I HAD ALWAYS thought that police offi- cers...

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If symptoms

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persist.. . MEDICAL TEXTBOOKS, even the longest and most pedantic of them, often have curious lacunae. For example, you may search in vain in the index of any of them for a...

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Mind your language

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PEOPLE WHO devise public announcements are notoriously prolix and artificial as stylists. This is not nec- essarily because they are functionally illiterate. It is because they...

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One hundred years ago

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THE WEEK has been a terrible one in point of weather, the thermometer recording at Greenwich 22° of frost, and in Loughborough, Lincolnshire, 30°. This does not surpass any...

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How one woman rejected the world and still lived to enjoy it PAUL JOHNSON I n a world increasingly dedicated to suc- cess and an ever-expanding gross national product, social,...

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In which Ken and Eddie hunt woozles and go round and round in circles CHRISTOPHER FILDES J okier than Middlemarch and. more authentic than The Buccaneers — I can reveal that...

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LETTERS Now hear this, Birt

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Sir: Mr Paxman (`Seven types of evasion', 7 January) was quite correct in saying that Winston Churchill (whose private secretary I was from 1952 to 1965) did not engage in...

Outstanding hypocrisy

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Sir: The Labour Party's opposition to rail privatisation and its possible intention to reverse any such measures when (and if) it comes to power is at odds with its professed...

Sir: I was interested in Simon Jenkins's arti- cle in

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the 21 January issue. However, I would like to point out that he implied that The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon) did not admit women. This is not correct....

No blank cheque

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Sir: Your leader on legal aid (4 February) needs correction in two important respects. First, the Maxwell brothers have not been given a blank cheque by the Legal Aid Board to...

Clubs and racquets

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Sir: May I make one small correction to Simon Jenkins's admirable article on clubs and women (Centre point, 21 January)? This club did not come to its present address 20 years...

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Who needs Italian?

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Sir: Keith Waterhouse (Diary, 4 February) might be interested to know that the com- poser Percy Grainger used the word louden', where less Australian musicians are content with...


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Sir: Mr David Martens has been misin- formed (`Takeover of the teenage scrib- blers', 21 January). The 'smack of firm gov- ernment' was not a Daily Telegraph leader, which would...

Purposeful paedophilia

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Sir: Simon Winchester has discovered, as journalists do from time to time, sex on the Internet (`An electronic sink of depravity', 4 February). He says he came across `alt.sex....

The good bits

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Sir: I think we should be told which bits of Mr Al Fayed's letters (latest, Letters, 4 February) are written by him. If they are the good bits, you should give him a col- umn....

On the other hand . . .

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Sir: So we are back to breast-beating again and ignoring the historical context (Centre point, 4 February). I remember, as a child, emerging from a cellar in the centre of...

Nature knows best

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Sir: About this maggots/wounds business. When I was in the soldiers' ward of Manor Hospital, Walsall, in 1944, another inmate, bullet wounds in his upper arm and suffering from...

No vengeance, please

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Sir: My brother was one of the innocent victims of the murderers who planned and caused the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103. Perhaps I should therefore be 'Crying out for...

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The government of London is not a shambles. It is just thoroughly incompetent SIMON JENKINS T wo weeks ago an event took place that would once have been headline news. A...

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For those who greatly drink Philip Hensher LOUIS MACNEICE by Jon Stallworthy Faber, £25, pp. 608 F o r rather too long, Louis MacNeice has been inextricable from the group of...

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Scots of the middling sort

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Frances Partridge BOYFRIENDS AND GIRLFRIENDS by Douglas Dunn Faber, £14.99, pp. 262 S hort stories appear to be unpopular with publishers and booksellers, in spite of the...

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The conflict of right and right

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Raymond Carr ISAIAH BERLIN by John Gray HarperCollins, f18, pp. 224 T he blurb of this book advances the claim that Isaiah Berlin is `the nation's greatest thinker'. Few would...

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Not only a gent but an agent

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Anthony Howard GENTLEMAN SPY: THE LIFE OF ALLEN DULLES by Peter Grose Deutsch, f20, pp. 641 A llen Dulles was never as famous as J. Edgar Hoover. The former for nearly 50 years...

Milton, thou shouldst not be living at this hour

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Ronald Mutebi OBOTE: A POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY by Kenneth Ingham Routledge, f37.50, pp. 228 M any words have been written and spoken about Milton Obotc and the role he played in...

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They speak a language of their own

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The 'innocents' were not guilty of much

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Philip Marsden DOUBLE LIVES: STALIN, WILLI MUNZENBERG AND THE SEDUCTION OF THE INTELLECTUALS by Stephen Koch HarperCollins, £20, pp. 419 T oo often the arcane world of...

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The Safest Place

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It's a hygenic lovers' tiff That starts with if and only if And tails off like a doctor's note. How could you write the things you wrote, Scaremongering? I'm sure we'll live....

Not sparing the horses or the troopers

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Philip Warner A HISTORY OF THE BRITISH CAVALRY, VOLUME V, 1914-1919 by the Marquess of Anglesey Leo Cooper, £40, pp. 388 L ike the other volumes in this admirable series, this...

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Exhibitions 1 Wild beast or odd man out? Richard Shone Andre Derain (Musee d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, till 19 March) S o great was the celebrity of Andre Derain in...

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Mama, I Want To Sing (Cambridge) Suzanna Andler (Battersea Arts Centre) Mad and Her Dad (Lyric Hammersmith Studio) Mamas go home Sheridan Morley T o the title Mama, I Want...

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Exhibitions 2

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Maurice Cockrill: Paintings and Drawings 1974-94 (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, till 19 March) Sigmar Polke: Join the Dots (Tate Gallery, Liverpool, till 17 April) Art versus...

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Cosi fan tutte (Royal Opera House) King Priam (London Coliseum) Much too cosy Rupert Christiansen D elayed at the office by some idiot on the telephone, I ran like fury...

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Leon ('18', selected cinemas) Lost in translation Mark Steyn I wonder if you could make Casablanca these days. Or The African Queen, Grand Hotel, Roman Holiday. . . Was there...

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The Palladian Revival: Lord Burlington, His Villa and Garden at Chiswick (Royal Academy, till 2 April) Lord Burlington's Town Architecture (RIBA Heinz Gallery, till 1 April)...

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High life

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Store wars Taki o ne is loathe to criticise certain letters to the editor because — at least in one case — one never knows who wrote them. In last week's Spectator, a letter...


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Last of a kind Ian Hislop C olonel A.D. Wintle M.C. decided that a solicitor had swindled his sister out of her rightful inheritance from an elderly relative. `So I held him...

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Low life

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A limp year Jeffrey Bernard L ast Wednesday was the anniversary of having my right leg amputated. It doesn't seem like a year ago. With the loss of inde- pendence and the...

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Office life

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Wasting time over lunch Holly Budd L ike it or not, lunch is essential to office life. There are of course those who don't want it or disapprove, while others, such as my...

Long life

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Absolutely magnificent Nigel Nicolson H ave you ever invited to a dinner- party someone whom you much admired but had never met? I have. And did she come? She did. She was...

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Sideshow Raymond Keene THIS WEEK the qualifying matches in the semi-final of the Fide World Champion- ship commence in Sanghi Nagar, India. The format is innovative, in that...


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ISLE OF i/SINGLE VALE SCOTCH 1,111S10 ISLE OF tuR 4LI 4 A SCOTCH %HUI COMPETITION Club of Queer Trads Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1867 you were invited to write a poem,...

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A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Malvedos 1979 Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on 27 February, with two runners-up prizes of £15 (or, for UK...

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A false dawn Frank Keating IN THE END, the occasional glimmers of brighter possibilities were themselves utter- ly infuriating and in a way even accentuated English cricket's...


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Dear Mary. • • Q. We work in an office with a colleague who has an infuriating habit of conducting lengthy personal telephone calls during working hours. We do not object to...