11 JUNE 1977

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Political hooligans

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On Jubilee Day, the British people demonstrated a strength, a unity, and a good-humoured dignity which many of our critics, both at home and abroad, had thought altogether...

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Political commentary

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Avoiding the people John Grigg It used to be an axiom among courtiers and monarchists of the less enlightened sort that the Queen could not afford to behave too naturally in...

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While the country celebrated the Jubilee in appropriately British fashion with a form of four-day general strike we left London to walk along the Ridgeway. There were no...

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Another voice

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The sweet and sour Auberon Waugh Perhaps it will be considered cheap and tendentious to treat the National Theatre, as Denys Lasdun's hideous edifice on the South Bank is...

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The perils of American policy

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington In late May and June, American politicians spread out across the country to have the cowls emblematic of an honorary doctorate dropped over...

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Zambia's compromise with the West

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Shiva Naipaul I became alarmed when, without the slightest hesitation, the New Zealander with whom I had been-travelling (and New Zealand, it ought to be recalled, was, at that...

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Old Boy ties in the Commonwealth

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George Gale In a way, the oddest thing about this most odd institution, the Commonwealth, is its continuing existence. What exactly is it? It is an international body with a...

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In the City

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Market worries Nicholas Davenport I have only to be away from the City for two weeks — writing, you may have observed, a blue-print for a social revolution in our capitalist...

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Pre-war treatment of Germans

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Sir: Mr Kenneth de Courcy (21 May) rightly stated that Nazi persecution of the Jewish minority was not generally canvassed as a specific casus belli. But surely detestation of...

Not so •

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Sir: I would like to compliment the Spectator for printing the very fine article on education by Ross Hutchison (7 May). This was marred, I feel, by the statement in the final...

A new capitalism

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Sir: In discussing Louis Kelso's theories, Nicholas Davenport (28 May) does not mention that they are now out of the ivory tower and romping away in the real world of the US....

A word for radio

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Sir: I think it's terribly unfair of George Gale to attack BBC radio (Notebook 28 May). Radio is very modest in its costs in comparison to television. Woman's Hour in particular...

Boa constrictor

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Sir: Since your Alastair Forbes (21 May) seems to know some French, he must surely have heard of `Le style, c'est rhomme% So what a man is he likely to be! Not much of a man, I...

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The wasted genius John Grigg Lloyd George: The Goat in the Wilderness John Campbell (Jonathan Cape £10.00) When Lloyd George's premiership ended after the Conservative...

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Behind Figaro

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Alex de Jonge Beaumarchais Frederic Grendel trans Richard Greaves (MacDonald and Jane's £6.95) The passion entertained by the eighteenth century for memoirs, secret memoirs,...

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A special breed of men

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Patrick Marnham Art Anti-Art Helene Parmelin (Marion Boyars 0.50) The Tate's bricks are on show again though judging by the lack of response, they seem to have lost their...

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Personal View

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Richard Wilberforce Wilberforce John Pollock (Constable £8.00) Robin Furneaux's William Wilberforce appeared in 1974 and immediately placed its author, now Earl of Birkenhead,...

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Chimpanzees' tea party

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Auberon Waugh Fan Mall: Seven Verse Letters Clive James (Faber VI .95) 'Of these verse letters to friends those which appeared in periodicals during 1974-5 have already...

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All's right

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Christopher Booker An Humbler Heaven William Rees-Mogg (Hamish Hamilton £3.50) In the past ten years, Mr William ReesMogg has established for himself a unique place in the...

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Books Wanted

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A DR. FELL OMNIBUS by John Dickson Carr (H,H1959) Write Spectator Box No. 751 WEBSTER'S Third New international Dictionary; Oxford English Dictionary – S/H urgently required....

Strange gaiere

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George Hutchinson The National Front Martin Walker (Fontana .00) As the National Front gains ground, we need to know more about its origins, composition, organisation and...

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Peter Ackroyd Gaudete Ted Hughes (Faber £4.50) God knows I must be a weak little helpless person, but I can't take all this suffering any more. Every time I open Ted Hughes's...


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Benny Green The amorist who tells you that you must never judge a book by its cover would be confounded utterly by the thoroughness with which his philosophy is shoved out of...

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Confusion in Cannes Richard Combs Cannes In the wake of any major film festival, critical energy is traditionally expended on spotting trends and finding threads in the maze...

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Good news at Glyndebourne Rodney Milnes Man condemned to hell-fire for abusing women at Glyndebourne (on stage, I hasten to add); man saved from lynching by mother-love at...

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Battersea John McEwen One great advantage sculpture has over painting is that it can be shown out of doors. This makes the Jubilee Battersea Park Sculpture Show, providing the...


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Ornery radical Clancy Sigel Bound for Glory (ABC 2, Shaftesbury Avenue) The Prince and the Pauper (Canton) As through this world I ramble I see lots of funny men Some will rob...

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A new hero Ted Whitehead Hamlet (Old Vic) Drums Along the GInnel (Almost Free) Was Shaw being anything more than provocative when he said that he 'despised' Shakespeare? I...

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Ubiquitous Richard Ingrams Writing perforce before the telly's full Jubilee yawnorama is launched on the public I can predict with some confidence that everyone will be...


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Irma's Oaks Jeffrey Bernard The weekend's racing was spoilt and overshadowed by two things. Firstly there was Irma Kurtz's horrid letter about me in this journal and secondly...