12 NOVEMBER 1977

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Sixty years on

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If Mr Alex Kitson's incautious remarks to Pravda served no other purpose, they would be a salutary reminder — not so much of the present state of the Labour Party's National...

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Political commentary

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The Flying Scots Ferdinand Mount Whoosh! Och aye! Zowee! Hoots! Vrrrm! The one streak of lightning upon the drear November is the Scotland Bill. If the Government has its way,...

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Welsh Notebook

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'November is the month when you either get on top of your garden or you get behind for the whole year', said the Radio Gardener, so With one third of the month gone and no...

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Another voice

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Thorpe and the 'Sunday Times' Auberon Waugh now know what arrangements the Sunday Times made with Mr Thorpe over the copyright in his letters to Norman Scott. Several...

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A lynching mood

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Richard West Johannesburg On hearing that the United Nations had put an arms embargo on South Africa, I could not help wishing that somebody could impose an arms embargo on...

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Quebec demi-libre

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Sam White Paris It is ironic that a speech made ten years ago by General de Gaulle which marked the beginning of his political decline should now have as a consequence the...

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The energy hotch-potch

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington The spigot has been turned on and the mass media, which gave short and perfunctory attention to the shooting-down of black school children in...

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Russian paradise lost

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Nicholas Bethell I know that this is Jubilee Year, but Alex Kitson's speech, with its cries of 'Long live the October Revolution' and 'Long live the Soviet trade unions', was...

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The irrelevance of class

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Peter Bauer 'As long as you maintain that damned class-ridden society of yours, you will never get out of your mess,' said Herr Schmidt, the West German Chancellor, as reported...

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Breakthrough for the Trots?

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Jim Higgins The revolutionary Left in Britain, or elsewhere for that matter, is like other religions — secular or spiritual — supremely logical in its development once the...

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Parties against the people

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Edward Pearce A fallacy is haunting politics, the fallacy that the present government has a real chance of being re-elected. The notion of Labour as the 'new party of...

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A hell for homosexuals

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Max Harris Bali Bali is a paradisical island that lives up to every Hollywood cliché. Both the people and the island offer an almost painful ravishment of the senses. Bali is...

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High life

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Oh, to be in England Taki Upon choosing to live under a trade union dictatorship rather than languishing in a Greek gaol (it was an agonising decision) I decided to pose as an...

Sir Harold's aim

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Sir: Ferdinand Mount is entitled to believe (29 October), if he wishes, that Sir Harold Wilson has shown unwavering loyalty to Jeremy Thorpe because it happens to fit in with...

Very nearly right

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Sir: Richard Ingrams (5 November) challenges the point made by Elie Wiesel in the Long Search programme on The Chosen People (31 October) — and quoted in Ronald Eyre's article...

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Sir: Not long ago (8 October) you published a letter from a Dr Templeton-Wade claiming cancer specialist Dr Virginia Livingston as an opponent of laetrile therapy. In fact, she...

The 'Casanova' case

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Sir: In trying to apply to the case of Corporal Booth, von Mises' warning against allowing government to protect us from our own foolishness, Geoffrey Wheatcroft (5 November)...

Barber boom

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Sir: I would like to remind Nicholas Davenport that at the time of the Heath-Barber 'boom', for which we have all had to pay so dearly, he had a bet with a colleague that the FT...

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Radical Joe and logical Enoch Robert Skidelsky Joseph Chamberlain Enoch Powell (Thames and Hudson £4.95) It was an intriguing idea to get Enoch Powell to write about Joseph...

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The aesthete as hero

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Christopher Boolcer The Other Half Kenneth Clark (John Murray £6.50) Seven years ago, I wrote a longish article in these columns about Kenneth Clark's Civilisation. Over the...

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Sea dogs

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Patrick Cosg rave Churchill and the Admirals Stephen Roskill (Collins E8.50) Battleship Martin Middlebrook and Patrick Mahoney (Allen Lane £5.95) The Life and Death of HMS Hood...

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Earliest Schoenberg

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Hans Keller Arnold Schoenberg: His Life, World and Work H.H. Stuckenschmidt. Translated by Humphrey Searle (John Calder £12.50) I worry a lot about book reviews — partly...

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November SF

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Alex de Jonge Robert Scholes and Eric S. Rabkin have written a study of science fiction (Science Fiction OUP New York £8.50) which looks suspiciously like what American...

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Peter Ackroyd Attachments Judith Rossner (Jonathan Cape E4.50) Judith Rossner wins this year's award for the biggest confidence trick: she takes us into her confidence, and...

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Movie mad

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Benny Green Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion; 6th Edition (Granada £10.00) Mr Halliwell must surely have qualified by now for the status of what is known in the trade as a...

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Environmental patriarchs Ted Whitehead The Sunset Touch (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal) Filumena (Lyric) The title of Johnathan Raban's first stage play, 'The Sunset Touch,'...


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Black jungle Clancy Sigal Black Joy (General release) Voyage of the Damned (ABC Shaftesbury Avenue) It is possible that Black Joy (X certificate), the best and liveliest...

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Ennuyante Rodney Mines Euryanthe (Coliseum) Ezio (Sadler's Wells) Salome (Covent Garden) At some stage during the recent industrial dispute I imagine the English National...

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Classicist John McEwen Peter Startup died at the age of fifty-four in 1976 and now, fittingly, there is a memorial exhibition of his sculpture at the Serpentine (till 20...

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Spruced up Richard Ingrams It amazes me to say so but Tonight has improved out of all recognition. It is still on at the same God-forsaken hour of the night, With the result...

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Just the one Jeffrey Bernard A quiet word with you about drinking. The day Mr David Ennals, the Social Services Secretary, got it into his head to tell us that it was about...