14 OCTOBER 1995

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Rule Portillo. M r John Major, the Prime Minister, telephoned Mr Alan Howarth, a former education minister, who had suddenly decided to sit on the Labour benches in future; he...

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DAVID ENGLISH T Blackpool he story so far: Young Tony Blair defies Neil Kinnock to visit Associated Newspapers' dining-room, where he feasts to his heart's con- tent. After...

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How the Conservatives even now can turn the tables on Tony Blair AUBERON WAUGH But these whingeing headmasters should not suppose that their case is particular. Hatred of the...

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Boris Johnson argues that the Tor), party's move to the Right is a confected illusion, which has fooled only Mr Alan Howarth Blackpool WHEN THE waistcoated young Portillistas...

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Like it or not, only a mixture of American diplomacy and Croatian militarism will pacify the former Yugoslavia, says Robin Harris Zagreb ZAGREB in early October is full of...

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Andrew Stephen investigates Louis Farrakhan, who has summoned a million of his fellow American blacks to march on Washington Washington I SOMETIMES shock my Washington friends...

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Anne Applebaum is depressed by the self-obsession of modern feminists CLEARLY, this is a week for changing one's mind. Alan Howarth, the turncoat Tory did it, in a manner...

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Lord Home, the former Prime Minister; died this week. We reprint lain Macleod's expose of how Home was handed the keys to No 10 In October 1963 Harold Macmillan's...

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Wilt of the week Phyllis Barbara LODGE, of The Bunga-

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low, Town End Lane, Lepton, Hudders- field, West Yorks., who died on 7 December last, left estate valued at £542,911 gross, £541,434 net. She left her entire estate, including...

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If symptoms

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persist.. . I WAS called away from a crisis meeting last week to the casualty department. I was glad of the interruption, I must admit: there is a certain natural limit to...

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Michael Heath

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Mind your language

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IT WAS while he was sipping his lap- sang souchong that my husband was unfortunately interrupted by my excla- mation, `We've got it!' `Stop sounding like an excerpt from the...

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Geoffrey Mulgan examines the tug-of-war over the Union Jack between John Major and Tony Blair NO ONE can remember when the Union Jack was last the site of a pitched battle...

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Fifty years ago

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SINCE General Eisenhower believes Hitler to be still alive, he had no doubt to avow the belief when asked a plain question on the subject, but he may be wrong. No one, I...

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Jane Austen: not only a 'woman for the Nineties' but for the next government, too PAUL JOHNSON J ane Austen could well help Tony Blair to win the coming election. It may seem...

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Carrying a mighty cargo of hopes, the Washington twins drift down stream CHRISTOPHER FILDES D Washington evelopment begins at home. Cranes crowd the Washington skyline as the...

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Newbury man

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Sir: Charles Clover's article about the New- bury bypass (Prepare to be appalled', 30 September) is so crammed with errors and misconceptions that it is hard to know where to...

Campbell on pipes

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Sir: In your profile of Alastair Campbell (`Labour's real Mr Fixit', 30 September), your anonymous contributor claimed that when I was editor of the Daily Mirror, and on...

LETTERS We work harder

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Sir: I would like to thank Lystra Riches (The great resources myth', 9 September) for his article, and for his recognition of the hard work that pupils at private schools put in...

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It wasn't Bugs

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Sir: Alasdair Palmer should pay more atten- tion when he watches the box. In his review of the Bernard Williams's The Making of Humanity (Books, 30 September) he refers to Bugs...

Greek honour

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Sir: Taki tells us that the Greek people `were led by King George and John Metaxas to resist the Axis powers longer than France, Denmark, Holland and Bel- gium did' (High life,...

Don't call, mother

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Sir: I was interested to read Charlotte Roe's article 'Adoption is never simple' (7 October). It helped me to understand what it must be like for a mother to give up her child...

Carry on, Morris

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Sir: Contrary to the impression given by Laurence Marks' article 'Rocking on its foundations' (Arts, 30 September), The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture is...

Brown pastures

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Sir: Charles Fyffe (Letters, 30 September) writes: 'Born 20 April 1889 in Vienna, he was christened Adolf.' Hitler was Austrian, but not Viennese. He was born in the Innviertel...

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I have scaled the Matterhorn of art tourism and lived to tell the tale SIMON JENKINS Paris h avehave scaled the Matterhorn of art tourism. I have done the Paris Cezanne. Like...

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He has not lived in vain Bevis Hillier PALIMPSEST: A MEMOIR by Gore. Vidal Deutsch, £20, pp. 435 E ven when Peter Cook was alive, Gore Vidal was the person I most enjoyed...

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Every day I pass a farm. From the train the hens are white The grass is green The tractor the colour of fire The blue of a worker's overalls A shade deeper Than the sky....

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Putting up a black

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Robin Harris A SOLDIER'S WAY by Colin Powell, with Joseph E. Persico Hutchinson, f20, pp. 643 W hether General Colin Powell's mem- oirs are the launching pad for a bid for the...

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More than a commentator

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Geoffrey Wheatcroft ANATOMY OF DECLINE: THE POLITICAL JOURNALISM OF PETER JENKINS edited by Brian Brivati and Richard Cockett Cassell, f20, pp. 240 I n the decade following the...

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A selection of recent paperbacks

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Non-fiction: Curzon by David Gilmour, Papermac, £13 Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, Abacus, £8.99 Age of Extremes: A Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991 by Eric...

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More matter with less art

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Paul Ferris WHY FREUD WAS WRONG: SIN, SCIENCE AND PSYCHOANALYSIS by Richard Webster HarperCollins, £25, pp. 673 H ostile critiques of Sigmund Freud are all the rage, and this...

The sound of a voice that is still at it

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D. J. Taylor SABBATH'S THEATER by Philip Roth Cape, 175.99, pp. 451 R eaching the age of 60, an English novelist might nervously set about writing his memoirs or composing one...

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But yet the pity of it, Hank

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Tom Hiney THE HORSE WHISPERER by Nicholas Evans Bantam, £14.99, pp. 348 R ich woman falls in love with cowboy, has sex with him, but cowboy dies in tragic accident . . . As it...

In Eastbourne, reading Montale

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I'm reminded here of Eugenio Montale, Poet of the little felicities Of marriage and attendant sorrows, Marooned by these cliffs Listening to Delius. In light Like Venetian glass...

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Plodders, second-raters and others

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Raymond Carr HISTORIANS I HAVE KNOWN by A. L. Rowse Duckworth, £18.95, pp. 208 K en Dodd maintained that no amount of reading Freud and Bergson would explain what made a joke...

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Humankind cannot bear very much reality

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Patrick Skene Catling UNTITLED by Diane Arbus Thames & Hudson, £36 6 M ost people go through life dread- ing they'll have a traumatic experience,' Diane Arbus (1923-71), the...

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Mon semblable, mon pere

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Alan Watkins MUGGERID GE: THE BIOGRAPHY by Richard Ingrams HarperCollins, £18, pp. 266 I f you assume, as the dating agencies do, that people of similar interests will have an...

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But after the first shiver of disgust, we became aware of birds trafficking in the air, we saw the toothmarks of beaver: something was suddenly clean we had lost our dead skin....

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M u sic Learning more from the notes Alexander Waugh explains the cultural insecurities which stop people enjoying classical music T here is no such thing as an unmusical...

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HG (Clink Street Vaults, till 15 October) Young British Artists v (Saatchi Gallery, till 29 October) Mesmerising effect Martin Gayford E ntering HG through a door in a side...

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Pop music

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A laugh a minute Marcus Berkmann f all the latest batch of comebacks so many ragged old pop stars make come- backs these days you begin to wish that some of them would just...

Sale rooms

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Perfect in every way Alistair McAlpine S otheby's has two sales this October which are of great interest to those who watch how prices move in the art market. The first one,...

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Les Miserables (Royal Albert Hall) Lucky Sods (Hampstead) Funny Money (Playhouse) Oliver! (London Palladium) The Meteoric Rise and Dramatic Demise of Edmund Kean Tragedian...

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Land and Freedom (`15', selected cinemas) Assassins (`15', selected cinemas) Inserting the Clause Mark Steyn T he last Ken Loach film I saw was the video he made to save...


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Season of fruitfulness The critics GARDENS The number of gardens open to visitors falls off markedly in October but Kent remains fruitful territory. For example, Stoneacre,...

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Heartbreakingly brilliant Nigella Lawson I kept seeing posters for the new Alan Bleasdale, Jake's Progress (Channel 4 Thursday, episode 1 at 9 p.m., episodes 2 6 at 10 p.m.)...

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Roving eye Alan Judd T hose who know about case studies are rightly wary of submitting themselves. Nev- ertheless, my friend the biographer conced- ed that his car at least...

High life

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Hooked on your looks Taki St Tropez S t Tropez used to be a sleepy little fish- ing village until Francoise Sagan placed part of her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse there,...

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Low life

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Too many pretty girls Jeffrey Bernard I think I may stop watching the television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Those endless balls are beginning to get on my tits and I...

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Half life

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There is only one man for me Carole Morin B etty the Maid is finally back from her binge around the mid-West with Wild John. 'I had the time of my life,' Betty said, wobbling...

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Long life

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Grand parents Nigel Nicolson W e were an assortment of strangers, linked by the chance that our parents were famous, and we were meeting under the chairmanship of Robert...


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BRIDGE Well done! Andrew Robson THE REID'S HOTEL quiz attracted con- siderable interest (30 September). Here are the answers and explanations: 1. Hand (c) is correct; (a)...

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French is best Auberon Waugh B ombarded as we constantly are by colonial and New World chardonnays, we are in danger of forgetting what a delicate drink white burgundy can be....

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Dine on fine finnan haddie A FINE selection of saints this week: Fran- cis Borgia, Bruno the Great of Cologne, dear St Wilfrid, son of a thane of Northum- bria, and his...

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Lost chances Raymond Keene DURING THE COURSE of a BBC televi- sion preview of the world championship around a month ago, I predicted that Kasparov would defeat Anand overall...

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,,..„,.,,,„,,(01(ilx I ISLE OF i U RA MHMWHAMf. COMPETITION Mock heroics Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1902 you were invited to write iambic rhyming couplets in a mock...

CROSSWORD 1231: Lens by Mass

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A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Late Bottled Vintage 1989 Port for the first correct solution opened on 30 October, with two runners-up prizes of £15 (or, for UK...

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Cricket's e.e. cummings Simon Barnes THE FIRST task, on returning to your desk after a fortnight's absence, is to burrow down until you get to the wooden part of it. The...


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Dear Mary.. . Q. I have a friend who likes to hedge his bets with regard to social life, preferring never to commit himself for fear of missing out on a better invitation....