15 OCTOBER 1977

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Powell's predicament

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Mr Enoch Powell continues to shun the Conservative Party and to maintain his thesis that, as he puts it in this week's Spectator, 'soberly it is hard to see how the Conservative...

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Political commentary

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Sober as a newt Ferdinand Mount Blackpool 'I am inclined to think that there must be some mistake, and that this bird who has been calling here is some different variety of...

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Blackpool Notebook

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This year's political cliché has it that Labour is replacing the Conservatives as 'the natural party of government'. After successive weeks observing the two parties I think I...

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Another voice

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The pounds in my pocket Auberon Waugh Last week Westward Television showed The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, adapted from John le Carre's novel in 1964 and surely one of the...

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The white tribes of S.W. Africa

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Richard West It was appropriate that the United Nations chose as Commissioner on the affairs of South West Africa a man, Sean MacBride, who was once chief of staff of the Irish...

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Let them smoke grass

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Charles Foley San Francisco In the wild, remote hills of Humboldt county, some 200 miles north of San Francisco, the grass is as high as an elephant's eye. In the case of the...

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Books Wanted

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LADY CLARKE OF TILLYPRONIE'S COOKERS' BOOK; almost anything by or about John Oliver Hobbes. Recording of Constant Lambed s ballet suite The Prospect Before Us. Write Spectator...

A new NATO strategy?

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Patrick Cosgrave What, exactly, would the NATO powers do if the forces of the Warsaw Pact launched an attack on Western Europe? This, I believe, is an appropriate question to...

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Office before honour

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Enoch Powell I was, (1 confess it) one of those who, in the far-off days on either side of 1960, accused Harold Macmillan of having 'debauched' the Conservative Party. We meant...

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After Prentice, who next?

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Brian Walden I pity Reg Prentice. Whatever the rights or wrongs of what he has done, he does not deserve the treatment that British politicians reserve for defectors. British...

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The women of peace

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Mary Kenny For Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan, it's just as well that the Nobel Peace Prize is in the gift of the Norwegians; they would certainly not have been thus...

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Slater, the paper tiger

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Christopher Booker Twice in the past fifteen years, London has been overshadowed by rather nasty outbreaks of collective fantasy. The first was the period between the Profumo...

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In the City.

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Small is vote-catching Nicholas Davenport Curiously it was not the dreaded Labour Party conference which turned the Stock Exchange down at the end of last week, for the red...

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The horrors of divorce

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Jeffrey Bernard The fact that more and more people are getting divorced has recently been described by most newspapers as being `alarming'. I don't find it at all alarming. I...

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Answering Grigg

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Sir: On the subject of freedom and the threat posed to it by the closed shop, Mr John Grigg writes in a careless and uncon vincing fashion (8 October). Freedom without...

Sir: John Grigg's reply to those who have attacked him

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in the correspondence column of Spectator is the work of a man on the defensive. He interprets the U-turns of the Heath government as a return to sanity after the doctrinaire...

The Finlay show

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Sir: Your art critic's review of the Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition (Artyfacts, 8 October) is either a case of sour grapes or the application of a new and curious principle in...

Sir: Through the welter of John McEwen's wit (above the

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Beano and Dandy, say, but beneath Jilly Cooper), one discerns an assortment of unexplained antipathies towards, e.g., cultural analogies, sunshine and flowers, and needlepoint....

Sir, As one who attempts to follow the vagaries of

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modern art — bricks and all — as best he can, I remain rather puzzled by your critic's remarks on Ian Hamilton Finlay's exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, which I recently...

Sir: Bravo, John McEwen. Never have I read an article

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in the Spectator with so much relish and deep enjoyment — it was like a blast of clean fresh air entering a putrid atmosphere — as his on Hamilton Finlay and his band of...

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Sir: Here lies (and lies) the lout McEWEN.

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Scotland's EXPORT, England's ruin. Ian Hamilton Finlay Wild Hawthorn Press, Stonypath, Dunsyre, Lana*

Bragg the broadcaster

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Sir: Ah well, after a television-free summer, back to work and back to the saga of Richard Ingrams's continuing obsession With everything I do on television. Flattery indeed!...

Tonic water

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Sir: With reference to the article (8 October) about Mr Morarji Desai's routine of drinking his own urine every morning, I would like to point out that this is a very anFient...

Sir Eric Miller

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Sir: Though the Spectator may see most of the game, I am unable to account for the omission by Mr Patrick Marnham in his article Doing the decent thing (1 October) of the church...

The two who made it

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Sir: I trust Nicholas Davenport will not be annoyed, if I remind him, Peter Jay and James Callaghan that Moses did not lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land. On the...

Gattingen University

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Sir: My attention has been drawn to an article in the Spectator of 13 August by Mr George Gale, entitled Their imperial Excellencies. In this he makes a number of observations...


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Sir: Why is Mr Waugh's column called 'Another Voice' when it is always the same voice, moreover usually saying the same thing? Julia Wheatoroft 35, Nassington Road, London NW3

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Propaganda without theory Alan Watkins Inside Right Ian Gilmour (Hutchinson £5.95) The J 960s witnessed, in addition to much charlatanism and — a characteristic and revealing...

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Jan Morris Animals and Men Lord Clark (Thames and Hudson E10.50) Of the dead, Lord Clark, and the World Wildlife Fund one speaks only good, and I must begin this review of the...

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Sex and syntax

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Peter Ackroyd Sade, Fourier, Loyola Roland Barthes (Cape £5.95) There is a sentence of Nietzsche which hangs over French criticism: 'I fear we are not getting rid of God...

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Reginald Pound The King Without a Crown Daphne Bennett (Heinemann £7.50) A notable nineteenth-century German, Alexander von Humboldt, the naturalistexplorer, did not like the...


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Richard Shone Somerset Maugham, Anthony Curtis (Weidenfeld .26.50) Anthony Curtis is not entirely to blame for having written a displeasing book. One senses a publisher's...

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Christopher Booker Daniel Martin and The Magus (a revised version) John Fowles (Jonathan Cape E4.95 each) John Fowles's long new novel, his first for eight years, confirms that...

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%humbly boy

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Benny Green Edward Lear and His World John Lehmann (Thames and Hudson £3.95) How pleasant to know Mr Lear continues to stimulate the industry of biographers, even though Mr...

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Conference of pseuds Ted Whitehead Theatre Inside Out Kenneth Hurren (W. H. Allen £4.95) Conference of the Birds John Heilpern (Faber £5.95) London Theatre James Roose-Evans...

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King of Spades Rodney Milnes It has been quite a fortnight in London's opera houses, with preconceptions and prejudices falling like autumn leaves. All this and industrial...

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Seasonal men Clancy Sigal Valentino (Leicester Square Theatre) Slap Shot (Plaza One) What is a man? In a time of crumbling certitudes, film makers dig away almost obsessively...


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Sensations John McEwen Retrospectives (even shows) by the best contemporary American artists rarely come London's way these days, so Robert Ryman's at the Whitechapel (till 16...

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Night life

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Sheiky Taki Theodoracopulos Paris While the world's press has been busy reporting the breakup of the leftist alliance in France, the scandalous and reverse discriminatory...