15 OCTOBER 1983

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Brave Mr Brittan

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M r Leon Brittan, the Home Secretary, did much at Blackpool on Tuesday to make up for the unconvincing and even ir- responsible speech on capital punishment which he made to the...

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Political commentary

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Begetting on the side Charles Moore Blackpool Q ir Russell Sanderson, the chairman of L./the Executive Committee of the Na- tional Union of Conservative and Unionist...

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F or the past few days people have been pleading with me to exclude any references to Cecil Parkinson from this week's Spectator. They appear to feel that the Spectator should...


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Another voice

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Never the twain shall meet Auberon Waugh A picture from last week's Labour conference haunts me. It appeared in Friday's Daily Express and showed Neil Kin- nock in the midst...

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Gulf war: pressures for peace

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Alexandra George recently in Iraq T here are two ways of reporting a war. Dispatches from the front can describe a tactical encounter yet still project the Wider background —...

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Big boss to the pig-box

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Murray Sayle .Tokyo K orean assassinations, atom bombs and even the trade surplus are far from Japanese minds this week. The news has been dominated by an event closer to...

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Why Golding?

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Andrew Brown Stockholm D ynamite may do more damage, but the .1.-leffect on morals of the Nobel Prize awards is scarcely less spectacular. Think of the dissension that can be...

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The Fields of the Wood

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Roy Kerridge Cherokee County, North Carolina will not give sleep to mine eyes, or 1 slumber to mine eyelids, Until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty...

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Great metropolitan disaster

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Richard West T he two basic duties of Margaret Thatcher were to abolish the trade union closed shop and to restore the old county system of local government. She funked the...

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In the City

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What can we afford? Jock Bruce-Gardyne I t looks as if the annual battle about public spending may be as tense as it was in 1980 (when the Treasury bit the dust, in-...

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One hundred years ago

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The Standard publishes a letter from a correspondent at Colombo, stating that on September 5th, 'We witnessed a very extraordinary phenomenon on Sunday, about five p.m., when we...

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The media

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The Tory PR disaster Paul Johnson T he Thatcher ministry is, by modern British standards, quite an efficient government. It is curious, therefore, that it should be so...

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Waugh abuse

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Sir: Mr Auberon Waugh is faced with the task of venting his spleen in your columns each week: in your issue of 24 September he chose to attack Action on Alcohol Abuse (AAA)...

Clean joke

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Sir: What frisson, down here in the sticks, to see my name in your instructive and amusing journal — and for your reviewer, Christopher Hawtree (17 September), to place such a...


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Poor old Ireland Sir: One has rarely read in your journal such a pejorative mish-mash of distorted facts and innuendo as is contained in Sheila Lawlor's article entitled...

Men of straw

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Sir: I wonder if you would be kind enough to allow me to reply briefly to some of the correspondence that my letter about stubble burning has provoked in the Spectator?...

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Thinking the unthinkable Colin Welch Blackpool Ef ven the fresh excitements of Blackpool, even the leaping, struggling brown sea, silver-streaked, with waves crashing...

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William for ever Eric Christiansen T thought that William was dead. His 1 creator, Richmal Crompton Lamburn, kept him alive for 47 years by writing 37 books about him, and by...

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Ogden Nash

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James Michie I Wouldn't have Missed it Ogden Nash (Deutsch £9.95) O gden Nash, who died in 1971, was an original and quintessentially New Yorkerish entertainer. Like Larry...


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Harriet Waugh Good Night Sweet Ladies Caroline Blackwood (Heinemann £7.95) C aroline Blackwood's new book of short stories sardonically entitled Good Night Sweet Ladies forces...

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A joy to read

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Francis King Time After Time Mollie Keane (Andre Deutsch £7.95) L'our elderly siblings, April, May, June and Jasper, live lovelessly and uncomfortably in the decaying Irish...

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Nigella Lawson Babies in Rhinestone Shena Mackay (William Heinemann £7.95) S hena Mackay has a genius for diag- nosing the ills of modern living. Her ter- ritory is a world of...

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Stuff of life

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Terence de Vere White Scenes from Later Life William Cooper (Macmillan £7.95) I n the art of concealing art William Cooper needs no instruction. A newcomer to his work is...

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John Martin Robinson English Country Houses and Landed Estates Heather A. Climenson (Croom Helm £15.95) T his sensible book examines the princi- pal estates of 500 English...

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Karm and Gerry

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Ian Hislop Out on a Limb Shirley Maclaine (Elm Tree Books £8.95) T his book was published in the United States just before the General Election and news flashed across the...

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Underneath the archness Peter Ackroyd Zelig (PG', selected cinemas) T he film begins, as all good documentaries should, with a ticker- tape parade in New York in the late...


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Richly layered Giles Gordon Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) Volpone (The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon) Nevis Mountain Dew (Arts) D...

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Reform John McEwen The New Sculpture (Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, WI, till 14 October) Have you seen sculpture from the body? (Woodlands Art Gallery, 90 Mycenae...

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Overbalanced? Maureen Owen T he famous balance required by the BBC charter means that at worst, it can effectively neutralise any idea, however interesting. At best, balance,...

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High life

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Decent Taki New York T missed all the fireworks because I left London two weeks ago. I guess I was lucky for once. In the mood I was in I don't think I could have endured a...


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Hothouse Richard Ingrams p erhaps with the arrival of cable tele- vision coming ever nearer, the BBC and ITV are about to embark on a campaign to show that they are both...

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Low life

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Rum do Jeffrey Bernard B arbados was very much as I left it three years ago: 80 degrees in the shade, humming birds for breakfast companions, the surf whispering along the...


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Winners P. J. Kavanagh T he Irish are always accused of having long memories because they remember the behaviour of Cromwell at Drogheda, and similar outrages. The English...

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No. 1291: In other words Set by Jaspistos: You are invited to provide a rough resume of the plot of a Shakespeare play such as might have been attempted by (a) Mr Jingle (b)...

No. 1288: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a strait-laced letter, fraught with moral advice, from a son or daughter to a parent, now or in the past. The picture I had in...

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Solution to 626: TIP A LL

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I E OR The unclued lights are cheeses. (Photographers sometimessaY 'Watch the birdie!' or 'Say 'cheese".') Winner: Mrs A. M. Osmond, 39 Stonehill Road, East Sheen, London,...

Crossword 629

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A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 31 October. Entries to: Crossword 629, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL. 1 '...


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Llargesse David Spanier S ir Jeremy Morse, chairman of Lloyds Bank, is a keen problem composer. Such a predilection in the head of the bank does not, of course, explain...

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Portrait of the week

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°The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Mr Cecil Parkinson, an- nounced that his former secretary, Miss Sara Keays, was expecting his baby in January. He had given her,...

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