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America must decide

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Vor the Past eight years Lebanon has been a testimony to the human capacity for violence, destructiveness and cruelty, and to the human capacity for survival. To us who watch...

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Political commentary

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Dr Owen's model Charles Moore Salford In his 'keynote' speech to the Social 1. Democrats on Monday Dr David Owen invited them to 'look to the future'. Said like that, it did...

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I n a letter to the Spectator this week ( page 19) Sir Stephen Spender announces that he has withdrawn an article he has writ- ten for the Literary Review because of a Piece...


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Another voice

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The wrong idea Auberon Waugh 1\To doubt the Ionian island of Cephalonia, or Kefallinia as the ig- norant Greeks insist on calling it, was a sen- sible place for Common Market...

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Russia's Vietnam?

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Fred Bridgland W ith world attention in Africa focused on the struggle for Chad, the biggest nattle yet in the more important eight-year war for the southern African state of...

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Reagan's restraint

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington or the past seven days the way for a ,anY publican in America to get himself -11"` th e name of his bar on television was to lake his two or...

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A man of violence

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Richard West T he high points of the career of Johannes Balthazer Vorster included imprisonment in 1942 for his position in the Ossewabrandwag (or 'Ox-wagon Fire Guard), a...

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_Who needs jokes?

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T imothy Garton Ash What is the difference between commu- nists- and Christians? Christians believeinlife after death; communists in Posthumo us rehabilitation. and capitalism?...

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Pyrrhic victory

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Olivia O'Leary Dublin T w°years ago Provisional Sinn Fein, the apologists for the IRA, sewed a phrase into Irish political hackery when they boasted in Dublin that they could...

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The vanity of Mr Scargill

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Peter Paterson T hroughout last week's Trades Union 1 Congress the cameras and the reporters of the media circus were in pursuit of miners' president Arthur Scargill who was...

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A typical Englishman

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Roy Kerridge 'M y dear fellow, you should always begin a story with a fragment of con- versation. That's the advice I always give to young writers.' This story begins in the...

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In the City

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Usurers lack friends Jock Bruce-Gardyne I do not know whether Nigel Lawson and his mandarins are hard at work on a brand-new tax for the banks in next year's Budget but 1...

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Public sector mandarinism Paul Johnson J eremy Isaacs, the mogul of Channel Four, was finally obliged to come clean during a public debate at the Edinburgh TV festival....

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The stubble's for burning Sir: I am somewhat irritated by Richard Ingrams and P.J. Kavanagh, who litl y , e both recently had a moan about stubble burning when it is quite...

One hundred years ago

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Burglars are taking so kindly to the knife and the revolver that even the police are startled. Within the past fort- night, four or five cases have occurred in which interrupted...

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Crying wolf?

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Sir: Brian Sewell's article 'The tale of Anne Killigrew' (27 August) is full of sound and fury, but not of facts. The picture was offered under the private treaty arrange- ments...

Moles in industry

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Sir: Christopher Hitchens must be congratulated on his dexterity in writing an article on Trotskyists in industry (3 September) without ever dealing with the fact that they are...


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Sir: I am amazed at the continued onslaught on John Cole's speech. I love it; it is so unlike our local brand of north Somerset dialect, which, void of consonants, slurps out in...

Wrong Anderson

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l ast As Elizabeth Jennings so aptly wrote in l ast week's Spectator, 'Anyone who gains Pre stige or notoriety today is constantly questioned about the more persorAl parts of...

Frivolous fancy

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Sir: I wonder why the gifted Jeffrey Bernard has suddenly become a target for cruel attack? He does not set out, does he, to report facts? He doesn't expect us to believe him....

An affront to decency

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S, ir: On reading Paul Johnson's comments p la the spectator (3 September) on Roald ahl's article about Israel which appeared in the LiterarY Review, I at once telephoned the...

How did it go off course?

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Sir: Mr Nicholas von Hoffman and Mr Murray Sayle appear to disagree on how the , Pat h of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was determined (10 September). Mr Sayle says that the path...

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Manners makyth man Jo Grimond The Diary of Hugh Gaitskell 1945-56 Edited with an introduction by Philip M. Williams . (Jonathan Cape £25) opened this diary with misgiving....

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Dreams and guesswork

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Anthony Storr Consciousness Regained; Chapters in the Development of Mind Nicholas Humphrey (Oxford University Press £12.95) icholas Humphrey is an experimental P s Ychologist...

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A windbag and a miniaturist

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Peter Levi Shame Salman Rushdie (Cape £7.95) The Imperial German Dinner Service David Hughes (Constable £6.50) SS alman Rushdie's last book won him fame and fortune. This new...

Love and magic

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Angela Huth I n Perfect Happiness Penelope Lively concerns herself with the subject of loss' This, so often in the past, has proved a dangerous subject, particularly in the...

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Jewish saga

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Francis King Brothers w hereas most present-day English novelists chirp and twitter from under domestic eaves, Bernice Rubens tends to opt, with commendable bravery, for the...

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Mrs Cross

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Peter Ackroyd Johnnie Cross Terence de Vere White (Gollancz £7.95) john Walter Cross married George E it° . 1 J just eight months before her death; ta r his Life of George...

Mrs Ward

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Norman Vance Helbeck of Bannisdale Mrs Humphry Ward, edited and introduced by Brian Worthington (Penguin £2.95) t is time we started reading Mrs Humphry Ward again. Penguin...

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Christopher Hawtree Other People's Clerihews Chosen by Gavin Ewart (Oxford University Press £5.95) T t has long been received wisdom that the best Clerihews were written by...

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Essential viewing Giles Gordon Crime and Punishment (Lyric, Hammersmith) Moliere (RSC: The Pit) The Shelter (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith) Senseless (ICA) Y uri Lyubimov's...

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Ideally Peter Phillips S ome would say that Witold Lutoslawski was the most influential composer in Europe at the moment. Many would say that he was the most popular living...


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The odd couple Peter Ackroyd Return Engagement (15 ', Screen on the Green, Islington) T his is something of an oddity: a film about an American pantomime horse, hi which the...

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Imperfections Maureen Owen A ccused by Radio Northampton of wilful ignorance on the subject of what the BBC are doing for the unemployed, I sat glued to local radio for an...

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Misplaced Richard Ingrams least one fairly welcome sight greeted I. In e on Monday this week, to wit Sue ips — te5' reading the Nine O'Clock News on 13C1 instead of the...

High life

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Wonderland Taki Mykonos T is the randiest place east of Fire 1 Island. The spirit of the ancient gods of Olympus — a terribly sexy bunch who did nothing but eat, drink, dish...

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Low life

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Tankful Jeffrey Bernard The low life isn't always that low. Some- ' times it's q uite cosy down here in the g utter and if you had been with me in Paris last Sunday you too...


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Taff's caffs P. J. Kavanagh We were g iven a rare opportunitY to,S o ° c` for a day or two on our own, a 11 .,„, rather than a family, to one of our fa vourn," parts of...

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No. 1287: Rats! Set by Jaspistos: Boswell tells us that James Grainger (1721?-66) in the first draft of his poem Sugar-Cane began a paragraph, 'Now, Muse, let's sing of rats '...

No. 1284: The winners

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Report by Jaspistos: Competitors were ask- ed for a piece of plausible and entertaining prose in which the names of 15 birds are hidden, as `coot' is in 'rococo ottoman'....

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Special offer

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Spectator Wine Club Auberon Waugh brussels sprouts in any civilised country. well spent. T know nothing about Spanish wine and seem to me to represent Spanish value for The...


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Crossword 625

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A p r i ze Opened Oil often pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution 3 October. Entries to: Crossword 625, The Spectator, 11) "Rlity Street, London WC1N 21,L....

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Behold behemoth Raymond Keene W hile I was at Niksic it was amusing to ,, listen to the verdicts of some of Gary un Ika.sgarov's competitors: 'He doesn't l ders (and weak...

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Portrait of the week

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T he Social Democratic Party, meeting in Salford, decided that, at least for the time being, a merger with the Liberals was undesirable. Dr David Owen, the party's leader, said...

Books Wanted

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WORTH ESTES: 'Hall Jackson' & 'The Purple Foxglove'. (University Press of New England). J. K. ,Aronson, 7 Pound Close, Yarnton, Oxford. STRANGER AND BROTHER: Life of C. P. Snow...