18 JUNE 1983

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What's fair?

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t sounds like mere commonsense to say I that there is something 'unfair' about an electoral system in which a party can get almost the same popular vote and yet scarcely more...

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The Times made an extraordinary 1 announcement on Monday. This was that Mrs Thatcher, after giving Mr Whitelaw his hereditary viscountcy, `intends to ennoble two or three more...


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Another voice

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Now let's bomb Russia Auberon Waugh T ike many if not most Spectator readers La I imagined that Kenny Everett was a famous footballer, and so was rather shock- ed to learn...

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Mature in error

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Colin Welch T ike schoolmasters, elections teach lessons, dish out rewards, punishments and whacks, have whims and favourites, set exams, are unfair, can expel. Precisely what...

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Taking care of the money

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Charles Moore B oldly transferring his epithets, Mr John Silkin describes the removal of Mr Francis Pym from the Government as 'an insolent example of Mrs Thatcher's con-...

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What next for the Alliance?

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Jo Grimond P e first feature of the election is that once again we have a government bas- ed on a minority of the electorate. Once again the third party is ludicrously under-...

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What North-South divide?

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Allan Massie Edinburgh A t first it was going to be an election .L - A.in which Scotland decisively marked off its difference from the rest of Britain, rejected the Thatcherism...

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The Pope in Poland

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Timothy Garton Ash Warsaw P eY all want the Pope's visit. They all fear the Pope's visit. General Jaruzelski and most of his cur- rent political advisers want the visit to...

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Politics and the police

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Sam White Paris T his is proving to be a long and exhausting summer. After the students, the farmers, the doctors, the lawyers and the shopkeepers, now the police have taken to...

£200 Chess Prize For details of the first Chequers Chess

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Anarchists of the Midwest

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington T he best reconstruction of what took place in the scrubby hill country of north-east Arkansas on the evening of 3 June runs like this. That...

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Permissiveness destroys

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Richard West Tt is true what they say about Los Angeles; 1 that only joggers and people with dogs are allowed in the streets on foot. The members of the committee for next...

One hundred years ago

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The marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister Bill passed its second reading in the House of Lords, on Monday, by a majority of seven (165 for it and 158 against it), the division...

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The press

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The union censors Paul Johnson WI ile Mrs Thatcher was piling up her new majority, Fleet Street was sink- ing deeper into the grip of monopoly trade unionism. The Observer was...

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Unemployment factors

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Sir: In 'Following Friedman' (28 May), Tim Congdon says that our procedure when making a medium-term forecast is to 'ex- amine the economic data for the last ten years, add them...

Sir: Mr Brooke is kind to try and cheer me

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1 M about the fate of our dry-stone walls (Letters, 11 June). He says the farmers are bound to rebuild their walls because the stones Will spread over their fields, and what...

Right of reply

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Sir: 'Is there any editor in Fleet Street prepared to operate such a system?' asks Alexander Chancellor in the Notebook of 28 May in an article attacking my Right of Reply in...

The Belgrano incident

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Sir: Simon Jenkins's article on the Belgrano affair (11 June) is a curious mixture of mistakes, omissions and failure to ask rele- v , ant questions. The Belgrano was not an...

Quick success

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Sir: For me the most pleasant discovery of the election was that Dr Owen's agent in Plymouth was a man by the name of Mick Quick. Andrew Osmond 24 Kelmscott Road, London SW II


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Wall and wire Sir: I don't know how they manage their dry-stone walling down there in Balham, i (Bryan N. Brooke's letter, 11 June), but it doesn't seem to bear much...

Sir: A printing error, omitting the word 'not', crucially upset

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part of my article on the Belgrano last week. The war cabinet did not view the prospect of the war as one of `continuous triumph'. Precisely the reverse. Simon Jenkins 174...

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The importance of trivia James Hughes-Onslow International Gossip: A History of High Society 1970-1980 Andrew Barrow (Hamish Hamilton £12) S cribbling away into the early...

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A known way

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David Piper The Intelligent Traveller's Guide to Historic Britain Philip A. Crowl (Sidgwick & Jackson £12.95) A guide to guides is becoming a desideratum. They press upon us,...

Dizzy's election

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Miranda Seymour A Year at Hartlebury, or The Election Benjamin and Sarah Disraeli (John Murray £8.50) ur honeymoon being over, we have Vamused ourselves during this autumn by...

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An old oyster John Gross

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Lewis and Lewis John Juxon (Collins £10.95) C ir George Lewis was a Victorian institu- k, don, the only solicitor to enjoy the same kind of fame as the leading barristers of...

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Yeats the elder

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Patrick Skene Catling Letters to his Son W. B. Yeats and Others, 1869-1922 J. B. Yeats (Seeker and Warburg £7.95) W hen J. B. Yeats the Elder was in London in 1872, still...

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Willie Hamilton's apprentice

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Bruce Anderson The Senate of Lilliput Edward Pearce (Faber & Faber £3.95) M r Pearce does not really belong to the classic Telegraph school of sketch- writers. He entirely...

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Dutch discoveries David Wakefield The Hague School: Dutch masters of the 19th century (Royal Academy) I t is rare nowadays to find an exhibition devoted to some totally...

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Bond and gagged Peter Ackroyd Octopussy (PG', selected cinemas) T owards the end this film, Commander Bond and 'IA', the delightfully quirky English scientist, descend upon...

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Mathematical John McEwen Various exhibitions A nthony Hill is 53 and is now honoured by the Arts Council with a major retrospective of his work, in the form of abstract...

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Life sentence Giles Gordon Men Should Weep (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) Peer Gynt (RSC: The Pit) Falkland Sound/Voces de Malvinas (Royal Court, Theatre Upstairs) E na...


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Truth time Maureen Owen L e tters, diaries, documentaries, inter- views and intimate conversations form the red meat of Radio 4, and Dr Anthony Clare's interview with Malcolm...

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Marketing Richard Ingrams T he election over, BBC reporters felt able once more to assert their anti-Tory bias which they have been holding in check for the last three or four...

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Inflation P. J. Kavanagh I t is a most off-putting title, but I am going to talk about a real, not a metaphorical inflation, that of balloons. In the last few days I found...

High life

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Old porker Taki New York New York hen George Marshall, architect of the five plan that saved post-war Europe, ve-star General of the Army, and Secretary of State, retired, he...

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First prize Raymond Keene T hanks to the generosity of Aly Amin, the proprietor of Chequers Café (which formed the topic of David Spanier's article on 21 May), the Spectator...

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Do you play chess?

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No. 1274: Settling the accoun t Set by et Jaspistos: After a lifetime of end ing a mutually antipathetic relationship with your bank manager you win a huge sum on the pools....

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Crossword 612

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A Prize of ten Pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution s 711 2 1 1 ed on 4 Jul Ay Entries to: Crossword 612, The Spectator, 1311 01y Street, London WC1N 2LL. 1...

No. 1271: The winners

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JasPistos reports: Competitors were asked to versify a public notice in a cheery, demotic manner. It's always difficult to make the trite in- teresting, let alone amusing, and...

Solution to 609: Ben E j e NI 0 tr I S 1 , 1 P

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Portrait of the week

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M any political careers were brought to an end by the general election, which resulted in victory for the Conservative Par- ty by a majority of 144 seats over all other parties....

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