18 MARCH 1995

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Peter Tatchell speaks. T he National Executive of the Labour Party gave approval to plans by Mr Tony Blair, the Labour leader, to rewrite Clause Four of the party's...

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Mr Tony Blair has learnt a valuable lesson from Colonel Sanders and Anita Roddick BORIS JOHNSON A ny businessman rolling the Labour- Party's new improved Clause Four about his...

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JAMES NAUGHTIE I know spring is coming because I have had the letter from Mrs C.W. Urquhart Smellie of Cumbria. February for her is a kind of pre-Lenten dark night of the soul....

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These are distressing times for gentlefolk AUBERON WAUGH What follows is the edited text of a speech given to the Somerset branch of the Dis- tressed Gentlefolk's Aid...

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Robert Philip reveals the bottom line of professional boxing: Mike Tyson's conviction for rape was a smart career move, and now the ex-champion is set to reap the benefits ON...

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Will - of the week Mr Maurice Frederick HURDLE, of 97

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Ashby Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, who died on July 22nd last, left estate valued at £7,595,295 gross, £7,540,624 net. He left £5,000 to the NSPCC, Bur- ton upon Trent...

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Mind your language

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THE GREAT Latinist James Young, of the Sunday Telegraph, has pointed out to me the Shakespearian connections of bung, the sort of thing football man- agers and suchlike are...

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The United States and Mexico have long had a troubled relationship. But this time, reports John Simpson, dollar-worship has gone too far Mexico City THESE ARE extraordinary...

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Kevin Myers explains why Sinn-Fein/IRA will never, never, never give up their weapons Dublin ON 16 JUNE 1921, the Thompson sub- machine gun received its world baptism in...

If symptoms

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persist.. . WHY DO people turn to crime? It is difficult to meet so many criminals and not to ponder this vitally important ques- tion. Last week, as I was reading in the...

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Andrew Davidson reports on how English snobbery is making life difficult for the new chief of the Savoy Group, Ramon Pajares WHAT MAKES a grand hotel a great one? Answers on a...

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One hundred years ago

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DUAL CONSCIOUSNESS A GOOD DEAL of bewilderment and almost of consternation has been aroused in those who have studied some of the recent cases of French hysteria by the apparent...

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Nicholas Bethell reveals the Foreign Office's anathema against the wearing of foreign medals by British subjects ONE OF the most genuinely startling of Oleg Gordievsky's...

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Michael Heath

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William Waldegrave argues that doom-mongering about the Church of England is perennial — and misguided PESSIMISM, always the true English dis- ease, has never been more...

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Mass-murdering monsters and a Belshazzar's feast in Copenhagen PAUL JOHNSON O ne of the most repellently hypocriti- cal events of recent years was the 160 - nation Poverty...

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The last of the vast head offices now pick it up and shake it CHRISTOPHER FILDES I urge James Wolfensohn to have the World Bank moved to Sydney. He is its new chairman, he was...

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Irritably American

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Sir: Mr Geoffrey Wheatcroft, an amusing and Committed Writer, in his meditations on Ireland and the `unchicness' of Ulster (`Seeing red at Orange', 18 February), notes that I...


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Sir: It is far easier and more fashionable these days to denigrate rather than praise public figures. Australians call it the 'Tall Poppy Syndrome'. In addition, the British are...

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Slightly libelled?

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Sir: Do you mind if I feel slightly libelled by your letting Fred Halliday and Oleg Gordievsky call me (Who are you calling an agent of influence?', 4 March) a 'Conserva- tive...

Mild exception taken

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Sir: Whilst yielding to no one in my admira- tion for Sir John Hall, and being unstinting Me Demi Moore. You Michael Douglas.' in my gratitude to him for buying my for- mer...


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Sir: Unless Hall and Waterhouse (Letters, 25 February, 4 March) are both in error, I was the (unnamed) agent at the time, and deducted 10 per cent of £15.15.0, i.e., £1.11.6....

Sir: Radek Sikorski (Letters, 11 March) will have to try

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harder if he wants to pin me down as a Soviet mouthpiece. In the letter to the Guardian from which he quotes, he significantly omits my criticism of the Sovi- et role in...

Sir: Messrs Hall and Waterhouse protest too much. Their arrangement

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with their agent is no concern of mine. Furthermore, I have checked with my bank (not Barings) and I learn that the sum of 15 guineas in the mid-1960s is the equivalent of some...

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Girl B or not girl B, public money for health cannot be supplied on demand SIMON JENKINS I once fondly imagined that the obsession of the British tabloids with 'human...

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Bantambiog of a bantam Bevis Hillier CYRIL CONNOLLY: A NOSTALGIC LIFE by Clive Fisher Macmillan, £20, pp. 466 T wenty-five years ago I was a regular book reviewer on the...

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No, but I'll see the movie

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Charlotte Raven PLAYLAND by John Gregory Dunne Granta, £14.99, pp. 494 I hate to ask questions. In any event I am not interested in the answers — what I do is hang around.'...

In pursuit of a right little tosser

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Nicholas Fleming THE HEART OF DANGER by Gerald Seymour HarperCollins, £14.99, pp. 397 I t would be difficult not to like Mary Braddock. She sounds a pretty good egg. She helps...

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A worthy laureate

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Peter Levi WINTER POLLEN by Ted Hughes Faber, £8.99, pp. 465 NEW SELECTED POEMS, 1957-1994 by Ted Hughes Faber, £14.99, £7.99, pp. 332 h ere have been so many challenges to the...

Perverse and foolish

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Francis King SMALL g: A SUMMER IDYLL by Patricia Highsmith Bloomsbury, £14.99, pp. 264 T his posthumously published novel is a departure for Highsmith, the blurb tells us....

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No mean cities

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Charles FitzRoy A NEW GRAND TOUR by Godfrey Hodgson Viking, £16, pp. 321 I f you are in any doubt where to spend your next long weekend, Godfrey Hodg- son's excellent New Grand...

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If love be the food of music . . .

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Fiona Maddocks THE ORCHESTRA by Danny Danziger HarperCollins, £16.99, pp. 213 I t puts you in mind of coarse fishing, for the effect of reading this dispiriting volume is like...

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The man behind the beard

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Amit Chaudhuri RABINDRANATH TAGORE: THE MYRIAD-MINDED MAN by Krishna Datta and Andrew Robinson Bloomsbury, £25, pp. 493 R abindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature...

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These happy few

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Patrick Reade ECCENTRICS by David Weeks and Jamie James Weidenfeld, £17.99, pp. 198 Wh ilst an undergraduate, I was intro- duced to the White Russian photographer Ida Kar,...

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Architecture The judgment of Cardiff Laurence Marks assesses the rules for great architectural competitions A the climax of the most famous shoot-out in British architectural...

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Spanish Still Life from Velazquez to Goya (National Gallery till 21 May) Specialist concern Giles Auty H ere is an exhibition of outstanding quality which so far seems to...

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Little Women (`U', selected cinemas) Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle (`15', selected cinemas) America's coming of age Mark Steyn M otion pictures seem to check in like a...

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Out of Mind, Out of Sight: Attitudes to Mental Health in Scotland 1790 – 1995 (Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, till 3 September) Asylum art Alexandra Artley C T his way for...

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Peace in Our Time (Touring Partnership) The Cars That Ate Paris (Perth Car Park) Dead White Males (Sydney Opera House) The Death of Peter Pan (New Theatre Sydney) In Praise of...

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True to death Nigella Lawson t seems hard to watch a film of a mercy killing of a terminally ill man and then review it as television. Is a disquisition of camera angles...

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High life

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Loyalty of the Kennedys Taki Gstaad Jean Kennedy Smith, the American Ambassador to Dublin, is the younger sis- ter of the slain US president, J.F.K., and mother of William...

Low life

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Brief remand Jeffrey Bernard F ace to face with that awful essay at the beginning of every term at school, 'What I Did In The Holidays,' my mind felt as numb as it is at this...

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Long life

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Upstairs downstairs Nigel Nicolson T he comfortably off should not regard with envy former years when a troop of ser- vants ministered to all their needs. It must have been...

Office life

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Instead of Holly Budd H olly Budd was ill this week but The Spectator was sent the following by Nigel and Debbie, her deputy and her secretary. We hope that Holly will feel...

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Imperative cooking: fear in the high street

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!6-14 11 0 1 ‘41*.— THERE'S a rather good little book out by a lady called Tana Wells. It is a useful com- pendium of all the barmy people and ideas which beset any gentleman or...


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General Zia Andrew Robson THE TRUE bridge expert, combines tech- nical knowledge with an ability to manipu- late his opponents to his advantage. Here is the brilliant and...

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Is it worth it? Auberon Waugh E very time I approach this task nowa- days, I am appalled anew at the prices. All the joy has gone out of offering wines when a village Chablis...

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) i URA 511GLI m4Il (01,11 WW1 j 51,Llt MALT SCOTCH WHILST URA COMPETITION The long of the short Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1872 you were invited to supply a highly...


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Gog and Magog Raymond Keene OVER THE PAST YEAR Gata Kamsky has shredded a series of match opponents, including Kramnik, Salov and our own Nigel Short. The only grandmaster to...

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A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's

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Malvedos 1979 Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on 3 April, with two runners-up prizes of £15 (or, for UK solvers, the latest edition of The Chambers Dictionary...

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A generous spirit Frank Keating THE DEATH at 84 of Richard Baerlein means that only the distinguished heavy- weight correspondent of boxing and athlet- ics, John Rodda,...


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Dear Mary. . Q. Every day, on the school run, I have to pass the bungalow of a local tradesman. There I see an ongoing sequence of grandiose 'improvements' being made no doubt...