19 NOVEMBER 1977

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A diplomatic welcome

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The visit of Mr Menachem Begin, the Prime Minister of Israel, who is due in London on Sunday, provides a nice illustration of diplomatic and political convenience and interest...

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Political Commentary

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From Lianmad with love Ferdinand Mount It is devolution-time in the little town of Llan mad, and all the members of the lulled and dumbfound town are listening With their eyes...

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When I read Dick Crossman's revelations of life in Downing Street under the premiership of Harold Wilson, I recall an unhappy summer I spent in a house next to an ill-conducted...

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Another voice

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Lennon and Leninism Auberon Waugh The death, at some preposterous age, of Aleksey Grigorievich Stakhanov, champion Russian coalminer, provides the opportunity for a soft,...

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Fighting over Biko

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Richard West Johannesburg The inquest at Pretoria into the death in detention of Steve Biko, the black political 'leader, is followed with special interest here in the eastern...

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Minority politics in Greece

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C. M. Woodhouse Greek politics used to be notorious for their instability. Prime ministers came and went sometimes at the rate of three or four a year; parties sub-divided like...

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Memories of Begin

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Patrick O'Donovan He was not a hero to his own people and to the British he was perhaps the most hated man in the world. He was once refused admission to this kingdom and now...

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Struggles in the Sahara

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Geoffrey Furlonge One May morning some fifty years ago I stood on the summit of Jebel Toubkal, which at nearly 14,000 feet is the highest point of the Atlas range of Morocco....

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Carver's failure

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Patrick Cosg rave What is going to happen in Rhodesia? Or, if that is too difficult a question, what is current British (and American) policy on that country in relation to...

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Bournemouth, but no belles

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Geoffrey Wheatcroft On the Monday that nominations closed for the Bournemouth East by-election the two questions of the hour were, where was the New Britain candidate, and,...

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The menace of sociology

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Jonathan Benthall According to reports in The Times this week, the rate of applications for sociology courses in the universities has fallen. One distinguished sociologist,...

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Media mania

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John Grigg No observer of contemporary Britain could fail to be struck by the almost symbiotic relationship between academics and the media. It all began, perhaps, with the BBC...

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In the City

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Calling up Keynes Nicholas Davenport The City so far is takin g the crisis very coolly, refusin g to be alarmed at what seems to be a very alarmin g situation. Last week,...

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Mr Thorpe

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Sir: The distortions and false judgments in Auberon Waugh's article on Jeremy Thorpe (12 November) must be corrected. Mr Waugh's view that the press has been muzzled or afraid...

'Good life' in Ulster

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Sir: Desiree Hirst's admonitory lecture (5 November) summarises the objectives which, if only adopted by the Ulster Protestants and government, and patronised by Dr O'Brien,...


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Sir: Certain passages in my article on Class (12 November) became casualties of last minute cuts, often unavoidable in the publication of a weekly newspaper. As a result of...

New New Yorkers

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Sir: John McEwen's comments on New York (5 November) were interesting, but contained a surprising error. 'The only foreigners you never see in New York are Indians and...


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Sir: That well-known opponent of liberal abortion laws, J Alan Smith, writes (Letters, 22 October) 'The British Pregnancy Advis ory Service. . . seems to advise against...


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Sir: I am deeply distressed by your pb ishing the paragraph by my friend Peregrine Worsthorne (Notebook, 29 -October) in corn' which he stated that I have 'little sym pathy for...

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The legacy of Rhodes Richard West A History of Rhodesia Robert Blake (Eyre Methuen, E12.50) It is rare indeed that a great historical subject finds a great historian, but...

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Social climber meets hustler

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Taki Theodoracopubs Aristotle Onassis Nicholas Fraser, Philip Jacobson, Mark Ottaway and Lewis Chester (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £6.50) The dust-cover of the Sunday Times former...

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Reformer at large

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Kenneth Lindsay William Beveridge Jose Harris (OUP £9.50) Would this particular biography have been written if there had been no Beveridge Report, known to most countries of...

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Outrageous fraud

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Adam Fergusson Devolution: The End of Britain? Tam Dalyell (Jonathan Cape £4.95; paperback £2.95) In all the sorry tale of how John the Baptist lost his head, the sorriest...

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Reel life

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Peter Ackroyd A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick (Gollanci SZ3 . 50) The title gives nothing away; it is vaguely Biblical and vaguely Pauline, and suggests that life is not what...

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Benny Green The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling Angus Wilson (Secker and Warburg; £6.90) The Kipling industry burgeons. In the recent past we have had books about him by Philip...

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Depression in the cinema Clancy Sigall Welcome to LA (Screen on tt.e Hill, Haverstock Hill) As a chronic filmgoer I am constantly confronted by the ugly face of capitalism in...

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True story Ted Whitehead The Elephant Man (Hampstead) Lavender Blue (Cottesloe) Rock-a-Bye Beckett (Cockpit) His head is enormous, thick as a man's waist, with shapeless holes...

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Boyle's law John Mc Ewen Last time I wrote about Mark Boyle here, I finished my review by suggesting that his reputation was justifiably high but not high enough. Now, two...


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Beastly Richard lngrams A howling gale whipped round my house, hail rattled at the window panes and a tiny fire flickered dismally in the grate as I switched on the television...

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ger End piece

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World weary Jeffrey Bernard I thought it was typical, pathetic, obvious and bloody boring that the likes of Lord Longford should have chosen the Virgin Mary and her little lad...