1 JANUARY 1977

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Marx the herald angels sing

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In the past year, for all sorts of reasons (not least the contribution made by Alexander Solzhenitsyn), there has been a renewed examination of just what lies behind the...

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Portrait of the Year

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Perhaps the day in 1976 that historians of England will remember was 10 March, when for the first time the pound sterling fell below two dollars. For the rest of the year we...

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Should politics be polite?

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John Grigg 1976 has clearly been one of the least successful years in modern British history, and as it staggers to an end there seems to be growing disenchantment with a...

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I remember a conversation a couple of years ago in which my illustrious friend the editor of The Times was wondering, as we contemplated the gathering inflation, how long it...

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Another voice

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The Quiz game Auberon Waugh I can understand how mince pies and turkeys and crystallised fruit became associated with Christmas, even tangerines and crackers. At some distant...

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Masters, slaves and Uhuru

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Shiva Naipaul It was my last day in the small lakeside town and the Kenyan couple with whom I had been staying suggested that it would be a good idea for me, a traveller from...

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Tyranny in cocoa-land

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Richard West Perhaps the most horrible country in the world is the Equatorial Guinea Republic where one foreign minister was kicked to death under the eyes of the President and...

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Dear English people

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington The radio has been saying that the national Christmas tree is dying. It is an enormously tall blue spruce on the Potomac side of the White...

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The other sick man

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Peter Nichols Rome Father Christmas was not an Italian but a Turk. The important point is that he was a Mediterranean man. Such physical remains as are said to be his are...

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Still a wonderful town

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Sam White Paris There was a time when to speak ill of Paris was to brand oneself as a barbarian. Times have changed. Today from the Glenda Slaggs and the Lunchtime O'Boozes to...

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The old rich: a survey of the landed classes

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Stephen Glover A hundred years ago, the Spectator published an article entitled 'The Territorial Aristocracy,' accompanied by a list of the people, more than 700, who owned...

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Great pipefish

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Jack Waterman They were recalling the good days in Grimsby the other evening. With 'The Compliments of the Season' finger-scrawled in white across the bar mirror, surrounded by...

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The bores and the bored

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Christopher Booker The fi nest thing ever written on the perennially fascinating subject of 'bores' was a contribution many years ago to the Spectator by Alan Brien. It opened...

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A cold coming we had of it

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Alan Brien The rain rippled like melting Cellophane down the windows of the sex boutiques. It spattered on the surface of the gelid, glycerine canals in little coronets as if a...

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Margaret, Melvyn and Antonia

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Jeffrey Bernard As is our wont at this time of year, we have asked Kenneth Horrid, the very highly paid interviewer with a tape recorder, to speak to our life, love, death and...

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Kitchen cooking in winter

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Marika Hanbury Tenison In 1976 everyone who knew their onions was growing them too, rotavating their lawn to make a cabbage patch, turning over the herbaceous border to...

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In the City

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The future of capitalism —2 Nicholas Davenport In Part l, I described the three forms of capitalism—first, the obsolete, bad old bourgeois capitalism, second, the welfare or...

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Privileged persons Sir: Mr Enoch Powell has written a concise

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and wholly admirable case for the retention of 'parliamentary privilege' (I I December). I would underline it by emphasising that the constant hazard of parliamentary life is...

Old and young

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Sir : Although there are some interesting and important points in Douglas Jay's article Too retiring (II December), I feet that this 'burden of dependency' argument is now...

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Charitable purposes

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John Avery Jones Christmas is a time for charitable giving and, without wishing to introduce a mercenary note, it seems an appropriate time to consider what are the most...

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Readership survey

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Alexander Chancellor Where is the next generation of Spectator readers going to come from ? The readership survey which we launched last October appears to show that 70.1 per...

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A tour round the estate

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Harold Acton Picasso's Mask Andre Malraux, translated and annotated by June Guicharnaud with Jacques Guicharnaud (Macdonald and Jane's £6,50) A man of genius on the subject of...

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A passing dog

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Denis Donoghue Hail and Farewell: Ave, Salve, Vale George Moore, edited by Richard Cave (Colin Smythe £20.00) In 1901 George Moore decided to conceive a passion for the...

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Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair .. .

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Jonathan Benthall Megastructures: Urban Futures of the Recent Past Reyner Banham (Thames and Hudson £10.00) Urbane and articulate, fair-minded, factually authoritative,...

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The cat people

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George Gale The Book of Cats Edited by George MacBeth and Martin Booth (Secker and Warburg £8.50) The Illustrated Cat Jean - Claude Suares and Setmour Chwast (Omnibus Press...

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Christmas crimes

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Patrick Cosg rave They must have some new editors at Gollancz, for the latest Michael Innes, The Gay Phoenix (£3.40), is described on the jacket as being in a 'new and...

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English English on trial

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Penelope Gilliatt An Eskimo judge of high degree, who has learnt English by gramophone record in an igloo, sits at the Old Bailey in judgment on the English language,...

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And a Merry Christmas to all our readers

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Benny Green I am convinced that the damage which Dickens inflicted on the English psyche at the Battle of Dingley Dell is incalculable. I dare say that if you were mad enough...

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Books and Records Wanted

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BAUDELAIRE. Selected Writings on Art by Charvet. Also James Tarrant Adventurer by Wills Croft. Write : Moss, Tocknells Court, Painswick, Glos, LEWIS CARROLL by Florence Becker...

Border incident

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David Pownall They were both, by nature, competitive men. Most of the dreariness they were experiencing in retirement was caused by the lack of conflict and struggle. Only in...

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Kong & the monkey business Clancy Sigal So who is the monster in the new King Kong? I submit that it's not the gorilla but the girl. was nine when I first saw the big monkey...

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The new gallery situation

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John McEwen In the wake of the spectacular opening-up of the art situation in London in the late 'fifties and 'sixties a more parsimonious, underground feeling is now abroad,...

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Osborne and Albee

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Ted Whitehead While Osborne was writing Look Back in Anger, I was at Cambridge learning the fake feelings he was attacking, learning how to be very junior with my seniors and...

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The future of the RA

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Norman Rosenthal For the general public, the Royal Academy is the country's foremost art exhibiting institution. In the eyes of most professional persons and informed amateurs...

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Hitting the highest notes

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Philip Hope-Wallace Ah to be born again ... out with the Quorn again? Not in my case, I am a coward when mounted. But I'd love to have the treble voice I had when [did...

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Low Marx Richard Ingrams At this season it is customary for selfrespecting TV critics to work back over a year's viewing and try to reach some general conclusions about the...