20 AUGUST 1977

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Political commentary

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Victory at Coleraine John Grigg Last week was a triumphant one for Yorkshire (the English Texas), with Geoffrey Boycott's hundredth hundred in the Headingley Test, and Roy...

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Playing the game

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`I think the controversy hanging over our heads had some effect.' So the Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell explained his side's crushing defeat in the Test series against...

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The news that the wife of the American Ambassador has observed a kestrel swooping onto her lawn to attack baby rabbits (Notebook 6 August) has been greeted with 'scepticism....

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Another voice

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The lost leader Auberon Waugh Montmaur I do not own a television set in my French retreat, and so missed the NBC interview between Peter Jay and three of America's toughest...

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Angst in Germany

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Alistair Home On landing at Munich Airport, the two faces of modern West Germany immediately confront you. The first thing to catch my attention was the row upon row of...

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A Calvinist in Washington

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington As long as it was possible to trick the Baptists and the Catholics into thinking of each other as natural enemies the odour of public piety...

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Richard West On a bus in Johannesburg one day this year, a girl who had been looking over my shoulder at the Spectator, indicated a headline and asked: 'Excuse me, what does...

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Street violence in Europe

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Norman Fowler Let us go back to October 1968. Then it was one or two figures on the right who were claiming that the anti-Vietnam war demonstrators should be banned from the...

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Who are the Socialist Workers?

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Peter Paterson • The bewildering acronymic confusion of Britain's crowded extreme-Left political fringe caught armchair spectators as well as • the Metropolitan Police on...

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David Broome, star rider

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Patrice Chaplin David Broome's choice of an evening out is to go to the local cinema. He may soon have to choose something else as cinemas are Closing in Britain at the rate of...

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Geoffrey Boycott, lonely hero Alan Gibson I have never thought that the Bard was quite right about names, though showing a fine carelessness about spelling his own. Names...

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Sir: I can't help . wishing that Marina Warner would reread The Quiet American (Notebook, 6 August). After her moving description of the idyllic, perhaps simple, but altogether...

The unpegged pound

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.Sir: 'At long last' wrote Nicholas Davenport (6 August) in praise of the 'unpegged' pound, `the Bank.of England has done the right thing.' And most of us, including those who...

Not guilty

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Sir: It would be wrong to let Mr. Nigel Dawson's sour letter about Mr Simon Raven (6 August) go by unanswered. . 'Slipshod writing'? — Never! If he happened to be inaccurate...

Forward to the crash

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Sir: Patrick Cosgrave's polemic of 6 August contains within it a number of contentious points expressed in his usual moderate fash ion. I refer in particular to where he...

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Sir: Soon, probably much sooner than we think, unless the free nations suddenly display much more determination, realism, belief in the superiority of freedom over serfdom, and...

Ian Smith

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Sir: Xan Smiley's somewhat speculative review of Rhodesia {Smith's frandulentelec• tion, 23 July), brings to mind an interesting Point increasingly being put by black Africans...

Ian Smith

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Sir: There are some times when I think that the instant analysis of the news which modern technology makes possible serves no good purpose. One such subject is Rhodesia's coming...

Collector's corner

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Sir: The other day I passed a shop which displayed for sale — at outrageous prices — specially designed paperweights in limited editions. For years I have been collecting...

Overseas aid

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Sir: Mr E. Robbins's comments on overseas aid (Letters, 23 July) purported to take us from the abstract to the particular, but soon developed into a dreary attack on socialism:...


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Sir: Shiva Naipaul's Zambian ramble (1, 1 June) was most enjoyable. As a Rhodesian resident, I found myself full of glee at his delightful hole-picking of Zambia. One tends to...


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Sir: Please convey to Bryan Robertson our congratulations and thanks for his article on Graham Sutherland. At last a critic's esi mate worthy of this man and artist. (Mrs)...

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Dutch revolutionaries C. R. Boxer Patriots and Liberators Simon Schama (Collins £15.00) This,bulky study of the revolutionary years in the Netherlands, metamorphosed from a...

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Paying for van Gogh's ear

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Patrick M arn ham The art of Self-Deception Giles Auty (Libertarian Books £5.95) Within weeks of the Spectator reviewingArt Anti-Art, a withering attack on art critics by...

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Books Wanted

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A PHILOSOPHY OF SOLITUDE by John Cowper Powys. Also Parson Woodforde's Diary. William Lock, 11 Castle House, Caine, Wiltshire, A LADY OF THE SALONS by D. E. Enfield (Cape....

Anatomies of power

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John Grigg British Prime Ministers in the Twentieth Century: vol I, Balfour to Chamberlain Ed. John P. Mackinstosh (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £8.95) British Foreign Secretaries...

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Spreading out

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Peter Ackroyd A Danger Tree Olivia Manning (Waidenfeld and Nicolson £4.25) No one has noticed yet, but the fashion for war novels is coming back. The difference now is that...

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Bleeding heart

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Benny Green Tom Moore, the Irish Poet Terence De Vere White (Hamish Hamilton £7.50) Thomas Moore's toehold on fame continues to endure, but only just. I doubt if there is...

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Tit for tat and tat for tit Rodney Milnes Innocent that I was, On my first visit to Bayreuth I looked forward simply to hearing Wagner's later works in the theatre for Which...


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Ring triumph Geoffrey Wheatcroft When my colleague Rodney Milnes told me that he was going to hear the Ring at Bayreuth and asked if I would like to cover the English National...

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Mythomania Clancy Sigal The Greatest (Empire Leicester Square) Lucky Luciano (Gate Notting Hill) Customers this week have a choice between two myths retold in diametrically...

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Divine right John McEwen The world of the arts has long proved to be the last refuge of kings. Its subjects actually expect them to rule, encouraging them in their...


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On the game Ted Whitehead Epsom Downs (Roundhouse) Once A Catholic (Royal Court) Add a radical writer like Howard Brenton to a radical theatre group like Joint Stock and you...

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The discreet charm of filthy lucre

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Marina Warner It is our ignorance that has kept the Dark Ages dark, not their lights. Between the year of the Peace of the Church in 312 and the coronation of Charlemagne in...

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Authorised version Jeffrey Bernard It seemed a good idea to send Richard Ingrams to the races for some fresh air this week. I know that when I finished my television stint in...


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Strawberries Richard Ingrams Visiting Newbury Races last week would make, 1 assumed, a welcome change from watching the television and what's more, it would be in colour. All...