21 AUGUST 1982

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Portrait of the week

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A greement seemed at last to have been reached for the withdrawal of members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation from Lebanon. The US mediator, Mr Habib, expected their...

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Political commentary

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Thoughts for the summer Jo Grimond T he silly season in the press and television fills most of the year now. It used to be confined to late July and August and described the...

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T he 10th Earl of Tankerville is selling Chillingham Castle and the famous Wild white cattle which live within the wall- ed park. This is sad. The cattle, which can be savagely...


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Another voice

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Meditations on St Lawrence A uberon Waugh Montmaur, Aude T hrough the heat and smoke of St Lawrence's martyrdom, over 1,600 years ago, three important truths emerge which might...

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Aggression: a textbook case

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Murray Sayle A ny casual visitor to Japan these days (the rare, better-informed Spectator readers excepted) could easily be forgiven for concluding that preparations for World...

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A fault on the supply side

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Christopher Hitchens Washington Q uestion: who is the author and sponsor of the biggest single tax increase pro- posal in American history? Answer: Ronald Wilson Reagan. This...

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The myth of 'self-liberation'

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An open letter to E. P. Thompson D ear Edward Thompson, Over the last two years I have watch- ed with fascination the successive launches of your personal peace barrage. First,...

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A place apart

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Richard West Stamford, Lincolnshire A plaque on a house in Stamford says: 'Here lived Lady Frances Wingfield who, claiming relationship with Oliver Cromwell, persuaded him in...

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Confessions of a bookseller

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John Chancellor M y brother, the editor, has asked me to write an article on antiquarian book- selling. He has done this, of course, mainly out of a desire to help an elder...

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Knowing the score

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Alan Gibson T he Indians were a good side, without the bowling likely to get England out twice in a match. Still, they batted attrac- tively when the weather let them, and it...

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The press

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Non-story Paul Johnson hortly before we went on the air for last L./ Sunday's live Face the Press pro- gramme, James Prior, the Northern Ireland Secretary, remarked that...

One hundred years ago

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Parliament adjourned yesterday till 24 October, when the House of Com- mons (the Lords may probably not as- semble unless foreign affairs require attention) meets to deal with...

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In the City

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London's strength Tony Rudd T he strain of the world's developing financial crisis is showing up wherever there is a latent weakness in the system. It is a time for living in...

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Islamic values

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Sir: Richard West pokes fun, in his article 'No third world feminists' (7 August), at Western feminists with 'their crackpot ideologies' by drawing comparisons with the...

Propaganda by deed

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Sir: Patrick Desmond (14 August) says that Menachem Begin is 'a terrorist' in 'the classic European sense of one who believes in "the propaganda of the deed" '. This is a common...


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Waiting for Ullsten Sir: Andrew Brown, in his report 'The Assyrians in Sweden' (7 August), suggests that Swedes believe the English to be `quarrelsome, bone-idle and...

Sausage, egg, crumpet

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Sir: As a New Yorker who constantly yearns for all American meals, I was pleas- ed that our breakfasts found favour with Simon Courtauld (Notebook, 7 August). 1 think it only...

Sir: Richard West (`No third world feminists', 7 August) may

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well be right that pampered Western feminists are naive and imperialist when they try to foist their views on the third world. But isn't he being a little pampered himself when...

In the name of sport

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Sir: Richard Course is quite right (Letters , 14 August). Certain myths surrounding fox- hunting should be exposed. May we start, with the one propounded by his League. That is...

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Guardian of the word-hoard A. N. Wilson A Supplement to the Oxford English Dic- tionary Volume III, O-Scz Edited by R. W. Burchfield (Oxford £55) S ufferers from...

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Mary Kenny T here are fashions in social history as in everything else, and the present fashion concerning the history of the family is to claim that, until modern times,...

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Rags to riches

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Hugh Massingberd The Man who was Vogue Caroline Seebohm (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £12.50) H ard on the heels of the recent life of Clare Boothe Luce comes another American...

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Continental drift

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Hugh Lawson Tancred I t is always appropriate for a people like the British, who are abnormally prone to imagine that the solution to their economic — and other — problems can...

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On the warpath

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Duncan Fallowell L et the cardinal sin be committed and a short review begin boringly. Here is the first sentence from Gore Vidal's Collected Essays 1952-72 (published here in...

Family friction

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Miranda Seymour Close the Door Behind You Ray Salisbury (Andre Deutsch £7.95) D rucker is, to say the least of it, an unusual man. A highly successful economist and management...

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Fair play

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David Williams The Literary Imagination: Essays on Literature and Society Laurence Lerner (Haryester Press £18.95) H ere Professor Lerner collects trin e excellent pieces...

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Edinburgh Festival time Allan Massie evertheless' is a great Scottish word. Muriel Spark once skid she became a Catholic on the 'nevertheless' principle, and she writes her...

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Blue-pencilled John McEwen G iorgio de Chirico died in 1978 at the age of 90 and now, in the usual museun i way, along comes his memorial exhibitio n (Tate Gallery till 3...

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Island story Mark Amory The Tempest (Stratford) Moliere (The Other Place, Stratford) T he Tempest tends to get poor reviews partly because the lines suggest an island so...

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Recurring Richard Ingrams A strange new series called Third Eye has recently been launched on BBC2, M r Brian Wenham's meaningful alternati ve channel. According to the...


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Forgotten images Peter Ackroyd T he Armenian film-maker, Sarkis Parad- janov, was by all accounts considered in his early years to be nothing more than a gifted trifler. And...

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Low life

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Rambling Jeffrey Bernard H elp! Help! I'm drowning in memorabilia. I want to jump into to- morrow but how big is the drop the other side of midnight? I'm sorry to go on about...

l ligh life

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List to starboard 7 'aki Spetsai I t is no longer up to Mrs Thatcher and the generals. Peace was declared this week at Aegean conference. There were high ' el talks, and even...

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No. 1229: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a poem in the form of a curse called down by a customer on the head of someone providing bad service. What sparked me to set this...


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No. 1232: Selling the Bard Set by Jacomo: Since Hamlet is the name of a cigar, why not Lady Macbeth soap or Gloucester parachutes? You are invited to compose an entertaining...

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Smiles Raymond Keene T ony Miles has, at last, broken the hex Which in the past always seemed to af- flict his form in the British Championship. His final score of 9 points...

Crossword 571

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A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution Opened on 6 September. Entries to: Crossword 571, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL. 1...

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