21 OCTOBER 1995

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On the run, but not wanted: Michael (scapegoats) Howard, Mick (the mouth) Portillo and John (soapbox) Major M r Michael Howard, the Home Sec- retary, sacked Mr Derek Lewis, the...

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The permanent secretaries are preparing to demonstrate their permanence BORIS JOHNSON S o confident is Tony Blair of obtaining power in the next 18 months that he is already...

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DAVID ENGLISH SNew York egregation or integration? For the first half of this century, America went with seg- regation, de facto in the North and de jure in the South. Then Mrs....

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Alasdair Palmer reveals how the courts have now decided, in effect, that all British children belong to Her Majesty the Queen AS A RESPONSIBLE parent in a free society, you...

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Fifty years ago

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DRINK AND THE STATE Sir, — In his condemnation of both the national and private sale of alcoholic drinks to the public, Mr. Cecil Heath writes that the making of any profit out...

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Will of the week Mrs Doris Ena WILKINSON, of Bal-

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lathie, Borrowby, Thirsk, North Yorks, formerly of Landmoth Hall, Kirby Sigston, who died on Aug. 10th last, left estate valued at £1,183,976 gross, £1,180,530 net. She left...

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Anne Applebaum attempts to discover what Quebec nationalists really want Montreal `CANADA,' said the journalist slowly: 'We have lakes, we have mountains, we make cars, and we...

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If symptoms persist..

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THE ENGLISH are a nation of shoplifters: a fact which, I suspect, explains their continued unswerving devotion to the National Health Service. They are moved not by abstract...

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Joerg Haider tells Michael Wise why his far-right Freedom Party will soon rule Austria Vienna SATURNINE good looks and a pugna- cious personality have helped catapult Europe's...

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Michael Heath

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Rupert Christiansen visits the Southern Hemisphere's fastest growing tourist attraction and observes the havoc wrought by consumerism Ayers Rock WE DON'T call it Ayers Rock...

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Mind your language

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I HAVE made a mistake. Such things can happen. It was when I was rabbiting on about the learned notes to the Everyman edition of Trollope's Can You Forgive Her? One note that...

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Nicholas O'Dwyer investigates the basest of all criminals, those who prey on the old and infirm THEIR FACES glower down from the dingy office walls: broad noses, a lick of...

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Charles Moore diagnoses a national sense of inadequacy, and prescribes a traditional pick-me-up AT THE ROOT of most people's thought about politics in this country lies a...

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It's not necessarily a sign of progress when chimneys disappear PAUL JOHNSON 0 ne institution which will not survive the new millennium is the chimney. I call it an...

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Literary insight

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Sir: I am grateful to Paul Ferris for his appreciative review of my Why Freud Was Wrong: Sin, Science and Psychoanalysis (Books, 14 October), but may I gently chide him for...

The liberal view

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Sir: Piers Benn is right to praise the lucidity of Peter Singer's article (`Killing babies isn't always wrong', 16 September). Nevertheless, there are, it seems to me, two...

A special relationship

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Sir: As an adoptive mother of two, I was appalled at the last sentence of Charlotte Roe's article on adoption. (`Adoption is never simple', 7 October). Speaking, I am sure, for...


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The sins of the Brothers Sir: Kevin Myers's explanation of the sexual habits of Irish priests (Strange habits of Irish priests', 7 October) relies as heavily on what he...

Relative values

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Sir: Fascinating as it was to re-read Iain Macleod's seminal account CA question of loyalty', 14 October) of Lord Home's sur- prise 'inheritance' of the Conservative Party...

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Double delights

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Sir: Gavin Stamp's delightful essay on the revival of the tram in urban transport (Not motoring, 7 October) very neatly captures the pleasure of riding on the stately vehi- cles...

Resorting to crime

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Sir: I am a recent convert to your magazine. So complete has been my conversion that I obstruct railways to obtain a copy. Few outlets stock The Spectator in Not- tingham. The...

Eheu cads .

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Sir: It is handsome of Mr Mortimer to write about Harrow, as he did in his review of Sir John Betjeman's letters (Books, 7 Octo- ber), being an old Harrovian himself, and it is...

Of hockets and coprophiliacs

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Sir: Richard Littlejohn's lively account of `Panic' at the Proms (Diary, 23 September) reminds me of my very old friend Ethelred, abbot of Rievaulx 1140), who poured tor- rents...

Annoyingly outmoded

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Sir: In the same article (Portrait of the week, 14 October) you refer to Mrs Thomas Shep- hard and Mrs Peter Bottomley. Why do you persist in this out of date practice? You are...

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The e-word that sends a shudder down the spine SIMON JENKINS Y ou can see it coming. James Naughtie or Sue MacGregor has some hapless defender of culture in their sights. The...

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The quintessential statesman David Gilmour GLADSTONE by Roy Jenkins Macmillan, £20, pp. 698 G ladstone's reputation has enjoyed a comparable good fortune to his life:...

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Rather a creepy saint

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Rupert Christiansen RAYMOND WILLIAMS: THE LIFE by Fred Inglis Routledge, £19.99, pp. 324 here was something creepy about Raymond Williams, something marmoreal about his...

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Politically most incorrect

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Michael Coren THE HISTORY OF MR WELLS by Michael Foot Doubleday, £20, pp. 317 T here is an anecdote concerning H. G. Wells that speaks volumes about the man and chapters about...

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The elephant man

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James Michie HANNIBAL by Ross Leckie Canongate, f14.99, pp. 245 C arthage and Hannibal have always exerted a strange fascination: Turner paint- ed the city's history and...

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The biography and the memoir

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Peter Levi AUDEN by Richard Davenport-Hines Heinemann, £20, pp. 406 WYSTAN AND CHESTER by Thekla Clark Faber, £12.99, pp. 130 We know little enough about Cavafy yet we...

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Thank God we survived

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Richard Graham THE WORST DESERT ON EARTH: CROSSING THE TAKLAMAKAN by Charles Blackmore John Murray, f12.99, pp. 268 E verything about the Taklamakan Desert is obscure. Few...

Ethnic Cleansing, Malvern

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The door. A man in camouflage fatigues, Bulldog Militia Insignia. He asks About Welsh families in our street and smiles, It's time for them to leave. Artillery Distorts the...

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Only an overpriced yoghurt

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Lucy Hughes-Hallett WHAT ABOUT US? AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MOTHERS FEMINISM FORGOT by Maureen Freely Bloomsbury, £15.99, pp. 225 M aureen Freely uses exclamation marks, paired...

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The odd couple

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David Caute HANNAH ARENDT/ MARTIN HEIDEGGER by Elzbieta Ettinger Yale, .£10.95, pp. 160 W hy should a good Jewish girl remain in love with her professor long after his...

Song of Innocence and Inexperience

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Thus innocent and experienced, Those twins of self-regard Young Arrogance and Diffidence Died in their own back yard. While Diffidence thought Arrogance Inordinately proud,...

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Granny takes a grip

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Timothy Brittain Catlin VERA BRITTAIN: A LIFE by Paul Berry and Mark Bostridge Chatto, £25, pp. 581 S ome years ago, a romantic novelist called Hilary Bailey produced a...

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Giving simplicity unto the wise

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Christopher Howse THE PLAIN ENGLISH GUIDE by Martin Cutts OUP, £10.99, pp. 162 A nother thing. Every sentence needn't have a verb in. And you don't have to con- stantly worry...

A Miller's tale

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Helen Osborne PLAIN GIRL by Arthur Miller Methuen, £10, pp. 51 I DON'T NEED YOU ANYMORE by Arthur Miller Minerva, £5.99, pp. 236 t's a rum old world. Just when you can buy a...

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After the war was over

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Kate Grimond CLEARED FOR TAKE OFF by Dirk Bogarde Viking £16, pp. 240 I t is unusual in any memoirs of an actor to find little mention of acting and only a modicum of...

Our revels now are ended?

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John Spurling THE DANCER UPSTAIRS by Nicholas Shakespeare Harvill, £14.99, pp. 273 O f the many theories about William Shakespeare's true identity I have always liked best that...

Holy Places

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Eleusis ditched by cement factories. Hopkins mourning a butchered tree. The Nemian spring, scant rubble, a dribble and a gelati store. Windsor Great Park, a private golf...

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The return of the monsters

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Robert Cooper THE LOST WORLD by Michael Crichton Century Books, £15.99, pp. 393 H ere's yet another chunk of dino- mania to get our teeth into. The Lost World is the successor...

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The fewer men, the greater share of horror

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Theodore Dalrymple MEN OF BLOOD: MURDER IN MODERN ENGLAND by Elliott Leyton Constable, £16.95, pp. 261 H ere at last is an optimistic book about English murder. Our chronically...

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Art Drawing the line Bryan Robertson believes that drawing remains one of the most potent forms of art T here were marks on the walls of caves before there were words....

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Dynasties: painting in Tudor and Jacobean England (Tate Gallery, till 7 January) Heads will turn Martin Gayford T he history of English sculpture in the sixteenth century is...

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Dora Carrington, 1893 - 1932 (Barbican, till 10 December) A poignant reminder Richard Shone N ., I have not seen the film. But I have seen a film, a flickering home-made...

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Gotterdammerung (Royal Opera House) Jenufa (Opera North) Perfect times ahead Rupert Christiansen I 'm not sure how much it's worth saying about the final instalment of...

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Cut to the quick Robin Holloway B y a man's metaphors shall ye know him. The sheer vileness of Richard Little- john's images for Birtwistle's last-night-of- the proms Panic...

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The Maitlands (Orange Tree, Richmond) Rat in the Skull (Duke of York's) The Master Builder (Haymarket) The agony of living apart Sheridan Morley An yone who cares, no matter...

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Nine Months (12, selected cinemas) Canadian Bacon (PG, selected cinemas) Alternating positions Mark Steyn N ow that Hugh Grant's troubles have blown over, it becomes harder...

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Going global Ian Hislop T he only television I watched this week was while killing time in a hotel room. For a couple of hours during which I could eas- ily have read a book or...

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High life

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A tragic tale Ti aki I first set eyes on Lady Sarah Curzon in Silverstone, during the British Grand Prix sometime in the late Sixties. she was the quintessential English rose,...

Not motoring

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A certain triumph Gavin Stamp I n the park next to the Saratov (now Paveletsky) station in Moscow is a recon- dite little museum. Constructed in 1938, it houses the train that...

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Low life

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I can't compare you Jeffrey Bernard I was thumbing my way through one of my bedside books the other day — a rather odd collection ranging from Elizabeth David to Adrian Mole...

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Half life

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Killer looks Carole Morin M iddle-aged Englishwomen often look disappointed and dowdy. Rosemary West makes the skin crawl because of the crimes she has been accused of, but...

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Long life

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A question of loyalty Nigel Nicolson A politician who deserts his party and joins its opponents is regarded as a traitor by both sides. Although the whole aim of party...


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Saving time Andrew Robson THERE IS an almost mystical excitement about a 'finesse', heightened by its name and the 50/50 gamble. Yet it is simply an attempt to make a trick...

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Harry's Dolci THIS SPACE is just not big enough to give adequate attention to the subject of eating in Venice, not because there are so many places to recommend, rather more...

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The long and the Short Raymond Keene KASPAROV HAS obliterated Anand in their New York world championship match. The score chart, given below, tells an interesting story and...


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i u \ ( 6,, 51 , at '011 SCOTCH WHIG. , 0 tSLE OF L JURA 51 , GLE V 411 SCORN WHISKS COMPETITION Imaginary conversations Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1903 you were...

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A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Late Bottled Vintage 1989 Port for the first correct solution opened on 6 November, with two runners-up prizes of £15 (or, for UK...

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Nothing's impossible Simon Barnes IT WAS February, high on a hill where the wind bit and so did some of the horses, spooking at nothing and jumping and twist- ing to get out...


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Dear Mary. . . Q. My parents were born on the same day and also married on their birthday. They have since divorced and are both happily remarried to other partners. One parent...