22 OCTOBER 1983

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Abolish and be praised

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tially admirable aim will be criticised from Nor should Mr Jenkin be suggesting that every side over the next three years. there need be few redundancies and that The opposition...

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Political commentary

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Mr Tebbit's teddy Charles Moore T can confirm that the race for the Tory leadership is on. Alas, I am not free to disclose the intensely top level sources who would have told...

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Another voice

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Book of Golden Deedes Auberon Waugh T he Good Book is amazingly precise on the proper punishment for this sort of thing. In Deuteronomy xxii 21 we read that any bride who is...

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Etendard embarrassment

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Sam White Paris F rom the start France's involvement in I: the Iran-Iraq war was such as to make it in effect a co-belligerent on Iraq's side. This was already dangerous enough...

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Out of the wilderness

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Roy Kerridge I n the town centre of Cleveland, Ten- nessee,nessee, there is a square with a fountain and a little gazebo, as the people call it, a pavilion where open-air...

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Reuters: the price of greed

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Geoffrey Robertson and Alexander Chancellor 'It is extremely unfair to the Newspaper Proprietors Association to regard them as a lot of greedy bandits.' — Brendan Bracken,...

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Liaisons dangereuses

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Richard West rr he French newspapers scarcely mentioned the resignation of Cecil Parkinson; and Frenchmen generally, so we were told by Mr Sam White in the Stan- dard, could...

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Battle of the beeves

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Alan Gibson or what is supposed to be a characteristic Yorkshireman, you have to turn to fiction. The best example is possi- bly Johnny Bull, of the Famous Five at Greyfriars....

Game for a Daimler

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The Spectator's competition to win a 1934 Daimler and many other valuable prizes starts this week on page 41.

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Cakes and ale no more

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Alec Guinness W ho can one hit,' he said, `if not one's friends?' As Ralph Richardson ad- vanced across the luxurious suite of his Madrid hotel I assumed it was to shake my...

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In the City

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Caveat emptor Jock Bruce-Gardyne S o the great bull market is over. The insti- lOtutions, drained dry by the energy and persistence of the Government broker, have no cash...

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The press

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Mirror up for grabs Paul Johnson T he decision by Reed International, the paper firm, to have a public float for Mirror Group Newspapers, is ominous news in the long term for...

One hundred years ago The situation in Zululand is becoming

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unintelligible. It is reported on all hands that Cetewayo, pressed by his European adviser, Mr Grant, has surrendered himself to the British Resident, and is again, therefore, a...

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Bad show

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Sir: I don't know how old Steven Erlanger is, nor do I know anything about his physical condition: indeed, I don't even know who he is, and after reading his contribution...

Outage is in

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Sir: It is right that any neologism should have to run the gauntlet of anything from scholarly criticism to popular ridicule. 'Outage' deserves no mercy and I can see nothing to...

More Mandela

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Sir: I have been unable to ascertain whether or not we have a Mandela Street/Road/ Avenue in Harare yet, but, if not, I am sure we can look forward to boasting of one in the...

Senior junior counsel

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Sir: In your admirable columnist's televi- sion review last week, he welcomes the return of `Rumpole of the Bailey'. Whilst supporting him in these sentiments, I feel duty bound...

Sir: On the subject of dedication to Nelson Mandela, you

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might want to know that the Junior Common room at New College renamed the JCR the Nelson Mandela Room. An institution further removed from the Camden Borough Council could...


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Argentina and the CEGB Sir: Last month an article in the Times, 'Argentina A-Bomb fears grow', described the increasing concern at that country's involvement in nuclear...

Conspiracy theories

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Sir: Christopher Hitchens (`The making of martyrs', 1 October) lumps the John Birch Society in with the 'anti-Jewish dolts'. This is unfair and incorrect. The Birchers believe...

A great character

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Sir: I was fascinated by Roy Kerridge's salute to that typical, yet unique, Englishman Commander Charles Drage, RN Retired (17 September). His death in July was the end of an...

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The moral superiority Colin Welch Dart of the 'ineradicable' damage done to Mrs Thatcher by the Parkinson af- fair is that 'it removes a large limb of her political argument,...

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What a tangled Webb J. Enoch Powell The Diary of Beatrice Webb Volume II 1892-1905 Edited by Norman and Jeanne MacKenzie (Virago 18) w hat an irony it would be if the most...

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Haute cuisine

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Peter Quennell Savouring the Past Barbara Ketcham Wheaton (Chatto & Windus £15) Barbara Ketcham Wheaton (Chatto & Windus £15) J ean Baptiste Simeon Chardin was one of those...

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Jumbo Jet

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T n this plane I'm just a parcel, I No longer an individual soul; The minute of tension, the moment of take-off Is over, and all is yet in control. In this jumbo jet of latest...

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Amusing tales

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Patrick Skene Catling Snow and Other Storks Antony Lambton (Quartet £6.95) ord Lambton evidently did not waste L./his time at Sandhurst, in the Hampshire Regiment and at the...

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Christopher Hawtree Voices T he temptation to read Frederic Prokosch's book, sub-titled 'a memoir', by its index of 475 names should be avoided. Towards the end he confesses,...

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Egypt, Bucks

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Peter Levi A Concise Dictionary of Modern Place Names in Great Britain and Ireland Adrian Room (Oxford University Press £8.95) E kwall's Oxford Dictionary of English 1—:‘...

Edict of Nantes

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Brocard Sewell We Believe A Priest (Progress Press Ltd 0.00) These are bad times for the Latin, or 1 Roman Catholic, Church, with a run- ning feud between progressives and...

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Eric Christiansen Aristocrats Robert Lacey (Hutchinson/BBC £9.95) A Dictionary of Mottoes L. G. Pine (Routledge & Kegan Paul £9.95) O ld grades of rank are now abolished. In...

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The Burrell solution John McEwen I n 1963 the annual report of the Standing Commissions on Museums and Art Galleries described the Burrell Collec- tion as the United Kingdom...

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A human scale Peter Ackroyd At First Sight ('15', Academy I, Oxford Street) This film has been directed by a young French woman, Diane Kurys, which at once makes it something...

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Mu sic

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Seasonable Peter Phillips A 11 the major concert halls in London are staging organised series of concerts during this season. Some of these run on consecutive nights, others...

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Passion play Giles Gordon Masterpieces (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs) Fly Away Home (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith) Little Shop of Horrors (Comedy) Checkpoint: People Show 89...

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High life

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Eurotrash Taki T here were more parties in New York last week than there are herpes in Studio 54. If thin g s g o on at this pace, I shall be applyin g for a liver transplant...


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Nothing new Richard Ingrams T he fall from grace of Cecil Parkinson, so ruthlessly recorded by television reporters, once a g ain emphasises the point that the reason why...

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Low life

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Foot fault Jeffrey Bernard H ere we are again. This time the Middle- sex. St Stephens has lost its appeal for me and the King George V ward here, not to be confused with the...


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God's country P. J. Kavanagh tv"ou English? You like New York?' said the taxi-driver, a thin, humorous-looking man. 'Very much,' I replied, adding, because I knew it was ex-...

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Riotous assembly Raymond Keene C ivil disruption in Manila turned out to %..."be less severe than I had expected from advance reports. True, in the Makati business centre of...


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No. 1292: Anagrammatical Set by Jaspistos: You are challenged to pro- duce a sense-making poem (maximum 16 lines) containing as many anagrams as pos - sible of a nine-letter...

No. 1289: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for an imaginary extract from a book with one of these real titles: The Romance of the London Underground, Madam Madcap, The History of...

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Crossword 630

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A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 7 November. Entries to: Crossword 630, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL. n n --...

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Portrait of the week

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M rCecil Parkinson resigned from his post as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry after Miss Sara Keays, who is expecting his baby in January, had made a statement to the...

Books Wanted

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WILLIAM COOPER: 'The Struggles of Albert Woods' and 'Number Nine Joy Street', author unknown. Robert Cahn, 6 Storey's Way, Cam- bridge CB3 ODT. THE WALLET OF KAI LUNG by Ernest...

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Game for a Daimler

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with Dame Edna Everage Hello readers, I tend to suspect those periwigged possums, Addison and Steele, would be Spinning in their caskets when they see the gorgeous cover of...


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The first prize is a magnificent 1934 Daimler Saloon, which is illustrated on this week's cover. It is fully licensed and in excellent condition having had only two owners. The...

How to take part

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1. Dame Edna Everage will introduce one question by a different person in each issue of The Spectator from now until the 10 December issue. 2. Do not send in your replies each...