23 APRIL 1983

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Fortress Falklands

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D espite all her protestations about the wickedness of 'throwing money at pro- blems', Mrs Thatcher and her government still instinctively react in this way when an embarassing...

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Political commentary

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Donna Quixote Colin Welch A recent letter in the Guardian attacked alleged Government plans to muzzle, pollute or take over the media in the event of a major international...

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A London Airport there is what seems like an interminable wait for our lug- gage to come through on the conveyor belt. When I first enter the gloomy baggage hall it is already...


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UK Eire Surface mail Air mail 6 months: £15.50 IRL17.75 £18.50 £24.50 One year: £31.00 IRL35.50 £37.00 £49.00 Cheques to be made payable to the Spectator and sent to...

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Another voice

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Oversensitive Auberon Waugh N obody in that select band who read his early novels can doubt that David Pryce-Jones was once a very sensitive young man. His heroes were always...

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Waiting for Trotsky

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Patrick Marnham W e are sitting in a booth in Tenampa, a ar in the Plaza Garibaldi. A man is singing to us. He has a face like a rubber monkey and the most mischievous eyes in...

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Showbiz work spectacular

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Nicholas von Hoffman P resident Reagan arrived for a visit in the western Pennsylvania area the other day where the unemployment rate is runn- ing around 17 per cent. This is a...

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Now it can be told

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Bohdan Nahaylo T ast week the Soviet-backed Karmal Laregime in Kabul disclosed unusually frank and sombre details of the military stalemate in Afghanistan. According to the...

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Rotating in Middletown

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Christopher Hitchens I n the course of last summer, I wrote an article for a New York paper which described one of the President's speeches as foolish, commonplace and...

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De Gaulle's France

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Richard West Rouen T he feelings of many Frenchmen were well expressed in an editorial of the Rouen Liberte Dimanche: 'Fallen again in- to poverty, France will once more find...

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Nuclear knowledge

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Peter Villiers It was recently suggested in the Times lEducational Supplement that there should be an '0' level examination on nuclear weapons. Since many people find the...

One hundred years ago

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The full operation of the remission of the passenger-duty effected by Mr Childers is not yet perceived. It will not only enable the Companies to improve third-class travelling,...

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Reading the entrails

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David Butler O ne of the fascinations of psephology is that the study of constituencies is the study of Britain. For the last thirty years, travelling about the country, I have...

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Freedom in Wales

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Peter Paterson O ur trainload of orphans had arrived in 1944 in Port Talbot, fugitives from the German V-2 rockets, our minders hav- ing been promised that we should all be...

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The press

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Ancestral voices Paul Johnson T he eclipse of Christopher Ward as editor of the Daily Express is a sad but instructive tale. A serious young man from the Daily Mirror, he has...

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New English Sir: Geoffrey Wheatcroft, in yet another of those snide attacks on the use of modern English in Christian worship which keep ap- pearing in your journal, sums up...

Zuckerman's war

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Sir: Lord Zuckerman's excellent article 'Nuclear storm warnings' (9 April) seems to me to contain one error. 'The Russians,' he writes, 'believe that NATO forces may one day...

Trotsky's war

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Sir: I greatly enjoyed Mr Kendall's ad- mirable article on Trotsky and the Trot- skyists (16 April). I would however query one of his facts. He says that Trotsky served as a war...

Drumming up sales

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Sir: Mr David Pryce-Jones's perceptive and limpid review (16 April) of Mr le Carre's latest thriller, The Little Drummer Girl, reads into this book too much undeserved...

Who's odd

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Sir: I can explain why I am not in Who's Who. Many years ago I did indeed follow Richard Ingrams' advice (2 April) or rather anticipated it, and embarked on Who Real- ly Is Who....

Traveller's tales

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Sir: I wonder what point Alexander Chancellor's article on Hebron was intend- ed to make (26 March)? The Israel/Palestine problem is nearly a century old. What is needed now is...


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Sir: In your issue of 26 March under the heading 'A vintage viscount' you printed a delightful piece by Alan Rusbridger about my noble neighbour here in Kent, Viscount...

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NEXT WEEK Jo Grimond reviews a new biography of Churchill;

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John Gross writes on Parviz Radji's Diaries. And Kay Dick salutes the latest novel by Iris Murdoch.


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Graham Greene through the Looking-Glass Malcolm Muggeridge The Other Man — Conversations with Graham Greene Marie-Francoise Allain (Bodley Head £6.95) I n her long dialogue...

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The anachronistic approach to Shakespeare

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A. L. Rowse Henry V William Shakespeare ed. G. Taylor (Oxford University Press £9.50) Troilus and Cressida William Shakespeare ed. K. Muir (Oxford University Press £9.50) I t...

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Simply myself

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Eric Christiansen Jean-Jacques: The early life and work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau Maurice Cranston (Allen Lane £14.95) It was a bad day for the world when J-J Rousseau decided...

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The distinguished thing

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Nigel Nicolson The Oxford Book of Death Chosen and edited by D.J. Enright (Oxford University Press £9.50) I was reading this book seated at a bar. The barmaid, stealing a...

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Funny poet

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Peter Levi Collected Poems Peter Porter (Oxford University Press £12.50) T f you take poetry now as a serious enter- 1 tainment, which satisfies curiosity and bemuses you with...

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Recent paperbacks

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James Hughes-Onslow A Reed Shaken by the Wind: A Journey through the unexplored marshlands of Iraq Gavin Maxwell (Penguin £2.95) Travels among the marsh Arabs with Wilfred...

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Christopher Hawtree The Hill of Devi E. M. Forster (Edward Arnold £30) R eviewing The Hill of Devi in these columns when it first appeared , Richard Hughes wondered whether the...


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Francis King In Search of Love and Beauty Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (Murray £8.50) I n some degree, every novelist is an agent in a hostile country. By appearing to be like all its...

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Festivals 1983 Rodney Milnes C urrently the big festival news is the withdrawal of John Drummond from Edinburgh two years earlier than expected. The reasons are symp- tomatic:...

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Song and dance Giles Gordon Blood Brothers (Lyric) The Rivals (National: Olivier) Antony and Cleopatra (The Pit) A Midsummer Night's Dream (National: Lyttelton) T n Blood...


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Long overdue John McEwen R ichard Long's partial retrospective in his home town of Bristol and unveiling of new works at Anthony d'Offay off No v . Bond Street are the 79th...

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The long goodbye Peter Ackroyd The Sisters of Wilko (PG', Camden Plaza) T he first word of the film is 'Death': there is nothing like an arresting open- ing. A young man...

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Uphill Maureen Owen T he problems of one-parent families 1 and life on the dole seem an unlikely recipe for comedy', say the BBC publicity notes, whose guidance I turned to in...


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Lost opportunity Rodney Milnes he Royal Opera deserves due recogni- tion and praise for being the first major European opera house within living memory to perform Don Carlos...

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High life

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Crooked Taki New York T shall not g loat because it doesn't suit I me, but I hope every British subject who has the bad luck to own property in Greece g ives me my due. After...


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Relentless Richard Ingrams T he BBC's missin g God Slot has finally reappeared now that Omnibus has gone off the air. It is called Heart of the Matter and is introduced by...

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Low life

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Happy days Jeffrey Bernard I've just spent two days sitting on the floor 1. surrounded by remorse-inducing memorabilia. Backache and boredom pro- pelled me from my sick bed to...


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Massingham, P. J. Kavanagh W hen I 'studied' Eng.Lit. in the Fifties we were given the impression — or gave it to ourselves — that such studies began, seriously and...

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No. 1266: Riddle-me-ree Set by Jaspistos: 'Why is a raven like a writing-desk?' asked the Mad Hatter, a rid- dle to which Lewis Carroll confessed there was no ready answer. You...

No. 1263: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked, in the spirit of Chesterton's The Club of Queer Trades, to describe an entirely new and odd method of earning a living. I asked for a...

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Solution to 601: Kids!

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Crossword 604

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What's in a name? by Mass A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 9 May. Entries to: Crossword 604, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street,...


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Dollar rush David Goodman ith its record $100,000 prize fund, the 1983 New York Open was a significant step forward in the promotion of chess in the USA. The tournament (from...

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Portrait of the week

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A least 39 people were killed, and another 140 injured, when a pick-up truck loaded with explosives was blown up in the courtyard of the United States em- bassy in Beirut. A...

Books Wanted

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THE NAME OF ACTION by Graham Greene. R. Prentice, 15 Oakfield Gardens, Dulwich Wood Avenue, London SE19 IHF. THE CARTHUSIAN ORDER IN ENGLAND by E.M. Thompson (London 1930), in...