23 AUGUST 1975

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Lord Ryder, inadequacy and the public purse

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Leaving aside altogether the question of principle, whether the state should intervene on a h la rge scale in the industrial life of a democratic country, the matter of...

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The Banabans

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From the Rev 'rebuke Rotten Sir: I do not know whether Banaba will be the 'mini-est state' of all when we regain our independence, but as spokesman in London for the Banaban...

Worker participation

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gin Pointing some of the lessons to be learned from Germany's experience of worker participation, Professor Ralf Dahrendorf (August 16) stressed that "the dynamics of industry;...

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From Lord Shin well, PC CH Sir: In a recent issue of The Spectator reference -was made to improving The Spectator and suggestions would be welcomed. I suggest that exposure of...

From Sir Arthur Driver

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Sin I have purchased The SpectaLo r , regularly since the year 1938 and supptse, therefore, that I must be one 0' its oldest readers. • I have always regarded its propet...

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Sir: Suggestions for improving The Spectator? Perhaps you already know

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the answer, for your Notebook (August 9 ) also refers to the importance of 'good writing'. This is surely the key to it. There is far too .much sloppy writing these days in a...

Sir: Following your 'Notebook' item on the future of The

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Spectator 1 would like to put forward some suggestions: A return to letterpress printing. If .litho is to be retained perhaps a sparing Ase could be made of half-tones: they,...

Sir: May I venture, as one of your "hard core"

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of subscribers, to put forward some complaints? (1) Too many articles appear to be written from reading the papers instead of from experience. The day we get an ,article from...

' S un ' and 'Mirror'

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\ , Sir: If your newest press pundit Robert Ashley (August 9) was really working for Mirror Group Newspapers, he would probably get his facts right. So he probably isn't....

Abortion and population

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From Professor C. 0. Carter Sir; I would be grateful if I might correct an error in your correspondence columns. Mrs Sanders writes (August 9) that "The Eugenics Society gives...

Darrow and Fonda

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Sir: I am indebted to Miss Llewellyn (August 9) for her natural desire to put me right about three errors I'm alleged to have made in my recent article on Darrow. But am I wrong...

National wealth

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Sir: Nicholas Davenport, writing about the distribution of the national wealth, quotes the Royal Commission as arriving at a figure of 34.9 per cent of the national wealth being...


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Sir: Mr Nicholas Walter is of course quite right to remind us that in the Gospels a "threefold tradition" is often only a single tradition; but at least it is comparatively...


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Sir: Last week you published a letter criticising some curious comments on writers' earnings made in 'A Spectator's Notebook'. Since I prefer to give my opinions under my own...

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Middle East

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Israel and her risks for peace' Patrick Cosgrave On the surface at least it is bewildering to observe the contrast in Israel between a totally united and totally dedicated...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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My own version of a familiar story can be put briefly. In Edwardian times No 99 Gower Steet was a hotel of sorts, offering — none too discreetly — the additional amenities of a...

The wall of death

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Roll up! Roll up! And come and see The greatest stunt in history. A workers' team in co-op wed Standing on its collective head, Riding upon a motorbike. Fit swear I've never...

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Rhodesia (1)

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Three questions on the bridge David Martin Barring a last-minute hitch, Rhodesia's recalcitrant rebel, Mr Ian Smith and the country's black nationalists, led by Bishop Abel Mu...

Rhodesia (2)

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Wish you were here? Frank Norman How many of your closest friends or worst enemies can you point an accusing finger at and say: "There's a person who would go to Southern...

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Whose Ulster is it? Rawle Knox The Birmingham bombers are, pending appeal, put away, which may temporarily make Englishmen sleep more soundly at nights, but there looks to be...

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Motor industry

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Why buy foreign? Piers Paul Read It's up to everybody in Britain to help out the British car industry. — Peter Shore, Trade Secretary In conditions of fair competition, the...


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On the trail Simon Freeman The eleven o'clock ferry from Felixstowe to Zeebrugge will be especially crowded and noisy on August 21 — packed with the 200 or so members of the...

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Comic relief

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The biggest change is the price C.A. Johnson "The year is 1910 — or 1940, but it is all the same," wrote George Orwell, describing the world of boys' weeklies thirty-five...

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Metric madness

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An open letter to the Metrication Board Oh, tell me where is logic found? You scrap the lb and keep the £. Most connoisseurs have thought in metric; I'll grant you that, in...

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Spectator peregrinations

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This is the time of year when those journalists who are not frying eggs on the pavement are looking for the Loch Ness monster. Now 1 have travelled the length of Loch Ness with...

Westminster corridors

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This, my one hundredth Puzzle, is designed as a Speculation on the Subject of Hope. It is a precept of mine that we should not entertain an Hope of any thing in Life which lies...

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Wasp e "The argumentative razzle-dazzle, the intellectual pyrotechnics, the verbal acrobatics that caused Tom Stoppard's Travesties to be chosen as the Evening Standard's Best...

Books marks

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The British bestseller lists, especially at Christmas, are exercises in undiluted nostalgia. The signs are that Christmas '75 will prove no exception — at least according to...

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Julian Amery on lost chances for the British aircraft industry

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Derek Wood has been one of our leading commentators on aviation and defence for close on a generation. Project Cancelled* is an analysis of major developments in aviation whose...

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Against the crowd

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Leo Abse The St. Alban's Poisoner Anthony Holden (Hodder and Stoughton: £2.75) You never seem to get a good murder these • days," complained George Orwell shortly before his...


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you have received from a fellow Stubscriber the books that you required. ANY TITLES in the 0.P. series "Art Of The World" (Methuen). Buxton, 102 Park Place, Gravesend, Kent....

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Men of power

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AL. Rowse The Cardinal • and the Secretary Neville Wil liams (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £5.25) Henry V. The Cautious Conqueror M. W. Labarge (Seeker and Warburg £4.50) ' Here...

Old chess nuts

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Gyles 13randreth Idle Passion: Chess and the Dance of Death Alexander Cockburn (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £4.25) As the founder of the National Scrabble Championships and the...

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History or holy smoke?

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Hugh Lloyd-Jones Moses: Man in the Wilderness David Daiches (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £6.50) The importance in world history of the traditions connected with the name of Moses...

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I BOOKS WANTED ( Continued) I Please let THE SPECTATOR know

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when you have 'ret . eived from a fella' subscriber the books that you required. FOUR CENTURIES OF EUROPEAN JEWELLERY and ENGLISH VICTORIAN JEWELLERY by Ernie Bradford. Anne...

The happy hooker

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Wilfrid Blunt The Confessions of Lady Nijo translated from the Japanese by Karen Braze!! (Peter Owen £4.50) Those who are old enough will recall the sensation that was caused,...

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Grandiloquent Peter Ackroyd The Understudy Elia Kazan (Collins £3.50) New Road Judy Cooke (Gollancz £3.20) The Understudy is just what it aspires to be, the mute shadow of a...

Talking of books

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Old Flanner Benny Green From 1934 to 1939 the renowned Janet Flanner sent home to the New Yorker offices despatches on Lonon life*, and it is one of the lesser misfortunes of...

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Social services Cutting the mumbo-jumbo down to size Frank Field The rise of the social work 'profession', as it likes to be called, is one of the wonders of the modern...

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No moderates now Rhodes Boyson, MP The old Labour Party gained widespread sympathy in all classes because it was genuinely concerned about the improvement of the social,...


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Change and decay Robert Ashley There once was, I seem to remember, a bright young man who kept popping through the ITMA door, saying, "Good morning, nice day". His constant...

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One of twelve Martin Sullivan On an occasion I was conducting a viva for small choristers competing for a prize in Divinity. One of them, an enchanting little redhead whose...

Country Life

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Dog days Denis Wood 'Through ali the bright severity of noon' This line from 'Summer' in James Thomson's The Seasons (1730), conveys the torrid quality of the breathlessly hot...

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Where the buck stops John Linklater We hear that a ward in a Colchester hospital is to close due to shortage of nursing staff, that there is a temporary ban on...

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Cinema The sinny season Kenneth Robinson

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Director: Jim Sharman Stars: Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien 'AA' Rialto (1(15 minutes) Earth is a Sinful Song Director: Rauni Mollberg Stars: Maritta...

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Make mine chop suey Kenneth Hurren Fanshen! by David Hare, from the book by William Hinton (Hampstead Theatre Club) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard...


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Getatable John McEiven In 1959 Dick Smith went to New York. Although he was already twenty-eight, he is in that generation of British artists who did not have to adjust to the...

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Sundowner John Bridcut Dedicated to "Sue, Sarah, Emily and the little man in the soiled lemon-coloured suit" (and may that speak for itself), David Bedford's new work Twelve...


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South Bank cramps Robin Young Festival Ballet at the Festival Hall. The name's the same so it might seem a natural coupling, but it is not without its discomtfitures. Festival...

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Economic limits of insular socialism

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Nicholas Davenport This being proverbially the silly • season one might expect stockbrokers, seeing their turnover dwindling, to emulate the workers of Stoke-on-Trent and...

Skinflint's City Diary

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The uncharacteristic baring of teeth by that normally quiescent watchdog, the Post Office Users National Council, highlights again the limbo in which nationalised industries...

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A fool and his money

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Bringing the good news Bernard Hollowood Have you ever wondered about a newspaper's stock market report and the person or persons who knit it together? I don't suppose so: we...