23 JULY 1983

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True faith

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W hen Mr Callaghan won the Labour leadership in 1976, he beat as good a collection of rivals as any such competition has offered this century. They were Denis Healey, Roy...

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Political commentary

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From the soup kitchen Charles Moore I is a pitiful sight. Men in pin-stripe 'suits shuffle in the queue to the soup kit- chen which, with a touching remembrance of past...

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T he other day, when I was visiting one of the slums of Calcutta, my guide pointed to a group of particularly wretched women and said: 'Those are Anglo-Indian.' I looked at them...


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Another voice

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Nothing to say Auberon Waugh T he silly season would appear to have arrived with a vengeance when Dr Conor Cruise O'Brien devotes his column in the Observer to what must...

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Cleaning up the g's

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Patrick Marnham San Salvador T he commander of the United States military mission to El Salvador is called Colonel Homer Q. Finkelbaum. (Actually he is called something else,...

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One man's vengeance

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Christopher Hitchins T he Constitution of the United States forbids authority to inflict 'cruel or unusual punishment' and there was a time when the Supreme Court interpreted...

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is looking for a new member of staff. Someone to assist in the general running of the office. The successful candidate must be intelligent, capable and able to take the...

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The illusion of freedom

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Janos Nyiri I left Hungary after the 1956 uprising and have lived since in France and in Britain. I had not been back for ten years until early this summer. Today, Hungary...

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Everybody's doing it

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Andrew Brown 'The Incest craze really got started last 1. year, with the report of a Swedish Government Commission on sexual of- fences. The Commission's objective was...

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One hundred years ago

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The Rev John Henry Timins, Vicar of West Mailing, the clergyman who was found to have poisoned Sarah Ann Wright, by administering to her a teas- poonful of bitter almonds by...

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Screaming Lords

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Richard West Penrith C'timbria(sio T wenty years ago to the month, if my memory serves me well, the pop singer `Screaming Lord' Sutch stood as a can- didate at the...

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Taffies and Geordies

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Roy Kerridge T he River Wear, looping around a hill, created a natural moated fortress that was to become the city of Durham. With its castle and cathedral, its twisting...

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Is the Church dead?

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A. N. Wilson E merging from the cool of the cathedral, a flurry of black-habited nuns waddled sweatily into the scorching sunlight of the cloister courtyard, keeping custody of...

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Young Moore

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Sir: Rising-young-columnist watchers among Spectator readers who savoured as I did the first-rate 'Political commentary' of 2 July might find it interesting to be told that, in...


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The Falklands Sir: Of all the statements made about the Belgrano incident in recent issues the most puzzling conies from Simon Jenkins when he writes (11 June) that the British...

Margaret Kennedy

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Sir: In her review of Violet Powell's The Constant Novelist: A Study of Margaret Kennedy (2 July), Joanna Richardson complains of overemphasis on the subject's defects. 'One...

Sir: I suppose one should not look for any great

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profundity in your 'Notebook' jottings, but your assertion (2 July) that a new Falklands airport will lead to depopulation of the islands strikes me as exceptionally silly....

Haunting and thumping

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Sir: Hymn-banners and hymn-mourners alike put all their emphasis on the words (A.N. Wilson, 25 June). They ought also to celebrate the tunes. Some are dull as ditch- water of...

Rubbish and romance

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Sir: I am rather startled by Mr Chancellor's brisk dismissal (4 June) of the late Miss Betty Trask's endowment, an annual award to the youngish author of 'a romantic novel or...

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Reassuring sordidity Richard Cobb The Secret Paris of the 30's Brassai (Thames & Hudson £7.95) rassai, the Hibou Nocturne of the velvet blue-black and brilliant, liquid white...

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Jung as you feel

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Francis King The World Is Made of Glass Morris West (Hodder & Stoughton £8.95) T he best way to describe this novel in a sentence is to say that it stands in the same...

Wild goose chase

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Christopher Hawtree Brilliant Creatures Clive James (Jonathan Cape £7.95) O ne can picture the scene when the type- script of this book arrived on the desk of Cape's reader....

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The apocryphal M. R. James

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Bryan Appleyard M. R. James: An Informal Portrait Michael Cox (Oxford £14.50) H e died, according to Cox, just as the Nunc Dimittis was being sung in the Chapel it Eton. If...

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The Digger in the woodpile

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Alan Watkins Barefaced Cheek: the Apotheosis of Rupert Murdoch Michael Leapman (Hodder and Stoughton £9.95) O n the whole, Mr Leapman's account of Mr Murdoch's career has been...

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Married to a harridan

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Peter Quennell The Great Marlborough and his Duchess Virginia Cowles (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £15) 0 ne of the happiest marriages in English history was that of John and...

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Sex and sensibility

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Terence de Vere White "Virago Press have added Edith Wharton V to their Modern Classics list, and pro- pose to publish novels of hers long out of print after this pair of...

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Nice and woolly

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James Hughes-Onslow Potpourri from the Thirties Bryan Guinness (Cygnet Press £9.95) I t is a credit to Bryan Guinness that he never became a central character in Brideshead...

Glowing colours

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Patrick Skene Carling The Guadalupe Madonna Jody Brant Smith (Souvenir Press £8.95) S ome people want to believe in miracles; some people want to disbelieve in them; and there...

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Small wonders John McEwen Artists of the Tudor Court: the portrait miniature rediscovered 1520-1620 (V&A till 6 November) Painter as Photographer and Richard Cadine,...

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Poor law Maureen Owen F rom the way it is confidently assumed that any half decent character currently being interviewed or otherwise examined on the airwaves must...

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In the bush Peter Ackroyd Smash Palace (' 18' , selected cinemas) N ew Zealand is a place, if I heard the opening song correctly, where men 'sip cold beer behind closed doors...

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Bedazzled Giles Gordon The Fawn (National: Cottesloe) Little Lies (Wyndham's) S nosy Wilson's Loving Reno is the most literate, sophisticated new play by a British writer to...

Books Wanted

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HOME THIS AFTERNOON (selections from), probably BBC publications, 1960/5. F. Gomm, Quarry High St, Oxford OX3 8JP. BETTER THAN ONE by William Watson (Chatto & Windus). A...

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High life

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Party spirit Taki w ell, I guess Cyril Connolly's wasn't the only ambition to be jostled by idleness, love of luxury, and the pursuit of pleasure. Mine took such a battering...


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Propaganda Richard Ingrams B y what was apparently an extraordinary coincidence two very similar program- mes about war reporting went out in quick succession on BBC and ITV...

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Holy relics P. J. Kavanagh F or the first time I have been reading a novel by Barbara Pym. It is called Quartet in Autumn and is about four elder- ly people who work in an...

Low life

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Privileged Jeffrey Bernard T he idea of becoming a writer first came to mind in 1937 when my nanny was Pushing me in a superbly upholstered pram across St James's Park on our...

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Competiti on

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No. 1279: Obfuscation Set by Jaspistos: A dialogue, please, bet- ween one person trying to ask a simple question in plain language (e.g. 'Will you marry me?', 'Could you tell...

No. 1276: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for useless advice to recently reformed alcholics from a magazine 'psychiatrist' about how to fill with harmless activity a rainy...

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Solution to 614: Groupies

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Short circuit Raymond Keene A further Fide conference has been tak- ing place in London over the past week — continuing the series from Linares and Portorozh designed to...

Crossword 617

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Portrait of the week

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S eventeen bodies were found in the Seventeen of a British Airways helicopter bound for St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly which crashed into the sea a mile-and-a half from its...