28 OCTOBER 1972

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Ending the war

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A sudden outbreak of euphoria in Washington, occasioned by the belief that the bloodiest of all undeclared wars was about to end, was soon diminished by President Thieu's...

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After the summit

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It would be churlish to deny Mr Heath the honour already accorded to him generally for his efforts at the Paris summit. But the incredible euphoria that characterised reactions...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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"I can't see how you can have a common Currency without having a common government ", Reggie Maudling said to me the other day, and I couldn't see it either. In the last resort,...

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Political Commentary

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Reputations and reshuffles Patrick Cosgrave Political and ministerial reputations are like electric light bulbs during power strikes. Their filaments glow strongly and fade,...

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Corridors . .

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PUZZLE HEARS that trendy Nicholas, Lord Bethell is expecting to return to the Government in the coming reshuffle. Young Bethell was forced to give up his Job as a Whip in the...

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The American Scene

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Lesser Nixon victory seen? Henry Fairlie Washington On July 26, 1945 — the day on which the votes in the British general election, which had been cast three weeks earlier,...

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The Common Market

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Full political union by 1980? Charles Hargrove Paris The creation of the Community regional fund from 1974 will enable the British Government, before the next parliamentary...

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Middle-class Christianity Edward Norman The recent conference of church leaders at Birmin g ham, attended by representatives from the Church of En g land and the various...

A Trifle for Trafalgar Day

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(with acknowledgements to G. K. Chesterton) Cabot . . . challenge • • opportunity . . . courage" — the Prime Minister. Who's the Dover-based day tripper Heir to, Heath? The...

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Taxing land values

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Sir: Amid the welter of proposals for dealing with the problem of high land prices, and with the memory of two recent failures (development charges and betterment levies)...

Treating crime

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Sir: In his response to my article on treating crime (' Prisoners and unions' — October 14) Mr. C. W. Bond makes a number of errors and unfounded assumptions. The figures I...

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From Lady Antonia Fraser Sir: My attention has been drawn

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to an entry concerning myself in Your gossip column Bookend of September 30. So that I shall not seem to approve its statements by default, I should like to correct the record...


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From Dr Konstantin Bazarov Sir: Hodder and Stoughton have been brandishing their alleged ' experts" very publicly, so it is not unreasonable that they should he expected to...


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Sir: In stating his belief that homosexuals should not be allowed to hold high office, Spectator also stated, equally clearly, his prejudiced attitude towards homosexuals. It...

Penguin pedagogy

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From Professor .1. A. Rex Sir: It is quite unusual to have an (ugh!) — presumably a belch — gratuitously attached to one's name in a review, and I write, therefore, to protest...

Real Gammon?

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From Captain Duncan Neil Dewar Sir: I was proud of a young relative's ability to pass so many 0 and A levels at school and then go on to collect university degrees with the ease...

Juliette 'S Weekly Frolic

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Judging by the reception that greeted Spanish Steps after Saturday's Hermitage Chase, I was not the only Newbury racegoer glad to be back ' jumping ' again. As for the profits,...

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The Trojans

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Sir: If your opera critic, Rodney Milnes, chooses languidly to parade before your readers his singular lack of musical sensibility by describing Berlioz's great masterpiece, The...

Essay on Woman

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Sir: I am in the United States and have only just heard of a ridiculous error by your contributor Bookbuyer, who says in your issue of October 14: "On page 108 of Andre...


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Sir: From Will Waspe, October 7: "No one would deny Wesker's right to wash his reviews in public. What, I imagine, stuck in most craws was his announcement that he was donating...

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Warning to the Bank Nicholas Davenport A lot of monetary hot air is usually talked, at the Lord Mayor's annual feast to the bankers and merchants of the City of London, and...

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Skinflint's City Diary

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Anyone of open, logical and analytical bent is led to make deductive suggestions towards economic and fiscal reform. My own measure is called the Freehold Redemption Act,...

Sir Leslie O'Brien

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The Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Leslie O'Brien, last Thursday at the Lord Mayor's Mansion House Dinner: "There is no monetary policY which will simultaneously stimulate...

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Account gamble

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Sabina very fair John Bull As a rule I have concentrated on recommending those shares which will — or I expect will — react to either an interim or a full year statement. The...


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The quest for oil Nephew Wilde " Bell's telephone is as much abused as Einstein's atom" I was saying to myself last week as I rang my stockbroker Wotherspool, "and if I had...

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Raymond Carr on a history of Mediterranean Europe

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"No true lover of the Mediterranean," the publisher hopes for Professor Braudel's great work, " should be without a copy." It will be a tough-minded lover who takes this long...

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Saloon bar soldiering

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Auberon Waugh Come Like Shadows Simon Raven (Blond and Briggs £2.25) The Call-Girls Arthur Koestler (Hutchinson £2.251 There are certain problems which this reviewer — and, I...

Erotics in wonderland

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Kenneth Minogue The Party of Eros Richard King (University of North Carolina Press £3.75) Counter Revolution and Revolt Herbert Marcuse (Allen Lane, The Penguin Press £2)...

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A Homer of our own

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Christopher Gill To Homer Through Pope H. A. Mason (Chatto and Windus £2.75) While Rieu's Penguin translations of Homer sell by the thousand on English bookstalls, and American...

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A child of mixtures

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Isabel Quigly Memoirs 1906-1969 Manya Harari (Harvill Press £3.50) "Fortunately she seemed to need less sleep than most people ": so they say in their notes about Manya Harari,...

A little Lerner

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Richard Luckett The Uses of Nostalgia: Studies in Pastoral Poetry Laurence Lerner (Chatto and Windus £3). The question of pastoral can hardly be called new. Although of all...

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Bookbuyer '1 43. the second year!"rUiniing a good ó5s-section of literary' London — authors "and literary editors dc4ii 'to the merest • gossip columnist — turned up for the...

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Wil l

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Waspe It is curious, but conceivably significant, that it is in the field of the arts (usually so devotedly internationalist) that opposition to our Common Market adventure has...

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Cinema Silk purses Christopher Hudson At a time like this, bedazzled by Images, unnerved by The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie and bewildered by what happens when Hammersmith...

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Royal standards Kenneth Hurren "Really! We might be living in Rumania," remarks Queen Mary indignantly, in Royce Ryton's Crown Matrimonial, but it is, I'm afraid, a wild piece...


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Sitting duck Clive Gammon I once met a stage-American at Kinsale. He wanted to charter a launch that would take him the dozen miles off the Old Head to photograph the actual...

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Plum' AD 1902 Benny Green The literary conscience sometimes asserts itself in the most surprising ways. For several decades it was believed that P. G. Wodehouse had no desire...

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Grimond's new approach John Connell Mr Jo Grimond's long desire to see local authorities branching out into new fields of social remedial work has taken concrete form with...

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Take thrice daily John Rowan Wilson The great physician Sir William Osier once said that the desire to take medicine was one of the principal factors distinguishing men from...


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Tax credits custos One group which has often been critical of the Government's social policy is the Child Poverty Action Group. But when the Green Paper, Proposals for a Tax...

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The right trek Carol Wright The blossoming of trekking holidays is a sign of revolt against the ease of travel. Despite the boom in the trouble-free holiday deals, there are...