29 JANUARY 1972

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"By the steadiness of our withdrawal of troops, America has proven its resolution to end its involvement in the war: by our readiness to act in the spirit of conciliation,...

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If men believe that the leaders of their country are determined upon a disas trous course then it is their public duty in all ways open to them to make their leaders change...

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The Common Market legislation, like all other legislation, is the

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work of a small team of Parliamentary Counsellors, all of them clever, very hard-working lawyers Who are also Treasury men. The First Parliamentary Counsel is Sir John Saye...

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Against the coming isolation Patrick Cosgrave Since 1945 we have been dominated by two general ideas, one of which has no, and the other only a limited, historical validity....

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Secret foods Oliver Stewart A shopper can now buy a month's supplies from the supermarket without setting eyes on anything looking remotely like an animal or a plant....

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Anti-religion Bernard Dixon I see that Mowbrays, the theological booksellers and publishers, have • consigned religious books to the nether regions of their shop in Margaret...

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Christopher Hudson

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Two Cheers for Revolution It was a long time before Teresa Hayter saw that the problems of Britain could 9nly be solved by the overthrow of capitalI sm and the establishment of...

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New creeds for old

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Michael Bentley Liberal Politics in the Age of Gladstone and Rosebery D. A. Hamer (OUP £4.75) The Last Liberal Governments: Unfinished Business 1911-1914 Peter Rowland (Barrie...

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The sexual nursery

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Colin Wilson The Wolf Man and Sigmund Freud Muriel Gardner (Hogarth Press, £3.75) The 'Wolf Man' is perhaps Freud's most famous case, and is regarded by many psychoanalysts as...

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There have been so many gloomy prognostications, recently, about the future of publishing, that it seems almost sadistic to add to them. But it does appear to be widely accepted...

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Ulster's clerics

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Sir: In their article What the clerics say ' (January 22) either Miss Howard or Mr Fuchs speaks approvingly of the Catholic clergy in N. Ireland because they support political...

Irish mess

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Sir: The inability of Mr Faulkner and his supporters to recognise that the 1920-21 settlement has failed in the north of Ireland • shows that they live in a dreamworld and that...

A thing is a thing

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Sir: Mr Henry Adler (Letters, January 22) seems to be saying that we are all thugs, though some thugs are less thuggish than others. A gross over-simplification, but containing...

Peter Hain

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Sir: That Mr Gerhard Cohn (January 15) is able to dismiss my letter of December 4 as "nonsense or planned mischief" without reading it serves merely to disclose the incredible...

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Sir: May I congratulate you on giving such publicity to

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David Holbrook's admirable article (January 15). All honour to those who stand for Right - thinking, as opposed to the loud - mouthed purveyors of garbage in theatre and press....

Sir: David Holbrook cannot be ignored. It is not only

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Britain, but the people of the entire Western world who are now being conditioned to accept erotically motivated sadism as an increasing component of life; as something not to...

Fatty generation

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Sir: I have recently been shown an article by John Rowan Wilson (December 25) in which he states that "Some say. ... (in connection with coronary heart disease) that the...

No palm for Palmer

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Sir: Far from being an abstract tongue, as Tony Palmer says in his review of Clockwork Orange (January 15), Nadsat is simply down-to-earth Russian. The word Nadsat itself is a...

Pots and kettles

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Sir, — Pots bearing a particularly heavy carbon deposit should beware of calling the kettle black. Last week Will Waspe drew attention to the fact that one of my television...

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Will Waspe's - Whispe It was a relief to the top

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brass of Council that no Parisian observers were4 the other day when Lord Clark (of Civilisti was pontificating genially to some intecre,_ pressmen about the attitudes of the...

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Qualified rapture Kenneth Hurren The subject of Company, the imported Broadway musical at Her Majesty's, is marriage — considered as a fire extinguisher. Its lyrics are sharp...


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Odd man out Robin Young My heart fell at the start of Kenneth MacMillan's new Covent Garden ballet, Triad. At the sight of Peter Unsworth's spangled seaweedy setting and...

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Wronged women Tony Palmer As I said last week, there is always a prob lem when translating a play into a film or a novel into a play or whatever, and never is this more...

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Benny Green

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Prot et rnarbel. A phrase of infinite promise, three words of tantalising inscrutability, a verbal formula of mysterious power. it is neither a cryptograrn, nor a family motto,...


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Channel Isles Carol Wright To visit islands where one knows that even in a few days, the true flavour can be captured without much strain is a delight. Tending as we do, to...

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Richard King, joint managing director of the Pan Australian Unit Trust Group, received some well deserved criticism in the financial press for selling his private unit trust...

Pension schemes

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There can be no doubt that the n i t ment's pension proposals — which, s w c ‘ radical departure in pensions provia' Sion interests and the parliarn ee o Britain. Their...

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The life funds and the national investment Nicholas Davenport One of the more intelligible of the grotesque Scarfe cartoons on Sunday depicted a fat flamboyant tycoon in the...

Juliette's Weekly Frolic

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Naturally bashful and demure I have, nevertheless, been commanded to indulge in a little of that self-congratulation the ' dailies ' thrive on: when some astonishingly...

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The management of risk Gillian O'Connor It is barely credible that any industry can sit back and watch itself losing money for almost a solid decadeYet this appears to be just...