29 JANUARY 1983

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Decks cleared for battle

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S ince there is no fixed date for a general election in Britain except that it may not be more than five years after the last one, the choice of the precise day is in the hands...

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Political commentary

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For their own good Colin Welch A much as any Victorian mill-owner the ogre Tebbit would seem to need good stout gates. His recent concern about them appeared most natural....

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W hen I was in the army, a soldier, unqualified to drive, took a Bren-gun carrier without permission, knocked down a lamp post and killed a passer-by. His commanding officer...


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Another voice

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Coppers' nark Auberon Waugh G enerally speaking I attribute the extreme unpopularity of the press in Britain to the hypocrisy of the British, their extreme terror of being...

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Russia entices West Germany

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Timothy Garton Ash W ith an election in view, Mrs Thatcher flies to the Falklands, celebrating the triumph of British arms. With an election I mminent (on 6 March), Mr Vogel,...

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When democracy ended

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Richard Calvocoressi Berlin O n 9 January, Karl Carstens, President of the Federal Republic, reluctantly declared the Bundestag dissolved and an- nounced the holding of...

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Yasu and Ron and pinch me

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Murray Sayle Tokyo O h, what a tangled web we weave, when we go on and off the record! Only a Week ago, Japan had a brand-new, energetic Prime Minister, promising, in a...

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State of the Deficit

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Nicholas von Hoffman B efore the Chief went up to the Capitol to give the obligatory State of the Union address, his supporters hired a hall to celebrate the second anniversary...

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The murder of Mr Smith

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Richard West D uring my stay last month in Johannes- burg there was, as usual, no shortage of startling news: South Africa's raid on Lesotho, the verdict on Neil Aggett, found...

One hundred years ago

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The Times gives some curious ,statistics of the Quaker body, or, as they call themselves, 'The Society of Friends'. They are now reduced to 17,977 members, or probably 7,000...

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On being bugged

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Bruce Arnold Dublin harles Haughey's dealings with political journalists are at heart unsatisfactory, and always have been. Although he has regarded himself at all times as an...

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The press

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Always bores on Sunday Paul Johnson W hich is the bigger threat to Fleet Street: its propensity to bleed itself to death by suicidal strikes, or its increasingly marked lack...

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Doubtful buffer

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Sir: Cohn Welch's staunch defence of Mrs Thatcher's actions in dealing with the Falklands crisis (22 January) comes as no surprise; even those of us lacking the innate Tory bent...

Complementing Sizewell

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Sir: I write to defend the CEGB against a vile injustice perpetrated by Mr Richard West in his article on Sizewell (15 January). Mr West suggests that the CEGB forces the...


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It passeth all understanding Sir: The Ecumenical Movement has always left me pretty cold, perhaps as a result of the influence of a Jesuit priest who taught me religious...


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Sir: The American European Community Association was established to improve understanding between the United States and the European Community. It is sup- ported on both sides...

The example of Eigg

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Sir: Michael Bywater's article on a Hebri- dean funeral (1 January) brought out the poignant contrast between the dignity of that sad occasion and the Las Vegas baro- que of the...

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Strawberry leaves for ever Eric Christiansen The Dukes of Norfolk John Martin Robinson (O. U . P. £12.50) T o the noble dynasty of Howard belongs a distinction rare among...

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Line of defence?

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Philip Warner Siegfried: The Nazis' Last Stand Charles Whiting (Leo Cooper/Secker & Warburg £8.95) A t the beginning of World War H recruits on route marches were encouraged...

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A chronicle of resistance

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Bohdan Nahaylo Notes of a Revolutionary Andrei Amalrik (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £12.50) ndrei Amalrik was one of the outstand- ing figures of the Soviet dissident movement. His...

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Wider yet and wider

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A. N. Wilson The Selected Letters of Thomas Babington Macaulay Edited by Thomas Pinney (Cambridge University Press £19.50) Ciardinal Newman believed that the best literary...

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Clubbing together

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Harriet Waugh The Scoop and Behind the Screen edited by Dorothy L. Sayers (Gollancz £6.95) T he Scoop and Behind the Screen are two novellas presented (rather in the manner of...

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Francis King A Bloodsmoor Romance Joyce Carol Oates (Cape £9.95) A ways ambiguous in aim and often wavering in execution, this is a rum book to come from one of the best and...

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Anything goes, by numbers Rodney Milnes The Magic Flute (Scottish Opera) his is not going to be easy to write. It is well known that Jonathan Miller (Flute) loathes critics...

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Snail's pace John McEwen Tony Carter and Martin Froy (Serpentine Gallery [Arts Council] till 13 February) Victor Willing (Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge till 20...

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To excess Giles Gordon Decadence (Arts) Miss Julie (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith) Messiah (Tricycle) Yakety Yak (Astoria) B lack drapes, a sofa and, beside it, a red rose in...

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Quick flicks Peter Ackroyd Airplane II: the sequel ('PG', selected cinemas) Eating Raoul ('18', selected cinemas) rrhese two comedies could only have been made in the United...

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High life

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Lost marbles Taki rr here are too many people writing about the Elgin Marbles who have no business doing so — especially in the Spectator. I and I alone know anything about...


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Promises Richard Ingrams The BBC's God Slot, so long a regular 1 part of Sunday evening viewing, seems to have rather disintegrated. Ever since I can remember, there has been...

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Low life

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Out of the mouths Jeffrey Bernard I f the a g e of consent was raised from 16 to 50, lunatic asylums would be empty. came to that conclusion a g es a g o and lon g before...


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Mass murders Patrick Marnham T he EEC a g reement which has just ended a seven-year fishin g dispute has been described as 'superb' for Britain, and even the Danes are happy....

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A steady diet Jon Speelman Tn order to avoid a clash with the Olym- piad or Interzonals, the annual Sochi chess tournament was moved this year from its usual slot of...


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No. 1254: No stars Set by Jaspistos: What are the features of a very ill-run hotel or boarding-house which a guest should prepare himself for? Six ex- amples, please, within...

No. 1251: The winners

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Jaspistos reports.' Competitors were asked for an extract from a detective story in which the sleuth is Robin Thin, 'a bumb - ling, egocentric, effeminate pseudo - intellectual...

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Crossword 592

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A prize of len pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 14 February. Entries to: Crossword 592, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WCIN 2LL. In...

Solution to 589: Nice L II 8 I N

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Portrait of the week

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T he resignations from the Opposition front bench of the former deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, Ray MacSharry, and former Minister of Justice, Sean Doherty, followed...

Books Wanted

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THE BYZANTINE ACHIEVEMENT by Rupert Byron and 'The Weathercock' by Simone Ratel. Tel: 01-229 6760. LONDON END by J. B. Priestley (Penguin 1969). Alex Bedford, 71 Fentiman Rd,...