29 OCTOBER 1983

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Fantastic invasion

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T he American invasion of Grenada reveals the irrelevance of international law, and the dangers inherent in a foreign policy conducted in terms of the defence of liberty and...

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Political commentary

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Making her ridiculous Charles Moore A comprehensive schoolboy might prefer to be deliberately graceless. A public school boy would affect ease. Mr Kinnock looks like a grammar...

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I don't suppose many people read last week's article by Geoffrey Robertson and myself about the future of Reuters news agency, because it was long and dealt with some rather...

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Another voice

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The 1 per cent fallacy Auberon Waugh perhaps I am premature in detecting a slight shift in the attitude of polite England towards its handsome and charm- ing new Leader of the...

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Vietnam I mean Lebanon

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Charles Glass T aps. Most Americans, until this week, had not heard the bugler blow taps since the last soldiers were brought home in body bags from Vietnam. It is an eery...

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Why Britforleb?

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Peter Gill H ow is it then that the British and the Italians have escaped unscathed? Even before last weekend, the casualty figures told a story — 16 French dead, seven US...

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Black comedy in Grenada

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Max Hastings suppose that we should long ago have grown out of being surprised by the spec- tacle of black mischief, or at least black farce, on Caribbean islands from which...

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A day to remember

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Christopher Hitchens Washington nonald Farrell Young Jr, is by no means a pretty sight. At the age of 17, standing trial for murder, he doesn't seem to care much about the...

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It must have been a mule

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Roy Kerridge -Flown in Cleveland, Tennessee, at the L./Church of God convention, preacher after Southern preacher shouted, sang, prayed and prophesied. By the time my stay in...


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The Spectator is offering a special student rate for a 38 week subscription — to cover three academic terms and two short vacs. — for only £10.95 — giving students a saving of...

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One hundred years ago Mr James Lowther is our favourite

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Tory speaker. He made a speech at Coventry, yesterday week, which ought to be reprinted and distributed by the Liberal Associations all over the coun- try. In it, Mr Lowther...

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The Mandela story

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Richard West T he Editor and several readers of the Spectator have remarked on the ever- increasing number of streets, parks, junior common rooms, bars and racehorses nam- ed...

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Sinister proposals

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Timothy Garton Ash T he Peace Movement, having swept across western Europe from Sicily to Greenham Common, having brought millions on to the streets of our capital cities,...

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In the City

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Making sense of mergers Jock Bruce-Gardyne A couple of months back in these columns I suggested that a lowly parliamentary Under-Secretary might be facing the toughest...

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Grammar schools Sir: In your leading article (2 October) you argue for the reintroduction of grammar schools in Solihull. In theory this is fine, but in practice Solihull's...

Exeter lounges

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Sir: It may interest you to know that here at Exeter University one of the lounges in our main Students' Union Building, Devonshire House, has been called the 'Nelson Mandela...


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Sir: I have been commissioned by The Bodley Head to write, with his agreement, the biography of the 9th Duke of Portland, who, as Mr V. F. W. Cavendish-Bentinck, was Chairman of...

Birchite McDonald

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Sir: Mr Christopher Hitchens (1 October) depicts Lawrence Patton McDonald, recently killed by Soviet airmen, as a 'pathetic' crank. On the contrary, this articulate, handsome...

Who is my relation?

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Sir: I notice that relations of Dame Edna and her entourage and relations of Spectator employees are ineligible for your competition. Could you specify the exact degree of...

Trust and stewardship

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Sir: Lord Bruce-Gardyne (22 October) scoffs at Margaret Drummond (Times, 15 October). Is he, perhaps, less aware of the inflationary experience of the self-employed with their...

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Centrepiece Myths and realities

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Colin Welch 'V very reader of the Spectator knows with what vitality, sense, wit and knowledge Paul Johnson fills a column. Amazing about his History of the Modern World...

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The Lost Leader A. N. Wilson Beyond the Pale: Sir Oswald Mosley 1933-1980 Nicholas Mosley (Seeker and Warburg £8.95) I t so happened that, just before I opened the second...

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Blue blood

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Alastair Forbes Marie Bonaparte: A Life Celia Bertin (Quartet £14.95) Unburdening himself, a dozen or so Li years ago, to the editor of Punch, the chap he had picked as good...

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Patrick Marnham People Edited by Susan Hill (Chatto & Windus £8.95) S ome years ago a book was published ...lulled Places. Edited by Ronald Blythe and containing descriptions...


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Francis King Londoners Maureeen Duffy (Methuen £7.95) Maureeen Duffy (Methuen £7.95) rr he name of the central character and narrator of this novel is Al. Al for Alfred, for...

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Ghost writer

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Brian Masters Oscar Browning Ian Anstruther (John Murray £12.50) t is brave of Ian Anstruther to write a biography of an interesting man in whom nobody much is interested. One...

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Max Hayward

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John Jolliffe Writers in Russia 1917-1978 Max Hayward Edited with an introduction by Patricia Blake (Harvill Press £7.95) Doris Pasternak wrote in 1944 that 'a 1J/translation...

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Ugly story

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Louis Heren Kissinger: The Price of Power Seymour M. Hersh (Faber £15) S eymour Hersh has written a devastating book about Henry Kissinger's years in the Nixon White House....

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Launch and relaunch Rodney Milnes The Rhinegold (WNO, Cardiff) Rebecca (Opera North, Leeds) O ne of many thoughts occurring while watching two new Rings being launch- ed is...

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Opera bouffe Peter Ackroyd La Traviata ('U', Odeon Haymarket) I t looked as if we might be getting Verdi la/fresco, as Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of La Traviata opened...

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Radiant John McEwen Leonard McComb — Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture (Serpentine Gallery [Arts Council] till 20 November Georg Baselitz: Paintings 1906 - 83 (Whitechapel Art...


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Out of touch Giles Gordon Maydays (RSC: Barbican) The Custom of the Country (RSC: The Pit) The Cherry Orchard (Haymarket) T here's a scene in David Edgar's ambitious,...

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Sylvia's farewell Richard Ingrams 4 -no you really want to see Russell Harty twice a week? How keen are you to see more plays about hospitals, heart transplants, senility,...

High life

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Going West Taki New York O ne of the reasons I abandoned my old friend Jeffrey Bernard in hospital and fled back to New York was that his ward was full. I didn't trust myself...

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Owls and satyrs P. J. Kavanagh I n the Times Literary Supplement of 14 October James Fenton has published 'God, A Poem', which contains, among others, these stanzas: Oh he...

Low life

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Last resort Jeffrey Bernard W e were idly wondering what on earth Watneys will do to the French pub When Gaston Barlemont retires. Piped ac- cordion muzak a. la Maigret?...

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No. 1290: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a Bellocian verse tale about a Lord Lundy who had some other failing than cry- ing too easily. I spent the weekend at a house...

Comp e tition

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No. 1293: Way off St James's Set by Jaspistos: There are rumours that there is to be a Groucho Club in London, named after the Marx Brother who said that he would refuse to...

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Tall oaks Raymond Keene J am delighted to announce that the British Chess Federation, supported by sponsors who as yet prefer to remain anonymous, has made a bid of around...

Crossword 631

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A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 14 November. Entries to: Crossword 631, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL. 1 2...

Solution to 628:

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Portrait of the week

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n the fourth week of the 'cease-fire' 1 in Lebanon the headquarters of the American and French units of the peacekeeping force in Beirut were blown up, killing about 250...

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The first prize is a magnificent 1934 Daimler Saloon, which is illustrated above. It is fully licensed and in excellent condition having had only two owners. The car is valued...

How to take part

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1. Dame Edna Everage will introduce one question by a different person in each issue of The Spectator from now until the 10 December issue. 2. Do not send in your replies each...

Game for a Daimler

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with Dame Edna Everage Hello Possums! This week's Quizmaster happens to be my very favourite Stage-Door Johnnie. Whenever I'm doing one of my all too rare sell-out theatrical...

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If you missed the previous week's issue, it is still possible to enter the competition. Back numbers are available from: The Spectator, Competition Back Numbers, 56 Doughty...