30 JULY 1983

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Jaw-jaw for Poland

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L ast week the Polish parliament cere- moniously lifted the curtain of martial law, to reveal a stage surrounded by police and a draconian set of new restrictions. The...

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Political commentary

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Labour in search of a prole Charles Moore E ven before Mr Hattersley swore (or, as 1–:/the case may have been, did not swear) at Mr Foot, the experts were agreed that Mr...

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C lever Princess Michael of Kent seems to have a knack of getting her own way. After a five-year struggle, she has finally obtained the Vatican's approval for her marriage to...


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Another voice

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Parliament of brigands Auberon Waugh N othing like enough anger has been gen- erated by the behaviour of MPs in awarding themselves a gigantic pay rise at a time of minimum...

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Humming for His Holiness

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John Sweeney McLeod Ganj, India A t dusk this serene hill station, where Lord Elgin of marbles fame lies buried, hums like an - electricity sub-station. The hum comes from...

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Journalist who made bad

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Denis Mack Smith D enito Mussolini did much more harm .1...)than good in his career as a politician, but he was an important figure and it is not altogether surprising that on...

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Dingnisheng and Shasibiya

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John Derbyshire Siping City, China E verybody knows the frustration of having to explain a joke. Teaching the literature of one's country to foreign students is something...

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Kissinger and the Right

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Christopher Hitchens I f it's true that intellectuals are secretly fascinated by power, then there's no need for surprise at the renaissance of Dr Henry Kissinger. There are...

One hundred years ago

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Probably one reason why the holiday- taking classes so often do not enjoy their holidays as much as they expected, is that they take with them no genuine holiday work, into...

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Oriental housewives

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Roy Kerridge Chez Kerridge', my current abode, is N—"in a little terraced street in London, where most of my neighbours are West In- dians. I have Jamaicans next door on one...

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Clogs and condoms

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Richard West T Appleby-in- Westmorland he basic history of the town can be read on the souvenir dish-cloth I bought: 950 First Danish settlement 1179 Royal Charter granted...

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In the City

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Is the party over? David Freud A little more than a year ago the City stockbroking community was suffer- ing from a bad attack of the jitters. Business was slack and with...

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The press

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Dog-eats-dog days Paul Johnson ast Week the Audit Bureau of Circula- tion issued its national newspaper figures for the first six months of 1983. Fleet Street can draw a...

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Sir: Roy Kerridge's article on the Colin Roach affair (2 July) rested upon two repellent assumptions, both based on ignorance. Firstly, as a lecturer in a large London college...

As she is spoke

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Sir: Our English language is an endangered species. We are so prejudiced against Romance words, and consequently so illiterate, that we cannot use the words 'reduce' and...

Enigma variation

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Sir: The sting in the tail of Brian Masters's extremely generous review of my book Elgar The Man: (16 July) perhaps deserves to be half extracted. In referring to Elgar's life...


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Everybody's doing it Sir: From a confidential survey of over 3,000 women conducted this year in England by Dr Tony Baker, a member of the British Association for the Study of...

Brand X

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Sir: Paul Johnson (2 July) may be justified in taking a swipe at people who are snooty about advertising, but he confuses advertising with endorsement. If a man who is normally...

The author

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Sir: The author of 'that novel printed on loose pages for its readers to reshuffle' and whose name eludes Mary Renault (Letters, 23 July), was B. S. Johnson. Considering the...

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Dictionary Johnson A. N. Wilson A lady, calling at Number 17, Gough Square one afternoon during the period when the great lexicographer was Compiling his dictionary, was...

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The great French compliment

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George Gale French and Germans, Germans and French Richard Cobb (University Press of New England £10.95) H ere we have an odd and idiosyncratic book indeed: an account of...

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This land of saints

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Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd The Irish in Ireland Constantine FitzGibbon (David & Charles £10.95) ' Irish Journal Heinrich Boll (Seeker & Warburg £7.95) Tt has often been...

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Nigella Lawson Moral Tales Giacomo Leopardi, translated by Patrick Creagh (Carcanet £9.95) A s the title suggests, Moral Tales does not make for ideal holiday reading. It...

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Save buildings and save money

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John Jolliffe Preserve and Prosper: The Wider Economic Benefits of Conserving Historic Buildings Max Hanna and Marcus Binney (SAVE Britain's Heritage, 68 Battersea High...

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Roman fever

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Harold Acton The Vatican and its Treasures Ed. Maurizio Fagiolo dell' Arco (The Bodley Head £20) 'The so-called 'coffee table books' grow grander as they proliferate,...


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John Michell The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft Introduction by John Stewart Collis; biographical notes by Pierre Coustillas Demos: a Story of English Socialism Introduction...

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Ways and means Giles Gordon • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Half Moon) Rococo (ICA) Cats (New London) • A s socialist doctrine, Stephen Lowe's dramatisation of...


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Intermezzos Rodney Milnes Griselda (Buxton, Festival) Love of Three Oranges (Glyndebourne) B uxton is not afraid of risks. The in- fluence of Boccaccio is a pleasing festival...

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A palpable hit Peter Ackroyd Superman III ('PG', selected cinemas) T he difficult part, always, is recounting the plot and so for once we will leave that to the Warner...

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Influenced John McEwen The British Neo-Romantics 1935-1950 (Fischer Fine Art, till 19 August; National Museum of Wales, 27 August to 25 September) Graham Crowley: Home...

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Questions Richard Ingrams T he Irish psychiatrist Dr Anthony Clare has built up quite a reputation on radio as an interviewer who probes the parts that other interviewers...

High life

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Educational Taki L eonard Bernstein wants musicians all over the world to demonstrate for nuclear disarmament by wearing a red tour- niquet round their arms on 25 August, his...

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Pattern and Patten P. J. Kavanagh W ith the customary heartlessness of youth — as the bruises accumulate we become more tender — I was amused, as well as touched, by the shock...

Low life

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Life history Jeffrey Bernard news I had last week. I'm going to start writing a column again for the Sporting Life after an absence of 12 years. It won't make me rich but it...

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Chequers Competition No 2

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My experience from Competition No 1 has made it clear that the positions set were dauntingly difficult. Accordingly, No 2, given below, is much easier to handle. Please write...


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No. 1280: Clampdown Set by Charles Seaton: You are asked for up to 16 lines of verse 'On Finding a Wheel Clamp on my Car'. Entries to 'Competition No. 1280' by 12 August.


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Solutions Raymond Keene T he positions set for analysis in the first Chequers Chess Competition on 18 June were these: The basic answers 1 had been hoping for were, for...

No. 1277: The winners

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Report by Jaspistos: Competitors were ask- ed for an extract from a description of a sporting event by a correspondent badly af- flicted with stylistic floridity. The Wimbledon...

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Solution to 615: Ailourotropic

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Crossword 618

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A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 15 August. Entries to: Crossword 618, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WCIN 2LL. 1 2...

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Special offer

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Wine Club Auberon Waugh T he one disappointment of last month's offer was how few people took up the 1982 Pichon Longueville Baron at £65 the case ex-Bordeaux, for which I had...


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Portrait of the week

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T he Confederation of British Industry urged the government to cut 360,000 Civil Service, local government and Health Service jobs in a new attack on public spen- ding....

Books Wanted

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THE COUSINHOOD by Chaim Bermant. W. B. Harbud, Peterhouse, Church St, Bexhill on sea, Sussex. THE RAPE OF RIGA, author unknown. Also any country title by John Moore except...