4 JUNE 1983

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Practical voting

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A t election time, there is a slightly artificial convention that the voter chooses between the parties 'on their merits'. The major parties are treated with equal deference,...

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E lsewhere in this issue of the Spectator a number of people tell us how they are going to vote in the general election, and why. You may possibly be wondering how I am going to...

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Another voice

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Away from it all Auberon Waugh L ast week I journeyed up to the North East for what I supposed wouldbe another pre-election Geordie-baiting episode, sponsored by Newcastle's...

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The Election

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Sitting on serpents' eggs Colin Welch M r Foot's old white head bobs about among the jostling crowds of Lan- cashire and Yorkshire like flotsam dashed hither and thither by...

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Heseltine and Tebbitson

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Charles Moore / What sort of government will we get if the Conservatives win? Mr Denis Healey has been drawing out attention to this question. Like those Victorian ar-...

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Paul Johnson A Labour heads for what looks like disaster, Mrs Barbara Castle MEP has been complaining of the conspiracy of right-wing press proprietors to bring it about. There...

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Labour's good egg

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Richard West King's Lynn O n the way to report on the North-West Norfolk election, I stopped off at Ely, which is the best place in England for seeing our modern worries in the...

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Heath: radiating isolation

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Peter Ackroyd M rs Thatcher was described, in these pages last week, with her absurd rushing about and occasional shrillness, as resembling Widow Twankey; if we continue the...

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The vultures gather

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Peter Paterson It is highly uncharacteristic of Mr Denis Healey to volunteer for martyrdom, but his quixotic gesture in virtually taking over Labour's campaign from the unhappy...

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Black and British in Brixton

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Roy Kerridge 'T think Mrs Thatcher is a fine woman and 1 I'm going to vote for her,' a St Lucian housewife told her demure 14-year-old daughter. 'But I'm afraid that young peo-...

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Fathers and mothers

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Leo Abse L abour MPs in private speak of Michael Foot invariably with affection and frequently with exasperation: the Tory MPs, contrariwise, exude no warmth towards the...

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Age of the common Tory

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Alan Rusbridger T he Sun is pretty pleased with the way things are going in this election, and few things seem to please it more than the prospect of a future Thatcher cabinet...

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One hundred years ago

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There are many ways of wasting time in the House of Commons, but all but one are imperfect in this or that par- ticular. They require some degree of concert on the part of those...

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The Queen and the spaceman

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Andrew Brown T he evening train from Gothenburg to Uddevalla seems to have been assembl- ed from old trams, or perhaps from war- time troop trains. Drunks flock to it, perhaps...

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Can the disease be cured?

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington . . . We got reports from down here that people were doing 'stupid sensual things', were in a state of 'uncontrollable frenzy', were wriggling...

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How they will vote

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The Spectator invited a number of people from various walks of life to say how they would vote in the general election, and why. Some regarded the question as impertinent;...

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`Political' interpretation

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Sir: Mr Harry Theobalds of the IBA has not really made the Code on who or who cannot advertise on television logically ex- plicable (28 May) — even though it looks as if the...

Full and vigorous

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Sir: Your leader 'Campaign tedium' (21 May) derides the broadcasters for being too cautious in covering the general election. We are accused of suppressing 'most of the...

Calvocoressi and Labour

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Sir: Peter Calvocoressi tells us that he will vote Labour with more conviction than ever before (21 May). Is that because the new Labour Party programme is almost iden- tical...

The beauties of Belfast

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Sir: In my article on the architecture of Belfast (21 May) I much regret that the large cuts which had to be made omitted all mentions of both the Ulster Architectural Heritage...


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Brideshead look-alikes Sir: Peter Shore without his spectacles reminds Paul Johnson (28 May) of Sir John Gielgud playing Charles Ryder's father in Brideshead Revisited. While...

Who owns the Victorians?

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Sir: The Spectator owes much of its readability to the powers of caricature, so it may seem churlish to complain of Peter Ackroyd's account of the History Workshop on 'Victorian...

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The beautiful life Caroline Blackwood Mary Berenson: A Self Portrait from her Diaries and Letters Edited by Barbara Strachey and Jayne Samuels (Gollancz £12.95) `S he was...

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A life of contrasts

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Richard Shone Lydia Lopokova Edited by Milo Keynes (Weidenfeld £15) rrhis book brings vividly to my mind memories of an extraordinarily original and enchanting human being...

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Mrs Wilde

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Peter Ackroyd The Importance of Being Constance Joyce Bentley (Robert Hale £8.75) F or almost a century Mrs Oscar Wilde has remained precisely that: only the s, of her title...

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Not the Monster

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Artemis Cooper The Loch Ness Mystery Solved Ronald Binns (Open Books Publishing Ltd £7.95) T he monster is very big and easilY recognisable, having a small head on a long...


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Brian Masters Who Wants to be a Millionaire? David Frost (Andre Deutsch £4.95) I t would be churlish to offer criticism of a book which is designed to be left on top of the...

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Wartime Eire

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Mary Kenny In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster and the Price of Neutrality 1939-45 Robert Fisk (Andre Deutsch £25) M y family in Dublin retains a vivid recollection of neutrality...

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John Martin Robinson One Man's Estate Dennis Barker (Andre Deutsch £9.95) r e late Lord Leicester used to admonish research students wishing to see his estate archives at...

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Conversations about Stalin

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Bohdan Nahaylo Stalinism: Its Impact on Russia and the World Edited by G. R. Urban (Maurice Temple Smith £15) 'H istory does not know a despot as brutal and cynical as Stalin...

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Love in a cold climate Rodney Milnes Idomeneo and Die Entfiihrung aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne) Carmen (WNO, Cardiff) Virst the good news. I don't know whether Glyndebourne...

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Unhappy medium Peter Ackroyd The Ploughman's Lunch ('15', Gate Notting Hill) linmy Penfield, the central character in this film, is a BBC journalist; he is . a man without...


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Questionable Maureen Owen T find the two most compulsive election 1 themes at present on the air to be Robin Day's daily Election Call (Radio 4), and the less predictable...

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Looking up John McEwen 215th Summer Exhibition (Royal Academy of Arts till 28 August) I. the 215th Summer Exhibition is surely I . the best for a long time. The reason in...

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A touch of class Giles Gordon Beethoven's Tenth (Vaudeville) They Came From Somewhere Else (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith) The Comedy Without A Title (Lyric, Hammersmith) Bottom's...

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High life

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Star-struck Taki T here are two things I've always liked about Oliver Gilmour: his wife and his sister-in-law. As of last week I've added another, a bit more abstract perhaps,...


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Spirituality Richard Ingrams TVs funny how on every one of these 1pointless bank holidays which now make life in spring and early summer so difficult, I end up watching a...

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Liquid light P. J. Kavanagh I propose to write in praise of the month we have just enjoyed, the wettest, darkest May anybody can remember — which is to say since last year. I...

Low life

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Well mauled Jeffrey Bernard illiatn Harrison 'Jack' Dempsey, the `Manassa Mauler', has taken the float count as Ring Magazine would and will say. He was born on 24 June, 1895...

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No. 1268: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked to anticipate the imminent British Telecom Dial-a-Prayer service with a formula that cannot possibly give offence or arouse con-...


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No. 1272: Elementary Set by Jaspistos: You are invited to write a short detective story of less than 250 words in which Sherlock Holmes reaches a typical- ly brilliant solution...

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Solution to 607: Light-o'-love

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The unclued lights are terms of endearment. Winner: Irving Gray, 24 Lloyd Square, London WCI. H I ' N A ' M AFE A10 D TIEI' ENE K " A C U SL A 0 1) El OW • Ar,..RzEIP m...


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Brobdingnagian Raymond Keene A n interesting venture has just been brought to my attention — a new company calling itself Giant Chess and Draughts Ltd. It is the idea of...

Crossword 610

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Assembly line by Mass A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 20 June. Entries to: Crossword 610, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street,...

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Portrait of the week

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T he tide in the affairs of the Labour Party continued to lead on to misfor- tune. Mr Jim Mortimer, Labour's general secretary, felt constrained to affirm the par- ty's...

Books Wanted

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GRAEME: any 'Blackshirt' novels. Michael Freeman, Flat 6c, Crendon St, High Wycombe, Bucks. SATURDAY BOOKS numbers 29 (1969) and 33 (1973). D. Gunston, Lawnswood, Denmead,...