6 MAY 1972

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It is not yet clear whether the Government is, in fact, determined upon fighting it out with one or other of the chief trade unions. Nor is it clear whether any trade union has...

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On loyalty and betrayal

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Enoch Powell This is a most curious book.* Indeed, as the reader wrestles with it, he begins to wonder if it is, in the usual sense, a book at all. Mr Young, I feel, really...

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frio r/NN r.% - v le/v . 4 Ty Corridors A WORD to the

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new Peers committee which is ready to hear examples of discrimination against women: summon that arch-republican William Hamilton, Labour MP for West Fife before you. Writing in...

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l l he Anglican

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Methodist vote 4IWard Norman Week the Church of England takes . 11 4 " e °IT from congratulating Mr ffrench i gtagh on his lucky escape from South Qin justic e in order t o...

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Overplaying the piano

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Richard Luckett Keyboard Music edited by Denis Matthews (Pelican Original 75p) No single-volume survey of one entire area of music can ever prove wholly satisfying; on the...

Storm Jameson: Ford Madox Ford

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The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford Arthur Mizener ((Bodley Head E5). It is an irony of literary history, not, on reflection, a surprising one, that the most...

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Gollancz are to be congratulated on securing Kevin Crossley-Holland as an editor and director, in place of Giles Gordon who will be leaving the firm in mid-June. Much of Kevin...

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Will Waspe's Whispers

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I have a disturbing report to hand that the Western Orchestral Society (President: Sir Arthur Bliss, Master of the Queen's Musick) is bringing over the Finnish Radic Symphony...


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Great Scott and others Evan Anthony The Serpentine Gallery is again in full swing, and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is open (spring cannot be far behind), and for good...

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41stant oblivion

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17:,:istoPher Hudson ?re pitifully inade q uate films leave ulloy—Lio feelin g like one of those wreck tr4 Asp: ttissed helplessly from press show 'o kr1 . 1 41-ss s ho „,...


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Greek to me Kenneth Hurren I'm bound to say that I've had livelier evenin g s than the two I spent at the Aldwych last week givin g my respectful attention to the Greek...

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Verdi revival Hugh Macpherson The Royal Opera production of Don Carlos is one of their proudest possessions and it certainly remains a magnificent spectacle. Visconti...

The Spectator's Arts Choice

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• Chaucer's London, the summer exhibition at the London Museum (Kensington Palace) has been little noted, but is worth seeing for its painstakingly assembled impression of...

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Clive Gammon The arrival of the Australian cricketers in England reminded me of the sybaritic way I watched the final Test in last year's series: on a portable telly beside the...

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Coming to terms

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Sir: I must confess a great deal of sympathy for George Gale in his desire to come to terms with Europe (April 29). Yet, having asked some very sensible questions, he seems to...

Sir: Since it was your policy on the Anti-Common Market

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that first drew me to take out a 3-year subcription, your article on Coming to Terms with Europe greatly disappointed me. I never imagined that The Spectator would attempt to...

Great English genius

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Sir: God forbid that "the great English genius," to quote Mr Auberon Waugh's mordantly malicious description of me, should become the great English hero by attacking book...

Press standards

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Sir: Mr Worsthome (April 29) accuses me of "journalistic malpractice" on the grounds of a headline I did not write and an assurance I did not give. The argument is nine months...

Good Irish cause

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From Lard Boyle of Handsworth and others Sir: There is no doubt that many people of good will are trying to make some personal contribution to an improvement of conditions in...

Jenkins v. Powell

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Sir: The chickens of Harold Wilson's political somersaults have come home to roost. His squalid opportunism — especially on the Common Market issue — has descredited both...

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File on the Tsar

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Sir: Sir Thomas Preston's letter (April 8) was a welcome vindication of his consular activities in Ekaterinberg, which deserve nothing but the highest admiration and respect....

Sir: What on earth do Messers Mangold and Summers mean

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when they write of the Russian imperial family: "The onus is now on the April 8)? When a group of prominent people totally disappears, and historian to prove death" (Letters, no...


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Sir: Clive Gammon ' s ' crotchety ' (his word) piece about the Wildfowl Trust (Spectator, April 8), contained, in a column and a half, no less than ten significant errors of...

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Waugh's advice

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Sir: What a pity Samuel Beckett or Andre Gide was not able to profit from Mr Waugh's invaluable advice to novelists, reported in his review of Bernard Mulamud's The Tenants...

Plastic boxes

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Sir: In your issue of April 15 your columnist Skinflint made a comment on the King Tutankhamun treasures exhibition — expressing his delight at "the beautiful glass boxes that...

Race and immigration

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Sir: Mr Hugh Dykes's article on Immigration v. Race Relations epitomises the worst aspects of Conservative Party thinking on race. Those who were opposed from the beginning of...

Sir: Hugh Dykes, MP (April 22), appears to take the

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position that British people ought to accept the Race Relations Acts, which make them second class citizens in their own country, because, as a quid pro quo, fewer immigrants...

Sir: I have found much cynical delight in reading Mr

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Dykes's article (April 22) 'Immigration v. Race Relations.' For years I have been marvelling at the way liberal politicians managed to get into Parliament as Conservatives....

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British Lion—curin the mange Nicholas Davenport thebve every one a good laugh to read . Its :ritiah Lion had come ' roaring ba c k.' Nov 111°tation had been suspended las t...

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Putting money on J F H John Bull ENGINEERING is the next major growth sector. As a short-term speculator it would be foolish to concentrate too much on the rationale behind...

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Even so devoted an admirer of the National Health Service as myself must shortly begin to wonder whether its problems are at all soluble, without a complete change of both...

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Rehabilitating the patient

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Vernon Coleman Diagnosis and treatment are no longer the only important aspects of patient care with which doctors have to be familiar. It is becoming increasingly obvious that...