7 MAY 1977

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Dignified or efficient?

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Walter Bagehot drew a distinction between the ` dignified' and the 'efficient' parts of the constitution. r , he Queen i s 'dignified'; Parliament, in theory at leas t , is...

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Political Commentary

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Prelude to Stage Three John Grigg Between now and the end of the summer the Government will be playing for a Stage Three incomes policy, upon which its own credibility and the...

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Hy the time YOU-read these words, Western civilisat ion will have been rocked to its fo undations by the showing of the first of the d eeply-historic Frost-Nixon interviews. A...

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Another voice

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Any port in a storm Auberon Waugh The greatest impertinence of Americans and others writing about the sad state of Britain is in the assumption that we can't see these things...

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Terror in Czechoslovakia

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Cecil Parrott The water in the Prague goldfish bowl, outwardly tranquil last year — a tranquillity w . Inch in Soviet jargon is called normalisati °n — was rudely ruffled...

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Totally irreversible

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Charles Foley Los Angeles Doris Richards, a thirty-six-year-old girls' Physical education teacher at Emery High School in California, decided last year to become a man. She...

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Mud-slinging in Merthyr

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Richard West Writing on Merthyr Tydfil in 1962,1 quoted a Labour councillor, Tal Lloyd, as saying: 'It is quite inconceivable that any other party could win power here during...

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The fourth R

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Patrick Cosgrave All British education is governed by the Butler Education Act of 1944. The last occasion on which there was widespread debate about whether a new Act was...

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The Tories at Perth

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Adam Fergusson Unless Mrs Thatcher is very careful, a Conservative victory at a general election within the next twelve months will present her with one particular nightmare:...


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First time out Jeffrey Bernard It's highly unlikely that any of you will hav e noticed the 2.15 last Monday °t Wolverhampton, the Lichfield Maidt Fillies' Stakes, run over...

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Have educational standards collapsed?

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Ross Hutchison 'Education' is always an emotive issue, probably because everyone undergoes over a decade of it in his lifetime. Also, as Bill Gold said in the Washington Post:...

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In the City

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The summit of Summits Nicholas Davenport The flag poles are up again in the Mall – this time bigger than ever because not °r ie but six heads of state from the OECD are...

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Myth and reality

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Sir: Leo Abse (9 April) sees Christianity and Judaism as Son and Father locked in necessary combat; the Son makes his necessary rebellion, and the Father carries out his...

Representative democracy

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Sir: We understand that the National Executive Committee of the .Labour Party is about to launch an appeal to pay for the unsuccessful attempt by two left-wing officers of...

Washing your hands

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Sir: Mr Beverley Nichols (9 April) writes of a hostess giving 'great offence' to a young American by asking him if he would care to 'wash his hands', and receiving the...

Over many laws

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Sir: I applaud your journal's recent, very timely criticism of the weight of repres' sive legislation now burdening our once' free nation. At this time we might con sider the...

Sixth form?

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Sir: I have followed Christopher Booker's recent series of articles faithfully week ° Y week and to begin with I found them int er ; esting and controversial. But I now feel...

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After the revolution Robert Blake The British Revolution — Volume 2 Robert Rhodes James (Hamish Hamilton £8.50) Mr Rhodes James's first volume covered the years from 1880...

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o don fatale!

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Ronald Hingley P roblems in the Literary Biography of Sholokhov Roy A. Medvedev, J h ' r anslated by A. D. P. Briggs (Cambridge u niversity Press £6.90) 1 . t i s a peculiar...

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Tinsel town

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Duncan Fallowell The Film Addict's Archive edited by Philip Oakes (Elm Tree Books £5.95) To most people, including Philip Oakes, this means Hollywood. True, there is a nod to...

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Francis King Inside the Forties Derek Stanford ( Sidgwick and Jackson £6.95) T his book of literary reminiscences, c overing the years 1937-1957, poses the same kind of...

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Born twee

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Peter Ackroyd How to Save Your Own Life Erica Jong (Secker and Warburg 0.90) The cover may stop you reading this book; there is a photograph of something quite large and...

Paper chains

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Benny. Green The Black Girl in search of God Bernard Shaw (Penguin £1.50) Something of Myself Rudyard KiPling (Penguin 70p) Ingrained habit impels me to keep an eye on the...

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Sebastian Faulks Squaring Off, Mailer v Baldwin W. J. Weatherby (Robson Books £4.50) The first time I came across the term 'squaring off' was in an essay by Tom Wolfe in...

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Festivals 77

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Rodney Milnes How do British festivals survive in thes e troubled times? The very troubles attract those for whom uper-priced continent al jamborees for the Euro-elite are way...

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Mushy John McEwen If your knowledge is a 'mush of literature and life', as T.S. Eliot put it, then Ron Kitaj's oil paintings (Marlborough till 4 June) are for you. The longer...

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Wise man Clancy Sigal Frederick Wiseman Season (The Other Cinema) 21 Hours at Munich (ABC Shaftesbury Avenue) The Harder They Come (Filmcenta 2, Selected ABCs) In the...

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Parrot cries Richard Ingranns Not content with delivering his weighty report on television, about which I assume little will ever be done, Lord Annan went on the box last week...


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Match rules David Levy The last of the Candidates' quarter-finals has finally ended with Spassky's victory in the second, two-game minf-match. Spassky will now meet Portisch...