7 MAY 1983

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A good tax

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A nyone who thinks of Mrs Thatcher as a woman of unmitigatedly high prin- ciples has to explain her recent appointment of a Minister of Children's Play. But one could almost...

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Political commentary

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Major public issues Colin Welch 'y ou can tell how socialist a country is by the number of things it forbids.' 'Some sense in that,' affirmed one of the retired majors with...

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rr e Soviet Embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens seems to have taken the place of the May Pole in British life. Strange peo- ple of all ages go there on May Day to pay homage,...


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UK Eire Surface mail Air mail 6 months: £15.50 IR£17.75 £18.50 £24.50 One year: £31.00 1 R£35.50 £37.00 £49.00 Cheques to be made payable to the Spectator and sent to...

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Another voice

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Shirley's achievement Auberon Waugh M any middle-aged men nowadays must dream of revenging themselves on the young. It is not just that the young are so ignorant and rude....

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The Caribbean disease

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington 6 ow long', the senator from the H lo State of Delaware asked his col- leagues, 'are we to listen to the cries of outraged humanity that every...

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Less death in Guatemala

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Patrick Marnham Nebaj, Guatemala A ccording to a recent article by Anthony Lewis, the influential American com- mentator, nothing has changed in Guatemala. In March Mr Lewis...

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The value of Mr Shultz

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Christopher Hitchens rr he 'peace mission' undertaken by Secretary of State George Shultz would not be necessary if American policy in the Near East showed any sign of...

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Too good to last

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Richard West New Orleans, Louisiana A Slidell, a town a few miles north of here, named after one of the state's most crooked politicians, a Dixieland band boarded the train and...

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The price of chivalry

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David Carlton W hatever the outcome of this week's local elections, the Tories have little cause for complacency about an eventual general election in June or later. The most...

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Rocky road to Paradise

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Roy Kerridge fight years ago, when roaming through .L the Highlands of Scotland, I was given a lift by an amiable lorry driver who regaled me with lore and legend as he drove...

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Conditioned to failure

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Byron Rogers T hey are one of the few races on earth never to have known statehood. One moment they were happily fighting each other, oblivious to the fact that they were being...

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Room for improvement Paul Johnson T he Government's White Paper on cable systems sensibly follows the main recommendations of the Hunt Report, which was (by present-day...

One hundred years ago

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Egypt has probably been delivered from a serious danger by the victory which Colonel Hicks, in command of the force the Soudan, has gained over the followers of the Mandi. He...

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Young version

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Sir: Sir Henry Cole (16 April) must have used Young's Analytical Concordance:1 1879, for his motto 'Whatsoever thy ha lt findeth to do, do it with all thy migh t, T n clesiastes...


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Sir: Who can say why the Deutsche Grain- mophon Brahms edition has put A.S; Henry's nose out of joint (Letters , I° April), unless to manufacture another non- issue for his...

Cafe life

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Sir: In his fascinating article (16 April) Walter Kendall describes how Leon Trot- sky, as a Balkans war correspondent, stayed at the Moskva Hotel in Belgrade. This is still the...

No regrets

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Sir: 'Edward Mortimer must surely wish that the ground would open up every time he recalls the article in which he greeted the coming to power of Khomeini with Charles James...


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Sir: A. N. Wilson (9 April) makes the ludicrous statement: 'In 1649, only one voice of protest, in the whole of England, was raised against the decapitation of Charles I; and...


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Sir: As another Englishman from the Home Counties who knows Cwmllynfell (MY wife's grandfather: Phil Jenkins — iron - monger between the wars), may I take issue with Peter...


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Ark covenanted Sir: The late Dr Hugh Plommer was held in the warmest affection by all his colleagues in the Faculty of Classics in Cambridge, so a tribute to him (9 April) is...

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Sneering at Mr Veneering Arthur Marshall Names Basil Cottle (Thames and Hudson £9.50) S ome readers may happily remember the publication a few years ago of a book called...

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Redeeming love

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Frank Longford Julia de Beausobre: A Russian Christian in the West Constance Babington Smith (Darton, Longman and Todd £9.95) C onstance Babington Smith has written sensitive,...


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James Cameron A History of the Modern World Paul Johnson (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £16.50) and such,' they say, 'has not been seen since the beginning of the world'. So when was...

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Jewish charm

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Anthony Blond The Jewish Community in British Politics Geoffrey Alderman (OUP £17.50) w hitechapel, at the turn of the century, had 1500 Jewish voters out of an elec- torate of...

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Inside story

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Brian Masters To be a Redgrave Deirdre Redgrave (Robson Books £7.95) I is an awesome reflection on the vision 1. of some publishers that the author of this book was apparently...

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Francis King Fools of Fortune William Trevor (Bodley Head £7.50) rr he cover of this novel reproduces a detail from a painting 'The Two Travellers' by Jack B. Yeats. Yeats was,...


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Simon Courtauld A Stranger in Spain H.V. Morton (Methuen £5.95) D riving north last month from Andalusia to Estremadura, I stopped for the night in Zafra at the Parador de...

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Free-wheeling chaps

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Mary Kenny Romantic Love and Society: Its Place in the Modern World Jacqueline Sarsby (Pelican £2.95) The Child-Lovers: A Study of Paedophiles in Society Glenn D. Wilson and...

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Wonderful world

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Duncan Fallowell T he Hon. Henry Mountsavage, a rather aimless traveller in the East between the wars, on Laos: 'The only country which manages to be both landlocked and sub-...

Recent paperbacks

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James Hughes-Onslow Animal Liberation: Towards an End to Man's Inhumanity to Animals Peter Singer (Thorson £4.95) This book has been hailed as the anti" vivisectionist and...

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That's no lady... Peter Ackroyd Tootsie (PG', selected cinemas) D ustin Hoffman is an actor who likes to `feel' each role he plays, to 'get inside' each character; he is less...

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Beyond belief Giles Gordon The White Glove (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith) The Roaring Girl (Barbican) The Taming of the Shrew (Barbican) f you've ever itched to up-end the sam...

Books Wanted

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JOHN GUNTHER: 'Inside USA' and his short book on writing the 'Inside' books. N.P. Lloyd, 58 Hampstead Way, London NW11 7XX. FREEMAN WILLS CROFTS: 'James Tarrant, Adventurer',...

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Group psychology Rodney Milnes The Carmelites (Covent Garden) Katya Kabanova (Opera North, Manchester) I tend to divide acquaintances into those who can and those who cannot...

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Surfeit Maureen Owen T here is no doubt, as the late Gwyn Thomas noted in his diaries, that the Welsh people have been 'deeply wounded in their minds'. The austere, forbidding...

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High life

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Speechless Taki Lexington, Kentucky L ate April is a time when the lawns and gardens of Kentucky are painted with the real life pastels of a Southern spring - time. This is...


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Royal wit Richard Ingrams Elollowing the undignified but very amus- ing departure of Jay, Rippon and Ford from TV-am it remains to be seen whether the company can survive at...

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Forty-six minutes P. J. Kavanagh M y two neighbour columnists give the low-down — and high-down — on their lives, and this Mr Postscript feels he ought to give the low-down on...

Low life

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Finders keepers Jeffrey Bernard T here's something slightly obscene about the American obsession with litigation, but then, with a handful of exceptions like Lincoln, W.C....

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No. 1268: Dial-a-Prayer Set by Jaspistos: British Telecom is about to offer the public this service but is said to be still searching for a formula that cannot possibly give...

No. 1265: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were invited to write a poem entitled On First Looking Into the Telephone Directory. A good, big entry, with an impressive variety of angles of...

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Soviet supreme Raymond Keene K arpov has narrowly won the 50th anniversary Soviet Championship which ran in Moscow from 3 to 28 April. In spite of a slow start, the world...

Crossword 606

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Inscribes by Ix A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 23 May. Entries to: Crossword 606, The Spectator, 56 Doughty s reel, London WC1N...

Solution to 603: Skin game

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Portrait of the week

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P resident Reagan appointed a former Democratic Senator, Richard Stone, to be his special envoy for Central America, hoping at the same time that Congress would approve the...