10 MARCH 1973

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Mr Heath's dirty linen

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Mr Barber's lollipop Budget briefly diverted the nation's attention from the crisis it is going through in industrial relations: a crisis which the Budget did nothing to cool....

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Mr Barber's gamble

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Apart from such cosmetic artifices as the zero VAT rating on children's clothes and the lifting of the lollipop tax on such necessities of human life as ice-cream, sweets and...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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The question as to who will succeed Sir Hugh Cudlipp as editorial boss of the Mirror newspapers remains intriguing. Last October Hugh Cudlipp announced that he would retire this...

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Houdini does it again

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Patrick Cosgrave Mr Anthony Barber is the veritable Houdini of politics. Whatever he says as Chancellor can, it seems, be turned to political advantage; and any budget of his...

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The Budget: Left view

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The relevance of Mr Barber Thomas Balogh When the Spring-sowing is due, so is the ritual dance of the Budget. The economic High Priests rise to the irrelevant occasion and...

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The Budget: Right view

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Clever snake in narrow tunnel Nicholas Ridley One cannot but admire Mr Barber's energy, his ability, and his political flair. During a week of hectic discussions on the...

Corridors ...

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PUZZLE NATURALLY TROTTED along to the Budget debate the other day and, as usual, noticed all the inconsequential things that were going on, rather than attending to the wise and...

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After devaluation

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Peter Walker on monetary reform and freer trade John Szemery An interview with Mr Peter Walker, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Szemerey: Some international...

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Good Brother Cantabrigiensis

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Mercurius Oxoniensis Good brother Cantabrigiensis, I am truly sorry to read of your late Cambridge stirs, which have obliged you to call in that great legislator and arbiter of...

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The American Scene

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Blacks in the Ivy League On a plane out of Boston, Massachusetts, some years ago, a smiling, tweedy black in his late thirties introduced himself to me as Assistant Dean...

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The two Christianities Edward Norman Like cheeky acolytes daring one another into irreverences at the altar; like strippers arranging an adjustment of their act; like coppers'...

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John Vincent on the letters of a family man

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Truth will out: so even will respectability, Lloyd George's best-kept secret. For long the English, a mystic and irrational people given to romantic exaggeration, have seen our...

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But first, life with the lions

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Auberon Waugh The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz Russell Hoban (Cape £2.25) The Girl Who Passed for Norma/ Hugh Fleetwood (Hamish Hamilton £2.10) I had intended to review...

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Hard shell and soft head

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Kenneth Minogue Reflections on the Causes of Human Misery Barrington Moore, Jr (Allen Lane £3.50) A few years ago, during the student troubles at LSE, I had an American student...

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Imagery and engineering

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Barbara Hardy Thomas Hardy and British Poetry Donald Davie (Routledge and Kegan Paul £2.75) Critical judgments may tell us more about the judges than the judged. Fielding mocks...

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The year of the great Mazeltov

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Simon Schama My Country: The Story of Modern Israel Abba Eban (Weidenfeld and Nicolson E3.75) To Build the Promised Land Gerald Kaufman (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £4.25) The...

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Bookbuyer Weidenfeld and Nicolson have not only moved to Clapham, an area which their promotion department wistfully refers to as Battersea, but have also made the most...

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Will Waspe

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The filming of The Whither Mart — starring Edward Woodward and Britt Ekland, screenplay by Peter Shaffer — would seem to have caused consternation, in and out of the company, on...


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A girl and her search Evan Anthony "As a little girl in Transylvania, Gyongyi knew she was going to paint." No, it's not the beginning of the plot outline for an operetta, but...

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A slight Frost Clive Gammon Somewhere in the trackless middle of The ' Frost Programme (ITV) this week, a distraught member of the audience began to interrupt violently....


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Getting together Robin Young It has (long been suspected among the gossips in the amphitheatre that Margot Fonteyn was irreconcilably reluctant to dance with Anthony Dowell....

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Caught in the slips

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Benny Green Last Christmas one of my relatives, well-trained by me in the matter of gifts and emoluments, resisted •the temptation to festoon me with underpants and bottles of...

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An interim Budget

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Nicholas Davenport With the economic pundits shouting contradictions at him — one lot crying for another £1,000 million to keep growth going at 5% and another lot telling him...

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Skinflint's City Diary

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I am appalled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer's truly scandalous decision about sweets, chocolates, ice-creams, lollipops and so on. These pernicious confections, which do...

Account gamble

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Here for De Beers John Bull This is perhaps the worst possible climate in which to give short-term investment advice. One only has to listen to conversation in the City to...

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Into the oil field Nephew Wilde I noticed last week that General Amin had sent all his Cabinet ministers away for a compulsory month's holiday. Returning from the Scilly...

Welfare and taxation

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Francis Wintle I do not wish to be uncharitable about this; nor, I hope, does the Government. The Budget promises further concessions to pensioners, some encouragement to the...

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Testing time custos It is crucial for voluntary and social workers to understand fully the importance of the Simper case which was heard in the High Court recently. It may mean...


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Bedside teaching John Roman Wilson One of the more constructive aims of the 'consumer movement' in recent years has been to defend the interests of patients in hospitals. The...

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Israel and the Arabs

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Sir: Whether it is simple ignorance, or Christian casuistry at its worst, which impels the Rev Tony Crowe to wrest General Dayan's words from context, Arabs in Israel know...

Juliette's Weekly Frolic

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When he is not reviewing thrillers for The Spectator John Welcome's literary activities revolve round the turf and with a faultless sense of timing Pelhams, the publishers, have...

Sir: The Rev Tony Crowe, of Charlton Parish Church of

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St Luke, quotes the report of Le Monde that General Dayan asserted in Tel Aviv that "peace with the Arabs is not the primary objective of Israel ". Mr Crowe, incidentally,...

Whitelaw's words

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Sir: It is a pity that Mr Patrick Cosgrave allows himself to stray so far from the path of accuracy in his ' quotations ' from Mr William Whitelaw's recent speech (March 3). He...

Sir: Why does Mr Patrick Cosgrave (March 3) find Mr Whitelaw's outburst about TUC and IRA behaviour so "extraordinary "?

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As a working wife struggling to make ends meet in a one-roomed flat with an invalid husband, I heartily agree with Mr Whitelaw. Surely it takes little education to see exactly...

Booksellers' mark-up

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Sir: It is mostmisleading of Bookbuyer (March 3) to cite Richard Kennedy's A Boy at the Hogarth Press as an example of booksellers marking up the price of new books, since in...

The by-elections

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Sir: A third force may be emerging in English politics. This may be the lesson to be learned from last week's by-elections. Scotland, however, is in a different position. At...

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Sir: If those by-election results mean 'anything they mean the

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impending doom of Edward Heath. Like a demented general ture...i.;ug phantom armies he will no doubt continue to boast that he has the wholehearted supporL oi jority of the...

Pound revalued

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Sir: Strange are the survivals to be found in your Letters column! Mr John Wareham has resurrected in triumph Ezra Pound's circular definition of poetic criticism, which I had...

Sir: I take some of the points made by James

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Blish and Mark Braham about Ezra Pound. I deliberately overstated the case: they may swing a little too much in the other direction. I doubt whether Hardy had all that much to...

Are guns necessary?

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Sir: I sometimes wonder if columns like 'A Spectator's Notebook' February 24) don't go out of the way to write rubbish with the intention of goading half-wittedreaders like me...

Saving Solo

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Sir: Clive Gammon was so right about "the harsher alternative" being the right one in The Wild Dogs of Africa documentary. One of the most memorable experiences for television...

Passport rights

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Sir, Mr Cosgrave (February 3) raises again the question of the legal right of alien British passport holders to enter and live in Britain. I see Mr Cosgrave's point but would...


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Sir: Re the article in the February 10 issue, by Oliver Stewart entitled 'One More Sonic Boom ': I again assert that puffed out cheek towards America is no substitute for...