11 MAY 1985

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'It's my bunker, I go down there when I can't bear to hear any more about the second world war.' r esident Reagan visited the former concentration camp at Bergen Belsen, and,...

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ILLUSIONS OF VICTORY I t is now conventional for the Labour Left to call this Government 'fascist'. Mr Neil Kinnock pandered rather cleverly to this convention in his speech in...


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THE Guardian's Moscow correspondent, Martin Walker, has excelled himself again. Like most other correspondents, Martin Webbovich led his account of the May Day parade on Red...


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IN A summary of his evidence to the Mansion House Square public inquiry pub- lished in the Architect's Journal last September, Professor Geoffrey Broad- bent, Principal of the...

On Tuesday night, for the third year running, the Spectator

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won one of the much prized awards of the Periodical Publishers Association. Jeffrey Bernard was named Writer of the Year, in succes- sion to Murray Sayle. His column, written...

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Mr Walker finds a market worth penetrating CHARLES MOORE I n the memorable phrase of Mr Peter Jenkins in the latest Sunday Times, `. . . the banana skins came home to roost in...


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Spectator readers who need the performance of a Framlington unit trust should obtain a copy of our Unit Trust Guide 1985 without delay. Telephone 01-628 5181, or write to...

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A s a committed and consistent pro- semite — even to the point of defending Israel's incursions into Lebanon — I have to admit that the Jews come out of the Bitburg business...

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Prince Charles: the unspoken dread of a new development AUBERON WAUGH A Japanese friend I made in the ancient town of Saga on Kyushu island, not far from Nagasaki, surprised...

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Patrick Marnham on how the Pope will use Vatican II to out-manoeuvre the progressive forces in the Catholic Church Rome THE unexpected announcement of an extraordinary synod...

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Geoffrey Wheatcroft investigates a Zimbabwean murder mystery Harare IF NOT the best then the most striking paper in Southern Africa is the Windhoek Observer. For years, its...

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Brian Eads on the plight of Vietnamese refugees imprisoned in the free world Hong Kong 'A bundle of belongings isn't the only thing a refugee brings to his new country . . ....

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Andrew Brown discovers the route from Sheffield to the promised land IT'S a good title, but the man is difficult to argue with. He doesn't hector, but he is difficult to stop...

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Ludovic Kennedy on the charm, abrasiveness and artificiality - of Mrs Thatcher POLITICIANS can be divided into two categories; those whose public face is diffe- rent from...

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The press: Paul Johnson attacks the way industry is reported I SUPPOSE we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that our subsidised theatres, especially the Royal...

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Why the City does not support Mansion House Square CHRISTOPHER FILDES M ansion House Square has acquired ,a formidable opponent in Robin Leigh- Pemberton, the Governor of the...

Faith, hope and Lloyd's

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THERE are worse faults than charity and amiability, so I am obliged to Keith Whit- ten, who this week (Letters, page 21) charges me with them — charitably and amiably. The key...

Prudence, come home

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THE troubles of the Treasury (I was saying last week) include a peripatetic Chancel- lor, who from no choice of his own has had to spend his time since the Budget on the endless...

Brazil nuts

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GOOD news from the world's biggest doubtful debtor: 'The Brazilian plan for settling the foreign debt means, bluntly, that with fundings at £66, readjustments must be made in...

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The Government may have stumbled on a winning formula JOCK BRUCE-GARDYNE On balance the inspection of our navels seems rather more constructive. As the great and good were...

One hundred years ago

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The Government of the United States has taken a great stride towards the annexation of the Isthmus of Panama. It was necessary during the recent emeutes there to land Marines...

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LETTERS Quennell and Clio

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Sir: May I, belatedly, add an historical detail to your excellent portrait of Peter Quennell (Survivors, 9 March)? In the late 1950s I sent off — for the untold time — a...


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Sir: As one of Mr West's academic histor- ians I suggest there is really no mystery ('The war that never ended', 27 April) why we 'handed back' Vietnam to the French. In August...

Good writing

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Sir: I think that the person who writes your letters should write the rest of the maga- zine. J. C. R. Post 36 Craven Street, London WC2

Taste for heresy

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Sir: I don't understand why Auberon Waugh gleefully writes of the Bishop of Durham: 'When a paid-up bishop gets in on the act the whole edifice crumbles' ('Another voice', 27...

Daniel Mannix

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Sir: Dr Edward Norman, in his review of B. A. Santamaria's book on Daniel Man- nix (6 April), does an injustice to the memory of the famous Archbishop of Melbourne when he...


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Sir: Don't listen to the Fogeys, young or old: the new layout/presentation is a great improvement. How come xoC luaP? Tony Rushton 6 Carlisle Street, London WI

Lloyd's scandal

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Sir: Christopher Fildes takes a charitable and rather too amiable view (City and Suburban, 27 April) of the losses now coming to light at Lloyd's. In the case of his friend's...


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Phantom voters, dead souls and departed patients COLIN WELCH 'T he 500,000 members who don't exist: Labour's phantom union votes', ran a recent headline in the Sunday Times....

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The New Eventide Ferdinand Mount 1945: The World We Fought For Robert Kee (Hamish Hamilton £12.95) Prospect and Reality: Great Britain 1945-1955 T. E. B. Howarth (Collins...

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Pigeons and golden eggs

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Alexander Chancellor The Price of Truth: The Story of the Reuters £££ millions John Lawrenson and Lionel Barber (Mainstream £9.95) A 'though the title of this book, The ..Price...

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Poppy makes a fuss

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Christopher Hawtree Selected Letters of E. M. Forster: Volume Two 1921-1970 Edited by Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank (Collins £17.50) Calendar of the Letters of E. M. Forster...

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'Because I'm almost as glad To be miserable as I am Unhappy to be sad,' Said the lone bird to the lamb, 'I'll attempt a song.' And the raven, On his worst day of despair, Cocked...

Not so fast

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Anthony Blond Love Lessons: A Wartime Diary Joan Wyndham (Heinemann £9.95) T do not envy the young their seemingly effortless sex lives, like power-steering and automatic...

Starving Susan

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Brandon Russell Out of Bounds Frances Hill (John Murray £8.95) O ut of curiosity, why would a woman who named her own child after a South American monkey (cf. the dedica-...

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Dead Pan

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Anthony Lane Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi Bob Woodward (Faber £12.50) M y favourite bit of John Belushi comes from The Blues Brothers. He and Dan...

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A Birth

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As slowly they collapse with strokes, cancers, booze, the ones who dandled us, our warm life falls apart, an eggshell; what comes out is us, at best cadet wrinklies, fledgling...

Shakespeare and non-historians

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A. L. Rowse Shakespeare's Theatre Peter Thomson (RKP £6.95) Q hakespeareans who are not historians are mesmerised by what they call his lost years'. They do not realise that...

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A cause for celebration Daniel Farson A major retrospective of Francis Bacon's work opens at the Tate Gallery on 22 May R umour has it that Mrs Thatcher ex- IN.pressed dismay...

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All that j azz Peter Ackroyd The Cotton Club ('15', Odeon Leicester Square) T he history of this film is well known, at least to those who read the Sunday supplements: the...

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Different Rodney Milnes T he programmed reaction to the Royal Opera's revival of Tippett's Priam should probably be 'not as good as Kent Opera's revealing production of last...

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Paper-chase Christopher Edwards Pravda (National: Olivier) Cavalcade (Chichester) T his is a dreadfully crude and shallow comedy about Fleet Street from David Hare and Howard...

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Euro-week Alexander Chancellor A t the opening of his chat show last Monday (BBC 1) Terry Wogan was professing himself 'drained of all emotion' after the 175-minute Eurovision...

High life

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Hypocrisy Taki I Thad planned to miss the celebrations of America's defeat in Vietnam that the US media so proudly put on last week, by flying to London for a friend's...

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Home life

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So to speak Alice Thomas Ellis O ne of our sons, who does a bit of acting on the side, was recently re- quired to portray a juvenile delinquent for a TV series and one of the...

Low life

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Excuses Jeffrey Bernard I f I hadn't been invited by the editor to dinner last Tuesday evening it would have been a toss up between attending a talk on the life of the...

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Changes P.J. Kavanagh I n that excellent magazine the Spectator — sorry, I mean New Scientist; difficult to tell which these days, without one's glasses — there is a little...

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Thud & blunder Raymond Keene L ast week I argued that quality of play (or lack of it) cannot possibly provide grounds for terminaling a world title match. Here, for example,...


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No. 1371: Ben trovato Set by Charles Seaton: A short story by Lord Byron, which recently came to light In a bank vault, is due to be published next week in the Times Literary...

Solution to Crossword 704: Antick hey Winners: Mrs L.Cave, Sleaford,

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No. 1368: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a song by the Sirens suitable either for the ears of Odysseus or of a present-day sailor. Oddly enough a namesake of Sir Tho- mas...

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Very good with drinks T have been to two cookbook

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launchings this week, both interesting and original in their own ways. The first was for Jean Conil's Cuisine Vegetarienne Frangaise (Thorsons, £9.95) held at the Arts Club in...

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Crossword 707

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A first prize of E20 and two further prizes of CIO (or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, value £11.95 — ring the words 'Chambers Dictionary' above) will be awarded for the first...