11 OCTOBER 1980

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The wrong reaction

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The wrong reaction, 'Do not gloat' and 'This is no time for complacency'. Delegates to the Conservative Party Conference at Brighton this week have been overwhelmed with pious...

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Mr Benn in his hour of triumph

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Political commentary Mr Benn in his hour of triumph F Ferdinand Mount At the end of Blackpool. down hy the dootrack and the gasworks. the side streets are as imcan as ever....

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Notebook Brighton Last week at Blackpool the weather was tranquil. But storms took place inside the Winter Gardens. Here the hurricanoes crack their cheeks, rain pours down....

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The reason why

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Another voice The reason why Auberon Waugh Nothing in the past fexN weeks has been more prCdictahle than the chorus of surprise. shock and horror with which nearly all...

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Where Carter's weakness lies

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Where Carter's weakness lies ?R Henry Fairlie W14aslingtol Texas and California are two of the states in Which I have actually lived for a while. I liked Texas from the...

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Schmidt fights the extremists

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Schmidt fights the extremists Tim Garton Ash Berlin While the British Labour Party lurches drunkenly to the left, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt will continue soberlv to steer his...

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Who speaks for England now?

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Who speaks for England now? J. Enoch Powell Those attending the (onserlvative Conference at Brighton will have been sitting hugging themliseles 1ll last week ait the Spectacle...

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A private Bank of England

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A private Bank of England Tony Rudd As this ioN crtnicntt consi deCr *which oreanisations it might he able to sell oft tfr read'. CaSh. no-on1e seem11s to hlxav suggested that...

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Preston revisited

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Preston revisited A J P Taylor 4.J.RP. Tav lor has been re iiSihing. for Granada television /Olur Lancash ire towns where /the spent his childhood and xvouth - Soulthport,...

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Vive la France!

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Vive la France! Sir: Sam White has drawn attention to the negative and pig-headed attitude displayed by large sections of the British press to all things French (27 September)....

[Sir: It is always interesting to see a myth...]

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Sir: It is always interesting to see a myth created. Of the Euston Arch A.J.P. Taylor writes (27 September): 'British Rail actual Iy refused to allow the stones of the arch tO...

The cult of the wild

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Letters The cult of the wild Sir: As %oU saw fit to dcvote your editorial of 27 Septermbcr to mn problems in Kent. perhaps xou might allow me space to reply. Strangely enough....

Arts counsellor

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Arts counsellor Sir: No doubt Alexander Chancellor would find it perfectly casv to answer Charles Osborne's strictures (4 October) and to justify his view that the Arts Council...

[Sir: In his entertaining article.]

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Arcades and arches Sir: In his entertaining article. 'A SoLIthport childhood' (2() September). A.J.P. Taylor speaks of laussmann makinri arcades iIl Paris. I believe the only...

Hoi polloi

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Hoi polloi Sir: I am sure that Taki is able to speak for himself, hut it is surely David Pugh who is in error (Letters. 4 October). I loi polloi' transliterated as such is no...

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Learning by imitation

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Books Learning by imitation Graham Greene b'lis iS the last offour 'xrtracts from Mr (Gre(ee's x alIolbioirpl)llical rctr-osp'(its of Ii is novels/ XVWhhforin part of WaYs of...

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The Letters of Evelyn Waugh Edited by Mark Amory

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No mugwump Geoffrey Wheatcroft The Letters of Evelyn Waugh Edited by Mark Amory (Weidenfeld £14.95) Fourteen years after his death Evelviy Waugh retains the power to...

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The Nuremburg Raid Martin Middlebrook The Battle of Hamburg Martin Middlebrook

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Area bombing Max Hastings The Nuremburg Raid Martin Middlebrook (Allen Lane £7.95) The Battle of Hamburg Martin Middle- brook (Allen Lane £7.95) Military operations which...

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Authority Richard Sennett

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No authority Nicolas Walter Authority Richard Sennett (Secker £6.95) The central question of politics, as Lenin put it, is 'Who whom'?' In political theory this may be put...

Samurai Hisako Matsubara

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Old order Francis King Samurai Hisako Matsubara (Bodley Head £5.95) Three images dominate Samurai - a novel written in German by a Japanese woman writer. The first of these...

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Contorted trees

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Arts Contorted trees John McEwen It is quite an event when an artist of the stature of Kenneth Armitage has his first full-scale London show of new work for I , vears, and an...

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They're Playing Our Song Jeeves Takes Charge

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Theatre Thleatre So enjoy N% Bryan Robertson they're Playing Our Song (Shaftesbury) Jeeves Takes Charge (Hampstead) When it comes to Neil Simon's plays most Of my...

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The Shining

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Cinema Horrorscope Peter Ackroyd The Shining ('X, selected cinemas) This is in many ways a remarkable film; its clarity and resourcefulness far exceed the quality of the...

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High life Advantageous Taki In the winter of 1966 1 was, as usual, in debt to John Aspinall. a man who no longer needs an introduction to Spectator readers in view of recent...


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Television Agony Richard Ingrams I had been horing to 1ha,1c a icrt snlee at Barrv Norlan11 oll Moll(L nieiht but there Was a Power cut caused by equinoctial izales fOd...

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Postscript Managing Patrick Marnham The great government information row is not over vet.Two weeks ago a retired tax-snooper called T.Bingham failed to find the source of a...


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Low life Surveys Jeffrey Bernard Mary-Jane Robinson. a seven-year-old girl friend of mine. gave me a poem the other day which goes: Oh dear. Oh dear. What will I do? My soxs...