13 JULY 1985

Page 4


The Spectator

D r Richard Livsey won the Brecon and Radnor by-election for the Liberals, beating the Labour candidate by 559 votes, and the Conservative by 3,000. Mr Kin- flock appeared to...

Page 5


The Spectator

SPEAKING at the launch of a church restoration appeal, the Archbishop of Can- terbury recently remarked how 'we attach too little importance today to the signifi- cance of...


The Spectator

PRESIDENT Reagan does not make things easy for his friends. After the latest bout of world terrorism many of us would agree that measures should be taken against states which...


The Spectator

SCARGILL: THE FRUITS OF FAILURE B y . leading the miners' strike, Mr Arthur Scargill achieved several remark- able results. He kept those who followed him out of work and...

Page 6


The Spectator

Mr Lawson re-presents his middling achievements CHARLES MOORE I you like a piece of music or a song, it is irritating to find it adopted or adapted for a television...

Page 7


The Spectator

I never thought I would live to miss Binkie. 'Who?' readers may ask. Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont, General Manager of H.M. Tennent, was the Scargill of the iron-lilac Stage...

Page 8


The Spectator

Report from behind the front line in the class war AUBERON WAUGH F ive or six summers ago I spent an entire night lying on my back beneath a cloudless sky in the Languedoc,...

Page 9


The Spectator

Stephen Fay on how Trotskyite-inspired policies of Liverpool City Council stopped a co-operative housing scheme THERE ARE still jobs for the boys in Liverpool, despite an...

Page 12


The Spectator

Roy Kerridge continues his account of how a child under council care died after horrible injuries ON THE second day of my appearance at the inquiry into the death of Jasmine...

One hundred years ago

The Spectator

The London School Board on Thurs- day passed by a vote of nineteen to eighteen a momentous resolution. They resolved, on the motion of Mr Hoare, to 'petition Parliament to make...

Page 15


The Spectator

Richard West finds the novelist's home village split over his reputation THE break-away of Nottinghamshire from the National Union of Mineworkers came just in time to mark the...

Page 16


The Spectator

Andrew Gimson asks how the Tories can stop their supporters from going the way of the Duke THE Liberal candidate won Brecon and Radnor by the straightforward expedient of...

Page 18


The Spectator

The press: Paul Johnson on academic and sporting prodigies THE PRESS loves a prodigy, especially a child prodigy. Ruth Lawrence is prodigious by any standards. She got a...

Page 19


The Spectator

THE City of London is British Telecom's best market. It is not, though, the best place to buy a telephone. Mine is giving way under the maltreatment of years, and I cranked up...


The Spectator

A BUBBLE marked 'Expletive deleted' hung from the mouth of Sir Peter Green, chairman of Lloyd's, as he left the High Court. Ian Posgate had won the first of his battles against...

Standard issue

The Spectator

GOTTERDAMMERUNG effects were laid on when the libertarian sage Friedrich Hayek set out to enlist British bankers in his plan for the denationalisation of money. The sky over...

Snake Oil

The Spectator

THE bid document from The Exploration Company of Louisiana invites holders of L. Texas Petroleum to accept shares of inde- terminate value, with no cash alternative, issued by a...


The Spectator

Money is blown off course, and sterling catches the breeze CHRISTOPHER FILDES M arkets always tell a story, and we must not complain when the story is comical. So now with...

Page 20

LETTERS Saving the Stones

The Spectator

Sir: Mr Kavanagh (Postscript, 6 July) professes not to have read anywhere of the past damage caused by the Stonehenge pop festival, which led to the injunctions being served...

Ethiopian emperors

The Spectator

Sir: While agreeing with most of what my friend Rebecca Asrate Kassa wrote on Ethiopia (Letters, 6 July), I think she is not entirely right about Lij Iyassu, who in- cidentally...

Sir Alfred Gilbert

The Spectator

Sir: Gavin Stamp in his review of Richard Dorment's book Alfred Gilbert (15 June), refers to Isabel McAllister's earlier biogra- phy as being necessarily partial and goes on to...

US Marines

The Spectator

Sir: When President Reagan said that the streets of Heaven are guarded by the United States Marines, he was not, as Christopher Hitchens would have it ('Hel- lish week for...


The Spectator

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! I would like to take out a subscription to The Spectator. I enclose my cheque for £ (Equivalent $ US& Eurocheques accepted) RATES: 12 Months 6 Months...

Page 21


The Spectator

Sir Keith tries to put scholarship in the supermarket COLIN WELCH I do not have to persuade Spectator readers except, as I sadly suggested last week, Sir Keith Joseph, of the...

Page 22


The Spectator

The rise of a soldier's soldier Max Hastings TEMPLER: TIGER OF MALAYA by John Cloake Harrap, £14.95 F ield-Marshal Sir Gerald Templer achieved celebrity in his later years...

Page 23


The Spectator

After thirteen years nothing is changed except the years like birds have printed my face with their feet, and my side of the bed is hollow. I've tunnelled a path from myself to...

Page 24

Whining and complaining in the Siberian wind

The Spectator

Rupert Christiansen A LITERARY HISTORY OF CAMBRIDGE by Graham Chainey The Pevensey Press, £14.95 T his is a book that any self-respecting reviewer, especially one educated in...

Page 25

Intruder on Station Island

The Spectator

(supposed to be spoken by Seamus Heaney) I was hoping the next ghost to shake hands would equal in fame my previous advisers. Yeats? Swift? No, they were Protestants. Imagine...

Patriarchs or parasites?

The Spectator

Richard Tapper NOMADS AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD by A.M.Khazanov Cambridge University Press, £37.50 e do not take kindly to those who W transgress what we have defined as the...

Page 26

Sex and religion among the Savages

The Spectator

Francis King BLACK ROBE by Brian Moore Jonathan Cape, .£8.95 W hether in the abrasive satire of his The Emperor of Ice-cream, the exuberant fantasy of The Great Victorian...

Page 27

A selection of recent paperbacks

The Spectator

Non fiction The Smoke Ring by Peter Taylor, Sphere £2.95 My Last Breath by Luis Butiuel, Flamingo £3.50 The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz, King Penguin £3.95 Restoration...

Page 28


The Spectator

Painting and politics George Walden L istening to Professor George Steiner's elevated thoughts on Marxism and art history at the Courtauld Institute recently inspired me to...

Page 29


The Spectator

Going down like a bomb Peter Ackroyd S ince it opens in West Germany, and combines a suspicious suitcase with a markedly Teutonic blonde, the scenario is at once clear to...

Page 30


The Spectator

Red Noses (RSC Barbican) The Duchess of Maffi (Lyttelton) A restrained production Christopher Edwards P eter Barnes provided Sir Harold Hob - son with the last of the four...


The Spectator

Piano pieces Peter Phillips T he last few weeks have yielded an impressive batch of records for solo piano. The bulk of their repertoire is not new, but the interpreters are...

Page 32

High life

The Spectator

Grace under pressure Taki But grief is a private thing, and I don't mean to use her death to wax on lyricallY about the meaning of it all. She always laughed about my...


The Spectator

Uttering banalities Alexander Chancellor I know practically nothing about tennis, but to judge by the Wimbledon commen- taries on television, there is practically nothing to...

Page 33

Home life

The Spectator

Trading insults Alice Thomas Ellis I find people who express themselves as insulted rather more tiresome than those who insult people. Rudeness is annoying but offended...

Low life

The Spectator

Same old scripts Jeffrey Bernard W e were strolling towards Soho just before opening time yesterday and She suddenly said, 'Isn't it a lovely day.' I made the nonsensical but...

Page 34


The Spectator

Formalities and societies P. J. Kavanagh W alking under the stands at Lord's before the start of the day's play in the Test match, I marvelled at the order and clarity of it...

Page 35

Solution to Crossword 713: Op. cit.

The Spectator

I C . 01 2 N ININTT E . 0 4 P ' E N m r ' R , A - U1E9. 0!AIA I E " A i t R'l L'L r b 1 , ■( S D Millinel ia l liglii i Einar Calll R V Mr I COME NI N 'W Y E L E H I Sill...

No. 1377: The winners

The Spectator

Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a imaginary exchange of letters be- tween the mayors of London and Managua on the news that the two cities are to be 'twinned'. It...


The Spectator

No. 1380: GBS v GKC Set by Jaspistos: In 1923 Hesketh Pearson, in the Adelphi magazine, reported an entirely imaginary conversation which he claimed to have overheard between...


The Spectator

Timman triumphs David Goodman T he four qualifiers into the Candidates' tournament from the 2nd Interzonal held at Taxco, Mexico, from 8 June to 1 July are Jan Timman of...

Page 36

THERE are times when you want to go to a

The Spectator

restaurant simply because the alterna- tives are just too depressing. Even if you like cooking, there's something so desper- ately wearying in knowing that the eating part is...

Our apologies for a misprint in Jennifer Paterson's Food column

The Spectator

last week: Admir- al Roscoe Schuirmann is commonly known as Pinky, not 'Dinky'.

Page 37

Crossword 716

The Spectator

A first prize of £20 and two further prizes of £10 (or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, value £11.95 — ring the words 'Chambers Dictionary' above) will be awarded for the first...