13 JULY 1996

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O rangemen confronted police at Por- tadown, Co. Armagh, when they were refused permission to march down the Gav- aghy Road, through a Catholic area. Sup- porters closed roads...

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Ulster will march and Ulster will be right BRUCE ANDERSON A few weeks ago, John Major and David Trimble were having a friendly chat at No. 10. Out on Horse Guards mean- while,...

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ANNE McELVOY S ome weeks ago I confessed in the pages of The Spectator that I briefly experi- enced ecstasy (the state, not the drug) with Labour ' s gyrator-in-chief, Peter...

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Fortunately, the IRA doesn't really believe what it teaches about British voters, even though it's correct MATTHEW PARRIS A sporadic outbreaks of Orange vio- knee spread...

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But it belongs to both. Therefore, says Paul Binski, it should stay in Westminster Abbey A MAJOR British political figure, coming to power after the ruthless deposition of his...

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In fact, a fake of a fake. Christian Hesketh traces the history of the Stone (or Stones) TO ENDOW a flawed block of sandstone with such an emotive name as the Stone of Destiny,...

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Paul Pickering on why, despite Tim Henman, British tennis players are unserious, though one of our Wimbledon finalists did do a murder WHEN THE painter Caravaggio repeat- edly...

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Peter Oborne offers the first profile of the man who, after Major and Mawhinney, is trying hardest for a Tory win LAST WEEK, as the latest Tory relaunch went horribly wrong, an...

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Mind your language

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'KNOW what I mean?' is a too frequent question heard on the wireless or televi- sion, and it falls outside the ordinary dichotomy between nonne and num ques- tions. It invites...

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Forget the gurus and the programmes, look for the character PAUL JOHNSON M uch nonsense is now being written about Tony Blair. A pamphlet by David Willetts MP, published by...

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Dear Mr Clarke, your overdraft has doubled, so your bank needs a pleasant surprise STOPHER Fl LDES CHRI K nneth Clarke breezes into his bank manager's office and slaps down a...

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Dismal economics

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Sir: Alan Watkins (Diary, 29 June) thinks that a Labour government would probably run into a sterling crisis after a couple cif years. I have no comment on that, but he also...

A treaty too far

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Sir: How happy the Chinese would be if it were true, as Michael Sheridan states, that the basic frontiers between China and Rus- sia were settled by the 1689 Treaty of Nerchinsk...

Prague's sunnier side

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Sir: I was surprised to read the unnecessari- ly alarming comments of John Russell (Let- ters, 6 July) regarding the pleasant and beautiful city of Prague. My wife and I, an...

Dotty. broker

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Sir: Nigel Johnson-Hill (Letters, 6 July) says he has calculated Dot Wordsworth's age at /5 exactly' and wishes her a happy birthday. He arrives at this conclusion by noting...

LETTERS Not so gay in Leeds

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Sir: Anne McElvoy provides an informative survey of Robert Hayward's analysis of the homosexual effect on the possible outcome of the next general election (`The vote that dare...

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Journalists must learn to take criticism. After all, last week The Spectator libelled, of all people, me! STEPHEN GLOVER By no means every grand journalist reacts in this...

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Some embarrassing consequences of living in the past PETRONELLA WYATT film The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) where Henry, played by the late Charles Laughton, is presiding...

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The worst of British home cooking Digby Anderson WHAT IS the state of Britain's cooking and eating at home? Today, okra, ostrich and tilapia are on every high street — a far...

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The joy of modest excess Anne McElvoy 'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly, 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpick- ledgherkinssaladfrenchrollscresssandwiches-...

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Service with a smile David Fingleton G o to a restaurant in France — any- where from a Michelin three-starred palace in Paris to the simplest establishment in the country...

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Drink 1

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Never too early for champagne Christopher Fildes H oratio Bottomley shocked my father's landlady at Oxford. She caught him behind the door, struggling to open a bottle of...

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Drink 2

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The perils of drinking out Alan Watkins W hat follows is not about drinking in but about drinking out. Drinking in, at home, is fairly straightforward, given that wine is a...

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They can be catching Theodore Dalrymple O f all the many illnesses and injuries which man chooses to inflict upon himself, by far the most frequent is the humble hangover....

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The lightest imaginable rucksack David Sexton ANATOMY OF RESTLESSNESS by Bruce Chatwin Cape, £15.99, pp. 205 B ruce Chatwin had a horror of the humdrum. Like other...

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The personali is mightier than the pen

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Anne Applebaum OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE: THE LIFE OF DOUGLAS MACARTHUR by Geoffrey Perret Andre Deutsch, £20.00, pp.665 L ong after the battles of Bataan and Inchon are...

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Keep the homeland fires burning

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Raymond Carr THE CONTROVERSY OF ZION by Geoffrey Wheatcroft Sinclair-Stevenson, £17.99, pp.396 G eoffrey Wheatcroft eschews the simplicities of narrative history for the more...

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Rape, murder, birth

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Nicholas Harman COMING OF AGE WITH ELEPHANTS by Joyce Poole Hodder, £16.99, pp. 270 F or years Joyce Poole seems to have thought of herself pretty much as an honorary...

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Splendidly rough justice

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Michael Bywater POPCORN by Ben Elton Simon & Schuster, £1 2.99, pp. 298 en, ripe? Narp mean, yeah? Wotcher go'q? Beneath the blokey crop, the laddish smirk, the right-on...

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England has not anything to show more fair

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Richard West ENGLAND: TRAVELS THROUGH AN UNWRECKED LANDSCAPE by Candida Lycett-Green Pavilion, £16.99, pp. 202 I n the age of the motorway, the housing estate, the industrial...

Our island Tories Robert Blake

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WHAT IS A CONSERVATIVE? by Paul Johnson Centre for Policy Studies, £5, pp. 13 I n this Spring Address for the CPS Paul Johnson has encapsulated the history of the...

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But westward, look, the band is not too bright

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• William Mount WAITING FOR THE SUN by Barry Hoskyns Viking, £20, pp. 370 M any strange parasites cling for dear life to the hanging belly of the music indus- try, but one...

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`I can hardly believe my luck' Though Michael Tanner does admit to a few apprehensions as he takes over as our opera critic I t must be every opera lover's dream to be asked to...

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John Everett Millais (Southampton City Art Gallery and Southampton Institute, till 4 August) Boudin to Duly (Southampton City Art Gallery, till 4 August) Caught off balance...


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A poet's ire Robin Holloway H ousman cordially detested musical settings of his verse. The fact that this year's centenary of A Shropshire Lad is being marked as much by...

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Mozart concert arias/ Un moto di gioia (Royal Festival Hall) Looking on the dark side Giannandrea Poem M ozart's vocal works have seldom provided an ideal accompaniment to...

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Roll with the Punches (Tricycle) The Aspern Papers (Wyndham's) Richard III (Barbican) Americans abroad Sheridan Morley At the Tricycle, there's an altogether joyous new...

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Busman's holiday Michael Vestey I t must be something of a busman's holi- day for John McCarthy to interview the relatives of British hostages held in Kash- mir. If anyone...


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The Cable Guy (PG, selected cinemas) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (U, selected cinemas) Odd man out is in Mark Steyn J im Carrey got 20 million bucks to play the title role in...

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Confessions of a rock bore James Delingpole I t's a perfect Los Angeles day and we're cruising down Sunset Boulevard in a white, open-topped sports car: me, a bodyguard and a...


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Get off my tail Alan Judd N o doubt the Road Hauliers Associa- tion could produce figures to show that heavy goods vehicle drivers cause fewer accidents per million motorway...

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The turf

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Oozing quality Robin Oakley Q uite why John Reid has not been champion jockey several times I shall never understand. Willie Carson is all effort. I have seen him, by sheer...

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Low life

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Smoke alarm Jeffrey Bernard I think I may have been thrown back into life a little prematurely this week because yesterday morning I was under a general anaesthetic, but I was...

High life

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The slob as hero Taki E ver since John McEnroe burst into the tennis scene back in the late Seventies he's been my bete noir, an extremely talent- ed athlete whose behaviour on...

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Country life

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Flying the flag Leanda de Lisle T he English country woman abroad has long been a source of astonishment to for- eigners. My husband's Peruvian cousins have been known to...


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A bridge too far Andrew Robson AGGRESSIVE BIDDING by North- South resulted in a near hopeless game contract being reached. After North could bid only 24 in response to South's...

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COMPETITION Alphabetical dozen Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1940 you were invited to incorporate a dozen given words, in any order, into a plausible piece of prose. This was...


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IN-THE-STRAND SIMPSON'S IN•THE•STRAND CHESS Members of the board Raymond Keene THROUGHOUT history, rulers and board games have gone together. For example, Haroun...

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A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Late Bottled Vintage 1989 Port for the first correct solution opened on 29 July, with two runners-up prizes of £15 (or, for UK...

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Cricket combustion Simon Barnes THE HISTORY of Pakistani cricket is one of nepotism, inefficiency, corruption and constant bickering. Strong words, though not mine: they come...


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Dear Mary.. . 4 . Our increasingly unsatisfactory nanny has given notice after a year with us. I will not bore you with a list of her crimes sufficient to say that although she...