14 JANUARY 1984

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UN, UNESCO and us

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T he Americans are withdrawing from UNESCO for the good reason that they have been paying for a great deal of it without being able to influence how it spends their money. Like...

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Political commentary

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Mr Jenkin's cap Charles Moore W hen the Conservatives proposed the introduction of county councils in 1888, Lord Randolph Churchill welcomed it as an extension of 'Tory...

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A i eminently unsuitable candidate once proposed by my grandfather for membership of the Athenaeum Club was duly blackballed. When he asked sadly if there had been many...


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Another voice

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Towards a Greater Brittan Auberon Waugh A: e wait for Parliament to reassemble nd resume its deliberations on Mr Leon Brittan's Police and Criminal Evidence Bill, we learn...

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Why are they there?

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Christopher Hitchens Washington H ere in the nation's capital the stewardship of the editorial page of the Washington Post is held by Ms Meg Greenfield — though, following a...

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The quality of mercy

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington yn the television pictures from Damascus, 1Lt. Robert Goodman and Jesse Jackson were up front and animated, but over to the left sat a dour...

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Scotland Omega one

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Allan Massie Edinburgh he Seventies were a period of unusual 1 intellectual excitement in Scotland. It's hard to say quite why, but three elements may be identified. There was...

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Anti-racism year

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Richard West T hursday the 5th of January saw the beginning of Anti-Racism Year, or so I had read in a statement by the Greater Lon- don Council, but I was in Scotland at the...

One hundred years ago

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Mr Gladstone made a very fresh and interesting speech to his Hawarden tenants on Wednesday, at the annual dinner of the tenantry, on the subject of the present condition of...

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Baffling the Boggins

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Roy Kerridge 'The town of Epworth in Lincolnshire is not only the birthplace of John Wesley but the unofficial capital of the Isle of Ax- holme. Despite the efforts of the...

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Lord Hailsham and Dr Allan

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Tessa Reay D r Richard Allan lives with his pretty young wife in a stylish modern house with integrated garage — one of a group of 12 homes tastefully landscaped with mature...

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Kinnock's deeper purpose

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George Walden A 11 this talk of '1984' is getting me .L.down. Politically it is worrying too: the threat loses conviction with repetition. Someone is trying to lull us all into...

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Perhaps she was a witch.

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Brian Inglis T he court in Livorno which found the Scots nanny Carol Compton guilty of arson has now delivered a written judg- ment which creates an unusual legal prece- dent....

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The media

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Secrecy and privacy Paul Johnson In conjunction with the 1984 Orwell ballyhoo, one of the phoniest campaigns in many years has been launched to arouse support for a Freedom of...

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In the City

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Is the sky the limit? Jock Bruce-Gardyne A mong the many gratuitous New Year messages sent winging to 10 Downing Street last week and the week before there was one which must...

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Sordid Campus

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Sir: Congratulations are due to Paul Johnson (10 December) for his perceptive appraisal of student media, their characteristics and relation to the 'adult' press. There were,...


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The Beatles' art Sir: It is possible to abhor the 'youth culture' of the 1960s and yet find Colin Welch's Beatles pieces (10 and 17 December) dreadfully overstated. Those...


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Sir: Auberon Waugh (`Damned lies', 17 December) exposes considerable ignorance of survey research by suggesting that one- seventieth of one per cent of women over 16 is a...

Sir: It is sad that Colin Welch's remarks on Brian

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Epstein in his otherwise perceptive piece on popular culture (`Beatlemania', 17 December) should so lack the moral judg- ment evidenced elsewhere. I am certain that Mr Welch...

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Nobel minds?

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Sir: Auberon Waugh (`Tale of two authors', 10 December) correctly perceives the failure of the Nobel Prize for Literature to reflect true literary merit over the years, Of those...

H 2 O and Ag

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Sir: In your issue for the 31 December, there appears an article entitled 'Water under the bridge', by Rober Silver. Since the name is not a very common one, some of your...

More marbles

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Sir: Gavin Stamp (Letters, 7 January) asks Why the Greek government has not called on France to return the Winged Victory of Sannothrace. The answer is very simple, and was...

Sir: If, as Eric Christiansen alleges (Books, 17 December) St

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Faith used to appear in visions demanding 'trinkets', this must be even more miraculous than the usual run of visions, for no such person ever existed. `St Faith' is simply the...

Sir: Mr Waugh's concern ('Another voice', 10 December) regarding the

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subliminal ef- fect of W.L. George's Children of the Mor- ning on William Golding's Lord of the Flies might have deepened had he referred to Ambrose Bierce's (6.1842) short...

Sir: Lord Elgin's contemporaries thought that he was doing European

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civilization a good turn by taking the marbles from the P arthenon. Captain William Hoste, Royal Navy, writing home from Athens about his r emoval of 'any pieces of stone with...

For all the Saints

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Sir: I am not at all sure that the always admirable Miles Kington needs to be apologetic to the sometimes admirable P. J. Kavanagh (Postscript, 26 November) for failing to...

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Ce n'est pas le Guerre Eric Christiansen The Return of Martin Guerre Natalie Zemon Davis (Harvard University Press £12.75) I t is a curious story. Martin Guerre was a young...

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Hand in hand

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Peter Quennell Three Literary Friendships John Lehmann (Quartet £8.95) O n 27 May 1816, two English poets, one already an exile, the other an exile to be, met almost by chance...


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Harriet Waugh The Proprietor Ann Schlee (Macmillan £8.95) A nn Schlee's second novel, The Proprietor, confirms the impression made by Rhine Journey that she is a serious, good...

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Heresy exposed

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Alfred Gilbey When will ye be Wise? The State of the Church of England General Editor: Anthony Kilmister (Blond & Briggs £12.95) T his book should never have been sent to a...

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Introductory Offer to

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Please send the subscription to: Name: Address: This offer closes 17th February 1984. The Spectator Open to non-subscribers or to those who want to take out a gift...

Mucky puppies

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Alan Watkins Up and Under: a Rugby Diary Frank Keating (Hodder and Stoughton £9.95) A maxim of publishers is supposed to be that books on Napoleon always sell, books on South...

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Points East

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Harold Acton China Guido Fossati, foreword by Anthony Burgess (New English Library £14.95) Cultural Atlas of China Caroline Blunden and Mark Elvin (Oxford/Phaidon £17.50) E...

Viva Birdbath!

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Elizabeth Jennings The Early Writings of Charlotte BronW Christine Alexander (Blackwell £19.50) H owever different the prose of 1 'Charlotte Bronte is from that of her sister,...


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Harriet Waugh's most recent novel is Kate's House. Mgr. Alfred Gilbey has just publish- ed We Believe, a reassertion of essen- tial Catholic belief.

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Harrowing experiences Rodney Milnes II trovatore and Eugene Onegin (Opera North, Leeds) The Excursions of Mr Broucek and La traviata (Coliseum) Die Fledermaus and...

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Not so ugly Peter Ackroyd The Honorary Consul ('18', selected cinemas) titijorthern Argentina on the border of j 1 1 Paraguay' — throbbing music com- posed by Paul McCartney,...


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Ideas and images John McEwen T here will no doubt be other exhibition s in 1984 on the subject of 1984 but the standard set by the one at the Camden Arts Centre will be hard...

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Great and good Giles Gordon Moby Dick (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) Hello, Dolly! (Prince of Wales) D irector Michael Elliott has reprogrammed the space capsule that...

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Anti-Auntie Richard Ingrams T am beginning to think my strong feelings of antipathy towards the BBC are caus - ed more than anything by a daily bout of annoyance with Radio 3....

Erratum Unfortunately a line was omitted from the final paragraph

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of Giles Gordon's review of Oliver! last week. The sentence should have read: `The denizens of Fagin's kitchen, Artful Dodger and all, seem closer to Barrie's Lost Generation —...

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Low life

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Eye contact Jeffrey Bernard I keep getting bombarded with unsolicited mail. Sometimes it's pleasant stuff from Spectator readers but more often than not it's publicity rubbish...

High life

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Fair future Taki I guess it was only a matter of time before Tina Brown, Henry Kissinger, and D. Harold Evans would all end up in the same t ftn. Tina, who was once my editor...

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Mad surgeons P.J. Kavanagh om e time ago Mr Colin Welch, in friendly fashion, took me to task for saying that I detested political writers, and politicians, who were too...

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No. 1300: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a revoltingly flattering poem in heroic couplets in praise of a contemporary person of power or eminence. You ate toads and licked...


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Home win Raymond Keene I t is becoming increasingly obvious that computer companies are natural spon- sors for chess events. Further proof of this was provided by the generous...


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No. 1303: Mods' degree Set by Jaspistos: Last year a student at Boise State University, Idaho, was granted a degree in social science after taking 13 physical education...

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Crossword 640

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A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 30 January. Entries to: Crossword 640, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL. 1 2 r3...

Solution to Jumbojac (unclued lights are in brackets) ACROSS: 1

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Polioencephalomyelitis (14 Furioso) 16 Podagra 17 Rhizocarp 18 Spell (19 Roland ) 21 Superabundance 22 Derailleurs 25 Tassel 28 Dons God's armour 29 Suttee 30 Claim 34 RaY ,11...

Competition entries

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To enable competitors to economise on postage, entries for one or more weeks of the competition and crossword may be posted together under one cover addressed `Competition...

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Special offer

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Wine Club Auberon Waugh A fter two expensive pre-Christmas offers, I decided to start the New Year with some highly recommendable Price- beech cheapies. The first two wines...


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Portrait of the week

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M ost of the world's stock markets — in London, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Sydney — reached the highest levels ever in their recorded indices. The Financial Times...

Books Wanted

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BIRCH WOOD by John Banville (Seeker & War- burg). Helen Wathers, 54 Poland St, London W1V 3DF. UPTON SINCLAIR: '0 Shepherd Speak' and 'The Return of Lanny Budd'. Sir Gi.bert...