14 NOVEMBER 1981

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Portrait of the week

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A n Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Council was set up after the Prime Minister, Mrs Thatcher, and the Taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald, met at Downing Street. A joint communiqué...

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Political commentary

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Experiences of an Irish PM Ferdinand Mount T here is the impatience of British politicians and there is the impatience of Irish politicians. The British variety is of the...

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H aving been quoted not so long ago in the Guardian woman's page as an example of an anti-feminist (it has a column called 'Naked Ape' for exposing this sort of thing), I seized...

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Cowboy or missionary?

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Timothy Garton Ash 'It is a noble land that God has given us; a land that can feed and clothe the world; a land whose coastlines would inclose half the countries of Europe; a...

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Goodbye lion, hello eagle

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington T he Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, speaks something called near-English. Apparently his mother tongue is Fortran or Cobol or one of the...

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School for scandal

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Sam White Paris R epublics pass away, governments come and go but the reaction of France's rulers to a threatening scandal is always that of a nervous housewife who hears the...

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The other hunger strikes

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Bohdan Nahaylo A t the end of October at least 300 dissenters imprisoned in Soviet labour camps went on hunger strike or refused to do forced labour as part of their...

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The woman's page candidate

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Richard West Liverpool A ll the candidates in the Crosby byelection say there is little industry in the constituency; but even those few workers appear to be on strike — in true...

One hundred years ago

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SIR, — As to mental exercises in dreams, this happened to me one morning, not very many years ago. I found myself at Eton again, at my desk, in Mrs Holt's (my dame's house),...

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The press

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Apostolic Paul Johnson D oes Fleet Street overdo spy stories? Is the public tired of them? My usual answer to both questions is 'Yes'. It's bad enough being buttonholed in a...

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In the City

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Optimism? Tony Rudd M orale in the City has taken a marked turn for the better. Two cracking new issues have contributed substantially to the change in atmosphere. They give...

The smaller the better

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Sir: Auberon Waugh's articles are, I am sure, always enjoyed by readers of the Spectator, but may I ask him to pay a bit more attention to the facts? His piece on the Civil...

An honourable man?

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Sir: I notice that your Greek correspondent Mr Taki has the effrontery and impertinence to refer to the London CND marchers as 'mugs' and 'our people' and proposes 'beating...

Lord Holford

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Sir: 'Planning for apartheid' (31 October) provided Gavin Stamp with a twin target of publicly-accepted `beastlies' on which even a marksman blind with prejudice could not fail...

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Livingstone as leader

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Sir: Clearly Richard West shares with most British journalists the urge to indulge in a 'hate Ken Livingstone' item from time to time (31 October). As this is so universal,...

Expensive rubbish

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Sir: When it comes to Christmas food and Christmas pud in particular we must discount Alexander Chancellor's sniffy Notebook remarks (31 October) about the usual expensive...

Finding no fault

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Sir: I am utterly astonished by Richard Ingrams's criticisms of Brideshead Revisited (24 and 31 October); my own views are very different. Brideshead is a great romantic novel...

CND demonstration

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Sir: Richard Brent in his article of 31 October entitled 'CND: as bourgeois as ever' states that 'the Father of St Francis Roman Catholic Church in Notting Hill carried the...

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In the thick of it again

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Mark Amory Diaries of Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart Vol 2 ed. Kenneth Young (Macmillan pp. 800, £30) 4 W ell, Mr Lockhart, here you are in the thick of it again,' said Jan Smuts in...

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Caroline Moorehead The Terror Network Claire Sterling (Weidenfeld & Nicolson pp. 357, £7.95) The New Fascists Paul Wilkinson (Grant McIntyre pp. 179, £7.95) I t has become...

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Fellow traveller

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C. M. Woodhouse The Slave State Albert Speer trans. Joachim Neugroschel (Weidenfeld and Nicolson pp. 384, £10.95) 1 -4 % uring the last 20 years of his life, L./Albert Speer...

Wizard prangs

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Hugh Massingberd By Jove, Biggles! Peter Berresford Ellis and Piers Williams (W.H. Allen pp.306, £8.95) Flying Colours Laddie Lucas (Hutchinson pp.303, £8.95) T hese two books...

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Nooks & quirks

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J. G. Links Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable revised edition Ivor H. Evans (Cassell pp. 1213, £9.95) C W hat he doesn't know would go on a postcard', said a lady in the...

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Formal bleeding

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Michael Hulse Collected Poems Sylvia Plath (Faber pp. 351, £10, £4.25). T am writing the best poems of my life,' I wrote Sylvia Plath on 16 October, 1962, four months before...

Sweet Revenge

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A. N. Wilson Lost and Found Julian Gloag (Secker and Warburg pp. 206, £5.95) A while ago, a novel called The Cement Garden achieved a succes de scandale when it was alleged...

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The life of mirrors Peter Ackroyd Mephisio ('AA', Gate Camden) M ephisto opens appropriately enough with a figure, crouched like a demon, howling in a corner. But in fact we...

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False friends Mark Amory Timon of Athens (Warehouse) Another Country (Greenwich) F our men in sandals and what I took to be Japanese kit walked onto the bare wooden stage,...


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No winners Rodney Milnes Louise (Coliseum) Un giorno di regno (Wexford Festival) Tosea (Covent Garden) Partenope (Sadler's Wells) I ouise was recently described as the first...

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Plain and fanciful John McEwen T here are a great number of contemporary shows worth a visit at the moment, perhaps none more so than that devoted to the paintings and...

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Fair trading

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Brian Sewell T o any independent observer the continning dispute over the buyer's Premium between representatives of the art and antiques trade on the one hand and Christie's...


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Tasteless Richard In grams C ome readers have complained to me that the last historic issue of the Spectator consisted entirely of one contributor attacking another and vice...

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High life

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Nerves Taki W hen I recently saw a picture of Dave 'boy' Green, the English welterweight boxer, crying after his manager announced his retirement to a sentimental crowd that...

Low life

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Damaging Jeffrey Bernard Po Manchester last week to see the European Karate Championships and in particular to watch the captain of the Greek team and my personal bodyguard ,...