15 JUNE 1991

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h e Chancellor denied that Britain was about to cease its veto of European monet- ary union. Colonel Gaddafi of Libya paid £250,000 into a police charity in an express- ion of...

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The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL Telephone: 071-405 1706; Telex 27124; Fax 071-242 0603 THE THIRD MAN I n his time as controller of BBC Radio 3, Mr John...

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The dangers of a resentment that dare not speak its name NOEL MALCOLM M r Major was in fighting form last week, but just whom was he fighting against? 'I have little time', he...

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JOHN MORTIMER h e Labour Party's dinner dance, at the Park Lane Hotel last weekend, a hugely enjoyable occasion for those of us who attended it, produced predictable media...

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The sea-captain who threw his coat into the stormy sea and said, 'Take that!' CHARLES MOORE S ometimes the lack of recognition of a great mind or a great spirit fills one with...

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The Conservative Party is getting deeper into crisis as an election approaches THE Conservative Party's belief in eco- nomic rigour does not extend to its own domestic...

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Time is on Saddam Hussein's action to overthrow him THE American on my right gave a little grunt of annoyance, and I started paying attention again. I had been gazing out of...

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William Dalrymple crosses the hills of Navarre on his way to Compostella Burgos IT IS often assumed that prejudice in travel writing is a monopoly of the English. But walking...

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William Cash on the demise of free lunches 'MANKIND', wrote Max Beerbohm, 'is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.' Today, he would need to add a third —...

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Sandra Barwick investigates claims of unjust imprisonment — but this time not made by Republicans Belfast 'TROUBLES' tourists, generally Amer- ican, come to the Catholic Falls...


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A reader received this letter: My Dear Friend! So you've booked tickets for my con- certs! They'll be the classiest events of my anniversary year. Frankly I can't wait to hear...

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Michael Heath

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the growing evils of the faction industry IN 1710 an author's copyright was for the first time recognised by statute, though he was given protection only for 28 years (the...

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Gesture economics

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UNEASILY perched at the top of the First Secretary's in-tray are the bills for the new airport. The joint liaison group (Chinese and British, supposedly charting the way towards...


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The mandarin who could not fit into Hong Kong's pecking order CHRISTOPHER FILDES T Hong Kong he mightiest mandarin of all has slip- ped through Hong Kong's fingers. This is...

Happy birthday

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THE most profitable British merchant bank? Correct: S.G. Warburg. And the next most? Some grand old name like Hambros, Rothschilds, Schroders, Bar- ings? No. Kleinwort Benson,...

Custom and practice

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LOVERS of incident and variety can always count on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The members of its ruling coun- cil have been trying to assert their droit de seigneur over new...

No love lost

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THE proverb says that Hong Kong's four powers are Jardine Matheson, the Hong- kong Bank, the Jockey Club and the Governor — in that order. Hong Kong's most open secret is that...

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LETTERS Oeuvre done

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Sir: A. N. Wilson is either naive or hypocritical; perhaps he is both. He says (8 June) that he felt 'sick and winded' when compared in print with Kitty Kelley. He goes on: 'I...


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Sir: I refer to Charles Moore's 'Another voice' in your 18 May issue (only just arrived in these benighted parts, even with the modern blessings of airmail). Having served for...

Sir: Just as people who give interviews need to be

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protected from journalists, so also journalists — especially nobodies — need to be protected from people they interview. I had a hunch that Mr A. N. Wilson would use the...

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Net payments

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Sir: Tears welled in my eyes as, reading The Spectator in a steam room after weight training, I encountered those cruel re- marks about women tennis players: femi- nine, weak...

If symptoms

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persist... I WENT last week to visit a man who, because of a rare and incurable disease, had been going blind since birth, and was now completely sightless. I was told that he...

Out of hours

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Sir: Whatever gave Mr Charles Moore the idea that I am in the habit of lugging one of my three typewriters to 'a' (there is only one) public library, which has none? As well as...

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Putting the scraps together Rupert Christiansen LE 1 I ERS FROM A LIFE: SELECI'ED LE TIERS AND DIARIES OF BENJAMIN BRI TIEN, VOLUME I, 1923-39, VOLUME II, 1939-45 edited by...

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The secret lives of a pleasurist

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Victoria Glendinning ROSE MACAULAY: A WRITER'S LIFE by Jane Emery John Murray, 121, pp. 381 A merican students write doctoral the- ses about Rose Macaulay now, and some of her...


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Well, yes, morning has broken But don't let's make such a song and dance about it. For myself, I was rather disappoint- ed When I saw it fall into pieces. I had thought it...

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The art of backing winners

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Richard Lamb CHURCHILL'S GENERALS edited by John Keegan Weidenfeld, £20, pp. 464 A ficionados of the campaigns of the second world war will enjoy a wallow in this book. John...

On short commons

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Max Egremont HUNG PARLIAMENT by Julian Critchley Hutchinson, £13.99, pp. 208 h e House of Commons may seem a place of glamour and excitement to some, but clearly not to Julian...

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So unravaged by the fierce intellectual life

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Noel Annan ISAIAH BERLIN edited by Edna and Arishai Margalit Hogarth, £25, pp. 229 w hose heart does not sink at the sight of a Festschrift? These well-meaning volumes of...

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Toil and trouble, but worth it

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William Green DOUBLE LIVES by Stephen Wall Bloomsbury, £13.99, pp. 154 T he trade of critic,' said Mark Twain, 'is the most degraded of all trades.' Nobody has ever disagreed....

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Playing away and winning

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Philip Glazebrook FRANCIS YOUNGHUSBAND AND THE GREAT GAME by Anthony Verrier Cape, £18, pp. 238 F rancis Younghusband, who lived until 1942, was the last in a line of...

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Hay Fever

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'Radiant with disease.' (Derek Walcott) You come out of the blue, like a seasonal breeze or the roseate flush on the Pieris leaves, as you have done every year since twelve,...

All you wanted to know and a bit more

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Rupert Scott ITALIAN JOURNEYS by Jonathan Keates Heinemann, £16, pp. 312 hen English intellectuals write books about Italy they usually begin with some apology for their...

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Late Gower Arm confined below shoulder level As if winged,

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the slight Lopsided air of a seabird Caught in an oilslick. 'Late' Gower, As of a painting by Monet, a 'serial' Whose shuffled images delight Through inconstancy, variety of...

The real innocence underneath

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Caroline Moore WISE CHILDREN by Angela Carter Chatto, £13.99, pp. 234 B efore reading Wise Children, I confess that I vaguely thought of doing a piece along the lines of Why Do...

How to save yourself 51 trips to the library ...

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or over £30 on The Spectator If you're forced to share The Spectator with fellow students, then you'll know how difficult it can be to track a copy down. Now you can save...

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Museums The Chinese in context S ir John Pope-Hennessy's autobiogra- phy Learning to Look is a remarkable record of an individual's intellectual history written in a lapidary,...

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Annual Exhibition of 20th-century British Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings (Spink & Son, till 28 June) Formulae for despair Giles Auty T he annual Summer Exhibition at...

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Time to desegregate Peter Phillips S ince this summer will see the tenth anniversary of the two leading early music festivals in the world, those held in Utrecht and Boston, I...

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Like a One-eyed Cat: Photographs by Lee Friedlander 1956-1987 (V & A, till 25 August) Collected on camera Ruth Guilchng T he Americans have the strongest tradi- tion of...

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The Rose Tattoo (Playhouse) Over the top Christopher Edwards T ennessee Williams's play was rejected by Irene M. Selznick in 1950 on the basis that it was material for an...

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Nice and sexy Gabriele Annan T he Hairdresser's Husband is by Patrice Leconte who made Monsieur Hire. It is sex- ier than any film I can remember, including the porn channel...

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Pseudonyms corner Ursula Buchan I t was with regret, but hardly with sur- prise, that I read recently in the Times that Torbay's palms had been rumbled. Emblem of the 'English...

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Hidden treasure Martyn Harris T he new-broom deputy editor of this magazine called the other week to ask why I hadn't reviewed The Simpsons. It was original, witty, and...

High life

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In good company Taki I t was the mother of fun weeks, but as a result I feel like Kuwait. Not since Prometheus has a liver taken such a pound- ing. Yet the week started in a...

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Low life

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The pipes are calling Jeffrey Bernard I can't say that I have been seriously inconvenienced by this week's Drinkwise Day; in fact I managed to catch the bar- man's eye on...

New life

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Minor eruption Zenga Longmore T he natural event which springs to mind when watching a child's tantrum is the eruption of a volcano. There are two main reasons for these...

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A cheapie to end all cheapies Auberon Waugh T he joker in these Corney & Barrow offers is their £6 a case discount (50p the bottle) off any order of two or more cases (in...


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12 YEAR OLD SCOTCH WHISKY COMPETITION ..0111AS RE 12 YEAR OLD - fa.r SCOTCH WHISKY Safety first Jaspistos I n Competition No. 1680 you were in- vited to add lines, in the...


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Quiet bulldog, noisy tadpole Raymond Keene M ichael Adams from Truro, the 19- year-old chess grandmaster who was the youngest ever British champion when he won the title in...

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A first prize of £20 and two ftuther prizes of £10 (or, for UK solvers, a copy of Chambers English Dictionary — ring the word 'Dictionary') for the first three correct solutions...

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No. 1683: Quiz

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1. 'Roast mule' and 'roast mules' are both anagrams of single words. Supply them. 2. 'Facetious' is a word which contains all the vowels, once, in the correct order. What word...

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West Indies walloped Frank Keating STRAIGHT up to Headingley from Epsom, I was tuned into the conspiratorial mutter of serious punters, and though you read it here first two...