15 NOVEMBER 1980

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No time for rejoicing

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No time for rejoicing tOl the face of it, the Parliamentary Labour Party's choice 9fMichael Foot looks to be extremely flippant. The press g general has excoriated the choice;...

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The niceness question

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Political commentary The niceness question Ferdinand Mount You could tell. unmistakably, which way most of them had voted. Their expressions were as exaggerated as in a...

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Notebook PrOPhesying the results of elections is the Pastime that political journalists seem to 'j°oy most. In comparison with the mulndane task of analysing and explaining...

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Hail to the Chief

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Another voice Hail to the Chief Auberon Waugh De(troit, A'lich/igatll It is a terrible thing. Mov ing as I tend to do in America. arnmon seLnsitie academics. New 'York...

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A vote against liberalism

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A vote against liberalism K.. Nicholas von Hoffman WVashington vv to r(iM11r', t'' The same persons who were so egregiously Wrong in predicting the election are at work...

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Reagan's challenge to Europe

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Reagan's challenge to Europe Sam White Paris Although they never ceased to complain about it, both President Giscard and to a more limited extent Chancellor Schmidt had good...

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One hundred years ago

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One hundred years ago Sir - Here is an authenticated instance of practical joking fitly reciprocated: A friend of mine has a rough-haired collie, wise and exquisitely modelled....

Denmark's good soldiers

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Denmark's good soldiers Andrew Brown Copenhagen B.~~~~~~~~~~~' (JJU fiA~r"S, WUt We are a civilised country, and that is What will save us,' said a trade union eConomist when...

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The myth of self-management

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The myth of self-management Aleksa Djilas Yugoslavia has experienced this year one of Its gravest economic crises since the war. Unemployment has been rising, and the foreign...

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The dangers ahead

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In the City The dangers ahead Tony Rudd The London Stock Market looks like an ice rink in a thaw. The temperature is not low enough to prevent it slowly turning to water and,...

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Patrick Campbell

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Patrick Campbell Patrick Campbell entered journalism by a road which would not now be approved, or indeed permitted. Having watched him fail in other enterprises his father,...

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Mote and beam

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Mote and beam Sir: It was good to see the other side of the Vestey case put by Geoffrey Wheatcroft in last week's issue. The storm of moral outrage in the press about the whole...

[Sir: No, no, it really will not do.]

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Letters Getting it wrong Sir: No, no, it really will not do. After mol0nths of coverage by your correspondents Ill the US. something approaching an apology would have been...

Poor qualities

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Poor qualities Sir: In the second sentence of John McEwen's review of R.B. Kitaj (1 November) he says that Kitaj's draughtmanship has never been his strength. Not only is this...

[Sir: Since you allow youself the luxury of...]

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Sir Since you allow yourself the luxury of 'l"lPlOying two American correspondents, co'uld You not so arrange it that at least one of them had more or less conservative...

[Sir: Several weeks ago you published letters...]

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Sr; Several weeks ago you published letters th myself and others which suggested at Henry Fairlie's reporting of the US recteon campaign was biased and inaccucatl, He...

[Sir: Both Nicholas von Hoffman and Henry...]

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Sir: Both Nicholas von Hoffman and Henry Fairlie seem to me very unAmerican Americans: if they are American at all! Von Hoffman says that they (the electorate) 'dished the...

[Sir: 'The people voted for Mr Reagan',...]

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Sir: 'The people voted for Mr Reagan', writes Henry Fairlie. 'The electors overwhelmingly chose to trust one man and not another.' But nearly half the electors (48 per cent)...

Plain singers

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Plain singers Sir: Though I greatly enjoyed Taki's review of the new Callas biography (25 October), perhaps there is more to Miss Stassinopoulos's theory about childhood...

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Some Intellectual Consequences of the English Revolution Christopher Hill

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Books An up-Hill struggle Eric Christiansen Some Intellectual Consequences of the English Revolution Christopher Hill (Weidenfeld £5.95) There are many pleasures to be...

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Personal Impressions Isaiah Berlin Ed. Henry Hardy

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Portrait gallery Anthony Storr Personal Impressions Isaiah Berlin Ed. Henry Hardy (Hogarth £9.50) The fourth volume of Sir Isaiah Berlin's collected essays consists of...

Art and Psychoanalysis Peter Fuller

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Why art? Mans Keller Art and Psychoanalysis Peter Fuller It., Wvvriters and Readers £2.95) Though still tied up in knots of his own making, Peter Fuller has come a long way...

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The Rendezvous and Other Stories Daphne du Maurier

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'The Intruder' Paul Ableman The Rendezvous and Other Stories Daphne du Maurier (Gollancz £5.95) The man was alone in the house. It is important to remember this in the...

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Rites of Passage William The Viceroy of Ouidah World's End Paul Theroux

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__tes of Passage William Golding | (Faber X:.95) - 'Ie Viceroy of Ouidah Bruce Chatwin shape £5.95) World's End Paul Theroux t_,. , _ - (Hamish Hamil- L'II kb.50) Now...

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Richard II and Richard III (RSC, Stratfordupon-Avon) The Crucible (Cottesloe)

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Theatre Frenetic Bryan Robertson Richard 11 and Richard III (RSCStratford upon-Avon) The Crucible (Cottesloe) There is a moment in Richard II! when Al"' Howard as the newly...

Wexford Festival

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Arts Irresponsible Rodney Milnes Wexford Festival The least promising offering at Wexford this year, Puccini's Edgar, turned out to be the most satisfying in terms of sheer...

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I omplementary I .Ir-L - IJohn Mc'wen qe doublebill of paintings by our own pi chael Andrews, 52 and in full career, and 'ssarro pere, 1830-1902 (Hayward Gallery Ed 1 January;...


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Cinema Black or white Peter Ackroyd Babylon ('X', selected cinemas) The film opens with scenes from a dilapidated London; although the city is perhaps not quite as exotic...

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--IRMO 101'evision ,Disarming %hard Ingrams innpce again the telly failed to rise to an Vy tortant event, namely the extraordinary leadtY of Michael Foot in the Labour...


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High life Celebrating Taki If you think comedv is dead. just look at what happened to all the pollsters, hacks. pundits and political professionals last week (and I'm afraid...

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Low life Suffering Jeffrey Bernard The deaths of Lady Barnett and the boxer Johnny Owen predictably heated up the letters columns of The Times earlier this week. There were...


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Postscript Monitored Patrick Marnham Waking on the morning after the American election marathon, it was a relief to find that one had not, after all, merely missPent...