15 OCTOBER 1994

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T here was a small riot in London after 20,000 people held a march against the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill. Some waved banners reading, 'Kill the Bill', a slang term...

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The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL Telephone: 071-405 1706; Telex 27124; Fax 071-242 0603 SANCTIONS THAT WORK H istory repeats itself, wrote a now-dis- credited...

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T here have been times this week when my heart has gone out to Mr Jeremy Han- ley. The newspapers have decided to trans- form him into a comic character. This may be because...

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A long moan to make the point that the state juggernaut has run amok AUBERON WAUGH L ast week I received my second sum- mons of the year to appear at the West London...

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Boris Johnson, with the Conservative Party in Bournemouth, senses strange echoes of the decadent last days of some defunct East European political establishment Bournemouth I...

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One hundred years ago

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THE Times of Wednesday gives some very curious facts as to the camel in Australia. The white men have taken over the beast, which is the East incar- nate, and which the East has...

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In reverse chronological order, Tom Porteous explains why he has resigned from the UN's operation in Somalia Mogadishu, September 1994 A SEWAGE TANKER is blocking the main...

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Mind your language

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A READER, M.L. Sutton, wrote in to say that he likes to call his testicles orchids. He can call them Bill and Ben for all I care, but in his short letter he makes some sug-...

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If symptoms persist.. .

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PHILOSOPHERS have long debated the moral justification of punishment well, that's the kind of thing philoso- phers do, of course. But if they find it difficult to justify...

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On the eve of the Queen's visit to Russia, Robert Haupt reveals the embarrassments likely to afflict two heads of state Moscow IN JULY 1918, the revolution was still a recent...

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Matt Frei explains the sudden fall from grace of Silvio Berlusconi. It's all to do with money Rome SOME prime ministers fail because they are incompetent or bland, others...

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Roy Greenslade meets the editor of the News of the World, not yet 30 and already established as a muck-raking great PIERS MORGAN is the twelfth News of the World editor I have...

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Newspapers tirelessly commission opinion polls on the royal succession. It's a waste of our time and their money, argues Ross Clark THE YEAR is 2014, and Queen Elizabeth II's...

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It's easy to mock the liberal church establishment. But the last laugh is on the Anglo-Catholics, argues Damian Thompson IT REQUIRES no great ingenuity to make the current...

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Hugo Vickers meets Lady Butler, the sprightly widow of 'the best prime minister we never had' THE WIDOW of R.A. Butler — the long- time Conservative statesman and Master of...

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Sir: I am not a person to write letters to

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journals. I cringed, but passed over Dot Wordsworth's solecisms on 'like' in your issue of 3 September (Mind your lan- guage). The matter was adequately settled by Bill Todd's...

A brave man

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Sir: Michael Moran (Ties, damn lies and leprechauns', 17 September) fails suffi- ciently to emphasise the most striking fea- ture of Irish-American activism: the sheer,...

Sir: Some months ago, you published a splendid piece of

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scientific popularisation by Richard Dawkins (`The telephone exchange of life', 11 June), which I thoroughly enjoyed. I wish I could say the same about Warwick Collins's...

War of the words

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Sir: I don't know whether English is Mr George Mandel's first language, but this is what he wrote last week in a letter complain- ing about me: 'They is always followed by a...

LETTERS Switching off

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Sir: As a research scientist in the field of arti- ficial intelligence for the past 25 years, I would like to reassure your contributor, War- wick Collins, that his fears are...

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Girl talk

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Sir: Your correspondent, Jane Langley, (Letters, 8 October) took my words out of context from a second-hand source in describing me as 'extreme'. In my speech at Guildford High...

Porter supporter

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Sir: I attended the hearing at which coun- sel for Lady Porter, QC Mr Anthony Scrivenor, urged the Westminster District auditor to disqualify himself from hearing the case for...

Raspberries, actually

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Sir: Anne Applebaum mentions that during his retirement Lloyd George won prizes for his blackcurrants at agricultural shows (`Take me to your ex-leader', 8 October), I believe,...

Michelangelo's other David

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Sir: David Ekserdjian (Arts, 8 October) mocks my challenge to Michael Hirst's defence of the National Gallery's attribu- tion of the painting The Entombment' by likening me to...

Sorry, Jack

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Sir: Spare my grandson, aged five. Your brilliant front-cover cartoon (1 October) showed smiling Bambi Blair, blood drip- ping from his teeth, with Thumper Major a scavenged...

Ali's only mistake

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Sir: Mea culpa, though perhaps not, I should add, Culpa MAXIMA. For besides an impressive number of witnesses of all classes besides many of her Romanov rela- tions, my lifelong...


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Sir: Phillip Hodson (Letters, 1 October) still seems to be groping around in the dark. The point, or rather points, at issue were not the singularity, duality or plurality of...


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It's not that Americans excuse Mr Gerry Adams's violent past. They positively worship it SIMON JENKINS . Not all Americans are stupid. Some have judgment and a sense of...

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Desire shall not fail, actually Raymond Carr THE MAKING OF VICTORIAN SEXUAL ATTITUDES by Michael Mason OUP, £17.99, pp. 256 h is book enraged me. It deals with a fascinating...

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The life and soul of the party

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Celestria Noel PARTIES: A LITERARY COMPANION by Susanna Johnston, with a foreword by John Wells Macmillan, £16.99, pp. 280 Y ou can make a case for parties being what separates...

Facts and fantasies about Ancient Rome

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Jasper Griffin BLOND'S ROMAN EMPERORS by Anthony Blond Quartet, £17, pp. 210 A ncient Rome is dead, but it refuses to lie down. History, art, tourism, the movies: all cluster...

The True Modernity

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`Evil, be thou my good, Discord, my harmony', Roars Vitriol, 'I practise The true modernity!' But surely, Vitriol, For those who praise there should Be no such dated ciphers As...

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The books that others dared not print

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Byron Rogers B y one of those publishing freaks two books appear at the same time (and at the same price) on the same subject: English- speaking writers in that tolerant,...

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The battle of the sexes

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A. N. Wilson THE HUSBANDS by Christopher Logue Faber, £6.99, pp. 55 C hristoper Logue's two previous volumes, War Music and Kings were `accounts' — his word — of early episodes...

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A selection of recent paperbacks

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Fiction: Mr Barrett's Secret and Other Stories by Kingsley Amis, Penguin, £5.99 The Rationalist by Warwick Collins, Minerva, £5.99 Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates, Picador, £6.99...

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Grace under pressure

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Hugo Vickers GRACE by Robert Lacey Sidgwick, £16.99, pp. 463 T his biography of Princess Grace of Monaco goes a little further than the previ- ous ones, which in their time...

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SPECTATOR CARTOON EXHIBITION AT ALFRED DUNHILL 30 Duke Street St. James's, London SW1. 13th-29th October 1994. Joiy& gete.-thicoidyw .

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A sharp eye amid the encircling gloom

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Deborah Devonshire A MINGLED MEASURE by James Lees-Milne John Murray, £19.99, pp. 325 E veryone who enjoyed the other `Kubla Khan' diaries will fasten with joy onto this volume...

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Opera Some class roars Rupert Christiansen Don Quixote (London Coliseum) II Trovatore (Grand Theatre, Leeds) D ennis Marks's 's letter to The Spectator last week so...

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Whistler (Tate Gallery, till 8 January) Touch ephemeral Giles Auty W henever I consider the precise place James McNeill Whistler ought to occupy in the pantheon of painters,...

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Neville's Island (Apollo) The Venetian Twins (Barbican) Ion (Barbican Pit) Water babies Sheridan Morley An y dramatist nowadays who starts out to write a situation comedy for...

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Monster girths Ursula Buchan T here are several profound differences between men and women, as we all know. Women can do crochet work but cannot cut a loaf of bread straight....


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Intimate awards Peter Phillips T he 1994 Gramophone Awards, held last week as usual in the Dorchester Hotel, struggled hard to throw off the memory of the 1993 edition. A year...

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It's a cracker Ian Hislop W hen the trial of Colin Stagg for the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common collapsed, the man who had com- piled the psychological profile...

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Office life

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Call waiting Holly Budd A man with a holdall walked into my office this morning and said he'd come to install the new telephone. `I haven't asked for one' `You're on my...

High life

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Floating the girls Taki hen I read about the Melbourne brothel that's preparing a flotation on the Australian stock exchange, I immediately thought of Madame Claude, and what...

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Long life

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Stately splendour Nigel Nicolson Hardwick, which since 1956 has been a property of the National Trust, was inhabit- ed by the widowed Duchess of Devonshire until her death in...

Low life

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On the wagon Jeffrey Bernard T he absence of last week's column was due to the fact that I had another attack of pancreatitis which I was told is now a chronic condition and...

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OPENING A restaurant in a woman's dress shop in Bond

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Street is suffused with the brittlest of ironies. After all, it is a pre- requisite of most fashionable clothes that you can fit into them only if you hardly ever eat. Nicole...

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CHESS Trouble at t'mill Raymond Keene THE CHESS WORLD is facing an upheaval almost as momentous as that which last year removed control of the world championship from the...

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W. & J.

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CROSSWORD GRAHAM'S PORT r W. • J. C 1 GRAHAM'S PORT A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Malvedos 1979 Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on 31...

Solution to 1178: Rush-light

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No. 1854: The old team

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It is 40 years on, and Anna Pasternak and James Hewitt are in tandem again, with a book describing the highlights of the life of `the Major' since 1994. You are invited to...

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Leagues ahead Frank Keating LAST WEEKEND, in the five matches of English rugby union's senior club champi- onship, 17 tries were scored. In the corre- sponding seven leading...


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I always get my 'Speckles' late, so your col- umn mentioning me (10 September) only came to my attention the other day as I was entertaining the fine people of Kuwait, "here I...