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Mr Heath and his ministers keep telling us that this

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time a British government will not lose its nerve, that this time nothing will be allowed to stand in the way of growth, that — as Sir Geoffrey Howe put it on Sunday — "So long...

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The acceptable face of the TUC

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The determination of the Trades Union Congress not to participate in Common Market institutions, arrived at by the narrowest of margins at Blackpool last week, is a political...

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Public schools' rigidity

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Sir: In his article about the public schools last week Mr Richard Ryder seems to me uninformed, even naïve, on the one hand, but to be asking some very important questions...

Hypocrisy and hijacking

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Sir: Mr Anthony Nutting, in his letter of September I, in which he fails miserably in trying to criticise negatively your editorial of August 18, is more hysterical than...

Front the Hon. Terence Prittie Sir: Anthony Nutting appears to

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have missed the point of your admirable editorial 'Hypocrisy over Israel' of August 18. As I understand it, your editorial argued that it was hypocrisy to condemn Israel for...

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this exploit as ' hi-jacking.'

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Marc A ttwoodWood 44 Munster (Westfalen), Luhnstiege 8/9 Federal Republic of Germany. Stange bedfellows Sir: The passing of the 1832 Reform Bill was thought by many to be the...

Cod war legalities

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Sir: Mr Chowdharay-Best draws attention (September 8) to the nature of the In ternational Court's ruling on the Cod War Case. I agree with him that the court orders of -August...

lerals' policies

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Sir: It is sad to see a political commentator sink to such low nit-picking about the Liberal Party as Mr Patrick Cosgrave in your September 1 issue. r or a moment I thought 1...

GP s ' skills

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From Dr J. P. T. Linklater Sir: I am indeed glad that Mr R. K. Brian has at last agreed with my postulates (Letters, August 25), I take exception, however, to his accusation...

Ackroyd and Austen

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Sir: "What a familiar ring it has, 'the novel '. A comfort to the spinster and the secretary, and a temporary refuge for " the reader" in an imagined world. A world in which...

Nursery schools

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Sir: The article by Rhodes Boyson on Outmoded Nursery Schools is good to read, as the emphasis on nursery schools is assuming an unbalanced proportion. The answer to teaching...

The Book of Dzyan

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Sir: Francis King asserts that the original text of The Secret Doctrine was "forged in the 1880s by H. P. Blavatsky." As you tell us in a footnote that Francis King is"...


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Sir: I was amused to read Kenneth Hurren's review of my first play, Mad Dog at the Hampstead Theatre Club (August 25). I was particularly interested in his description of it as...

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Spectator's Notebook

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Sir Keith Joseph's swift admonition to heart transplant surgeons "to defer any vast enthusiasm " for this operation until immunology problems were cleared up, has my most...

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Heath sends them a message

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Patrick Cosgrave 0, n Tuesday September 4 the Prime Minister left London for two speaking engagements in Kent. The first was at the Medway Training Centre in Gillingham —...

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Is Laos necessary?

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BM Manson Is Laos useful as a cushion between enemies — or just a bloody nuisance that acts as a tinderbox to already heated arguments? Buffer states are all very well — when...

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The church and the new morality Edward Norman The clergy are peculiarly well placed to be in a position to make wise judgement about the moral consciousness of men — and...

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What's wrong with Test cricket Roy Hattersley The England team which was beaten so convincingly by the West Indies at Lord's remains very nearly the best eleven that the...

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The American Scene

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Lynch mob liberals Al Capp L ast week David Broder of the Washington ton Post was the first member of the liberal press publicly to recoil from its ceaseless torment of our...

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Education Can a school be a democratic society? John H. Chambers Bob Leeson, the nineteen-year-old, E18 a week president of the National Union of School Students is on record...


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Mighty microbes Bernard Dixon Termites are usually regarded as unmitigated nuisances — as pests to be destroyed whenever and whatever possible. A recent book — called,...

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The private Christ Martin Sullivan the record of Christ in the New T estament omits more than it r eports . . The Gospels do not offer US a biography. They are written for...

Country Life

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A good burn Peter Quince Like many other people I have my misgivings about the modern farm practice of burning the great quantities of straw left behind by the combines. All...

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Of gods and men

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Peter Ackroyd The Honorary Consul Graham Greene (Bodley Head E2.00) A Woman Of Courage Julian Gloag (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £2.50) Augustus John Williams (Allen Lane £2.50)...

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Philosophy and fashion

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Roger Seruton Oh Art and the Mind, Richard Wollheim (Allen Lane, £6.) rile present book is a collection of Professor Wollheim's articles and lectures, all of which have been...

Culture and politics

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Joseph Lee Europe since 1870. An International History James Joll (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £6.20) Well-established conventions within the historical guild govern general...

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A fatal imagination

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Peter Cotes A Pin to See the Peepshow F. Tennyson Jesse (Heinemann £2.75). Desmond MacCarthy once pronounced F. Tennyson Jesse to be the most notable of all those writers who...

Crime compendium

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Many American reviewers have compared Robert Littell's The Defection of A. J. Lewinter (Hodder and Stoughton, e2.40) to The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The comparison is...

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Muscular baby

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Norman Bryson Airs Humphrey Ward Enid Huws Jones. ( Heinemann £2.75) Mrs Humphrey Ward has the right to claim our attention for a number of reasons. A grand-daughter of Arnold...

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Bill Platypus's

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Paperbacks I am beginning to feel nostalgic for the quiet days of summer, now that the paperbacks are pouring out for the autumn rush. All I can do is give you a hint of what...


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Bookend My advice to young authors," said a beaming Quentin Bell on receiving the Duff Cooper award for his superb Virginia Woolf," is to get the right aunt." But for those not...

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Christopher Hudson on a tale of mouse and man There is a scene in Scarecrow (' X ' Warner Rendezvous) when Max, a tough ex-prisoner, arrives with his friend Lion at a junk shop...


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Sweet nothing 'Kenneth Hurren There are probably better Noel Coward comedies than Relative Values available for revival by 1951, when it was written, following such forgotten...

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Kenwood Ladies Evan Anthony It's always nice to see someone get' ahead, so all good wishes go to two ladies, sculptor Charlotte Mayer, and painter and printmaker Berenice...


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Movement and music Robin Young Taking a retrospective view of the summer's offerings, and the additions that have been made to company repertories, the grateful memory clings...

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Memory lane

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Benny Green On a Saturday afternoon in 1935, on the last day of the football season, a small boy, his head stuffed with statistical information about the gladiators he was...


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The t and Mr Heath's gamble Nicholas Davenport Mr Heath is not endearing himself to the City or to the business world or for that matter to financial writers. The sneering...

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THE CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Cavenham, through its subsidiaries and associated companies, is a leading manufacturer or distributor of food in the U.K.,...

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c ,Tb4 opectator September 15, 1973

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Will be rejuvenated. Consumer expenditures, on which the boom was based, were certainly curtailed by the rise in prices in April to June but in July there was a definite...

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Skinflint's City Diary

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Sam Brittan, whose personal road to Emmaus in recognising the foolishness of Britain's entry into the Common Market led to The Spectator's congratulations last month, now calls...


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Anchored in Crown Nephew Wilde Don't come crying on my shoulder, old boy, I told you long ago that the stock market was only for professionals." These were the unkind...

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No. 772: All sitting comfy Set by David Phillips: Two of Graham G reene's children's stories are to be fe Published. Competitors are invited to provide extracts from hitherto...