16 JUNE 1973

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Powell, Labour and Europe

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THERE OUGHT to be nothing at all startling in the thesis which Mr Enoch Powell stated in Stockport last Friday and further developed and elaborated in radio and television...

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Another Spectator's Notebook.

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A footnote is needed to our political commentary last week, which mentioned the Transport House veto on Roy Hattersley's speech criticising the National Executive Committee's...

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Political Commentary

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The case for an October election Patrick Cosgrave I wrote, just after the first round of the local elections, that it was perfectly possible that Mr Heath could call an autumn...

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In search of a new identity

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Adam Watson Surprisingly, Australia today is a nation in search of identity. The image of the swagman in the outback camping by a billabong, the craggy Dominioner who fought at...

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Poreigners go home Douglas Brown Switzerland, by tradition, is the very model of racial and religious toleration, Her citizens do not form a cultural entity, but speak three...

Death on the road

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John Vaizey The recurrent and by now tedious discussion on capital punishment deals almost exclusively with its effects, moral and practical, on murder. As a matter of fact...

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Sixth Form Prize 1973

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Results and report The Spectator offered a prize of £250, to be awarded either to an outright winner or to be divided at the discretion of the judges among a number of winners...

What chance of

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another Golden Age? Francis Mace "When ideas usually confined to religion and morals are raised to a political level, then there will be another golden age," said Paul. We...

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Collecting for reading

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Benny Green

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Richard Luckett on an address to the doubly converted

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It is not, I hope, disrespectful to that great director Georges Bresson to reflect on the sad paradox that his compatriot Bernanos should be best known in Britain through the...

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A fall viewed from below

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Michael Bentley The Fall of Lloyd George: The Political Crisis of 1922 Michael Kinnear (Macmillan £5.95) Sympathy goes out at once to an author Whose conclusions, through the...

Alexander's 'Gaffing gun'

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J. Enoch Powell Alexander the Great .1, R. Hamilton (Hutchinson University Library £3.00; paperback £1.50) It is no wonder that the eleven years between 334 and 323 BC, in...

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Israeli and Palestinian

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D. C. Watt tban Robert St. John (W. H. Allen £5.00) My People Shall Live: The Autobiography of a Revolutionary Leila Khaled, edited by George Hajjar (Hodder £2.50) One of the...

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Enjoyable but...

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Tony Palmer Experiment at Proto Philip Oakes (Andre Deutsch £2.25) A Distant Likeness Paul Bailey (Cape E1.60) The Time of the Crack Emma Tennant (Cape £1.60) To write a good...

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Tie paperback may not yet be quite the queen of all she surveys, but we think it high time to introduce a regular column devoted to the best and the brightest of the weekly...


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Bookbuyet The Society of Authors will no doubt be gratified that 184 MPs have so far signed the early Day Motion " That this House, mindful of the injustices suffered by...

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Peter Fischer on World Theatre Season disenchantment

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The World Theatre Season is . . nn it was a gift-horse — a menagerie of gift-horses. This is true fl more senses than one, includ'ng the personal aspect that a resident foreign...

Wi ll W av e

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Lord Goodman, when not occupied with his legal commitments. his financial deals and the multifariously ' fix-it ' activities to which the state is pleased to call him, is a...

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From bad to worse

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Christopher Hudson! This will do as well as any time to describe an average week of new releases, a fully representative cross-section of the mush being doled out month after...

Police state

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Clive Gammon Sufficiently forewarned by advance publicity which proclaimed it to be concerned with coppers, I was able to avoid Hunter's Walk, the new ITV Monday-running...

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The comprehensive illiterates

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Rhodes Boyson A transcript of the evidence of the headmaster of Highbury Grove School to the Bullock Committee on Literacy My concern for reading standards arose from my...

In the grand manner

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Denis Wood As everyone knows, the Conspirators' Club between the Reform and the Travellers has a large, twenty-acre garden. Overlooking this and running the length of the...

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Fairish British fare

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Pamela Vandyke Price Summer is a-comen in and so, certainly as far as London is concerned, are the tourists. As one who actually has to spend weekdays working there, I admit to...

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The Gold Conundrum

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Nicholas Davenport A funny thing happened to gold on my way to the City — via Majorca. It jumped 40 per cent in price on the free market. This was in a matter of weeks and it...

Paper profits

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John Bull The interim figures of Walmsley (Bury) are due shortly. They should show that the group has made good progress and with possible encouraging noises about the future,...

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Skinflint's City Diary

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I often have a lot of fun with illiteracy in advertisements. The latest gem to come my way is an ad for a drink called Bierritz. It says that the drink is "deceptively strong."...

Election loss— market gain

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Mr Wotherspool My poor client, Mr Wilde — I had expected to hear praises about the performance of his portfolio during his absence. Alas! he is no ordinary dealer in shares....

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Positive Powell

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Sir: Innumerable anti-Common Marketeers of all political shades will welcome Mr Enoch Powell's unequivocal declaration concerning Britain's withdrawal from the EEC. Any...

John Rowan Wilson

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From Dr R. Eban Sir: May I pay a tribute to John Rowan Wilson, whose death you record in your issue of June 2? Of all the writers on medical matters in the press, his was the...

Non-medical matter

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From Dr John Linklater Sir: Elected representatives of the British Medical Association at Folkestone last week decided by a massive majority that under no circumstances would...

Sleeping watchdogs

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Sir: Mr Jones (June 2) argues an impeccable case but the effect of local newspaper monopolies is also corrupting local newspaper's commercial relations. Advertisers — thousands...

Juliette's weekly frolic

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Apart from one blissful, baking afternoon at the Derby, last week had little to recommend it. Winners are what's wanted and the losing punter is notoriously uninterested in...

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A word to the judge

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Sir: 1 have seldom read such hot-headed vapourin g s in an over g round paper hs appeared in your issue of June 2 under the name of Dorothy Becker. Is she the same person as the...

Israel and the Arabs

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Sir: I was vastly amused to see myself described by Henry Adler (June 2) as an "insecure bluestocking ", but, while I do not mind this wildly inaccurate description. I do object...

Pyotr Yakir

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Sir: It seems that Mr David Levy (June 2) cannot even see what was objectionable in his remarks about Pyotr Yakir. May I recapitulate? First, he gave an account, highly abusive...

What's in a name?

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Sir: I have just returned from an extended post-Easter break, to London and my back-copies ot The Spectator. Lo! What do I find in your issue of April 28 but 'Confessions of...

Rowse on Shakespeare

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Sir: Contrary to popular belief the first object of the Francis Bacon Society is to study - Trancis Bacon's works "as philosopher, statesman and poet." The second object is to...