18 FEBRUARY 1984

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Succession in the Kremlin

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T he reign of Yuri Andropov was a time of especially poor East-West relations. This state of affairs he had inherited rather than brought about through actions of his own. His...

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Political commentary

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Eastward ho Charles Moore W hat did Mr Andropov have that Mr Brezhnev lacked? Neither was a close friend of Mrs Thatcher. Each ruled over the same repressive empire which she...

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Q uite apart from other factors, the age and health of the most powerful heads of state are becoming rather worrying. Mr K.U. Chernenko, at 72, is the oldest man ever to be...


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No change, more decay

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Bohdan Nahaylo Despite the Soviet system's well-known L lack of adequate provisions for resolv- ing a succession crisis, for the second time in 15 months there has been a...

Auberon Waugh will resume his 0100 next week.

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Glad confident mourning?

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Frank Johnson T his is the capital for which the death of the world's most important Communist traditionally poses problems of tone, eti- quette, and nuance unknown to Washing-...

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Perceptions and signals

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Christopher Hitchens Washington T here are two voguish current terms which make American political discourse extremely irritating. They occur routinely in every press...

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One hundred years ago

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We regret to notice the death, on Monday morning, of Mr. T Chenery, the Editor of the Times, and one of the most learned Orientalists in England. He was not, we think, quite in...

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A miserable country

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Richard West W hen told that Ethiopia had no oil, Albert Schweitzer exclaimed to a visitor from that country: 'Wonderful. Congratulations. You might be left in peace for a...

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A question of coronets

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William Deedes B ehind some of the comments, however . warm and friendly, about Harold Mac- m illan's earldom on his 90th birthday there has lurked the idea that he was...

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Champion Barking

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Roy Kerridge Cruft's Dog Show separates the sheep from the goats, in my opinion. As I gazed around the crowded hall at Earl's Court, I decided I was in a Gathering of the...

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The swastika incident

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Denis Sligo S oon after the last war, Sir Oswald L./Mosley bought what had once been the Bishop's Palace at Tuam, County Galway, and went to live there. At that time a number...

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Clattering BBC train Paul Johnson T he BBC, that sturdy mendicant of the British cultural scene, is getting out its begging-bowl again. The last licence-fee agreement with the...

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In the City

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Hands off the Royal Jock Bruce-Gardyne A t the end of last month the Office of At Trading held a talk-in at the Royal Commonwealth Society to celebrate its tenth anniversary....

Next week Game for a Daimler Report and winners

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Owing to a transcriptional error in o week's 'In the

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City', a phrase suggested wog the New Cross Building Society 'exi sts ' an operating margin of .35 per cent • ' e l' This should have read: 'exits on operating margin of .35 per...

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Add Irish water

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Sir: While I do not quarrel with the heart- felt appreciation of James Knox for Some Experiences of an Irish RM (Books, 21 January) (apart from thinking he might have found a...


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Scott's gems Sir: It is a pity that Gita Mehta Klass and the Crown', 11 February) should be fond of making glib generalisations about India and Paul Scott's view of it, while...

Sir: Gita Mehta's observation that 'it is particularly ironic that

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the imperialist Kipling can make Indians sound convincing and that the anti-imperialist Scott cannot' invites an attempt at explain why this should be so. Scott, like any other...

Russia's offer

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Sir: 'Russia', Colin Welch writes in an excellent article (Centrepiece, 7 January), `has still in her gift an enormous bribe — in exchange, say, for German neutrality, nothing...

Pots and kettles

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Sir: Mr Alexander Chancellor (Notebook, 4 February) can dish it out but he evidently can't take it, for his much-protesting complaint about my attack on him during the House of...

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Uncompromising careers Colin Welch T ike Timothy Garton Ash last week, I lanoted with astonishment Julian Havi- land's remark in the Times about Mrs That- cher's 48-hour visit...

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Poor little sausage Max Hastings Donitz: The Last Fiihrer Peter Padfield (Gollancz £12.95) T he German U-boat campaign in the Second World War possessed much in common with...


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Max Hastings's next book, Overlord: D - Day and the Battle for Normandy, will be published in June by Michael Joseph. Jeffrey Meyers is the author of D. H. Lawrence and the...

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Women, war and crime

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Francis King A Favourite of the Gods A Compass Error Sybille Bedford (Virago £3.50 & £2.95) I n its diversity, its erudition and, above all, its moral and intellectual fas...

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The greatest...?

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Harriet Waugh The Paper Men William Golding (Faber & Faber £7.95) M r Golding must have written The Paper Men before he received the ac- colade of The Nobel Prize for...

Good works

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Christopher Hawtree Spinsters of this Parish Sybil Oldfield (Virago £5.95) 'IQ he has the profile of a gorilla and onc e L./acted Ophelia — does that conveY anything to you?'...

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Soul music Peter Quennell

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The Souls Jane Abdy and Charlotte Gere (Sidgwick and Jackson £12.95) T he Victorian moral code, so far as we can judge from memoirs and letters of the time, never gained a very...

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Closet explorer

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Bel Mooney Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism John Updike (Andre Deutsch £21) A good review is, amongst other things, ra-a little anthology,' he says, and the thought is...

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America's Johnson

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Jeffrey Meyers Edmund Wilson's America George Douglas George Douglas (University of Kentucky Press £19.55) E dmund Wilson's interests ranged from i the historical and...

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Gaining access Giles Gordon Tom and Viv (Royal Court) Rents (Lyric, Hammersmith) Q ince seeing the film E. T. I've been haunted by the extra-terrestrial being's first word...

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On the run Peter Ackroyd The Prize of Peril (`18', selected cinemas) T his is the story of those who lose their lives for the greater glory of a 'game sho w% a young man is...

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Lost romance Maureen Owen w hereas it is easy to switch from one television programme to another by remote control, no such convenient device is available to the radio...

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Real people Richard Ingrams N earing the end of my long stint as the Spectator's television critic I find rather to my amazement that there are at least three programmes...

High life

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Means and ends Taki rr he crocodile tears that were shed by our 1 leaders over Yuri Andropov's demise reminded me that politicians, unlike virgins, never change. the hypocrisy...

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Low life

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Bedfellows Jeffrey Bernard I must be mellowing a little. I can no longer dislike doctors as I used to. Perhaps, at last, I'm too old for them to play God in a white coat to....


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Lewisitis P. J. Kavanagh I n a recent interview the writer Nor n/ 1 Lewis admitted sadly that he had stoPPe reading. It came upon him suddenly , `li_ i ke be o terminal...

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No. 1308: Idle thoughts Set by Jaspistos: Various eccentric ideas have been put forward as to how the unemployed could be put to work on government money for the benefit of us...


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Brotherly love Raymond Keene T f two relatives are paired to face each "other in the final round of a tournament, and a high prize depends on the result, my expectation would...

No. 1305: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a light but heartfelt valentine with all the ends of the lines rhyming. That was badly expressed — I meant rhyming the same way —...

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Solution to 642: Aquariu s PC AC ' E I.2S . I .. . 1 E

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Crossword 645

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Prize: £10 — or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, 1983 edition (write 'Dictionary' under name and address) — for the first correct solution opened on 5 March. Entries to: Crossword...

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Portrait of the week

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K onstantin Chernenko, 72, emerged as the new leader of the Soviet Union five days after the death of Yuri Andropov, who had reigned for only fifteen months unseen in public for...

Books Wanted

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