19 MARCH 1988

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CHARLES MOORE I n his reaction to the Budget, Mr Kin- nock displayed a real hatred for the rich (of whom, in the tax definition, he is one). What is the reason for this feeling?...

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Constraints of an empire on which the Sun never sets AUBERON WAUGH A curious incident which occurred at Barrow-in-Furness was reported in some of the newspapers on Sunday. On...

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TEASING SOME OF THE PEOPLE... Noel Malcolm on how the Chancellor's delivery enraged the Opposition OH that Mr Lawson, he does like having his little jokes. I don't mean the...

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THE HOLE IN THE HEART Jock Bruce-Gardyne detects Mr Lawson's abandonment of money management A FEW weeks ago in these columns I alluded to the plight of the distinguished...

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MAKING TAXES COMPULSORY Christopher Fildes regrets the continued survival of the biggest perk of all NIGEL Lawson's cleverest trick of all was his first, five years ago. He...

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Bohdan Nahaylo reports the popular anger against the nuclear power programme of the Soviet Union LONG before the Armenians poured out on to the streets of Yerevan demanding...

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Charles Glass wonders how the Jewish conscience can cope with the violent use of power UNUSUALLY for a rebellion in which at least 80 unarmed civilians have been killed by...

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Richard West finds that those who praise communist Vietnam hate prosperous Thailand Bangkok A FEW weeks ago, in northern Thailand, gunmen opened fire on some tourists making a...

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One hundred years ago

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ON Wednesday, a very curious scene took place in the House of Commons, Mr Bradlaugh — who was so lately kept out of the House at the sacrifice of weeks of valuable Parliamentary...

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Christopher Howse on the relatives of Haile Selassie who have been shut in a room for 14 years IN 1950 Sybil Desta was a sporty Bet- jemanesque girl who liked tennis and...

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Michael Trend sees a threat to the standards of sixth form education MUCH has been said in recent weeks about the new GCSE examination — the replacement for 0 levels and CSEs;...

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Police evicted hundreds of squatters in Hackney last week. Phillip Swarbrick tells his own story FOR anarchists, squatting is part of their ideology. To young Sloane Rangers...

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The press: Paul Johnson takes a cool look at Cap'n Bob's apotheosis ROBERT Maxwell must be feeling pleased with himself this week. He has done rather well with his flurry of...

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Sir: If Rae Mitchell of Magdalene College is trying to

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quote Plautus, is not the better reading, 'Dictum sapienti sat est'? Tom Castro 82 Adelaide Grove, London W12

Damaging admissions

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Sir: Mr Mitchell's response (Letters, 12 March) to your leader on the Cambridge admissions system is worrying. He says that 'A levels are the key element in admission' and...

LETTERS A political right

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Sir: I welcome many of Noel Malcolm's comments (Politics, 27 February) about the dangers of a return to devolution in Northern Ireland. The Anglo-Irish Agree- ment suggests the...


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Sir: I enjoyed Enoch Powell's review of my new book (12 March) but I was mystified by your decision to accompany the review by a portrait of the present Taoiseach. I can assure...

Breakages Ltd

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Sir: Whether or not presenting a film on the civil service, even after 18 months' secondment to the Department of Energy, is the best way of learning about the perils of public...

Bishop Blomfield

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Sir: I have lent, and therefore lost, the recent Spectator article on the Synod and its compromise, so cannot refer with accuracy, but I learnt of the Gay HQ in St Botolph's,...

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Nostalgia for another Germany

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Timothy Garton Ash NOSTALGIA is not a quality you would naturally associate with East Germany. But watching last month's brief television flashes from Dresden and East Berlin,...

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How to save yourself 51 trips to the library . . . or almost £30 on The Spectator If you're forced to share The Spectator with fellow students, then you'll know how difficult it...

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Paradise by way of wurst and beer Piers Paul Read T o most Englishmen Bavaria is a pic- turesque province of Germany where jovial peasants wearing lederhosen yodel, eat saus-...

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Building on shallow foundations Julian Bullard I n 1963, when I first set eyes on it and on him, Bonn was what John le Cane later called it: a small town. .A single bridge...

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How fast is the USA sinking? Ferdinand Mount THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GREAT POWERS by Paul Kennedy Unwin Hyman, £18.95 H istories of civilisation come in one size — large —...

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Last Page

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If it's true the miracle of life's sustained solely by God's attention, then something has distracted Him from me. My sins, perhaps? The kindly man who came and left hell's...

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Plunging to new depths in the Valley

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Byron Rogers LOVELY ME by Barbara Seaman Sidgwick & Jackson, £13.95 T he critic Gloria Steinem had to fight her literary editor to get the review into the paper. He thought...

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The father of modern sculpture

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Benedict Read RODIN: A BIOGRAPHY by Frederic V. Grunfeld Hutchinson, £30 I n 1902 a ceremonial dinner was held at the Café Royal in honour of the French sculptor Auguste...

A Wish for St Patrick's Day

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Holy Patrick we need snakecharmers now, The snakes have crawled back again. Exorcise the demons of intransigence, Send your green fire into the frozen branch. Robert Greacen

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Pantaloon in Holborn Circus

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Alan Watkins MAXWELL: A PORTRAIT OF POWER • by Peter Thompson and Anthony Delano Bantam, £2.95 MAXWELL THE OUTSIDER by Tom Bower Aurum, £12.95 MAXWELL by Joe Haines...

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The folk that live on the Hill

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Anthony Howard MAN OF THE HOUSE by Thomas P. O'Neill with William Novak Bodley Head, £15 T here are some politicians — Rab Butler was one, Willie Whitelaw is another — whose...

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Exhibitions 1 Schrecken und Hoffnung: Peace and War as Seen by Artists (Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, till 28 April; Hermitage, Leningrad, 20 May-29 June) Artists of a shared...

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Babette's Feast (`U', Lumiere St Martin's Lane) Barfly (`18', Odeon Haymarket) Not by bread alone Hilary Mantel W hen Karen Blixen no longer had a farm in Africa and had...


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Hapgood (Aldwych) A Touch of the Poet (Comedy) Trick of the light Christopher Edwards T om Stoppard's new play shows him at the top of his ingenious form. With cun- ning (or...

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Pop music

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Time to drop the bop Marcus Berkmann I have never been a great fan of dereg- ulating broadcasting — the forthcoming cable and satellite 'explosion' seems likely to supply...

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Exhibitions 2

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Gerhard Richter (Anthony d'Offay, till 16 April) Germans abroad Giles Auty H ans Hofmann was born in Bavaria in 1880 but moved permanently to New York in 1937. Many see him...

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Funny women Wendy Cope F rench and Saunders (BBC 2) was one of the comedy programmes I intended to review last week but the tape went missing until after my deadline. Once I...

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Low life

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Paradise with snakes Jeffrey Bernard T h Bangkok is is an extremely attractive oven. At lunchtime yesterday the mercury touched 90°F. I have now thawed out and heat has to be...

High life

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Slippery slopes Taki Gstaad I thought the best epitaph to all that very sad Klosters business was Adam Shaw's contribution entitled 'You can die for breaking the laws of the...

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Home life

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why, oh why? Alice Thomas Ellis M ysteries, mysteries. Why, wonders the fifth son, does walloping a bottle on the edge of the table enable one to remove its lid, and why does...

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CROSSWORD 850: Swivel-guns by Mass

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A first prize of £20 and two further prizes of £10 (or, for UK solvers, a copy of Chambers Dictionary, value £13.95 — ring the words 'Chambers Dictionary' above) for the first...

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Competition entries

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To enable competitors to economise on postage, entries for one or more weeks of the Competition and Crossword may be posted together under one cover addressed 'Competition...


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Dutch treat Raymond Keene T he Euwe Memorial in progress in Amsterdam is a key test for Nigel Short. Apart from the dangerous Yugoslav Grandmaster, Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Bri-...


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Don't!'? J aspistos I N Competition No. 1514 you were invited to write a poem offering advice to a person about to marry. More people do than don't, and yet the advice was...

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For bette or wurst

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I AM not really into Hun food. I don't think they really have a cuisine, what they have is a lot of good produce and 1,500 types of sausage which they eat for break- fast, lunch...

No. 1517: Alphabet allegro

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was an Ibis, asleep on the Nile./ J was a Joke which made nobody smile,' are two lines from a jolly alphabet poem by Maurice Baring. Sixteen lines of your own poem, please,...

Solution to 847: Seedy

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S7T_y_RGEN T 29 37 PUAIHRAM , LIIIR 141133UMENIEIOS-ELED U GI NIP D E 0 Al Ul TI NI LADL S ELT' . A. T R I 0 T PURDISPRISONE D A U A R N E pl. EH OLE/ E Thematic answers, each...