19 NOVEMBER 1988

Page 4


The Spectator

The world stage M rs Thatcher announced that Mr Gorbachev would visit Britain in Decem- ber. He will take tea with the Queen. The Queen sued the Sun for damages for publishing a...

Page 5


The Spectator

ON 17 September The Spectator published an open letter to President Ceausescu of Rumania written by Doina Cornea, a former lecturer at Cluj university in which she appealed to...


The Spectator

The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL Telephone 01-405 1706; Telex 27124; Fax 242 0603 TO BE PRECISE he lament that standards have declined is so universal in...

The Spectator

Page 6


The Spectator

Time for Mrs Thatcher to consummate her Union NOEL MALCOLM A secret memorandum from Con- servative Central Office landed on my desk last week. Its contents, if genuine, will...

Page 7


The Spectator

T here is a fashion for sado-masochism and general kinkiness growing in English theatre, particularly in productions of Shakespeare and opera. The latest exam- ple I have...

Page 8


The Spectator

Birds in their little nests agree with Chinamen, but not with me AUBERON WAUGH Taipei The government of the Republic of China, based in Taiwan, holds sway over 20 million...

Page 9


The Spectator

Timothy Garton Ash runs up against the Czechoslovak secret police, who are trying to turn back the tide of history in Eastern Europe Prague A LADY with a red flower would meet...

Page 11


The Spectator

John Ralston Saul sees no reason to suppose democracy will triumph over misgovernment IT IS hard to have a revolution when you haven't got a country. And Burma hasn't been...

Page 12

One hundred years ago

The Spectator

THE report to which we alluded last week unhappily turned out true. The terrible miscreant known as 'the Whitechapel murderer', who, if insane, differs from all other insane...

Page 13


The Spectator

Anthony Daniels experiences crime in the Soviet Union I LEFT my hotel in Riga one evening for a stroll in the city. I was in a mellow mood, one of deep satisfaction: I had just...

Page 14


The Spectator

Simon Blow meets the survivors of the Sicilian aristocracy WHAT has happened to Sicily's aristocra- cy since Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote his famous novel The Leopard?...

Page 16


The Spectator

Nicholas Bethell on a post-war wrong righted at last A SMALL piece of history was made last Sunday at the Cenotaph. It was mentioned in Mrs Thatcher's speech in Warsaw two...

Page 17


The Spectator

Page 18


The Spectator

Page 20


The Spectator

Myles Harris rues the deterioration of the BBC World Service I REMEMBER it well. It was dawn in Ethiopia in a hideous hotel. There was a piazza, some colonnades, a square of...

Page 21


The Spectator

Nigel Cousins left the west for a new life in east London THE voice of necessity tells people when they have to migrate. I first heard it in the oily tones of a Bristol head...

Page 22

Paul Johnson is abroad and will resume his column next

The Spectator


Page 23


The Spectator

What has Mr Bush done to deserve it? JOCK BRUCE-GARDYNE M any people nowadays,' A. A. Milne's King who liked butter for breakfast was sternly informed by his dairymaid, `many...

Page 24

Old Lady shows her medals

The Spectator

WHEN I came to the City you could keep out of the rain by taking a short cut through the Bank of England. Stride in through the double doors at Princes Street, over the mosaic...

Spanish chestnut

The Spectator

A CITY friend has confided to me the secret of his successful investment policy. Never, he says, invest in a country which has previously been governed by Spain. This principle...


The Spectator

The Prime Minister throws an egg at an over-regulated City... CHRISTOPHER FILDES I have discovered, late in the day, a newly reliable source. This is the City informant who...

. . .with NIH Syndrome

The Spectator

HER concern has two causes — for the City as a cost-conscious exporter in a competitive world, and for the small inves- tors, in whose interest, or at any rate in whose name,...

Page 26


The Spectator

According to plan Sir: In the criticism levelled at architect- designed buildings it is often overlooked that many non-architect-designed buildings are themselves very poor. I...

Jennifer's Diary

The Spectator

Sir: I was on the editorial staff of The Spectator from 1958 to 1962: is there no one there these days to verify references? I refer to Jennifer Paterson's Diary (5 November)....

Sir: The sight of the Prince of Wales cruising through

The Spectator

our towns and cities in his private train at the invitation of the BBC, passing scornful judgment on their post- war architecture, was, to say the least, unedifying. As he...

`...and statistics'

The Spectator

ORAL cancer caused nearly as many deaths . . . (1,266 in 1983) as cervical cancer (1,959). (Letter from the Oral & Dental Research Trust to the Times, 1 Novem- ber) The oral...

Page 27

Sir: Christopher Hogwood raises once more the appalling problem of

The Spectator

aural pollu- tion (Letters, 5 November). I recommend a combination of megaphones and ear- trumpets to further conversation when dining out inadvertently in such hazardous places.

Macmillan's role

The Spectator

Sir: I was in distant parts when you published (29 October) Nikolai Tolstoy's latest piece 'Death without Glory'. Hold- ing a dialogue with Mr Tolstoy is like getting bogged...

Public din

The Spectator

Sir: One way of impeding the scourge of muzak (Letters, 12 November) is to make any reservation at a restaurant or hotel conditional upon the services being un- accompanied....

Fat Ada

The Spectator

Sir: The idea that animals cannot go to heaven (Diary, 8 October) is a pagan inter- polation into Christianity. St Thomas took over the Aristotelian idea that animals do not...


The Spectator

Sir: Apropos of Neal Ascherson's article in the Observer (23 October), I should like to assure you that although I've never been near a public school I find The Spectator fun....

Bassett hounded

The Spectator

Sir: Mr Zametica (Letters, 5 November) hauls me, somewhat laboriously, over the coals for my assertion that the mob in Serbia is 'particularly disagreeable'. Quite how someone...


The Spectator

SUBSCRIBE TODAY - Save 15% on the Cover Price! RATES 12 Months 6 Months UK 0 £49.50 0 £26.00 Europe (airmail) 0 £60.50 0 £31.00 USA Airspeed 0 US $99 0 US$50 Rest of...

Page 28


The Spectator

Murdered by `nobody' Ferdinand Mount TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND by Gareth Bennett Churchman, f5.95, pp.256 CONFESSIONS OF A CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL by John Habgood SPCK f6.95,...

Page 30

A farewell to peppermint ice-cream

The Spectator

Karan Thapar DAUGHTER OF THE EAST: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Benazir Bhutto Hamish Hamilton, £12.95, pp. 333 L et me begin with an admission. I know Benazir, I like her and she...

Page 31

Old Western Man

The Spectator

of the romantic variety Peter Henderson O f making books about C. S. Lewis (or 'Jack' to his friends) there is no end: the archives are so huge, the unpublished material so...

Page 32

The real and the ideal

The Spectator

Michael Kitson THE ETCHINGS OF CLAUDE LORRAIN by Lino Mannocci Yale, £50, pp.310 F or all the supposed modern preference for assertiveness in art and despite the neglect of...

Page 33

As it was in the beginning

The Spectator

Richard Cobb PRELUDE TO TERROR: THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY AND THE FAILURE OF CONSENSUS 1789-1791 by Norman Hampson Blackwell, f19.50, pp.199 hen, despite so much early prom-...

Page 34


The Spectator

The vast ruined nave is famous for its blackberries. Here the abbot was put to the sword: a stone Hidden among brambles marks the spot. A ghost's batteries Run down just like...

The man who knows too much

The Spectator

Byron Rogers CHARLES by Anthony Holden Weidenfeld, f12.95, pp.242 THE REAL CHARLES by Alan Hamilton Collins, £10.95, pp.222 CECIL BEATON: THE ROYAL PORTRAITS edited by Roy...

Page 35

The Spectator

Page 36


The Spectator

Page 38


The Spectator

Exhibitions 1 Travels in Italy 1776-1783 (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, till 10 December) Scenes from a magic land D avid Wakefield T homas Jones, born in 1742, the...

Page 39

Paris theatre

The Spectator

Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien (Palais Gamier) Good red herring Adrian Dannatt T he Palais Gamier is probably the last Opera house, if not the last place in the world, where it...

Page 40

Exhibitions 2

The Spectator

The Fallen (MoMA, Oxford, till 15 January) The Renaissance of Gravure: The Art of S. W. Hayter (Ashmolean, Oxford, till 27 November) Oxford reflections Giles Auty D riving to...

New York theatre

The Spectator

Waiting for Godot (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center) Little light from the stars Douglas Colby T he great paradox of Samuel Beckett as a dramatist is that he uses...

Page 41


The Spectator

Robust masterpiece Robin Holloway I looked forward all day to the recent live broadcast of Scottish Opera's new production of Tippett's Midsummer Mar- riage. Anticipatory glow...

Page 42


The Spectator

Colors ('18', selected cinemas) Too late for liberals Hilary Mantel S ometimes Los Angeles is seen from above, from the whirling, swooping police helicopter. Sometimes it is...

Page 43


The Spectator

Going ape Wendy Cope P oor little silkworms. I've scarcely given them a moment's thought before now, nor have I heard them mentioned by animal liberationists. Sunday's edition...

High life

The Spectator

Among the lions Taki New York The election night party chez les Wil- liam F. Buckleys was as civilised an affair as I had expected it to be. As the good news began to come in...

Page 44

Low life

The Spectator

Dead end Jeffrey Bernard H ow I wish life was like playing in repertory. Sadly, it isn't. I feel as though I have had a walk-on part in, say, The Mousetrap ever since its...

Home life

The Spectator

Open- Alice Thomas Ellis T hings keep surprising me. We are told to retain our childlike sense of wonder and I can't understand why. You look neither intelligent nor dignified...

Page 45


The Spectator

A first prize of f20 and two further prizes of £10 for the first three correct solutions opened on 5 December. Entries to Crossword 885, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street,...

Page 46


The Spectator

Gold diggers of 1988 Raymond Keene E ngland, which competes separately from Scotland and Wales in international chess, is widely acclaimed as the number two chess nation to...


The Spectator

Tricky ten Jaspistos I n Competition No. 1549 you were in- vited to write a plausible piece of prose containing ten given words (with a hidden common factor). About 20 of you...

Page 47

Solution to 882: Portly 1 , liffrHREESTOOGES

The Spectator

••■111■■■• The unclued lights are (across) French and (down) English CHANNEL PORTS. Winners: T.S. Stewart, Newbury (£20); Chris Feetenby, Leeds; Jack Walton,...

No. 1552: Poet's own An acrostic poem, please (maximum 16

The Spectator

lines), written in the style of a well-known poet, the first letters of each line spelling out the poet's name or names (initials allowed). Entries to 'Competition No. 1552' by...

Page 48


The Spectator

Christmas chance for old burgundy Auberon Waugh The idea is not as mad as it sounds. The year 1985 was a brilliant one for burgundy, easily the best of this decade, and the...