20 APRIL 2002

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I n the Budget, Mr Gordon Brown. the Chancellor of the

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Exchequer, arranged for greater state revenues on the pretext of improving the National Health Service. The underlying annual inflation rate rose in March to 2.3 per cent, from...

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T he entire Dutch cabinet has resigned over the publication of the official report into the failure of Dutch troops to prevent the massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in...

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0 ne of the several advantages you have over me is that you know what was in the Budget. The best insight I can offer is a glimpse just an hour ago of the man of the moment. I...

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Have more faith in your If. supplier without a 'trust games seminar'

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As your organisation becomes more and more reliant on technology, confidence in your ICT suppliers becomes critical. Playing trust games is an option. But if you'd rather see...

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Some sacrifices will be more equal than others at the behest of the Taxmaster-General

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CHRISTOPHER FILDES T he City editor of the Times awaited the Budget with apprehension: The expression "Equality of sacrifice" has an ominous ring for the investing classes.'...

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Peter Obome says Tony Blair has come to

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the painful conclusion that the Chancellor is out to get him THIS Friday a triumphant Gordon Brown flies to New York for a business conference. The Chancellor and his...

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Banned wagon

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IT has become the practice of this government, when faced with a law that is clearly not working, to increase the level of punishment in the vain hope that criminals who happily...

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Andrew Alexander argues that the Cold War was fraudulent — and jeopardised our security LIKE others of my generation, I hugely enjoyed the film Dr Strangelove when it came out...

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Nicholas Farrell says that Berlusconi is a moderate liberal in a nation where the Left rules the roost Predappio THE Italian Prime Minister and media tycoon, Silvio...

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Amrit Dhillon on the colossal self-importance of Arundhati Roy, the Booker Prize winner and 'green martyr' Delhi 'BRAVE' leapt off the page as the most preposterous adjective...

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Ancient & modern

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DAVID TRIESMAN, New Labour's general secretary, is complaining that the BBC's Today programme not only insists on asking all sorts of 'howwid', hard questions, but also expects...

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Ben Bradshaw is agreeable, hospitable and kind. Andrew Gimson wonders whether he can also be an empty sycophant UNDERSTRAPPER, scullion, crawler, Blairite soundbite machine,...

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Melanie Phillips says that the Israelis are victims of terror but are being portrayed as cold-hearted, fascist thugs IT has come to something when the Sun becomes so alarmed...

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Mind your language

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KNEELING on the drive and pulling up bits of chickweed that have needed little encouragement from the sun to devour the gravel, I heard Veronica, having been asked to pop into...

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To hell with technology! You can't beat live actors on a real stage

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PAUL JOHNSON A mazing, isn't it, that the London theatre survives at all, let alone that it is the wonder and envy of the world? The theatres are mostly old-fashioned and...

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Why Mr MacShane should never have stuck it up his junta

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FRANK JOHNSON I n between the Venezuelan President's overthrow and return to power last weekend, Mr Denis MacShane, the British Foreign Office minister in charge of our...

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Ethical and humane

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From Dr Jerome Linsner Sir: As a former combat infantryman, I know all too well that house-to-house fighting is definitely not the most efficient way to destroy an enemy force...

From Mr A.H. Kaufman Sir: When Europeans felt threatened by

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Hitler there was no limit to their doing what they felt necessary to save themselves: Dresden, Frankfurt, Berlin. And the British press was not filled at the time with sad...

From Liore Alroy

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Sir: Emma Williams seems to have accepted as fact the propaganda about 'occupation, occupation, occupation' being the root cause of Palestinian anger. Terrorist attacks on...

From Mr Andrew Macdonald Sir: It is a testament to

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the tolerance of your proprietor that he permits excellent and illuminating articles like Emma Williams's to he published at all. However, it is a pity that his ownership seems...

Facts, not opinions

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From Daniel Kofman Sir: Mark Steyn (`Say goodbye, Yasser Arafat', 6 April) makes much of the Israel Defence Force's having found in Arafat's compound a lot of armaments,...

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Running for justice

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From Mr Victor Barker Sir: I read Fenton Bresler's article ('Don't privatise justice', 13 April) with some interest. I agree to some extent with what he says, but after two...

Material motives

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From Mr Michael Pfauth Sir: Jasper Griffin's article (The jealousy of God', 13 April) is very interesting and informative, but he omitted some vital facts. What point of...

Good riddance to bad sport

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From Mr Ken Gosling Sir: Sadly for the noble Lord Mancroft (Letters, 13 April), we do live in a democracy, and the undeniable fact is that the majority of the people in this...

She who pays the Piper. . .

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From Mr Robert Triggs Sir: A.N. Wilson's observations ('In her own words', 6 April) that the Queen Mother may not have been as familiar with T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land as she...

Survival of the few

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From Mr Daniel Neades Sir: Dot Wordsworth asks about the connection between `few' and 'eight' (Mind your language, 13 April), following a reported claim that the word 'few' is...

Der Meister

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From Mr Michael Henderson Sir: Having been challenged by Mr Anthony Malcolm (Letters, 13 April) to defend my estimation of Wagner as the greatest composer after Beethoven, it is...

You, not they

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From Mr Nick Strange Sir: It would indeed be pretty silly if we in Germany greeted each other by saying, 'How goes it to them?', as Geoffrey Wheatcroft would have us believe...

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Mr Piers Morgan wishes to be serious. It would be churlish not to wish him every success

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STEPHEN GLOVER V ery successful papers may tinker but they do not generally relaunch themselves. Relaunches are really a sign of weakness. Of course most of them pass without...

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Twilight of the devils

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Simon Sebag Montefiore BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL, 1945 by Anthony Beevor Viking, £25, pp. 528, ISBN 0670886955 n 1 February 1943, as the German Sixth Army surrendered to the...

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Forays into ambiguity

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William Trevor LADY GREGORY'S TOOTHBRUSH by Co1m Toibin Lilliput, £12.99, pp. 128, ISBN 1901866823 T he great house she found herself in charge of, following her husband's...

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A bit rich, to say the least

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Julie Burchill MARGARET: THE LAST REAL PRINCESS by Noel Botham Blake. £16.99. pp. 370, ISBN 1903402646 T he details of the Princess Margaret Story are as familiar as those of...

One Man to Another

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Salute me! I have tamed my daughter's face With hot oil, and my honour has been saved. It's not to be defied that I have slaved. She talks a lot less now she knows her place....

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Shock waves in the courtroom

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John Mortimer MUCK, SILK AND SOCIALISM: RECOLLECTIONS OF A LEFTWING QUEEN'S COUNSEL by John Plaits-Mills Paper Publishing, 128, pp. 687, ISBN 0953994902 R emember. The Labour...

Ladles of lovely stuff

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Alan Coren THE ELIZA STORIES by Barry Pain Prion, £9.99. pp. 360, ISBN 1853754722 0 ccasionally, when — by surfing accident or hacking duty — my television screen clogs up with...

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Craving fire and ardour

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Hilary Mantel YOUTH by J. M. Coetzee Secker & Warburg, pp. I69, ISBN 0436205823 I t must have been hard to grow up in apartheid South Africa: how do you acquire the...

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Suffering and control united

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Karl Miller AGAINST OBLIVION by Ian Hamilton Viking, £20, pp. 320, ISBN 067084949X I an Hamilton died on 27 December, to the great grief of those who knew him or cared about...

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Insouciance of a true hero

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Anita Brookner ANY HUMAN HEART by William Boyd Hamish Hamilton, £12.99, pp. 492, ISBN 024114177X L et it be said at once, this is an excellent picaresque novel, written in a...

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A genius who didn't believe in much

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John Bayley AFTER SHAKESPEARE by John GTOSS OUP, £17.99, pp. 384, ISBN 092142682 W hen I stopped actively teaching a few years ago I had the impression that students and young...

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Beloved, witty and wayward

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Oliver Bernard A MAVERICK EYE: THE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY OF JOHN DEAKIN by Robin Muir Thames & Hudson, £36, pp. 208, ISBN 0500542449 R obin Muir is a model of faithfulness both to...

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Almost a caricature of himself

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Robert Cranborne DENIS HEALEY by Edward Pearce Little, Brown, £39, pp. 634, ISBN 0316858943 W ell, Denis, I think we might go now. I don't think there's anyone you haven't...

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Finding the perfect ingredients

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Stephen Pettitt goes in search of the true festival spirit I mpertinent it would be in the extreme were Ito tell music lovers where to go. It is a matter of horses for courses,...

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Lobby Hero (Donmar Warehouse) Malignant impulses Toby Young W atching a good play is a totally different experience from watching a bad one. With a had one, you remain...

Olden but golden

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Shocking moments Charles Spencer F rank Sinatra wasn't exactly overjoyed about the arrival of rock and roll. 'Rock 'n' Roll smells phoney and false,' he raged in 1957. 'It is...

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Carmen (Royal Opera House) Seductress with a difference Giannandrea Poem S ome consider him as a desecrater who likes to tinker with ballet classics; others think he is a...

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The Count of Monte Cristo (PG, selected cinemas) Swashbuckling romp Mark Steyn I f memory serves, the last Alexandre Dumas I saw was the 1998 Man in the Iron Mask, which...

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Club bores James Delmgpole F or some time now I have had this embarrassing problem which I sometimes tell friends about in the hope that they'll go, 'Oh, that's OK. It's...

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Silent majority Michael Vestey A few years ago a former colleague told me that one of the then royal correspondents at the BBC only continued in the post because he hoped to...

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Food for thought

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Attention seekers Simon Courtauld I think I am losing the battle against eating fruit and vegetables out of season. By 'season' I mean, of course, the time for gathering...

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Conversion update Alan Judd I n The Spectator of 28 October 2000 I reported on the conversion of my 1993 Range Rover to a bi-fuel vehicle, so that it now runs on either petrol...

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The turf

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French follies Robin Oakley M essages home from France cannot always be guaranteed to provide a generous response from their readers, a prime example being the missive from...

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High life

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To London with dread Taki N New York icky Haslam sure got it right a couple of weeks ago, when writing in the diary he remarked: 'There's a depressing drift across the...

Low life

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Boiled alive Jeremy Clarke 'H ow do I kill it?' I said. 'Stab it in the mouth with a long knife,' said the lad in the apron. 'Push the knife in all the way and wiggle it...

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Fly life

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Blots on the landscape Neil Collins I t is ultimately futile, which is why flyfishing is like life. At first sight, to stand waist-deep in cold water, thrashing the pool as...

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Singular life

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Improving notes PetroneIla Wyatt I was watching a video of The Al Jolson Sto,y the other day. Larry Parks who played Jolson, and won an Oscar for it, was later brought up...

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Feteful attraction

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Sue Mott WE are looking for a minor sports celebrity to open our village primary school's fête and, boy, what a window into the soul of sport this enterprise is proving to be....

Q. Recently, when staying in a hotel room in Jamaica.

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I was confused by the air-conditioning controls and did not like to disturb my sleeping companion by ringing down to reception for illumination. Now that I am back in England,...

Q. I have a problem with a reasonably good friend

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of about six years' standing that risks making me seem both churlish and ungenerous. This friend is to be married later in the year, and I shall have to contend with both his...

Q. My teenage daughter eats with her mouth open. She

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claims that 'every single other person at school eats with their mouth open'. (She attends a top public school.) While we do not wish to blight every family meal with nagging,...