20 FEBRUARY 1988

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The Church giving moral guidance T he strike at Ford ended with the management withdrawing its insistence on a three-year pay and practices deal. Work- ers will now receive a...

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EURO-BANG The actual deal on the Community budget and the CAP is of course a messy one. Yes, she conceded points that she had more or less adamantly declared . she would never...


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Battling it out on the playing fields of Eastbourne NOEL MALCOLM T he teaching of moral values, said Mr Baker at last weekend's Young Conserva- tive conference, is the most...

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PETER LEVI B eing fussy about food can get you into trouble though. The noble Utopian Con- dorcet was recognised and promptly ex- ecuted in the French Revolution because he went...

Auberon Waugh will resume his column next week.

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The assumptions of the expanding Health Service 25 years ago have since been profoundly modified. J. Enoch Powell looks back on the surprises and achievements of his last...

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Charles Glass on the PLO's unsuccessful attempt to hijack Israeli history Athens SOME day, an Israeli intelligence officer will write his memoirs. In them, he will recount his...

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard weighs up the importance of the snake factor in the presidential race Washington `YOU'VE voted for tax increases 600 times in your career. How can you...

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James Buchan traces the strange collapse into bankruptcy of the Texaco oil company New York DOWN in Texas, as everybody knows, they do things big: high hats, tall women,...

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Tony Paterson reports on the East German refusal to espouse glasnost Berlin EAST Germany is these days rather like a giant version of one of those workers' holiday camps...

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Anthony Daniels runs into trouble in Honduras and Nicaragua I SHOULD like to write at some length of the situation in Honduras, but unfortu- nately the brevity of my...

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Margaret's men: a profile of Jocelyn Stevens, newspaperman and rector of the RCA This is one of a series of profiles of men the Prime Minister admires. HOSTILE epithets can...

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Myles Harris joins the non-stop demonstration outside South Africa House THE picket steward outside South Africa House wore two thin gold rings in each ear, and had the manner...

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the new Guardian but finds it an ominous portent WE ARE now witnessing a hard-fought battle for readers among our five posh national dailies. By their standards a great deal of...

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Complacency and alarm

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`SIR Kenneth Berrill: alarming level of complacency' was the caption, in the City pages this week, to a picture of the Securities and Investments Board's chair- man. This severe...


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Somebody's got to be summonsed, And it was decided upon CHRI STOPHER FILD ES T he first John Ritblat knew of the Department of Trade and Industry's in- quiry into his share...


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A DIRE report reaches me from Wall Street of a bond salesman in trouble sacked by his firm, wiped out on his personal dealings, sued by his wife, in- formed that his mistress...

Us and them at Ford

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FORD of Britain is reaching for reverse gear and backing away from the barri- cades, where its 32,500 employees have quite plainly faced the management down. Which was the last...

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LETTERS Bustards?

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Sir: In his article on the Yugoslav province of Kosovo (Two-faced buzzards', 12 De- cember) Richard West makes it plain that he has walked into one of the most troubled...

Perfection in the womb

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Sir: In his letter (23 January) replying to mine on foetal development, Quentin Crewe accuses me of 'waffle', then waffles himself about calling me 'Ms' — though that is not my...

Waldheim's war

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Sir: In 'Austria's Nixon' (23 January), Robert Rhodes James alleges that Kurt Waldheim is a war criminal and lied about his war record. Unfortunately prevarication was neces-...

Pacific cruise

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Sir: The total frustration of CND's strategy against cruise missile deployment in Bri- tain has clearly taken its toll of Bruce Kent (Letters, 23 January). No one disputes his...

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Sir: Your analysis of the present crisis in the Church of England (Leader, 12 December) is faulty, because it is based on a misunderstanding of the historical pro- cess which...

• A bit loathsome

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Sir: In reply to Mr Smith and Ms Nicholson (Letters, 23 and 30 January), of course a cause may be so loathsome that it should be denied PR. But then, it must have been at least...

Freelance schmooze

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Sir: What's so special about Chaim Ber- mant ('What the papers pay', 30 January) that he feels hard done by getting £21.95 for half an hour's cosy schmooze with a charming and...


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Sir: I am writing with reference to Aube- ron Waugh's articles of 9 and 16 January. These disgraceful pieces not only con- tained a vindictive personal attack on Mr Peter...

Sir: Chaim Bermant should not grumble too pay', 30 January)

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should not grumble too much. In the summer of 1946 The Spectator published an article of mine about our troubled times in Palestine where I was stationed. For this, the then...

Falkland Parkway

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Sir: I'm glad that Mr Simon Courtauld (Diary, 9 January), has brought the busi- ness of British Rail adding 'Parkway' to some of its stations on the Western Region to the...

Spitting image

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Sir: I am afraid that Christopher Fildes's reference-checker has let him down. (City and suburban, 16 January.) It was not Soapy Molloy who was the inefficient spitter, but his...

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Quite wise during the events Richard Cobb PARIS NOTEBOOKS: ESSAYS AND REVIEWS by Mavis Gallant T here are a good many moments in modern French history that it would have been...

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A kiss is no longer just a kiss

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Anita Brookner YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS by Joyce Carol Oates Macmillan, £10.95 I f I had had my way I should have been re-reading Elizabeth Taylor's At Mrs Lip- pincote's, but...

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The battle runs through the courts

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Denis Hills POLITICAL TRIALS IN POLAND 1981-1986 by Andrzej Swidlicki Croom Helm, £25 A ndrzej Swidlicki, a journalist with Radio Free Europe in Munich, has written his book...

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Megabrill at the boarding-house

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Francis King WHAT HETTY DID by J. L. Carr Quince Tree Press, £3.95 I t is easy and tempting to present J. L. Can as a gifted amateur. Now 72, he came to novel writing —...

Do I dare to eat a peach?

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Brian Martin WATCHING THE DETECTIVES by Andrew Brown Hodder & Stoughton, £10.95 T hank God for the police, and particu- larly the Metropolitan police. In the au- tumn of 1985...

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A miserable old third-rate bore

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Duncan Fallowell WILLIAM WALTON: BEHIND THE FACADE by Susana Walton OUP, £12.95 T his is a very surprising book. William Walton was a minor composer of engaging, derivative...

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Inflammatory power of poetry

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Patrick Skene Catling BURNING PATIENCE by Antonio Skarmeta, translated by Katherine Silver Methuen, f9.95 A ntonio Skarmeta is a passionate Chilean novelist and dramatist who...

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A cowardly, unprincipled warmonger

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John Zametica CHURCHILL'S WAR: VOLUME I: THE STRUGGLE FOR POWER by David Irving Veritas, f16.95 T he underlying theme of this book is that Churchill was a man Britain could...

Waking in the Garden

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I think I know where I am. A rumbling train shivers the ants in the grass, a branch shifts and groans, my cheek is creased by a rug of folded hills. I cannot make my eyes...

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Photography Roger Fenton (Hayward Gallery, till 17 April) Master of light Francis Hodgson I f Roger Fenton's name is known at all outside the small coterie interested in...

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Opera Seraglio Carmen (Opera 80, touring)

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Acts of sadism Rodney Milnes 0 pera 80 has for eight years been performing the valuable function of tour- ing fully staged and orchestrally accompa- nied performances to parts...

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The Best of Friends (Apollo) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Lyttelton) Doodles of a master Christopher Edwards H ugh Whitemore has put together a slight, at times rather twee...

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RoboCop (`18', selected cinemas) Good clean violence Hilary Mantel I n the Detroit of Paul Verhoeven's black and gruesome comedy, the world news takes three minutes to read:...

Pop music

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Whistle while you rock Marcus Berkmann A perk of this pop punditry nonsense is that I now get to see as many live bands as I wish to, which luckily for my ears isn't that...

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Degas (Grand Palais, Paris, till 16 May) Van Gogh in Paris (Musee d'Orsay, Paris, till 15 May) Paris remembered Giles Auty T his is a time of year when I often find myself in...

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Love stories Wendy Cope 0 nce upon a time a young woman took a job in a sub-post office in the west of Ireland. She had only worked there for a few days when a young man...

High life

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Emperor of Slough Taki I hone for the fish-knives, Norman' is the only thing that comes to mind after three days and nights in the Big Olive. If Betjeman were here he would...

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Low life

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Misspent time Jeffrey Bernard T his is the sort of thing that comes through the letter-box: 'Dear Sir, I've been reading a few things of yours in The Spectator, not a lot but...

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Home life

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Colour problem Alice Thomas Ellis It was most invigorating to enjoy an evening out. And I met P. J. Kavanagh whom I hadn't seen since he was a little boy at his school in...

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F Imperative cooking: Cadiz h ail

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I CAN reveal what a splendid destination Cadiz makes for a weekend food outing without the slightest danger that hordes of Spectator readers will descend on it. It is massively...

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Valentine Jaspistos I N Competition No. 1510 you were invited to write a Valentine of some sort in the form of a sonnet of some sort. `The connection of lovers with Valen-...


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Prodigious Raymond Keene S o often future stars . definitively announce their presence by scoring a not- able result against the world champion in a simultaneous display, in...

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No. 1513: Add the meanings

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You are invited to produce a plausible piece of prose (maximum 150 words) in which the following non-existent words appear to mean something: dawlish, per- zundle, gradge,...


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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...