20 JUNE 1998

Page 6


The Spectator

`We're going to have to give them to a laboratory. They cost a fortune in burgers and drink, and you can't train them to do anything. I n the Queen's birthday honours, knight-...

Page 7


The Spectator

The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL Telephone; 0171-405 1706; Fax 0171-242 0603 MR DAVIES'S BUSINESS here was a time when a rich man 1 1 would have found it...

Page 8


The Spectator

OLGA POLIZZI M y father always used to tell me that you have to have been dropped on your head at birth to become a hotelier. Although I've been in the business all my life,...

Page 9


The Spectator

If Sir John was covering up for No. 10, all is explained BRUCE ANDERSON E very nation which holds the EU presi- dency feels obliged to hold a summit during its term of office,...

Page 10


The Spectator

Peter Oborne reports that the anti-single currency campaign is in disarray — and Mr Hague is worried LAST WEEK the campaign to save the pound belatedly acquired a figurehead...

Page 12

Second opinion

The Spectator

AS WE KNOW, human life is sacred. Now, indeed, that God is dead and reli- gion defunct — to put it mildly — there i s nothing left in the universe to worship except ourselves....


The Spectator

Charles Moore thinks a memorial meeting can be better than a memorial service IT WAS a shock, a few weeks ago, to open my morning post at home and find an invi- tation to a...

Page 14


The Spectator

Mark Palmer watches a day of English shame begin — and end Marseilles THEY WERE poring over copies of the Sun and Mirror just in from London in a seafront bar on Wednesday...


The Spectator

RATES 12 Months 6 Months (52 issues) (26 issues) UK ❑ £97.00 01 £49.00 Europe J £109.00 ❑ £55.00 USA U US$161 CI US$82 Australia ❑ Aus$225 ❑ Aus$113 Rest of World 0 £119.00...

Page 15

Mind your language

The Spectator

I TURNED on the news on Radio Four and heard, 'There are new con- cerns over ticketing for the England game. . . . ' It almost seems that my writing about annoying usages causes...

Page 16


The Spectator

Neil Hamilton explains why he did not publish the DTI inspectors' report on Lord Archer's share dealings I AM not a supporter of Jeffrey Archer's candidature for mayor of...

Page 18


The Spectator

Edward Heathcoat Amory on which politicians are really to blame for the present plight of the first Australians NATIONS hate having to confront their ugly underbelly. So all...

Page 20


The Spectator

David Shayler says why he should appear before an MPs' committee LAST WEEK it was reported that the par- liamentary oversight committee, which is responsible for holding the...


The Spectator

Michael Heath

Page 22


The Spectator

Somehow I feel ashamed to be seen hurt MATTHEW PARRIS O ne's instinct, of course, is to get up at once. One must show it's not serious — just a little fall — ha, ha — silly...

Page 24


The Spectator

Stop this Frog-bashing! They can teach us a thing or two PAUL JOHNSON T he French are rightly complaining about what France-Soir calls, `francophobie: une violente charge de...

Page 25


The Spectator

The cart gets in front of the horse and the bulls are ahead of them both CHRISTOPHER FILDES H ear what they say and then watch what they do. As the partners in Goldman Sachs...

What makes Goldman tick

The Spectator

I CAN only guess which way Mr Dudley voted in the Palisades Conference Centre, where he and his partners opted to bring Goldman Sachs to market. The case against must have...

Spy story

The Spectator

MY SAINTED predecessor, Nicholas Dav- enport, was caught up in a City tragedy, now retold as a spy story. One summer morning in 1930, the broker Sidney Russell Cooke was found...

The brown-eyed boy

The Spectator

THE Davenport version is simpler and sad- der. Cooke, he says, was introduced to the senior partner on the Stock Exchange floor: `As he was a good-looking young man, with dark...

No more money, ma'am

The Spectator

AT LEAST one Rowe & Pitman client from the old days is still going strong. Hugo Pitman was a trustee of the Queen Moth- er's marriage settlement. This was modestly valued, by...

Match of the date

The Spectator

MY SCHEME for declaring this column a World-Cup-free zone was shelved when I drew Tunisia in the office sweep. These plucky little date-pickers, I reckoned, could go all the...

Page 26

Archer support

The Spectator

Sir: Of your two articles about Lord Archer last week, the one we should distrust is not Jeffrey Archer's self-defence but Michael Crick's attack ('The whole point of my life'...

Unionists unheard

The Spectator

Sir: As an 'often shy, almost always slow of speech' Ulsterman, I am well able to 'tell the difference between a pop festival and a vital vote' (Leader, 23 May). However, while...

A worthy subject

The Spectator

Sir: Clearly the author of your leader of 1 3 June agrees with Aristotle's warning against teaching the young and immature sociolo - gy, and indeed suggests that if the informa...

Where was Ruritania?

The Spectator

Sir: Philip Glazebrook appears to suffer from the misapprehension that Ruritania is a Balkan country (Books, 23 May). Admit - tedly the confines of the Balkans are a little...

Page 27

Sir: Leaving aside the question of the dis- graceful irresponsibility

The Spectator

of the ITV pro- gramme on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the only possibly significant point raised by its reporter, Nicholas Owen, has now been demolished by Frederick...

Spectator sport

The Spectator

Sir: As the journalist whose Independent article mistakenly accused you of loathing football (Shared opinion, 13 June), may I thank you for your generosity in not pursu- ing...


The Spectator

Sir: You argue (Leader, 6 June), apropos of the consequences of abandoning the pound for the euro, that 'if the electorate were ever to accept this further erosion of the power...

Conspiracy or cock-up?

The Spectator

Sir: Mr Frederick Forsyth, who writes books in which the conspiracy • theorist is always right, accuses me of being a conspir- acy theorist in relation to the death of Diana,...

Clean bill of health

The Spectator

Sir: I was interested to read A.A. Gill's arti- cle, 'Every man a Bond' (30 May). I wonder whether Jake of Harrogate was invented by the magazine Esquire in an attempt to inform...

Page 28


The Spectator

Plain brilliance explained Philip Hensher W.H. AUDEN: A COMMENTARY by John Fuller Faber, £30, pp. 640 A quarter of a century has passed since earth received this honoured...

All books reviewed in The Spectator are available through THE

The Spectator

SPECTATOR BOOKSHOP Tel: 0541 557 288

Page 29

Men seven feet high

The Spectator

Nigel Nicol son BATTLE FOR EMPIRE: THE VERY FIRST WORLD WAR, 1756-63 by Tom Pocock Michael O'Mara, £20, pp. 271 T his book fell open on its last page, and there I read Tom...

Page 30

Fairytale in purple prose

The Spectator

Claudia FitzHerbert DIANA by Julie Burchill Weidenfeld, £20, pp. 256 N ever mind not judging a book by its cover, Julie Burchill's Diana is a warning not to judge a book by the...

Behind closed doors

The Spectator

Andra Linklater THE JURYMAN'S TALE by Trevor Grove Bloomsbury, £11.99, pp. 278 Imo H owever long the trial, however dramatic the testimony, the crucial moment for a juror...

Page 31

The six-letter word

The Spectator

Francis King C: BECAUSE COWARDS GET CANCER TOO by John Diamond Vermilion, £9.99, pp. 240 T he author of this searing and yet admirably jaunty book has become known chiefly as...

Page 32

A class performance

The Spectator

John Grigg PLEASURE WARS by Peter Gay HarperCollins, £29.99, pp. 324 T here are few sillier notions than that the bourgeoisie is a bastion of philistinism and the supreme...


The Spectator

Bookol theWee Battle for Empire The very first world war 1756-63 by Tom 1 1 %..,‘L..v4-1,-.. Tom Pocock draws on a wealth of previously unpub- lished material and unique...

Page 33

Africa for the partisans

The Spectator

Anthony Daniels AFROCENTRISM by Stephen Howe Verso, £20, pp, 337 A n entire country in Africa, Zimbab- we, owes its modern name to the once widespread European belief that...

Off limits and on record

The Spectator

Hugh Brogan ABUSE OF POWER: THE NEW NIXON TAPES edited by Stanley Kutler The Free Press, £20, pp. 675 I t has long seemed to me that the Water- gate affair might have been a...

Page 34

Making the best of it

The Spectator

Gabriele Annan FALLING SLOWLY by Anita Brookner Viking, £15.99, pp. 224 A nita Brookner is not everyone's cup of tea. Lager-lout critics who don't like any kind of tea tend to...

Page 35

Yearlong paranoia binge

The Spectator

Tom Hiney THE WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLE by Haruki Murakami Harvill, £10.99, pp. 616 T he themes of this big novel paranoia, sterility, general loss of national Confidence — are...

Page 36

Keeping the old flag flying

The Spectator

David Hughes OSBERT SITWELL by Philip Ziegler Chatto, £25, pp. 460 A first glance at this volume strikes one or two ominous notes. On both jacket and spine the biographer is...

Page 37


The Spectator

Dead poet's society Harry Eyres joins the centenary celebrations of Lorca's birth in Spain T oday in Spain everyone loves Lorca. Politicians, especially, are besotted with...

Page 38


The Spectator

Brassed Off (National) Elton John's Glasses (Queen's) A Dangerous Woman (New End, Hampstead) Love You Too (Bush) Boys in the band Sheridan Morley t he cinema routinely...


The Spectator

Swan Lake (Riga Ballet Co., Royal Centre, Nottingham) Traditional values Giannandrea Poesio D ance critics often refer to specific sections from a ballet as their personal...

Page 40


The Spectator

Rodelinda (Glyndebourne) Complete devotion Michael Tanner T he new production of Rodelinda at Glyndeboume is a triumph to be added to the sublime Theodora of two years ago,...

Page 42


The Spectator

Mellow yellow Ursula Buchan I n glamorous spheres of human activity, like fashion or television, trends spread like wildfire, fanned by the hot, dry winds of ambition and...

Page 43


The Spectator

The pomposity of it all Susan Moore W hat is it about Grosvenor House? For years, the pre-eminent British fine art and antiques fair has failed to elicit much in the way of...

Page 44


The Spectator

City of Angels (12, selected cinemas) Sickeningly saintly Mark Steyn I t's hard to believe Sally Field could seri- ously throw the Iranians off their game. But the other day...

The big if

The Spectator

Michael Vestey i and enjoyable series on Radio Four in recent years has been What If? counter-fac - tual history programmes about what might have been. They have a simple...

Page 45


The Spectator

Calm down James Delingpole 0 ne of the things that annoys me most in the world at the moment is that Nike poster. The one that goes 'Historians. It's B-E-C-K-H-A-M'. On...

Page 46

The turf

The Spectator

Not my week Robin Oakley I t was one of those weeks. Person ore er; sons unknown having emptied my wall al t francs in Paris on Tuesday night, I g ° , drenched during the...

Not motoring

The Spectator

Treasured trams Gavin Stamp I n the tragic history of modem public transport, the names of villains come readi- ly to mind — Mr Beeching and Mrs Thatcher, for instance. There...

Page 47

High life

The Spectator

Ban the scum Taki This was five years ago. Despite losing his parliamentary seat, Mellor was reward- ed by Blair and named leader of the Foot- ball Task Force, whatever that...

Page 48

Country life

The Spectator

Answering back Leanda de Lisle By the time Peter had driven me to New- castle I had so many pills inside me I rat- tled when I walked. They left me feeling subdued, which may...


The Spectator

Imagine if . • • Andrew Robson VARIOUS mottos that have no basis n 1 truth have stood the test of time surPr is• ingly well. 'Play for the king of clubs to be singleton', is...

Page 49

U - ) 1 /:\ ‘\ David Fingleton

The Spectator

By opera Eating out at the I N THE SMALL, attractive spa town of B aden-Baden the Germans have just built a formidable 2,500-seat new opera house for DM120 million (£40...

Page 50


The Spectator

Title prospects Raymond Keene AFTER MANY years in the doldrums the British Championship has resurfaced as a valid test of home players' strength. In for- mer times, during the...


The Spectator

Writer's block Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 2038 you were asked for a poem with the above title, using `block' as a rhyme-word and containing at least five other fellow...

Page 51

No. 2041: Verb. sap.

The Spectator

You are invited to write a poem (maximum 16 lines) in which the rhyme-words are all either abbreviations (e.,g. the Med) or acronyms (e.g. STUC — amusingly Scottish Trades Union...


The Spectator

W & .J GRAHAM ' S PORT CROSSWORD A first prize of £30 and a bottle of Graham's Six Grapes Port for the first correct solution opened on 6 July, with two runners-up Prizes of...

Solution to 1364: Cuckoo

The Spectator

iiia N ran . ran a . . licp.. it CM or OEM An r on o a el il 11 jE A T 1313C1Clian ijTFIRMT am rI mo n11111012111riiirs ani I ElurIMIP wi- 0 le 1 rirl sorrel Amin E N...

Page 55


The Spectator

The battle of Marseilles Simon Barnes LO NGTEMPS, je me suis couche de bonne heure. One of my better intros, though not altogether original, or true, alas, since my day-trip...


The Spectator

Q. I shall be attending a number of drinks Parties in the forthcoming weeks and esti- mate that at over half of these no snacks of any kind will be served. I tend to get a...