21 APRIL 1984

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Portrait of the week

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A t the start of an Easter programme of demonstrations organised by CND, Mr Michael Heseltine, Secretary of State for Defence, spoke appreciatively of the American contribution...

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As bad as each other? T ike radio announcers who strive to find 1-fartificial points of connection between one programme and the next, politicians like to link the separate...

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The Right's rights

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T he decision of the National Council for Civil Liberties annual conference to refuse to reco g nise the civil liberties of the National Front is an ironic footnote to the...


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T he idea has been canvassed within the 1 Tory Party that MPs who did not, in their election addresses, specifically re- nounce the manifesto c ommitment to abolish the GLC and...

Period piece

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P rofessor Patrick Minford has devoted 2 2,500 words of the current issue of rn c.co no Affairs to explainin g how to cut 19 the burden of taxes by £43 billion a year by 9 °....


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A s befits the chairman of a serious news- paper, Mr 'Tiny' Rowland has taken Mr Donald Trelford, the editor of the O bserver, to task for the 'unsubstantiated' nature of his...


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Another voice

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Our wonderful teenagers Auberon Waugh P erhaps there is something in the air of Suffolk. An extraordinarily thorough survey which covered 4,000 schoolpersons between the ages...

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T he other day I joined the milling thousands who are queuing to see the Pre- Raphaelite Exhibition at the Tate. An average of 3,000 people a day (with 5,000 on Saturdays and...

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The US election

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White House freebooters Christopher Hitchens Washington N ot many months ago, I was tossed and gored by Ambassador Jeane Kirk- patrick in the course of a television chat show....

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`Damascus is burning'

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Charles Glass Damascus In the time it takes to mobilise the 25 , ,0 00-man elite corps of an army, the house of Damascus will demolish the has of Badreddin al-Auf. The old...

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An Easter story

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The old rugged cross Roy Kerridge aster bells rang from a church tower. A L'a startled Welsh buzzard flew from its perch on a dead oak and joined its friends who were soaring...

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The bodily resurrection

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Graham Leonard T he story of the Resurrection as re- counted in the Scriptures is essentially a very simple one. On Friday afternoon Jesus of Nazareth hung dead upon the cross...

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The press

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A new Labourpaper? Paul Johnson C live Thornton, the building society tycoon who now runs Mirror Group Newspapers, says he intends to launch a new quality tabloid, which will...

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In the City

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Good money after bad Jock Bruce-Gardyne rientral banks and international V./institutions, I read the other day, are bullying the commercial banking system in- to lending ever...

One hundred years ago

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The news from Khartoum is con- tradictory and confusing. Intelligence is received both from General Gordon and Mr Power, the Vice-Consul, who is cor- respondent of the Times;...

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Mind over matter?

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Sir: Brian Inglis, reviewing Anthony Smith's book The Mind (17 March), supports his belief in a distinction between the mind and the brain and the priority of the former over...


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Sir: Years ago during one of my few appearances on horseback I was trying to impress a lady companion with both my horsemanship and intellect. During a lull in the conversation...

Mother of parliaments

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Sir: The maternity may be in doubt but there is no doubt at all that the grandmother is Tynwald. Robin Howard 8 Upfield, East Croydon, Surrey

Teenage sex

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Sir: As medical officer to a Youth Advisory Family Planning Clinic I am very distressed by the action Mrs Victoria Gillick is trying to bring about. The vast majority of girls...


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Dr Norman's illusions Sir: As I know little or nothing about Namibia I am not ready to dispute what Dr Norman writes ('Two essays in illusion', 31 M arch) of the situation...

Christian catastrophe

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ir: The Spectator for 14 April seems to 11 ave usurped the matter of the Church T ines or the Tablet. Three of your regulars --- Charles Moore, Auberon Waugh, and A ' N. Wilson...

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Pessimists of the will Ferdinand Mount Capitalist Democracy in Britain Ralph Miliband (Oxford £2.95) R alph Miliband has been in and for the New Left, man and boy. Now nearer...

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Francis King A Suitable Case for Corruption Norman Lewis (Hamish Hamilton £8.95) I t is odd and disconcerting that Norman Lewis, now in his late seventies, is not better known...


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P. J. Kavanagh on Hilaire Belloc. Brian Inglis on cancer cures. Richard Ingrams on two English Journeys.

Seance science

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Dorothy Bonn Science and Parascience Brian Inglis (Hodder & Stoughton £12.95) T he new Koestler chair in para- psychology at Edinburgh UniversitY should provide a wonderful...

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Father love

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Patrick Cosgrave Randolph: A Study of Winston's Son Brian Roberts (Hamish Hamilton £12.95) W ithout work there is no play.' Thus Winston Churchill in one of the most...

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The gourmet and the guru

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David Lancaster The Root and the Flower L. H. Myers (Seeker and Warburg £8.95) T he Near and the Far by L. H. Myers is a sequence of four novels set in 16th- century India...

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Balancing the account

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Asa Briggs British Society, 1914-1945 John Stevenson (Allen Lane £16.95) I tth is is appropriate that the middle pages of admirably lucid and comprehensive nevi History in...

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Dirt dishers

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Peter Ackroyd My Hollywood Sheilah Graham (Michael Joseph £10.95) W hen Miss Graham, snatching a few hours rest from Beverly Hills, found herself flying into a storm above the...

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Secret agents

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Richard West The Spy's Bedside Book Graham Greene and Hugh Greene (Granada £3.95) The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers (Everyman £2.50) Epitaph for a Spy Eric Ambler...

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Categorised Peter Phillips I N is exactly a year now since the deaths of Sir William Walton and Herbert Howells; it is also, as everyone must 10 1 °,' the 50th anniversaries...


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Going ape Peter Ackroyd Greystoke — The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (PG', selected cinemas) D espite its somewhat portentous title, this is simply a modernised and...

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Follies Gavin Stamp M ichael Graves is an American archi- tect who produces charming architec- tural drawings. He is also a cult figure whom some consider a genius and...

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Revelations Giles Gordon Strange Interlude (Duke of York's) The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) Poppie Nongena (Riverside Studios) Saturday...


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Doomed Alexander Chancellor This has been another difficult week f.n r 1 your fled g lin g television critic. Fiacug myself unable to watch the right televIst_An pro g rammes...

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High life

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Spring fever Taki New York S pring is here, which means a lot of tarts with new money and even newer faces will be trekking north from Palm Beach and other such southern...

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Low life

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Nice girls Jeffrey Bernard A Nice Girl Like Me Rosie Boycott (Chatto & Windus £8.95) Princess Grace Sarah Bradford (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £9.95) A happy ending and a sad one...


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Severn P. J. Kavanagh T et us not make too much of it. We were within inches of oozy death. Stuck on the crumbling cliff-face (the path had fallen into the river) torn by...

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No. 1317: Miner verse Set b y Jaspistos: The Nottingham Festival has invited the county's miners to enter a Poetry competition, the theme being 'King 1 set you the same...

No. 1314: The winners

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Jaspintos reports.. Competitors were asked for an extract from a story in the 'artfully Orwell left-wing' boys' paper which ` i rwell once suggested founding. For the curious,...

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Crossword 654

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Prize: £10 — or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, 1983 edition (ring the word 'Dictionary' under name and address) — for the first correct solution opened on 8 May. Entries to:...


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Problematic Raymond Keene White to play and mate in two moves. T his problem is the first stage in the sixth of the Lloyds Bank British Problem Solving Championships, which...

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