21 JANUARY 1984

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Bring back Benn

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rt is wrong to argue that the choice of Mr Tony Benn as Labour candidate for Chesterfield proves anything very dreadful about the state of the Labour Party. The choice does not...

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Political commentary

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The passion of Ted Charles Moore O n Tuesday night, Mr Edward Heath was looking like an elder statesman. Now that he is thinner, his face is more lin- ed and distinguished. He...

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W hen the late Richard Daley became Mayor of Chicago, his son was work- ing for a local insurance company. Im- mediately business poured in that Company's direction from all the...


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Another voice

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Roll of Honour Auberon Waugh L ast week I received a notification from Mr John Sumsion, Registrar of Public Lending Right, that the nine of my eleven published books judged...

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Death of a patriot

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Charles Glass Beirut S aad Haddad, the Lebanese army major whom the Israelis found and funded in S outh Lebanon in 1976, was buried this Week in his native village of...

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Bankers' ramp

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Peter Paterson Lusaka T he brokers' men from the International Monetary Fund are moving in all over Africa. In Nigeria they have provoked a coup. In Tunisia, their...

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Kissinger restored?

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Christopher Hitchens Washington I t is arguably true to say that of all living American politicians, Dr Henry Kissinger h as s the most strongly developed sense of history. It...

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Scandal-time in Germany

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Timothy Garton Ash Munich 'W hy is Germany so boring?,' I am often asked. Or to be more precise: why do West German politics seem so bor- ing to the British newspaper reader?...

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South African paradoxes

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Richard West T he 'Anti-Racism Year' of 1984 will almost certainly concentrate on hostili- ty to South Africa. Already Ken Liv- ingstone, the head of the Greater London...

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Is the burden now tolerable?

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Peter Mullen T he Archbishop of Canterbury stands in the House of Lords and speaks emo- tionally and with understandable regret of the fact that society no longer understands...

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Towards economic self-rule?

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Allan Massie T hat Scotland is badly governed is a truism. We experience government which is simultaneously excessive, remote and irresponsible. It is excessive because it has...

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The press

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Sunday mag wasteland Paul Johnson I s there anything more depressing than looking through a bunch of six Sunday newspaper colour magazines? Yes, there is: looking through two...

One hundred years ago

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Mr Barnum, misled by the en- thusiasm manifested in this country for Jumbo, evidently thinks that the English are susceptible about elephants, and has sent over a beast...

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In the City

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After New Cross Jock Bruce-Gardyne H ow seemingly appropriate that the publication of Professor Jim Gower's considered views about the policing of financial markets should...

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Centralist assumptions Sir: We take so much of the dominance of central government for granted that even to question centralist modes of thought will often appear absurd. Thus...

Money for marbles

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Sir: The recent history of the title to the Marbles has been well explored in your columns. I wonder that your correspondents did not look further back. They would then have...

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Poor farmers

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Sir: In your editorial of 10 December you wrote: `if there is one scandal for which this Government may be remembered, it is the way in which agriculture has been grotes- quely...

Wise work

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Sir: Mr Wheatcroft in his review (31 December) of the new edition of the Carter and Pollard Enquiry fails to mention the invaluable contribution of Fanny Ratchford (then...

Jews in Transjordan

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Sir: I read with great interest Robert Silver's article on Jordan (`Water under the bridge', 31 December). It is a pity that he failed to mention that long before the rise of...

Sir: In all the correspondence about the Elgin Marbles, no

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Sir: Gavin Stamp (Letters, 7 January) mentions the Winged Victory

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in the Louvre failing to attract the interest of Miss Mercouri. I would suggest that the magnificent Pergamon Altar in the Pergamon Museum in East Berlin might also come under...

Pot luck

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Sir: I've just thought of a new game to liven up the long dark winter evenings — guess what you are eating for supper from the ingredients description on the pack. For example,...

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Wiser counsels Colin Welch T he appearance of Mrs Gandhi in the Queen's Christmas broadcast gave me a nasty turn, as I have already told the retired suburban majors etc who...

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A bull returns to the ring Shiva Naipaul The Rock of the Wind: A Return to Africa Denis Hills (Andre Deutsch £8.95) T have learned one bitter truth, that we .1.Africans...

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Fodder for thought

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Peter Levi The Case for Animal Rights Tom Regan (RKP £17.95) W hat historians talk about is history; mathematicians are condemned to co mmunicate only in numbers and t h...

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Final tack

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Christopher Hawtree The Life of Arthur Ransome Hugh Brogan (Jonathan Cape £10.95) P erhaps the most unlikely of literary 1 debuts was The ABC of Physical Culture by the...

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Sour puss

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Caroline Moorehead Taking it Like a Woman Ann Oakley (Jonathan Cape £7.95) I nstead of marrying Jean-Paul Sartre, at the start of their relationship, Simone de Beauvoir left...

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Francis King Not Now But NOW and Sister Age M.F.K. Fisher (Chatto and Windus £8.95 each) The best way to describe the sep- tuagenarian American writer M.F.K. Fisher is to say...


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James Knox Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. Somerville and Ross (The Surtees Society £7.95) T he Surtees Society, who have alread y had such success with their facsim il e...

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Jerry writing

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Gavin Stamp Stones of Empire: The Buildings of the Raj Jan Morris with Simon Winchester (OUP £15) T he Queen's Christmas Message last month was remarkable not least for m...

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Wonders of the world John McEwen The View from Above: 125 years of aerial photography (The Photographers' Gallery, 5 & 8 Great Newport Street, WC2, till 28 January) Pilgrims:...

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No soft option Giles Gordon Softcops (RSC: The Pit) A Handful of Pleasant Delights (National: Cottesloe) Where the Wild Things Are (National: Lyttelton) Foolsfire (Riverside)...

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Red and dead Peter Ackroyd Daniel ('15', Gates Bloomsbury and Notting 'Hill) T his exercise in the rewriting of American history opens with a lecture on the meaning of...

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Profiles Maureen Owen A rthur Ransome was evidently one of ,, those writers who responded well to dis couragement, if not to downright cruel- t Y: 'it's no worse than one of...


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Off colour Richard Ingrams /There are two main drawbacks to the 1 colour telly. One is blood, the other is food. In the second instalment of The Jewel in the Crown I was...

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High life

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Bitter pill Taki New York T his is not a pleasant story but one that must be told. Mind you, it is hard- ly original, but it does give a certain perspective on the state of...

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Low life

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Shop-soiled Jeffrey Bernard A you may well imagine, the farmer's Wife who is about to inherit £3 million has been on my mind this past week and m very pleased to hear that she...


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Beeb boob P. J. Kavanagh w hen I first heard dark murmurs that the BBC had 'lost its way' and should be put into private hands, I was dismayed. I was brought up under its...

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No. 1301: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for an extract from a history book for children explaining and describing a future mini-war between Iceland and a then in- dependent...


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No. 1304: Poem of the month Set by Jaspistos: If Baudelaire could write a nice poem about the unlovely month of February, so can you, with a limit of 16 lines. Entries to...

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Crossword 641

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by Doc A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 6 February. Entries to: Crossword 641, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WCIN 2LL....

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World firsts Raymond Keene G ary Kasparov, whose interrupted campaign for the world title was reviv- ed by the intervention of Acorn Computer, has Justified the faith of his...

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Portrait of the week

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T wo days before the start of the Euro- pean Disarmament and Security Con- ference in Stockholm, President Reagan proposed 'greater cooperation and understanding' with the...

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