22 APRIL 2000

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The Red Nile M r Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, flew in for tea at Windsor with the Queen and talks with Mr Tony Blair, the Prime Minister. Mr Putin defended Russian...

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I f you want to get a film made in Holly- wood, you have to be able to say what it's about in under ten seconds. 'It's Apocalypse Now meets Forrest Gump,' Hollywood agents will...

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The government was right to discard its ethical foreign policy BRUCE ANDERSON T he press conference did not go according to the PM's plan. It was intend- ed to be a triumph...

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Stephen Schwartz on how a disturbing encounter with a ruthless Albanian family in Kosovo convinced him that most of the refugees should be sent home FIRST, some disclaimers: I...

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Michael Heath

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Now that white farmers in Zimbabwe are officially 'enemies of the people, Ben Brown fears a blood-bath Harare `AFRICA is a continent for black people.' The message was clear...


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In last week's edition of The Spectator we published an article which implied wrongly that Jack Cunningham had received payment from the nuclear industry. We accept that such an...

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Mind your language

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IN an interesting and practical letter about pole-axes, a reader from Harrow, G.K. Connelly, asks in passing if I can recommend a good single-volume dic- tionary. That is...

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Jasper Gerard on how Swedish feminists are plotting the final humiliation of the male sex organ MEN for whom sexual awareness came via Scandinavian exercise videos might...

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The fifth Earl of Longford died at Gallipoli 85 years ago. His great-grandson, Harry Mount, describes that terrible campaign EIGHTY-FIVE years ago, my great- grandfather, the...

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Margot Lawrence on how modem science corroborates the truth of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven THE most important of all the Church's festivals, I was told as a child, is...

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Matthew d'Ancona on the howls he provoked from theologians by claiming that the gospels are a reliable historical source `ANCIENT writers sometimes meant what they said, and...

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South Africa treats sport with a religious Hansie Cronje is regarded as a Judas HANSIE CRONJE's fall from grace is one of the most unpredictable sporting results in decades;...

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Oh, to hold a children's egg-hunt on Easter Island! PAUL JOHNSON W hen Boswell went to see Dr John- son at breakfast on Good Friday 1783, he found him `in his usual manner...

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When the political journalist is a danger to the political process STEPHEN GLOVER T here is nothing wrong with political journalists being close to politicians; such...

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We losers of Munich

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From Mr Michael McAllen Sir: May I reassure Penelope Marland (Let- ters, 8 April). She need not worry that her late father, Richard Lamb, died without hav- ing the last word in...

Such dear victories

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From Mr Philip Warner Sir: Mr Clive Wright (Letters, 15 April) inquires by what criteria the Somme and Passchendaele were judged victories. The Somme removed the Germans from...

Marxist manoeuvring

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From Mr Robert Leader Sir: It is somewhat unfair of Mick Hume (Another voice, 8 April) to accuse left-wing liberals of reneging on their principles. His LM magazine has, after...

Free Bar

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From Mr Patrick Oakley Sir: Kirsten Sellars identifies yet another honeypot for lawyers (`How to make a killing out of human rights', 8 April). While I was in transit through...

Patriotic and Europhile

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From Mr Glyn Ford, MEP Sir: Roger Scruton is his own worst enemy (Don't let Blair ruin it', 1 April). His defence of English patriotism threatens to decimate its own supporters....

LETTERS Zimbabwe and democracy

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From Mr Robert Jackson, MP Sir: I thought Stephen Glover was one of the grown-up school of journalism until I read his piece last week on Zimbabwe (Media studies, 15 April), the...

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Curiosity value

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JON MOULTON of Alchemy plans to revive the dog formerly known as Rover by selling MG sports cars in America. He thinks there is an unsatisfied appetite for them. I refer him to...

The cost's in code

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A SALVO from Greville Howard, the code warrior and boardroom resistance fighter. `The new code writing industry,' he tells his shareholders at Fortress Holdings, `has proved so...

Sell at best

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THOSE heated swimming-pools in stock- brokers' gardens all along the North Downs are (so its historian, Margaret Reid, said) the most visible legacy of Big Bang. It just goes to...

Golden oldie

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INVESTMENTS from the old economy do not come any older than gold, which can fair- ly claim to be the oldest investment of all. It can also claim to be outperforming the new-...

Paper-rich, cash-skint

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THERE is (or there was) a dot.com mil- lionaire who takes his socks home to be washed. Not just out of meanness, either. He is paper-rich but cash-skint. In theory, his business...


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Easy come, easy go if the trend is your friend you can go round the bend CHRISTOPHER FILDES B ertie Wooster's Aunt Dahlia knew how to get her way: 'Good old blackmail. You...

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The several faces of socialism John Vincent W e have more centenaries on hand than we know what to do with. The cente- nary of Ruskin's death in January caused little stir,...

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In blood stepp'd in so far

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Samuel Brittan T here could hardly be a greater differ- ence in approach between Tim Judah's book on Kosovo and the one produced by the Cato Institute. Judah has covered the...

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Nothing to lose but his chains

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Paul Johnson THE NEW CENTURY by Eric Hobsbawm, with Antonio Polito Little, Brown, £16.99, pp. 176 T his is a curious little book of 176 pages, including index. It appears to be...

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Touj ours la politesse

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Jonathan Mirsky A GESTURE LIFE by Chang-rae Lee Granta, ,f16.99, pp. 356 T he hero of Chang-rae Lee's novel is a perfect Kazuo Ishiguro character. Indeed, Andrew Barrow, The...

How not to do it

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D. J. Taylor THE CLEMATIS TREE by Ann Widdecombe Weidenfeld, £9.99, pp. 277 B ack in the early 1980s, down from university and avid for pin-money, I used to read manuscripts...

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Transplants that failed to flourish

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Simon Courtauld LOST WHITE TRIBES by Riccardo Orizio Secker, £15.99, pp. 271 S everal hundred German artisans from Hanover came to Jamaica in 1834, ostensi- bly to replace the...

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The Red Hand of Ulster

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Andro Linklater THE SECOND PRISON by Ronan Bennett Review, f6.99, pp. 310 I n October 1969 Andrei Sinyaysky, incar- cerated as a political dissident in the Dubrovlag camp, came...


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DELIVER US FROM EVIL by William Shawcross In this urgent new book, William Shawcross reveals what lies behind decisions by the international community to intervene in crisis...

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When virtue runs amok

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Peter Carrington DELIVER US FROM EVIL by William Shawcross Bloomsbury, £20, pp. 404 M ost of us will remember the mis- placed euphoria which followed the col- lapse of the...

Conduct unbecoming the clergy

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Robbie Millen EASTER J ust as London Transport would grind to a halt if its black staff were to leave, if all the homosexual clergy were to sashay off to San Francisco, the...

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The new Saint Augustine

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Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy CITY OFGOD by E. L. Doctorow Little, Brown, £15.99, pp. 272 F ifty pages or so into this book, I sud- denly found myself remembering Ellman's account of...

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Suffolk's feast of spirituality Andrew Lambirth goes on an art journey through the county uffolk is a county liberally gifted with churches. Now, to celebrate 2000 years of...

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Triumph of team-work Michael Tanner T o judge from the notices of the first night of the LSO's two performances of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, those of us who attended the...

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Richard II (Gainsborough Studios) The Villains' Opera (Olivier) Blue/Orange (Cottesloe) Lautrec (Shaftesbury) Wit (Vaudeville) Fine Fiennes Sheridan Morley N orth London's...


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Running on empty Mark Steyn A merican Psycho is being touted as an anti-adaptation: This is not your father's American Psycho. No, sir. Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 reviled...

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Sacred planting Ursula Buchan W en listeners to Classic FM can request a piece of sacred choral music 'because it is so romantic' without exciting comment, you know that the...

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Fact and fantasy Michael Vestey A re we an apathetic people on the whole? The way we allow ourselves, or our chosen rulers, to roll over and compromise. I'm not just thinking...

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Fleeting happiness James Delingpole some time now, I have been feeling For messed up and disillusioned about pretty much everything. My new house is an utter toilet and I now...

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The turf

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Soaked through Robin Oakley A the bard has him do, Antipholus was lamenting in the RSC's Stratford pro- duction of A Comedy of Errors last Satur- day night, 'I to the world am...

High life

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Intellectual exercises Taki Boston This town got lucky back during the Fifties when the good old Irish boys who ran the city drove it to bankruptcy. Real- estate sharks stay...

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No life

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Going, going, gone Toby Young T hree months ago, when I moved back from New York to live with my girlfriend on a 'trial basis', I deliberately didn't have a leaving party. It...

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Country life

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Hunting at Easter Leanda de Lisle 0 ur daffodils have been completely flattened by the dog. Every morning our labrador rushes straight through their proud stems, running from...


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Hands off Andrew Robson THE RECENT Transnational Teams, held in January alongside the Bermuda Bowl, attracted many of the world's greatest stars. The biggest criticism of the...

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THE last offer from Heyman, Barwell Jones of Ipswich was in April 1999. It was com- posed entirely of French wines and very popular indeed they proved to be. This time, however,...


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c/o Heyman, Barwell Jones Ltd 24 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JIJ Tel: (01473) 232322 Fax: (01473) 212237 White 1999 Sauvignon Blanc 'Tradition, Price No. Value Chateau Los...

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Deborah Ross

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EATING in London is such an extreme business. You can get good food, yes, but, goodness, how you have to pay for it. And I don't just mean the final bill. Actually, it's not...

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100 years on Jaspistos In Competition No. 2132 you were invited to imagine that Oscar Wilde's Lady Bracknell walks down Oxford Street today and writes a letter describing the...

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CHESS dbe4 www.ardbeg.com Level score Raymond Keene GARRY KASPAROV is exceptionally well known to the chess public, having been champion since 1985. On the other hand,...

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CROSSWORD 1460: The Azed crossword by Doc

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A first prize of £30 and a bottle of Graham's award-winning, Late- Bottled Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on 8 May, with two runners-up prizes of £20 (or,...

Solution to 1457: Loo flirpa

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No. 2135: The cynic's reply

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`Come live with me, and be my love...' sang Marlowe's Passionate Shepherd. You are invited to supply, in the same metre, a present-day cynic's reply (maximum 16 lines). Entries...

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Mutiny over the bounty Simon Barnes YOU hang mutineers from the yard-arm. The fate of captains mutinied against is more obscure, but equally devastating. They tend to get...


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Dear Mary. . Q. Apropos the power of nutmeg as a mood-altering substance (Your problems solved, 15 April), if I.H. wishes to further enhance his image as an expert on these...