22 NOVEMBER 1980

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Three unwise men

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Three unwise men When three ex-Prime Ministers - Mr Macmillan, Mr Heath and Sir Harold Wilson - start criticising Mrs Thatcher and When the Dailv Mirror gathers these faded...

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Remember May Day?

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Political commentary Remember May Day? Ferdinand Mount Politicilins are different from us. Thev have worse memories. Quite often. one stands agape at the things they manage...

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Notebook When Lord Spencer is asked whether his daughter Diana is going to marry the Prince °f Wales, he replies that there is not one Single Word of truth in it. If that is...

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Visitet atque defendat

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Another voice Visitet atque defendat Auberon Waugh At a time when the thoughts and the praycrs ot the entire nation are turned towards the prlettY. nice-looking Lady Diana...

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The Polish melodrama

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The Polish melodrama Trim Garton Ash Warsx~Eaw I'le Poland play seems to have reached a Short interval Tlhere is some rumbling from the SWings, but we have time to cast an...

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Amalrik's final protest

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Amalrik's final protest BOhdan Nahaylo This hits beenll a LisastrouIs vear for the Multifariots Soviet human I-i' olts laovenIlent A prolIongied maljo offnllsixvc 'ii inSt t...

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America's black powder-keg

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America's black powder-keg Henry Fairlie tt'i is /IIII,,WII It ()onc kkcrc to t.k m110t people iI AnlciC. todait, I I)ot IC lpt t II )oC \k It I\C MI Rci Iu, n II I his I...

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The division of Labour

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The division of Labour David Marquand In the six weeks since the last Laiour Partv conference, political commentators - and. fo-r thaI t Illmatte r . I Lari NI I I", I\ c...

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What's in a name?

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What's in a name? Antonia Martin Already reeling from a frenzy of nametItching Bombaywallas (as the people of bat city are apt to refer to themselves) are .raced to withstand...

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Inflation and the index

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In the City Inflation and the index Tony Rudd To index or not to index. That, during a period of inflation, is the question. Up till now the answer in the UK has been not to...

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The underdog factor

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The underdog factor Sir: Patrick Marnham, in his Postscript 'Monitored' (15 November) calls for the banning of opinion polls for at least a month before election day on the...

Right to get it wrong

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Letters IRight to get it wrong hir: H L Mencken liked to boast that he had Wrongly predicted the result of every American election he had written about Icluding the Roosevelt...


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Bemuddled Sir: You write (Notebook, 15 November): 'Mr Fitt did not hesitate to blame Northern Ireland's two leading churchmen, the Roman Catholic Cardinal 0 Fiaich and the...

BRanching out

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BFianchina out tr: I was surprised to read your comment in ie Notebook (18 October) about British tail Plans to redevelop Windermere sta°n If you had taken the trouble to check...

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Antisemitism in France

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Antisemitism in France Sir: I have been among Sam White's devotees for more vears than I care to remember. I must, however, take issue with him over his article ('The French...

Country conflict

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Country conflict Sir: Patrick Marnharn ( Postscript. X November) says that Marion Shoard, author of The Theft of the C(ountrYside, works for the Council for the Protection of...

Art for whose sake

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Art for whose sake Sir: John McEwen should be encouraged for writing objectively and successfully drawing a dealer from his lair to declare his interest (William Joll, Letters,...

Peter Simple

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Peter Simple Sir: Much gratified as I am by Ricolal West's review of The Stretchford Chronicles (8 November), I feel I should point out that although I am the writer of about...

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Drinking for pleasure

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Drinking for pleasure J.G. Links When I was quite young and, being an Orphan, quite rich compared with most of mY Hampstead friends, a Mr Nassauer of Frankfurt was introduced...

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Dante the Maker William Anderson

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Books Seeing and understanding Prue Shaw Dante the Maker William Anderson (Rout- ledge £18) We know very little of Dante's life: even his date of birth (May 1265?) is...

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Sydney Smith Alan Bell

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Smith of Smiths A. N. Wilson Sydney Smith Alan Bell (Oxford £9.95) Sydney Smith was one of the funniest men who has ever lived, so that no biography of him which allows him...

The Smoke And The Fire John Terraine

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Direct attack Max Hastings The Smoke And The Fire John Terraine \QIugwick £8.95) In 1963 John Terraine published Douglas Haig.: The Educated Soldier. It was an IMPortant and...

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Dispossessed: The Ordeal of the Palestinians 1917-1980 David Gilmour Palestine in Perspective: Politics, Human Rights and the West Bank David H. Ott A Crisis of Identity: Israel and Zionism Dan V. Segre

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Time-bomb Desmond Stewart Dispossessed: The Ordeal of the Palestinians 1917-1980 David Gilmour (Sidgwick £12.50) Palestine in Perspective: Politics, Human Rights and the...

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My Grandfather Isaac Foot Sarah Foot

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Isaac Foot Alan Gibson (BMy randfather Isaac Foot Sarah Foot Hainey Books, St Teath, £1.75) was the new Leader of the Labour Party %vas a Young man he turned from the...

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The Complete Works of Saki

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Paper-thin Benny Green The Complete Works of Saki (Bodley Head £10) In the Rubaiiat there occurs the following: Yon rising Moon that looks for us again - I low oft hereafter...

Judgement Day Penelope Lively

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Look Lively Francis King Judgement Day Penelope Lively (Heine mann £6.95) It is a long time since Penelope LivelY established herself as one of the best of living English...

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The Sum of Things Olivia Manning Imago Bird Nicholas Mosley The Song of the Nightingale Bruce Arnold A House Called Madrid R.T. Plumb

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The Sum of Things Olivia Manning (Weidenfeld £5.95) Imago Bird Nicholas Mosley (Secker £5.95) The Sonq of the Nightinmale Bruce Arnold (Hamish Hamilton £6.95) A House...

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Illuminations The Caretaker

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Arts Struggle and strife Bryan Robertson Illuminations (Lyric, Hammersmith) The Caretaker (Lyttelton) After indulging myself for several enjoyable weeks in these columns...

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°Pera Luckv "Odney Mimnes alstaff (Kent Opera) Opera-companly paranoia is a moveable CorIdition The two London houses take it in t'rns roughly week by week - to accuse P'...

The Alternative Miss World

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Cinema Carnival time Peter Ackroyd The Alternative Miss World (X', selected cinemas) It has always seemed to me one of the saving graces of the English that, at bottom,...

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High life Unstylish Taki In Mav 1978 1 wrote in these pages about foreigners using English gentlemen's clubs as Trojan horses, and mentioned the example of Michael Thomas....


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Replacements h. Richard Ingrams 6all1s and Dr Who are the favourite Progranmmes of William Rees-Mogg, we hardted on Monday's Panorama. It was Of th Imagine the austere and...

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Fine art

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Postscript Fine art Patrick Marnham Last week a burly man, best described by his appearance and manner as 'an obviOl05 South London scrap merchant', came to the door on a...


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Low life Training Jeffrey Bernard All is not vet lost. Last Sundav I moved to a delightful flat in London. got divorced the very next dav and then opened the DailY Telegnmph...