24 NOVEMBER 1984

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Portrait of the week

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O ne of Britain's most famous Angli- cans, Mr John Selwyn Gummer, preached a sermon. He said that church leaders 'can no more pontificate on econ- omics than the Pope could...

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Kinnock's Cop Out Book A s we know, Mr Neil Kinnock has such a full diary that he cannot manage to appear at any of the current NUM rallies. There are unbreakable dates with...

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Arrogant Auntie N ow that we hear that the BBC is

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havin g to cut its television spendin g at once to keep within its bud g et for this year, the Corporation's steadfast refusal even to look at the possibility of carryin g...

Swift retribution A correspondent writes: I was sittin g alone at

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a table in a bar near Olympic studios when a g roup of musicians took the other chairs. They were many and talkin g; I was brooding when a voice pushed throu g h my reflections,...

Toeing the line I t is a remarkable fact that for

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the last half-century the Guardian has had no Moscow correspondent. Since the depar- tur e of the great and g ood Malcolm Mug- gerid ge , the Guardian's reporting of Soviet...

Fixed price of knowledge W hatever the drawbacks of Mr Law-

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son's notion that p ublications should be subject to VAT, the last people who should be preachin g about the importance of puttin g a low price on knowled g e are the...


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T he An g lo-Irish Inter g overnmental Council summit, which finished on Monday, was as non-committal as it is Possible for such thin g s to be. Mrs Thatcher and Dr Fitz g erald...


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Another voice

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Right Reverend Pilgers Auberon Waugh perhaps it was only when Mr Scargill 1 started appealing to Church leaders to take his side that most people realised he was beaten. The...

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Twenty-five or so years ago the political- -1- ly ambitious, or merely politically in- terested, Jew joined the Labour Party. There were naturally exceptions, who tended to be...

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Rehearsing the invasion

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Managua U p in the mountains of Nicaragua peasants have been busy stockpiling sharp rocks and making bows and arrows in preparation for the Yang ui...

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Charles Glass D'you think you'll bring the Sixth Fleet in?' Roger asked boldly, but Grant took the question in his stride. 7 doubt it,' he said with every appearance of...

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Monster of the 18th

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Richard West Paris T he Paris newspapers know when they are on to a good thing like 'the Monster of the 18th Arrondissement', or 'moon maniac', who has so far killed nine...

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Peking's new revisionists

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Bohdan Nahaylo D uring the long-standing rift in Sino- Soviet relations, Peking has taunted the infuriated Moscow in more ways than one. The Chinese have not only assailed the...

One hundred years ago

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'Town' was on Thursday greatly dis- appointed. The action brought by Miss • E. M. Finney, bearing the theatrical .name of Fortescue, against Lord Gar- moyle, eldest son of Earl...

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Austria's Faktor factor

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Richard Bassett Vienna N ovember 1984 is likely to go down in Central European chronicles as the month in which Austria finally woke up to the unpleasant reality that even a...

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Time for the TUC

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Peter Paterson O f course, the drift back to work of the striking miners might have acceler- ated by the end of this week into the 'surge' predicted by the National Coal Board,...

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City and

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Opening time I t was Reggie Maudling's ambition as Home Secretary to make the pubs open normally on Sundays. The secret was simple, he would say: 'All I need to do is to...

Licence to print

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A business which can make a £1,198 million profit on total costs of £45 million is one that we should all be in. That (I was saying last week) is the banknote business, as...

Truncheons against punks

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A demo in the sacred Square Mile — whatever next? Answer, no doubt: another one. They have become quite familiar: miners marching through with bands and banners, or occasional...

Early birds

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S eoul is the singular choice for the ....,bankers' trade fair — officially, the International Monetary Fund meetings — next year. Already bankers are bobbing to and fro, on...

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Semantic seams Sir: Where there are coal reserves which are very costly to mine the reason for this being so is invariably geological. The grotesquely uneconomic and the...


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Sir: In Another voice (3 November), AO - eron Waugh highlighted my plight, and what must be the plight of numerous other students, who have had their doctoral theses rejected...

New Unesco order

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Sir: In your Notes (27 October), you refer to 'minor concessions' at Unesco. As these include a no-growth budget, concentrati on of programmes and over a hundred con' crete...

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Small, elegant house

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S ir: Auberon Waugh ends his review Tryin g to be funny' (Books, 10 Novem- ber) by thanking God for the Daily Tele- r aPh, to which may I add the Spectator. Roth, after all,...

Finn points

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Sir: Regarding the correspondence about Sibelius, Finn or Swede (10 November), I should like to make the following points. It is an occasional Swedish practice to adopt a...


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Sir: What on earth possessed you (10 Nov- ember) to let Jeffrey Bernard loiter in America? Taki on his own is like horse- radish without the roast beef. J. E. Hok Middle Old...


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Sir: In his review of John Martin Robin- son's book The Latest Country Houses Gavin Stamp is 'pleased' to repeat untrue and damaging statements made about Stratton Park by the...

Very young fogey

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Sir: It has taken me 11 years to arrive at a private position of faith and some certainty about religion in general and Christianity in particular. It is therefore...


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Sir: Should Mr Watkins's hypothetical traitor ever be named (Diary, 17 Novem- ber), whether or not he has by then done the dastardly treachery he intends, will Auberon Waugh...

Explaining all

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Sir: I enjoyed P.J. Kavanagh's report on the Cheltenham Festival of Literature (Postscript, 10 November), but I wouldn't ay that lengthy explanations of poems, as indulged in by...

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The sin of pessimism Colin Welch I n Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, a New Yorker boasted: 'I've joined the war on poverty. This morning I shot a beggar.' Mrs Gandhi's...

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The impeccable Neville J. Enoch Powell Neville Chamberlain David Dilks (Cambridge University Press £20) A fter the lapse of 44 years since Neville Chamberlain's death and 20...

NEXT WEEK Christmas Books Peter Quennell on Queen Victoria Eric

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Christiansen on Henry VIII Peter Levi on Somerset Maugham and food and wine books

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The lion of Africa

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Richard West Haile Selassie's War Anthony Mockler (Oxford £17.50) S oon after the fall of Prince Norodom , Sihanouk of Cambodia, I went off to Ethiopia, the only other country...

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Pliant Plante

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Francis King The Foreigner David Plante (Chatto. & Windus £9.95) God Knows Joseph Heller (Cape £8.95) D avid Plante's last book, Difficult Women, had a rough ride. No one...

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Poetry books

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The spell-binder Elizabeth Jennings Station Island Seamus Heaney (Faber £5.95, £2.95) E ven the vigour of language, the mas- Litery of subtle cadence and the easy engagement...

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Lullabies and parodies

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Peter Levi The Everyman Book of Light Verse Edited by Robert Robinson (Dent £12.95) S ome kinds of writing can be done at any time. The result is much the same in any mood,...

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Leftward Ho!

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Michael Horovitz Stevie Smith: A Selection Edited by Hermione Lee (Faber £8.50, £3.50) On the Beach at Cambridge Adrian Mitchell (Allison & Busby £6.95, £3.50) N o one who...

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Robin Bell Rich Craig Raine (Faber £5.95, £2.95) A ndrew Motion and Craig Raine are two young masters of the visual image who are themselves highly visible on the poetry...

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Manners and morals Christopher Edwards The Way of the World (Theatre Royal, Haymarket) She Stoops to Conquer (National: Lyttelton) W hat changes took place in English manners...

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Guardian man Peter Phillips T he reissue, in paperback, of Sir Neville Cardus's Autobiography this year (Hamish Hamilton £4.95) will give many people the opportunity to...

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Gamesmanship Peter Ackroyd L'Amour Par Terre ('15', selected cinemas) C ometimes on Sunday evenings' (or so we are told) a small group of people tread softly into a Paris flat...

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Good men Giles Auty Allan Walton (Sally Hunter & Patrick Seale till 30 November) Virginia Powell Prints (Maclean 28 November to 18 January) Terrick Williams Retrospective...


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The opening sentence of Alistair Hicks's article on the Thyssen Collection in last !week's issue was wrongly punctuated. It ;should have read: :`I don't want to bribe people to...

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High life

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Dining out Taki T don't know why, but everythin g about 1Princess Michael of Kent rubs me the wron g way. Perhaps it is because most of the pushy types I know – and I know too...


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Perverse Alexander Chancellor I don't want to be a bore about this, but What is the point of puttin g on g ood televisio n pro g rammes – or any television Pflpgrammes, for...

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Low life

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Yanks Jeffrey Bernard Natchez, Mississippi A il Americans are tourists in their own auntry. The Russians can't afford to be and in the second biggest country in the world,...

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Connections P. J. Kavanagh l verything connects. I was writing last iweek about the Birdlip Mirror, an Object of great beauty, two thousand years old, which was found near...


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Ladykiller David Spanier w omen chess players are coming up in the world. The best are almost on equal terms with men; the second echelon is good enough to give most men a...

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No. 1348: Frank James Set by Jaspistos: Hugh Kingsmill once lamented the fact that Frank Harris hadn't been helped by Henry James in the writing of his Autobiography. You are...

No. 1345: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were given the two opening lines of Sir Henry New- bolt's 'Vital Lampada' and asked to con- tinue the cricket story in verse, but not necessarily...

Solution to Crossword 682: Coverall

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Crossword 685

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3 Rock's partner with ring and polo-neck (10) 4 Int France some carriage fo r prisoner (7) 5 Stinging organ brought back from abroad in cartons (5) 6 Woman's pads: doctor's...

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Treasure Hunt Set by Caroline Moore The first prize is a pair of 18th century hand-coloured aquatints by Thomas and William Daniell illustrating views of India. Plus two...

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Imperative cooking en chamage T he column this week is for

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the poor. Perhaps, from my hazy notion of Spec- tator readers, I should say the genteel poor but none the less genuinely poor for that. .Socialists implausibly identify poverty...

Books Wanted

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HUGH MILLER: 'My Schools, Schoolmasters'. C. Sutherland, 43 Friars Lane, Lincoln. DOUGLAS HYDE: 'Love Songs of Connacht'. R. Roe, 59 Wayletts, Basildon, Essex. C. S. FORESTER:...