26 FEBRUARY 2005

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PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK M r Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary,

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attempted to rush through Parliament legislation to put people suspected of terrorism under house arrest without trial. Mr Michael McDowell, the Irish justice minister, said...

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What did Blair advise?

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I f you want an answer to the tricky question of whether it is right for the Queen to boycott her son’s wedding, turn to that leading constitutional expert, Max Clifford: ‘Of...

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L as Vegas is America’s major playground, and the two days

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we spent there recently proved that. It’s a 24–7 town, unbelievably glamorous and exciting if you ignore the massively upholstered ‘middle’ Americans clad in uniform jeans and...

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At last the Tories are setting the political agenda, and Blair is running scared

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S hortly before Christmas last year I went off to write a book about a malign modern trend, the rise of political lying. Regrettably, during the two months I have been absent,...

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L ike thousands who met in the hunting field last Saturday,

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I was half-delighted, half-bewildered. Delighted because it was a gigantic show of defiance and the large number of foxes killed proved the absurdity of the ban. Bewildered...

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Time to fight back

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Douglas Hurd urges politicians to stop giving in to the media, and especially to the culture of brutality, fear and sentimentality epitomised by the Daily Mail I t is 7 a.m. and...

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Will Dublin turn on Gerry Adams?

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Dean Godson on the widening repercussions of the Sinn Fein/IRA bank robbery Dublin I s Sinn Fein/IRA becoming the Hezbollah of Ireland — a state within a state? Just a matter...

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Upwardly mobile

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Martin Vander Weyer interviews the former phone chief Sir Christopher Gent, who wants to bring free-market solutions to the public services M any years ago, Chris Gent tried to...

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Selling out to China

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Andrew Gilligan on Britain’s financial motives for breaking with Washington and lifting the arms embargo on Beijing M ass slaughter, or something like it, is under way in the...

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Mind your language

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‘Chalk’n’cheese, hole in one, salt’n’pepper, three-in-one oil, sheep’n’goats, eyeless in Gaza, Swan’n’Edgar,’ said my husband, not pausing for breath, so that nature took over,...

Not ill — just naughty

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Leo McKinstry on the scandal of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, whereby parents are paid to bring up their children badly A part from the weather, the food and the...

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Save the Oxford tutorial

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James Howard-Johnston says that the old system of one-on-one instruction is the best way to hone the minds of both students and dons T here was a time when The Spectator...

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Why Putin sells missiles to Syria

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With US-Russia tensions at a level not seen since the Cold War, Simon Heffer explains the Kremlin’s relationship with Damascus A t about the time that he was re-elected to the...

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Miller’s genius

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From Sheridan Morley Sir: ‘Attention must be paid’ to Arthur Miller (Mark Steyn, ‘Death of a salesman’, 19 February) quite simply because he was the greatest dramatist of our...

Much ado about nothing

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From Anthony Famularo Sir: I was relieved to discover that the ‘Goodbye England’ on the cover of your 19 February issue does not, in fact, refer to alQa’eda detonating a...

Pigs, Jews and Muslims

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From Deborah Maccoby Sir: Rod Liddle claims that Labour politicians are deliberately offending Jews in order to curry favour with Muslims (‘Why Labour does not need the Jews’,...

Aid and loot

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From Patrick Wye Sir: On the day I read Rod Liddle’s splendid article on the folly of writing off Third World debt (‘Make naivety history’, 12 February), the Financial Times...

Otiose superlative

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From Martin B. Vallance Sir: Michael Henderson (‘Time to rescue BBC English’, 12 February) looks to the director-general of the BBC for help. One of Mark Thompson’s first...

Waterloo blues

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From Sophie Dugdale Sir: In case any of your readers are bursting with curiosity to know which greyhound won the final Waterloo Cup (Peter Oborne, ‘The dogs have had their...

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Liverpool is an enigma wrapped in a conundrum inside a butty

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A nyone interested in how politics affects the wider world, and vice versa, should read in Hansard not Commons exchanges on, say, the economy or foreign affairs, but on...

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Honour the general’s veritable brick and sidle towards the Veuve Clicquot

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W hen I was last in the Elysée Palace, with a troop of bankers, we were given a speech of welcome from Jacques Chirac and the opportunity to taste French regional wines. This...

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A little Anglo-Irish devil who painted like an archangel

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I seldom set foot on the South Bank if I can help it. Once across the River Thames, civilisation ceases and you are in the regions of urban swamps with motorised alligators...

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School for scandal

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Philip Hensher N EVER L ET M E G O by Kazuo Ishiguro Faber, £16.99, pp. 272, ISBN 0571224113 ✆ £14.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 T he time is the late 1990s; the setting a...

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The way of the world

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Jonathan Sumption COLLAPSE: H OW S OCIETIES C HOOSE TO F AIL OR S URVIVE by Jared Diamond Allen Lane/ Penguin, £20, pp. 575, ISBN 0713992867X V £18 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800...

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Stories about story-telling

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P. N. Furbank T HE B OOK OF T EN N IGHTS AND A N IGHT by John Barth Atlantic Books, £16.99, pp. 295, ISBN 1843544067 ✆ £14.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 T he story that...

The grass below, above, the vaulted sky

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Caroline Moorehead N ATURE C URE by Richard Mabey Chatto, £15.99, pp. 231, ISBN 0701176016 ✆ £13.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 I t was soon after he finished work on Flora...

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The cutting edge of medicine

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Jane Ridley T HE K NIFE M AN by Wendy Moore Bantam, £18.99, pp. 482, ISBN 0593052099 ✆ £16.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 I n 1767, John Hunter, a 39-year-old surgeon,...

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The frozen, unruly north

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Joanna Kavenna T HEATRE OF F ISH by John Gimlette Hutchinson, £16.99, pp. 367, ISBN0091795192 ✆ £14.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 J ohn Gimlette is a writer of vivid...

A master shrouded by mist

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Ferdinand Mount C AMPO S ANTO by W. G. Sebald, translated by Anthea Bell Hamish Hamilton, £16.99, pp. 228, ISBN 0241142776 ✆ £14.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 A t the end...

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Typically, touchingly British

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Gilbert Adair S HEPPERTON B ABYLON by Matthew Sweet Faber, £12.99, pp. 388, ISBN 0571212972 ✆ £11.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 I f you recall, Britain elected to celebrate...

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How much of a saint?

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Robert Stewart O SKAR S CHINDLER by David M. Crowe Westview Press/ Perseus, £19.99, pp. 766, ISBN 081333375 ✆ £19.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 M ost biographies are...

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Gathering darkness

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Andrew Lambirth on a glorious Caravaggio exhibition at the National Gallery M ichelangelo Merisi (1571–1610), called are temperamentally drawn to the sketchy and incomplete....

(1571–1610), called M ichelangelo Merisi Caravaggio after his place of birth,

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has become something of a mythical figure in the half-century or so since his reputation was rescued from obscurity. Today he is celebrated as the great precursor of realism,...

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Rise, fall and rise of an artist

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Tom Rosenthal Wyndham Lewis Olympia, from 1–6 March I t will be interesting to see if next week’s full-scale Wyndham Lewis (1882–1957) exhibition at Olympia will help, as...

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Vision from hell

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Mark Steyn Hotel Rwanda 12A, selected cinemas L ast year, to mark the tenth anniversary of the previous decade’s ‘never again’ genocide, the editors of the Economist asked,...

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Armchair pleasures

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Robin Holloway A t this time of year, your critic is bound to his armchair and can sometimes get no further than to switch on his radio for every Saturday evening’s live...

Millennium joy

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Michael Tanner La Traviata; Wozzeck Welsh National Opera The Barber of Seville English National Opera Die Zauberflöte Royal Opera A t last, at the age of nearly 60, Welsh...

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Appealingly tragic

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Toby Young Tynan Arts A Dream Play Cottesloe Ying Tong New Ambassadors T owards the end of his Diaries , Kenneth Tynan complains that the older he gets, the more estranged he...

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Celebrating Sicily

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Giannandrea Poesio Tanztheater Wuppertal: Palermo Palermo Sadler’s Wells Theatre La Fille Mal Gardée Royal Ballet/BBC2 A s I said last week, Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater is made...

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Escaping the past

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Michael Vestey W hen I worked at the BBC in Portland Place, a few of my colleagues liked to gravitate to the gloom of basement bars nearby to drink their way lugubriously...

A construct, of course

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James Delingpole C an I tell you about my latest adventures? Oh, can I? Can I? OK, well I’ve been making a TV documentary for Channel 4 and, en route, I met the greatest...

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Clam fan

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Simon Courtauld I f America can be associated with one shellfish more than any other, it must surely be the clam. I know that New England is supposedly the home of the...

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Sorry state

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Taki Gstaad I ’ve been wondering how people like Tony Blair, Michael Howard and assorted busybodies would react if some concentration-camp guard sued Ken Livingstone for...

Sinister goings-on

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Jeremy Clarke A bove a door frame in one of the galleries at the Courtauld Collection hangs a large and hideous African tribal mask that used to belong to the artist Roger Fry....

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T he great debate in wine circles these days is over

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Robert Parker, the critic whose ratings out of 100 increasingly dominate the world trade. A 91 from Parker can make a wine-grower rich; a 77 might leave him destitute. But there...

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Q. My daughter, aged 19, is proposing to take out

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a student loan in order to have her teeth whitened. It is not the borrowing of money I object to so much as the fact that her own teeth are not in any way discoloured. Please...

Q. At the age of 39, I have belatedly realised

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that all the time I have not spent riding to hounds has been life wasted. I have no money, hunting has just been banned and my wife does not want me to become paraplegic. What...

Q. May I be permitted a small addendum to your

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various correspondents’ suggestions as to what to wear at fancy dress parties? I remember back in the early 1960s bumping into Vyvyan Holland, Oscar Wilde’s son, at a fancy...

Old haunts

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FRANK KEATING T he opening two weekends of rugby’s Six Nations championship were listlessly lacking in panache or brio. England and France have been generally dire,...