28 JANUARY 1984

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Reuters: does it matter?

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I t may have appeared to some readers of the Spectator that we have been devoting too much space to the subject of Reuters news agency. It is widely thought — and not without...

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Political commentary

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A slight whiff of revolt Charles Moore T here have been four Tory 'revolts' in a week. Viewed from afar, the word 'revolt' may seem an exaggeration. There are no crowds in the...

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G ranada Television's What the Papers Say press awards were subjected this Year to even more criticism than usual. T hey are now widely known as the 'Tony Awards' after the...


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Another voice

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Jay's baby Auberon Waugh M any harsh and bitter things can be said against the Church of England in perfect truth. Most of them will be welcom- ed and admitted and made the...

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Dissembling on disarmament

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Steven Erlanger T he night Andrei Gromyko and George Shultz finally squared off, an American colleague lay flat on his back in a carpeted reception room of the unspeakable...

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A patriot passes

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Murray Sayle Tokyo akuei Tanaka, the former Japanese .1./Prime Minister and current ruling strongman, may yet do time for his involve- ment in the long-running Lockheed scan-...

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Too many midgets

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington I n 1822, two years before the next presidential election, Hezekish Miles, a visitor to Washington, wrote home astonished at `so great a buz...

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The brave Finns

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Richard West Helsinki W ithin hours of coming to Finland, I heard someone remarking: 'We've had 40 wars against the Russians and lost them all, but who is having a good time...

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Hats off to Enoch

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Jo Grimond T he rumpus set off by Mr Powell's remarks about the Queen's Christmas broadcast is absurd. I hope that it is only a ritual uproar raised by the press, for whom the...

One hundred years ago

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It is impossible to judge from the telegrams whether Khartoum will hold out, and indeed all depends upon the reception of this news. If, when it is received, the disaffected are...

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The damage to Yorkshire

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Alan Gibson H ad 1 such a counsellor,' said the Emperor Charles V when he heard that Henry VIII had executed Sir Thomas More, 'I had rather have lost my best city.' I felt much...

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The press

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Flops and clangers Paul Johnson ?There is nothing quite so pathetic, or to competitors hilarious, as a sensational scoop which fails to stick. It's not so serious among the...

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In the City

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Institutions under challenge Jock Bruce-Gardyne O n Tuesday Mr Norman Fowler of the DHSS and his four assessors (Barney Hayhoe of the Treasury, Marshall Field from the Life...

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Adjust his set

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Sir: Surely Richard Ingrams can easily solve one of his problems with the new television set. By turning the colour knob fully anti - clockwise he can resume seeing everything...

Cromwell on drink

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Sir: Richard West (`Drinkers will be persecuted', 31 December) is wrong to say that Oliver Cromwell banned the celebra- tion of Christmas. It was the work of the Long Parliament...

Unseated reason

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Sir: The interestingly informative letter from Mr Colin Brown (14 January), elaborating the distinctions between individuals, objects and places that are all dignified by the...


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A monetarist's dream Sir: Charles Moore ('Mr Jenkin's cap', 14 January) displays only a partial grasp of the issues at stake in the Government's rate- capping proposals. He...

Squashing Mercouri

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Sir: Whilst having no wish to protract ad nauseam the debate on the return of the Elgin Marbles, I cannot resist suggesting a possible solution to this absurd situation....

Haxey Hood

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Sir: Roy Kerridge (`Baffling the Boggins', 14 January) and his local informants are in error when he declares that the 'Hoodnapping' of 1984 was the first. In 1942, 'D' Battery...

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Who is the enemy? Colin Welch T he so-called peace campers often denounce American airmen here as part of an enemy army of occupation. Doesn't the cap fit their own little...

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Mischief in Ireland George Gale Political Violence in Ireland: Government and Resistance since 1848 Charles Townshend (Oxford University Press £22.50) Terrorism in Ireland...

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A Pole apart

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Anthony Storr Roman Roman Polanski (Heinemann £12.95) R aman Polanski is now 50 years old. His fame as the director of such films as Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, and...

Death wish

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Jeffrey Meyers Kleist: A Biography Joachim Maass Translated by Ralph Manheim (Seeker & Warburg £12.95) T he Prussian playwright Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) is known to...

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Buffer buffs

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Alan Gibson The Railway Navvy David Brooke (David & Charles £9.95) The Railway Builders R.S. Joby (David & Charles £9.50) The Railway Heritage of Britain Gordon Biddle, O.S....

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Home County

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Isabel Colegate Still Life: Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood Richard Cobb (Chatto & Windus £8.95) k Yone who cares to sample the flavour of a middle-class life in the...

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Funny girls

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Caroline Moorehead Alexandra Freed Lisa Zeidner (Jonathan Cape £8.95) Gilbert: A Comedy of Manners Judith Martin (Hamish Hamilton £8.95) Painting Water Teresa Waugh (Hamish...

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AMONG THIS WEEK'S CONTRIBUTORS George Gale has just been nominated

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Columnist of the Year by Granada's What The Papers Say. Jeffrey Meyers has published biographies of Katherine Mansfield and Wyndham Lewis and is now writing a Life of...

Horse, hound and human

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Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd Fields Elysian Simon Blow (Dent £12.95) A Classic Connection Michael Seth-Smith (Secker & Warburg £9.95) T he great divide between the 'hearties'...

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Open house John McEwen Stephen Farthing: Roomoramma (The Art Gallery, St Paul's School, Lonsdale Road, SW13, till 9 February) I t is much to the credit of St Paul's Schoo l...


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Calling the tune Giles Gordon Red Saturday (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs) Nightshade (Kings Head) T he Kremlin, Moscow; January 1948. Stalin, Marshal Zhdanov (spokesman on...

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20th-century blues Rodney Milnes Where the Wild Things Are (National: Lyttelton) Wozzeck (Covent Garden) T he undoubted success of Knussen's Wild Things was encouraging on a...

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Guttural Peter Ackroyd The Moon in the Gutter (`18', Lumiere Cinema) T he last film made by Jean-Jacque s Beineix, Diva, was so odd that it Pro: yoked a great deal of...

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Silent majority Richard Ingrams C ometimes I feel like erectin g No Tres- 1...,passing si g ns round my column to stop people poachin g on my territory. The Poet Kavana g h...

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High life

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Not so super Taki New York T he Super Bowl, America's equivalent of the Cup Final, occupied most people's minds throughout last week. If any of you haven't heard of the Super...

Low life

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Fireworks Jeffrey Bernard T went out last Sunday to celebrate th e 1- anniversary of Byron's birthday -- excuses, excuses — and someone transfe r- red me from the Queen's Elm...

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Pouncers P. J. Kavanagh O ne of the pleasant things about trying to write novels and poems, and publishing them, is that they seem to vanish into an abyss. Something may be...

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Unseen blushes Raymond Keene I t will be a long time before all of the hidden subtleties from the Kasparov Korchnoi match are revealed by the players themselves or by...

No. 1302: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a song for delegates of EEC members to sing at their gatherings to promote unity and amity. Mountains of butter, fountains of win?:...


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No. 1305: Valentine Set by Jaspistos: A light but heartfel t Valentine poem (no minimum or maxima l number of lines) please, with all the ends of the lines rhyming. Entries to...

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Crossword 642

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A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 13 February. Entries to: Crossword 642, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL. 11...

Solution to 639: Smelting Thematic extractions: (Ac) 4 STAN- NUM,

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Portrait of the week

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T he deaths of 100 were reported from Morocco, as a result of rioting in the northern towns of Nador, Al Hoceima and Tetuan, near the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. The...

Books Wanted

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LONDON'S UNDERWORLD by Henry Mayhew (edited by Peter Quennell, Spring Books 1950) and 'Horse Sense' by Paul Major. J. L. R. Lucas, 17 Causeway Close, Potters Bar, Herts. THE...