29 JANUARY 2005

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PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK T he government proposed that foreigners suspected

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of terrorism and held illegally at Belmarsh prison should be let out but somehow put under restriction. Four British citizens held in America’s prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba...

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Immigration myths

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L ast week the Conservative party unveiled an extremely good policy: to cut government waste to the tune of £35 billion and to pass £4 billion worth of it to the public in tax...

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T he Telegraph Group, for which I work, happens to use

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the same taxi firm as the BBC, and in the days when I was lucky enough to be driven to my office at Canary Wharf, I made friends with several of the firm’s regular drivers. In...

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The silent majority is on Mr Howard’s side, but will that help him?

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M ichael Howard is a Powellite, at least in one respect. Talking about immigration, Enoch Powell said that numbers were of the essence. Mr Howard would agree, although his...

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I mmigration is an issue like new housing in the Green

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Belt governments have to permit it and they have to try to restrict it. This is because the interest of those already present — the indigenous population, the nimby houseowner —...

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You can keep your identity politics

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Damian Thompson says that young people of all races and political persuasions are lining up to give multiculturalism a good kicking M ulticulturalism is in crisis. By that I...

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Bush means business

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It was a grand inaugural speech, says Mark Steyn . By the time the President leaves office four more dictatorships will have gone New Hampshire ‘I t is the policy of the...

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Mind your language

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Do I, asks Mr Peter Andrews, who lives romantically at the New River Head, know the origin of the phrase ‘the man on the Clapham omnibus’? Does anyone know, really? One can...

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Dare to deport

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Rod Liddle on the case for requiring refugees to leave Britain once the threat they faced at home has been removed I met a Kurdish chap the other day, a man called Abbas who...

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Ancient & modern

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The government ardently denies that its proposal to allow 24-hour drinking will lead to streets filled with drunks. It then legislates to, er, deal with streets filled with...

Ten ways to save the party

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Simon Heffer outlines the general principles the Tories should embrace if they are to avoid shameful defeat at the election I n the last ten days the Conservative party seems to...

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The man who rescued Caravaggio

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Mary Wakefield meets Sir Denis Mahon, the historian and collector who rediscovered a lost century of Italian art S ir Denis Mahon arrived at The Spectator 40 minutes before he...

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Tsunami balls

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Ross Clark wonders whether celebrities are cashing in on the tsunami disaster with their fund-raising parties and TV specials I t was not until the first week of January that...

Everyone benefits Douglas Alexander tells UK music industry: Government pledges continuing help to reach US and China.

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This year 20 music events are being organised (up six on last year) and UK Trade & Investment will allocate nearly half a million pounds to promote the industry overseas in key...

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Will the Iraqis vote?

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If the turnout is above 50 per cent, says Richard Beeston , the Americans and the British can declare victory — but the violence will continue Mosul I never did find out if...

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Bill and Ben

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From Ben Bradshaw Sir: Jeremy Clarke’s rattle through the draft Animal Welfare Bill (‘Animals don’t have human rights’, 22 January) was entertaining but bore little resemblance...

From Bernard Cowley

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Sir: Jeremy Clarke is rightly critical of this ridiculous Animal Welfare Bill. It will just be yet another very bad Act of Parliament. I believe it was the philosopher Bertrand...


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From Jason Pearlman Sir: Anthony Lipmann includes Fallujah and Jenin in his list of atrocities (‘How I became a Jew’, 22 January). Can he be serious? Does he really equate the...

From Jeremy Bartle

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Sir: In his column (And another thing, 22 January) Paul Johnson writes with reference to Auschwitz, ‘There is no possibility of the public ever being in danger of forgetting...

Pantophagous pest

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From Alistair Fall Sir: Matthew Parris’s article ‘Kill a goat if you want to save the planet’ (Another voice, 22 January) is absolutely correct in every respect. The goat is...

Gilligan and Amanpour

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From Chris Cramer Sir: If Andrew Gilligan spent more time reporting on the tsunami and less time trying to get cheap laughs off the back of a terrible tragedy (‘The littoral...

Destiny’s debtor

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From Robert Triggs Sir: May I add a personal footnote to your editorial about Robert Jackson, MP (Leading article, 22 January)? Nearly 40 years ago, in the first week of...

Not quite alone

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From Henry McDonald Sir: Your esteemed media commentator Stephen Glover is absolutely correct in pointing out that the Guardian was almost alone among UK quality papers in...

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Is it time the Tories stopped being emotional and learnt to love PR?

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L ord Saatchi, the Conservative cochairman, and Mr Lynton Crosby, the Australian who has been brought in as general election campaign director, are reported to have quarrelled....

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Our modest war heroes may be forgotten by the state — but not by the Telegraph

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E very morning, when I am faced by my pile of newspapers, almost the first thing I do is to turn to the obituary page of the Daily Telegraph . Obits in all the serious papers...

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A cure for melancholy: Parmigianino, Dickens, Schubert

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M y grandfather used to say, ‘Learn to like art, music and literature deeply and passionately. They will be your friends when things are bad.’ It is true: at this time of year,...

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The weedy wanderer

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Philip Hensher R OBERT L OUIS S TEVENSON by Claire Harman HarperCollins, £25, pp. 503, ISBN 0007113218 ✆ £23 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 T he biographers, like eager heirs...

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He was the first to blink

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Derek Scott B ROWN ’ S B RITAIN by Robert Peston Short Books, £14.99, pp. 369, ISBN 1904095674 ✆ £12.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 T his book illuminates Brown and his...

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A woman of some importance

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Jane Gardam M ARY W OLLSTONECRAFT : A N EW G ENUS by Lyndall Gordon LittleBrown, £25, pp. 576, ISBN 0316728667 ✆ £23 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 T he writer William Mayne...

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From pirate to policeman

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Richard Ollard T O R ULE THE W AVES by Arthur Herman Hodder & Stoughton, £20, pp. 648, ISBN 0340734183 V £18 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 T he subtitle of this large history,...

Self-exiled by bad dreams

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Robert Edric A BOUT G RACE by Anthony Doerr 4th Estate, £15.99, pp. 401, ISBN 0007146973 V £13.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 A bout Grace is about David Winkler, a man...

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A continent on a learning curve

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Eric Christiansen T HE B IRTH OF EUROPE by Jacques Le Goff, translated by Janet Lloyd Blackwell, £20, pp. 274, ISBN 0631228888 W elshmen will know what Le Goff’s name means. To...

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A day in the life of a surgeon

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Anita Brookner SATURDAY by Ian McEwan Cape, £17.99, pp. 279, ISBN0224072994 ✆ £15.99 (plus £2.25 p&p) 0870 800 4848 A s a foreword to this excellent novel Ian McEwan quotes a...


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A new fox has come. The last one lingered long after a righteous but ill-placed bullet. Our case was airtight, forty chickens, fifteen ducks, one ancient goose. We had...

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I n this week’s Cease and Desist Department, it’s Grange Hill.

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For many tens of thousands of grown men and women worldwide, the names Tucker, Zammo and Mrs McCluskey are enough to induce an instant rapture of nostalgia: the mind’s ear fills...

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An art of surprises

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Andrew Lambirth on a triumphal exhibition of work by Anthony Caro at Tate Britain S ir Anthony Caro celebrated his 80th birthday last year, and this slightly belated but...

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Turkish delights

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Philippa Scott Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600–1600 The Royal Academy, until 12 April. ‘T he Terrible Turk’ was a threat made by mothers to recalcitrant children in...

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Remembering my mother

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Sheridan Morley ‘T o die will be an awfully big adventure,’ says Peter Pan, and the line has suddenly come back across a century to haunt me, not because of Neverland or any...

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Farewell comedy

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Mark Steyn Meet the Fockers 12A, selected cinemas T here’s a shot about two-thirds of the way into Meet The Fockers when the Fockers and their son’s soon-to-be in-laws are...

Printing matters

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Alan Powers T his year marks the 70th anniversary of Penguin Books, a company that has done more for design in Britain than any other commercial or government organisation. The...

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Courageous Tippett

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Michael Tanner The Knot Garden Scottish Opera A Child of Our Time English National Opera M ichael Tippett’s centenary year is being celebrated chiefly, so far as one can see...

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Manically busy

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Robin Holloway J ennifer’s Diary: wild flows the Don. Who says we’re a lazy bunch of sinecure-holders? Much of this first week of a new term at Cambridge has been spent...

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Better left unsaid

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Toby Young Whose Life Is It Anyway? Comedy Losing Louis Hampstead King Lear Albery O ne of the cardinal rules of theatre reviewing is that you’re not supposed to talk about the...

Competing children

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James Delingpole T he thing five-year-olds most dread on their first day at school, according to Child of Our Time (BBC1, Tuesday), is using the dirty, smelly, alien toilets. I...

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Language barrier

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Michael Vestey I used to take the sentimental view that the many dialects across Britain demonstrated the richness of our speech, that such diversity was a good thing and that...

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Don’t be fobbed off

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Simon Courtauld T here is plenty of life, as well as recent death, in a fish market. For its colour and noise and atmosphere the market by the Rialto bridge in Venice is as...

Numero uno

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Taki Gstaad S ir Roger and Lady Moore braved a snowstorm but made it on time driving from Crans-Montana. Sir Peter Tapsell flew in from Britain, snow or no snow on the...

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Battling Id and Ego

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Jeremy Clarke I knew I would take a drink at the lunch. I hadn’t had one since The Spectator Christmas party and it was now 20 January. Since The Spectator lunch, I’d also...

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The race card

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Petronella Wyatt M y 17-year-old niece recently won a place at Trinity College, Oxford. Although she is one of the brightest girls at her private school, and often works...

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Ports in a storm

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FRANK KEATING O nce again, soccer’s top-flight League contests in both England and Scotland seem condemned to be unchallenging two-horse races. The respective managers of...

Q. I am a 22-year-old man and I recently left

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university. While I had thought that I would at least be engaged to be married by now, the truth is that I find it almost impossible to date girls. It seems to me that girls of...

Q. I have written a memoir which will be published

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in September. I do not expect a huge audience, but there will certainly be a degree of interest shown in Scotland and by the sort of people who buy books in John Sandoe and...