29 MARCH 1980

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Not tough enough yet

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Not tough enough yet Sir Geoffrey Howe's first budget very clearly erred, politically, in shifting tax from income to consumption and thereby encouraged inflationary...

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Howe: the Critical Heritage

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Political commentary Howe: the Critical Heritage Ferdinand Mount If you look in a bookshop these days for a writer who is famous without being popular - somebody like Swift...

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Notebook George Hutchinson, deputy editor of the Spectator for the past four years, died on Wednesday morning. For several months he had been struggling against cancer with a...

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His greatest friendship

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Another voice His greatest friendship Auberon Waugh For nearly six weeks the Shah of Persia has been inhabiting my drawing room and kitchen as my poor wife struggled against...

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New year in Iran

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New year in Iran ?l Roger Cooper Teheran A new year started last week in Iran, The Islamic solar calendar, elaborated by Omar Khayyam in the 1 lthcentury andstill inofficial...

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The populism of Mr Reagan

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The populism of Mr Reagan Henry Fairlie Washington 'My son's only 12 years old, and he can understand Ronald Reagan's issues.' was the comment the other day of one Linda...

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The Pope and the Ukrainians

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The Pope and the Ukrainians Peter Hebblethwaite Rome Unly six days before the event, it was announced in Rome that a synod of the Ukrainian Catholic Church would be held Ill...

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Pleasures of the old East

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Pleasures of the old East Richard West Macao Although I have often been in Hong Kong, I had never before made a trip to the neighbouring colony of Macao - at first because I...

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The vanishing social worker

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The vanishing social worker June Lait It is widely held that consumers are not the best judges of what they consume. The manufacturer of shoes that disintegrate on first...

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Stirling on the gold standard

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Stirling on the gold standard Gavin Stamp Rumour had it that this year's RIBA Gold Medal was to be awarded to Berthold Lubetkin, the ex-Russian architect of the Penguin Pool...

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Let the best parent win

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Let the best parent win Alastair Forbes Stranded, a couple of autumns back, in Frankfurt, with an hour or two of that 'time to spare' so often available, as the saying goes,...

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The free market

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Letters - The free market Sir: Shirley Robin Letwin, in her review of the Friedmans' new book Free to Choose (15 March), is too generous to one of the most honest...

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Bookerbuyer Sir: I have never met or corresponded with Christopher Booker; my introduction to his writings was made when Lawrence Durrell sent me a copy of The Neophiliacs, a...

Whig history?

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Whig history? Sir: Whatever the merits of Paul Johnson's view of Edmund Grindal (8 March), it is certain that he cannot be allowed to disseminate the pass& idea that Puritans...


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Anacronysm Sir: As one of your readers who seeks to proselytise on your behalf ('the best-written journal in London', I say) I was rather taken aback to see that your Tim...

Killanin's qualities

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Killanin's qualities Sir: Entries in Who's Who rarely give a true picture of their subjects. Alexander Chancellor in his recent efforts to evaluate the Chairman of the...

[Sir: In reply to R.S.W. Pollard's letter (22...]

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Gnostics and Quakers Sir: In reply to R.S.W. Pollard's letter (22 March), the inclusion of Quakerism with Christian Science, Theosophy, and Scientology as modern...

Sea voyages

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Sea voyages Sir: Last year you were kind enough to publish a letter from me asking for suggestions for a proposed anthology of railway journeys. The response from your readers...

[Sir: Mr Pollard understandably questions in...]

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Sir: Mr Pollard understandably questions in his letter of March 22 the links between Gnostics and Quakers. A similar query can be raised in relation to Christian Science. While...

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Faces in my Time Anthony Powell

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Spring Books I The ball rolls on Alan Watkins Faces in my Time Anthony Powell (Heinemann £8.50) I have always taken an almost proprietorial interest in the writings of Mr...

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The Innocent Diversion: Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen Patrick Piggott

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Jane's music Brigid Brophy The Innocent Diversion: Music In the Life and Writings of Jane Austen Patrick Piggott (Douglas Cleverdon, Clover Hill Editions £6.90) Patrick...

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The Diary of Virginia Woolf Vol III Ed. Anne Olivier Bell assited by Andrew McNeillie

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Sunnv side A.N. Wilson Trhe Diary of Virginia Woolf Vol III Ed. Anne Olivier Bell assited by Andrew McNeillie lHogarth Press £10.50) Moving and memorable as A Writer's Diary...

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Boccaccio's Two Venuses Robert Hollander

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Anti-venereal? I Prue Shaw I Boccaccio's Two Venuses Robert Hol- I lander (Columbia £9.85) Italian critics sometimes refer to the Decameron as 'il miracolo', so little do...

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Dreams of Adventure, Deeds of Empire Martin Green

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Perhaps not Benny Green Dreams of Adventure, Deeds of EmpirO Martin Green (Routledge £10.50) That there is a sore need for a book which examines the interaction between the...

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Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party Graham Greene

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Despairing Francis King Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party Graham Greene (Bodley Head £4.50) Just as, apart from his epilepsy, the one biographical fact that...

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Kingdom Come Melvyn Bragg Metroland Julian Bames The Night of the Funny Hats Elspeth Davie The Walled Landscape Caroline Bowder The Lost Railway Gillian Avery

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Kingdom Come Melvyn Bragg (Secker £6.50) Metroland Julian Barnes (Cape £4.95) The Night of the Funny Hats Elspeth Davie (Harnsh Hamilton £6.50) The Walled Landscape...

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Othello (Olivier)

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Theabe A sorry tale Peter Jenkins Othllo (OlMer) The problem with Othello is Othello. The character is less than convincing. if F.R. Leavis is right and his nobility is 'but...

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Art Taped John McEwen If you want a visual restorative this budget Week go and see the new abstract work of Stephen Buckley: a dozen paintings at Knoedler (till 6 April) and...

Murder by Decree

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Cinema Class mates Peter Ackroyd Murder by Decree ('AA' selected cinemas) At the end of Murder by Decree, Sherlock Holmes confronts the prime minister, Lord Salisbury, and...

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High life Vegetables Taki Recently I was sitting in the smallest room of my house - that particular place where H.G Wells liked to read what the critics had to say about his...


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Television Show-stopper . Richard Ingrams Ms Arianna Stassinopoulos. the striking Greek lady personality, is something of an enigma. She made her name as an opponent of the...

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Low life Brioche Jeffrey Bernard I was invited, along with another thousand or so people, to Tramp's last Monday evening to see Thea Porter's new collection. I am not in the...

Pax vobiscum

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Postscript Pax vobiscum Patrick Marnham Lord Fisher, when recently retired as Archbishop of Canterbury, was asked if he ever suspected that English Catholic commitment to the...