30 JUNE 1984

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Portrait of the week

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T he miners' strike entered its 16th week, still the main news story. Mrs Thatcher made a direct and unheeded appeal to the 120,000 miners on strike to return to work, Mr...

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Saving the BBC S carcely a day has passed since May 1979 when Mrs Thatcher's Government has not been indicted for 'hurting the poorest people in our society'. On Tuesday, for...

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Ballot rigging

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T he Government's defeat in the House of Lords last week over the issue of compulsory postal ballots in union elections was a characteristic minor example of Mrs Thatcher's...

Numbers racket

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T n his autobiography, Malcolm X, the 1 American gangster who became a black power leader in prison, recounts how he graduated from petty drug peddling to `running the numbers'...

Johnsonian rebuke

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T he Spectator's architectural correspon- dent, Gavin Stamp, won a considerable coup at the public inquiry into the Mansion House Square development on Wednesday. Re produced a...


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M rs Thatcher claims a success at the EEC summit at Fontainebleau. Yet the main result of the summit is that the spending of the EEC — and Britain's con- tribution to that...

Killing the Swedes

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D ritain's decision not even to attempt to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 30 per cent before 1993 is a shaming one; and the arguments used to justify it are specious. If...


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Another voice

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Pop goes the weasel Auberon Waugh T he Duke of Gloucester waited ten years before making his maiden speech in the House of Lords. Perhaps it has taken him that amount of time...

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D isappointment bordering on dismay gripped my household with the arrival of last week's issue of Country Life. In place of the full-page engagement photograph which...

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Embryos and lettuce

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Joseph Santamaria Melbourne W riting about in vitro fertilisation in the Spectator (30 April, 1983), James Hughes-Onslow asked of Melbourne's Monash University test-tube baby...

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Rioting for tradition

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Frank Johnson Paris itons will be broadly aware that a start- lingly r ingly huge march took place in this city on Sunday over something unclear to do with education. That...

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Press polyptych

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Christopher Hitchens Washington mailer than a man's hand, they say, this L./little polyp in Ronald Reagan's derriere. But already, we know more about it than perhaps we want...

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The last Palestinian

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E. C. Hodgkin suppose he was the last of the Palestin- ians,' someone said as, on a Monday afternoon earlier this month, we followed the coffin of Musa Alami from Aqsa mos- que...

One hundred years ago

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We suppose that, on the whole, Mr. Hughes is right; and that for lads who can 'rough it' easily, and like out-of- door life, and have the ability to utilise labour,...

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Filipino pressure

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Philip Jacobson Manila S ome attribute it to powerful new drugs, others to a remarkable triumph of mind over matter. The truth probably lies somewhere in between, but nobody...

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Le marketing tie-in

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Murray Sayle Londres A s I write, 32 of the 90-odd starters in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlan- tic Race (OSTAR) are still at sea, while two are unaccounted for, although...

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Palau's answers

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Andrew Gimson W hat more irritating subject than reli- gion? Those not provoked to rage by the mere mention of it, will very soon be annoyed if they think you are being too...

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is looking for someone to sell advertising and to help with the marketing of the magazine. A love of selling is most important. Previous ex- perience would be a help but is not...

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Glastonbury Tories

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Andrew Brown S o many, I had not thought death had undone so many. Under the marijuana fog of a summer evening a crowd flowed through an African city of tents and stalls...

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Public relations

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A Thatcher suicide? Paul Johnson he public relations of the Thatcher min- i. istry are the most inept of any govern- ment I have known, and they grow steadily worse. The only...

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City and Suburban

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Who's a fraud? H ere is how to silence a City luncheon room with one easily-dropped brick. When last, you ask, did anyone in or around this part of the world g o down for seven...

Gower power

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t this point, those lunchers who are still in the room will a g ree that your q ues- tions are g rowin g in ur g ency. The re g ula- tion of the City is becomin g more formal,...

Lutine Bill

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F raud, of course, is one thin g , and scan- dal another — but q uite fri g htenin g enou g h, at that. It afforded the frisson of that autumn day, two years back, in Bri g...

Musical chairs

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T he revolution at. Schroders now brin g s a new chairman to join the new chief executive. The Earl of Airlie is transferrin g to the Palace, as Lord Chamberlain, and hands over...

Jury on trial

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L ord Roskill heads the Fraud Trials L./Committee, briefed (in resonant le g al En g lish) 'to consider what chan g es in ex- istin g law and procedure would be desirable to...

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Sir: I was very surprised to read P. J. Kavanagh's report (Postscript, 9 June) that `the air was filled with dandelion seedlings'. Surely some terminological inexactitude here....

Laureate by competition

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Sir: Who should be the next Poet Laureate? Forget costive librarians and Angry Old Men. The answer lies under your nose. Spectator literary competition reports frequently offer...

Rhodes to Hirst

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Sir: Your cricket correspondent Alan Gibson (23 June) should know better than to quote the 'famous Yorkshire phrase' as `We'll get them in singles'. What Rhodes said to Hirst...


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Sir: In correcting Francis King's `totally erroneous' account of the massacre at Oradour in June 1944, Mrs Montagu (Letters, 2 June) is almost wholly mistaken. She claims that...


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Pro patria Sir: Does Auberon Waugh (Another voice, 16 June) really think that people of my generation and that of his father, whom I knew pretty well, so enjoyed the 1939-45...

Inconceivable taciturnity

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Sir: Out from the whole world we received letters and telegraphs, in which people support our campain 'Save the Sea- Turtles'. Also a lot of daily newspapers as well as...

Sir: Having spent a lifetime in the teaching profession, I

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find myself totally in agreement with Colin Welch. Everything he says in his article is true. M. Grant Cormack 13 Maryville Park, Belfast


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Sir: Colin Welch refers to 'malignant clap- trap' (Centrepiece, 16 June). His entire article on the teachers, in my view, comes under this heading, to which I would add the word...

Nig-nog and nigger

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Sir: Before `nig-nog' (Letters, 9 June) was transmogrified into a term restricted to racial abuse, 'nigger' suffered the same fate. The 17th-century English Queen Elizabeth of...

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Saved from the majority Colin Welch S ome think my fears about the teaching profession exaggerated, the examples I gave in the past two weeks untypical. Most sincerely do I...

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Reaching for the Araldite Ferdinand Mount The Politics of Consent Francis Pym (Hamish Hamilton £8.95) T ooking natural is not what politicians r are best at. For the first of...

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Hysteria revisited

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Brian Inglis A Leg to Stand On Oliver Sacks (Duckworth £8.95) Doctors Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £10.95) O liver Sacks, neurologist extraordin- ary,...

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Patrick Skene Catling Swallow D. M. Thomas (Gollancz £895) M ako [the US Secretary of State] strode around with increasing des- peration. He could see there was some- thing...

Pale Greene

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Lewis Jones Doctor Slaughter Paul Theroux (Hamish Hamilton £6.95) T here is as much in the way of tourism in Paul Theroux's fiction as in his books about long railway journeys....

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Books Wanted

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CHARLES DOUGHTY: 'Travels in Arabia De- serta' and any title by Anthony Carson. Skea, 2e Cambaht Rd, London SW15 6EW. JOHN BUCHAN: 'Julius Caesar' and 'Man and Deeds'. M....

No picnic?

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Artemis Cooper The Princess of Siberia Christine Sutherland (Methuen £8.95) Tn the early 19th century, the average leducated Russian knew as much about Siberia as the average...

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Joyce and Co

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Mark Amory Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation Noel Riley Fitch (Souvenir £14.95) t starts as a romantic story. Sylvia Beach, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, comes...


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Harriet Waugh Wanting Angela Huth (Harvill Press £8.95) Strange Loop Amanda Prantera (Cape £8.50) The Garden of Earthly Delights Lawson Davies (Michael Joseph £8.95) I ii her...

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The glowing phoenix

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Peter Quennell The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain Edited by Kenneth 0. Morgan (Oxford University Press £15) A full-scale history of any great country is apt to resemble...

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Puppet show

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Frances Hill Morning Star Simon Raven (Blond & Briggs £8.95) T his is strictly a novel for addicts. New readers are unlikely to push their way far through the tangle of heavy,...

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Past lives Peter Ackroyd The Return of Martin Guerre (`15', Curzon) A nd also the return of Gerard Depar- dieu — although he has been away only momentarily; here he is again,...

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Third degree Alistair Hicks O ver 2,500 students roll off the art school conveyor belt every year, yet throughout Britain there are only some hundred painters and sculptors...

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Water torture Giles Gordon The War at Home (Hampstead) The Spanish Tragedy (National: Lyttelton) Aren't We All? (Theatre Royal, Haymarket) or much of its four scenes, James...

Gilbert and Sullivan

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Going native Geoffrey Smith T he last few years have been the best and worst of times for Gilbert and Sullivan — worst for devotees of the operas a la D'Oyly Carte, best for...

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Play of the day Harry Eyres CT t will get worse. [It] will combine 'structural infantilism with hardnosed technology. It will be harsh, and it will lack both modesty and...

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Whiz kids Alexander Chancellor T was pleased to have it confirmed by no 1.less an authority than Sir Clive Sinclair, the electronics genius, that video tape recorders are so...

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Furniture P. J. Kavanagh T think I stumbled recently on one of 'those Great Divides which make people with one set of mental furniture forever unable to understand the...

High life

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Tennis racket Taki D uring the French championships at Roland Garros in 1965, my Greek Partner and I drew the formidable Amer- ican team of Frank Froehling and Cliff Richey as...

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No. 1324: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a rhyming poem containing as many acronyms as possible. This was a tough assignment, especially as 1 don't believe there's a...


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No. 1327: 1 was robbed Set by Jaspistos: A Mr White, a black singer, is 'shocked' that he has just been turned down as 'unsuitable' for the parts of Monterone or Sparafucile in...

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Crossword 664

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Prize: 110 — or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, 1983 edition (ring the word 'Dictionary' under name and address) — for the first correct solution opened on 16 July. Entries to:...

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Red brick road Raymond Keene T hanks to what the Guardian has des- cribed as the 'initiative and vision' of the London Docklands Development Cor- poration (notably Eddie...

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Put out more flans

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W hen it comes to food there is a war on: nouvies versus the regionalists. What sweet relief it is to go to a house where someone bangs a joint of meat in the oven, boils a few...