3 AUGUST 1985

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1 gather this doesn't happen in Toxteth either.' D r Milton Obote of the Lango tribe, twice President of Uganda, fled his country as he was overthrown by a military coup led by...

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THE DOCTRINES OF CRUELTY P eople rightly object to powers being granted to social workers. There is no Obvious reason why social workers should be allowed to supplant parents...


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WHEN Dr Obote was first expelled from Uganda, his replacement, one General Amin, was hailed as the sort of moderate but strong leader who could put the coun- try to rights. When...


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THE, Labour energy spokesman, Mr Stan ' r ine, made the best comment on . the stupendous losses, £2,225 million, a nnounced by the Coal Board this week. Co mplaining that public...

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The only choice for Party Chairman after the sprogs' revolt BR UCE AND ERSON E ven if one inclines to the view that Anthony Powell's novels are by Proust, but out of...

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T erence Rattigan and I had a desultory, forlorn correspondence for a while. His letters were written in the small hours, usually from Paris or Bermuda. They were cautious,...

Auberon Waugh is on holiday

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on the contorted theology by which Nicaragua's revolutionary priests seek to justify political violence Managua ON Christmas Day 1977 Father Gaspar...

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Christopher Hitchens on a nation living down its reputation for dullness Vancouver, British Columbia NOT SO very many months ago, I found myself embittered by the earliness of...

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Nicholas Coleridge on the Korean decision to prohibit sale of dogmeat Seoul SPECTATOR readers with a taste for dogmeat have only ten weeks left to enjoy • the South Korean...

One hundred years ago

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Sir Moses Montefiore died on Tues- day, at his residence at Ramsgate, at the age of 100 years and nine months. He was one of the twelve Jewish brokers at the time when only...

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policeman trying to prevent 'racial incidents' Newham CRIME, when it occurs, is not like in the books: it is too quick, too confused, and too difficult for the unpractised eye...

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Survivors: A profile of Lord Hailsham, venerated ornament BOTH of the questions generally asked about Quintin Hailsham, (over whose pay increase the Government was nearly defe-...

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Broadcasting: Paul Johnson on the coverage given to IRA terrorists MARGARET Thatcher told the members of the American Bar Association, at their recent conference in London,...

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Mr Lawson tries to put the genie back in the bottle JOC K BRUCE-GARDYNE B etween Dr Jeremy Bray, the Labour Member of Parliament for Motherwell, and Chancellor Lawson there is...


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A singular bank statement for Mr Hattersley's adviser CHRISTOPHER FILDES , ere is the instructive story of the here Old Westminsters and the Poor Old Lady, or the dog which...

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Unnecessary cuts

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Sir: Christopher Hitchens wonders whether President Reagan and his advisers 'knowingly put off a needed operation because they thought it would spoil the chances of a second...

LETTERS Sir Alfred Gilbert

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Sir: The scandal of the sale of replicas of figures commissioned by the future Ed- ward VII for the tomb of his son the Duke of Clarence hinged not on Alfred Gilbert's honesty,...


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How Africa could have helped Mr Kinnock's 'learning processes' COLIN WELCH P erusing with a rheumy eye reports of the young Kinnock's intrepid safari, at one Point I really...

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'stopped to apologise to the men, but they could not understand me.' It is the former President of the USA speaking, 'Jimmy' Carter. In the middle of a self- educational tour of...

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Keeps on rolling along, loess and all

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Richard West r HINA'S SORROW: JOURNEYS ...ROUND THE YELLOW RIVER by Lynn Pan Century, £1 1.95 0 bo ught a visit to Shanghai last year, I °ought what at first glance seemed...

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One of the best crime novels of the century?

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Nicholas Lezard GLITZ by Elmore Leonard Viking, £8.95 He says to me, 'Don't go back, Fran, it's all artsy-craftsy over there now. Hurley Brothers Funeral Home, they changed...

Pictures of an exhibitionist

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Byron Rogers MAILER: HIS LIFE AND TIMES by Peter Manso Viking, £16.95 T he publishers describe this book as a major literary event. Major it certainly is: there are 718 pages...

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Magical Chile and unhappy Ireland

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Harriet Waugh THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabel Allende Cape, £8.95 THE KILLEEN by Mary Leland Hamish Hamilton, £895 I sabel Allende's exceptionally mature first novel,...

All that's Golding does not glister

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Patrick Skene Catling AN EGYPTIAN JOURNAL by William Golding Faber, £12.95 W illiam Golding has never seemed to underrate his own worth, and there is no reason that he should...

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Instead of an Elegy

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When I think of that terrible evening in Brussels, when those stunted and twisted morons we shipped over (why?) made a poultice for their inner-city aggro made up of some forty...

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An exuberance of irrelevancies

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Philip Glazebrook PATHS FROM A WHITE HORSE: A WRITER'S MEMOIR by Peter Vansittart Quartet Books, £11.95 S omewhere in this intriguing and secre- tive memoir Peter Vansittart...

Bloomsbury Square

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Walking from King's Cross one day Where St Pancras lifts her red brick Spires to the leaden sky I thought of the unbending Typhoid dead who lie bitterly nearby. Unable to...

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A t a time of year when the London gallery world is traditionally quiet and When many gallery owners and their pat- rons are browning themselves by azure seas, perhaps we should...

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Idomeneo (Glyndebourne) Rodrigo (Sadler's Wells) Alcina (Christ Church, Spitalfields) Teseo (Covent Garden) Admiration and love Rodney Milnes A good week for 18th-century...

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The Purple Rose of Cairo (PG', selected cinemas) Reel life Peter Ackroyd A lthough Woody Allen does not appear in the flesh, if that is the right word for so ethereal a...


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Romeo and Juliet (London Coliseum) After Shakespeare Julie Kavanagh L ike Trevor Nunn's stunningly minimal production of Idomeneo at Glyndebourne , Frederick Ashton's Romeo...

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Forty years on Alexander Chancellor T he nuclear fall-out from Hiroshima and Nagasaki has finally descended on Britain, with television due to broadcast no less than 14...

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High life

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Going to court Taki I never thought I'd find myself back in a magistrates' office so soon. No, thank God, this time it wasn't Uxbridge, and I wasn't in the dock. It was...

Jeffrey Bernard is in Paris. He will resume his column

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next week.

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Home life

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Thick and thin Alice Thomas Ellis E at, drink and be merry for tomorrow we diet. These words seemed to hang in the air last week as Janet and I planned an assault course on...


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Mr Hornby and Barlow P. J. Kavanagh n making this Collection I have been governed by Francis Thompson's express instructions, or guided by a knowledge of his feelings and...

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I ll1 ; -t 4 Ai1111 RI In LONDON can be hell at this time of year. This fusty heat which sucks on one relent- lessly, these hordes of historically-minded tourists (even...

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I t is always encouraging to find powerful new sponsors prepared to support chess, or traditional ones interested in increasing their investment. For example, the grow- ing link...


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I n Competition No. 1380 you were asked for an imaginary conversation between two famous people who know or knew each Other, beginning with the remark: 'Have Y o u any adequate...

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/ - li,■■■ • g Blanc Al-ThR tasting several wines made from this, as I thought, unappreciated grape variety, I had two related feelings: the first was that I had made a...

No. 1383: Queer trades

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In Through the Looking-Glass the White Knight sings Alice a song in which he describes meeting 'an aged aged man', whom he asks, 'How is it that you live?' There are a variety...

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A first prize of £20 and two further prizes of £10 (or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, value £11.95 — ring the words 'Chambers Dictionary' above) will be awarded for the first...