3 MAY 1980

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'Our billion'

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'Our billion' There is a lingering myth that money doesn't matter much in international affairs - or at least that it ought not to. Diplomats, statesmen and those who brood and...

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The virtues of failure

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Political commentary The virtues of failure Ferdinand Mount Let us, if only briefly and for the sake of argument, think the unthinkable: that the failure of the American...

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Notebook As the NUJ has become more active within the mainstream trade union movement, so it has been increasingly embarrassed by complaints from those social groups who felt...

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Do I dare to eat a Peach?

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Another voice Do I dare to eat a Peach? Auberon Waugh When Blair Peach died I restrained my tears. It is sad, of course, when any young person comes-to a violent and untimely...

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Iran: a second revolution?

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Iran: a second revolution? Roger Cooper - - Teheran The abortive mission to free the hostages is about the only good thing that has happened to Iran lately. Buffeted on all...

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Mission impossible

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Mission impossible Nicholas von Hoffman W'ashington Some of the first radio reports about the airborne Iranian excursion said that the escapade had to be cancelled because...

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Is this really 1914?

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Is this really 1914? Edward Mortimer Jeddah I have been asked to consider from my Outpost in Saudi Arabia whether, as Dr Kissinger and Mr Benn have suggested, the situation...

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The seeds of Poppie

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The seeds of Poppie Roy Macnab Is South Africa really undergoing a change of heart? During the past six months some quite astonishing statements, described in The Times as 'a...

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Tito and the third world

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Tito and the third world Richard West Bangkok The continuing decline towards death of President Tito has been front-page news in the papers of Bangkok and all South-East...

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A Conservative year

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A Conservative year Jo Grimond Mrs Thatcher's Government has been lucky. The trade union leaders have reacted as one would have expected mediaeval barons to behave if their...

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Enraged Russian

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Enraged Russian Sir: Auberon Waugh's evil diatribe of 8 March against the Russian people has just reached me after a circuitous journey via the USA. There some angry Russian...

Gay by nature?

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Gay by nature? Sir: Reviewing Gay Life (26 April) Richard Ingrams asserts that 'pooves and lezzies. . . are only trying rather desperately to keep their spirits up.' This is a...

Sihanouk's philosophy

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Sihanouk's philosophy Sir: In my article last week in praise of Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia it appears that I wrote that his government 'reflected ideas of progress,...

[Sir: I am unable to follow Henry Fairlie's...]

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Anticipating Carter Sir: I am unable to follow Henry Fairlic's reasoning in his latest article (26 April). He praises America's readiness to take military action in the Middle...

HM Brothel-keeper

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Letters -mmommommomm HM Brothel-keeper Sir: You so rightly depliore the heavy punishment given to Mrs Cynthia Payne for her bawdy house activities (26 April). I wonder what my...

Sweden's enemy within

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Sweden's enemy within Sir: The Swedish people are certain to be Very grateful to Andrew Brown for his generous help in solving our social probenms, especially that of...

[Sir: It is all very well, in the Spectator's...]

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Sir: It is all very well, in the Spectator's extraordinary terms of reference, for Simon Courtauld to hark back to the good old days of 1867 when the British sent their...

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Out of the Way: Later Essays Colin Maclnnes City of Spades Colin Maclnnes Absolute Beginners Colin Maclnnes Mr Love and Justice Colin Maclnnes

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Spring books 11 London, half Londoner Roy Kerridge Out of the Way: Later Essays Colin Macinnes (Martin Brian & O'Keeffe £9.50) City of Spades Colin Macinnes (Allison and...

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Unreliable Memoirs Clive James

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Ding-dong David Leitch Unreliable Memoirs Clive James (Cape Clive James was born in Australia in 1939. Not the most auspicious conjunction, I grant, but we all have our...

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Charmed Lives: The Fabulous World of the Korda Brothers Michael Korda

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Charmers Taki Charmed Lives: The Fabulous World Of the Korda Brothers Michael Korda (Allen Lane £7.95) My friend Count Giovanni Volpi, whose father was Mussolini's best and...

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Association Football and English Society 1863-1915 Tony Mason

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Team spirits Benny Green Association Football and English Soci- ety 1863-1915 Tony Mason (Harvester £15.95) That the English, who invented and pioneered the world's most...

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Consul of God: The Life and Times of Gregory the Great Jeffrey Richards

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Our Pope Eric Christiansen Consul of God: The Life and Times of Gregory the Great Jeffrey Richards (Roul- ledge £9.75) It is a rare pleasure to find a new biog9'Ph' that is...

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The Diary of Richard Wagner: The Brown Book 1865-1882 Ed. Joachim Bergfeld: Trans George Bird

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Wagner alone Hans Keller The Diary of Richard Wagner: The Brown Book 1865-1882 Ed. Joachim .Bergfeld, Trans. George Bird (Gollancz £9.95) In his youthful. guilt-laden essay...

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How Far Can You Go? David Lodge

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Role 'n' roll Paul Ableman How Far Can You Go? David Lodge i (Sec- ker £5.95) On page 73 of this book, David Lodge suddenly pokes his head up out of the narrative and starts...

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The Last Peacock Allan Massie The Sidmouth Letters Jane Gardam Another Beginning Sian James

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The Last Peacock Allan Massie (Bodley Head £5.95) The Sidmouth Letters Jane GardaM (Hamish Hamilton £6.50) Another Beginning Sian James (collins £5.95) I hated Alan...

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The Last Enemy Richard Hillary

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Re-evaluations Fellowship with the dead Patrick Cosgrave The Last Enemy Richard Hillary (Macmillan 24.95) I first read The Last Enemy, an autobiographical work by a young...

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Faust and Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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Arts Exhilarating grandiosity Rodney Milnes Faust and Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Paris Opera) The only advice I can offer to healthy Anglo-Saxons who have not been to the Paris...

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The Jerk Grey Gardens

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Cinema The innocents Peter Ackroyd T-J The Jerk ('A' Ritz) Grey Gardens ('U' Minema) Steve Martin's hair has turned white with hyper-activity;his limbs move as if he were...


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Leverage John McEwen This Year marks the Golden Jubilee of the °t"nding of Unilever, and to celebrate the ?vent the Company has sponsored an exhibition commemorating the first...

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Sus (Half Moon) Early Days (Cottesloe)

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Theatre Prisoners Peter Jenkins Sus (Half Moon) Early Days (Cottesloe) Barrie Keeffe's harrowing play about police brutality has been knocking around on the fringe since...

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High life Scandal ised Taki My friend Nigel Waymouth is a hardworking and talented artist who specialises in the old-fashioned art of portraiture. He recently had an...


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Television Talk Richard Ingrams April always seems to be a bit of a struggle. This year, in addition to a bad attack of Spring tliredness as we doctors call it. I have been...

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Postscript WWT Patrick Marnham New york News of the aborted cavalry charge tO rescue the Iranian hostages was timed tO reach America at the hour of the breakfast cereal. For...


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Low life Props Jeffrey Bernard The General Household Survey, published last Tuesday, finds that a quarter of all men aged over 18 are heavy drinkers. This is disturbing news...