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Next week the electors in four constituencies enjoy the opportunity

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of expressing their opinion of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal parties. They do so very conscious of the ' Liberal revival' which has shown itself in recent by-elections,...

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The disarrayed alliance

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Whatever else, the events of the past fortnight have established that the preservation of the Russo-American detente is the prime object of the foreign policies of President...

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Unholy Waugh

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Sir: In my view Beverley Nichols (October 27) overstates his case with regard to Evelyn Waugh. Waugh may not have been a gentleman, but to be born the son of an affluent...

Dalai Lama

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Sir: The fascinating but sad story of the Dalai Lama told by George Patterson (October 20) prompts me to suggest to the Hebdomadal Council'of Oxford University that the least...

Government spending

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Sir: If we are to believe Mr Powell — and a lot of us do — then the root cause of our present economic trouble is simply government overspending. In the sacred name of growth Mr...

Market and Marxism

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Sir: C. J. Arthur's first letter (October 13) claimed that the EEC only affected " the margins of national sovereignty" and so no anti-marketeer should vote for Wilsonian...

Sir: If Mr Arthur who wrote (Letters. October 13) calling

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for Marxism to be " knocked right out of the mainstream of British politics "is flummoxed bY the reply of Mr Stern (October 20) 1 beg him not to despair. Our window cleaner is...

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Dr Blimp?

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Prom Mrs M. Simm-s Sir: Lady Bountiful was cross when the Poor started disappearing and no longer required her soup-kitchen. Dr Linklater (known in happier army days as Colonel...


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Facts for Skinflint S ir: 1 am writing to you to correct a number of facts contained in an item referring to me under the heading Conference figures' (Skinflint, October 13). In...

Loyal rebels

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sir: Your article of September 29 on No Integration for Ulster' has only n ow been drawn to my attention. The consequences deserve to be put to your readers. The proposition...

Invented teenagers

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Sir: "Teenagers," writes Isabel Quigley (October 20), "are quite a recent invention," but she is uncertain when precisely this vulgar word was popularised. We know that the...

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Political Commentary

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The privilege of the worker Patrick Cosgrave It seems almost inevitable nowadays — and may continue to be inevitable, given the present indifferent calibre of most British...

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Spectators' Notebook

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I stayed up to watch President Nixon's per formance on television and found it pretty sickening. Physically he was in better shape than I'd expected, and when he talked of...

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The man of the temporary expedient Adam Watson The interesting thing about Henry Kissinger among the major practitioners of foreign policy on the present world scene lies in...

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The Middle East

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After the funerals Peter Ackroyd The first news of the first cease-fire came to Cairo without any token of either victory or defeat. There were no demonstrations, no...


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Canny might do it litawle Knox Londonderry, October 25 Wee Brian, as his not so friendly friends call him, still leads Northern Ireland's Unionist Party — for the moment. His...

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Poor vivisected doggy John Linklater Vivisection is the act of cutting open a living animal. According to a recent nationwide anti-vivisection poll, only 4 per cent of the...

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Evolution and catastrophe Martin Sullivan The Christian view of history has undergone drastic change. Until modern times the notion prevailed that the whole of life could be...


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Autumn leaf colour Denis Wood Evergreens have their uses, and some of them also — pines, ilexes and cedars — their majesty and charm, but they all lack the overwhelming...

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Juliette's Weekly ',Frolic

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Matronly ladies sporting tweeds and a respectable air were all for ' clambering on tables and giving the thing a good bash, others, less volatile in temperament, sought vainly...

Poor pierrots

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Benny Green The moment I heard the news that the Palace Pier at Brighton had caved in, I contacted Stanton, according to the plans laid down twenty-four years ago. Stanton is...

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5 11,EVIEW

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OF BOOKS Richard Luckett on the defenders of Aldous Huxley A million million spermatozoa, All of them alive: Out of their cataclysm but one poor Noah Dares hope to survive....

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The 'romantic' Conservative Hugh Fraser APproach March Julian Amery (Hutchinson

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0.00) A_P.,,a-t from the Napoleonic Wmoire de St. 11 4 - ene, the most interesting autobiographic statements by politicians or their ghosts are Of them when young. Sir Winston's...

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Ralegh—no slug

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Robert Nye Sir Walter Ralegh Robert Lacey (Weidenfeld and Nicolson £4.00) Sir Walter Ralegh: The Renaissance Mart and His Roles Stephen J. Greenblatt (Yale University Press...

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Ancient light

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Simon Hornblower The Ancient Economy M. I. Finley (Chatto and Windus £3.50) Democracy Ancient and Modern M. I. Finley (Chatto and Windus £2.00) Professor Sir Ronald Syme,...

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Labour of love

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Pat Rogers Samuel Richardson: Dramatic Novelist Mark Kinkead-Weekes (Methuen £5.20) 1)eep amidst the foundations of the house of fiction lies the private dug-out of Samuel...


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Bookend It is reassuring to see that Fredric Warburg (publisher, not banker) has lost none of his abrasive immodesty in his second volume of memoirs, All Authors Are Equal, out...

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Kenneth Hurren on Shakespeare's mixed Roman foursome I had hard words to say about some aspects of the Royal Shakespeare Company's productions of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar,...


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Jung at heart Christopher Hudson" It was a clever stratagem of Alexandro Jodorowsky to give a premiere of his film El Topo C X 'Y before an audience of young, art: tistic...

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Will Waspe

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The Royal Shakespeare Company's much publicised idea of playing the Shakespearian quartet of Roman plays in historical sequence at consecutive performances seems so far to have...


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Sound stuff Rodney Milnes 'To see Turandot in an opera house can be a frustrating experience. In my experience, no producer has come to grips with the work; although...


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Factory-farm mini-star Clive Gammon Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star was the somewhat tongue-in-cheek title Man Alive chose for its look, last week on BBC2, at the jungle world...

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The City's image Nicholas Davenport The appointment of a chief executive by the Stock Exchange Is a move in the right direction. He Is not only to be responsible for the...

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Skinflint's City Diary

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The Government has taken too long to decide about petrol and fuel oil rationing. One thought occurs to my non-technical mind. With winter approaching, it is much more important...


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Looking for the lucky strike Nephew Wilde I was rather impressed by the Prime Minister's phone-in programme on television last Wednesday evening, and that night had a...