4 MARCH 2006

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Policies, please

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F or a politician to invite the television cameras into his home is a risky business. An inexperienced Mrs Thatcher in 1975 merely had to open her larder to the nation to find...

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PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK M rs Tessa Jowell, the Secretary of

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State for Culture, said that she had signed without asking any questions a form that her husband, Mr David Mills, used to gain a mortgage for a house, which he repaid a month...

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I was revolting from a very early age and more than

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once thought of taking over a radio station and starting a revolution. In those days the wireless exerted far more influence than the newspapers, at least in our house. I can...

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It’s not just Tessa Jowell who is being investigated — it’s the entire government

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S ir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet secretary, has been obliged to deal with a considerable volume of intricate business in the course of his brilliant Whitehall career. When he...

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L ast week our local hunt met at a subscriber’s farm.

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Because it was a weekday, the mounted field was small — half a dozen or so. As soon as they moved off, they were pursued by 31 masked men, many of them carrying fence posts....

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Down with the new morality

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The public is not as enlightened as New Labour would like to believe, says Ross Clark , in this analysis of an exclusive Spectator/YouGov poll on sexual attitudes I t was John...

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Ruth and consequences

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One of America’s most celebrated ‘sexologists’ tells Harry Mount that there are some problems she will not advise on New York ‘I tell them about pressure, foreplay ......

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Mind your language

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‘It is,’ Tony Blair said, ‘a word, I think, that members of the public readily know and understand and juries will understand.’ He was talking about glorification . I...

Anyone for chastity?

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Maybe not, but Piers Paul Read says that the refusal to tame our instincts is coarsening society and harming children O f the precepts that have been abandoned in my lifetime,...

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A sad scene

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Miles Douglas on the jealousy, ageism and sexual intrigue of gay men’s lives A few months ago I persuaded one of my oldest and best gay friends to invite his lively,...

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Get a life, girls

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Why do middle-class mums go to the gym for pole-dancing classes? Because, says Ariel Levy , they have been conned by kitschy, slutty ‘raunch culture’ S ome version of a...

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A short visit to hell

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Several years ago, in another lifetime it seems, I played a porn star. In fact I played the Pornstar, in a fairly successful little twohand play called The Dyke and the...

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Where have all the babies gone?

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Fraser Nelson on the long-term implications of Europe’s falling birth rate T he last European will die on 6 August 2960. This, if you extend demographic trends far enough, is...

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Ancient & modern

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Last time we saw how closely the preparations to make Gordon Brown prime minister paralleled those to make Tiberius emperor ( princeps , ‘first man’) in AD 14, after the...

Why foreigners love us

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Rod Liddle doesn’t mean to give offence, but suggests that one of Britain’s strongest appeals as a tourist destination is that our women put it about A n opinion poll of...

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Design fault

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Bryan Appleyard says that the attempt to transcend human nature by tinkering with embryonic genes is doomed to failure ‘D esigner babies’ is headline shorthand for a weird...

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Will Jordan be the new Palestine?

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Douglas Davis says that George W. Bush’s drive for global democracy may hand the Hashemite kingdom over to Hamas I f unintended consequences are the progeny of political...

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Genghis was a leftie

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From Daniel Hannan, MEP Sir: Paul Johnson demolishes the ludicrous expression ‘to the right of Genghis Khan’ and wonders what the Mongol leader’s true politics might have...

Make ‘localism’ a reality

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From Henry Smith Sir: Alasdair Palmer’s piece (‘Local villains’, 25 February) regarding the unresponsiveness and intransigence of local authorities is, I am sure, wearily...

Trial by tabloid

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From Prudence Bell Sir: Ross Clark’s article about Sion Jenkins (‘Trial by tabloid’, 18 February) was a victory for common sense and reasoned journalism. The lack of...

Schools mayhem

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From Beverly Ellis Sir: I cannot help but think that Boris Johnson is being disingenuous when he asks why selection is ‘banned’ in the state-maintained sector (Diary, 11...

Trendy Ulster folk

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From Neil Wilson Sir: Jane Kelly’s fascinating article (‘Out of tune’, 25 February) highlighted the cultural alienation of immigrant communities. So she might be...

Plucky journalism

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From Derek Bingham Sir: I couldn’t agree more with the lady who says that the Telegraph is the perfect size to pluck pheasants on (Any other business, 18 February). It’s...

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The prince of start-ups is entitled to speak louder than any big-ego business knight

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E very time Sir Alan Sugar fires a contestant on The Apprentice , the nation quivers in admiration; likewise whenever Sir Richard Branson launches another airborne publicity...

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In this age of uncertainty, the PR man is king — or, at least, king-in-waiting

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S o Mark Bolland has definitively fallen out with his public-relations ‘guru’, the Prince of Wales. Many assume that it is the other way about, with Charles the prince, Mr...

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Kindly write on only one side of the paper

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A scare article in the Guardian says that handwriting will soon disappear. Not so. In fact, in the last two years I have reverted to doing all my writing by hand as they no...

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Doing nothing in particular very well

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Sam Leith T OO C LOSE TO THE S UN : T HE L IFE AND T IMES OF D ENYS F INCH H ATTON by Sara Wheeler Jonathan Cape, £18.99, pp. 284, ISBN 9780224063804 ✆ £15.19 (plus £2.45...

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Faith, hope and charity

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Frank Field C HRISTIANITY AND S OCIAL S ERVICE IN M ODERN B RITAIN : T HE D ISINHERITED S PIRIT by Frank Prochaska OUP, £35, pp. 216, ISBN 0199287929 ✆ £28 (plus £2.45...

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Putting bezazz into

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Bazaar Vicki Woods A D ASH OF D ARING by Penelope Rowlands Simon & Schuster, £20, pp. 548, ISBN 0743480457 ✆ £16 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 C armel Snow, routinely...

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Benedictions and clichés

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P. J. Kavanagh D EAR R OOM by Hugo Williams Faber, £8.99, pp. 55, ISBN 0571230377 T he poems of Hugo Williams used to puzzle me; they were so simple I couldn’t make them...

Much possessed by death

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Harriet Sergeant M ISHIMA ’ S S WORD : T RAVELS IN S EARCH OF A S AMURAI L EGEND by Christopher Ross 4th Estate, £14.99, pp. 262, ISBN 9780007135080 ✆ £11.99 (plus £2.45...

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Watching the human comedy unfold

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Sandy Balfour N OMAD ’ S H OTEL by Cees Nooteboom, translated by Ann Kelland Harvill/ Secker, £16.99, pp. 195, ISBN 1843431505 ✆ £13.59 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 I...

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The country of Sir Walter

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Hugh Massingberd T HE B UILDINGS OF S COTLAND : T HE B ORDERS by Kitty Cruft, John Dunbar and Richard Fawcett Yale, £29.95, pp. 841, ISBN 0300107021 ✆ £23.95 (plus £2.45...

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The resurgence of the puritan element

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David Gilmour G OD ’ S T ERRORISTS by Charles Allen Little, Brown, £20, pp. 349, ISBN 0316729973 ✆ £16 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 T he words ‘fanatic’ and...

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The outlaw they couldn’t keep out

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Francis Wheen J OHN W ILKES by Arthur H. Cash Yale, £20, pp. 482, ISBN 0300108710 ✆ £16 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 J ohn Wilkes was an unlikely icon cross-eyed from...

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The fine art of appreciation

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Sebastian Smee S TILL L OOKING by John Updike Hamish Hamilton, £25, pp. 222, ISBN 0241143357 ✆ £20 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 J ohn Updike is, among one or two other...

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Lust for life

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Judith Flanders M AGGI H AMBLING : T HE W ORKS AND C ONVERSATIONS WITH A NDREW L AMBIRTH Unicorn Press, £40, pp. 240, ISBN 0906290848 I must declare an interest. At my...

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Cultural divides on CD

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Selina Mills T he Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell is one of those books that people keep rediscovering. You can’t believe you have never come across it before (it was...

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Meditation for Lent

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Andrew Lambirth on Charlie Millar’s pavement of resin casts in Canterbury Cathedral F or Lent, the artist Charlie Millar (born 1965) has installed a pavement of 308 resin...

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Rootstock of radicalism

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Alan Powers Starting at Zero: Black Mountain College 1933–57 Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, until 2 April Now You See It Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, until 7 May L ondon...

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Celebrating Shostakovich

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Michael Kennedy A lthough the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich’s birth is still six months away, Manchester staged a six-week celebration in January and February...

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Mad days

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Peter Phillips M usic festivals, like any public undertaking to do with ‘art’, put their planners on their mettle. As much creative thought can go into the format and the...

Exploding myths

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Ursula Buchan I have been talking tosh. Well, not entire tosh, but certainly substantial dollops of wishful thinking and airy, groundless supposition. I have come to this...

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Personal priorities

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Olivia Glazebrook Syriana 15, selected cinemas ‘S yriana’ is ‘a term used by Washington think-tanks to describe a hypothetical reshaping of the Middle East’,...

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Heavy-handed symbolism

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Toby Young The Cut Donmar The Exonerated Riverside Studios Steptoe and Son Comedy T here’s a scene in The Cut , a new play by Mark Ravenhill, that is so dull I came within a...

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Series of distractions

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Michael Tanner Macbeth Royal Opera La Bohème Royal Albert Hall V erdi’s Macbeth is one of those operas which I always have hopes will be greater than it ever actually seems...

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Healthy appetites

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Charles Spencer T here’s nothing like a medical — or, as it is now known, an ‘executive health check’ — to make you feel painfully aware of your own mortality. As...

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Post-Stalin fear

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Michael Vestey T here was a gripping account of Nikita Khrushchev’s secret speech denouncing Stalin in 1956 in The Speech that Shook the Kremlin on Radio Four last week...

Rural rides

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James Delingpole I mportant stuff first: can the chap with the farm address in Shropshire who very kindly said he’d let me have his hunt coats and boots for a modest sum...

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Doing time

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Taki T he telephone rang rather early, and when I picked it up an English male voice said, ‘Hello, Taki, this is David Irving ... ’ He was ringing from the Vienna pokey,...

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Don’t look now

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Jeremy Clarke M y boy didn’t want to go to Venice. His in-built cant detector, these days becoming more finely tuned with every passing day, had alerted him to the...

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I s it just me, or does everyone have a bit

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of a problem warming to Gary Rhodes? I know, I know, all celebrity chefs have their annoying shortcomings: Jamie’s wet lips; Nigella’s sloppy eating habits (sucking her...

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Hot property

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Lucy Vickery Perhaps it’s the association with The Goodies and with Dennis Nilsen, serial killer, but people are reluctant to admit that they live in Cricklewood. ‘Well,...


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P rivate Cellar is a new company specialising in delightful, unusual, outof-the-way wines of quality. We ran a mini-bar offer with them last year, and it went extremely well,...

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European Blues

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FRANK KEATING T reats all round next week if the secondleg matches in football’s Champions League are as compelling as the first. Chelsea and Rangers, each playing in Spain,...

Q. I deeply fancy someone in my office who sits

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near me. Our exchanges have always been businesslike and I doubt she has noticed my interest. The other women I work with appear to find me congenial and we socialise outside...

Q. I am a single woman, although I do not

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wish to be. I am told that I have a lot going for me, but all the men at the office are married and I am too old, at 32, to meet men in nightclubs. None of my friends knows any...

Q. I am an 18-year-old male. I would love to

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have a partner but I am not that interested in sex. What are my prospects? Name withheld, Eton A. Plenty of girls have body dysmorphia and would be only too pleased to proceed...