5 JULY 1975

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Lebanon, the guerrillas and the Arab world

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For a very long time Lebanon has been essentially a stable country. In spite of the necessity for American intervention in Lebanese affairs under President Eisenhower, and in...

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Russian arms policies

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Sir: Nicholas Ridley MP (The Spectator, June 21) performed a signal service to true understanding of Middle East issues by drawing attention to (among other things) the real...

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Spectator July 5, 1975

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Sir: I feel that Commander Young's (Letters, June 28) criticism of my article on defence cannot pass unchallenged. We live in a cynical world in which such 'old-fashioned'...


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Sir: Nothing has better illustrated Mr Heath's total unfitness for the leadership of a great party than his attitude towards those laced with the unenviable task of restoring...

Our role in the Market

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Sir: What a sad comment on our insularity as a nation and lack of vision as a people (politicians can be forgiven, they're not 'people'), that so little iMPortance was and is...

Sir Keith's principles

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Sir: After reading Sir Keith Joseph's seven 'Tory re-think' speeches and the first pamphlet from the Centre for Policy Studies I agree with Patrick Cosgrave (June 21) that they...

Causes of wars

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Sir: I have not read Professor Fritz Fischer's book and therefore can comment only on the views expressed in A. L. Rowse's review of it (The Spectator, June 28). His...

Opposing comprehensives

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Sir: Many parents are seriously concerned at the extension of comprehensive schools and, as a practical counter-measure, I would suggest the setting-up in all our towns and...

Imperial titles

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From Professor G. L. Huxley Sir: The United Kingdom ceased to be an imperial power years ago, and now, having joined the EEC, the country is not even an autonomous...

Good cause

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Sir: A Spectator article by Erin Pizzey ('Violence begins at home', November 23, 1974) outlined the needs and difficulties of women who were trying in the most desperate...

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Political Commentary

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After Woolwich-the advantage and the danger Patrick Cosgrave The consequences of a by-election are often impalpable; and quite frequently bear little relation to any...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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I attended last week a lunch given by the Anglo-Israeli Friendship League to meet General Chaim Herzog and his sister-in-law, Pnina. The occasion was the publication of two...

My goodness, gracious, me

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My electoral devices My opponents think aren't nice; Saying bribery entices Bureaucrats to count votes twice. But Goodness, Gracious, Me; That's just democracy! Such wild...

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Part 2: The superb oom

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Condensed from the book by Martin D. Weiss Between 1964 and 1974, the Western world was thrust headlong into the most accelerated period of business and financial activity of...

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Crossman Diaries (1)

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Suppression, the law and the 'balance of convenience' James Michael So the Attorney-General is trying to stop publication of the Crossman diaries. One needn't be a High Court...

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Crossman Diaries (2)

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Double Crossman Kenneth Young The late Richard Crossman, whose diaries when he was a Cabinet Minister have caused controversy, himself figured in the war-time diaries of Sir...

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Spectator peregrinations

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Although it has been almost continuously sunny in South-East England for the last few weeks it was raining very hard on the day 1 went with the National Trust to Calais to take...

Westminster corridors .

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It is an inexpressible Pleasure to know a little of the World and be of no Character or Significancy in it. To be ever unconcerned and ever looking on new Objects with an...

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Will Waspe

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The Prospect Theatre Company, the touring group most usually associated with classical revivals, are breaking new ground this season with a musical called Pilgrim which is...

Book marks

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One of the sillier difficulties of starting your own company is actually finding a name. Take for instance young Richard Webb, the former publicity director of Michael Joseph...

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Douglas Johnson on a writer among the shadows

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It is a pity that discussion about the novels and pamphlets written by the writer who called himself Celine should so frequently be dominated by the question of his behaviour...

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Plus ca change...

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William Sargant Familiar to ALL William Lilly and Astrology in the Seventeenth Century Derek Parker (Cape £5.50). The literary editor may have had his tongue in his cheek when...

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Cut price whines

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Llew Gardner Voices from the Middle Class Jane Deverson and Katherine Lindsay (Hutchinson £3.75) An aeon or so ago when the middle class had good reason to suppose that man had...

Mythistory and after

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Richard Luckett Dolmetsch: the man and his work Margaret Campbell (Hamish Hamilton £5.25) Charles Ives: a portrait David Wooldridge (Faber £6.00) Arnold Dolmetsch Can quite...

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Cultists Peter Ackroyd

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The Marriage Machine Gillian Freeman (Hamish Hamilton £3.50) The Present Gabriel Josipovici (Gollancz £2.95) The fable of the "G.I. bride", all rings and scarves and looking out...

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Talking of books

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How it was Benny Green Professional writers provide the best anecdotes for the same reason that professional ' bakers provide the best bread; it is their job. The poor...

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Sunday paper uncertainties Punchdrunk

The quality of life

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-The Observer's condition is an interesting example of Giffen's paradox, which has been expounded before now in his Notebook by the editor of this paper. The paradox is that,...


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Picking an agency Philip Kleinman Advertising agencies are finding the going tough. Anyone who doubted it must have been convinced by last month's news that . one of the...

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The cost of faith Martin Sullivan Thirty years ago the distinguished Cambridge divine, H. H. Farmer, wrote an essay in which he examined some fundamental reasons why many of...


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Professional status Bernard Dixon During the first world war, graduate chemists employed by the War Office were paid labourer's wages. Curious to find this fact cited, in a...

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Cruelty to critics and horses Kenneth Robinson The Infernal Trio. Director: Francis Girod. Stars: Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Mascha Gomsha 'X' Rialto (110 mins). The...


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One man's Thurber Kenneth Hurren Thurber, as selected and played by William Windom (New London Theatre) The temptation to tangle with an analysis of the late James Thurber's...

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Mixed bag

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Rodney Milnes Cosi fan Tutte languished under a cloud for 150 years while the nineteenth century tried (not too hard) to discover what it was about, but it now seems to be...

New York letter

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The Lehman controversy Ruth Berenson New York's Metropolitan Museum, famous the world over for the breadth and quality of its cbllecbons, has just opened a new addition....

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Must the left have all the liturgies?

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Michael Ivens A potent myth is that defenders of the free and enterprising society are a small and lonely band. of warriors, waging an inevitably losing battle against the...

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The economic facts of life

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Nicholas Davenport - To carry on with the present rate of wage increases," said Mr Len Murray at the TUC General Council, "is plain draft. Working people are getting into a...

A fool and his money

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Instant heirlooms Bernard Hollowood Have you bought any family heirlooms lately? I only ask because advertisements in the press have recently been making a song and dance...

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Writing on the Wall... Street

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Charles lt. Stahl The failure of the June 10-11 meetin g of the IMF Interim Committee in Paris will reverberate in the future of most Western countries, since the free world,...