5 MARCH 1988

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M r Cecil Parkinson, the Secretary of State for energy, announced his plans for privatising the £27 billion electricity supply industry. His proposal to split up the central...

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FOR Lord Young to describe the British Aerospace approach to the Rover Group (the old British Leyland minus the sexy bits) as 'unsolicited' is rather like a man with a for Sale...


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Has Mr Lawson joined the tinkering tendency? NOEL MALCOLM A free market, as the new Conservat- ism never tires of telling us, possesses a sort of collective wisdom of its own....

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I t's good news that President Reagan has decided to finance a new phase of the space programme. It seems there hasn't been a good invention in years. Every time you go down to...

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Time to teach the French a lesson they will not forget AUBERON WAUGH 0 n Wednesday of last week, a small ceremony was held in the Park Suite of the Inter-Continental Hotel,...

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The 'right-on' generation of the Sixties has grown into a powerful Green movement with new power in the market place. Alexandra Artley reports. CHILD GREEN Ca child of the...

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Christopher J. Walker explains why thousands of Armenians are marching in protest WRITING from Mountainous Karabagh in the 1830s, Eli Smith, an American missionary, described...

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Ambrose-Evans-Pritchard on the Democratic candidate who electioneers on the foreign trade issue Williamsburg, Virginia DEMOCRATS have done well in state and local politics over...

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Jonathan Dimbleby meets the men who fight while peasants starve Eritrea `HELLO, Dimbleby,' said the fighter at the checkpoint, 'welcome to Eritrea.' Af- ter a 12-hour journey...

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Denis Hills is surprised by a version of his role in letting Jews into Palestine CHARLES Glass ('When the boat goes up', 20 February) mentions the Kimche brothers' book The...

A Calendar for 1988 by Posy Simmonds

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Christopher Huhne celebrates the gathering of the lobbyists for another year's Budget THERE is lobbying and lobbying. This is the time of year for serious lobbying, measurable...

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One hundred years ago

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M. Pasteur is really a competitor for the prize of £25,000 offered by New South Wales for the destruction of rabbits, and as a competitor has exported, it is stated, chicken...

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The press: Paul Johnson offers advice to two journals contemplating matrimony THE proposal to merge New Society and the New Statesman, and relaunch the com- bined publication...

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Exit the gentleman from Whitehall who didn't know best CHRISTOPHER FILDES T he roads out of the City had become congested with refugees, fleeing from the prospect of being...

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Real facts

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Sir: With reference to Mr Evans- Pritchard's piece, 'Fascist Sandinistas and Marxist Contras' (13 February), I suggest that the real facts are these: the Nicara - guan people...

Burundi genocide

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Sir: Apropos of Andrew Kenny's article `The racism of Black Africa' (6 February) and the responses by Bernard Levin and Naomi Mitchison (Leters, 13 February), all concerned may...

LETTERS Sexy sexagenarian

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Sir: I was disagreeably surprised to find The Spectator (30 January), (in an issue that elsewhere gave usefully serious warn- ing that the British economy, with four years to go...

Acceptable crime

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Sir: I knew I would never get through to Barbara Smoker (Letters, 20 February). She now says it would have been all right to abort me because I would have known nothing about...

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CHARLES MOORE This is the second extract from my journal of my first visit to South Africa. I went there as the guest of Mr Dawie Le Roux, the National Party MP for Uitenhage...

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S ensational, frank, affectionate and hugely entertaining!' shrieks the dust cov- er, in black, white and red, the colours which old Fleet Street shared with Hohen- zollern...

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From the queer Twenties to the gay Eighties

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Philip Glazebrook THE TEMPLE by Stephen Spender Faber, £10.95 THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM IS EMPTY by Edmund White Picador, f9.95 THE SWIMMING-POOL LIBRARY by Alan Hollinghurst...

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Serious Stella or humorous Hockney

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Ian Dunlop FRANK STELLA 1970-1987 by William Rubin Museum of Modern Art, £26.95 DAVID HOCKNEY: RETROSPECTIVE with the participation of R. B. Kitaj and others Thames &...

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The day of her death was a cold, dark day

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Victoria Glendinning SYLVIA PLATH: A BIOGRAPHY by Linda W. Wagner-Martin Chatto & Windus, £12.95 S ylvia Plath wanted to be famous. Her suicide ensured that she would be,...

The Wine and the Moon

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`Oh!' cried the glass of Burgundy wine, • `0 Moon, thou horned cup divine That spillest from thy golden rim Thy pale inebriating light Like some soft sacramental hymn Upon the...

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Money can't buy me love

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Peter Paterson INSIDE LEFT: THE STORY SO FAR . . . by Derek Hatton Bloomsbury, £3.95 T his is a tale told by an idiot, a bombastic account of recent events bearing only a...

A Defoe of communist squalor

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Tim Garton Ash RETURN TO POLAND by Denis Hills Bodley Head, £12.95 A reporter working on the Daily Telegraph's Peterborough column in 1985 owes Denis Hills — and all his...

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Exhibitions Solid objects of concern Alistair Hicks `Noble and Patriotic': The Beaumont Gift 1828 (National Gallery, till 3 May) S ir George Beaumont believed he could...

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Photography Two Scottish Photographers: Calum Colvin and Ewan Fraser (Richard

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Pomeroy, till 26 March) Beneath the surface gloss Francis Hodgson C olour photography has been slower to find acceptance as a legitimate art medium than black-and-white....

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Repentance (PG, selected cinemas) No rest for the wicked Hilary Mantel T his film is a kind of public monument: weighty, austere and larger than life. It was made five years...

Opera Billy Budd (Coliseum)

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Time and promotion Rodney Milnes A mongst the many amiable dotti- nesses cast up by the controversy surround- ing Clause 28 — marked, alas, by a hint of unreasoned hysteria...

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Capital Crafts (London Institute Gallery, till 18 March) Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie (Paul Rice Gallery, 7 March – 2 April) Six Ways (Anatol Orient, till 12 March) The fine...

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The Possibilities (Almeida) Bitter Sweet (Sadlers Wells) Bloodthirsty world Christopher Edwards T his is an evening of ten short playlets by Howard Barker. His title refers...


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Goodbye to romance L ast week Antoinette Sibley made her farewell appearance at Covent Garden. I missed all her great years but in the early 1980s she made a tentative comeback...

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Comics anonymous Wendy Cope omeone once pointed out to me that all women make the same noise when they see a donkey. It's a prolonged `Ah' with a dying fall, indicating that...

High life

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Don't blame Austria Taki E dgar M. Bronfman is a billionaire booze-maker, president of the World Jew- ish Congress, and one of the most un- pleasant men I've ever had the bad...

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Home life

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Fear of flying Alice Thomas Ellis I was interested to learn that a recent near-miss involved a Bulgarian aeroplane, since I was in the back of one of them once. It rattled all...

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Fantasy Five Jaspistos I N Competition No. 1512 you were asked to write a narrative poem including, doors, teeth, mountains, snakes and the Queen, the five things, it has been...


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Quick spirit Raymond Keene A player to watch is Tony Kosten. I first became aware of him when he shared third place with me in the 1982 British Championship behind Tony Miles...

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Solution to 845: PassagewaY P ' E L 3 A 01 4 2 i U

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No. 1515: Bouts times

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A poem, please, containing the following rhyme-words in the following order: Lawr- ence, part, abhorrence, art, heart, molested, arrested, spoil it, par, toilet, catarrh, tar,...


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848: Six-by-two by Jac A first prize of £20 and two further prizes of £10 (or, for UK solvers, a copy of Chambers Dictionary, value £13.95 — ring the words 'Chambers...

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C/o Redpath and Thackray Wines, Common Lane, Sawston, Cambridge CB2 4HW Tel: Cambridge (0223) 833495 No. Value 1. Beaujolais (Pierre Jomard) 1986 12 bots. £46.39 2. Bourgogne...


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Pleasanter, fruitier and more forward Auberon Waugh T he small Cambridge firm of Redpath and Thackray has established a very good reputation among Spectator readers with its...