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PORTRAIT OF • THE WEEK Prince Kong T he Chancellor of the Exchequer

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deli- vered his autumn statement on the eco- nomy to Parliament. Falling unemploy- ment and an unexpected cash bonus from the sale of council houses enabled the provision of an...

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Fighting the Government tooth and eye NOEL MALCOLM P olitical crises, • like Frankenstein's monster, are man-made.things which sud- denly develop lives of their own. It's not...

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JENNIFER PATERSON here is a very big threat on the horizon; in fact it is already here, lurking about, ready to pounce on any of us at any moment. Far worse than all the nanny-...

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It's incredibly nasty, but must we suppose that it is Art? AUBERON WAUGH I am just old enough to remember the heat generated in artistic circles by Anni- goni's first portrait...

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With the presidential race all but won, Ambrose Evans - Pritchard explains why the Democrats are so out of touch with America Macomb County, Michigan COMPLETE chaos. People...

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Anthony Daniels finds memories of injustice are long in the suppressed republics THIS year there were no history exams in Soviet secondary' schools; a politically acceptable...

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Charles Glass on the part played by Muslim fundamentalists in the rivalry between Syria and Iraq Damascus THERE is a shop in the old souks of Damascus which sells, among other...

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One hundred years ago

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WE deeply regret to observe that Car- dinal Newman has had a very serious accident, and is suffering not only from the consequences of a fainting-fit, but of the heavy fall...

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Alan Angell predicts that General Pinochet will usher in democratic government CHILE was widely known as the first country to elect, in an open and democratic contest, a...

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Richard West discovers that Graham Greene's fictions can come true in Nicaragua Managua NICARAGUA no longer looks like an issue in the United States election. The country is...

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The media: Paul Johnson examines the growing paranoia of the intellectual Left AN entertaining piece by Valerie Grove in this week's Sunday Times gives an illumi- nating...

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Mr Lawson buys off the dentists and opticians JOCK BRUCE-GARDYNE F orecasting, Mr Brian Walden put it to the Chancellor on television a fortnight ago, is a mug's game. Mr...

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Looking-glass law

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THE case of Brian Fisher is going to the House of Lords, and I can offer their Lordships an unusual precedent, supplied by an eminent judge, which will help them no end. This...

Safety through savings

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INVESTMENT, says the Chancellor, is boomi ng — it is rising twice as fast as consumer spending, as it has over the last five years. In manufacturing industry, in- vestment this...

Job lot for Giro

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TURN out the merchant banks, bring on the auctioneers — now that we are at the odds and ends stage of privatisation it is time for the principle of the job lot. That is how...


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If your aunt had wheels, would foreigners pay to keep her on the road? CHRISTOPHER FILDES W e now have a simple sum for teachers to set to their classes, or vice versa. This...

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Balkan standards

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Sir: Richard Bassett's article on Yugoslavia (`Mob-handed in Montenegro', 15 Octo- ber) is as frivolous as it is malicious. Already in his second sentence he informs us that the...


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Sir: Professor Ayer ('Postscript to a post- mortem', 15 October) asserts that 'Des- cartes has few contemporary disciples. Not many philosophers of whatever persuasion believe...


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Epistle to Paul Sir: Strange to relate, from the first re- corded moment, Christmas 1986, that Paul Johnson started worrying — at the dinner table and then in your pages —...


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Polish preferences

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Sir: Several years ago Spike Milligan, in a piece called 'Sorry, I can't hear above the Muzak', pointed out that music was meant to be absorbed, not applied. After a lively...

Judging Frederick

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SHOULD you meet an Englishman abroad, chances are he's from the Gra- nada area. For statistics prove that our viewers take more package holidays than the rest of the country as...

Change of a dress

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Sir: Further to Kingsley Amis ('Sod the public II, 15 October) on bookshops, on 15 September I ordered a book from W. H. Smith in Trowbridge costing £20. I paid a deposit of...


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Not to be confused with Confucius

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Ian Buruma I s Japan going to lead the world? Will we all look to Tokyo in the way we now look to Washington? Will Pax Japonica replace Pax Americana? It is a question often...

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How the Japanese show off Bill Emmott At least, this is how Japan used to be when I lived there until 1986. Tokyo was never quite as harmoniously egalitarian as the stereotype...


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The distinction between those who issue orders and those who obey them is fudged: the mandarins, in this ideal world, are naturally obeyed, even without giving direct orders,...

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Royalty An everyday story of imperial folk Jurek Martin How it all came about, with the tennis following the dancing, is, in its own tiny way, almost instructive about the...

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From the horizon Colin Thubron OVER THE RIM OF THE WORLD: SELECTED LETTERS OF FREYA STARK edited by Caroline Moorehead John Murray, f19.95, pp.404 F reya Stark once said...

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The spy who went into the cold

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Andrew Lownie PHILBY: KGB MASTERSPY by Philip Knightley Deutsch, £14.95, pp. 291 D ressed in his check shirt and cash- mere pullover, copies of Dick Francis and the Times on...

African Bonfire A bonfire for the kids on Guy Fawkes

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day behind the Staff Club, after sundown, sat idly on benches, boozing, ogling at a straw man burning. He was writhing slowly. Out of that great blaze flames in abstract curves...

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Sleepwalking into nightmare

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Robert Kee PEACE FOR OUR TIME T he strength of the British obsession with the second world war, about to be prolonged for at least six years by the 50th anniversary syndrome,...

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To the end of the world and back again

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Michael Davie DOWN HOME: REVISITING TASMANIA by Peter Conrad Chatto & Windus, £12.95, pp.232 A photograph on the back flap of this book is mostly of foliage, but the author...

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Aristotle meets Rembrandt

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Adrian Dannatt PICTURE THIS by Joseph Heller Macmillan, £12.95, pp.352 A merican literary success induces pa- ralysis, a masochistic certainty on the part of the author that...

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Antony Lambton AGNELLI: THE NETWORK OF ITALIAN POWER by Alan Friedman Harrap, £12.95, pp.320 T he trouble with this biography is that it only superficially concentrates on...

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Not a thinking voice

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Stephen Logan THE GOVERNMENT OF THE TONGUE: THE 1986 T.S. ELIOT MEMORIAL LECTURES AND OTHER CRITICAL WRITINGS by Seamus Heaney Faber, £12.95, pp.200 A ll the great critics,...

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Just for a moment, I said to myself As I stopped to unload This dead-weight of the thing I am By the side of the road Where, cool, the willow-shadows fluttered And, clear, the...

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Exhibitions At the shallow end Giles Auty David Hockney: a Retrospective (Tate Gallery, till 3 January) David Hockney: a Retrospective (Tate Gallery, till 3 January) I n the...

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Champions of plainsong Peter Phillips T he hundredth anniversary of the foundation of the Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society was celebrated on 31 Octo- ber, the eve of All...

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Sweetness and light Rodney Milnes S omeone I know once worked on the music staff at the opera house in Brussels, where a bright young French director who shall jolly well...

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The Plantagenets (Stratford) Everything but the horse Christopher Edwards 0 nce the word went out., 'Make it new,' Now the injunction is, 'Make it last.' These Wagnerian...

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Blame it on the box Wendy Cope ere is a horrifying statistic, culled from last week's This Week (ITV). The typical viewer's television-watching over a year would fill January...


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Vincent (`PG', Minema, Camden Plaza) Homage to an artist Hilary Mantel 0 ne of the reasons why films about painters and writers are usually unsatisfac- tory is that a film...

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Low life

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Out in the cold Jeffrey Bernard M any, many years ago, I spent an afternoon making love to a rather silly woman who was married to a member of Parliament. Labour, of course....

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We are not amused Taki 0 ne of the reasons I'm almost happy to be flying off to the Big Bagel is that I shall thus be missing the newspaper cover- age of Fergie's return....

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Home life

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Glastonbury tour Alice Thomas Ellis I went to Glastonbury last week with my friend Charles. We wanted to see if the Tor would have a strange effect on us. Charles had a friend...

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Mini-B acchae Raymond Keene lenge, which finished in London last week, the twelve-year-old Hungarian prodigy, Judit Polgar, certainly put her male oppo- nents to flight. She...


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Sexameters Jaspistos I n Competition No. 1547 you were in- vited to write some English hexameters begining with the words 'I am in love, meantime . . .' Clough, that chronic...

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Michael Foot recently confessed that his first poetic effort was a sonnet to Everton Football Club. Your are invited to write an admiring sonnet to any well-known team or...

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Christmas glory for you Auberon Waugh hristmas is a time when we are supposed to think about the poor, so after long and careful thought I have decided to include a cheapie in...


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Seiont Manor, Caernarvon

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HAVING lived in London all my life, I regard the country as a place where you wear Wellingtons and go for walks or wear socks and sit by the fire. So I felt it inappropriate, to...

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