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To save the party

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To save the party Mr Arthur Scargill, attacking Mr Prior's Employment Act at the Trades Union Congress meeting in Brighton this Week, said: 'All our freedoms and laws have been...

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The writing in the hall

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Political commentary The writing in the hall Ferdinand Mount The banners sa\ onx -2,0()01,208'. All around the Brighton Conference Centre, the TUC propaganda people have...

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Notebook Brighton IT I am getting tired of a meaningless phrase Which, with slight modifications, is now de rigueur for any supporter of the Labour Party speaking from a...

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The end of the beginning

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The end of the beginning Tim Garton Ash Warsaw At his coronation in 1572. the first elective king of Poland was obliged to swear a solemn oath guaranteeing freedom of...

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Remember Kronstadt

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Remember Kronstadt Christopher Booker WVvhat happens vX hen the proletariat is sick t) death of the dictatorship \ hich acts in its name'?'. - Robert Payne. Tnhe Lift' and...

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The campaign begins

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The campaign begins Nicholas von Hoffman 'rL _ - Washington TFhe 3(0th day of captivity for the American diplomatic personnel in Iran was marked by the Secretary of State,...

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Out of the wilderness

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Out of the wilderness Peter Ackroyd Reykjavik The moon was like an arc-light, so close you could brush it with your hand. as though it had been attracted to that land on...

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Boats and boatmen

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Boats and boatmen Richard West Woodbridtie. Suffolk riere is another small town in Suffolk where People appear to be satisfied with their life, not eaten away by envy or...

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Dearly beloved abroad

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Dearly beloved abroad Bernard Croft As expected + John Fulham and Gibraltar (The Right Reverend John Richard SattcrthwNaite) has become John Europe - if that is the signature...

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[Sir: Mr Hilary Rubinstein's assertior.]

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Sir: Mr Hilarn Rubnllstici's assertior. (Letters. 28 August) that he has never spoken to me was clearl based on a lapse of memory. I telephoned him at around I lam or Nlonda IS...

[Sir: In his sad little letter (30 August) Mr...]

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Sir: In his sad little letter (3() August) MIr Brocklebank claimis that Anthorin Blunt severed ties \ith the National Trust 'months ago.' Would indeed this Were true....

No Marxist

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No Marxist Sir: Clearly TLed Honderick cannot possibl\ be a Marxist. because his letter rebuking me for calling him one is gentle. witt\ and short. All I can add, by was ol...

Sex and the Synod

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Sex and the Synod Sir: Peter Nichols's article 'Sex and the Synod' (3() August) is far behlo' the standard usually maintained by that fine journalist. Its wron-lieadcdness is...


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Miracles Sir: I find Richard Ingrams's easy acceptance of 'miracles', as evidenced in his review of Mr Marnham's book on Lourdes (29 August). rather distasteful. If it is true,...

[Sir: In his article.]

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Sir: In his article * hubris of Anthony I unt' (23 August). Max Hlasthngeerl nt) the charismatic influence that exercised over several generastudents both heterosexual antid...

[Sir: Max Hastings is right in his excellent...]

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Letters A question of hubris Sir: Max Hastings is right in his excellent lticle 'The hubris of Anthony Blunt' (23 August) to draw attention to the support Which Blunt has...

A port for willing workers

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, A port for willing workers I Sir: I was pleased to read Richard West's article on FelixstowNe. but a little sorry that I he did not mention bv name (unless I missed it) the...

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Master of Deception David Mure Special Operations Europe Basil Davidson

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Books War games and gamesmanship Andrew Boyle Master of Deception David Mure (Kimber £9.95) Special Operations Europe Basil Davidson (Gollancz £8.50). If all is fair in...

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The Scramble for South Africa 1877-1895 D.M. Schreuder

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Sub-imperialism Hobert Blake Th~e I,,e, Scramble for South Africa v1"'fi895 D.M. Schreuder (Cambridae (fn the second page of his book Professor kShreuder quotes lord...

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The Siege of Derry Patrick Macrory

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Siege and symbol John Biggs-Davison The Siege of Derry Patrick Macrory (Hod- der £9.95) Hilaire Belloc belittled the defence of Derry. Those Protestants could surel\ have...

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The Best Short Stories of John Buchan Ed. David Daniell

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Buchaneer Benny Green The Best Short Stories of John Buchan Ed. David Daniell (Michael Joseph £7.50) David Daniell is the academic who five Xears ago published The...

The Ancient Spartans J.T. Hooker

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Spartan ideal bUth Padel ne Ancient Snartans I T. Hooker (Dent Ll 2) rate had her imagination out when she Invented Sparta. astonishing crucible of a 1tldscapeb lemon-groves...

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Nuns and Soldiers Iris Murdoch

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Geometric Paul Ableman Nuns and Soldiers Iris Murdoch (ChattO Well, it's t better book than Thre Sea, VTi Sea, which captured the Booker Prize tW'O \ ears ago. but I felt...

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The Cunning Little Vixen and Wozzeck

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Arts Epic performances Rodney Milnes The Cunning Little Vixen and Wozzeck (Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh Festival). Just thirteen months separate the first performances of...

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Cinema Breaking out Peter Ackroyd McVicar (IX' Rialto, Leicester Square) The most powerful scene, in this otherwise sardonic and brutal film, occurs after John MeVicar has...

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Sacred Cow (Phoenix)

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Theatre Over the top Bryan Robertson Sacred Cow (Phoenix) You find just as many reprovingly wagging forefingers as rudely dismissive gestures with two fingers in Australian...


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Satisfaction John McEwen The most exquisite art exhibition of the OnMent is, without doubtJ(aalfsIct' Prints: 300 Vears ofalbaihis i/ll bxooks at the Britishi Museum (till 5...

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Potato chip

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Television Potato chip Richard Ingrams With the I1V franchises up for grabs agzain. X ic%\ crs may notice a distinct change in the nitiure of somc of the material in the...


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High life Fakes Taki lqretflet Ever since I decided to teach the French a sharp lesson and move my hcadquarters from Regine's in Paris to Annabel"S in London. I haven't much...

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The big sleep

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Low life The big sleep Jeffrey Bernard Did You read or hear about the man who killed himself while trying to commit suicide e Other day? Apparently this man, in an ttempt to...


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Postscript Beastly Patrick Marnham Recently while eating in a small restaurant in Tuscan\ I was moved by the gaictv of the occasion to break a vow of ten vears. I ordered the...