7 APRIL 1984

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Portrait of the week

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I n the largest backbench revolt of this parliament, 42 Tory MPs voted with the Liberals and Social Democrats in protest against the Government's plan to reach a voluntary...

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A frightened Government I n That Interview on 'News at One' on Monday, Mr Tony Benn claimed, among many things, that: 'The Government have broken the long tradition of peaceful...

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Losing Hong Kong - in 1899, the Associated Chambers of 'Commerce

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sent Rear-Admiral Lord Charles Beresford to China to report on the political situation there and its effect on trade. Lord Charles's resulting book The Break-up of China makes...


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'Heritage' is a suspect word, uncertain and sentimental in meaning. It is a lit- tle worrying that the new Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England launched this...

Keeping Cranmer B Y seeking a second reading for his Prayer

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Book Protection Bill in the stio,use of Lords next Wednesday, Lord u, s octrin e ,, lk ieleY is not trying to return control of and worship to Parliament. The which proposes a...

Salvador's result O n a British election night we are diverted

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by the antics of our television commentators, as they string us along with decimal `swings' and invisible `trends' and tireless, baseless commentaries, until the results are...

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Another voice

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The great confidence trick Auberon Waugh M rs Thatcher was unusually fulsome in her praise of the police last week at Question Time in the House of Commons. She assured the...

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A neighbour of mine, a polite man of charming manners, has a horror of beards. If possible, he refuses Beavers entry into his house. He even went so far as to Post an invitation...


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Colours of the rainbow

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Christopher Hitchens Washington S ooner or later there had to be a confron- tation between Walter Mondale and Gary Hart on foreign policy. As the world's most cosmopolitan...

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A smart penguin

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Geoffrey Wheatcroft Cape Town Cape Town T he worst mistake that opponents of the South African regime can make is to un derestimate it. That has not stopped such o pponents...

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`Freedom of information'

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Graham Greene O ne idle moment it occured to me that I might find some amusement and even a little instruction by applying through a lawyer in the United States for the release...

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In the Culture Club

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Andrew Gimson L ast week the 'Culture Club', the name given by Mr Bryan Appleyard of the Times to our artistic establishment, held a Public meeting at 105 Piccadilly. The...

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Liverpool's worst enemy

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Gavin Stamp Liverpool Tn a 'revolutionary situation', fine archi- tecture is of crucial importance. How dull those pictures of 1917 would be if the bodies and running figures...

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In Sherwood Forest

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Roy Kerridge ' To the Visitors' Centre' ... 'To the I Major Oak' ... `To Robin Hood's Larder'. These are just a few of the signs Placed here and there along the new gravel...

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Rushdie and the Raj

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Richard West T he Indian literary establishment does not approve of Britain's recent interest in the Raj, especially the TV series The Jewel in the Crown, based on the novels...

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Belgrano Tam

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James Naughtie T he second anniversary of the Falklands invasion has passed; now we await the a nniversary of Tam Dalyell's first question O the sinking of the General...

Paul Johnson is unwell, and will resume his column next

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One hundred years ago

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The Times correspondent at Khar- toum telegraphed on March 16 that General Gordon's attack on the in- surgent Sheikhs had been defeated, part- ly by the cowardice of the...

In the City

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Country folk at play Jock Bruce-Gardyne O nce upon a time, 0 my best beloved, there was a village called Thecity. The villagers were God-fearing folk. Or to be more precise...

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Ken — the people's choice?

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Sir: The full-page advertisement from the GLC (17 March), which invites us to 'say no to no say in who runs London', is surely the product of a well-developed sense of the...

Church macintoshes

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Sir: As one who does not wish to see the severely limited role permitted to women in the RC liturgy subjected to any further restrictions, could I ask James Michie to c larify...

Not alone

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Sir: P. J. Kavanagh is right (Postscript, 31 March) to praise Channel 4 but less right to suggest that nobody else has. My successor at the Observer, Julian Barnes, has been...

Pleasing everyone

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Sir: In your Notes (Pleasing the Greeks', 31 March) you refer to the departmental view of the Foreign Office in 1941 that a decision should be made to return the Parthenon...

Wingate ' s view Sir: If Byron Farwell, whoever he is, chooses

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to say in a book that Orde Wingate w as a sour religious maniac with a grossly inflated reputation who neither admired nor trusted the Gurkhas, he merely aligns himself with the...

Torvill and Dean

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Sir: Your predecessor Alexander Chancellor, in his new guise as TV critic (Television, 31 March) quotes Ludovic Kennedy's remark, 'When you've seen one skater, you've really...


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A dreadful place Sir: Miss Tisdall's sentence is brutal, savage, horrific, and will mark her for life, according to the Press. It probably will. I spent three and a half years...

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Peasants and bankers Colin Welch I n his latest book, The Criminal History of Mankind, Colin Wilson devotes a chapter to Karl Marx and his followers. On a wireless programme...

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The Great Fitzgerald Peter Quennell F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography Andre Le Vot Translated by William Byron (Allen Lane £14.95) S cott Fitzgerald died on the evening of 21...

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The strength of weakness

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J. Enoch Powell Allies: America, Europe and Japan since the War Richard J. Barnet (Cape £16) T he United States was placed by its unconditional victory over Germany and Japan...

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Terence de Vere White A Writer's Ireland: Landscape in Literature William Trevor (Thames and Hudson £9.50) O f the making of anthologies there is no end, and books about...

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The muddle in the middle

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Shirley Robin Letwin John Stuart Mill and the Pursuit of Virtue Bernard Semmel (Yale University Press £12.95) he truth, as everyone knows, lies always .1 in the middle. And...

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Crochet work

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Isabel Colegate Strange Inheritance John Colville (Michael Russell £8.95) Three Extraordinary Ambassadors Harold Acton (Thames and Hudson £4.50) O n the 28 August 1839 the...

Highly suspect

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Francis King The Suburbs of Hell Randolph Stow (Seeker & Warburg £7.95) R andolph Stow's is so idiosyncratic a talent that it is both surprising and disconcerting to find the...

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Patrick Skene Catling he Shelf is long for a letter to a friend , I no matter how sympathetic (109 Pag es) ' but the epistolary form is well suited to Kay Dick' s style in...

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Grand Lodge

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David Lodge (Secker & Warburg £8.95) L ike many satirists, David Lodge makes ridiculous those things that are close to him. So far, readers of his novels have been beguiled...

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John Jolliffe The John Tradescants Prudence Leith-Ross (Peter Owen £20) T his absorbing book describes the lives of John Tradescant senior (c. 1570-1638) and his son and...

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Well preserved

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George Clive The Journeys of Sir Richard Colt Hoare t hrough Wales and England 1793-1810 Edited by M.W. Thompson (Allan Sutton Ltd £10.95) H enry Hoare, the creator of...

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On the rails, and off Giles Gordon Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria) Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) F orget Thomas the tank engine and his pals...

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One woman show Peter Ackroyd Yentl (`PG', Leicester Square Theatre) T his is 'Eastern Europe, 1904': buxom Peasant women passing the time of day, children running merrily...


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Life and death Julie Kavanagh New British Dance (Riverside Studios) New British Dance (Riverside Studios) Ballet Rambert (Sadler's Wells) Ballet Rambert (Sadler's Wells) A...

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Critical Alexander Chancellor New York Durin g the past week I have watched no -IV television at all, with the exception of the Grand National, one late-night film and part of...

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Low life

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In solitary Jeffrey Bernard I ' m tucked away in the country at the moment halfway between Andover and Salisbury in a borrowed cottage that isn ' t much like any of the...

High life

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In a fix Taki Athens j aving the unspoiled and beautiful village of Gstaad to fly into the i Polluted hell - hole that is Athens is as Perverse as, say, leafing through...

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Paranoia P. J. Kavanagh W e humans seem to have an unavoidable tendency to put other people into groups, which we then regard as hostile. This primitive tribalism has been...

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of conduct unbecoming to either a lady or a gentleman. Perhaps the greatest fictional 'anti- gentleman' was Beachcomber's immortal CaPtain Foulenough, who, I seem to remember,...


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Mopping up Raymond Keene A s I write, Kasparov leads Smyslov in ra.their Candidates' final match at Vilnius by the score of 7-4 and now needs a mere 1 '/2 points to ensure his...

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Prize: £10 — or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, 1983 edition (ring the word 'Dictionary' under name and address) — for the first correct solution opened on 24 April. Entries to:...