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Crisis-Mongering

Theodore Marmor, 21 May 1987

The Emergence of the Welfare States 
by Douglas Ashford.
Blackwell, 352 pp., £25, November 1986, 0 631 15211 3
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... of the Seventies to the possible origins of those conditions over the course of the 20th century.2 Douglas Ashford’s The Emergence of the Welfare States pushes the historical focus further back and asks what the growth of welfare states reveals about the institutional capacities of particular states, especially Britain and France. In both instances, the ...

The market taketh away

Paul Foot, 3 July 1997

Number One Millbank: The Financial Downfall of the Church of England 
by Terry Lovell.
HarperCollins, 263 pp., £15.99, June 1997, 0 00 627866 3
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... from 1983 was a former head of Customs and Excise with the gloriously Dickensian name of Sir Douglas Lovelock. The Secretary was an accommodating Old Etonian called Jim Shelley. Their commercial property manager was Michael Hutchings, a young eccentric known as ‘the man with the golden nose’ – a reference not only to his ability to sniff out a nice ...

Diary

David Saunders-Wilson: The Prison Officers’ Strike, 22 May 1986

... for example, is never properly identified. Is it the Home Office, the Prison Department, Douglas Hurd, Chris Train (Director General of the Prison Service) or individual institutional governors who are being referred to? Some measure of how complex and how important careful identification can be is perhaps gained from the directive issued by the ...

Shopping in Lucerne

E.S. Turner, 9 June 1994

Addicted to Romance: The Life and Adventures of Elinor Glyn 
by Joan Hardwick.
Deutsch, 306 pp., £20, June 1994, 0 233 98866 1
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Mother of Oscar: The Life of Jane Francesca Wilde 
by Joy Melville.
Murray, 308 pp., £19.99, June 1994, 0 7195 5102 1
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... to strangle her with love if necessary and bites the rose she flings at him (a touch of the Daisy Ashford here). A reading from Apuleius in Latin fails to slake his fires and a song or two on the guitar fans them. ‘Some day some man will kill you, I suppose,’ cries Paul, ‘but I shall be your lover first.’ At this the temptress affects bewildered ...

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