A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK M PAUL-HENRI SPAAK is a vigorous defender
of and advocate for the Council of Europe, and , when he comes to this country and urges, either at public meetings or in newspaper articles, that Britain should throw herself with more conviction into the work of the Council, no one, whether fully sharing M. Spaak's views or not, is likely to take such exhortation amiss. But when M. Spaak goes to the United States and before a University of Pennsylvania audience deplores " Britain's failure to step boldly on the way that leads to European order "—no more damaging charge could be made in addressing Americans—the case-is very different. M. Spaak is, of course, fully entitled to say what he will, at Phila- delphia or anywhere else. But there is such a thing as tact. If M. Spaak really wants more British support, it is a pity to take the most direct road towards antagonising British readers of reports from America.