7 NOVEMBER 1958, Page 3

Portrait of the Week— SWEEPING DEMOCRATIC victories in the United

States mid-terni elebtions recalled the RooSe-• velt heyday: the Democrats made sure of majorities of about two to one in bbth. Houses. A Negro clergyman from New York City got himself' re-elected by running on both tickets: he will vote as a Democrat. Mr. Faubus, Governor of Arkansas, also a Democrat, got back for his third term. They will have much to talk about in the lobby. Senator Knowland's defeat. in Cali- fornia puts paid to his Presidential ambitions; \Ir. Nelson • Rockefeller's defeat of Governor Harriman in New York—the RepOblicans' one resounding victory—makes him Mr. Nixon's chief rival for the Republican nomination.

LADY mum of Harwood is the first of the new life peers, male or female, to address the Upper House: she spoke on the growing importance of the under-developed areas in Asia. and Africa.

the'Commons the Chancellor of the Exchequer propcised to increase public investment in order to decrease unemployment—now affecting more than half a million workers, said the Minister of Labour. The Wolfehden Report is to be debated befOre Christmas, and probably with the Whips off. Mr. Lennox-Boyd thought that the conduct of British troops in Cyprus had been such that the Houk 'ought to be proud of them,' and the Prime Minister said that he still had hopes of fruitful talks with Greece: meanwhile, more British soldiers and Greek Cypriots and an elderly British civilian were murdered: A -British cor- ',Oral was reduced to the ranks and sentenced to • detention by court,martial for distributing leaflets urging the security forces to take revenge On: the Greeks.


ON THE RECOMMENDATION of the Grigg Committee, the Government proposed to review service pay and pensions • every two years and to institute many 'immediate reforms. Teachers. also got the Promise of a small handout : the Burnham Com- mittee recommended more money now and a re- view of scales of pay later. It was announced that Mr. P. H. Newby, the novelist, is to take over the control of the Third Programme at the end of the month, succeeding Mr. John Morris: he sur- prised his interlocutors at a press conference by confessing to the ownership of a television set.

AT GENEVA, the three-Power conference on ending nuclear-weapon tests continued to discuss pro- cedure, but with some success: the three dele- gations agreed to discuss the 'discontinuance' of the tests, as lying happily half-way between the Western 'suspension' and the Soviet 'cessation.' No such victories for the sweet spirit of com- promise were reported from Nairobi, where the African-elected members of the Kenya Legislative Council walked out on Sir Evelyn .Baring's speech opening the new session; or from the Albert Hall. where Empire Loyalists again barracked Mr. Mac- millan, who had thought, he said, 'that there wa; a truce.' Mr. Diefenbaker left this country for Paris after what he called 'a delightful visit.'

1.11P. POPE'S CORONATION was televised for the first time, and John XXIII wept at the thought that he might not see his native village again. In London, the. Government decided to buy, for something like Elm., the vacant Hampton site in Trafalgar Square to provide an extension for the National Gallery and 'preserve the character of the square.' They could not forecast when the work would begin. The foxhunting season opened. The MCC scored the first victory of its Australian tour by beating South Australia by nine wickets. Oxford's pirate boat-race crew hauled down the i°11Y Roger, and the President of the OUBC said Ile will not keelhaul the mutineers.