11 OCTOBER 1946

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Morale in the British Zone

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The increasingly frequent reports from the British zone of Germany of cuts in electricity supplies, the shutting down of fac- tories and the spread of depression among the...


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T HE Paris Conference moves rapidly to the stage at which the Foreign Ministers of France, Britain, U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. will sit in judgement on its recommendations. An...

Mr. Truman Again

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The British reaction to President Truman has progressed from sympathy through depression to annoyance. His latest pronounce- ment on Palestine points the way to alarm and...

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The Nuremberg Acquittals

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The acquittal of Von Papen, Schacht and Fritzsche by a court which heard lengthy evidence and weighed every word of it care- fully has been ill received by many people in many...

The Parachute Battalion Mutiny

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The instinctive indignation the sentences of two years' imprison- ment on the 243 paratroopers convicted of mutiny at Muar camp in Malaya has inspired should be held in check...

The Atomic Energy Bill

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While progress towards the creation of an international body with the powers to control atomic energy is slow, one of the essential preliminary steps so far as this country is...

Towards Freer Trade

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It is hardly an exaggeration t6 say that Sir Stafford Cripps talks rtiore sense about Britain's economic position than all the rest of the Government put together. In his speech...

Second Thoughts in Malaya

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The change for the better m the atmosphere in Malaya must be set mainly to the credit of Mr. Malcolm MacDonald, the Governor- General. It was badly needed. The impetuosity of...

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Trade Union Government

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The proceedings of the Trades Union Congress are everybody's business. The bulky annual report of the General Council, which will be presented at the 78th Congress at Brighton...

Le Tourisme

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The representatives of the national tourist associations of forty countries met in London last week, demonstrating by this surprising choice of a venue their own personal...


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OCTOBER is a strange month in Parliament. For the rest of the year the House of Lords has to play a dignified second fiddle to the House of Commons. But in October the roles...

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A FTER a two - months' recess in which a good deal has happened, or failed to happen, in the foreign field, the Parliamentary contest, so far as it is a contest, is joined...

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y F there has been any enthusiasm about the batch of Ministerial I changes it has failed to manifest itself in my vicinity. The institu- tion of a Defence Ministry is no doubt a...

Mr. Shinwell may in many ways be a very good

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Minister of Fuel and Power ; on that I express no opinion. But he would be a very much better Minister if he were a much more silent Minister. Consider some of his recent...

Mr. Justice Birkett, having been sitting in an improvised court

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of law for the last ten months, seized the earliest opportunity of renew- ing touch with the real thing by taking his seat on the bench at Aylesbury Quarter Sessions on Monday....

I am sorry to learn that the Bishop of Gibraltar

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(the Right Rev. Harold Buxton) is retiring from that office at the end of the year on medical advice—on medical advice, indeed, which has for some little time been disregarded....

Mr. Bernard Shaw was in excellent voice when the St.

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Pancras Borough Council made him the first Honorary Freeman of the borough on Wednesday—so much so that the fact that, owing to an accident, he could not be present in the flesh...

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I am glad to see that Mr. W. L. Andrews, editor of The York- shire Post, in his editorial address to the Institute of Journalists last Saturday, laid stress on one salient...

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By KENNETH LINDSAY, M.P. S OME sixty Members of Parliament have over the past year visited the British zone of Austria, and more recently ten members of the Estimates Committee...

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By ALAN BULLOCK T HOSE who have travelled widely in Europe today, especially in the East of Europe and Russia, commonly remark that it is a mistake to underrate the conviction...

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By LEO PAGE S recently as 1924 Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise, a former chair- man of the Prison Commission, wrote that it was almost true to say that there was no school of...

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FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT M ANY of the stormiest periods in history have resulted, directly or indirectly, from quarrels over the succession to the leader- ship of peoples...

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By HERBERT ADDISON T HEY say the flying-boats are going out of service at the end of the year. I hope this is not true ; but, if it is true, at least let us make sure, that...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON B EING eupeptic by nature, and having a decided preference for sunshine in the place of rain, I seek always to observe in the revolutionary world around me...

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EVEN the most casual of visitors to the London galleries

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can hardly have failed to notice, during recent months, the ubiquitous little grey and white folders which confront one at every turn. But while it seems unlikely that anyone...

"The Overlanders." At the Leicester Square.—" La Fenune du Boulanger."

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At the Curzon. IN a rather special way The Overlanders represents the fruition of an idea which was born during the twenties, when there was estab- lished a Government...

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THE TORIES AT BLACKPOOL Snt,—The speeches macle at the Tory Conference at Blackpool fill moderate supporters of the party with despair. The policy of the party is still in the...

Snt,—In view of the need of attracting recruits to the

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Services, and the article and correspondence on the subject in The Spectator, I would like briefly to draw your attention to what I myself found to be one of the sources of...


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SIR,-1 am tempted to waste your space by answering the not very kind letter of your correspondent, the Rev. Edward Leach ; but I think it will be more useful to complete my...


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Sin,—On reading the article, by Brigadier A. R. W. Low, M.P., headed "Recruits for the Army" we feel that we can give at least a few of the reasons for the failure of the...


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Snt,—Recently you published a letter from Lord Beveridge which incor- porated one he had received from a German about conditions in Germany. With regard to this in general I...


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Sut,—In your "News of the Week" of September 27th, with reference to the Peace Conference at Paris, occur the words "the Jugoslav delegates have repeatedly referred to a growing...

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Snt,—No serious person can now deny the reality of the famine in Germany and in Austria., Millions of people are threatened with death. (Already in August ro,000 people in...

POLAND'S FRONTIERS SIR,—With reference to Mr. Nago , ski's letter in last

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week's Spectator on the subject of General Anders, "the rebirth of freedom and independence in Poland," is obviously associated with "a democratic and freely-elected...


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SIR,—A cathedral clock has just announced in stentorian tones that it is 4.0 a.m. At one, two and-three o'clock it has reminded me that whilst time flies it can equally hang...


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Sm,—African students are coming to British universities and colleges in increasing numbers, and the State, as represented by the Colonial Office, is providing advisers, welfare...


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Additional paper is being released, and we are now in a position to accept orders for an unlimited number of subscriptions for THE SPECTATOR. Subscription rates : Inland or...

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THANKS TO A DONOR SIR,--Your splendid paper The Spectator comes

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to me regularly. I under- stand somebody pays for it to give me opportunity to read the valuable articles it contains. Please forward to the unknown donor my gratitude 1


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THE- season becomes fully open on October 1st, when pheasants may be shot. The birds will be given this season a rather longer lease of safety- than usual, for in spite of gales...

Monkish Birds That most thorough observer and-naturalist, Mr. Richard Perry,

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laments in his latest book that the monks, who kept regular records, paid no attention • whatever to natural history. My experience of monkish chronicles (which is very thin and...


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SIR, —The crimes of the German war loaders have been proved, trial has followed and sentences fixed. But these leaders are-being punished as a consequence of having lost the...

ENGLISH-SPEAKING GERMANS Sta,—In reference to the correspondence in your columns

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on English- speaking German prisoners in this country, and particularly to the one- third of " Janus's " audience who understood his lecture in English, this is, as pointed out...


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Sta,—I am sorry for not agreeing with Mr. Nicolson, saying in his "Marginal Comment," of September 27th, th a t the French "will seldom undertake foreign travel unless they are...

Posia,9* Am - this issuer Inland, Overseas, Id.

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Poisoned Young - A controversy has arisen on the subject

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of birds poisoning theht youn g if threatened with captivity. The Duke of Bedford, that great authority, seems to be among those who consider the belief a mere superstition, as...


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SIR, --On behalf of the London Gardens Society, I am writing to ask your country readers whether they would kindly share some of the plants they will now be dividing up with our...

In My Garden One shrub in my garden every year

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rubs in the neglected truth that it is a mistake to give very good soil to bushes or trees precious for autumn coloration. It is a sumach that refuses to take on its proper...

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Shakespeare's Comic Characters THERE was probably nobody better qualified than John Palmer to write on Shakespeare's comic characters. He had pondered much on comedy, had...

Mme. de Serilly

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READERS in general like either a happy ending or a moral. If the hero dies young they expect that his misfortune should be due to a flaw in his own character, or that he should...

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Confucian China

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China Moulded by Confucius. By Dr. F. T. Cheng. (Stevens. 18s.) As Special Commissioner of the Chinese Government for the Exhibition of Chinese Art in London in 1935-36, Dr....

Modern Man in a Ferment

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Must England Fall ? By H. Bennett. (Allen and Unwin. 10s. 6d.) Tao first reaction to this book is likely to be impatience. Somebody, the reader feels, should have told Mr....

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Text Book for Administrators

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Federalism and Regionalism in Germany : The Division of Prussia. By Arnold Brecht. (Oxford University Press. 18s.) This monograph should be useful both to academic students of...

Victorian Auguries

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Roaring Century. By R. J. Cruikshank. (Hamilton. 12s. 6d.) THIS lively and interesting book is written in the slick epitomising style which is proper to the more agreeable type...

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Queen Victoria's - Aunt Queen Adelaide. By Mary Hopkirk. (John Murray.

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15s.) QUEEN ApELAIDE has left but faint traces in popular memory. A great Australian city bears her name. She is still known to members of the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars as...

Men Who March Away

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Confession of Faith. By Peter Baker. (Falcon Press. 7s. 6d.) " WHAT of the faith and fire within us r the poet asked, and this is the question which Mr. Baker has set -out to...


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The Blue Danube. By Ludwig Bemelmans. Illustrated by the Author. (Hamish Hamilton. 8s. 6d.) Palladian. By Elizabeth Taylor. (Peter Davies. 8s. 6d.) THE name of Ludwig...

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Tono-Bungay, The New Machiavelli, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The

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Time Machine and Other Stories, A Short History of the World, The War of the Worlds, Love and Mr. Leivishatn, The Invisible Man, Kipps. (Penguin Books. ls. per volume.) OF the...

Shorter Notices

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THIS analysis of the "silver" of Melanchthon against the "gold" of Luther is Very much a specialist study for theologians and his- torians. It is divided into chapters on...

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By CUSTOS HELPED by some positively resounding dividend increases and to a smaller extent by Wall Street's partial recovery of poise markets here have striven valiantly to...