12 MARCH 1965

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A. Alvaret

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Portrait of the Week— WILSON'S WEEK: the Prime Minister went

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to Ger- many and put on a skilful performance, saying all the right things in all the right places. The Germans were reassured on reunification and on plans for an Atlantic...

Prime Minister Micawber

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T HE Government defeat last week could not have come at a better time for the Opposition, nor a more awkward one for the Government. For the Tories it came immediately after...


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Friday March 12 1965

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Mr. Wilson and the Germans SARAH GAINHAM writes from Bonn: The very factor that could have made the Prime Minister's visit to Bonn disastrous in fact turned it into a success....

Local Previews

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DREW MIDDLETON writes from Paris : The resident politicos and pundits usually consider local elections rather unreliable guides to national political attitudes. To some extent,...


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Amber Light Or Public Schools? RICHARD RHODES JAMES Henry Adams MARCUS CUNLIETE One year's subscription to the 'Spectator' costs £3 Ss. (including postage) by surface mail...

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Old Mao's Almanack

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OUR MOSCOW CORRESPONDENT writes : Not so much a meeting, more a rendezvous of the reluctant: they came, they talked, and they left without achieving much. The real im- pact...

The Doctors' Cure

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PAUL VAUGHAN writes : While the ceiling falls down in the hospital service, the balloon continues to go up in general Practice. On Monday the BMA announced that it had collected...

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The Press

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Top People's Daily By CHRISTOPHER BOOKER K LEN-EYED observers of Fleet Street's comings and goings have, in the past few days, noted the extension of hospitality by at least...

Gallop Through Salop

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It is proposed to withdraw the bus service to Clanton and Chin on account of the petrol tax. Clunton and Clunbury Clungunford and Clun, Were the furthest places The buses run....


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PAUL LEWIS writes from Brussels : Last week's agreement to set up a single executive authority for the whole of the EEC is one more step towards the Community's goal of a fully...

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Political Commentary

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After the Defeat By ALAN WATKINS T OWARDS the end of last Friday a minister I could be heard muttering angrily: 'Calls him- self a Chief Whip, does he? I could do the job...

Emperors Fall

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From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK T in Americanisation of East Asia must be proceeding more tidily than the dispatches have encouraged us to believe. General Nguyen Khanh has...

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Cricket in the Sun I wish I had been in

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Jamaica this week. Not just for the sun or its beauty or the friendly gaiety of its inhabitants. I read the reports of the first Test Match for the unofficial champion- ship of...

The Disenchanted Mouse Recent leading articles in the Spectator have

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been entitled The Mouse That Roared' and 'The Disenchanted.' Connoisseurs of the political art may take some enjoyment from these extracts from the speech of Mr. Zilliacus in...

Spectator's Notebook

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T HERE was rough poetic justice in the defeats 1 the Government suffered last Friday on the procedural motion to bring the Abolition of Capital Punishment Bill into the full...


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This chill winter has already seen the deaths of many political figures of the first magnitude: Churchill, Woolton, Monckton, Alexander of Hillsborough, and now Herbert...

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Black Man's Burden

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By COLLINGWOOD AUGUST 'Lamb cutlets? . . . There . . 'Mash or chips?' 'Peas?' 'Gravy for you?' T tin kind smile in your voice, dear lady, re- minded me, though vaguely, of...

In Praise of Satire

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Motions and counter-motions on a satirical BBC programme chase each other across the order paper of the House of Commons. Grave comment CI did not see it myself') fills the...

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A Place In My Mind

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The Intransigent City By W. R. RODGERS VEE here,' said a political speaker to a heckler at Hyde Park Corner, 'any more awkward- ness from you, my man, and you'll find 1 can be...

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Thoughts on an Incomes Policy-2

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A Sort of Immortality By ROY HATTERSLEY, MP I N those sophisticated circles where the eco- nomic theories of the late eighteenth century have recently returned to fashion,...

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'The Representative'

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SIR,—The reply by Marjorie Wallace to my criticism of the late Pope Pius XII, and of the rigid modern despotism of the Catholic Church, is a feeble attempt to defend what is...

Sta,—As a British subject and one who is immensely and

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unashamedly proud of his country's history and traditions, I take the strongest possible exception to the gratuitous denigration which informs the article from your...

Germany and the Queen

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S1R,—Your Bonn correspondent raiscs the question of a change of attitude on our side of the Anglo- German relationship. We may have been goaded into change to achieve...


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From : Michael I. Fennessy, Nicholas A. 1. Philpot, Dr. I. A. Hellen, Mark Goulden, Peter Grosvenor, Rabbi S. Warshaw, Bernardine Bishop, Canesh Lall, L. T. Peabody, The Bishop...

Frustrations for Motorists

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SIR,—Quoodle tells us in some sorrow that it took him one and a half hours to get round the North Circular to London Airport the other day and con- sequently he missed his...

The Rule of Law

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SIR, —Commenting last week on the new system of electing the leader of the Conservative Party, Quoodle calls it a victory for Bonar Law. And he goes on to say, inter alio, that...

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sm,—i can understand when the British people discriminate against Indian, Pakistani and African immigrants, since they are different in so many Ways from the British. But it...

Sta,—Rabbi S. Warshaw's letter on February 26 re- quired,. quite

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another kind of answer from that Printed last week. Whether official Vatican opinion thought it betteropolicy to suppress or to ignore the Projeeted performance of The...

John Bull's Six Counties

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figure of the British Unionist majority th Northern Ireland presented by Sir Knox Cun- ningham, MP, must be seen against this political b ackground:. (I) gerrymandered electoral...

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Black, Brown and Beige By HUMPHREY LYTTELTON I F a Duke Ellington concert tour is nowadays fairly predictable, then so too are the reactions to it. Among the critics, the...

Quite Alnght?

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SIR,—Your correspondent S. Percival objects to the use of 'alright' for 'all right.' Regrettable though it may seem, the Shorter Oxford Dictionary (1959 edition) acknowledges...

SIR,—Lookin g as I do to the Spectator for enlight- ened

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Tory views, I am much shocked by Quoodle's attitude to the Government's polity regarding cigarette advertising on television. Television advertising clearly reaches a much more...

Sta,—In your issue of February 26 Mr. Simon Raven reviewed

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Professor J. W. Egerer's Biblio- graphy of Robert Burns in a parenthesis of six words (excluding the author's name and title of book). For you to have allowed this considerable...

Quoodle on Smoke

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SIR,—Me, I enjoy an occasional smoke, in suitable surroundings. But I never care to smoke, or to smell other people's smoke, in, say, a library, a petrol station, a church, a...

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Cacoyannis Zorba the Greek. (Canton, 'X' certificate.) H ow often a community is described through the eyes of a newcomer, an outsider: from Tom Brown's .Schooldays to...


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Not So Gentle Craft E VEN a minor Elizabethan comedy like Dekker's has a spaciousness that our own tortured dramaturgy cannot approach. Though it is a no-nonsense, no-poetry...

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Art and Science S EVERAL lifne6 last week BBC-1 approached what I take to be a serious subject. R. W. Reid's seventy - minute The Building of the Bomb was accompanied by...


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Poor American Cousins OMPARISONS, even when called for, can be ‘,. / misleading. How tempting it is to compare Britain's Western Theatre Ballet, which gave a new ballet in...

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BOOKS The Revolutionaries

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By MARTIN SEYMOUR-SMITH W HAT is often called the poetic revolution in this century, in the public sense of how the vast majority of readers react to what they read, was...

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Personal Crisis

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ALAN Ross's North from Sicily is the sort of book that might easily, and mistakenly, get written off as mere luxury travel-verse; elegant, shrewd, casually knowledgeable, it...

Impartial Perils

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Survey of International Affairs 1959-1960. By Geoffrey Barraclough. (0.U.P., 90s.) Documents on International Affairs 1960. Selected and edited by Richard Gott, John Major and...

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The Light Fantastic

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Boys and Girls Together. By William Goldman. (Michael Joseph, 30s.) IN Boys and Girls Together William Goldman has composed (or perhaps `compiled' is the better word) a...

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Poles Apart

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• By A. ALVAREZ T HE Poles have a tradition of double-talk. It is an inheritance from a long history of in- vasion, division and political rape by hordes, Of greater or less...

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• Goodbye Bretton Woods By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT I ET us now bury Bretton Woods and call another monetary conference—preferably in Paris where more good sense is being talked...

Go West, Young Man

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lie California Trail. By George R. Stewart. (Four Square, 5s.) An Overland Journey. By Horace Greeley. (Mac- donald, 35s.) THE frontier in America is the chief source of...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY R OSS GROUP has been greedy for acqui- sitions as the £6 million brought in last Year by a rights issue was soon swallowed up, since there were still loans...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE decline in the Treasury bill rate to 6.44 per cent suggests that a cut in Bank rate is round the corner, although it may have to wait until the budget. The...

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Gas Attack By LESLIE ADRIAN THE underground war be- ing waged by the local elec- Other, more subtle, arrangements included agreements to reduce the connecting charge pro-...

Fun of the Fair

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By MARY HOLLAND The human element live up to their parts with no direction at all. There are the tragi-comic vignettes caught in groups between the automatic dishwashers and...

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WHITE (to men) mum to play and mate in two moves ; solution next week. Solution to No. zzo (King) : K—Kt 3, no threat. K—Q 5 ch ; 2 P—B 4. K—B 3 ch ; 2 P—K 5. z .. . P—B 3; 2...


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By ALAN BRIEN FRANKLY, I never thought this day would come— March 12, 1965. It still looks highly improbable to me, much further off than, say, April 1, 1984. But they've...

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ACROSS.-! Pestle. 4 Spectrum, 10 Polecat. 11 Reredos, 12 Noon. 13 Cornishmen. 16 Allies. 17 Navarre. 20 Pariahs. 21 Mettle. 24 Easterlies. 25 Iris, 27 Modicum. 29 Furious. 30...


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ACROSS 25. 1. The Lawrence of Australia (8) 5. A rise leads to quick work. at Cape Kennedy? (6) 9. Heaps of whipped theam? (8) 10. Hemingway's ancient mariner (3, 3) 12....