14 MAY 1965

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Alm Brien on Randolph Bullock on 1945 Burgess on Show

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Honey on N. Vietnam Merrell on Mortgages Watkins on Brown

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Dr. Hyde and Mr. Hyde

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T FIE custard-pie ending to the steel debate should not blind us as to the identity of the villain. It certainly wasn't Mr. Fred Lee. Nobody told him what was going on and he...

Portrait of the Week

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IT WAS JUST LIKE OLD TIMES in the Labour party, as the steel vote toppled the Government off its 'tightrope and there followed all the tradi- tional ritual of left versus right...


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Friday May 14 1965

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DEV MURARKA writes from Moscow: Stalin butchered them, Khrushchev disgraced

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them. Brezhnev and Kosygin are gingerly de- moting them. Those suspected of too strong a loyalty to the past never had a comfortable time in the Soviet set-up. But they are more...


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What the Vote Meant LEO BARON writes from Bulawayo: By the time polling day arrived the electorate, thoroughly bemused by a campaign which must surely be unique, had clearly...


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The Violent Entertainers An inquiry into professional wrestling HILARY SPURLING • Cairo Journal DESMOND STEWART • James Gould Cozzens DAVID REES One year's subscription...

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GEOFFREY BLOCK writes: The provisional recommendations of the Parliamentary Boundary

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Commission for Eng- land provided the usual combination of severe electoral blows and welcome political bonuses that these proposals inevitably engender. Mar- ginal Barons Court...

CHRISTOPHER BOOKER writes: Dog may not actually eat dog—but that

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doesn't stand in the way of most dogs having a good bitch when the .opportunity arises. Like, for in- stance, that longtime King of the Inside Story Mr. Chapman Pincher who, in...

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The Mortgage Jungle

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By A. .1. MERRETT S OME 70 per cent of the 1.1 million houses which change hands in Britain every year are primarily financed through mortgages from one source or another and...

THE LAW Wardships and Secrecy

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R. A. CLINE writes: A fortnight ago this column noted signs of an outbreak of sustained parliamentary sniping at judicial decisions. The firing has certainly not died down, for...

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Political Commentary

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Mr. Brown's Famous Last Words By ALAN WATKINS E are governed by words,' said Stanley Baldwin, and the events of the past week have certainly borne out the truth of his...

The Government's Brown Paper

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When it appeared to Mr. Lee A Paper White as white could be, The Government's last Fiat, Then Donnelly must needs complain His conscience bade him to abstain, And so did...

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The Man in the NATO Maelstrom By SYLVIA SPRIGGE N o Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has found the post a sinecure. When Dirk U. Stikker resigned...

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MLF Again

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Last week the MLF study group resumed its sessions in Paris. This week of course the NATO Foreign Ministers have been meeting in London. The continuing study group provides a...


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Sir Kenneth Pickthorn's book review in this issue reminds me of the only occasion he ever Offered me an apology—and a very Pickthornian one it was. I was, as Leader of the House...

Glossary The steel debate adds some fascinating quo- tations to

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the parliamentary dictionary. 'I find this a sad occasion' means 'I am going to vote for the Government.' Absence owing to 'the calls of nature' means 'Mr. George Brown has...


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Cinema fans and the disarmers alike know that `defence intellectuals' such as Dr. Strangelove, and Professor Groteschole of Fail Safe, who terrifies the big brass with his easy...

Spectator's Notebook

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'Why can't a woman with a wooden leg change a pound?' 'Well, why can't a woman with a wooden leg change a pound?' 'Because she's only got half a (k)nicker.' (Applause....

Rugby League

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Old prejudices die hard and no one could be more prejudiced in favour of Rugby Union than Quoodle. All the same, the best game I've seen this year of either code was the Rugby...

Death Sentence

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One of the first recommendations of the Par- liamentary Boundary Commissioners has been to abolish the constituency of Enfield West. The news was, of course, expected, indeed...

Enter Jeremy

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That Jeremy Isaacs is going to edit Panorama is excellent news. He has one of the quickest and best minds in television. But old anchor-man Dimbleby is going to stay, and...

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Unconditional Surrender By ALAN BULLOCK S EEN across the space of twenty years the spring and summer of 1945 now appear a narrow strip of sunlight between two tunnels. Ever...

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Uncle Ho's Asian Paradise

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By P..1. HONEY A THOUGH Vietnam has for years been one of the world's major danger spots and the press daily reports news of South Vietnam, conditions in the Communist-ruled...

Man of Goodwill

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By KENNETH PICKTHORN,MP A Companion of Honour,* by Colin Coote, is the story of Walter Elliot. To anyone coming new to the story, the title may at first seem slightly precious...

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From: Philip M. Williams, Sir Joshua Hassan, C. Montegrifjo, Patrick Spain, Judy Williams. W. H. N. - Hotopf, Lord Kinross, Professor Sir Denis Brogan, Lewis Nkosi, Ian Hunter,...

SIR,—A letter published in your issue of May 7 on

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the Gibraltar crisis signed by Mr. Dudley Davies, has caused great consternation in Gibraltar, and the allegation that we are 30,000 foreigners shows how little Mr. Davies knows...

Back to the Flux

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SIR,—Dr. Flew, in his review of my book, Lan- guage, Thought and Comprehension, in your issue of April 23—a review 1 have only just come across - says that my book is about the...

Crisis in Gibraltar

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SIR,—In your issue of May 7, Mr. D. G. Davies asks three questions about the British possession of Gibraltar and invites valid answers. Starting with his third question, I...

Slit,—Mr. Davies's defence of General Franco's attitude towards Gibraltar would

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Make more sense if the Spaniards themselves were to make the gesture in handing back Ceuta to the Moroccans. or perhaps he is unaware of the bitterness which exists in Moroccan...

The Race Bill

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am dining in a crowded restaurant with my fiancé and his mother; she does not like me very much. The conversation gets a bit heated and she an- nounces, in tones that can be...

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Straining Sympathy?

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SIR, —When, a few years ago, the then Archbishop of Canterbury (Dr. Fisher) suggested that British intellectuals should spend less time harping upon the horrors of thermonuclear...

A Single Thought

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SIR,—The Spectator. May 7, p. 607. Reviewers' har- mony: Column 1. 'Second novels are notoriously difficult' —Olivia Manning. Column 3. 'Second novels are notoriously...

Commonwealth Festival

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am grateful to you for your article 'Com- monwealth Preference' concerning the Common- wcatth Arts Festival, which is to be held in the autumn between September 16 and October...

SIR,—I hope you will permit me to refer to an

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in- cident which occurred several months ago in view of the fact that I have only recently seen the article on Mr. Warbey's visit to Vietnam in your issue of February 19, and...

Foot Cavalry

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• SIR.—In last week's Spectator. Mr. Goronwy Rees classed Thomas Jonathan Jackson as one of the Southern cavalry leaders in the War of the Rebellion. His famous infantry corps...


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SIR, I regret to say that Mr. Mervyn Jones in his letter of May 7 is completely wrong in his concep- tion of American students. Besides the fact that I find his comparisons of...

SIR,--1 find it difficult to follow Mr. Driberg's logic. lf,

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in 1938, armed Nazi aggression should have been resisted—I agree wholeheartedly with him that it should—why should armed Communist aggression not be resisted in Vietnam today?...

Message Delayed

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StR,—Quoodle is too hasty in his praise of his recent discovery, the Post Office messenger service. I have been using this service for years. Once it served me admirably. But...


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SIR,-1 could be wrong: I could have misread Mr. H. B. Isher . wood's letter in the Spectator of May 7: but froni my cursory reading of the letter it seemed to me that Mr....

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Schools and Systems By TERENCE B E N DIXSON I T is often said that schools have been one of Britain's notable architectural successes since 1945. One indication that this may...


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Blues for Mr. Baldwin Blues for Mr. Charlie. (The Actors' Studio, Ald- wych.)—The Solid Gold Cadillac. (Saville.) —Portrait of a Queen. (Vaudeville.) APPROACHING James...

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the narrator, Anthony Lawrence, the BBC's Far Peculiar, perverse and

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absurd thin g s happenin g on the box. There was Early Bird, for instance, Exotic Week In spatter bits of bull-fighting and heart sur g ery With the idea that it is simultaneity...

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JAZZ All Star

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AC CORDING to legend, Winston Churchill once ..said about Stanley Baldwin, 'Hist'ory may be harsh on that man'—then, as an afterthought— 'indeed, history will be harsh on that...


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Splits in the Western Shaw's Prefer Invitation to a Gunfighter. (London Pavilio disguis 'U' certificate.) was a W ESTERNS were once thought as lowly 3 . 11 e see comics, as cosy...

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The Two Shaws By ANTHONY BURGESS W I I LN I was in the sixth 'form in the late 1930s, it was considered smart to say that Shaw's prefaces were better than his plays. Young...

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The Man of Good Sense

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Samuel Johnson: Selected Writings. Edited with an introduction and notes by R. T. Davies. (Faber, 45s.) Poems. By Samuel Johnson. Edited by E. L. McAdam Jr. with George Milne....

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Means of Protection

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As plovers trail their wings To hide t nest from men's concern, Right lovers turn Talk that nears treasured things. The best of judgment says No case is won by what speech...

Two Poems

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By VERNON WATKINS Vultures Fling bones to vultures, who dissect Thoughts of a living man when dead. Trust the wide wings to spread his shade And win what he hates most, respect.

700 Years

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Battle Royal. By Sir Tufton Beamish. (Muller, 35s.) ALL countries cherish their myths. We in par- ticular believe, and with some reason that parliamentary government surt,:d on...

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Bugs, Mice, Cockroaches

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The Carlyles at Home. By Thea Holme. (O.U.P., 35s.) MRS. THEA HoLme, wife of the Curator for the National Trust of 24 Cheyne Row, has written a modest but informative and...

Brave New Behaviourist

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Crime and Personality. By H. J. Eysenck. (Rout' ledge and Kegan Paul, 25s.) Experiments in Behaviour Therapy. By H. 1 . Eysenck. (Pergamon Press, £5.) EYSENCK was probably...

An Active Anthology

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THE current issue of Agenda presents a small `anthology' of new English poetry. There is no introduction or manifesto—simply an attempt to show as inclusive a range of the best...

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Zentimental Journey. Olura. By Geoffrey Household. (Michael Joseph, 25s.) I WAS recently reminded by a waspish fellow- journalist that I had praised Morris -West's first novel...

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North of Berwick

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Slowly the sea is parted from the sky: The light surprises, crinkling on the water. The white sun hardens; cliffs solidify. A long coast of red rock where three swans Engraves...

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A Welsh Elegy

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Ly , tside the House of Baal. By Emyr Humphreys. nib , (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 30s.) 14 1112 HUIVIPHREXS is one of the most gifted of 's ntemporary novelists. He has an...


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By PHILIDOR 230. C. MANSFIELD (1st Prize, Evening Standard, 1930) BLACK (6 men) WHITE (to men) 1 !I rt: to play and mate in two moves; solution next k. Solution to No. 229...

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Investment Notes By CUSTOS T HE second week of the Stock Exchange ac- count has opened on a quiet note, most of the activity being confined to active dealings in steel shares....

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY sec 1964, group sales of Gallaher, cigarette and ; eq ' bacco manufacturers, rose to £429.6 million, chi ting the duty increase in April and the g prices in August....

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The Writted Word By LESLIE ADRIAN It is her second experience of a writ for libel during her long career in what we now choose to call consumer protection. Those with com-...


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ACROSS 27. 1. A sea of green cheese? Well, it's calm, anyway (12) 9. Ship's cook? No, vice versa! (9) 10. The philosopher of the porch, but hardly the home-spun sort (5) 11....

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1169 ACROSS.-1 Rocket. 4 Conjoint. 8

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Sea- scape. 10 Amuser, 12 Riser. 13 Neat- herds. 14 Moles. 16 Yieldablc. 17 Lambs- wool. 19 Steam. 21 Sonic bang. 22 Inter. 24 Antrim. 25 Streamed. 26 Endogamy. 27 Adorer. •...

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By ALAN BRIEN THE first time I met Ran- dolph Churchill, he was standing alone in the exact centre of what seemed an enormous patterned carpet in his Westminster draw- ing-room....