18 JANUARY 1946

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R EPORTS from Paris indicate that General de Gaulle and his Government may soon find themselves in a critical position. Apart from the position in the Assembly, where...

Truce in China • General Marshall is to be warmly

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congratulated on the success he has achieved in his difficult task cif negotiating a truce between the Chinese National Government and the Chinese Communists. Last Thursday a...

Hold Up in Bulgaria

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It has proved even more difficult in Bulgaria than in Rumania to carry out the terms of the Moscow agreement. In Rumania, as a result of the visit of The Three Power commission,...

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Trade Unions and U.N.O.

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A matter of the highest constitutional importance, which strikes at the very root of the fundamental conceptions on which the United Nations Charter is based, arose in Tuesday...

rj r _lining for Coal Mining

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Mr. Shinwell will do well to make. full use of the report on re- cruitment to the coal-mining industry which has been presented to him by the Mining Association. The report...

The Lord President Speaks

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Mr. Herbert Morrison follows a distinguished tradition of British politics in making important speeches on policy in the country as well as in the House. He has not been without...

The Board of Trade Pother

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Mr. Ellis Smith in his address to his constituents on Sunday seems a little to have overdramatised his resignation from the Parliamentary Secretaryship of the Board of Trade, a...

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O NE of the decisive results of the late war has been the rise of the United States of America to a position of almost unchal- lenged pre-eminence among the nations of the...

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T HE idea that Mr. Churchill might be the first Secretary-General of U.N.O. lends a certain zest to life. I see that optimistic stress is laid on the fact that when die...

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By A DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT T HE General Assembly of the United Nations, which met in Central Hall, Westminster, for the first time last Thursday afternoon, can look back on...

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By WILSON HARRIS I T needs a visit to Nuremberg to gauge the full depth' of Ger- many's defeat. Not that there is any danger of underrating the immensity of the avenging...

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By CLIVE TURNBULL I N a book on The Australian Language, published not long ago, Mr. Sydney J. Baker refered to the Australian "philistines who still talk of England as Home,...

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By HUGH GAITSKELL, M.P. N 0 useful purpose would 'be served by re-opening the Loan debate. Parliament has made its decision and there is little doubt that the country generally...

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to be hoped that the protests aroused by the threat to Ennerdale Lake may do something effective to check the relentless march of "industrial development" that has for years...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I T HAVE always regarded man as among the noblest of animals. I have convinced myself that our gift of memory enables us to profit, as no animal can profit,...

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Paintings of English Impressionists. As a sort of unintentional poultice to the abrasions caused to the public sensibility by the pyrotechnics of Picasso and the miniature...


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"ft might Be You." General release. — "Britain Can Make It. No. 1. ' Non-theatrical release.—" Whistle Stop." At the London • Pavilion. - - THE Ministry of Information -presents...

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Sut,—As the representative of an American publication I have been attending the trials of the men who have been charged under the Treason Act of 1351, and I would like to...


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Sitt,—In a letter which appeared in your issue of January tith Mr. Merlen was concerned about two points arising from my recent article in your columns. He feared that it might...


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Sta,—I was glad to read Mr. Hutchinson's letter entitled "Laws and the People" in your issue of January nth. Too much prominence cannot be given to the points which he raises,...

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Sm,—The Dean of Christ's College, Cambridge (one expected better things from Cambridge), advocates "population control," evidently meaning restriction, because if there are too...


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Su,—As I was in the Women's Section of the Singapore Internment Camp, and was therefore a fellow internee of Mr. Bennitt's, I was much interested in his article "Legacy of...


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SIR,—Your Art critic has given us his opinion as to the dirtiness of the Picasso paintings. Mr. Harold Nicolson has now stated his view of their ugliness. But when mere...

" N " OR " M "

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Sift,—Why should Bob Cratchet be classed with Dick Turpin and Jack the Ripper? It seems that for once the wise and witty Rose Macaulay has made a little mistake. I hope she will...


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SIR,— I have read with considerable interest the article and correspondence on this subject in your columns. My own experience and the fact that I have to fly again shortly ....

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VILLAGE SCHOOLS SIR,—In your issue of January 4th a correspondent

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from Gloucestershire calls attention to the dangers likely to follow from the closure of village schools. I am very glad to see her letter, as this kind of plan is being...

POLITICS SIR,—In The Spectator of January 4th it was pointedly

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asked in the Editorial Notes if the Conservative Party was "capable of making an equally vigorous and intelligent appeal" to the electorate to that of the Labour-Socialist...

"DEAD TOULON" SIR,—As one of the "much travelled and infinitely

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more tolerant soldiers" appealed to in his letter in The Spectator of January rith, may I say how strongly I resented F. C. Hainsworth's scurrilous attack upon "British...


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SOME years ago readers of The Spectator mos; generously provided a good part of the funds, desired for the bird obsertatory on Skokholm Island which has become famous among...

Damage from the Gales

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It is inevitable in any considerable gale that a number of elm trees crash, the only exceptions I can remember were in the years following the notorious hurricane of 1916, Which...

Preservation of England kis to be hoped that the preservers

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of England—the local rath . ei than the central—will show some measure in their protests against the substi- tution of use for beauty. Now it seems to me (judging largely from...

In My Garden For the third consecutive month we are

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still pulling faggots of delicious flowers from a few roots of Iris Stylosa, which is the one specie of the tribe that enables Iris fans to claim that you may pluck a blasom in...

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Thought and Style

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English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century, 1600 - 1660. By Douglas Bush. (Oxford : at the Clarendon Press 1945. 21s.) Tins is the first volume issued of what...

The Riddles of Asia

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Solution in Asia. By Owen Lattimore, with a preface by C. P. Fitz- gerald. (The Cresset Press. 7s. 6d.) IF the reader neglects to read Mr. Fitzgerald's admirable- preface to...

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Battle of the Tanks

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Our Armoured Forces. By Lieut.-General Sir, G. Le Q. Mane!. (Faber and Faber. 21s.) IT seems probable that the battle of the tanks, about which we only heard rumours during the...

Family Archives

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Nunwell Symphony. By C. Aspinall-Oglander. (Hogarth Press. 15s.) IN spite of its dissuading title, a florid heraldic wrapper and a singu- larly ugly arrangement of type, this...

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Shorter Notices

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Bishop Reginald Pecock. By V. H. H. Green. (Cambridge University Press. 12s. 6d.) PECOCK was an Oxford don who lived to see his books burnt at Carfax, a fifteenth century...


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By CUSTOS Mn. EDWIN FISHER, the chairman of Barclays Bank, who as usual is the first to make his annual statement, gives us a balanced survey . of the banking position without...

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PEACE-TIME PROBLEMS THE fifty-first ordinary general meeting of Barclays Bank, Limited, will be held at the Head Office, 54, Lombard Street, London, E.C., on January 23rd. The...