1 JANUARY 1965

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FRIDAY, JANUARY I, 1965 No. 7 I 2 3 Established 1828

Colour and the Citizen

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I T is not necessarily a matter for satisfac- tion that the three Members of Parliament (Fenner Brockway, defeated in the election, is now a peer) who wrote recently in the...

--Portrait of the Week— -

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RECORD CHRISTMAS, of course, in money spent, sents bought, and numbers travelling abroad, t not, thankfully, in road deaths. In a six-day riod they equalled last year's total...

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Exit Dr. Beeching

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T o understand why Dr. Beeching is going back to ICI calls for more than hints and guess- work about personal disagreements. In letting him go, the government has jerked awake...

Can Nigeria Hold ?

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KEITH KYLE writes: Drastic steps will have to be taken to save Nigeria's existence after the farce of Wednesday's election. At the time of going to press the latest reports from...


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The Tories and the Market Researchers T HE turn of the year has brought signs that the Tories are beginning to get over the shock of defeat. This is not too soon for their own...

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The Price of Everything

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From SARAH GAINHAM DONN M y diplomatic friend took firm hold of his glass and lowered himself into his arm- chair. . . . But why do you think the agreement on grain prices the...

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Political Commentary

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Predictions for the Year 1965 By ALAN WATKINS (With acknowledgments to the late Isaac Bickerstaff) J ANUARY. In this Month Mr. Callaghan promises that an Announcement upon a...

Off the Ground

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Britain, unlike other powers, cannot a f ford to keep bomber patrol permanently airborne against the danger of a nuclear attack. Within the next weeks the Prime Minister will...

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Nlaya Prekrasnaya Ledy

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I see that My Fair Lady was performed in Moscow to enthusiastic audiences, but the Columbia Broadcasting System, which owns 70 per cent of this incandescent property, was not sb...

Scoop How was it that The Times was the only

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paper to carry a report of Miss Joyce Lang's remarks on Kidbrooke comprehensive school? Had one of Sir William Haley's acolytes intruded into private grief? Impossible. What...

Family Doctors' Pay

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A Bad Year for Patients ? By PAUL VAUGHAN A MESSENGLR from the Ministry of Health delivered a large manila' envelope at the porter's lodge of the British Medical...

After the Vote I find the division lists on Second

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Reading of the Abolition of the Death Penalty Bill a fascinat- ing' study. It is of course anyone's guess as to why some members (about ninety) abstained from the vote. My own...

Spectator's Notebook

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Mr. Wilson for - :ing?

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The Guardian, in an attempt to explain the complexities of the Italian presidential elections, transferred the scene to Britain. I am myself lead- ing a coalition with Mr....

Through the Mesh

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The first conception of our social services was that of a safety net spread beneath the old and the sick, the incompetent and the unlucky. We have moved a long way since then...

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The Trustees of the Richard Hillary Fund announce the creation of the Richard Hillary Memorial Prize to be awarded annually by the Trust. The prize of £400 will be given for a...

A Place In My Mind*

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Edinburgh's Smoky Scene By HUGH MACDIARMID I N Mr. Moray Maclaren's splendid anthology, The Wisdom of the Scots, published two years ago, equipped with wise and witty profiles...

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The Racket at the Other End Fay TAYA ZINK1N N OBODY knows how many Pakistanis there are in Britain, but there are certainly well over 100,000. At present we hear of the demand...

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Instead of the Gallows

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By GILES PLAYFAIR W HAT is to replace the death penalty? In a television interview before the second reading of his new Bill, Mr. Silverman remarked that capital punishment was...

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Blood and Thunder

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Not by SHAKESPEARE T HERE is little doubt that the only thing to have emerged honourably from Shakespeare's quater- centenary was the institution of quatercentenaries....

The Authority of Failure

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From MURRAY KEMPTON T HE triumphs of Franklin D. Roosevelt have been Mr. Johnson's compulsive model since his accession. Now he will be inaugurated after an electoral victory...

Mondays at 9.10 p.m.

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Native Language

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SIR, — Why did not Domhnall Mac Amhlaigh write in English? demands Frank O'Connor (let's be sociable and call him Mickey Donovan from Cork, who spoils our Christmases on...

Nothing Personal

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SIR,—Mr. Maclnnes's review of Nothing Personal contained two such important errors of fact that I feel they deserve correction. He seems to be saying that I used a collection...

Books for Children

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SIR, — Quoodle puts quite-a number of his four feet in it when he demands that publishers should 'in- dicate the approximate age of the reader for whom the books are intended.'...

* SIR,-1 note with extreme interest that none of the

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correspondents who support immigration into the UK live in an area with a large immigrant popula- tion. This is very significant as it shows a certain amount of ignorance on the...

John Bull's Six Counties

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SIR,_ Mr. Alexander Walker raises the old canard about religion being the source of discord in Northern Ireland—when any schoolboy there could tell him it is racial. The word...


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From: Mavis Singleton, Duncan Bryson, Dane Hallame, E. M. Gregory, R,011 Huzzard, Edgar L. Thomsen, John Pudney, Patrick Conleth. McGee, Richard A vedon. Rennie Bere, J. C....

Labour's Left

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Sts,—Mr. Alan Watkins' may well be right when he points out (December 18) that the main weakness of the left in the Labour Party has been our pre- occupation with questions of...

In Search of a Policy

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SIR, — If, as Mr. Alan Watkins states, the Conserva- tive Party 'is in process of becoming, or trying to become, the party of the consumer,' I trust that it will also be...

SIR,—I would have thought that in Sir Cyril Osborne's phrase

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'a chocolate-coloured mixed Afro- Asian society' the emphasis was on 'mixed Afro- Asian' and not 'chocolate-coloured. What presum- ably he is concerned about is not so much the...

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SIR,—I would like to draw the, attention of your readers to 'The Napoleon I Society,' which is now in the process of being formed. The principal aims of the society will be to...

Trust and Duty

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SIR,—Mr. Davenport, in his article in your issue of December 18, makes a statement which is so wide of the truth that it must cast doubt on the validity of the rest of the...

Torture and South Africa

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SIR,—It would appear from his letter (December 18) that Provincial Editor' has little or no first-hand knowledge of South Africa. Surely it is just as wrong to champion as to...

Lost Deposits

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SIR,—The barriers which stop ordinary men and women from standing for Parliament should be lowered, and no new barriers erected. The £150 deposit is intended to deter, but is...


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.Sta.—'Spectator's Notebook,' December 18: 'I am often baffled . . .' (signed) Quoodle. Oh fi, sir, fi. Gill Mile, Stanton Harcourt, Oxon CHARLES KIMBER

Notes from a Refugee

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Sta,—Mrs. Price's use of the words 'saboteurs' and 'traitors' to describe 'such' as Mr. Randolph Vigne reminds me that I once stood guard, as I do believe, over the present...

African Politics

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SIR,—Mr. Smyth's letter in the Spectator of DeCem- ber 25 is full of, inaccuracies and exaggerations. He also uses the argument, as many others have done, that because Southern...

Overseas Resettlement

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SIR,—From your correspondence columns of December 18 I sec that Mr. D. G. P. Taylor, after six months' rest, has remounted his hobby-horse and come back for another tilt at the...

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Next to Shakespeare . . . ? By NEVILE WALLIS C HARLES LAMB, who lived surrounded by Hogarth's engravings, declared roundly that this eighteenth-century pioneer was 'perhaps...


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SOME say it's feckless to have two subsidised opera houses running the same piece during the same season and almost over- lapping: but Madam But- terfly in English at Sadler's...

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In Front of the Servants

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B y MALCOLM RUTHERFORD Our Man Crichton. (Shaf- tesbury.)—Aladdin. (Pal- ladium.)—Lady Audley's Secret. (New Arts.)— Peter Pan. (Scala.) BARRIE'S The Admirable Crichton...

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A Certain Style

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By ISABEL QUIGLY Les Parapluies de Cher- bourg. (Cameo-Poly; 'A' certificate.) — Father Goose. (Odeon, Leices- ter Square; certifi- cate.)—Sex and the Single Girl. (Warner; 'A'...


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The Gilzean story began many months ago and gradually came to bore everybody except those intensely interested in Dundee, Torino, Sunderland, or Tottenham—hardly more than...

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BOOKS The Great Succession Struggle

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By ROBERT RHODES JAMES T HE Prime Minister, although still enjoying much respect, had too evidently outstayed his welcome. The last great measure on which he had set his heart,...

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Pushkin's Monument

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Eugene Onegin is the greatest poem in the Russian language and, arguably, the greatest Russian novel as well. Can it be made accessible to the English-speaking reader who has no...

Genius for Sale

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Pindar. By C. M. Bowra. (O.U.P., 50s.) BERGSON remarks, in Creative Evolution, that 'the Greeks trusted to nature, trusted to the natural propensity, of the mind, trusted to...

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Envoy Extraordinary

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Japan Past and Present. By Edwin 0. Reischauer. (Duckworth, 21s.) IT was one of President Kennedy's most suc- cessful and imaginative appintments tb send a former Professor of...

Peerless Jim Driscoll

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I saw Jim Driscoll fight in nineteen-ten. That takes you back a bit. You don't see men Like Driscoll any more. The breed's died out. There's no one fit to lace his boots about....

Fifteen Months

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Finland in Crisis 1940-1941. By Anthony F. Upton. (Faber, 45s.) THIS book starts in March 1940 when the Peace of Moscow closed the Winter War between Fin- land and the USSR; it...

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Years on the Gothic rack : Bells crashing down on green water, Lashing the tree trunks for growing The meadows for lying flat. And the flushed girls laughing At calf love....

My Naked Room

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My naked room, one plate on the strewn desk. One chair, one hairbrush, soapflakes on the bed. Three desperate postcards on the naked wall. Looks back at my sad eyes, and speaks...


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Tissue round a void, I pace Sunshiny pavements, watching shadows sprout From each foot, marvelling bow a vacant head Can plop a blob of darkness on a stone. But there...


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Old Short Word It struck two o'clock, her eyes met mine, fire from a gun. 'I'm sorry,' she said; 'it's a case of the old short word.' The weather was preparing to change. 'Is...

To a Timid Old Roisterer

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Slip gently out into the wintry night, Last bitter night, too harsh, too cold For shivering flesh, too dark when dying light Has puffed the candle out. You have been bold To...

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Nothing in Common

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Selected Poems of Edward Thomas. Edited by R. S. Thomas. (Faber, 6s.) Old Savage/Young City. By Nathaniel Tarn. (Cape, 15s.) This Cold Universe. By Patric Dickinson. (Chatto...

Diplomatic Diversions

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Documents on German Foreign Policy, 1918- 1945; Series 1), Vol. XIII, The War Years, June 23rd, 1941—December 11th, 1941. (H.M.S.O., 60s.) THESE two books stand at the...

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Mr. Wilson's Dilemma By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IN the week before Christ- mas I was engaged in a professional capacity in lending a lot of money to local authorities at 8 per cent...

It was a Simple Place

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The Torrents of Spring. By Ernest Hemingway. (Cape, 16s.) WHAT was it about Sherwood Anderson's later Prose which prompted Hemingway to throw to- gether this crude and patchy...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY D EARER money may affect Mercantile Credit more adversely than some of its competitors in the hire-purchase business, as it has an above- average ratio of net...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS M Y colleague having dealt last week with 1964 as the `annus horrendus' for investors, it is incumbent on me to say something of the prospect fot 1965. It is not, I...

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Consuming Interest By LESLIE ADRIAN The press, however, had had its own consumer- Protection service, like the News of the World's John Hilton Bureau, for many years, though it...

Labour-Saving Babies

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By. ANGELA LAMB ERT. THERE is no more gullible market than the parents of a first baby—unless it be the grandparents—and so a huge variety of gadgets pours into the nursery....

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The West's Awakening

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By MARY HOLLAND The cream cracker centenary is only the first of the national anniversaries to loom on the Irish horizon. This year there is also the cen- tenary of the birth...


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By PHILIDOR 211. J. MIKAN (Czech Tourney, 1962) BLACK (4 men) WHITE (5 men) WHITE to play and mate in three moves ; solution next week. Solution to No. 210 (Tura) : Q—B 2,...

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ACROSS.-1 Hardie. 4 Haggling. S Stuffing. '10 Baboon. 12 Manna. 13 Geosphcre. 14 Nitre. 16 Take stock. 17 Crack shot. 19 Butts. 21 Overladen. 22 Lathe. 24 Pashas. 25 Ossified....


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ACROSS I. Like a Restoration piece? (13) 9. Such an original way to tour 3. the outback (9) 4. III Whose seemingly was the hand 5. that supplied these dainties to I I. Pet's...