23 APRIL 1965

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BRITAIN'S ROE IN 1965 by loin Macleod Spectator

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— Portrait of the Week SPEAKING IN THE ORNATE grand ballroom

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of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Prime Minister told a cheering audience of upper-echelon American businessmen that his government had a ten-point programme for Britain's...


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Friday April 23 1965

Coriolanus's Mistake

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W HEN it is said of a man that he has a `sense of style,' there is usually implied a certain grudging admiration. President Johnson has a sense of style all of his own. It is...

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NEXT WEEK American Notebook

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Mr. Wilson Collects His Entry Permit From DAVID WATT WASHINGTON M R. WILSON'S visit to Washington last week was a significant success. This statement is not intended to mean...

CHRISTOPHER BOOKER writes: At any given time there is usually

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one news- paper that is Cock of the Walk (or in this case The Street). It is constantly setting the pace with new ideas and new techniques, it is envied by other newspapers as...

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Sex Squared

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With the new -tolerance of sexual activity young people were looking round for other ways of break- ing out of the sexual" pattern.—Dr. tinken, of the . Student Health Service,...

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Political Commentary

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The Nuffield Way By ALAN WATKINS frHE Nuffield election books, like London I Transport, are much used and much abused. They are impossible not to criticise, yet im- possible...

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Crisis in Gibraltar

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By ANTHONY BURGESS HE Gibraltarians have, up till now, always I been the first to admit that they had plenty to be thankful for. Against the hard bare fact of the rock,...

The Troubles of the Scottish Tories

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By 'JAMES HOLBURN I N 1959 the Tories in Scotland managed to lose seats against the national swing, and it was thought that they had probably touched bottom. The thought was...

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The 'hybrid' question came up almost un- observed in the

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Lords just before the recess, on the third reading of the Airports Authority Bill. This Bill is a 'general measure.' But tacked on to it at a late stage is a clause to implement...

Spectator's Notebook

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T OWARDS the end of last week a curious rumour was to be heard in the lobbies at Westminster. 'Woodrow,' it went, 'is weakening.' Of course, this did not refer to Mr. Wyatt's...

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The Impossible George Romney

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From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK EORGE Romney, the Republican governor of Va Michigan, was the main course on the open- ing day's luncheon of the American Newspaper Publishers'...

The Sunday Times account of Mr. Cousins's triumphs at the

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Ministry of Technology—he 'is acknowledged as one of the most substantial suc- cesses in the Wilson Government,' wrote James Margach, the paper's political correspondent— was...

What is now called the 'Easter Peace March' was a

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confused—and confusing—event this year. I was grateful to The Times for this detail : Perhaps more significant than any demonstration was the sight of the campaign's public...

Of course, political public relations are full of booby traps.

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For instance, Mr. Edward du Cann, the Tory Party chairman, has made Sir Alec look foolish by permitting—if not encouraging—the ludicrous publicity surrounding Mr. T. F....

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Reflections on Three Kinds of Power By IAIN MACLEOD E are not, except in moments of extreme aberration, an isolationist people. Ever Osince we passed from feudalism into...

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Hurrying Backwards

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S . lit. Sir Hamish MacLaren's sweeping statements In his letter to the Spectator (April 9) surprised me greatly. When he stated: 'The 1961 constitution allows African votes on...

Cricket and Politics

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SIR,.—Whatever Quoodle is, he isn't 'long-haired'— although judging from those so carefully trained strands, this isn't from want of effort. But this, as he well knows, has...

Master Betty

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SIR,—I am engaged in research for a book about Master Betty (1791-1874), known as the Young Roscius. I am anxious to get access to privatofr owned letters, newspaper cuttings...

Sia,—In Randolph Churchill's letter quoted by Christopher Booker last week,

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young ladies on the staff of the Queen are accused of ignorance possibly caused by being insufficiently Well travelled. Few of us can hope to be as well travelled as Mr....

Sts, - --Really, Canon Collins and other Labour apolo- gists cannot be

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allowed to get away again with the monstrous allegation that 'the roots of the Labour Party are in moral principles.' One of the chief supporters of this party is the trade...

SIR, Having read with pleasure the correspondence between Mr. Churchill

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and Mr. Stevens, 1 am never- theless puzzled by Mr. Churchill's reference to 'La Petite Larottsse.' is this one of the young ladies who work for the Queen or is it one of Mr....


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From : Olwen Battersby, J. G. Wood, R. .Nekosta Ayuru, John Davenport, L. G. Begg, Madeleine Ribillard, Dew Gardner, Frank Barraclough, Daphne Hereward, William Phillips, R. E....


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SIR,—'Great heavens! As a consistent professionitl reader and admirer of your paper 1 was horrified to discover' that Mr. Charles King, a correspondent for a news service, is...

Sts,—Two touring sides for the first time, Quoodle? In 1912,

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when the South Africans were here too, my father took me to see the Australians at Park Avenue. He said George Hirst was past his best, and, when he got Kellaway, Macartncy and...

Stout Cortez

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is time someone told that prince of political commentators, Alan Watkins, that Keats erred, that '-stout Cortez' never got within a thousand miles of the Pacific, that in...

SIR, —The delicious correspondence (revealed by Christopher Booker) between Mr. Stevens

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of the Queen and Mr. Churchill contained one major sur- prise: that Mr. Stevens himself can write. Anyone who can compose a phrase as thrilling as 'Having reeked your venom on...

The Race Bill

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SIR,—Would it count as race hatred, within the meaning of the Bill, if Africans demonstrated against white oppressors in Trafalgar Square? DAPHNE HEREWARD

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Commonwealth Preference By SHELDON WILLIAMS P RocoNsuLs and radicals alike find di ffi culty in providing a neat definition of the Common- wealth. All the old refinements of...

THEATRE Cloud-cuckoo-land

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The Birds. (Greek Art Theatre at the Aldwych.) A ISTOPHANES' Ornithes is all about being fed up with the modern world-414 ac or AD 1965—and getting out of Athens—or London— to...

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ART Gorky's Phantoms

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T HE fates were bent on destroying Vosnadig Adoian. Almost they succeeded when the Armenian boy, his family dispossessed by the Turks, trudged barefoot into Russia. In 1920 he...

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I SUPPOSE everyone has seen at least one exhibi- tion of

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amateur photography, with the prints impeccably composed and meticulously finished, the contrasts just right, the clouds white and firm, the picturesqueness tenderly emphasised...

CINEMA Nothing Special

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The Americanization of Emily. (Empire, ' X' certificate.) T r seems hardly fair to stick so many arguable 'points, and what I have a feeling are specious arguments, into a film...

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BOOKS The Two Faces of V. I. Lenin

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By GEORGE KATKOV N enigmatic face with V-shaped eyebrows stares from the glossy dust-covers. The blurbs, for which we fervently hope the authors are not responsible, inform us...

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Today the Struggle

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The Leper and Other Stories. By Milovan Djilas. (Methuen, 21s.) YucostAvis is in many ways an admirable country. But it is also one where the horrors of recent totalitarian...


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Places and People The Brigadier and the Golf Widow. By John Cheever. (Gollancz, 25s.) SOME years ago I read a long short story by Frank Sargeson in New Writing. Although I...

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Back to the Flux

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The Discovery of Time. By Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield. (Hutchinson, 35s.) THE first of these books is another excellent pro- duction of the Nuffield Foundation Unit for...

Boffins at War

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Tizard. By Ronald W. Clark. (Methuen, 50s.) TO service chiefs, to ministers and to armament engineers, Sir Henry Tizard seemed to be the fount of all scientific knowledge....

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No Place

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I was brought down In suburbs; Nurtured on asphalt, Stared up at the sky Through saw-toothed Tudor; Gates with rising suns, Gardens with plaster dwarfs Bounded my—what?...

Salvaging the Apocalypse

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The Faber Book of Twentieth Century Verse. Edited by J. Heath-Stubbs and D. Wright. (Faber, 21s.) THIS anthology, first published in 1953 and now brought up to date, has always...

Study in Genius

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He Cometh Leaping upon the Mountains. By George Andrzeyevski. Translated by Celina Wieniewska. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 21s.) Paper Albatross, By Rupert Croft-Cooke. (Eyre and...

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Budget Repercussions By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT O N April 27 the Finance Bill will be pub- lished, and it behoves all people of good will to stand up for the principles of Mr....

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY S IR MAURICE BRIDGEMAN, chairman of British Petroleum, states that the company is vitally affected by the budget, as nearly 100 per cent of group producing...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS OTIIING much can be expected of markets in the week before the Finance Bill is pub- lished. The slump in oil shares has caused great distress to the investment world,...

SOLUTION 710 CROSSWORD No. 1166 ACROSS.-I Paradise Lost. 9 Tont

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Kitten. 10 Treen. 11 Eponym. 12 Fly- paper. 13 Norman. 15 Flappers. 18 Embodied. 19 Carrot, 21 Carefree. 23 On edge. 26 Resin. 27 Oratorial. 28 Nightin g ales. DOWN.-1...


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ACROSS 1. One complement to g eraniums red (10) 6. Cows discover a vessel (4) 10. The sea of fear, one mi g ht classically surmise (5) 11. The quick way down, but likely to...

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Law of the Jungle By MARY HOLLAND But then the whole countryside from the A40 on out seems like a picture postcard for a festival of spring just now. Spring comes smug and...

Jam Traffic

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By LESLIE ADRIAN But there ' s still a deal of jiggery-pokery with the sweet stuff. No longer is it mainly colour- less, unidentifiable fruit pulp, bleached and pre- served...

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By PHILIDOR 227. H. W. and E. BETTMANN (First Prize, St. ,john's Globe, 1888) BLACK (8 men) WHITE (to men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves : solution next week. Solution...


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By ALAN BRIEN TN Monday's Daily Telegraph, there appeared the following news item : When a 13-year-old girl played truant from school, her mother, who was called from work,...