23 JULY 1965

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— Portrait of the Week PICTURES OF MARS, transmitted from America's

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probing spacecraft, suggested a planet of in- timidating emptiness: here below, crowded con- fusion proceeded as usual. The crew of an American reconnaissance aircraft found it...


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'One of the most serious effects of the Vietnam crisis is that it has put an end for all practical purposes to any serious dialogue between the Soviet Union and the West—...


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Friday July 23 1965

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Trouble on the Line MAURICE. GENT writes: When before the election Mr. Wilson was all agog with the wonders of the technological revo- lution and spoke so enthusiastically...


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The Future of Parliamentary Privilege LAIN MACLEOD Cambridge Modern History D. W. BROGAN One year's subscription to the'Spectator: £3 15s. (including postage) in the United...


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Ena Ena Tessara MICHAEL LLEWELLYN-SMITH writes : The streets of Athens have been ringing once again to cries of Ena Ena Tessara (114, the article of the Constitution which...

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The Eccentrics DEV MURARKA writes from Moscow: Slapstick comedy has never been a strong point of the Soviet cinema. It is not totally absent, but the tradition is a weak one...


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All Got Up by the Press? C HRISTOPHER BOOKER writes : Their first reward came on Sunday, June 27 --t he day after the Prime Minister's announce- ment at Glasgow that there...

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Political Commentary

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The Home Office Muddle By ALAN WATKINS PARTICULARLY against books the Home Secre- r tary is,' observes the customs officer in Vile Bodies before committing the manuscript of...

Low Company

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I have never known anything quite so dull As the Mogul. Nothing in the world is less attractive than The `company man.' I have no wish to spoil The fun of the bores who bore...

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The Fighter Little doubt, I think, that the dramatic career

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of Dr. Syngman Rhee, who died in Honolulu this week at the age of ninety, was one of the most turbulent of the twentieth century. It is sad that Rhee died in virtual exile from...

MPs' Chart Mr. Andrew Roth's summarised and charted comments on

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Members of Parliament are sadly superficial. His pamphlet however becomes hilarious because—at least in my copy—two pages are misplaced. Accordingly the personal characteristics...

Spectator's Notebook

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riloudirr I would write something nice about the Prime Minister this week. I have not perhaps always been as generous as I might have from to him, and I have had a letter (one...

Gus Air-Marshal Sir Augustus Walker is to be the next

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President of the Rugby Union, and a very popular one he will be. No one will lose more gracefully to us at Murrayfield next March. My favourite rugger boast is that once I...

Lib-Lab Pact °n Wednesday last week the entire Liberal army

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of ten MPs . marched away from the sound ,, gunfire to vote in favour of Mr. Cousin's T a stery of technology. The next day when it was , question of voting against the...

The Queen's Horses—and the Queen's Men Harry Legge-Bourke served for

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a dozen years in the Blues before entering Parliament in 1945. Now he has written, or rather rewritten, for his book first appeared in 1951, an enthralling account of the...

Forward from Gothic It is not easy to become enthusiastic

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about a piece of town planning which, it is said, may take fifty years to complete. Still, the plan for rede- veloping Whitehall and Parliament Square de- serves a general...

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Talking to . Strangers

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By COLLINGWOOD AUGUST T m3 hostel Govind used to run for overseas students tame into being mainly through the efforts of Labour party supporters. Govind him- selt—until...

Stevenson : the Saddest Story

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From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK A Lt. of us were young then, young and gay, and so for a while was he. That was thirteen years ago and it lasted only a few months. So the sad...

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The Right To Know

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By MILES PLAYFAIR N EARLY a decade ago, James Russell Wiggins, editor of the Washington Post, issued a powerful warning against continuing encroach- ment, in this age of...

What Happens to Public Schoolboys?

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By JOAN HILLS a N the whole, the public school sixth-forme r Si today does the same as his opposite numbe r e s j at the grammar school; he tries to get to lb ° ,' university,...

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Cold Cure

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By BRIAN BEHAN T AM addicted to swimming; I find it cheaper 'than drink and more relaxing. ,It has long been my delight to go over to our local pool to swim and cavort in the...

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The Press

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SIR, - -The accuracy of Christopher Booker's analyst' of the journalism that ended in 1950, as opposo l to the journalism that subsists in 1965, is evidenced every evening when...

Sexual Freedom

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Sts,-11 we must spy pruriently and constantly into other people's private lives, whether out of senile jealousy or out of what we believe to, be genuine concern, would it not be...

Abreast of the Age

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Six,- --Dr. John Holloway has caused me some anxiety. He says boldly that Matthew Arnold 'was a poet.' This poet. he adds, has 'a rich sense of fact'—in some things, this poet...

SIR; A namesake of mine, Drusilla Scott, writes on sexual

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freedom in your issue of July 9. I feel that I am as qualified as she is to write on this subject because I have not read Wayland Young either. But perhaps I have the additional...


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From : Dr. C. G. Elliott, Sarah Gainhant, Alastair Scott, M. M. Carlin, George Edinger, D. D. Mitchell, Terence de Vere White. Dr. Cameron's Casebook Sut,—Your editorial has...

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po etry Award sill_ -- ,r, ,„', -ae Irish Times offers

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a prize of £100 for elr. Competitors must not have reached the age 0 ' , thirty on November I, 1965, upon which date the 11 ° .MPetition closes. The poems must be originals, not...


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Hobohemians By DAVID BENEDICTUS Trelawney of the 'Wells.' (Chichester Festival Theatre.) — Puntila. (Aldwych.) — The Creeper. (St. Martin's.)--My Girl Herbert. (Lyric,...

The Spectator and the Proms

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A Study of Opinion Much interest has been aroused by the announcement of the study of opinion on the Promenade Concerts which the Spectator is undertaking with the...

Consuming Interest

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SIR , , —If your correspondent Leslie Adrian is a woman r e suggestion that her sex is given to nervous col- ° a pse when furnishing a home may not be so 'spuri- a s . a piece...

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Gazing at Waterfalls RITA IN and China share an attitude toward' n Do ature, and a feeling for nature poetry an d , descriptive landscape painting, so much alike 11 0 it has...


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Subergman Loving Couples. (Cameo-Royal; 'X'. certificate.) —Rotten to the Core. (Rialto; 'A' certificate.) 1-1E subject is neutral, beige, amorphous, I waiting to be worked...

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Pardoner's Tale E gives you confidence,' said the boy pop- 11. star, and then added, 'I really don't know what makes him tick.' The reference was to Jimmy Savile, the...


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Moses and Aaron in Tails I F I still go on about Moses and Aaron (an interim last word only), it is because this week's concert version by the Covent Garden company at the...

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BOOKS The Good Old Cause

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By J. H. PLUMB TN spite of the battering at the hands of 'historiographers as diverse in their attitude to life as Herbert Butterfield and Peter Geyl, the Whig view of English...

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Elusive Goddess

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Love Respell. By Robert Graves. (Cassell, 50s.) ROB ERT GRAVES is celebrating his seventieth b irthday with the publication of a splendid, l imited, lithographed edition of his...

The Anti-Whites

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The Puppeteers. By Harold Soref and Ian Greig. (Tandem Special, 5s.) • INDIGNATION in the name of an abstract prin- ciple is probably rather rare. Most people are indignant...

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`A Very Good Curiosity'

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Halifax. By the Earl of Birkenhead. (Hamish Hamilton, 63s.) THE life and career of Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, first Earl of Halifax, would appear to offer much solid...

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Before the Famine

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The Politics of Repeal. By Kevin B. Nowlan. (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 45s.) D R. NOWLAN collaborated with a substantial essay in the large volume on various aspects of The...

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It's a Crime

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May You Die in Ireland. By Michael Kenyon ' (Crime Club, 16s.) This is a 'natural' for the star of the month. Its quiet offbeat humour is never forced, as Willie Foley, the...

Jack's the Boy

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A Dedicated Man and Other Stories. By Eliza- beth Taylor. (Chatto and Windus, 21s.) Silence. By Yuri Bondaryev. Translated by Elisaveta Fen. (Chapman and Hall, 25s.) Provisions...

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AFTER THE DEBATE Where Do We Go From Here ? By EDWARD HEATH, MP A FrEft 211 hours of debate in twenty-one and a ..half days, the longest and most complex Finance Bill of...

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The Export Outlook in 1965-66

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By SIR WILLIAM McFADZEAN• T HE prospects of exports always depend upon three main factors. One is the ability of British manufacturers to produce goods of the right designs, in...

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The Future for British Car Exports

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By SIR DONALD STOKES* D URING 1964 the total value of exports fjom the motor industry was some £740 million, the biggest single contribution by any one in- dustry to the...

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Insurance—Its Progress and Problems

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By SIR GEOFFREY KITCHEN* T FIE insurance industry speaks with one voice through the British Insurance Association, but it is by no means a homogeneous business. It divides in...

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The Growth of Private Medical Care

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By PAUL VAUGHAN nROBABLY close on one and three-quarter r million people are members of a 'shadow' Health Service, subscribing to one of the provi- dent associations and...

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Modernising by Leasing

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By G. C. TRUSWELL" A LONG with many new management tech- niques, equipment leasing is growing in appeal to British companies. Leasing a large por- tion of one's equipment needs...

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Corporation Tax and Capital Exports

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By WILLIAM F. W. RAM* T EM revolutionary changes in Britain's taxation system this year may well affect our histori- cal role as an exporter of capital to the world. This could...

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The City

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Why Stock Markets Slump By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT C O far, the only conspicuous success which Mr. Callaghan can claim in his drive to restrain the rise in personal incomes and...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS HE market gave up trying to make sense of I Mr. Callaghan's contradictory remarks. In the House of Commons he said that the credit squeeze was biting and did not need...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY S IR PHILIP WARTER, chairman of Associated British Pictures, warns shareholders that there will be sonic reduction in profits this year, as the ITA levy will...

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The In and Out

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By LESLIE ADRIAN This terrible text is called The Drinking Man's Diet, costs five bob and comes from San Fran- cisco. The authors, Gardner Jameson and Elliott Williams, have...


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Another Part of the Forest By STRIX MY prowess as a sleeper first attracted attention during Zeppelin raids on London in the First World War. When these started our household...

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By ALAN BRIEN This game is rarely played in that raw and bloody manner where I live. (And I hope I need not say that I am against capital punishment of anybody—let alone of...


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By PHILIDOR 24o. F. GAMAGE (nit Prize, New York, 3943) BLACK (7 pieces) WHITE (to pieces) WHITE to play and mate in two moves ; solution next week. Solution to No. 239...

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ACROSS L ordly state of Oliver (12) NI ',Bow-place? The biggest ( ( 9 ) rhe e does one get muslin? I. (5 ) There, says Francois, is the Pavilion though you can't see it (6 )...


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ACROSS: I Carapace. 5 Eniured, 9 Highways. 10 Stymie. 12 Reeds. 13 Tahitians. 14 Boiling water. 18 Star- spangled. 21 Soap-opera. 23 Diver. 24 Ashlar. 25 Sheheens. 26 Dunlin. 27...