26 JANUARY 1962

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ON TWO TYPES OF SOCIALISM D. W. Brogan Julian Critchley, Me John Mortimer

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JJ uuus NvERERE's decision to resign from the Prime Ministership of Tanganyika is, para- doxically, one of the few hopeful signs out of Africa in recent weeks. The process...

—Portrait of the Week

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MPS CAME BACK after the hols., and mem- bers of the Committee of 100 sat down in the central lobby and had to be carried out. Lord Lambton told his constituents that there had...

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No. 6970 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 1962

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New Hospitals

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be levelled at the Minister of Health's new Plan for Hospitals; that it ought to have been drawn up and published years ago. The excuse that adequate funds have 'only now become...

Back to Work

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D ARMAMENT re-assembled on Tuesday with a good deal on its mind. The Government started off in fine style with yet another over- blown intervention, on the increasingly incon-...

The Young Lag

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W E tend to think of criminals as old lags, but in fact they are not old; not even middle-aged. In the Twentieth Century's current issue, devoted to a survey of what's wrong...

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Over the Weir

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From JOHN LAMBERT BRUSSELS A FIER a total of over 150 hours of ministerial .M sessions, the Common Market is over the biggest single hurdle of the whole transitional period:...

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Westminster Commentary

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Made Glorious Summer By JULIAN CRITCHLEY, MP p ERHAPS. But who will be the Son of York? Mr. Edward Heath? Whoever he may be there is no doubt that he will be made very welcome,...

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Two Types of Socialism

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By IAN GILMOUR , the second. The trouble with Socialism is that both are right. If a reactionary is somebody who longs to return to a golden age which never existed, Mr. Jay is...

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To Fire the Thames

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By JOHN COLE s it possible for a trade union to take industrial I action and gain general public support for it? Or are strikes, by their very nature, unpopular with most people...

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The Breath of Life

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By CHARLES GIBBS-SMITH wo million people in England,' I see from la recent issue of a medical journal, 'consult their doctor each year with bronchitis; in fact, one person in...

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Sta,—I have too great a respect for Mr. Darsie Gillie

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lightly to contradict him; the questions he raises are too important to be answered with verbal sleight-of-hand. The court which will try the French- men (who are to have French...

Stn.--We would like to call your attention to the dis-

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crepancy in the facts which occur in the article en- titled 'Consumers, Unite!' by Victor Gordon in your January 12 edition. In the second to, last paragraph in the third...

SIR.—Bo,th Mr. Gordon and Mr. Copland overlook the main charge

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against advertising, which is that by continual use of verbal exaggeratiOn, particularly false superlatives, it debases the language. This is even more harmful socially than the...

done, Brian Copland! It is Many years since the thesis

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he offers was made into mincemeat but it is still confidently ofiered whenever .advertising is criticised. Mr. Copland: 'Advertising men know that it is very difficult 'indeed...

Sin,---Mr \ Copland's advice • to the consumer-1f you don't

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like the advertising, don't bay , the goods' —doesn't work. I've been applying it for years with- out visible result. Nothing on earth would induce me to purchase a variety of...

SIR,—'The real problem, often,' says Mr. Gordon, 'is not what

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is literally said but what is implied.' Perhaps he should try to apply this criticism to his own article, which starts off by associating adver- tising with prostitution. H. P....

Advertising and People

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Ronald Clatter, Kit Cop paid. Lynne Reid Banks, Norman Shrapnel, Geoffrey Mini.s . h. H. P. Dow, A. Charles Buck In Ferment Desmond Stewart Match Game Bernard Levin One for...

SIR,—'1f you don't like the advertising, don't buy the goods,'

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Mr, Brian Copland's slogan, is absurdly irrelevant to the problem of offensive advertising— as irrelevant as the advertising often is to the goods it advertises. What about...

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SIR,-1 was fascinated by Cyril Ray's revelation about Erwin, Wasey,

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Ruthrauff and Ryan Ltd 's offer of colour photographs of new potatoes for your June number. They have been bombarding me with information about potatoes as well as recipes and...

SLR. —'The reader will be enchanted by the mention of the

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"Blonde Devil." a girl section-leader who terrorised the Arabs of upper Galilee.' What sort of people does Mr. Edgar O'Ballance imagine as readers of the Spectator? Nazis?...

SIR,—I feel appalled it I set a precedent at the

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Oxford Union that forty years on has had the shocking con- sequences that Mr. Hollis describes. Till last week I believed my sole contribution to the history of that body was to...

Six,—As a drinking driver, it has occurred to me that,

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if there was no closing time, as on the Con- tinent, there would be fewer accidents caused by 'ono for the road.' Further along this line of thought, why should I stop feeling...


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SLR, —Your footnote to the correspondence 'One for the Morgue' (Spectator, January 5) contains five ex- cellent examples of 'double-think' in seven lines. (1) Is it contended...

SIR,-1 have to thank Mr. Mark Mortimer for making about

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the classical education the point I refrained from making explicitly in my own letter: that it explains the persistent power (even in intellectual organs of the Left) of the...


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Snt.—I saw the much-discussed film L'A tat& derniere a Marienbad the other day (a whole lot of twaddle, if you ask me) and am now going slowly mad. May I appeal to your readers...

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Giant Despair By ISABEL QUIGLY In L'Avventura he found it among far more obvious specimens of the idle rich: people on a summer cruise, who might be expected to show the...


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Incomplete Picture By HUGH GRAHAM IN his introduction to the ex- hibition of Modern Spanish Painting at the Tate Gallery The other exhibitions are now opened, at Tooth's and...

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Suspicion of Foul Play By BAMBER GASCOIGNE The Knacker's Yard. (Arts.)—Would Any- one Who Saw the Accident...? (Theatre Future theatre historians may well judge that these...

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Clown Edwards By PETER FORSTER, CONSIDER the clown Edwards. What a clown this is! Seven faces have been ascribed to him, but in fact he has as many faces and voicesas may be...

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`L'America 6 Mobile' • • Idle Among the Islands • • • • Vin du Pays .. • • Truffle Country •. The Postilion has been Struck by Lightning Seamy Side Up D. W. Brogan Andrew...

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Idle Among the Islands

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By ANDREW ROBERTSON T DUNG among islands, stopping the yacht at the 'prettiest with the best beaches, going ashore to swim and see the sights, lunching on board as the boat...

Vin du Pays

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'It y CYRIL RAY T depends how native you want to go. There are Frenchmen, and plenty of them, who drink porto as an aperitif, and pretty old ruby at that. There are Americans,...

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Truffle Country

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By JEAN ROBERTSON A LONG the rich middle reaches of the Dordogne, before it flows away to the vine- yards of St. Emilion and Pomerol, lies a lush, contented land of plump...

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Struck by The Postilion has been Lightning

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By GAVIN LYALL E VERY now and then somebody pops up in a travel supplement (such as this) and gets a little light relief from deriding phrase books for offering phrases such as...

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Seamy Side Up

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By J. E. HINDER L I OR the discerning holidaymaker who wishes to see the Continent of the avant-garde cinema, rather than follow in the well-trodden tracks of Thomas Cook, rtu...

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End of the Affair

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He: I - set My bomb in your suburban road. She: I use this poisdned ink to make you die. lie: I haunt' your marriage like the magic toad. She . : My needling nib reddens your...


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Oakroyd and the Dervishes By JOHN MORTIMER W nil a perceptive phrase in a recent article, Miss Doris Lessing deScribed the figure that the contemporary writer is required to...

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• Turkish Bonaparte

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Ataturk. By Wan and Margarete Orga. (Michael Joseph, 30s.) THE best English book addressed to the general reader on the subject of Ataturk is to date the late H. C. Armstrong's...

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Unprincipled Art

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The Art and Practice of Diplomacy. By Sir Charles Webster. (Chatto, 30s.) WHY does most diplomatic history seem so dull? .Diplomacy today, after all, touches us nearly, and it...

Ends of the Earth

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MICHAEL KENNEY'S A Spanish Tapestry (Cohen and West, 25s.) is a first-rate account of life at the present day in two widely separated parishes in Castile—one on the high sierra,...

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Shabby Genteel

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The Letters of George Gining to Eduard Bertz, 1887-1903. Edited by Arthur C. Young. (Constable, 30s.) DESPITE the oppressive drabness of their sub- jects, and a style in which...

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Death in the Corn

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IN a week largely devoted to foreign parts, Grigory Baklanov's The Foothold is outstand- ing. It describes the Russians' ferocious defence of a bridgehead across the Dniester in...

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Transatlantic Europeans

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By RICHARD BAILEY T HE clock-stopping activities of the Six and the controversy over British membership of the Common Market have distracted attention from Mr. Kennedy's highly...

The 'Market' and the Outside World

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT ON the whole the bankers in their annual pontificals have taken a sober, realistic view of the Common Market. It is not to be seen as a commercial...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS (NINE of the reasons why the City does not kf like the tussles between la and COURTAULDS is that if Mr. Chambers wins, merges the two companies and sacks the...

Company Notes

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T HE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND has for the past year shown an increase of 6 per cent. in the net profit at £1.09 million, this figure being arrived at after providing for all...

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Plant That Tree By KATHARINE WHITEHORN I LIKE people who, in an age of atoms, plant trees. I like people who have children, or put down cases of port for other people's...

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Cyril Ray will resume 'Postscript' next week.

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Consuming Interest

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On Cutlery By LESLIE ADRIAN OUR generally uncritical atti- tude to the products of Sheffield may partly be be- cause so few of us ever choose our own tableware. It is the most...