29 OCTOBER 1965

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Mr. Smith and Mr. Wilson O N the eve of destruction

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Mr. Ian Smith paused, as perhaps he had always meant to do, and threw out a lifeline. Ironically, it may not have saved Mr. Smith but it cer- tainly gave a new chance to...

Portrait of the Week

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SUMMER TIME ENDED, and autumn brought its Pains. A BEA Vanguard landing in the fog at London Airport crashed, and thirty-six people died. The fog gave-motoNsts nightmares,...


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Friday October 29 1965

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PARLIAMENT Voting by Numbers? ALAN WATKINS writes: The reform of Parliamentary procedure, which the House of Commons debated on Wednesday, has become what Mr. Enoch Powell...


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Dr.' Banda in the Lead HARRY FRANKLIN writes from Lusaka: 'What have you to say about a Rhodesian UDI?"No comment about that at all,' says Dr. Kamuzu Banda, and proceeds to...


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Portrait : Princess Margaret BRYAN ROBERTSON • The Art of China BASIL GRAY One year's sidiseription to the 'Spectator': £315s. (including postage) in the United Kingdom...

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Myths and Gossip CHRISTOPHER BOOKER writes : 'It took Fleet Street a long time to accept the 1/4:1 fact that there was a revolution going on in no Britain. Once we knew it...


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Eastern Approaches DEV MURARKA writes from Moscow: First Ben Bella, then Sukarno. In two regions, two major leftist figures have suffered setbacks which have thoroughly...

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Robert Bevan One hundred years ago this year Robert Bevan

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was born. He was a founder member of the Camden Town Group and later of the London Group. I have seen only a very few of his paintings, mostly in private houses, although he is...

The Proms Inquiry A correspondent who knows his Albert 1 -

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makes supplementary points about the Special , recent opinion-study of the 1965 Proms. 'Altbot the BBC declines to publish attendance figilf he writes, It was obvious to any...

Propose' Last Friday The Times and the Daily Tele- graph

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were, I think, the only papers to carry the interesting footnote to the Prime Ministerl letter to Mr. Smith that the words, 'I propose to fly,' ‘N, ere an echo of the words...

`Choice in Welfare 1965' Five guineas is an awful lot

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of money to pay for the slim volume published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The report is by Ra lph Harris and Arthur Seldon, general director and editorial director of...

Wiener News For years now the Wiener Library, origin set

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up to provide the academic basis 'fOr study of National Socialism and recently panded into the Institute of ContemP,n History, under its new director Walter Laqtt has been...

Mr. Speaker

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With genuine respect and affection from the whole of the House of Commons Dr. Horace King became on Tuesday the first Speaker who had been a member of the Labour party. Perhaps...

Spectator's Notebook

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G REETINGS to a new Spectator. I have just been reading the first edition of the monthly journal of that name published in Eastern Nigeria. The editor prints some impressive...

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The Survival of Dr. Schroeder

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GAIN HAM BONN . G ERFIARD SCHROEDER iS again Foreign Minister of Germany. To judge by the noise in the last month his position was threatened, but it was,just that—noise....


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The Spanish Ambassador and the Marquesa de Santa Cruz gave a dinner party at the Embassy last night to commemorate the discovery of America.— The Times Social Announcement....

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The Academic in Office By ALAN WATKINS `TN our new kind of civil service,' wrote Richard 1Crossman, 'the minister must normally be content with the role of public relations...

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The Man Who Is France

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By LORD GLADWYN T .„: President of France has publicly pro- claimed his mortality. Unlikely and unwel- come though the possibility may be, and is, my hook* may therefore be...

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From: Sir Osbert Sitwell, Bryan Robertson, P. I. Musgrave, S. R. Rahman, D. B. Lyall, N. Shirzad, I. C. Maxwell, Adrian I. A. D. Fitz- gerald, Rivers Oldmeadow, and Pamela...

Escape to Geelong?

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SIR,—Isn't it about time that 'usually well-informed sources close to Buckingham Palace' denied the rumour—which I now originate—that the Prince of Wales is being sent to...

The Transport Continuum

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SIR,—Your motoring contributor, Oliver Stewart, complains of the din and stink of the modern diesel bus, especially when one is near a bus stop. He continues: 'I refuse to...

The 'Corot Exhibition

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SIR,—My reference to the Corot exhibition indicated that the show contained a number of very beautiful paintings; its view of the show's limitations is shared by the directors...

Trial in Teheran

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Stn,—How irksome that apparently Quooclle, too (October 22), has been gulled into repeating the vicious propaganda attack on the Iranian Govern' ment mounted . by a clique of...

The Sex War

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SIR,—On page 477 of your issue of October 15. 1965, there is published a letter captioned 'The Sex War.' I don't wish to indulge myself in what the writer says and what not....

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Big Ben

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S uf. — With regard to Mr. J. C. Jones's little poem r ul 1 Page 512 of the Spectator of October 22, alas for a. 11 11 there is no 'brick and stone' in 'Big Ben' which is the...

Modern Ghosts

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SIR -- I am collecting authentic, first-hand accounts ghosts, seen, heard or sensed within the last ten Years. I wonder if you would be kind enough to allow me to appeal to...

Question of Copyright

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Sla,—Mr. Seymour-Smith is not quite fair to Dr. Rowse in describing as 'an elementary error' the assumption 'that in Elizabethan times it was publica- tion that established...

The Case of Mr. Todd

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S18.---'No one in this country,' says Quoodle, 'will have any other words than those of contemptuous condemnation for Mr. Smith's action in restricting Garfield Todd to his...

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Arcibravo! By HILARY SPURLING Love for Love. (Old Vic.)—Something Nasty in the Woodshed. (Theatre Royal, Stratford, E.) —Maigret and the Lady (Strand.)—Shelley. (Royal...


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View Halloo . rrnts is a big book* literally; thirteen inches 1 by eleven inches and an inch thick. The suspicious-minded, who have been had this way before, will assume that...

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Another Stab at Drama 'um question is which is to be master---that's Tall.' Humpty-Dumpty's whole dialogue with Alice is a pretty paradigm of the relationship between an...

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Shall We Lose? I DON'T know, but it's jolly likely. 'We shall win the World Cup,' Alf Ramsey said what seemed ages ago. Let us not be too harsh: he said it in an unguarded...


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Innuendoes AMONG the film trend-setters, Luchino Visconti goes more or less his own way. He is too individual and exploits his own individuality too hard to have conscious...

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AUTUMN BOOKS 2 The Fall of Babylon

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By D. W. BROC M R. HORNE rightly insists on the shock to . nineteenth-century optimism caused first of all by the siege of Paris and then by the Com- mune.* A few months...

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The War Poet

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Journey from Obscurity is not primarily about Wilfred Owen, who merely plays a part in it. Mr. Owen now regrets the typically modest im- pulse that led him, against his...

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Synthetic Young Gentlemen

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Clean Young Englishman. By John Gale. (Hodder and Stoughton, 25s.) SYNTHETIC: well, yes: it was an artificial sort of place. I was, all the same, rather flattered when `J.F.'...


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SomEwi14a. between the idolatry Aldous Huxley was accorded in his youth and the dismissal of his later work lies enough to keep the literary critics active on reassessment for...

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The Master

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The Theory and Practice of War. Edited by Michael Howard. (Cassell, 50s.) THE qualities of Liddell Hart have lately been the subject of diffuse and extravagant praise, and to...

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Said Rudyard to Rider

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By ANTHONY BURGESS K IPLING, like the subject of Auden's 'penny life,' kept none (or, at any rate, few) of the letters he received, long, marvellous, or otherwise....

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'14-'18--a GCE Version

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BERNARD BERGONZI has written a cautious, Com- petent and faintly schoolmasterly survey of a subject that is now badly in need of anything but mere publicity, however earnest and...

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First in America

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By ROBERT CONQUEST rr ins remarkable work* has already been I full)) summarised in the dailies and elsewhere, and the reader will already know of the dramatic researches •...

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Shakespeare Road, SE24

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No marble. Yet low down Under the windows of this corner shop A multicoloured frieze, Crazy patchwork of little bits, Hand-made, one man's defiance. No picture postcards and no...

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The Vonnegut Novel

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Cod Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. By Kurt Vonne- gut Jr. (Cape, 21s.) Who are the Violets Now? By Auberon Waugh. (Chapman and Hall, 21s.) We. have experienced the anti-novel, the...

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Frontier Regions

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By SYBILLE BEDFORD I i is always a pleasure to find new talent; it is an even greater pleasure to find established talent enriched. Muriel Spark's new novel* is a triumph, a...

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Mr. Callaghan's Winter Coat By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT W p must not be lured,' said Mr. Callaghan at the bankers' feast last week, `by any signs of a false spring into discarding...

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I Know a Bank By LESLIE ADRIAN 1 SUPPOSE that the sus- picious nature of bank managers arises from the curious character of their business (lending money that they do not...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS rTIHE warnings at the Mansion House dinner I that there would be no relaxation of the Callaghan squeeze caused some selling of equity shares, but the market selling...

Another Part of

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the Forest By STRIX The game-books belonged to Colonel John Baskerville, of Crowsley Park in Oxfordshire , and he started keeping them in 1859, when he was a young officer in...

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By ALAN BRIEN I DON'T know whether to thank Ned Sherrin, or to damn him, for giving me back my Saturday nights. After four weeks of BBC 3, I no longer feel that I have to...

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ACROSS.-1 Scallop-shell. 9 Roman- cing. 10 Atnati. I I Ormolu. 12 Alienate 13 Strove. 15 Capriole. 18 Grandson. 19 Lyrics. 21 Latitude. 23 Alatri. 26 Amour. 27 Emanation. 28...


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By PHILIDOR 254. A. A. STAVRINIDES (Cyprus, 2=Prize, 1965 McWilliam Tourney for Commonwealth composers under 21) BLACK (4 men) WHITE (7 men) WHITE to play and mate in two...


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1. A sleepy relative of the sleekit beastie (8) 5. About turn after getting lost and find a stable man (6) 9. From the sign round the ancient grog, it will become calm waters...