2 MARCH 1962

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End of Empire

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Unpersons, USA Murray Kempton Soviet Trade and Aid Alec Nove Ulster on the Tightrope Alan Milner Press and People Brian Inglis Johnny Come Lately Bernard Levin

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Selwyn Lloyd, owned up in the House of Commons to having made a mistake in his estimates last July: government expenditure for 1962-63 was likely to be £110 million more than...

The Sp

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'C omm - diverted for Sir Roy,' cried the head- lines. It might have been an announcement that the stars in their courses had taken his side. But they had not. However cautious...

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Long Haul in Vietnam

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A s this week's strafing. of the presidential palace in Saigon shows, the US Government has a difficult job on its hands if it wishes, in President Kennedy's words, to make the...

Khrushchev's Initiative

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Dv his conditional acceptance of the idea of a psummit conference before June President Kennedy is steering a judicious course between an appearance of unwillingness to talk and...

Heart of the Matter

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rr HE long-awaited approach to the agricultural I problem by Britain and the Six last week confirmed that this is the heart of the negotia- tion, because it is a point, perhaps...

Peace Along the Border .

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Coe years now the Irish Republican Army has seemed little more than a joke to many people on this, side of the water. But in Ireland itself, with the old intransigent...

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Issues of Privilege

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS N o one comes with much credit out of the Maltese elections. The British Government insisted on their being fought on the Blood constitution which all...

Limits to Learning

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Q EVEN new universities are on the way, we are 1../ within sight of raising the school-leaving age to sixteen, the teacher-training colleges are being doubled in size and county...

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Unpersons, USA

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From MURRAY KEMPTON 'mw YORK T HE flagellation of the American Communist Party has become a national rite questioned as seldom by the respectable opinion which passes as...

Cutting the First Swath

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From JOHN LAMBERT BRUSSELS IF the troubled spirit of the British farmer crossed the Channel last week to hover behind the chairs of the Lord Privy Seal and the Minister of...

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Ulster on the Tightrope

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By ALAN MILNER* rrHAT bit of the United Kingdom—six counties I and 1.4 million people—which lies in the north-eastern corner of Ireland has a reputation for caution. It is only...

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Soviet Trade and Aid

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By ALEC NOVE* ', agr eement that the USSR negotiates a trade ',agreement with an Asian country. Suppose salesmen acting for a Czech State corporation visit Latin America. Or...

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Press and People

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Exclusive By BRIAN INGLIS E MERGING from prison to give evidence at the Hanratty trial, Roy Langdale described a kind of auction that had been held for his story among the...

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Johnny Come Lately

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By BERNARD LEVIN M R. JOHN SPARROW, Warden of All Souls, moved, as he says, by 'a liking for honesty and a loathing of humbug,' has recently been en- tertaining the readers of...

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Kenya John Connell, H. B. W. MacAllan Last of the

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Viceroys Leonard Mosley The Myth of Major Eatherly G. B. H. Wightman The Case of Mr. Multi John Papworth Goodbye to Summer Kersti French Wine, Women and Beer F. A. Chat 'tier,...


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SIR,—In his review of my book, The Last Days of the British Raj, Mr. Philip Mason refers to my criticism of Lord Mountbatten for having delayed publication of the Award of the...

Sta,—Your leading article in your issue of February 16 contains

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two assertions which cannot go un- challenged. The first is that the European settler in Kenya is in the same position as an investor who has 'plunged' his capital into an...

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NUCLEAR TESTING Sta,—It seems at present likely that nuclear tests

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may be resumedpossibly in the atmosphere— because the Western powers cannot contemplate the possibility that the East may have gained some scientific advantage from the recent...

THE CASE OF MR. MUTTI SIR,—I was glad to see

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that you made reference to the case of Mr. Jethro Mutti in your issue of February 23. There is one point in your article however which fails to do full justice to the serious...


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SIR,—I am collecting material for a biography of William Butterfield (1814-1900), the Victorian church architect, and should be very grateful if any of your readers who have or...


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SIR,—I should like to congratulate Mr. Desmond Fennell on his brilliant article 'Goodbye to Summer.' I myself have often contemplated writing a full- length parody of the...


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SIR,—One has to have a certain amount of sympathy with Roy Brooks. Being funny was an excellent way to sell houses; but selling houses was at best a stopgap method of being...


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SIR,—It shows what the French Government think of 'vintage' brandies when I inform readers that new legislation (in the form of not granting certificates to stocks of cognacs...

THE MYTH OF MAJOR EATHEKLY Sia,--One of the great errors

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of Our time is the belief that because a man is intelligent in one sphere of life he must necessarily be intelligent in others. We thus have people accepting Lord Russell as a...


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SIR, --After the sparkling pint produced by Katharine Whitehorn it must seem like serving up very flat beer to point out that beer sales have not 'been rocketing down since...

SIR,—My faith in Miss Whitehorn has been some- what shaken

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by her comments on beer-drinking, viz, 'two halves often too much.' I and my contemporaries, average girls in their early twenties,. drink pints, not halves, and can easily...

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Nureyev By CLIVE BARNES got away with it—that sudden, total gesture of arrogant abnegation. If I read the entrails right, Nureyev is destined to become the biggest star...

The New Stravinsky

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By JEREMY NOBLE This is clearly shown by the new cantata, A Sermon, a Narrative and a Prayer, completed at the beginning of last year but first performed last week in Basle...

Progress of a Company

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By DAVID CAIRNS A TnsTE for revisiting opera productions after the opening night is beginning to grow on me, The new production of The Rake's Pro- gress, which has just...

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Life-Size By MORDECAI RICHLER GIVEN the unenviable task of telling us about Canada inside of an hour, Intertel's Living With a Giant shrewdly chose to examine the country in...

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Les Violons, Parfois. . . . (Piccadilly.) I ENJOYED Francoise Sagan's first play, Chateau en Suede, when I saw it two years ago in Paris. The material was fairly frothy—it...


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Some Time, Never By ISABEL QUIGLY L'Annee derniere a Marien- bad. (Cameo-Poly.) RESPONSE to L'Annee der- niere a Marienbad (`U' certifi- cate) seems to me mostly a matter of...

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Sweet Georgiana By BERNARD BERGONZI TT is, shall we say, a summer evening in 1913. In a village pub in the Home Counties a serious, clean-limbed young man, sunburned from the...

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Science for Laymen

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The Scientific Renaissance 1450-1630. By Marie Boas. (Collins, 30s.) HERE is the first volume to appear from a series which the publishers describe as 'the first to attempt in...

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The Karl Marx of AEsthetics

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The Historical Novel. By Georg Luktics. Trans- lated by Hannah and Stanley Mitchell. (Merlin Press, 36s.) GEORO LUKACS, who will be seventy-seven next April, is hardly more than...

Light on Asia

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BOTH these books deal with the thrust by Europe to overrun the East—the period lasting from Vasco da Gama to recent years. The first, by Dorothy Woodman, is a minute account of...

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Greek Roots

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HELLAS is very much in the swim at the moment, and here come three philhellenes gaily on the wave. All would agree, I suppose, with Dr. Starr that Greek civilisation,...

Hero, But ...

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Claude Barres : A Hero in Revolt. By Pierre Lyautey. Translated by Humphrey Hare. (Macmillan, 25s.) THIS book contains the letters of the grandson of Maurice Barres, who was...

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From The English

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Tales My Father Taught Me. By Osbert Sitwell. (Hutchinson, 25s.) SIR OSBERT SITWELL has now added a supple- ment, entitled Tales My Father Taught Me, to his celebrated fivefold...

Neo—Classic Critic

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IN his major work In Defense of Reason, Winters restated for our age all that is perenni- ally valuable and salutary in the neo-classic scheme of values. These values were best...

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Seducer in a Soutane

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The Sin of Father Amaro. By Ega de Queiroz. (Max Reinhardt, 18s.) Love in Smoky Regions. By Angus Hall. (Con- stable, 16s.) Claudine and Annie. By Colette. Translated by Antonia...

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Death Looks Up

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THE American thriller-writer Hillary Waugh is so outstandingly good that any month in which one of his books turns up is a land of spices. That Night It Rained (Gollancz, 13s....

Pre-Budget Words to Mr. Lloyd

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT No one supposes that we can get back to the cheap money of the Daltonian era for a very long while, even if we had intelligent monetary management, but...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS H ERE is a warning to those investors who have bought bonds or shares for a short- term speculation. If they have a profit they should take it before Mr. Lloyd...

Company Notes

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T HE accounts to June 30, 1961, from M. J. Gleeson (Contractors) are disappointing, the net profit having fallen from £518,450 to £353,625. The after-tax figures were £169,556...

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Thought for Food

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Look to Your Tables By ELIZABETH DAVID Now let us keep our heads. Something is being done about it. Before you and I were even aware of its disappearance, British cooking is...

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Consuming Interest

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Sevenpence Coloured By LESLIE ADRIAN Announcements from the Gray's Inn Road warned us that the 'free' colour section would not be free to regular subscribers, but only to...

ALL ABOUT MEAT The National Federation of Meat Traders' Associations

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and Oxo Ltd. have joined in sponsoring The Book of Meat Cookery by Bee Nilson. This lavishly produced book, concerned entirely with buying, preparing, and cooking meats of every...

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Postscript • • • 'WELL, if that's the law, there

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must be something wrong with it.' It was a lawyer who said so, commenting on the story of the man who was got out y of bed by the police, taken into custody, examined by a...