5 JULY 1946

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he Palestine Crisis

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The gravity of the situation in Palestine is emphasised by every resh discovery of hidden arms, and there ran be no question that e Administration is abundantly justified in...

American Prices

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Faced with the option of having to carry on price control in the United States with completely inadequate legal powers or of vetoing the Price Control Bill and making a bid for...


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A WEEK ago the Paris Conference was almost at its last gasp. The time-limit that the four Foreign Ministers had set them- selves was about to be passed, and progress was slower...

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The Cloud over Bikini

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It will be lamentable if one of the results of Bikini is to leave anyone in doubt as to the destructive efficiency of the atom bomb. And yet this is probable unless there is an...

Educational Immensities

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Though the debate on education in the House of Commons on _Monday was unfortunately abbreviated by unexpected developments a statement of considerable importance was made by the...

Where India Stands

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The Cabinet Mission is back after three months of intensive work in India and the balance sheet of its achievement is about to be cast up. There are many items to its credit. It...

Bad News About Broadcasting

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The White Paper on Broadcasting Policy, which appeared on Wednesday, is completely unacceptable as a reply to the growing demand for an early enquiry into the working of the...

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T HREE questions were dominant in the debate on bread- rationing in the House of Commons on Wednesday— whether the rationing of bread could be proved to be essential ; how...

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A high authority on India remarked this week that there

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was little hope of a communal settlement while the two leaders on either side remained alive. Since Mr. Gandhi has just announced that he proposes to live to be 150 this...

It is lamentable that the National Trust should have to

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be begging at all, and alarming that Dr. G. M. Trevelyan, the chairman of the Trust's Courses Committee, should have to use the word crisis on the - present state of its...

Whether Mr. Herbert Morrison intended his broadcast on Sunday night

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to be first and foremost a eulogy of private enterprise may well be doubted ; but that it was first and foremost a eulogy of private enterprise is beyond all question. Trade by...


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j T is almost incredible that no record exists of • the number of identity cards in issue at the present time. Identity cards were instituted in 1939, and among the uses for...

I am indebted to my friend and contemporary Ovid (my

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longevity secures me an abnormal number of contemporaries) for an exhorta- tion which at the moment seems apposite. Duly Englished (by Viscountess Grey of Falloclon) it runs: 0...

The White Paper on Broadcasting Policy is a curious document.

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Part of it is, indeed, concerned with policy (if to do nothing can properly be described as policy), but part obviously emanated not from Government but from B.B.C. sources, and...

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By SIR NORMAN ANGELL I I T is common ground that without agreement and co-operation between Britain, Russia, France and the United States we cannot build secure peace ; and...

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By D. R. GILLIE M GEORGES BIDAULT'S Government is very like his pre- • decessor's and his predecessor's predecessor's. Like both of them it starts on its career with an...

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By JACK SPARROW TN England the term Dayak—given new familiarity by the recent I discussions on the Sarawak question—seems nowadays to be used to cover all the inhabitants...

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By R. G. LLO'fD THOMAS A T a moment when the demand foi 'a Select Committee on th-e B.B.C. Charter is daily gathering strength some study of alterna- tive systems has its...

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By EGBERT WHEATLEY T HIS is an account of a small farmer's experiences with price controls, and his views on the food problem resulting there- from. The price figures can be...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON A FORTNIGHT ago I wrote an ankle in which I referred, disparagingly perhaps, to stamp collectors. That article, as I had hoped and expected, produced a...

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THE Governors of Sadler's Wells, in association with the Arts Council, have done well to present the Ballet Rambert for a season at the Sadler's Wells theatre to celebrate...


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" Make Mine Music." At the New Gallery and the Tivoli. WALT DISNEY has, I think, suffered from being almost consistently overpraised. The word genius has been too frequently...


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THERE is, or at least there used to be, some fascination exerted by, and some kudos attached to, the act of writing the Lord's Prayer on a threepenny bit. I have never seen the...

" THE SPECTATOR "—Air Mail Edition

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THE SPECTATOR, printed on thin Bible paper and weighing under one ounce, can now be sent by air mail to civilians any- where in Europe (except Germany) for £2 7s. 6d. per...

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AMERICAN PRICE CONTROL Snt,—In your editorial note on American inflation in The Spectator of June 28th, you issued a pointed warning of die dangers of a runaway rise in...

100,000 JEWS

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SIR,—Dr. Royden-Smith asks why I would advocate admitting another xoo,000 Jews to Palestine when I have already said that we had no right to make them our original promises....

PALESTINE AND THE ARMY SiR,—Your headnote to the article "

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Palestine and the Army " by " an Airborne Officer " states that " it represents a point of view which ought not to be denied expression," as though the point of view expressed...

Sm,—As a description of regrettable facts "Airborne Officer's" article may

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be quite accurate, but if his intention was to give an explanation justifying these facts he fallen completely; He hardly takes into account the other side's viewpoint. The...

SIR,—I spent four years in the Middle East during this

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last difference of opinion—a total time of twelve months in Palestine—and I regret that the conclusions of "Airborne Officer" are unpleasant. But they are true. The...


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SIR,—A body named "The British Institute of Public Opinion" has taken a poll to obtain a popular answer to the following: "No discussions on atheism have been broadcast by the...

Sin,—The article by an airborne officer greatly interests me, and

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after three years' service in Palestine I am bound to agree with most of the writer's conclusions. Many of us who served in that land came to regard more charitably our ancient...

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Sta,—The review in your issue of June 14th, which I have only just seen, of J. Frank Dobie's A Texan in England, seems to me less than gracious and also less than just. Your...


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SIR, —The daily Press of June 27th stated that Mr. Bevan, Minister of Health, had said (re the National Health Service Bill), "This amend- ment would mean judicial sabOtage of...


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Snt,—In view of the nationalisation mania I am surprised that no sugges- tion of nationalising the liquor trade has been made. Now that the production of most excisable...


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Sta,—Is not The Spectator losing his sense of proportion? Some time ago Prometheus brought fire to the earth. You, Sir, in your ancestral cave suddenly became vulnerable to...

Sta,—Your correspondent J. R. Macdonald has done a good service

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by drawing attention to this question. In these days of bread-rationing and economic instability, we may well ask ourselves if we are in a position to supply 87o,000 tons of...


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Snt,—I have read Mr. Anthony Nutting's article with great interest and appreciation. I have lived in Austria for many years, and have revisited it regularly until the...

ITALY'S WAR RECORD SIR, —Permit me to say something about Mr.

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Stuart de la Mahotiere's articles on Italy. They show an unfriendly attitude towards the Italians which is comprehensible, but at the same time their writer seems to consider...

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Sim,—The Government's continued insistence in refusing to make a statement regarding petrol rationing, whilst the opinion is circulating generally that it is m anything but...

The Cherry Orchards

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What a world unto themselves are these Kentish cherry-orchards! Time has only a few slow and wide divisions there ; the winter-spraying in January (with tar distillate) ; the...

COUNTRY LIFE KENT is in the throes of fruit-picking, and

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the first of the two annual invasions is on. What is so remarkable about the gypsies (or pseudo- gypsies, for there appear to 'be few pure Romany -folk on the road in England...

MURKY RECTANGLES SIR, —The letters in your issue of June 28th

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were the expected reaction of philatelists to Mr: Nicolson's sweeping denunciation of their bobby. May I say how much I enjoyed Mr. Nicolson's article? Being an-ardent...

A STANDARD FOR EDUCATION Sm,—Those who discuss education and the

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equality of all children are in my opinion, the opinion of a schoolboy, inclined to overlook certain vital factors in the everyday constitution of England and indeed the...


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Sm,—Mr. Richard Church writes in The Spectator of June 28th of the variety of fungi already in the fields—due to the wet summer. Today rather to my surprise I found two...

In My Garden Being on a slope, I am benefiting

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by the wet, although the strawberries could do with more sun. Salads and - new potatoes are already taken up. The'wet has brought on a bay tree that I planted last year under a...

Sta,—Your correspondent " Motorist " to my mind misses one

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great point about the continued petrol restrictions, which is that it is making us into a most immoral nation. All motorists know that there is plenty of petrol, and for this...

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The Downward Slope Our Threatened Values. By Victor Gollancz. (Gollancz. 5s.) MR. GoLuutcz'S thesis would have commended itself to the major prophets : it deals with the...

- 4 The Dark Side of Russia

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The Dark Side of the Moon. Anonymous. With a Preface. By T. S. Eliot. (Faber and Faber. 12s. 6d.) I HAVE expected this book, for some time—indeed, ever since the dreadful...

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A Queen's Favourite

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Sir Christopher Hatton, Queen Elizabeth's Favourite. By Eric St. John Brooks. (Cape. 18s.) IT will be remembered that Dr. Johnson "while he lived never desired to hear of the...

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IN a foreword to this new collection of short stories translated from the Welsh, Miss Storm Jameson tells us that their author, Kate Roberts, has for more than twenty years been...

War Letters from Portsmouth

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Portsmouth Letters. By Admiral Sir W. M. James. (Macmillan. 10s. 6d.) THESE letters are in two parts. The first and better part, which occupies three-quarters of the book,...

Milk or Beef

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" CAVEAT EMPTOR" is a well-worn legal principle where the buying and selling of livestock is concerned. When Miss Cochrane held a sale of Shorthorns she defied custom and...

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, 6 THE SPECTATOR " CROSSWORD No. 382 j.4 Book Token

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for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct d w i o u of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, '6th. Envelopes must be received...

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By CUSTOS Thug to his own forecast, Mr. Dalton is not leaving the issue of 23- per cent. Savings Bonds open for very long. The tap was turned on as recently as May 17th, and is...