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The Crunch for Incomes Policy UNCLE and INRUSH

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— Portrait of the Week DIE GREAT NON-STOP brinkmanship act starring

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Wilson and Smith continued as in the House of Commons the Prime Minister announced on Mon- day the plan for a Royal Commission, and on Wednesday its failure to get off the...

The Crunch for Incomes Policy

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M R. CALLAGHAN has said that he is disap- pointed at the progress of the Govern- ment's incomes policy. His frankness should dispel some of the illusions which he and his...


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Friday November 5 1965

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EFTA A Wider Europe? DON COOK writes from Copenhagen : Between George Brown's curtain-raising per- formance before EFTA over the import sur- charge a year ago, and Mr....


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Portrait : Michael de Freitas COLLINGWOOD AUGUST • Picasso A. ALVAREZ One year's subscription to the 'Spectator': f3 I 5s. (including postage) in the United Kingdom and...


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Kennedy and Lindsay From MURRAY KEMPTON I the days before the New York elections 'Robert Kennedy could be observed riding the streets and struggling until the last to elect...

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Fighting in the Dark ALAN WATKINS writes: 'Don't go yet,' said the Labour party official at the Erith by-election. 'I haven't told you what '• the campaign issues are.' I...


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The War on the Beatniks DENYS VAL BAKER writes from Cornwall: Beatniks are always news and always will be. Nowhere, however, has the beatnik story taken a more bizarre twist...

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The Patient's Dilemma

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Sometimes the patient pretends to be suicidal because she thinks that that is the wish of the psychiatrist, whom she wants to please at any price. — Professor Katzenhach on...


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The Emergence of Mr. Wilson By ALAN WATKINS MHE place was the television room of the I Grand Hotel, Brighton, during the Conserva- tive party conference; the time, around...

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The Kleptomaniacs I've written before in this notebook about tan

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Unreliability of the postal service, but the latest, most fantastic example is, I submit, an egg-sized jewel in this depressing GPO showcase. The tale is quite simple—a new...

PQs Dr. King, the new Speaker of the House of

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Commons, has started with a batting average of over sixty for questions reached daily. A run a minute is excellent going. Happy faces all round except for a few bores, and...


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The Quoodle column, as I explained patiently to Robin Day on BBC-2, is basically one man's enthusiasms and prejudices. It was the first of these that led me last weekend to...

Press Column Booker is writing a book. It hasn't got

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a title yet, but it will have by Friday. So, because his publisher is getting restive he is taking some time off to complete it. Charles Curran, starting next week, will...

Spectator's Notebook

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Pr. Prime Minister did well in Salisbury last 1. week, despite the comedown later over the Royal Commission. It is a great pity that he could not have stayed longer. And if this...


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Some word that teems with hidden meaning.' Like Basingstoke, said Gilbert. Like Biggles- wade, say I. The place is becoming an obsession with me. Every time I drive down the Al...

Odds on the General No one at least can be

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contemplating writing The Making of the President in France. Readers should know, by now of the General's decision. Writing before his broadcast I find myself won- dering most...

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The Great Johnson Steamroller

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By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL A FTER Mr. White's brilliant and compulsive description of the 1960 election, The Making of the President 1960, we would have expected that this book*...

Let Me Be Heard

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By R. A. CLINE M ANY people who have no particular axe to grind about the Timothy Evans inquiry will regret the decision of the chairman of the inquiry, Mr. Justice Brabin, in...

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The Priest and the Layman

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From OSBERT HASTINGS ROME. O BJECTING is part of Italian life: conscientious obiection is not. That is basically what gives special interest to the legal actions taken against...

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Gaullism: The Basic Dilemma By LORD GLADWYN TN conversation with de Gaulle, whom I saw jailer a long interval in September 1964 and again at the funeral of Sir Winston...

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In Kensington Gardens By BRYAN ROBERTSON ir HAVE a passion for the truth and for the fictions which it authorises,' wrote Jules Renard: a charming and permissible sentiment...

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From: John Crookshank, William Phillips, Alistair Horne. Professor Sir Denis Brogan. Paul Potts, Brian Elliot, Martin Seymour-Smith, H. Schttbart, Claire Rayner, Joseph Kraft,...

Banks and Banks

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SIR, —In all fairness it must be said, in reply to Leslie Adrian's remarks (Spectator, October 29) about the difficulty of getting even a small over- draft, that evidently...

The Fall of Babylon

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Sta,—Your reviewer, D. W. Brogan, has been kind enough to write at considerable length on my book,' The Fall of Path. He has, however, misrepresented my views--I feet--on a...

Trial in Teheran

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SIR,--In his own clumsy way what Mr. Shirzad (or is it Mr. Raw, his American public relations man?) is trying to say is similar to what the prosecutor expressed in court: both...

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The Academic in Office SIR, —In his warm and friendly portrait

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of Richard Crossman (Spectator, October 29) Mr. Alan Watkins failed to make it clear that in 1948 Mr. Crossman was prepared not only to jeopardise but also to jettison his...

Synthetic Young Gentlemen SIR, —By transcribing the word 'pederast' into its

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ancient Greek equivalent John Davenport shows impressive learning and gratifying delicacy. Enforced study of Alexandrian scholarship, however, has made Me Pedant enough to...

SIR.—In last week's Spectator, by some oddity of proof correction,

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I say the opposite of what I meant. I mildly criticised Mr. Alistair Home for describing French field artillery as 'brass': it was bronze, like the Austrian artillery in 1914....

The Sex War SIR, - - -if S. R. Rahman feels I have

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offered an insult to his religion during the course of the corre- spondence on the sex war, I must assure him I meant no such thing. 1 based my reference to Islam on a fact...

Question of Copyright

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must thank Professor. Maxwell for having taken up a point for Dr. Rowse. who has himself been rather savage of late, calling one reviewer 'a little bitch.' I think Dr. Rowse...

The Corot Exhibition SIR,—Concernin g the recent letter written by Mr.

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Cecil Gould in response to Mr. Bryan Robertson's criticisms on the Corot exhibition may 1 point out how very unfortunate it was that Mr. Robertson did not exercise more...

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Auntie's Uncle By STUART HOOD D o you have an UNCLE credential card? Are you a member of THRUSH? Can you identify Napoleon Solo? Illya Kuryakin? Mr. Waverly? If you have never...

New York Letter

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sift,--f would like to be able to write that M. L. Rosenthal is accurate in saying, as he does in your October I issue, that I am a 'military journalist.' Already I indulge...

Asia Minor

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SIR,---I have been commissioned by Messrs. Lon mans, Green and Co. Ltd. to write a history of the Cireek campaign in Asia Minor of 1921-22, the destruction of Smyrna, and the...

Huxley History sm.-- I am writing a history of the

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Huxley family which is to be published in Britain and the United States next year, and would be grateful to hear from any of your readers who have recollections or reminiscences...

Myths and Gossip

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SIR, —The selective way in which Christopher Booker reads the newspapers always intrigues me. He con- trived to write a piece about gossip columnists last week without a...

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Punishing As a feat of stagecraft, From the House of the Dead at Sadler's Wells takes precedence in some ways over this theatre's two earlier pro- ductions of late Janacek,...


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Hit and Miss T DON'T know why everyone has been so un- grateful for Shelley; granted that the second half rather ran away with itself, the first half was a delight, and of an...

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Innocence and Experience T wo shows in London make extraordinary, statements about the way people react to life right now. Two figurative artists: Peter Blake at the • Robert...


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Peaches and Mock Cream The Peach Thief. (Academy Cinema Two, 'A' certificate.)—The Agony and The Ecstasy. (Astoria, IP certificate.)—A Study in Terror. (Leicester Square...

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BOOKS Dragon and Phoenix

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By BASIL GRAY * FOUNDATIONS OF CHINESE ART FROM N E011THIC ,,‘,97city To MODERN ARCHITECTURE. 16 vvilletts. (Thames and Hudson, 6s.) By William In HAT there is still an...

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BECAUSE Teilhard de Chardin's scientific specu- lations have sometimes appeared to be a threat to received Catholic teaching, it is more than likely that his position as a great...

Golding's Way

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The Hot Gates. By William Golding. (Faber, 25s.) WHEN a writer selects the title of one essay as the title for his whole book he is probably giving a gentle tug at the reader's...

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Before Rome

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Ancient Europe. By Stuart Piggott. (Edinburgh University Press, 42s.) Prehistoric Societies. By Grahame Clark and Stuart Piggott. (Hutchinson, 50s.) Iv my own The Idea of...

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Give it to me Straight

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AN executive who had read too much about stress complaints consulted a medical colleague, insisting that he needed specialist advice. His friend made reassuring noises and gave...

An Anxious and Conciliatory Kremlin -

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MR. HoRowrrz concludes his work : 'When America set out on her post-war path to contain revolution throughout the world, and threw her immense power and influence into the...

Arctic Day in the City

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Some punished spirit of the air hangs here, Mute, in the cold. I, like an Eskimo, On my own Brooklyn street, stand still and watch, Hoping this ghost-animal will speak, And I,...

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The Pringles All Entire

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Friends and Heroes. By Olivia Manning. (Heine- Night of Camp David. By Fletcher Knebel. ti (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 25s.) The Penetrators. By Anthony Gray. (Souvenir Press,...

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Why Equities Rise By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT A everyone in the City knows, Mr. Callaghan as changed the investment climate in a technical sense in more ways than one. He has made...

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Investment Notes By CUSTOS NO1 IIER large and respected firm of tistock-jobbers is closing down, which points to the difficult time which jobbers have been having in a very...


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1. S. 9. 10, 14, 18. 21. 25, 26. 27, ACROSS A .pieee of early all-round 1. music? (8) Copper does, made up into coin (6) The first horseless carriage? (8) Public...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD No. 1194 ACROSS.-1 Dormouse. 5 Ostler. 9

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Doldrums. 10 Godown. 12 Eunomy. 13 Shagreen. 15 Anachronisms. 18 Galvano- meter. 23 Arcadian. 24 Splash. 26 Inroad. 37 Starters. 28 NICON 29 Charcoal. DOWN.-1 Dodder. 2 Relent....

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY VER the past eleven years (with the exception kf of 1964) pre-tax profits of Decca have shown a steady increase. Those for the year ended March 31, 1965, climbed to...

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Long Live King. Arthur

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By PENELOP,E MASLIN There are, naturally, the Welsh-speaking Welsh, but they are not, except technically, bi- lingual. If they have been brought up to use Welsh at home, they...


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Berth Pains By LESLIE ADRIAN The way I see it is that, on the eve of the winter season of misty-eyed advertising and mellow travelwriters' copy, the trade have de- cided to...

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By PHILIDOR 255. I Sfecially contributed by G. K. was (Wolverhampton) BLACK (9 men) WHITE (to men) "nil to play and mate in two moves 5 . solution next week. Solution to No....


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By ALAN BRIEN EVERY now and then, some organisation or other in- vites me to come and lec- ture to them. I always re- fuse. There are various reasons for this lazy, dis-...