22 APRIL 1955, Page 8

In last week's New Statesman Critic announced that, having moved

fro►n Essex to Sussex, he would be having no more conversation with his gardener, Mr. Park.

1 Alas, what boots it though on even Wing The migrant Martins glory in the Spring! No more the sayings of the rustic Sage Shall grace this Critic's condescending page; Nor he who Trimmed the Editor's carnations Lay down the Law to Statesmen and to Nations. Consigning Tory Essex to the Dark, Kingsley must quit his Gardener and his Park.

2 0' course I used to read your stuff, But allus kep' it dark;