25 OCTOBER 1963, Page 3

— Portrait of the Week TWICE REJECTED, Mr. Butler soldiers on,

now as Foreign Secretary, waiting for the next call in x years' time. The new Prime Minister was also twice rejected, by Mr. Macleod and Mr. Powell, who declined to serve. Home rule begins with a by-election at Kinross in a fortnight; the Prime Minister disclaimed his peerage on Wednes- day, but has already been described as 'im- pertinent' by Mr. Wilson: as a consolation, one Tory MP, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, praised the ex-Earl's 'Cockney sense of humour.' Mr. Maurice Macmillan enters the Government, while The Times must wonder how it alone on Friday morning forecast that the Queen would that day send for Mr. Butler.

THE ROBBINS REPORT was published at last and much of it is to be adopted at once, Its proposals included six entirely new universities, university status for the CATs and a Minister of Arts and Science. Meanwhile the Dawn University began on ITV at 7.15 a.m. on Monday, with Dr. Fred Hoyle lecturing on the mathematics of violence. A week for initiative: building societies began gingerly to reduce their charges, Cunard is to go ahead with its plans for a new Atlantic liner, and Woodrow Wyatt, MP, bid £3,000 for Napoleon's marriage bed at an auction in Lon- don. but still lost. Cambridge humanists offered an essay prize on 'What can be done with college chapels?' BOAC pilots received a rise, while the corporation announced a further £12 million loss last year. The prototype BAC One-Eleven air- liner crashed on a test flight, killing its crew of seven. Dr. Beeching's local railway line is to be closed; the Attorney-General, Sir John Hobson, was cleared of allegations of misconduct in the Enahoro affair; and the Church Commissioners suggested that they were misunderstood by the public, who irpagined that capital of £300 million represented immense wealth.

THE KENYA constitutional talks reached a com- promise of sorts in London, and Mr. Kenyatta claimed to have seized 'the lion by its tail.' Mr. Kenyatta also bought a Rolls-Royce at the Motor Show, where British car manufacturers sold over £160 million worth of cars. Russia is to enter the Monte Carlo Rally, but South Africa may be banned from the Olympic Games next year. France launched a cat into space and retrieved it, Dr. Erhard was installed as Chancellor of West Germany, declared he wanted Britain inside the EEC, and announced visits next month to Paris and Washington. A Cuban trade delegation is to visit the UK, and President Tito invited President Kennedy to Yugoslavia. Meanwhile Senator Goldwater, who was reported as feeding his speeches through a computer in case he unwit- tingly contradicts himself, accused President Ken- nedy of 'acting like a king.' Algeria and Morocco fought on in the desert, British Guiana poli- ticians were accused of inventing a statement that Moscow sources had sent money to _their political opponents, and the Indonesian Government. fighting inflation, issued notes worth officially £41 which will fetch hardly 25s. on the free market.


THE NATIONAL THEATRE'' opened at last, with the original foundation stone on the South Bank bare and forgotten. Yorkshire police began searching for counterfeit money they believed to be made on equipment used by Germany during the war when there were plans to flood the UK with useless currency. Beer production rose, prawns have become virtually extinct on the south coast, the most highly radioactive part of the UK is the Shetland Isles, Canon Collins was re-elected chairman of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarma- ment, and the England football team beat the Rest of the World 2-1.