28 JUNE 1963, Page 3

— Portrait of the Week— THE REPERCUSSIONS of England's most-called girl

showed no signs of ending after three record-breaking weeks. To the surprise of most of his enemies Mr. Macmillan stayed: though demonstrators shouted 'murderer' at him on Saturday, the victim of any political stabbing would have been the Premier himself. But the 1922 Committee allowed itself to be sidetracked into a discussion on Lords reform, and the corres- pondence columns of The Times welled over with protestations of loyalty to Mr. Macmillan from the counties and shires. Lord Hai!sham made a personal statement to the Lords, less explosive than Mr. Profurno's but still enough to raise issues of privilege; and Mr. Profumo was eased out of the Privy Council. The English outbreak of morality spread to the US: three airmen who had known Miss Keeler 'casually' were hauled home for questioning, but it was ascertained that they had not known her intimately; and there were rumours of an inquiry into the UN's call- girl racket.

THE PRESS, basking in self-congratulation for keeping every scrap of Profumo evidence quiet

for ten weeks, ruined its new-found image by turning its spotlight on the silly business of Prince Charles's cherry brandy. The Daily Mirror 'officially' denied Prince Philip was involved in the Wimpole Mews fun and games, to the great surprise of its readers who hadn't yet caught up with that rumour: most were still trying to identify the naked waiter. But, of course, every- one is concerned only with the security aspect; though Lord Denning is to look at possible security breaches there were complaints that this would not be adequate to satisfy the public. But no Commons debate on Lord Denning's inquiries will take place, as Labour leaders are worried that fewer Tories will abstain, which would be a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister. The week produced shining midsummer madness from a junior Minister, Admiral Sir Charles Hughes- Hallett : 'If I had the choice of being watched and spied upon by the press or by the secret police, I would prefer the secret police'.

PRESIDENT KENNEDY, leaving his wife and a dozen pregnant problems in the US, flew on a whistle- can't-stop tour in Europe, to meet Signor Leone, the Italian Prime Minister, who did not want office; Mr. Macmillan, who still hopes to keep office; and Dr. Adeitauer, who resents the prospect of giving it up; and, of course, to renew acquaintance with the ancestral sod. This was Africa week: Mr. Butler went to Victoria Falls for the tricky Central Africa talks; Mr. Mboya came, saw and .won Kenyan independence: the Enahoro trial began in Lagos. Pope Paul VI was elected and promised to follow John XXIII's work. Ever- present international scarecrows were prominent: Cuban exiles 'invaded,' British troops got lost in the Yemen, Malaysia showed signs of splinter- ing, UN finances got worse, and the EEC broke one of its thousands of deadlocks on cereal prices.


SCANDAL APART, an ordinary week : acid threats at the Queen Mother, another Army walkout, a Czech diplomat expelled, and a soldier in Ger- many given twelve years for trying to give secrets away; typhoid broke out in South Shields, and the police raided the Committee of 100 and took away plans. The second Test was drawn with Cowdrey at the wicket with a broken arm, and in a remarkably mediocre Wimbledon England's main hope, Sangster, was knocked out in the first round. Unemployment went down, and after six months of National Productivity Year industrial production has risen one point.