9 APRIL 1942

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HOUGH Sir Stafford Cripps' expected official statement on the Indian settlement has again been postponed, this time in- initely, that can hardly mean more than that there is...

The Doctrine of Trusteeship

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In a recent issue of The Spectator Lord Hailey, discussing colonial problems generally, observed that "the doctrine of equality 'of status [between whites and natives] has so...

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The Business of the Post Office

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It is too often forgotten that State-owned or State-contro enterprises in time of war are to a great extent improvisations. suffer from the defects of schemes hastily arranged...

The Case of Sir Warren Fisher

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The issue between Mr. Herbert Morrison, as Minister of H Security, and Sir Warren Fisher, as Special Commissioner for London Civil Defence Region, has two separate aspects. The...

The Population of Canada

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The results of the Canadian decennial census, taken on June 2nd, 1941, show an increase of population from 10,376,786 in 1931 to 11,419,896—an increase less by one-third than...

Arm-chair Strategists

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Sir James Grigg was evidently alluding to demands so vociferously pressed in some quarters for the opening of a second front in the west when he remarked last Sunday that...

The Bottle-neck in Allied Production

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Already a stage in the war has been reached when the Allied handicap lies not in the lack of equipment, but the lack of it in the right place. That is mainly a matter of...

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announcement that the United States is to resume ship- eats to North Africa is an indication that Vichy has assurances which Washington regards as, temporarily at satisfactory....

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The appointment of Sir George Beharrell to be Director of

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Controls at the Ministry of Supply is an interesting departure, though it is not quite clear yet what the office entails. If precedent prevailed, Sir George, who is chairman of...

I wonder how' many of the thousands who have been

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ento the revival of Mr. Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma had ever h the name Dubedat before. Last Saturday's Times contained report of an inquest on a Mrs. Dubedat, of Hampstead, who...

To hark back to Switzerland, that gallant republic, surrounded completely.

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by German or German-controlled territory, is living under strange conditions. Though in sympathy ninety-nine per cent. pro-Ally (particularly, for various reasons, the...

A remarkable career, possible, I imagine, only in France, is

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lined in the last Let tre de la France Libre. Rear-Admiral Gee Thierry d'Argenlieu has lately been appointed High Commiss for Free France in the Pacific. The new High...


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D IPLOMACY, political warfare, Ministry of Information, B.B.C. —the vast, sprawling (necessarily sprawling, no doubt) appara- tus constructed for presenting British policy and...

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By STRATEGICUS NT events have the appearance of giving shape to the a panese strategy. Though it cannot be ruled out, it seems 'lie that Japan should strike in strength...

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By AN ITALIAN CORRESPONDENT U NTIL recently there was not much sign that the House of Savoy, proverbially associated by Italians with the luck of the country, might be...

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By LEON KIRIL Tsarist Russia the peasants were divided into two broad classes, those who farmed communal land as members of a village une or Mir, and the peasant proprietors...

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By MARK BENNEY T HE past month has seen the official christening of yet another of those infant institutions wh:ch promise to provide transition from the old to the new world....

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By L. B. NAMIER WIMATICAL errors are the most primitive form of cruelty to language: they correspond to physical injuries and torture. on the grammatical side, English is lean...

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I have only seen two people in my life whom I knew to be One was a wretched little Tunisian, twitching uneasy fingers yellow leather gloves. The other was an Englishman who...

How infinitely sounder and stronger is this mood than that

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which, I remember, manifested itself in the third year of the First German War. I have already in this column alluded to the spy-mania which formed so hysterical a feature of...


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By HAROLD NICOLSON T HE more I consider public opinion at this moment, the more impressed do I become. It may be that I am apt to generalise from the state of opinion in my own...

It is profitable at moments to step back to 1790,

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and to r that there was a time when quite sensible and sober men oe rise in their places after dinner, and solemnly kiss a bound vol of Paine's Rights of Man, as if it were a...

* * * What is the reason for this lessening

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of suspicion? Is it in truth (as I should like to believe) that the advance in education during the last twenty years has produced a public which is less impulsive and more...

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power." At Warner's.—" Johnny Eager." At the Empire. —"Remember the Day." At the Odeon. ICAN women pay the biggest contribution to the Hollywood and so they exercise the right...


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Magic Flute." At The New- Theatre. notorious that The Magic Flute is one of the most difficult peraS to produce, as difficult in its own especial way as Don wtni ; so it says a...

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SIR,—Lord Fairfield appears to agree with another prominent peer who

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has publicly given it as his opinion that anyone who dares to indulge in thoughts of planning at this time is "guilty of treason." That singular pronouncement, indeed, is what...

GIRL FROM BELOKRAJINA (Translated from the Slovene by Kenneth Matthews)

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Moonshine in the birch-wood ; And see! where the young trees part, The white fairies come riding, Each on a white horse gliding, Holding a babe to her heart. Each a lullaby...


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SIR,—It was a great and unexpected pleasure to read the a on Slovene poets in last week's issue of The Spectator. You publi one of those rare articles which have a lasting value...


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Snt,—Dr. Bevan's letter on "The Last Twenty Years" is an interest: corrective both to some of the " grousings " to which you have affer vent and to the common talk of "etude...


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RECONSTRUCTION POLICY SIR,—Lord Fairfield seems to have missed the essential point of your own leading article on "Reconstruction Policy," Mr. Butler's review, and Professor...

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—"Pride by Insolence chastened? Indolence purged by Sloth?" article by Irene Ward, M.P., in your March 27th issue sends one to a re-reading of Kipling's poem "The Islanders."...


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SIR,—Miss Boyd, in a letter published in your issue of March 27th, says in reference to the Struma ' passengers, that the Government had refused to allow the would-be immigrants...

Sm,—Mr. Israel Cohen's letter begs the issue. The passengers on

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the `Strurna ' were Rumanians, i.e., they were enemy aliens. It would have been a criminal act on the part of the British authorities to allow a large number of enemy aliens to...

— Miss Irene Ward's admirable article in a recent issue asks

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search- questions that must have been in many minds since the penalties of edness began to fall upon us, and even before. Probably it is sible in the middle of a war to examine...

SIR,—I would like to add my insignificent support to the

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proposals of Miss Irene Ward for an investigation of the causes of this war. The proposals in question as put forward are so important that they should .have much wider...

Sta,—None of your correspondents on the Struma ' incident have

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mentioned an important point. Is it likely that a shipload of refugees would be allowed to leave Rumania without a goodly leaven of spies amongst them? That was probably the...

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In the Garden The loveliest garden sight I have seen

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this spring is a bit of flat rod almost entirely possessed by iris reticulata, and grape hyacinth. the dark purple irises were a few plants of the light blue variety created by...

Village Jam The Women's Institutes, which are doing yeoman's work

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for production and preservation, feel that they are not quite fairly ira by the Government. They make jams and bottle fruit ; but the "$w non vobis" principle is roughly...

COUNTRY LIFE IT has been claimed for April—Shakespeare's month, as

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May C.haucer's—that it is the prettiest word in the English, or Latin, guage ; and because, like woman, it is mutabile sem per, it is the exciting month by a very long lead. We...

EDITORS AND THE ARMY S your issue of April 3rd

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" Janus " alludes to the calling up for military service of a newspaper editor, and goes on to say : "There was, I believe, some oversight about applying for . . . reservation,...

INDIA AND CONGRESS Sia,—It is a somewhat sinister circumstance that

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in all the spate of words on the subject of India I Lave never heard the word villager mentioned. There are about 300 million of them in India. It will be interesting to see...


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SIR,—I am puzzled by Mr. Scott-James's review of Shall Our Children Live or Die? so Puzzled that I wondered for a moment if he and I had been reading the same book. How can he,...

THE COLONIAL PROBLEM SUL—Lord Hailey's grave words prompt me to

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write, as co one change that has come about in Colonial administration since the days of slow travel. Home leave comes after three years, and the district Commis- sioner finds...

Good Companions A flourish has been set recently on the

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quaint and new science the cross-fertilisation of fruit. In regard to apples, pears, plums cherries, it is now precisely known which sorts need congenial no bours and what those...

Postage on this issue : Inland and Overseas, id.

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Preparation for Planning . e w England—Planning for the Future. By Professor S. D. Adshead. (Muller. 7S. 6d.) s probably with a suppressed sigh that Mr. Churchill told us...

Facts about Our Army

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SNIPING at the Army—never, by any chance, at the Navy or the R.A.F.—has become a fashionable pastime, and no one would deny the existence of legitimate targets. You cannot put...

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A Sitwell Fantasy

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THIS is not a single drama, but a series of "shorts "—a h sacrifice in Mexico or at Stonehenge, feathered dancers from Pa islands, a few hundred feet of Balkan peasant ritual, a...

Albert Edward

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Victoria's Heir. By George Dangerfield. (Constable. 15s.) IT is deplorably true, I fear, that ordinary people very seldom read about the lives of good men with a great deal of...

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Clearing a Ground

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Truth and Fallacy in Educational Theory. By Charles D. Hardie. (Cambridge University Press. 6s.) ONE of the difficulties about educational controversy is that so often the...


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Something of a Hero. By I. J. Kapstein. (Hamish H los. 6d.) THE idea of the novel as a form of social history is not a new Its scope is very wide, it can embrace political...

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Shorter Notices

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1 Find Treason. By Richard Rollins. (Harrap. los. 6d.) ON a Sunday evening in 1912, a thousand Munich bourgeois gr hysterical over their beer mugs as a German-American spe...

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e winner of Crossword No. 159 is Miss Boog Watson, 204, ge Loan, Edinburgh.

"THE SPECTATOR" CROSSWORD No. 161 IA Book Token for one

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guinea veil be awarded to the sender of the first correct of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week. lopes should be received not later than first post...

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By CUSTOS WITH the spring battle season looming near and the Budget just round the corner, investors can scarcely be expected to dev an offensive spirit. Those with funds...

Saint George or the Dragon. By Lord Elton. (Collins. 8s.

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6d.) LORD ELTON'S book claims to point "towards a Christian Democracy," and sets out to show that our survival in this war depends on our fitness to survive. If this is anything...

MR. CALDER'S spirited little book is a valuable footnote to

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the history of this war. He describes the air-raids that London endured In the late summer of 194o, and then shows in detail how Londoners organised themselves for shelter and...