10 APRIL 1959

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AND they used to call him the 'cautious' ..,M.Chancellor. But on Tuesday, Mr. Heathcoat Amory, by writing into his Budget accounts a record deficit of over £700 million, gave...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 1959

—Portrait of the Week— MR. HEATHCOAT AMORY'S second Budget knocked

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twopence a pint off beer, and thus made it cheaper to celebrate the reductions in income tax and purchase tax. Dr. Adenauer agreed to be kicked upstairs into the Presidency of...

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The choice before the voters is simple; do they want five more years of Tory mis-rule, with aggres- sion abroad and an economic free-for-all at home, or do they want order and...

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Printing Dispute

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THE current dispute between printing trade unions and the Master Printers has led to a limitation of overtime working. Some readers may find that, during this dispute, copies of...

French Ferments

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By DARSIE GILLIE PARIS G BOWLS in Algiers are increasingly angry. The half-dozen or more political organisations, who either joined in carrying out the coup of last May (with...

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By SARAH GA1NHAM WARSAW O NCE having seen Auschwitz, the only place in Poland that the Poles don't mind you naming in German, it is impossible not to agree with Henry Moore;...

Westminster Commentary

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OUTSIDE, the birds were singing and the sun was shining, and a hundred miles away Mr. Robe- son was preparing to say If I quench thee, thou flaming Minister. . . . but in the...

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FOR THE GERMANS of all people to accuse Mr. Macmillan

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of wanting to do another 'Munich' is a little indelicate, but their accusations and those of the Americans, silly as they are, may do one good thing. For years anybody in this...

SOMEBODY, even if it is only somebody in Con- servative

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Central Office, will soon have to decide whether Mr. Heathcoat Amory's personal pub- licity is of more value to the Government in general and him in particular than his dislike...

A Spectator' s Notebook IT IS ARGUABLE that Mr. Lennox-Boyd's decision

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that the Devlin Commission on Nyasaland should sit in private and that witnesses or their counsel should not have the right to cross-examine other witnesses is the right one. I...

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Horse and Rider

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON S UCH peace as prevails at present in the Federation is the hush of anxious expectancy, not the calm of relaxation. The meagre slogan of 'interracial...

WHEN COLONEL GRIVAS left Cyprus for Athens, M. Raymond Aron

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laid it down that his final insult to this country was to wear very ill-cut breeches. The Field, which might have been ex- pected , to take this particularly hard, 114., on the...

WHAT APPALS ME most about the Daily Sketch is its

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assumption (almost certainly justified) that none of the people who buy it can read. On November 10 last, short of a front-page story, they came up with a suggestion not a great...

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Gallup Pollsters

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS l liAD never been catechised by a Gallup pollster and indeed had become a little sceptical about the Mrs. Harrises who furnished them with their...

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The Last of the Pashas

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By IAN GILMOUR With the British change of policy over Cyprus, the Turks are out of the headlines, and so for the moment are the Israelis. The way is open for an Arab comeback;...

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Nobs THE WEEKEND SUN shone down on a fair field full of folk; nine indistin- guishable horses tore along in the green dis- spoor of picnic equipment on to the grass behind...


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The Brave Bull By ALAN BRIEN Othello. (Stratford.) PAUL ROBESON'S Othello is a popular Othello, popular with critics as Well as with cash customers. But he is not my Othello...

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Showomanship By CLIVE BARNES AFTER an absence of seven years Carmen Amaya—gipsy, dancer and Spanish firecracker —has returned to London at the Westminster Theatre, com- plete...

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Whom the Gods Love By SIMON HODGSON HAS the old tag ever appeared more inane than when applied to the two artists who have retrospective exhibitions in London now, and who...

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Through Unknown Eyes By ISABEL QUIGLY Goha and Eve Wants to Sleep. (Academy.) A FILM set in an unfamiliar part of the world and a film that springs from an unfamiliar part of...

Tije ftettator

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APRIL 12, 1834 Tim Reverend ARTHUR WHALLEY was suspended last week for three years, by the Consistory Court of Hereford. The charges against him were those of heresy and...

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Consuming Interest

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Answering The Telephone By LESLIE ADRIAN THE ballyhoo about Britain's trunk dialling system, promised within the next few years on a national telephone network and in a...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Falling Hair By MILES HOWARD A READER writes to ask—'Why not a few facts on simple things, like hair, teeth, and the like? They matter.' I entirely agree, and hasten to make...

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The Importance of Being Algernon

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By STRIX C OVETI-IING tells me that when the infant Strix was baptised the vicar disregarded standing orders to dip it in the water discreetly and warily. I suspect that They...

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SIR,—Taper's usual urbanity sharpens the point of his observations on

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Lord Malvern, and his prophecy of a vast facial conflict only repeats of the Federation what had since the war been the only reasonable con- clusion to draw froth the internal...

And Now Nyasaland Alexander Scott,

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David Poem Gervtis Hughes, Lady St. Just Easter Christopher Hollis Granting Visas Paul Christophersen Food for Thought Colin Hands Orders are Orders P. Morley Griffiths Kiev's...

.c. — As a regular reader of the Spectatdr over many years,

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the bitter and repeated attacks that you print on the racial politics of the Central. African Federa- tion move me to mention a few facts that seem never to have been printed....

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SIR, — tt seems wrong to me to dismiss the subsidies paid to agriculture as an expensive insurance policy, as the article 'Food for Thought' (Spectator, April 3) dock. They are...

SIR, — A general cheer will have gone up among all who

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have the interests of Africa at heart on reading Taper's comments in the Spectator of April 3 on Lord Malvern's deplorable remarks. I was present at the debate myself, and...


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SIR. — Mr. Curtin's letter (Spectator, March 27) about immigration formalities touches on a point of vital importance for the shaping of Britain's policy in relation to other...


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SIR, — Your recent article 'Orders are Orders' seems to me to have been significantly underlined by the South-West Norfolk result. When the Conservative Party was being built up...


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SIR, — It may be 'clear' to Mr. Lee that there was no historical resurrection, but was it 'clear' to St. Paul? St. Paul says that he does believe in it. If he did not so believe...

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Slit,—In his review entitled 'Russian Rocketry' (March 27) Mr. Gerald Leach says that 'two years ago we had a spate of books on rocketry (all Ameri- can).' I think it only fair...


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SIR,—By some mischance my review of European Politics in Southern Rhodesia, by Colin Leys, stated that the responsibility for agriculture had not been transferred to the...


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SIR, —Mr. Cyril Ray, 'musing over the fact that in Kiev, which is the same size as Manchester, there are seven theatres and an opera house' (Spectator, April 3), must have...

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Plain Thinking

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Abruptly leaving early, arriving late, `What kind of woman is she?-' I see in their eyes. I'll no more tell them about what kind She is, Than be plagued to recapitulate The...


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What Became of Sweeney? Br FRANK 1(12MODE W int The Elder Statesman* Mr. Eliot has brought us to a place we could not have expected to reach when we started. We , may see how...

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World Without Stalin

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The March Wind. By Desmond Donnelly. (Collins, 18s.) MOST of our fellow countrymen who have travelled behind the iron or bamboo curtains fall into one or other of two...

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New Mysteries for Old ,

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Ile Strange Death of Lord Castlereagh. By H. Montgomery Hyde. (Heinemann, 18s.) Tins is a strange little book, the purpose of which t is not entirely easy to tell. Castlereagh's...

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Local Government

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Exeter, 1540-1640. By Wallace T. MacCaffrey. (Harvard University Press. O.U.P., 45s.) EXETER is fortunate in its historians. Recent work by Dr. W. G. Hoskins and Dr. W. B....

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Words to the Heathen

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MRS. ROOSEVELT'S new book mostly describes the travels—foreign missions, one might almost call them—which she undertook either officially as a UN representative or in her own...

Straightening Out the Stebbinses

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'AT the risk of tedium, and with no malice to- wards the Stebbinses, I should like to set the record straight,' MT. Booth remarks early on in his book, and in a general way this...

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Betimes Away

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THE lure of speed is usually felt most strongly by inarticulate people. Mike Hawthorn was not only inarticulate but also modest; so he refrains from pronouncements, whether...

Bourbon on the Rocks

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Daughter of France: The Life of Anne Marie Louise d'Orlians, Duchesse de Montpensier, 1627-1693: La Grande Mademoiselle. By V. Sackville-West. (Michael Joseph, 25s.) Miss V....

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'Landscape. with Figures

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The Dream of Arcadia: American Writers and Artists in Italy, 1760-1915. By Van Wyck Brooks. (Dent, 25s.) Tilt: ostensible subject of Mr. Van Wyck Brooks's new volume is the...

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Splendid Peggy

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The Proud Possessors. By Aline B. Saarinen. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 30s.) PEOPLE seem to collect works of art under two main impulses: in order to be admired, and be- cause...

Wild Colonial Boys Tins is really a very interesting book.

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Mr. Russel Ward has, in his own words, attempted to trace 'the historical origins and development of the Australian legend or national mystique.' The author believes that the...

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New Sceptic

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The Art of Living. By F. L. Lucas. (Cassell, 25s.) Tans book follows up the chapters on Johnson, Chesterfield, Boswell and Goldsmith in The Search for Good Sense, which 1 have...

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The Rights of Paine

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By RICHARD WOLLHEIM O N November 4, 1789, at the meeting- house of the Old Jewry, Dr. Richard Price, a nonconformist divine, preached a sermon before the Revolution Society—an...

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Battles of Hastings

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The Life of Patrick Hastings. By Patricia Hastings. (Cresset Press, 25s.) The Life of Patrick Hastings. By Patricia Hastings. (Cresset Press, 25s.) THERE is a shortage of...

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The Butcher Bird

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At dawn beneath the risen sun The lizard scuttles to a stone, The wren rings in the hazelwood, The butterfly assaults the bud And the great bee drones till noon; When none but...

Dusty Answers

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'ON vesting day,' said a Labour MP, 'I marched with a group of railwaymen from my con- stituency to the local railway station. We stood—. on the up platform—and sang "The Red...

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Past Indicative

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All in a Lifetime. By Walter Allen. (Michael Joseph, 15s.) A Way Back. By James Mitchell. (Peter Davies, 15s.) The Bystander. By Albert J. Guerard. (Faber, 15s.) The Man Who...

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The Dominant Third. By Elizabeth Hely (Heinemann, 15s.) Effective opening

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: pretty Eng- lish bride murdered on honeymoon in Burgundy Sags into silly ending, with melodramatic trap set for killer, but Paris police-detective a good crea tion. Meals at...

The Deep End

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The Undefeated. By George Paloczi-Horvath. (Seeker and Warburg, 25s.) This autobiography centres on the extreme situations of political experience. It is what the anti-Fascist...

It's a Crime

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Blood and Judgment. By Michael Gilbert (Hodder and Stoughton, 12s. 6d.) The author seems to think that Filipinos are black, and that reporters write their own headlines, but he...

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The Interloper. By Gwendoline Butler. (Bles, 12s. 6d.) A tenement

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house near London Docks: an American historian (female, young) haunted by what might be a poltergeist; and two school- , girls with what seems a touch of the sinister about...


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By CUSTOS O N Monday there was a tremendous turnover of buying and selling on the Stock Exchange with a record business of over 20,000 shares. The new buyers and the...

The Devil's Door. By Leonard Halliday. (Ham- mond, 12s. 6d.)

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Brisk thriller based on a bright new idea: it is set largely in South Tyrol, and based on separatist movement there, which is as real and as up-to-the-news as the Iron Curtain...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE Economic Survey, if care- fully read, usually reveals the Budget. After taking one look at the last paragraph the Stock Exchange decided last week...

One for the Road. By Fredric Brown. (Board- man, 10s.

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6d.) Small-town murder in Arizona solved by small-town reporter. Particularly good • on police routine and newspaper work. This is one of the soundest, most sensible and least...

Gin and Murder. By Josephine Pullein-Thomp- n , son. (Hammond, 10s.

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6d.) Solid, old-fashioned, well-written and readable, though improbable, story of murder at county cocktail party, with local MFH as chief suspect. Solution by blinding flash...

The Pursuit. By Moray McLaren. (Jarrolds, 15s.) Elegant and engaging

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long picaresque novel in which young Scots lawyer seeks the evidence that will free innocent man of murder charge, and convict a Mr. Hyde, in a still Stevensonian Edinburgh and...

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SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1,037 ACROSS.-1 Tantrum. 5 Chaotic. 9 Pair

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off. 10 Ant-heap. 11 Predesigns. 12 Lear. 13 Moo. 14 Sea-canaries. 17 Soft-shelled. 19 Ton. 20 Espy. 22 Hard-boiled. 26 Marabou, 27 Pretext. 28 Nerissa. 29 Sweater. DOWN.-1...


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1 Cunctators? (7) 5 'Ships, towers, domes, theatres and — lie' (Wordsworth) (7) 9 To cheer might be to put one's foot in it poetically (7) 10 It's useful in the raising of...


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rr HE report of Associated Electrical Indus- tries tries indicates confidence for the current year, which is a point Lord Chandos, the chairman, will no doubt ,make at the...