10 DECEMBER 1954

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Airmen as Spies

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The main occasion of President Eisenhower's assured but extempore address was something so deeply felt in the United States that it gave his words even greater importance—the...


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I T is no paradox that President Eisenhower has become, as it were, tougher and more moderate at the same time One of the memorable remarks at last week's press conference, when...

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Objections \ in Kenya The problems and prospects of inter-racial

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adjustment in Kenya may well have obscured the fact that the British community is itself divided on the subject of the Lyttelton settlement. This plan, introducing an African...

The French Demarche

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Everything that has happened since agreement on West European union and defence was reached at the London and Paris meetings, and every Soviet approach, whether ostensibly less...

Markyate in Action

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part of the old Watling Street, and the London to Birmingham The narrow high street of Markyate in Hertfordshire forms main road runs along It for about a mile and a quarter....

Mr. Strydom's Programm5

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Our South African Correspondent writes: Will Mr. Strydom, to take the three main points of his programme, proceed at once to carve out a republ.c within or outside the...

Out of Sight

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On April 23 last the Spectator published a review of a book entitled Children • of the New Estate. The review attracted some attention, since it drew to public notice a book...

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Political Commentary

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THI3 significant fact about the richly comic episode of the 1945 telegram is that it has had not the slightest effect on the Position of Sir Winston Churchill. The gentlemanly...


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The workers in the Staveley Iron and Chemical Company near Chesterfield, who have decided that Mr. Ron Hewitt Should be sent to Coventry for another stretch, are slowly being...

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I T is now virtually certain that the Government will achieve the object which it set itself in the matter of pensions. The Bill will be passed through Parliament by Christmas....

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Marriage a la Mode

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In a letter to the current issue of The Author Miss Pamela Hansford Johnson reopens a topic which periodically engages the distressed attention of the literary world. Can...


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I find something curiously evocative about the phrase, 'the Tory machine,' which one so often comes across in articles and speeches by Socialists. It conjures up a vision of...

The Falsehood Stakes

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The Russians are the most unpredictable of liars, because It is often impossible to trace any connection at all between the lies they tell and the truth these lies are intended...

But For Whom . . .

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An advertisement for Carrington VC. a film which Miss Virginia Graham will review next week, prints the names Of the stars in large letters and the names of the producer,...

The Stage-Struck Press

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I hear that Punch are planning to devise and produce a revue at a West End theatre next autumn. The sketches, lyrics and decor will be by the staff and regular contributors....


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I N their attitude to the truth there has always been considerable variation between the nations of the world, . and several of those on whom veracity already sat but lightly...

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In Defence of the Unions By SIR VINCENT TEWSON CONOMISTS, journalists, and sociologists have been • writing about trade unionism in this series. I am a trade unionist who...

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Ilreezy Biographising

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hy HENRY FAIRLIE 14 ORD EEAVERBROOK has been said to have set his heart on the completion of three projects : first, the writing of a life of himself, disguised as a life of...

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Children of Welfare By GLADYS KENDON I AM a teacher 'in

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a Primary School, set in the Greater London area, which means that the children come froro a district, whose history begins in about the early Thirties, and whose social...

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Justice and Mrs. Woollett

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By SIR CARLETON ALLEN T HIS country suffers acutely from too many people and things chasing too little land, and a free market in real property must clearly yield to some form...

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By ANTHONY HOWARD (Christ Church, Oxford) T HE Oxford undergraduate is now a civilised political animal. So much was proved last week when it ate in the most docile fashion out...

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City and Suburban

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T HE controversy about what sort of new packing cases, miscalled towers, arc to be put up in the City of London has been enlivened by the design for a twenty-seven storey...

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Compton Mackenzie

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T HE death of Sir George Robey takes from us one of the last great figures of the late Victorian and Edwardian music-hall. What nights of mirth at the vanished Oxford or Tivoli...

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SIR,—Mr. Beljeman's piece of special pleading in regard to religious broadcasting struck me as singularly 'unconvincing. 'The Church of England is the Church of this country.'...

SIR,—Like other humanists, Miss Kathleen Nott is confused about absolutes

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and relatives. She says, A humanist does not believe in absolute values. For him values are dis- covered in the actual experience of the human situation.' No value can be...

Sm,—In his article in your last issue Mr. Graham Hutton

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states that he ' thinks that the average level of our managerial talent and efficiency remains deplorably low compared with, say, the average in America, Western Germany,...

THE HUMAN SITUATION SIR,'—Mr. Coleman's letter provokes in me a

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reaction entirely different from that of Mr. McKee. I am quite prepared to accept as a foreseeable possibility the complete and utter destruction of our planet and our...

SIR,—Surely Mr. McKee in his striking letter on weapons of

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war (Spectator, December 3), has failed to take into account the genuinely new factor introduced by nuclear weapons their secondary effects: that is, the prolonged radioactivity...

Letters to the Editor

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MANAGERIAL REVOLUTION SIR,—A passage in the November 15 number of the American financial weekly Barron's provides an apt footnote to Mr. Anderson's penetrating article on...

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The Portrait IT is less harsh than the photographs have suggested. The brown canvas has been stained with a colour that lies somewhere between khaki and dulled brass; from this...


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We have been fortunate enough to see, in one week, three major personalities in operation. Amateur, semi-amateur and pro, Lord Ismay, Sir Thomas Beecham and Gilbert Harding; as...

Stewart Grainger, and the others were equally good. George Devine's

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production is properly sparing and austere, Malcolm Pride's costumes are imaginative and bril- liant,• and although the second of Hugh Cason's sets (the interior of Pandarus's...


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Time Remembered. By Jean A no u I h. (Lyric, Hammersmith.) Time Remembered. By Jean A no u I h. (Lyric, Hammersmith.) , IT is worth meditating what makes of Time Remembered an...

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A Wily Mouse

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From time to time I have been asked advice on all sorts of matters, and a week two ago I sent some ideas to a friend asked me how to catch a wily mouse. Wrote : ' It came in...

Country Life Ti th third south-westerly gale in less than

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week raged through the night and did a gr deal of damage to trees by all reports, for t shallow-rooted fir, the treacherously unsou elm or the easily shattered poplar falls to...

Quotation and Riposte

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No, 249 Report by Bernard Fergusson On the pattern of Pope's couplet on Newton and J. C. Squire's rejoinder on Einstein, competitors were asked to provide...

A prize of £5 Is offered for an alphabetical telegram

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(i.e. of 26 words, the first beginning with A, the second with B, and so on) suitable for sending at the New Year to any one of the following: The Archbishop of Canterbury, The...

The Spraying Month In the orchard as well as the

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soft tr" ij garden December is the month for spraY, Il i o tar oil. Apples should be done towards 'd end of the month but before they are spraYd such trees and bushes as plum,...


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Make Me An Offer. (Empire) Make Me An Offer takes us to the heart of the antique-dealing business, a heart which Wolf Mankowitz has dissected into two equal portions, those of...

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The Debacle By D. W. BROGAN RESENT, it has seemed to me. in nearly all French discussions of contemporary problems since 1945, and in the discussion of many past problems, is...

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Pardoning Paul Claudel . •

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- e Poetic. Drama of Paul Claude]. ‘Ily Joseph Chiari. (Harvill. 15s.) a (,tockliff. 12s. 6d.) • (),!' modern poetic dramatists Paul Claude l stands out as incompar- • Lonely...

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Swift as Churchman

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Swift and the Church of Ireland. By Louis A. Landa. (Oxford. 21s.) As a churchman Swift belongs to the great Anglican succession of deans who are distinguished but difficult. An...

El Greco

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El Greco. By Antonina Vallentin. (Museum Press. 30s.) THIS is an extremely interesting, useful, and very delightful bd, It is pleasantly free from art-historical jargon, yet it...

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The Case of Lewis Carroll

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Lewis Carroll. By Derek Hudson. (Constable. 21s.) touxv confronting the documents in the case of Lewis Carroll, Mr. berek Hudson has met the challenge of the definitive with...

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Why Read Italian?

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A History of Italian Literature. By Ernest Hatch Wilkins. (London: Geoffrey Cumberlege. O.U.P. 45s.) No, one feels like protesting, literary history and literary criticism...

Beyond the' Frontiers

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Rome Beyond the Imperial Frontiers. By Sir Mortimer Wheeler. (Bell. 25s.) NOWHERE does the Mediterranean sparkle more amiably than in the Greco-Roman glass and silver-ware...

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New Novels

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The Young Have Secrets. By James Courage. (Cape. 12s. 6d.) Flesh and Blood. By Francois Mauriac. (Eyre and Spottiswoode. 10s. 6d.) • Caroline in Italy. By Cecil Saint-Laurent....

A Georgian Chronicle

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The Way of My World. By Ivor Brown. (Collins. 16s.) Now and then, in the candlelit gleam of an especial evening, shad. of a 'Nowhere World sit beside the mellow guest; in a...

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. PPs: The Story of an Industrial Empire. BY Gert von Klass. Translated by James ( lough. (Sidgwick and Jackson. 25s.) HI S book, first published in Germany last r, is not in...

Tins book offers thirty-one plates, of which seven are in

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colour, with brief explanatory notes in French and English. A very few are zrchitectural in emphasis; the rest are of paintings and sculptures, mostly of the Empire period,...

More Opera Nights. By Ernest Newman. (Putnam. 42s.)

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Mn. NEWMAN'S new book is a successor to Opera Nights and IVagner Nights, and con- tains essays on seventeen operas, of which live are Verdi's. The essays are long, learned, and...

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Company. Notes

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By CUSTOS THE stock markets have regained a somewhat unsteady balance and remain highly sensitive and selective. The gilt-edged market was at first stimulated by the success of...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE fabulous two months which ended on November. 13, 1929, will always live in my financial memory. It was the time of the great Wall Street crash when...