10 FEBRUARY 1961

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- Portrait of the Week — THE GOVERNMENT defeated a Labour

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Party motion censuring it for its economic policy, but not until Mr. Harold Wilson had described it as 'tired, dis- credited and caste-ridden boasting of nothing but a certain...


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I T is exactly five years ago that the Guillebaud Committee reported on the cost of the National Health Service. The Committee had been asked to advise 'how, in view of the...

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No. 6920 Established FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1961 1828

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Ft um RICHARD H. ROVERE NEW YORK T can, I think, be stated rather flatly: the 'administration's performance in its first two weeks has been, by all reasonable American stan-...

New Hope

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T VIE prospects for a reasonable settlement from the Northern Rhodesia Constitutional Con- ference now appear brighter than they were at the time Harry Franklin and T. R. M....

Posh and Pop

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T ILE appearance of the Sunday Telegraph is probably a more effective answer to pessi- mism about the future of the press than reasoned argument. It will take time to shake down...

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Twelve at Table

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By BERNARD LEVIN • Still, there they are, all twelve of them, and sooner or later eight of them will agree on a defence policy for the Labour Party based on multilateral...

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Welensky's Last Stand

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1—From HARRY FRANKLIN* T s Sir Roy Welensky fi ghting the battle for 'the survival of his Federation on the for- bidden Protectorate field—Northern Rhodesia? As Federal Premier...

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2—By T. R. M. CREIGHTON T HE Northern Rhodesian United Federal

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Party's boycott of the territorial constitu- tional conference was an admission that it has no good case to present there for its policies and knows it. If there were valid...

The `Lavon Affair'

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By ERSKINE B. CHILDERS F M five months, Israel has been almost con- tinuously convulsed by a sensational political crisis, which has now involved Mr. Ben-Gurion's —probably...

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Stuff Tough TUCKER By JAMES P EOPLE coming out of Cardiff Arms Park last Saturday were smirking rather than smiling. What they, we, had witnessed in the first defeat of the...

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The Romantic Miss Riefenstahl

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By RORER T MULLER L AST Friday evening. BBC Television paid tribute in a 'Film Profile' to the career and Work of Leni Riefenstahl. We were shown cuts float films in which she...

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SIR,—Your editorial 'Is It Peace'?' puts Soviet cultural exchanges into

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their proper context. It is significant that almost as soon as this latest Anglo-Soviet ex- change agreement was signed in Moscow the Soviet radio should start accusing us of...

SIR, -- -While I agree in principle with Sarah Gain- ham's analysis

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of the actions of individuals in Hitler's Germany, she has surely Misconstrued the basic reasons behind such periodic outbursts by apparently civilised people. The crimes were...


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SIR,- -Miss Gainham's statement that . . one hears more viciously anti-German remarks in London than in Warsaw or Belgrade' is not the stuff of which 'objective facts' are...

Is It Peace? Geoffrey Strickland, John C. Clews Guilt - Edged Michael

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Irwin, J. H. Jones Take a Girl Like You Kingsley Ands Pay TV F. C. McLean A Look at Sound Frederick Laws, tan G. Rodger Timothy Evans Nicolas Walter The Customers Can Wait F....

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PAY T V SIR. It is, of course, completely true, as

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pointed out by Mr. Gabriel and Mr. King in their letters in your i ssue January that wire distribution of tele- v programmes in this country is very well de- ve loped and the...

SIR, --Mr. Forster's review of the present state of BBC

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radio programmes only served to show how much his vision has suffered while watching tele- vision. He paid a television critic's homage to the mass appeal of Woman's Hour, in...


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SIR, —In Your comment on my letter in your February 3 issue, you said that anybody might think, reading my letter, that you had condemned BEA and BOAC for taking the stand they...


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SIR,-1 grant that Peter Forster has only one head and sympathise with him for having to use it to attend to so much television, but some of his views about radio in the article...


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SIR,—In his brief analysis of my Take a Girl Like you, Professor Enright makes three factual errors. They are: 1. He seems to think that to put Beethoven down as twelfth man to...


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SIR.—It is forgiving of Mr. Amamoo, the Public Re- lations Adviser to the High Commissioner of Ghana, to express the keenness of his countrymen to develop Anglo-Ghana relations...


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SIR,—It is sad to read in the Spectator that 'if Mr. Butler feels that an inquiry would be embarrassing, a posthumous pardon for Evans would be almost as good.' • On the...

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KIRK AND NATION SIR,—Space did not allow me to detail

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any of the numerous factual errors in Mr. Reid's book. He has taken as critical specifically of his own work certain comments arising out of my general reflections on the books...


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SIR,—A group of Gilbert Harding's friends are hop- ing to publish a tribute to him, in the form of a book of reminiscences and stories covering as many aspects of his life and...


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must ask Monica Furlong to substantiate. or to withdraw with a fairly abject apology, her astonishing and fantastic statement: 'He [Altrin- cham] . . . thinks he would have...


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SIR,—Robin McDouall finds that 'in the lesser Mediterranean islands, they have never heard of the dear National Provincial' and recommends 'Cook's or the American Express for...

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Elsa Popping By PETER FORSTER ALAS, poor Elsa. Still, the BBC, that nature- loving Earth Mother without whose know- ledge not a lioness falls, saw her off proud. A film about...


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The Anatomy of Prejudice By BAMBER GASCOIGNE • Nal COWARD'S assault in the Sunday Times on the new English drama was a flawless model of prejudice. A brief academic study of...

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Interpreting the Dream Ity DAVID CAIRNS -,1( critics have often been strangely unwilling to admit how deeply the truth of a work is bound up with faithful perfor- mance, how...


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For Everyone's Sake By ISABEL QUIGLY Take a Giant Step. (Odeon, Marble Arch.) —Where the Hot Wind Blows. (Ritz.) — A Breath of Scandal. (Plaza.)—Nymphettes. (Cameo-Royal.) A...

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Arithmetic of Woe By MICHAEL YOUNG I DOUBT whether the seventeen volumes of Charles Booth's Life and Labour of the PeoPle in London have been read by as many as seven- teen...

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Examining the Risks

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The Hazards to Man of Nuclear and Allied Radiation. A second report to the Medical Research ,Council. ,(H,M.S.O., 7s.) Radiation, Genes and Man. By Bruce Wallace and Kee, 18s.)...

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Kinds of Mastery

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The Rats. By Alan Sillitoe. (W. H. Allen, 15s.) WHAT is there in English poetry to set beside 'She Was a Phantom of Delight,' as a husband's tribute to his wife? There are...

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The Rise of Love

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GOLDING By WILLIAM S OMEONE once said, 'people wouldn't fall in love, if they didn't read about it first.' This is a large and valuable half-truth. With that remark nagging in...

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A Case for Scott

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LAUDABLE and likeable are different things. Donald Davie, however, is equally and alter- nately concerned both with the lasting merits of the Waverley Novels and with the nature...

Revolutions Per Minute

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The African Revolution. By James Cameron. (Thames and Hudson, 18s.) Agony of the Congo. By Ritchie Calder. (Gollancz, 16s.) THERE is a device called a stroboscope. It is used...

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No Signposts in the Sea. By V. Sackville-West. (Michael Joseph, 13s. 6d.) 'REALITY' is on the rack in France. Robbe- Grillet tries to abolish all forms of metaphor, Nathalie...

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Li vy

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HORATIUS at the bridge, Coriolanus. the rape of Lucretia still hold their place in literate folklore, thanks to Shakespeare and Macaulay—but no longer to Livy. The emperor...

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The Sterling Consequences of Mr. Kennedy

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B y NICHOLAS DAVENPORT WHAT a relief it must be to the average American to be gov- erned by a young, vital realist with an expert brains trust be- hind him, instead of a bunch...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE switch from bear to bull market in equities has gathered further pace in a rather dangerous atmosphere of take-over bids and rumours. It can be called a...

Company Notes

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N ORTHERN DAIRIES continues its pro- gramme of expansion with most encour- aging results. Five new companies joined the group in 1959-60 but, apart from the dairy business, it...

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I Know a Bank . . . By KATHARINE WHITEHORN I THINK it was Ogden Nash who said that marriage was a serious religious and civil alli- ance between a man who can't sleep with the...

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Consuming Interest

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Drinka Soya Beana Day By LESLIE ADRIAN • margarine made from reconstituted dried skimmed milk (which in saner days was fed to pigs), artificially enriched with vegetable fats...


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Home Suite Home By KENNETH J. ROBINSON This is a sublimely subliminal way of getting at our pay packets. I suppose if we don't all rush out to the local furniture emporium to...

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Postscript • • • QUITE the best comment on the

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new Sunday Tele- graph and its slogan about `filling the gap' (as though it were a chocolate bar) was in the Guardian's London Letter : 'the gap which this first issue ob-...