10 JANUARY 1964

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Portrait of the Week— 'POLICE AND 'TROOPS used rifle butts

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and batons to clear a way': 'in church fire broke out when two electric cables for TV lamps touched.' Not a Hollywood wedding, nor the Beatles going to church, but the...


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T HE possibility that Britain may have to - withdraw troops from Germany for service in Borneo marks a new stage in the history of the cold war. Previously the likelihood has...

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No. 7072 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1964

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Crossing the Wall

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN D URING the Christmas period, according to official Western figures, 1,300,000 West Ber- liners visited relatives in East Berlin—only to see relatives...

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The Army Game

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By DAVID WATT A DISTINGUISHED Conser- vative back-bencher with sufficient leisure to haunt the doorsteps of his con- stituents after some years of forced neglect told me the...

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Waiting for the Crisis

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' HE Federation expired at midnight on December 31 without drama, yet rumours persist in Salisbury of an approaching crisis. For this there seems no very obvious reason unless...

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Letters to Master Thompson

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By LUDOVIC KENNEDY E ARLY in July of last year I signed a contract with my publishers to write a book on the trial of Stephen Ward. I thought it essential to have beside me a...

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Polls and the Election

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By DAVID BUTLER T HOSE who ppovide the evidence on which decisions are made may have more influence than those who make decisions. In a light- hearted article, Mr. Wedgwood...

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Usable Democracy

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By HENRY FAIRLIE M ORE nonsense has been written and talked in the past year about the condition of democracy in this country than I would have believed possible if I had not...

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The Press

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By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL N important piece of political news was ...made available to the newspapers for pub- lication on December 31, 1963. It was a list of sixteen speeches...

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Scorpions in a Bottle

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From MURRAY KEMPTON WASHINGTON rr HE circumstances of Senator Goldwater's I declaration of candidacy were as engaging as he always is. He ended with the mysterious...

Spectator's Notebook

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`AND there followed him a great company of people. . . .' It has hap- pened before. Yet the scenes as Pope Paul tried to make his way along the. Via Dolorosa were sicken- ing. A...

Power Rugby Year by year children grow taller and heavier.

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Ir. due course the results of this are seen (among other places, of course) on the rugger field. doubt if even in their prime the two immortals of my youth, Wavell Wakefield and...

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Vale. I for one shed tears. One tear anyway. The decline and fall of this splendid programme is sad. Hugh Carleton Green (member of the Establishment, Knight, and the best of...

The Years of the Lion — 2 By JOHN and ROY

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BOULTING (At the end of last week's thrilling instalment, the five directors of British Lion had, most reluctantly, agreed to buy the company from an exigent NFFC. After months...


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I gather from Columbia College Today that Eugene Van Tassel Graves is both Eastern traffic manager for a fruit company in California and the only person ever to receive a PhD in...

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lik aa Letters

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Defences and Deterrents Michael Howard, Anthony Verrier Reporting America Charles Wintour, Randolph S. Churchill No Gunfire Michael Starforth One Minister—Now Alan L. Bin= The...

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SIR,—Your leader of January 3, admirably fair- minded as it was, comes to what we regard as a wrong conclusion by assumptions that some of us would find offensive, and leaves...

SIR,—Mr. Jeffrey Myth's ill-conditioned letter in your issue of January

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3 calls for an answer. He writes : `If Mr. Churchill himself got out and met a few "working journalists" on his visits to the US he would have a more accurate idea of how...


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SIR,—Mr. Jeffrey Blyth decries Lady Jean Campbell's reporting from Dallas on the grounds that 'few (if any) of the theories she advanced survived investiga- tion.' My answer is...

SIR,—May I be permitted, as an officer of the separate,

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but 'sister,' Scottish Liberal Party, to try to answer • your editorial attack on the Liberals (Spectator, December 20). From the point of view of style, the article was...

Gott begins his review of Messrs. Buchan and Windsor's Arms

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and Stability in Europe by asserting that 'few English strategists today bother even to consider the moral aspects' of nuclear war. From his ivory tower Mr. Gott can afford this...

THE SITUATION IN SINGAPORE SIR,—With reference to the extracts of

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a letter from a 'prominent member' of the anti-Malaysia Barisan Sosialis sent to you through Mr. George Edinger (Spectator, November 29), may I first correct sonic errors of...

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SIR,—The Boulting Brothers' stimulating article on the trials and tribulations of the film industry led me to thinking about the book trade, where one has just been informed...


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SIR,—In the Spectator for December 27 you described Sir Roy Welensky as weak and blustering. I presume this is because he stood up to you when you dis- solved the Federation of...


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Sin,--Major Caldwell does well to bring gliders into this subject, but in mentioning Pitcher (killed 1899) he should not have omitted the German Lilienthal, who rightly insisted...


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SIR,—In his grand slam at BBC Television last week Christopher Booker was rather unfair to those of us in both the BBC and 1TV who were present at the annual awards dinner of...


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SIR,—Sir William James draws attention to the possibilities of a miscarriage of justice by court martial. He is right to do so, for in an imperfect world no tribunal has yet...

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By DAVID PRYCE-JONES No Strings. (Her Majesty's.) —The Diplomats. (West- minster.) BY general critical assent, it seems, last year was written off as a bad year for the theatre....

House Spirit

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By T . ERENCE BENDIXSON Already the gilt and gesso equipment of con- ventional domestic luxury is beginning to appear in the great first-floor windows, and behind one of the...

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mela- ranee. The Gozzi play is itself a satire, on the works of other eighteenth-century dramatists, and the version by Meyerhold and other mem- bers of the Russian avant-garde...

Art for Export

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By NEVILE WALLIS THE moment when Lord Beaverbrook, converted perhaps by Graham Sutherland, ordered the cease-fire and actually allowed a bouquet for the Fine Arts activities of...

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Silent Joker

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The Suitor. (Cameo-Poly, `1.3' certificate.) Large claims have been made for Pierre Etaix, whose first film, The Suitor (Le Soupirant), which he directed and acted in, has...

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The UN at Arms BY H. G. NICHOLAS MITE stubborn reluctance of the British public 1 . to inform itself about the working of the United Nations can no longer be justified by a...

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Back to the Land

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My Mortal Enemy. By Willa Cather. (Hamish Hamilton, 12s. 6d.) Her ears had been pierced against a piece of cork by her great-aunt when she was seven years old. In those...

Day of the Crescent

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As Glubb Pasha writes in his book, one of the results of neglecting the study of Arab history in the West has been to distort the real reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire...

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Psychiatry in Fact and Fancy

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BY WILLIAM SARGANT !THERE is no speciality in medicine at the present 1 time about which there is so much public mis- understanding as psychiatry. Psychiatric consul- tants may...

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Playing it Rough

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IN the close season for novels a reviewer must be grateful for good entertainment and this is exactly what Alan Williams's second novel, Barbouze, provides: Here is more than a...

The Georgetown Conference

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National Security : Political, Military and Eco- nomic Strategies in the Decade Ahead. Edited by David M. Abshire and Richard V. Allen. Hoover Institution Publication....

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Neddy—or Reggie in Travail ?

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THIS week saw the special meeting of the NEDC to review the incomes policy. Does the Chancellor really want a dramatic procla- mation about the infla- :U....

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE ebullience of last week has disappeared from the market as I write because of the general fear and dislike of the Chancellor's threat to company profits which...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY p ()NTS arising from the chairman's report of DAWS (formerly the Direct Supply Aerated Water Co. Ltd.) can be summarised as follows: (1) The balance sheet shows a...

Consuming Interest

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Golden Delicious By ELIZABETH DAVID As Sunday lunches go in the village hotels of the Vaucluse department of Provence, the meal we had in the Hostellerie du 0 Chateau at...

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Buying a Boat

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By LESLIE ADRIAN IT is as easy to buy the wrong boat as it is to marry the wrong woman. A man can fall in love with both and live to re- gret it, for a trim shape and...


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From ALAN BRIEN THERE can be very few people who do not liar- hour deep down a belief in luck. Yet, I wonder, is luck any more than the differ- ence between what you expect...

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Chess •

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By PHILIDOR No. 160. J. BUCHWALD (2nd Prize, BCF Tourney No. 101, 1963) BLACK (10 men) WHITE (7 men) wierre to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to No....

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ACROSS 1 What a relief for the diver! (13) 2 9 A grade of infant? (9) 10 'With a — of winds and many rivers' (Swinburne) (5) 11 From Rose to Jack (5) 12 Hard at prayer? No doubt...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1099 ACROSS.—I White elephants. 9 Epi-

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daurus. 10 Radar. 11 Sisal, 12 Can- ticles. 13 Layette. 15 Elopers. 17 Piebald. 19 Arduous. 21 Pimpernel 23 Shunt, 24 Islet. 25 Migration. 26 Zebra crossing. DOWN.-2...