10 MARCH 1961

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L ORD Salisbury may be right in his belief that a miasma of mistrust has arisen in Africa; that the white settlers there now feel suspicion, contempt and almost hatred of the...

Showing the Flag

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I RONICALLY, the crowds which assembled to demonstrate against the Proteus on her arrival in Holy Loch could, with equal propriety and greater sense, have cheered her. They...

— Portrait of the Week

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THE COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS MEI and all efforts to maintain, amid the cries of stinking fish, that they were coming to discuss subjects other than South Africa proved...

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No. o924 Established 1828 FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1961

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Hope, Sobriety and Diversion

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From DARSIE GILLIE O NE of the deeply rooted beliefs of the scep- tical French is that those in authority un- leash an 'affaire,' whether a scandal in some byway of public life...

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Congo Chess

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By ANTHONY HARTLEY T HE agenda of the General Assembly of the United Nations at the beginning of its new session makes impressively diverse reading. Among the subjects listed...

Sir Thomas Beecham

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To say that Beecham will be missed is both inadequate and misleading: inade- quate because 'missed' is a poor pale word to describe the gap the death of this in- comparable...

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The Expanding Commonwealth

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1. The Elected Squares From MORDECAI RICHLER* MONTREAL I N recent years Canadians have become aggres- sively proud to be . . . well, Canadians, and the upshot has been a...

DEFENCE FUND A small committee has been formed to raise

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funds which will make it possible for the Bahraini prisoners on St. Helena to engage in further legal proceedings. if they wish, to obtain their release. It consists of two...

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2. A Question of Colour By ROBERT BROWNE I MET

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lately at a dinner table in France a South African, a nationalist Afrikaner. He became talkative, we sat over our brandy until two o'clock. When he was a Cambridge freshman, he...

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3. Kris into Ploughshare

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By A. D. C. PETERSON R ETURNS to Malaya notoriously end in sur- prises. In 1945 I escorted the heroic re- sistance leader, Chin Peng, OBE, at the surrender of the Japanese...

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Vive la Difference

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By LEIGH VANCE T HE case before mine was about a forged cheque. Ted Willis and John Lemont, who had come with me from London to testify to my various qualities, stood on either...

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Sig,- -Mr. Cline's article raises so many points of interest

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that adequate comment would run to great Length, but I think the fundarbental fact is that solicitors should be able to treat barristers as special- ists. At present, this is...

SIR,—May I add to Mr. Carter-Ruck's comment.

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hich surely goes far to meeting the criticisms in your leading article, My own deeply felt doubts on the desirability of legislation to define contempt? If there is any single...


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Stit,—In the Spectator for March 3 Professor Kermode writes: 'young people are less prone to Donne-intoxication than they were twenty years ago; it is also true that Milton and...

The English Bar G. S. Wilkinson, 'Solicitor' Milton F. R.

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Leavis Mischief or Contempt Paul Ries Collin Frading Stamps P. E. Winnir The Romantic Miss Riefenstahl Peter Forster, A. Crawford Apartheid Barbara Castle, MP, and others A...

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SIR,-- Mr. Cyril Ray's amusing article in your Febru- ary 17 edition on the opening of the first super- market in North London to give away 'Star Trading Stamps' may have...


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SIR --The offices of the Committee of African Organisations and the Anti-Apartheid Movement were destroyed by fire on Saturday, March 4, while a demonstration was taking place...

SIR,—Robert Muller's comments on BBC Televi- sion's tribute to Miss

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Riefenstahl are interesting. though I think he has misunderstood the whole point of the programme. As he says, the BBC did not in any direct way 'point the finger' at Miss...


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SIR --Robert Muller wrote an article proving that Lcni Riefenstahl was pro-Hitler. B. A. Young finds the article 'completely opposed to that concept of freedom for which we were...

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IN HOSPITAL WITH MY SON Sm.—Isabel Quigly seems to assume

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that the power to admit the mother lies entirely with the tattleaxe,' nurse or sister. In hospital (in London) where I trained, the sister and matron were anxious to extend...


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SIR. ---Win Mr Golding allow a little pedantry about science fiction? The phrase itself was used first about 1931- such alternatives as, I am afraid, 'scientific- non having...


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S1R,—Can your reviewer, who asks why Tom Paine has lost his influence, be the brilliant Professor Barraclough who was rebuking English historians for their insularity so...

SIR,--I was much moved and impressed by Peggy Jay's letter

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describing how she sat for four (1.0.s at her daughter's bedside in hospital. But it should be pointed out that twenty-one years ago I, then aged two and a half, was taken to...

Sitt,—How much I agree with Isabel Quiglv about the importance

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of allowing mothers to go into hos- pital with their small children. There is, too, on the other side, a problem which many mothers must face who themselves have to go into...

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One Fat, One Lean By ISABEL QUIGLY Pepe. (Columbia.)—The Rebel. (Plaza.) The film Pepe (director: George Sidney; `L/' certificate), which is draped round his rather ineffective...


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Exposed to Adults By PETER FORSTER Last week, for example, the child of inquiring mind could have gained knowledge from London television about medicine, farming, geography,...

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French Cinema

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Washed Up By DEREK 'HILL the modish but with life. . Terrain Vague suggests :hat the commercial success of Les Tricheurs has convinced Carrie of his right to ,a corner in...


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Nun's Priest's Tale It y 11.% N1 E R C ASCOIC N E The Devils. (Aldwych.) IN The Devils John Whiting uses words and iniages with the precision of a jeweller. Each one is...

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There will be no Whales By CLIVE BARNES A few days ago I was sent an off-print of a 10,000-word essay on Avant-Garde Choreo- graphy' by Selma Jeanne Cohen, which appears in the...

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The English Dream BY RICHARD WOLLHEIM T he Long Revolution* will take its place be- side Crosland's The Future of Socialism as a serious and original attempt to secure a...

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All 013 , .‘.y Ti e Child Ilti■er. By John Hersey. (Hamish MR.

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WISSI v JONi buss children for United IYmphomilloid. a company working on 'a long- range government contract, fifty years, highly s pecialised and top secret.' Towards the end...

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How to Live

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English for Maturity. By David Holbrook. (C.U.P., 21s.) FROM the fen and boulder clay of Cambridge- shire the Village Colleges have risen like stately pleasure-domes. These...

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Holy Terror

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The First Five Lives of Annie Besant. By Arthur Nethercot. (Hart-Davis, 42s.) VICTORIAN England was rich in talent, moral fervour and eccentricity, but even by Victorian...

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Choice ot Aliens

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Modern German Stories. Edited by H. M. Waid- son. (Faber, 18s.) Best SF Four. Edited by Edmund Crispin. (Faber, 15s.) The Heart of London. By Monica Dickens. (Michael Joseph,...

Waist-High Packard

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The Waste Makers. By Vance Packard. (Long- mans, 21s.) I Am tired of woe-woe books about America, especially if they are by Mr. ,Vance Packard. I yield to no one in my...

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Cry Vengeance. By Ludovic Peters. (Abelard•

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Snail's Pace

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ENTERTAINING and elusive as ever, Anthony Carson is once again on the prowl through his' own inimitable terrain. Looking for a Bandit (Methuen, 15s.) is a collection of sketches...

It's a Crime

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Secretary of the Interior for a . personal profit of half a million dollars. It took ten years of legislation and detective work to get the crimi- nals sent to prison; the lease...

as a British Minister is to Parliament. Even under Ar a

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personally honest presidents such as Truman (IN and Eisenhower there were scandals: Mr. Bolles 110 4 discusses them in a gritty prose crammed with „Olin, figures and unfamiliar...

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Wider Share Ownership —I

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IN the nature of things capitalistic inside the growth economies the rich people are inevitably getting richer much faster than the poor are getting less...

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, Night's Black Agent. By John Bingham. (Gol- t ,aticz, 13s.

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6d.) Two neat little anecdotes of n lackmail and murder, linked together by the per- sonality of the blackmailer, set into a framework- story in which a journalist, helped by...

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The Rock

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• den iii .s book displays a sure command of facts • d vistas, and of phrase. Time and time again k,, LiniS up an episode or an argument with a .e n , k nee that finally,...

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Protection and Mr. Kennedy

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By RICHARD BAILEY D ESPONDENCY in the United States about the balance of payments situation has now abated: the outflow of gold has been checked and in the four weeks following...

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Investment Notes"

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By CUSTOS we have all been saying for the past six ts st,1 months or more that the D-mark should be of t y . "P - Nalued, none of us expected it to happen last dolgin:‘'e4end....

Company Notes

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EEK AND MOORLANDS BUILDING [,SOCIETY have had a busy year. During 1960 the assets and liabilities of the Nalgo Building Society and the Stockport Atlas Build- ing Society were...

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Passenger Training By KATHARINE WHITEHORN Just about every sub- ject which the human mind is capable of learn- ing is nowadays taught in some accredited in- stitution:...


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The Cornice Green By KENNETH J. ROBINSON Is your cornice green? Does your roof line bulge with tropical foli- age? Or don't you yet own the newest status symbol of the...

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Consuming Interest

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R. P. M. ADRIAN By LESLIE SOME rabble-rouser once said that the rich would do anything for the poor but get off their backs. In the past two or three years I have felt like...

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Postscript . • •

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Imagine, therefore, how downcast we were, and more even than sentimentally, when our house was burgled, two years ago last August, and the pretty little ring, along with my...