10 MAY 1957

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E UROPEAN integration over the last weeks has made rather a confused picture. It is hard to resist the impres- sion that there has been a good deal of jostling and side-...


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Reason for Optimism

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A MONTH after the Budget is of course too soon /A to make an accurate check on whether the economy is already taking the course the Chan- cellor intended for it this year....


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rr HE alacrity with which the Amalgamated I Engineering Union has taken up the offer of a wage increase with strings, rather than a smaller unconditional increase, is at first...

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Portrait of the Week

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NATO itself, or at least the Ministerial Coun- cil of it, has also been meeting. Mr. Dulles on his return to Washington remarked in his most gracious manner that it was one of...

The Tally Clerks

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By R. B. Oram T HE Port of London tally clerks have once more returned to work; this time on the promise of an inquiry by both the employers and the T & GWU. For the second time...

Who Died First ?

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'By a Correspondent New Delhi The cold logic of possession makes India's attitude in regard to Kashmir more rigid every day. The reaction to the Jarring report conforms to the...

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Westminster Commentary

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LABOUR'S campaign against the H-bomb tests (if it is a campaign against the H-bomb tests, and a liberal examina- tion of tea-leaves and entrails has so far proved quite useless,...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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I FIND IT HARD to believe that there is anybody who still takes the Attorney-General seriously over this, but, just in case, I had better refute the ridiculous allegations he...

THE SOLE INSTANCE the Attorney-General gave to support his wild

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charges was that in relating Mr. Melford Stevenson's opposition, at the start of the Eastbourne proceedings, to a request by Mr. Lawrence to make an application, in camera, the...

THERE REALLY OUGHT to be a society for the pro-

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tection of the works of Percy French. Next to Tom Moore he was Ireland's most delightful writer of lyrics; but he is underestimated in his own country because of his disposition...

'WE HAVE BEEN to the brink of world war. This'is

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the work of the United Nations, the United States, and the USSR. A Middle East parcelled between Russian Marxists and American moralisers spells, a world partitioned by dollar...

I SEE THAT M. Anouilh's Waltz of the Toreadors was

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neatly transformed in Saturday's Manchester Guardian into a piece of science-fiction, with the sinister quotation 'More aughs than any other play,' while Mr. William Douglas...

FOLLOWING the BBC's decision to fractionalise the Third Programme .

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. . a departmental meet- ing at Broadcasting House amused itself by sug- gesting a change of name. Easily the most popular offering: the Two-Thirds Programme. Atticus in the...

TO SUM UP. The Attorney-General told the House of Commons

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that the prosecution had made it 'perfectly clear' that it did not oppose the de- fence's request that certain evidence should be heard in camera. Is that true? The answer, it...

Romantic Intelligence

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PRINCESS MARGAREMA . . . . . . who is 22.—Daily Telegraph, May 6. . . . 23-year-old Princess.—Daily Sketch, May 7. * Ma. HOME . . . . . . works at an Advertising Agency...

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Mount of Transfiguration

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Among the lilies on the hill I stood and saw the shining sea, Where Peter's craft was rocking still Upon the waves of Galilee. Bright in the rain, a gleaming span, The...

Day-to-Day Devolution

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By DESMOND DONNELLY, MP S or years ago, I was talking to a friend who was then a senior Minister in the Labour Cabinet. 'What do you think of this Abadan crisis?' I asked : at...

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The Press Council's Report

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By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL T HE Report of the Press Council published on Wednesday, May 1, makes interesting reading. And it has been an agreeable diversion to examine the amount...

A Night Out with Mr. Todd

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Illyn BERNARD LEVIN o we , got into this aeroplane (a score of a journalists, a slightly anxious cicerone, a dozen gigantic hampers, containing costumes for the party, anda man...

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Chaotic Spontaneity

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By ROGER FALK s one drives out of Entebbe along the road that will eventually lead westwards to the Mountains of the Moon or eastwards to the source of the Nile and thence to...

Cup Final Intelligence

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TAYI,OR scored when . . . DUncan Edwards took a corner. News of the World, May 5.. from Ngg's,corper.777Surtday Times, May 5, kom a centre lky,Peq.—Everting News, May 4.

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City and Suburban

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By JOHN BETJEMAN L OCAL councils are being granted more power, and I watch anxiously the results of elections this week. Party politics, which are the death of good local...


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Public feeling against the hideous colour of sodium and fluorescent light has become almost as strong as that against the ill-designed concrete standards from which they depend....

Chat and Wirnblestraw

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By STRIX A NEW village is to be built on the scrofulous site of a hutted camp near Dorchester in Oxfordshire, and the problem of what to call it confronts the planning...


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I was standing lately high above King's Cross in the airy, paved expanse of Copenhagen Fields, now known as the Metropolitan Cattle Market or _ Caledonian Market, Islington....


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The British Trawlers Federation Limited has launched an advertisement campaign saying. 'Housewives! Choose TUESDAY as your FISH DAY.' Perhaps this is a Protestant demonstration.

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Consuming Interest

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By LESLIE ADRIAN r LASTICS, packaging and the car boot (when it is big enough) have, I see, liberated the picnic meal. No longer is it necessary to make do with squashed...

UFO Intelligence .

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THE 900 m.p.h..mystery. Its height-40,000 feet. Was it a met, balloon caught in a freak 'jet stream' of wind? Or a foreign aircraft? Or a flying saucer? Daily Herald, May 1. ....

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SIR,-1 am sorry to have to correct the corrector, but

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I do not think Sir Robert Boothby can have seen all the new information on Jutland that has come to light since publication of the Official Narrative. The Admiralty did not...


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SIR.—May I express my gratitude for your note about W. F. Casey. You are right in saying that few people inspired more affection from all who knew him. Not many have recalled...

TAPER AND THE DOG SIR,—My attention has been drawn to

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the fact that. in your issue of May 3, the writer of 'Westminster Commentary' has hung some rather jaundiced views about the workings of Parliamentary democracy upon the peg of...

SIR,—Vice-Admiral Durnford is very crushing to- wards Mr. Ludovic Kennedy

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(whose father, by the way, was a Captain, RN, who commanded the Rawalpindi and was awarded a posthumous VC). We young men really are insufferable—even when we're not angry. But...

Letters to the Editor

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Admiral Pound Admiral Sir W. M. James, Ludovic Kennedy, Nigel Seymer Taper and the Dog W. F. Casey Philip Noel-Baker, MP Nigel Fisher, MP Easter Morning Surgeon `A Southern...

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Euston 3221

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SIR, —There is a fallacy behind Mr. Iain Hamilton's thesis that the way to vitalise the contemporary English theatre is to jigger with the language, 'de- realise' it and...


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SIR,—Allow me to congratulate you on the special Ulster number of Friday, May 3, which contains some very interesting 'articles. May I be allowed to refer to a statement made by...

CURRENT SCANDALS • Sig,—One of the unfortunate results of the

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extra- ordinary system of government prevalent in Britain is that it seems impossible to secure a proper in- vestigation on any subject where something has gone seriously...

EASTER MORNING SIR,—I incline to the view that Pilate knew

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almost as much about the effects of Roman crucifixion as Miss Thomas, of Theydon Bois, and he (I repeat) 'marvelled if he were already dead.' Joseph of Arimathma must have known...


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SIR,—In the review (published April 12) of Love, Freedom and Society by J. Middleton Murry your reviewer, Mr. Hugh Montefiore, writes at the end of his last paragraph. 'If Murry...

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Contemporary Arts

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Forms of the Academic Tilt: intention of the old art Academies of Western Europe was to establish a pictorial or sculptural rhetoric and then to ensure its transmission from...

Evil Report

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I WONDER how long television, reporters will remain satisfied with the work they are doing. At this stage of their development they seem always to be catching aeroplanes to...


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MAY 12, 1832 THE REFORM BILL As soon as the division of Monday evening was declared, the result was transmitted to the King, who was at Windsor. On Tuesday, a Cabinet Council...

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New Found Land

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. By Ray Lawler. (New.)—The Glass Cage. By J. B. Priestley. (Piccadilly.) A MOST astonishing thing has happened. A new play has 'oeen staged in...

The Amateurs

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AFTER a perfectly beastly morning with Frankenstein (or rather his son) in Leicester Square, it was a relief to cross the river to the plain living and high-thinking amateurs...

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The Modern Voyeur By ANTHONY HARTLEY TT is getting on for one hundred years now since the publication of Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire. The volume appeared in the...

Stage Door Cafe

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The cafd no one finds again Where you were caught alone Waits there for others in the rain. For you the street has gone. The tall girls prance a welcome still, The clever dogs...

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Spicy Stories

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The Gothic Flame. By Devendra P. Varma. (Arthur Barker, 30s.) A DEDICATION to Mr. Nehru, a foreword by Sir Herbert Read, an introduction by Dr. J. M. S. Tompkins, three...

Studies in Rebellion

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THE author of this book is an expert on Russian religious thought and the history of political ideas. He is here concerned with three eminent figures of nineteenth-century...

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Women at War

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YOUNG, bronzed, athletic, June Opie came from New Zealand to London to be a student, and within a few days she found herself totally paralysed save for one eyelid. Over My Dead...

Living with the PEN

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The Author and the Public. Problems of Com- munication. Report of the Twenty-Eighth International P.E.N. Conference. With an Introduction by C. V. Wedgwood. (Hutchin- son, 15s.)...

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1 Out of Bondage. By Elizabeth Rivers. (Peter Owen, 16s.) UP to a few months ago the vim/ of Israel that was prevalent in the country and universal in the Foreign Office might...

New Novels

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A Gallery of Women is a novel of rather baffling quality whose strength seems to lie in its capacity, to do the unexpected. We are started off in a perfectly conventional mode,...

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Teenage Rebel

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The Last Trek. By Sheila Patterson. (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 28s.) IN England today most educated people con- fronted with aggressive and over-sensitive be- haviour in a boy...

First Murder

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We remember the Titanic and Lusitania not because they were great disasters but because they were small ones. Such catastrophic events as the great Bengal famine of 1943 or the...

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TROUT FOR SUPPER On the lee shore the edge of

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the water was covered with the bodies of a million midges and other flies that had hatched in the heat of the previous day and died in the cold breeze at dusk. There seemed to...


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Some people earth up immediately they have planted potatoes, but, on the whole, earthing up as the shoots show is more practical and protection can be given when a frost warning...


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`My husbapd and I both saw a hoopoe in Withing- ton Wood, between Cirencester and Cheltenham, last Friday,' says a corrrespondent.1 saw it on the ground and my husband and I...


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By PHILIDOR Nu. 101. A. BATORI (1st Prize, 'Magee Theme' Tourney, 1919) BLACK (I I men) MUTE 1)3 men) mum to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to last...

Country Life

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By IAN NIALL ALL sorts of things point the progress of agriculture —a plea for care in the use of harmful sprays in the interest of bees that fertilise fruit buds; one horse in...


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'THEY mocked at Tennyson, yawned over George Eliot, and swept through Dickens by leaps....' Thus did the young hooligans of the early twentieth cen- tury behave in their wanton...

Tu rn-Tabl es THE gramophone record must be the most ill-treated

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item in the catalogue of collectable things. No stamp, book, picture or bird's egg ever received the philistine treatment accorded by most collectors to their discs. The victims...

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ACROSS 1 Scientists do over it in the nuclear age (4 - 3). 5 Patron saint of Hatfield, possibly (7). 9 Pectin's the stuff to examine (7). 10 Mixed red bits give colour to the...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 378 Set by Harry Hedgerow

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A prize of six guineas is offered for a new "Esop's fable (limit 150 words) to suit modern conditions. Entries, addressed 'Spectator Competition No. 378,' 99 Gower Street,...

Poetic Permutations

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The usual prize was offered for up to sixteen lines of what might have resulted if Coleridge had written the 'Yarn of the Nancy Bell,' Pope 'Come into the Garden, Maud,' A. E....

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By CUSTOS THE week on thc Stock Exchange opened with a fresh burst of buying and the highest turnover since the peak of the last boom in July, 1955. A 'bull' market feeds, of...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Two weeks ago I was giving the raison d'etre of the new bull market 4 1 , 1:, in industrial equities. It seemed to me that the Stock Exchange was...


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The full alphabetical index of contents and contributors to Volume 197 of the Spectator (July-December, 1956) is now available. Orders, and a remittance of 2s. Rd. per copy...