10 MAY 1968

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Must America divide Tie west?

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the eight weeks since the two-tier gold ice system was instituted in an atmosphere financial panic and international mono- ry convulsion, the- money markets of the rid have...

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The hawks' last chance

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Nowhere is the insidious advance toward the world of 1984 more starkly observed than in the techniques of diplomacy and war. No longer is war declared : we proceed instead by...


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Negotiators led by Mr Averell Harriman, for the United States, and Mr Mai Van Bo, for North Vietnam, prepared for the long-awaited meeting in Paris at which terms for a peace...

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Life in Committee room ten

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY AUBERON WAUGH The objections to moving the Finance Bill into committee upstairs for its committee stage, in place of the traditional debate on the floor...

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Russia's navy: a new challenge?

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DEFENCE LAURENCE MARTIN The increase in the number of Soviet naval missions of an offensive nature.' become the focus of a service debate the out- fensive. navy, an...

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It looks like Humphrey or Nixon

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AMERICA MURRAY KEMPTON New York—The announcement of Vice-Presi- dent Humphrey's candidacy was an entrance into history; the announcement of Governor Rockefeller's seemed only...

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School priorities

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IMMIGRANTS STUART MACLURE It is not yet at all clear what Mr Wilson had in mind last weekend when he promised more help for areas with large immigrant popula- tions. He made...

Second attempt

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DELINQUENTS GILES PLAYFAIR Home Office White Papers on penal policy are not ordinarily remarkable for clarity of thought or consistency of purpose, and the latest one— Children...

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The end of consensus politics?

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THE TORIES ANGUS MAUDE, MP Few people, even among those who most bitterly criticised the content or style of his speech, can doubt that the views on immigra- tion propounded by...

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J. W. M. THOMPSON In a presidential election as unusual as the present contest nothing is certain : nevertheless, it begins to seem that after this week's Indiana primary...

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A hundred years ago From the 'Spectator', 9 May 1868—Political

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ex- citement has been increasing all through the week. The reunited Liberals, warming to their work, have carried Mr. Gladstone's Resolutions, but the Government, though fully...

Marginal Comment

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PERSONAL COLUMN HAROLD NICOLSON Sir Harold Nicolson, who died on I May at the age of eighty-one, for many years wrote a weekly essay in this journal under the heading 'Marginal...

La vie parisienne

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CONSUMING INTEREST LESLIE ADRIAN Mlle Claude Bessy is not, and short of a terpsi- chorean holocaust will never be, the greatest ballerina in Europe. But she is an enchantingly...

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CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS Racial rioting Is disquieting And dockers Are shockers. The Black Alliance Proclaims defiance Against anyone who places Restrictions on the coloured races....

Change of heart,

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THE PRESS BILL GRUNDY One of the more amusing, if macabre, inven- tions of the Goons was Capt Grittpype- Thynne, the noted amateur brain surgeon. One laughed because, according...

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Blues in the night

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TABLE TALK DENIS BROGAN Princeton, Ni — One of the most characteristic and evocative American sounds is—or was— the long, melancholy moan of an American train crossing the lone...

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Bertrand Russell in his prime

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BOOKS A. J. AYER The second volume of Lord Russell's auto- biography (The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, 1914-1944, Allen and Unwin 42s) takes him from the beginning of...

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Waugh games siMON RAVEN The Marchioness James Broom Lynne (Mac- donald 21s) All The Little Animals Walker Hamilton (Gollancz 18s) Auberon Waugh, as readers of this journal will...

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The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore (Faber and Faber 42s)

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In lieu of the lyre MARTIN SEYMOUR-SMITH The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore (Faber and Faber 42s) That Marianne Moore's intricate, gay, in- genious, learned and sweet-minded...

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Who's Ho?

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MALCOLM RUTHERFORD Ho CM Minh Jean Lacouture (Allen Lane, The Penguin Press 35s) The political aims of Ho Chi Minh are, and have been for almost the past fifty years, to unify...

Nut mix

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KENNETH ALLSOP 'Martin Luther Coon, Traitor,' reads the ban- ner. It is 'Fire Your Nigger' Week. Across the amplifier system comes the catchy melody of a 45 rpm single by Odis...

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Last grandee

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STUART HOOD The illustrious House of Ramires Egli de Queiroz (Bodley Head 30s) It is an extraordinary fact that Portugal at the end of the nineteenth century, when it had...

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Decline and fall

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JOHN HAYES The History of the Royal Academy, 1768-1968 Sidney C. Hutchison (Chapman and Hall 70s) William Shipley : Founder of the Royal Society of Arts D. G. C. Allan...

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Shorter notices

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British Political Facts 1900-1967 David Butler and Jennie Freeman (Macmillan 63s). A second edition of this invaluable work of refer- ence. New material includes a list of...

Big spenders

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FRANCES DONALDSON In the 1920s rich American women often settled in England because they found high society, which in New York was impregnable, a pushover in London. Mrs...

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Early English gangsters ARTS

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HILARY SPURLING Edward II opened at the National Theatre last week in a production which, for once, brings Brecht's brilliant, grotesque and gaudy world powerfully before us....

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Under canvas

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ART BRYAN ROBERTSON The austere new premises of the Rowan Gallery in Bruton Place present something of a challenge to the artists who show there. The sheer radiance and...


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Watch this space PENELOPE HOUSTON Herosiratus (IcA Cinema, Nash House, 'X') The year 2001 perhaps looked just a little closer when Stanley Kubrick began his remarkable movie...

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Marking time

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PAUL GRINKE The Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, cultural attaché of the international passport to smok- ing pleasure, has been fruitfully linked to the Whitechapel Gallery for...

Crossword no. 1325

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Across 1 Flourishing music market? (6, 6) 9 Square-bashing order Jack's anxious to change! (5, 4) 10 I'm in cook's embrace, boss! (5) 11 She's within her rights to demand the...

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City diary: the bill revolution MONEY

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CHRISTOPHER FILDES A development of the first importance to the City, and what may prove a major contribution to the finance of world trade, is imminent. The London market in...

The market that won't lie down

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NICHOLAS DAVENPORT It is obvious that the equity market refuses to behave like a gentleman. When it is told by its elders and betters to keep quiet and lie down it cocks the...

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ffolkes's business types

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Buried treasure

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ADVERTISING ROGER PEMBERTON The big advertisers are great bandwagoners. As soon as one of them hits on a demon- strably successful selling vehicle, his competi- tors will be...

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Versus the market

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PORTFOLIO JOHN BULL It is again time to provide an account of how my share recommendations have turned out. It is seven months since I began my first port- folio with £5,000....

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How to make the most of research

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BUSINESS VIEWPOINT DUNCAN DAVIES Duncan Davies is deputy chairman of Mond Division of Imperial Chemical Industries. • 'De minimis non curat lex' would have been the average...

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Company notes

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CUSTOS Sir Brian Mountain, chairman of Eagle Star, forecasts continued growth—`our investment activities are particularly well founded and the Life Department represents a very...

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Abortion ethics

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Sir: In his article on 'Abortion ethics' (26 April), John Rowan Wilson points out that the BMA Council and the ma Representative Body often come to quite different conclusions....

Im migration

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Sir: In a recent letter to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Patrick Wall, MP, seemed to applaud Mr Enoch Powell's infamous speech as a clarion call to Britons who have a pride in their...

On racialists and snobs

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Sir: Sir Denis Brogan's 'Table Talk' will soon only be tolerated at the dinner tables of those leftist-liberals of your leading article. His arro- gance is beyond belief. He...

Sir: With very few exceptions few gynaeco- logical surgeons in

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the NHS will operate on healthy girls or women to terminate a preg- nancy for social or environmental reasons. The new Act was designed to permit a doctor or nurse to opt out of...

Who is Hamilton Man ?

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LETTERS From the Rev G. V. R. Grant, Peter Moore, E. W. Swanton, Madeleine Simms, Professor H. C. McLaren, David Gullick, G. McQuade, Mrs Ronald Simms, Mervyn Samuel, Edward...

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George's bargain basement

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Sir: Your issue of 29 March has recently arrived in Argentina, allowing us here to read your leading article concerned chiefly with the future of the Falkland Islands. To read...

Sir: It is not surprising perhaps that because the issue

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is not simple many commentators have failed to grasp the true significance of the decision of the BMA Council to recommend no change in the Association's ethical policy. I was...

Spy's eye view

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Sir: Mr Tibor Szamuely's review of The Young Stalin in your 29 March issue has me engaged in 'a massive rewriting of history to prove that spies had actually been running the...

The onlie begetter

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Sir: I have been interested in the disagreement in your columns (Letters, 19 April) over the origin of the slogan 'Life's better with the Conservatives : Don't let Labour ruin...

Shop floor directors

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Sir : In his article on 'Shop floor directors' in the iron and steel industry (26 April), Lord Melchett expresses the hope that the employee directors will bring to the group...

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Sinister stance

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Sir: The 'demented' thing was to refuse Russia's offers of alliance and then to guarantee Eastern European countries for which we could do nothing. It is Mr Rees who is...

Davie Astor's problem corner

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AFTERTHOUGHT JOHN WELLS The Observer Magazine, incorporating Left- Wing Knitting and Liberal Muscle Man, has been taking a longer and longer look in recent weeks at the role of...

A case of human sacrifice

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Sir: I was glad to read in your columns Dr P. J. Smith's article (3 May) on supersonic airliners, in which he soberly set out many cogent reasons against these projects. The...

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Chess no. 386

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PHILIDOR Anyone who runs a `mixed' chess column, i.e. one which attempts to cater for players and problemists, is aware from his correspondence of the mixture of bafflement and...


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No. 500: Do it yourself To mark the occasion of the SPECTATOR'S five- hundredth competition, competitors are invited for a change to try their hand at setting one themselves....