10 OCTOBER 1947

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Convincing America

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Having had the wind taken out of their sails by President Truman's ultra-cautious statement of the possibilities of American aid, the State Department's advocates of the...


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HE . extensive reconstruction of a Government at the beginning of its third session—that is to say, just before it reaches midway in its course—is no unusual nor unwise...

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Towards Tory Recovery

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There can be no mistaking the fact that the Brighton Conference marked a turning point in the recent history of the Conservative Party. Last year the Conference at Blackpool...

Persuasion of Labour

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The Control of Engagement Order which came into force on Monday and will remain until the end of 1948 is well named. It applies only to those people who are changing their jobs,...

France Boiling Up

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All the elements necessary to produce an explosion are present in France today. The successive attempts of MM. Blum and Ramadier to arrest inflation have finally failed and...

Road Safety Tomorrow

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The committee on road safety (as it was hopefully called) was set up by the Ministry of Transport in 1943 and published its final report this week. The report makes 58 principal...

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T HE creation of what is innocuously termed a Communist Information Bureau, with headquarters at Belgrade, is obviously an event of moment, whose effect on European politics may...

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In the matter of films I am the most ordinary

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of ordinary citizens. My ignorance of the stars of the profession awakens in my domestic circle mingled incredulity and pity. My conclusion about a film's merits rarely tallies...

The long letter cabled from Moscow by M. Marshak to

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The Times on Mr. Hector McNeil's speech at the United Nations Assembly is an interesting example of Russia's diligence in propaganda. The whole thing may, of course, have been a...

"Answering Mr. C. D. Aarvold the Clerk said that formal

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applica- tion for a 30-mile speed-limit in Middle Street was made to the Ministry of Transport in April, 1946, and a reply was still awaited." — Dot-king Advertiser, October...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK W HEN a Cabinet is reconstructed no one

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can be expected to understand the reason for all the decisions taken. It applies to the Ministers who go out, to the Ministers who come in, and equally to the Ministers who stay...

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Dr. Johnson's ruthless handling of the legend that the inhabitants of St. Kilda always caught colds when a stranger landed on their shores is well-known. Now the immunity of the...

historical problem. At prayers in the House of Lords and

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the House of Commons a singularly impressive prayer is used. It begins " Almighty God, by wham alone Kings reign and Princes decree justice, and from whom alone cometh all...

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By W. J. BROWN, M.P. I N the past I have attended many Labour Party Conferences and Trades Union Congresses. Last week, for the first time in my life, I found myself at a...

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. By ALAN BULLOCK IV HE train from Deventer to Maastricht crosses one after another I the four principal rivers of the Netherlands. Leaning out of the window,4 could see the...

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By GEORGE BRINSMEAD T HE qualities required in an Ambassador can be enumerated with some degree of accuracy. Thtre is, of course, a long tradition behind the diplomat. Young...

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By THEODORE TAYLOR [Mr. Theodore Taylor, who was born in 1850, and is still the active head of the woollen firm of 7. T. & 7. Taylor Ltd., at Batley, in Yorkshire, was Liberal...

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By RICHARD GOOLD-ADAMS I DOUBT if there has ever been more genuine friendliness for Englishmen in Southern Ireland than now. Relations are so good and the atmosphere so easy...

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By HAROLD N1COLSON I HAVE been reading this week Sir Arthur Salter's new book entitled Personality in Politics (Faber and Faber, I2S. 6d.). It is a study of how far statesmen...

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ALTHOUGH here there is ample scope for whimsy and boundless opportunity for sentimentality, The Big Heart, beating with com- mendable caution, manages to avoid the more obvious...


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THE THEATRE "You Never Can Tell." By Bernard Shaw. (Wyndham's.) FIFTY is not normally what you might call a flattering age for a . play, particularly if it is a light comedy....


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THE Vienna State Opera season at Covent Garden and the series of chamber-music concerts at the Central Hall have both come to an end, and, after the mild diversion planned by...

"Romeo and Juliet." By William Shakespeare. (His Majesty's.)

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SHAKESPEARE (who also owes much to his style) is responsible for Romeo and Juliet's revivability, but our interest in a new production of this play is usually enhanced or...

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Wrrx all the wealth of Sullivan's melodies to draw upon, Gilbert and Sullivan, the Sunday evening series which has now reached its half- way mark, could hardly help being a...


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HANS TISDALL has always informed his book-jackets and decora- tions with a spiky, rococo sensibility at once elegant and firm, but his paintings hitherto have disappointed. His...

Postage on this issue : Inland, lid.; Overseas, ld.

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Tie best view—and it is a very spacious one—to be

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found in my neigh- bourhood is to be enjoyed from the top of an abrupt chalk mound rather than hill ; and beneath your feet are some of the most characteristic chalk flowers....

The Absent Keeper

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How surprising are some of the changes that influence preservation ! It is pointed out, for example, that a number of flowers have quite dis- appeared for the reason that game...

County Pride

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Now the mound referred to is just inside Bedfordshire ; and that pleasant shire, like many others, has just begun to publish a Bedfordshire magazine ; and a very good one. I...

In My Garden There is no question but that the

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most gorgeous example of autumn coloration in the garden is the Rhus C,otinoides. It quite out:flames the charming Rhus Cotinus ; and is much superior to the common sumach...

Northern Visitors

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In the records of the exceptional immigration of moths and butterflies of this year (especially of White, Clouded Yellow and Hawlonoths) little has been said of their extension...

Exhibition of Male Costume. (Victoria and Albert)

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Tim human male has long since given up the idea that he needs any exterior embellishments in order to attract the female of the species. With consummate arrogance he now assumes...

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Sta,—" Bourgeois" is plainly one of classical teaching's failures. It

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is equally plain that not his but his teachers' stupidity was to blame. Since he ignores the strongest claim Greek and Latin literatures have to a place in a school curriculum,...


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IN DEFENCE OF THE CLASSICS Sne,—To answer "Bourgeois's" onslaught on classical education would take a volume. I merely note a few points. He says nothing about the chief...

reformers of education, is not quite sure what he is

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after. He produces a humanist definition of the aims of education and then goes on to denounce the "classics outlook" because it "is of little more than antiquarian value." If...

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PAPER FOR BOOKS Sta,—John Baker's letter on this subject in

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your issue of October 3rd is a typical example of the present tendency to see sinister motives behind every positive Government move. He will no doubt grant that there is a...


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Sra,—At the invitation of the Foreign Office I have just spent a fortnight In the British Zone of Germany. My special concern was to note diffi- culties which face those...


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Sta,—It would be little short of a tragedy if Mr. Crossman's opinion were to be regarded by either lay folk or Free Churchmen as anything more than the expression of a point of...


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SIR,—According to Janus the West Islington by-election can afford but "little satisfaction to the Liberals." Figures, of course, can sometimes be utilised to prove almost...


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Sra,—Is Mrs. St. John Ervine unfortunate in her retailer ? Or is it he who should be pitied in being presented, in a single order, with a list of things known to be either in...

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William Blake Fearful Symmetry : A Study of William Blake. By Northrop Frye. (Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press. 25s.) William Blake : Selected Poems. With an...

Against Illusions

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The Steep Places. By Sir Norman Angell. (Hamish Hamilton. 8s. 6d.) IT is over thirty years since the reviewer had last occasion to com- ment on the writings of Sir Norman...

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Apostle of Culture

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"My poems," wrote Matthew Arnold to his mother in 1869, "repre- sent, on the whole ' the main movement of mind of the last quarter of a century, and thus they will probably have...

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Horace a la Mode

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Portrait of Horace. By Alfred Noyes. (Sheed and Ward. 16s.) MR. NOYES is steeped in Horace : he writes with an enthusiasm and a mellow affection which will make many former...

An American on Palestine

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MR. SPEISER knows the Near East extremely well as a Professor of Semitics, as a leader of several archaeological expeditions there and as director of a research section for the...

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Exploration in Greenland

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Three Got Through. By Martin Lindsay. (The Falcon Press. 8s. 6d.) IT is always interesting to discover in a book of this sort what in- spired the explorer, not himself a...

Patronage and Taste

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Men of Taste. By Martin S. Briggs. (Batsford. 15s.) IN Men of Taste Mr. Briggs has compressed the biographies of twenty-six men and but one woman covering a span of years that...

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Under the Volcano. By Malcolm Lowry. (Cape. 9s. 6d.) Appointment in Samarra. By John O'Hara. (Faber and Faber. 8s. 6d.) The Green Shore. By Norman Nicholson. (Nicholson and...

Sir Oswald and the World

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The Alternative. By Oswald .Mosley. (Mosley Publications. 7s. 6c1.) SIR OSWALD Most.EY reappears—not greatly changed. He admires Germany as much as ever. He loathes Puritanism....

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By CUSTOS AFFER their steady recovery during the past month, amounting to something over so per cent, from the low point, markets have now become hesitant. Most brokers are...

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