11 NOVEMBER 1966

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The End of Atlanticism

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T rTHIS week's rebuff to President Johnson 1 in the American mid-term elections coincides neatly with the final eclipse of Chancellor Erhard in Germany. Rarely have events so...

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Compulsion and Consensus

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY By ALAN WATKINS It does not require very much lobbying or leg-work to discover Conservatives who now wish that Lord Butler had never left the Com- mons in...

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Russia's Eastern Question

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COMMUNISM From DEV MURARKA MOSCOW C HINVS latest nuclear explosion, including her k .. ,successful development of guided missiles with the capacity to carry nuclear warheads,...

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The Old Divide

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US ELECTIONS-2 By D. W. BROGAN Seen from a country devoted to 'parliamen- tary supremacy'—that is, to the transfer of all effective power to the executive—the American system...

Sachs on Sex

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David Sachs, the manager of the San Francisco Film Festival, has refused admission to Jayne Mansfield on the grounds that she was not invited.' is 'not welcome,' and 'does not...

The New Republicans

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US ELECTIONS — 1 From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK A ND so Mr Johnson, among all the other complications of his existence, must now confront a Republican opposition in control of...

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Britain's Medical Aid for Vietnam

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By PHILIP GOODHART, MP T SEE that the organisers of a fund-raising con- cert in London this weekend have reluctantly agreed, under pressure from the performers, that the money...

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A Nation with a Past

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GERMANY From CONRAD AHLERS HAMBURG A RE the old Nazis really coming back? The IA answer is no, even after the success of the right-wing National Democratic party in the...

Trial by Television

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—Verdict in Doubt TV By STUART HOOD It was clear why the subject had been chosen. It is of extreme interest for two reasons. First of all, there is the question whether...

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Spectator's Notebook

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M R.DAVID FROST did well to turn the search- light of his highly competent television programme on the charity show being held this weekend at the Royal Court Theatre by the...

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How Not To Go Comprehensive

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By RALPH HARRIS Eight months later I am still without a reply, and no wonder. Within weeks, teachers of secon- dary modern as well as grammar schools had blurted out to the...

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E be %pecta tor

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November 10, 1866 The right is winning fast in America. The elections to Congress for New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Dela- ware, Michigan, and...

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The DEA: What Went Wrong?

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By BRIAN READING ‘PrHE Department of Economic Affairs . . . I was set up on the 16th October, 1964, and began work in the same evening. * This quotation, from DEA ' s first...

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Not All Lingerie

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By DONALD McLACHLAN As things are, women may climb well over halfway up the professional tree and then get stranded on a branch called the women's pages or women's features, or...

Party Fun

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AFTERTHOUGHT By JOHN WELLS CREDITABLE though the efforts of Whacker Wilson, The Prime Minister of Mirth, and Laughing Ted, Mr Wibbly Wobbly him- self, have undoubtedly been to...

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Britain and the United Nations

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Sm,—Your leading article 'Britain and the UN' (November 4) begs a number of important questions, but I should like to comment in particular on your statement : The General...

Dr Balogh and the Third World

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X l Dram From: Lord Campbell of Eskan, W. M. G. Brown, F. R. Finston, Nicholas Davenport, Peter Kellner, Arthur Barton, M. A. Cooper, R. T. F. Turrall- Clarke, Rev. Walter...

Living Below the Line

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SIR, —May I thank Tony Lynes for his helpful letter about child poverty and for the extra information he has since sent me. And I would also like to thank the anonymous person...

The War for Jenkins' Ear

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was surprised and horrified by the article The War for Jenkins' Ear' (November 4). One does not realise the exceedingly bad conditions in which prisoners are kept in our...

SIR,— I should like to compliment you on the review

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by Professor Bauer. As well as being enjoyable read- ing, it is indeed refreshing to see lucidly expressed, a review based on factual appraisal of circumstances as they are....

The State Muddle in Films

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SIR,—Fantasy-making is the prerogative of the film producer but when the Boulting brothers (Letters, November 4) see themselves—and other producers— as reincarnated Francis...

Sis,—`The War for Jenkins' Ear,' written by a prisoner, was

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refreshingly practical on a subject so often limited within the academic argument whether a prison sentence is concerned with retribution or reform. If the sentence in most...

Sta,—Professor Bauer's review of The Economics of Poverty is most

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impressive, but so closely reasoned that one wonders if it should not be expandzd into a book of its own. Obviously, Dr Balogh's views are doctrine at the UN, since the majority...

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My Privilege, Your Protection SIR,—Your contributor, R. A. Cline, tells

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us (Octo- ber 28) that he is a practising barrister and makes the astonishing statement: 'He' (the barrister) 'is an officer of the court, an administrator of justice.' This is...

A C. S. Lewis Mystery SIR,—All my dreams of late

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1%ve been of 'weirs,' 'worms,' wires,"waves' and 'nerves'—a result, no doubt of the windfall of information and sugges- tions I have received in answer to the C. S. Lewis...

The Umbilical Cord

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SIR,—Owing to absence on the Continent, I have only now seen Mr Nigel Lawson's article 'The Umbilical Cord' (October 7). While I would not dis- agree with the criticism on two...

Frozen Washing SIR,—John Bull (October 28) poses the question: Why

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have the laundry and dry-cleaning industries been subjected to the first price freeze order? The official reason was that, during the period from July 20 up to the date of the...

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Carry On, Wagner

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MUSIC By CHARLES REID ANOTHER two Ring cycles are ended at Covent Garden. There is no sign of break or dwindle in Wagner's sway. Every night people who had been turned away by...

Before the Tomb'

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ART As death is now coming back into fashion again, there is comfort in such outrageous revelry in mortality. The tomb designs open with the last gasp of the memento mori, a...

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Avant-Howerd T wo great men, this week, rowing mightily and all but capsizing their shallow coracles: Paul Scofield in Charles Dyer's new comedy at the Aldwych, and Frankie...

Intellectual Dealer

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given the time of appalling adversity: I think I shall begin a collection of poetry.' No matter how serious our motives on read- ing a diary, an ineradicable and human...

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The Demon Camera The Round-Up. (Academy One, 'X' certificate.) —Lilith. (International Film Theatre, 'X' certificate.) T IIE chief barrier to the cinema becoming a viable...

CHESS by Philidor

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No. 308. A. KRAEMER (Deutsche Schachblatter, 1965) WHITE to play and mate in four moves; solution next week. Solution to No. 307 (Ceriani): Q - K 7 threat Q- Kt 4. I • . . R -...

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Essays After Tea

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By PATRICK ANDERSON I N what sense was Virginia Woolf a literary critic? * She was a brilliant experimental novelist, passionately devoted to books, who con- tinued her...

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The Affair

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'BY whatever end one takes an incident one is faced by mystery. There are leakages of infor- mation; there are startling alliances and friend- ships; obvious questions are not...

His Ain Folk

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Mum can be forgiven a man who is, at one and the same time, the Grand Old Man and enfant terrible of Scottish literature. And, for many admirers of his poetic achievement, there...

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Cock of the Walk

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'How as' you? Howya doin'?' Not sc well As you, pint in one hand, fag in the other, A beautiful virgin pulling you to bed, Old cock of the walk. They still talk of your flights—...

The Central Image

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The Coat. By Hugo Charteris. (Collins, 21s.) Hero on a Donkey. By Miodrag Bulatovic. (Seeker and Warburg, 35s.) Guilt. By Laszlo Nemeth. (Peter Owen, 35s.) Trawl. By B. S....

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Against the Fashion

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CHILDREN'S BOOKS By ELAINE MOSS TN a society where one may find oneself 'penalised for annoying a stamping Machine by using an envelope of the shape it finds indiges- tible,...

SOME picture-books, the quick slick kind, are an extravagance at

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fifteen bob, but at thirty- five shillings Raymond Briggs's superb Mother Goose Treasury (Hamish Hamilton) is a bar- gain. It has everything child and adult look for in a...

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Ages Past

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THOUGH many may still leave school hating history almost as much as they hate poetry, there is less excuse. More imagination is being used on historical books for children about...

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Worlds Apart

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WRITING for children is always a hazardous affair; so many extra-literary factors enter into it. There is, first of all, the fear of talking or writing 'down,' of explaining...

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The Goblin Club

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IT is hard for writers like K. G. Lethbridge, who writes a kind of fantasy which automatically sounds echoes of Alice and Pooh, and makes us look for the qualities of a classic....

On the Screen

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WOULD you, an adult, be reading a book if you weren't watching the box? Not necessarily. But when it comes to children, people often talk as if there were only the two...

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In the Picture

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THE aggregate of this autumn's picture-books is altogether less impressive than some of its parts —a criticism that has obtained for several years now. This branch of literature...

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The Dreaming Child

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To read through a collection of contem- porary stories for older children in the over-eleven group is, in some ways, a hearten- ing exercise. If idiom changes, it is only to...


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ACROSS.-z Cockle. 4 Strapper. 8 Havering. to Strops. 52 Ranch. 13 Greenwood. 14 So far. 16 Totem-pole. z7 Carinthia. 59 Casks. 21 Philander. 22 Rumba. 24 Puruca. 25 Swearing. 26...


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ACROSS z. Plaintive childish cry for fruit? (6) 4. That vein King ! (8) 9. What's a kiss among the boys to our ancestors? (6) to. His harp was carried by an orphan boy (8) 12....

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Britain with the Brakes Off and On

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rA. momami aliTED By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT E xAc - rt.v what type of society Mr Wilson is trying to create—authoritarian socialism, corporate state, managerial society—no one...

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Closing the Gap

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By JOHN BULL T HE great talking point in stock markets this week has been the closing of what has come to be known as the 'reverse yield gap.' This is another way of saying...

Market Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE less confident view of the downward trend of interest rates, to which I have already referred, is still worrying the gilt-edged mar- ket. A Barclays Bank Review...

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Skimped Milk

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CONSUMING INTEREST By LESLIE ADRIAN Well, the cat seems to like Long Life milk, but the human beings in the family are less enthusias- tic about the boiled taste imparted by...

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Natural Resources

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ER.DPA\PNE By STRIX THE report stage of the Progeny Commission Bill was continued. MR BUNG (Pookering, C.) moved an amendment to reduce the levy on twins by 50 per cent; this...