11 OCTOBER 1963

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Answering Utopia Waits and Measures

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No. 7059 Established I 8 2 8 FRIDAY, OCTOBER I I, 1963

Portrait of the Week— WITH LABOUR BASKING in self-congratulation, the

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Conservatives gathered at Blackpool, ready to ollow their leader, whoever he may be. Hints that the Prime Minister would reveal all on Saturday were made useless by his sudden...


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M R. WILSON and the Labour Party have now mingled their blood. Although the rites lacked picturesque symbolism, a sufficient representation of political atavism was enacted to...

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Lucky Thirteen

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A QUII E. excellent and far-reaching report has just gone forward to the Education Depart- ment of the West Riding County Council. Its ostensible purpose was to find a way of...

Out of Control

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W E drew our lengthy correspondence on Roman Catholics and birth control to a close last week. For the disinterested reader it has seemed to raise a number of vital points, some...

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Doctors' Dilemmas

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KENNETH ROBINSON, MP, writes : The family doctor must weary of being told that he is the cornerstone (or lynch-pin, or pivot) of our National Health Service. The doctors...

Scotland on the Move

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I T is most unlikely that the people of Los Angeles took much notice of the arrival on Sunday of Mr. Michael Noble, Secretary of State for Scotland. Even if their baseball team,...

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The Passionate Military

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HUGH O'SHAUGHNESSY writes : If we are to believe the worst, Latin America is returning to the Dark Ages. Last Thursday fighters roared over Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras,...

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Political Commentary

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Waits and Measures By DAVID WATT / THE air of unreality has been dizzying. Black- 1. pool, of course, could scarcely be more irrelevant to the future—a dream city, sleazy and...

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Answering Utopia

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By T. E. UTLEY H ow many of the Tory devout now assembled at Blackpool are secretly har- bouring the thought that nothing would do their faith more good than a spell of...

SIR DAVID LOW A public memorial meeting for Sir David

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Low will take place on Wednesday, October 16, at the Friends House, Euston Road, London, NWI, at 11 a.m. and addresses will be given by Mr. Victor Gollancz and Mr. Kingsley Martin.

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The Second Chancellor

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN T HE second Federal German Chancellor, who will be elected on October 16, is a sixty-six- year-old Bavarian Protestant professor of politi- cal...

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An Autonomous Example

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By STEPHEN FAY T HE Government of Northern Ireland is the one real crack in the facade of the unitary State of Great Britain. The reasons for its limited autonomy are to be...

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A Pre-Raphaelite Memory

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By COLIN MACINNES rrlir. Kensington house in which my grand- ' parents lived until their deaths after the last war was one of those bleak, inconvenient neo-Roman piles that...

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A Spectator's Notebook EVERAL obscure principles are entangled in a

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the small affair of Mr. Ray Gunter and TW3. The incident itself is quite simple. Mr. Gunter agreed to appear on television and be interviewed, or whatever, by the cunning...

Time of Test

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My wife is bracing herself for the driving test in a few weeks, and this may be why we have noticed that nearly everybody else in the world is writing articles about their...

Trial by Press

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The Press Council thinks that newspapers needn't have published all the delicious details of the Ward Case. Maybe not, hum, but this case, like many others, immediately provokes...

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Some weeks ago, in this.column, I indulged in some cheap sneers (great fun, this, I enjoy it) at the American movement of "Esthetic Realism, and its defenders stunned me with...


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SIR,--Loneliness can be due to circumstances. but more often it is a state of mind. Of course, the environment of the house-bound mother or the newly-widowed is a lonely one,...

Nice White Coats

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Mr. Harold Wilson has started what is obviously going to become a mad breenge into the new scientific age; in which the archetypical British Brain will no longer be a bloke...


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Sus,--The Spectator is surely right to welcome the initiative taken by ACE, but if this is to lead to a genuinely national extension college then both the scale of the operation...

The Peace-makers

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A friend of mine who was at the Labour Party Conference last week tells me that the Metho- dist Church scored heavily among connoisseurs of sly humour. Having this year wrested...

The Approach of Robbins Kingsley Antis National Extension College A.

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D. C. Peterson No Job for Judges C. B. Mawdsley The Lonely Ones .Eda Collins Lincoln Said It H. C. Beere Henry Green Gerard Keenan The Light and the Dark C. K. MacLennan...

Very III Winds

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Hurricane Flora reminds us tritely but truly that our climate is merely lousy and not awful. In fact, our weather is such that we find much of our pleasure in being unable to...


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SIR, — Mr. R. A. Cline asserts, if I understand him correctly, in his article on the judiciary that the executive has too much power over the citizen in such matters as town...

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SIR,-1 apologise humbly to you, sir, and to Mr. Jackman, but not to 'City Solicitor'. 1 am guilty of a deliberate and indeed calculated lie, and am no more worthy to be called...


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Sta,--We note that in the Spectator, September 13, one of your contributors attempts somewhat erroneously to describe light whisky. It would appear that your contributor's...


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SIR,—May J congratulate you on the short piece by Henry Green you publish in your issue of October 4: it is a document in the history of modern literature. It was a pleasure to...

The Arts Musical Evenings

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. (Strand.) House of Cards. (Phoe- nix.)—At the Drop of Another Hat. (Hay- market.) IT is an excellent idea to put new life into...


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Sta,—After the Labour Party Conference, it may be a good time to recall some words of wisdom by Abraham Lincoln: You cannot bring about prosperity by dis- couraging thrift; you...

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Not Quite Guilty

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L'Assassino. (Paris-Pull- man; 'X' certificate.)— The Train Robbers. (Continentale; 'A' cer- tificate.) WITH its darkness and concentration, its close-up view of the significant...

Erratum.—The price of the paperback edition of The Representative, by

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Rolf Hochhuth, published by Methuens, is 16s., and not, as was wrongly stated last week, 15s.

Four from Frankfurt

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By PHILIP HOPE-WALLACE At all events this visit won some cheers and was more of a success than one such visit which this old-established opera company undertook under Goering's...

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Workshop to the World

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By NEVILE WALLIS ONE evening in Paris years ago I looked round the Cluny Museum, and saw some fragments of heral- dic embroidery worked in It is a marvel at the Victoria and...

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Bottom's Dream BY JOHN MORTIMER H E was the rudest of the mechanicals. He was pompous, pedantic, and apparently earth- bound. He was solid and self-satisfied. To make him the...

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The Man Who Died

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The Deed of Life : The Novels and Tales of D. H. Lawrence. By Julian Moynahan. (Princeton and O.U.P., 30s.) WHEN I read in Professor Moynahan's introduc- tion that he takes...


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They said that would be fine. The marriage took place. When this grew stale, they said, There'd be another time, Confidently winked, laughing all the way, While the roots grew;...

Stooge in Command

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The Royal George, The Life of H.R.H. Prince George, Duke of Cambridge. By Giles St. Aubyn (Constable, 35s.) IN 1874, an army officer 'of some standing' was quoted as saying,...

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Shakespearean Valentines

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ARE these the pilot-fish before the Shakespeare Industry sharks in bulk for its quatercentenary booty? Or is it that books about Shakespeare are,. in their last phase, preying...

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Where is Thy Sting ?

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The American Way of Death. By Jessica Mit- ford. (Hutchinson, 25s.) FUNERALS are a big and profitable business in America today, but the field is not without its own built-in...

A Long Contested Question Political Patterns is nothing less than

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an attempt to analyse and explain the fundamental struc- ture of contemporary world politics. The authors first discuss the leading liberal-democracies as exemplified by the US,...

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Judgments and Illusions

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Letter for Tomorrow. By Rosemary Ross Skinner. (Hodder and Stoughton, 10s. 6d.) The Terezin Requiem. By Josef Bor. Translated chinson, 18s.) FROM this week's international...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS N o one would accuse the Economist of being a raging 'bull' in matters of the Stock Ex- change, but I see that it tips the market for a further rise because company...

High Finance at the IMF

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT As we in the United King- dom have been the biggest borrower at the International Monetary Fund in recent years, we did not expect our Mr. Reginald...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY T HE final dividend of 10 per cent from Plessey, makers of radio, television, elec- tronics, etc., was better than expected. This pay- ment makes a total of 19 per...

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Consuming Interest

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A Foreign Object By LESLIE ADRIAN THERE was a time when to mention the word 'bidet' in Anglo-Saxon society was al- most certain to produce a snigger or music-hall-type joke....

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By ALAN BRIEN Nevertheless, it is a fact. Every Englishman is painfully conscious of his appearance, his accent, his clothes, his vocabulary and even his own existence. He...