13 DECEMBER 1963

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John Bull's First Job/ Lord Attlee

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Old Man Granite/Stanley Uys

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K ENYA is independent. The hopes and _fears are now to be put to the proof. Those who fear full African rule talk gloomily and bitterly about the chances of chaos in Kenya....

— Portrait of the Week— A WEEK LACKING HIGH DRAMA, thankfully

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: the_ Kennedy family made its last exit from the White House, as proposals for Kennedy scholarships, libraries and universities sprouted everywhere. The FBI report on the...

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No. 7068 Established 1828 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1963

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Words and Deeds

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N o sooner has the economy begun to show that it is 'poised for substantial 'and sus- tained expansion' than the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer utters familiar and anxious...

Sukarno's War

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MHE skirmishes with the Indonesian troops on I the borders of North Borneo and Sarawak are proving increasingly expensive. There are now up to 6,000 British troops involved in a...

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Political Commentary

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The State of the Labour Party By DAVID WATT THE psychiatrist in atten- dance on the Labour Party (and if there isn't one there certainly ought to be) must be a little worried...

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Two Ministers . . .

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By HELEN GARDNER* N discussion of the Robbins Report public 'opinion has rightly fastened on the question of what is the appropriate machinery of govern- ment for the system of...

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W HAT is astonishing about the Robbins recom- mendation for a new Ministry of Arts and Science is that it is made so firmly, yet justified by so little effective argument. The...

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Mr. Johnson Crosses the House

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From MURRAY KEMPTON WASHINGTON T HE soundest early measure of Mr. Johnson will be the speed with which he moves from being the Congressional Democrat he used to be to...

Erhard Pressure on

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN C HANCELLOR ERHARD is suddenly faced with as many problems as even his worst enemy —no names—can wish. The Paris visit went off rather better than...

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Old Man Granite

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From STANLEY UYS JOHANNESBURG W HITE South Africans have been following the proceedings at the United Nations, but with diminishing interest. The truth is that they do not...

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No Ivory Tower in East Africa?

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HE university leaders of East Africa have I just been to Lake COmo to meet their makers. It is out of the question for Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika to finance out of their...

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Quiet Revolution

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By HUGH O'SHAUGHNESSY TENEZUELA became an independent republic V about 150 years ago and for most of that time the place has been a junk heap of a country. But with the...

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TV in the Commons

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The arguments against allowing at least an edited version of the proceedings in the House of Commons to be shown daily on television are much the same as were once used to stop...


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Lord Mancroft has decided not to rejoin the Norwich Union board. He is quite right and he alone emerges with any dignity from this wretched affair. The Norwich Union have proved...

The Press

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By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL We hope. then, to serve Manchester as fully as before; and in return, we hope to continue to draw benefit from being in the North. To stand at a...


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Owing to the holiday period, the Spectator will be published a day early next week, i.e., on Thursday, December 19.

Spectator's Notebook

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The Times still has a priceless, if sometimes alarming, quality of un- predictability. The three long leading articles which it has devoted, on con- secutive days, to examin-...

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Life Class

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The revelation that the now notorious incident at the Edinburgh Festival drama conference, when a nude woman was wheeled across a gal- lery, was arranged, not only for BBC...

Tailpiece I thought finding a nen name would be easy.

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It isn't. I have ransacked Disraeli's novels and Lord Randolph purchill's speeches to find some suitable title that hasn't been used. And then I remembered Chesterton. After...

Inglis was Right Those who have been watching tensely for

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signs of Tory infiltration even into the special articles will find their darkest suspicions con- firmed by Philidor. His article this week contains a shameless plug for the...

John Bull's First Job

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In and Out of Chambers By LORD ATTLEE ACTUALLY my first earned in- come was fourteen shillings, being a shilling a day for a fortnight in camp in my school corps during the...

No News I do not think any of us have

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really grasped how large are the movements of opinion and attitude which have taken place in the past generation. We notice them only when someone gives them some sort of...

No hall

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The language of sport is now almost identical with that of political ideology. 'A fine young Australian has been sacrificed on the altar, etc. . . .' And as Lord Beaverbrook...

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SIR,—Mr. Davenport's excellent description of the Split Society ends with a denunciation of industrial profit-sharing plans. He holds them to be objection- able because they...

Ilk a , Letters Starting at the 'Spectator' E. T. Deacon The

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Australian Election Evan Williams No. Competition Stephen Garvin, Paul A. Hamilton Fair Weather Forecast Sir Graham Sutton The Split Society R. B. Cook. Sparing the Name Peter...

NO COMPETITION SIR,—Your remarks on the undesirability of throwing the

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design of the new Foreign Office open to compe- tition are not borne out by recent experience else- where. President de Valera has just cut the first sod for the new Library...


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SIR,—In last week's number you spoke of the Met- eorological Office's forecast for December as 'cagey' because it contains 'only eighty words, and only the last five of them,...


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Stn,—]n your issue of December 6, Donald Home tries hard to conceal his pleasure at the Labour Party's reverse in Australia. Mr. Home would like to think that foreign policy...

SIR,—It would be a great pity if the open architec-

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tural competition system were to come to an end. As a result of such competitions held since the war we have had the advanced housing schemes at Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, and...

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SIR,--1 am sorry that my effort to withdraw the inaccuracy

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in my letter of last week—when I said that Beyond The Fringe contained no mention by name of Mr. Macmillan—was apparently frustrated by the GPO. The first sketch of the show...


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SIR,—I do not know what Mr. O'Hanlon hopes to gain by being personally offensive. He asks why it would not have been satisfactory to offer men over sixty-five and women over...

SIR,-1 feel very strongly the need of imposing some restrictions

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on the present unbridled power of our handful of press magnates, and intend to raise the matter in public debate at the earliest convenient opportunity, because it has already...

SIR.—lf Christopher Booker wants to take issue with Richard Ingrains

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on 'one point of fact' he should try to get that single one right. With breathtaking confidence he tells us that the actual name of Mr. Macmillan was never mentioned throughout...


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SIR,—Public memory is short. It is now some time since Hurricane Flora devastated the Caribbean, but the damage to the people and the economy of Cuba has by no means been made...

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Magnificent Goya

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By NEVILE WALLIS With the enormous increase both of inter- national art books and of travel in Spain since the war, the full range of Goya's imagination has been explored by...

A Caution for the Cause

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By DAVID CAIRNS THE coincidence of pro- ductions of two of Verdi's less satisfactory operas, Attila and The Sicilian Vespers, raises the awkward doubt: has zeal for the for-...

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Plays and Novels

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John Gabriel Borkman. (Duchess.)—The Wings John Gabriel Borkman suffers from the almost too perfect craftsmanship which enabled Ibsen to preserve a strict unity of time: it...


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'A MADAME BOVARY rather Leskov, who wrote the original story—he called it a sketch—on which the libretto is based, had few illusions about Katerina. 'In our part of the...

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The Young Ones

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Finesse may have been lacking: but fitness and determination were not, nor was a cheerful willingness, especially by Oxford, to kick the opponent's head in. Though losing for...

Noble of Sicily

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By ISABEL QUIGLY The Leopard. (Carlton.)— The Man from the Diners' Club. (Columbia and general release.) (Both `LP certificate.) IF a pearl diver were to write a book...

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Not Guilty! B Y PETER LEVI I N a year of so many deaths and a month of such ominous floods and winds, what can we feel but anxiety for the few ,good writers? How are they doing...

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A BBC Version

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The Colour of Saying : An Anthology of Verse Spoken by Dylan Thomas. Edited by Ralph N. Maud and Aneirin Talfan Davies. (Dent, 18s.) Tins is a ghost anthology in more senses...

Lost Revolution

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MR. E. P. THOMPSON is a man who spares neither himself nor his readers. His first book, a biography of William Morris, ran to 900 pages; and the present work, though slightly...

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Artists and Entertainers AUTOBIOGRAPHY can be awfully disillusioning. One of

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the biggest disappointments of growing up is the discovery, through a perusal of their autobiographies, that sportsmen are not the in- disputable gods they had seemed in one's...

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Desert Tragedy

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Cooper's Creek. By Alan Moorehead. (Hamish Hamilton, 30s.) `Norsimo in this strange country seemed to bear the slightest resemblance to the outside world. . . . The coastline of...

iece The Critical Heights

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s e Hidden God. By Cleanth Brooks. (Yale U.P., 35s. 6d.) RtIALLY learned man fills us all with awe: those ountains of knowledge he has climbed, while we and gazing upwards...

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A Master Sty list

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Watt. By Samuel Beckett. (Jupiter Books, by arrangement with Olympia Press: John Calder, 8s. 6d.) The Run of Night. By Peter de Polnay. (W. H. Allen, 18s.) SOME explanation...


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Morning does not altogether surprise the gree t/ hills— they are stiff-backed, unbending; do not seal ° easily to the shaping dark; shadow is no sleep to then' From its own...

Two Poems

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It was it you wrote 'that a starless sky is the better for sequins, and that I must help you pin them on (or try)?' the old goat—I write you from Corsica browsing for...

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Three Billion Mouths

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World Without Want. By Paul Hoffman. (Chatto and Windus, 22s. 6d.) PALL HOFFMAN, formerly a principal adminis- trator of the Marshall Plan, has written this short and readable...

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An Incomes Policy—Birth or Death?

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT The NIC, as everyone knows, was the creature of Mr. Selwyn Lloyd and as the trade unions refuse to give evidence before it it is incapable of stating...

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investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE STEEL dividend season is upon us and Sir Julian Pode, Chairman of STEEL OF WALES, has not made the market any happier by declaring that renationalisation by...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY A SUBSTANTIAL rise in the profits of Pontin's —holiday camps—for the eleven months to April 30, 1963—a jump of 80 per cent on the previous twelve...

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Consuming Interest

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Gone to Pot By ELIZABETH DAVID IN the editorial for this quarter's Wine and Foods magazine M. Andre Simon quotes some recent Board of Trade statistics con- cerning the...

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By ALAN BRIEN or a German spy. And he emitted every now and then a low growl, rather like the 'slowed-down purr of a big cat, which I took to be his method of keeping the sound...

Snap Decision

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By LESLIE ADRIAN PHoTotaanmv, even for amateurs, is much less • ∎ ,i 1 complicated these days than it once was (and still can be—if that's the way you want it). It is...

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By PHILIDOR No. 156. A. ELLERMAN (1st Prize, Guidelli Memorial Tourney, 1925) BLACK (6 men) WHITE (9 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. This is...

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ACROSS 1 So does liedera (6) 4 Cut farm wages, it seems, have a hitter taste (8). 10 A piece written about Pop in • France is electric! (7) 11 An easy entrance, it seems, to...

SOLUTION 1'0 CROSSIS ORD No. 1095 ACROSS.-1 Curtain. 5 Papered.

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9 Caleb, 10 Coriander. •I I Patera. 12 Portable. 14 Older, 15 Transient. 18 Yorkshire. 20 Meter. 22 Cantrips. 24 Truest. 26 Blind rage. 27 Agora. 28 I agoons. 29 Raddled....