13 JUNE 1958

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—Portrait of the Week— P ARLIAMENT REASSEMBLED and England beat New

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Zealand in the first Test Match, but there were more important things going on. And also not going on, for the London omnibus strike drifted into its sixth week without a chink...


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I F a general survey of the British industrial scene had been carried out at the beginning of June it would have exhibited a wonderful state of chaos. A bus strike—in which most...


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FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 1958

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Sentimental Journey

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By RICHARD HAROLD MACMILLAN touched down safely at'National Airport in Washington and on Monday began his talks with the President. Washington is not attaching great importance...

Road to Apartheid

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T HE results of the Southern Rhodesian election show that an overwhelming majority of Europeans (of whom over 50,000 were able to vote as against 1,600 Africans) favour parties...

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Westminster Commentary

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'Tim unnatural heat caused by the wearing of trousers,' said the Min- ister of Defence, is likely to have a cumulatively serious effect on the male organ . . . this might well...

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A FRIEND HAS SENT on to me the following letter.

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I have suppressed the names of the people con- cerned. Dear Sir, Sorry I cannot give you my name, for obvious reasons, but just let me say I am an ex-convict, with a small...

FROM RAMSDEN GREW'S column in the Evening Standard: I have

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been listening to the latest recording of Kathie Kay and laughing at the publicity surrounding the lady. Miss Kay, who does most of her singing in Scotland, is billed and...

I HAVE PRAISED a number of the Daily Mirror's `Spotlight'

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pamphlets in the past; they have been hard hitting, stimulating and sensible. More's the pity, then, that The Future of Television should have been included in the series. It is...

I HAVE BEEN looking at some statements by Hun- garian

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official commentators which must surely take the prize for political hypocrisy in what has already been a bumper year. They .express them- selves as horrified at the...

MY RELATIVELY PLEASANT impressions of the journey from London Airport

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to Waterloo during the strike were not, I see, shared by Mr. Alistair Cooke. But then he was ill-advised enough to go by taxi. In his broadcast 'Letter from England; following...

A Spectator's Notebook

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THE BUS STRIKE seems to be creating new myths as well as strengthening old ones. There have been letters in newspapers complaining of bus strikers or their wives taking lifts in...

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High Stakes

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By PETER BENENSON D URING the last weeks both communities in Cyprus have been raising their stakes. The Turks are making a bid to reduce the island to a state of administrative...

John Bull's Schooldays

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The Bright End of the Stick By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS NLIKE John Betjeman, I liked my school- days very much. I was very well taught at Eton by kindly and intelligent masters....

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By HUGH MONTEFIORE S o far it is Archbishop Makarios who has hit the headlines about the coming Lambeth Con- ference, but its real importance consists not in the notoriety of...

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X.37 Reports

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By STRIX COMRADE, • You will recall that before my departure you instructed me verbally to forward reports on matters of general interest even if these lay out- side the scope...

Irbe Opectator

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JUNE 15, 1833 ON Monday and Tuesday, the remainder of Mr. STANLEY'S resolutions for the extinction of Colonial Slavery were adopted by large majorities. Although many...

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The Play's the Thing By ALAN BRIEN ----■ .."\ of the Door. (Lyric, Hammer- smith.) Speaking of Murder. (St. Martin's.) Something's Burn- -- ing. (Arts.) No lover speaks upon...


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Publicity Mr. and Mrs. Cradock—the well-known culinary comedians who play respectively Bon and Viveur—did not reappear on the stage to witness the postscript to their dramatic...

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Alceste au Musee By ADAM BELL Alceste. (Glyndebourne). Tristan. (Covent Garden). 'How glorious it is! How grand! We all wept like stags at bay,' wrote Berlioz after a...

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Consuming Interest

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Summer Squash By LESLIE ADRIAN A YEAR ago I urged the claim of fresh lime juice to be the best sum- mer thirst-quenching drink : only to find that none was available. A...


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Pentecostal Language QUIGLY By ISABEL Marjorie Morningstar. (Warner.) THE film, you need not be an anthropologist to notice, reaches more people than any other art form; and...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Chewing the Fat By MILES HOW.ARD O NE controversial question in medicine just now is whether an excess of fat in the food is an important determinant of coronary disease....

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SM,—The infallibility of a journalist is not, like the infallibility of the Pope, limited by conditions. A journalist is never wrong. I would have had an increased respect for...

AND THE LAMBETH CONFERENCE SIR,—In criticising Pharos for his comments

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on invitation to Archbishop Makarios, the Rev. f i 01 Benson Perkins has added to confusion by 111 " . t ill the wrong distinction. In order to escape frolu emotional forces...

SIR,—I suggest that the reason why Mr. Randolp h Churchill cannot

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respond to my challenge and nam o e the books with which, he told us, the Archbishop f Canterbury was surrounded, indexed and cross' referenced, during his interview with...

SIR,—Mr. Randolph Churchill deserves su ppor t his campaign to raise the

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standards of the Bril l ' o press, and it is pleasing to note that he . is n ° , broadening his front to embrace not only r i nography but also unwarrantable intrusion into...

Letters to the Editor

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The Alternative Vote Austin Duncan-Jones Sir. Randolph Churchill Graham Greene, Geo f frey Murray, A. T. R. Robinson Archbishop Makarios and the Lambeth Conference Canon...

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SIR,—John Braine's quotation (from memory) from an interview I gave was inaccurate. May I quote from Illustrated : 'Should any producer want to become internationally famous...


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SIR,—Is Mr. Christopher Hollis quite fair in repre- senting the Sunday question as Mr. Legcrton and the LDOS versus the intelligentsia? He is himself very confused in his...

is strange that Mr. Constantine Gallop should c onsider it necessary

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to reply to a moderate, reasoned and thoughtful letter like. Mr. Blom-Cooper's with a Personal attack that would be offensive if it were not rather pathetic. Such discourtesies...


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SIR,—In The Angry Decade I wrote of my impression, gained from Mr, Wain's own writings, that he rather pompously overestimates his contributions to English literature to date,...

THE ANCIENT UNIVERSITY SIR,—Mr. Taubman's' article said so many valuable

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things about Scottish universities that there would be no point in lessening the impact of his criticisms by further elaboration were it not that Mr. Dow's interesting letter...

SIR,—'Psychiatrist' is quite right to point out that it is

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desirable for judges to be aware of modern de- velopments in the understanding of the origins of violence and crime. But even the most enlightened judge is bound to administer...


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$ 11 t,—How far that little Taper sheds its beams, like M r. Levin's attack than by Mr. Blom-Cooper's de- to (well, perhaps not). The LCJ is a man of Lilts and integrity and...

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SIR,—'In the absence of audible protest,' begins Mr. Frank Kermode in what I myself feel bound to protest is an unfair and humourless review of England's on the Anvil, by John...

SIR,—No one with any pretence to sensitivity could read the

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article by Mr. Paul Tabori, 'C. T. Was One of Us,' without being deeply moved. There is, how- ever, one question which I should like to be allowed to ask. In view of the fact...


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SIR,—In your issue of June 6, Mr. Kenneth Gre0 writes, `Unlike Cherkassky, he [Sir John Giel god ! does not waste his virtuosity on the equivalent °I Gershwin.' Disregarding the...

MARGERY FRY MEMORIAL FUND SIR,—We invite donations to a trust

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fund which is to be created in memory of Margery Fry. Out- standing amongst her many interests was her lifelong concern with the prevention of crime and the re- habilitation of...

SIR,—I only hope that Kenneth Gregory had sore r thing to

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eat waiting for him after his walk fril tn the centre of Bath. When we had heard Gielgud los t Sunday afternoon we wandered the streets tryir g find something other than a...

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Party and Movement By ll. W. BROGAN I N the past week or two a Labour MP has been telling the Co-operators that the Labour Party i s in danger of losing its soul, and Mr. Hugh...

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Scientific Unitarian

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The Physicist's Conception of Nature. By Werner Heisenberg. (Hutchinson, 16s.) HEISENBERG is one of the greatest living scientists. A Nobel Prizewinner and Director of the Max...

New Duties

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Christianity Among the Religions of the World. Press, 15s.) WE are conscious, most of us today, that the world is going through a revolution. How far are the Churches alive to...

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Homage to Failure

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PaoyEssott CHABOD, perhaps the most distin- guished historian of modern Italy, has collected together certain essays on Machiavelli and the Renaissance which he has written...

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Arrested Pugnacity

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Letters From Hilaire Belloc. Selected and edited by Robert Speaight. (Hollis and Carter, 30s.) HILAIRE BELLOC was a prolific prose-writer who found it very much easier to...

The Go-Between

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THE world is very unreasonable,' wrote Lord Sunderland in 1693, 'but since we cannot make it as one would wish, let us make the best of it as it is.' He certainly tried. Charles...

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Lost Victories. By Erich von Manstein. (Methuen, 50s.)

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VON MANSTEIN was almost certainly the greatest German commander in the last war. To Rommel's tactical skill and flair for openings he added what Rommel signally lacked—a full...

Floundering on the Veld

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The Boer War. By Edgar Holt. (Putnam, 25s.) POLITICALLY, the Boer War was nearly as squalid an enterprise as Suez, and militarily it was perhaps even more ,majestically...

Plans of Attack

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The Schlieffen Plan. By Gerhard Ritter. (Oswald W o lff, 30s.) THE doyen of German historians has written a Monograph on the celebrated Schlieffen Plan. This Plan was largely...

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The Taste of Ashes. By Howard Browt! ii (Gollancz, 12s. 6d.)

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The old, proud family v i l e wayward children; the cynically idealistic pri v :,a, dick; the pints of bourbon in shabby hotel b rooms; the sexy passes that never quite make °...

Death in Seven Volumes. By Douglas 1 , 1 Browne. (Macdonald, 1

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1 s. 6d.) If you can beti d io in messages from beyond the grave spelled ont o , code in an obscure seven-volume set in the 1 don Library, and in a gourmet deeply c onceri t e ,...


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Sprouting Colossus THOSE who remember with pleasure such superbly imaginative novels of Rex Warner's as The Aerodrome or Men of Stones should be warned straight away that The...

It's a Crime Captive. By The Gordons. (Macdona ld ,' I Is.

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6d.) Authentic-seeming, near-documellt at i 1 f of police hunt for couple of killers and the; school-marm hostage in present-day Nay ° f country. Exciting enough as a straight...

Knock and Wait Awhile. By William Re Weeks. (Muller, 15s.)

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Over-detailed cold-war t it ''0 ) ler, with American agent out to prevent Anierie' reporter (female, attractive) from going 00/ the curtain. Terse, near-Hemingwayish prose 11 ,...

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AMERICAN ECONOMY By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT A CHANGE has come over the economic scene in the United States. When I last wrote on this subject I had high hopes of the new Secretary...


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By CUSTOS 1 T was the gilt-edged market which felt the ill effects of the strikes this week. Until a settle- ment is reached there is less chance of another cut in Bank rate...

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A LBERT E. REED. The preliminary figures from this company for the year ending March 31, 1958, were not as disappointing as might have been expected after the gloomy interim...

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Shakespeare in As You Like It gave us a maw

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many of the seven ages of man. The usual prig of six guineas is offered for a companion piece , not longer and preferably shorter, describing w e seven ages of woman. Entries,...


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1 Uncle met Nora (anag.) (12) 9 Here C. E. Montague had a small- holding (9) 10 The Admiral's bird (5) 11 With a short — motion' (Coleridge) (6) 12 To show the flag is one of...


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ACROSS.-1 Simultaneous. 9 Major- domo. 10 Copal. 11 Airing. 12 Reveries. 13 'Yeasty. 1 . 5 Sicilian. 18 Purveyor. 19 Clinks. 21 Reproach. 23 Doodle, 26 Henna. 27 Mendicant. 25...

Ringing the Bell

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SPECTATOR COMP Report by H Given the example of an inscription on an similar verses (quatrains or couplets) suitable a New Town, the Party Whip, a Closed Shop, a School Trunk,...