13 MAY 1966

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—Portrait of the Week

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CHINA carried out her third nuclear test— with `thereto-nuclear material'—and there was a grim battle-by-mistake in Saigon, when American forces thought they were under attack,...

THE FRANKS REPORT on Oxford was published, proposing drastic changes,

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and being swiftly dismissed as one more lost cause by those whom it offended. There was talk of a plan to fingerprint the entire population of Britain. Local elections took...

The English Sickness

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W ITH so many powerful claims on our columns, it is not often that the SPECTATOR feels justified in devoting more than a tenth of its editorial space to a single article. That...


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Friday May 13 1966

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The Nabarro Boy Aspiring statesmen all compete To seize the

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corner gangway seat, From which it is child's play to trip The Chief (or Opposition) Whip. Nabarro, bustling for the fray, Decides that it shall be his day, So, caring hardly to...


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The Politics of Obsolescence By ALAN WATKINS v now we are, or ought to be—for have we not all read our paperbacks of popular sociology?—familiar enough with the idea of...

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Rock of Discord By SIR PHILIP DE ZULUETA O NE day in 1823 a former President of the Cortes de Cadiz slipped into Gibraltar. Harried and exiled, by a reactionary monarch for his...

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The Dissolving Society

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By LORD RADCLIFFE O English cannot help noticing how markedly the have lost their self-confidence in recent years. This is, I think, a new phenomenon. It is not merely that,...

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The King's Man From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK TT is a painful thought to all who cherish one or 'the other: but the current Vice-President Humphrey is unexpectedly like the old...

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Spectator's Notebook

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I fs excellent news that the Anglo-Rhodesian talks have begun and seem all set to continue for some time, on the apparently 'neutral' ground of the old India Office. It's still...

The Beauffre Plan

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The second and greater barrier, of course, is the row over the organisation of European de- fence. which has at its core differing views of the proper relationship between...

John Bull As a one-time city editor myself, I've had

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plenty of experience of the acute difficulty of finding first-rate financial journalists. So I'm par- ticularly glad to welcome to the srucriatra's financial pages a new weekly...

Closed Door to Europe A brief but busy visit to

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Paris last week con- vinces me that, for all Mr Brown's European speeches, at the present time, France—what- ever sweet nothings she may murmur—has no intention of admitting...


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One or two economists have been writing to The Times in praise of the new Selective Employ- ment Tax, on the grounds that by taxing ser- vices the Government is doing something...

Somehow, hov‘ever, I don't think it's going to happen. But

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if I'm wrong and the Chancellor really is determined to remove distortions he could do a good deal worse than start with housing. First the Government further dis- courages the...

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Oxford: Franks or Freedom?

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By BRYAN WILSON W HATEVER else is said of the Franks Report, experts in public relations will envy the 'ballyhoo' and the 'gimmickry' with which it has arrived. Was ever a...

C: be 9:511ccta tor

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May 12. 1866 War, commercial failure, and exce, , ,ive panic both on the French and English Stock Exchange, have been the cheerful features of the week. . . . The panic in...

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• Here Lies, and Lies . • ALAN BRIEN Yesterday, the ashes of Alan Brien were scat- tered on the surface of the Welsh Harp, a North London reservoir. It was his last wish,...

THE PRESS O Bitchery

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By JOHN WELLS 9 7 1 HE Truth That Will Shock You. . . . Now 1 the Time Bomb that has been ticking away for months is about to explode.' Beverley Nichols, the Sunday Express...

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L From: E. D. O'Brien. Graham Greene, Kenneth Allsop, John Davenport. Lady de Zulueta. Tristan Jones. Alan Wolfe, Derek Bloom. Roger Wimbush, Tom Sargam. E. C. Clifford Woods,...

Death in the Family

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Sui,—Incoherently written and shrilly shrewish though it is. and revealing a view of life of almost enviable zoological simplicity (lions and pedigree creatures beset by...

The Kremlin Talks to the Vatican

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SIR,-- I read with interest the serious article (April 29) by Dev Murarka, but there is a lighter side. . . . In July 1963 I encountered Mr Adzhubei in the Tropicana music-hall...

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After the Budget SIR,-Mature reflection from most quarters has sug-

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gested that the Selective Employment Tax is a subtle way of dampening home demand. without over- stimulating wage claims. However, there has been little recognition that the...

Intimations of Mortality Slit,-Mr Alan Brien seeks information about Julius

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Beer, whose mausoleum be has discovered in High- gate Cemetery. Julius Beer died of apoplexy in Mentone. He was buried at Highgate Cemetery on March 8, 1880, the funeral...


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ACROSS 26. 1. Tailor's perks to be found at the greengrocer (7) 5. Watch it! as Shakespeare said (7) 9. The last of twenty-six missing from the pirate hideout leads to...

Stabat Mater

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SIR,-1 was interested to see that Mr M. B. Thompson writes to support the Saga recording of Rossini's Stabat Mater. Unfortunately, this seems to have slipped through the hands...

Sta,-Mr Callaghan clearly has no more chance of persuading the

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West German government to meet the foreign exchange cost of BAOR than had any of his predecessors. The reason is plain: since we are treaty-bound to keep 55,000 uniformed men in...

SIR,-What a beautiful, gay, angry and lucid piece you published

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about his father from Auberon Waugh! One feels that Evelyn would have approved absolutely, and it is pleasing to think that it may have cheered his brief period-I am no...

Sat,--Is it not a pity, when someone can write as

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touchingly-and one assumes accurately-on the subject of his father as Mr Aubcron Waugh does, that at the same time he makes the article far less impressive by describing one of...

The CND at Prayer SIR,-1 would not seek to defend

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all of Canon Collins's political attitudes and I agree with Mr Quintin Hogg's criticism (May 6) of his theological deviations, but the position from which Mr Hogg launches his...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1220 ACROSS.-1 Parrotry. 5 Church. 9

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Tabulate. 10 Amused. 12 Extent. 13 Ferryman. 15 House of cards. 18 Imper- tinence. 23 Ewe-lambs. 24 Nature. 26 Aussie. 27 Ski-pants. 28 Kisses. 29 Spirited. DOWN.-1 Potter. 2...

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Campaign on Rhodesia

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SIR,—At a time when important discussions are about to begin in London to work out a basis for high-level talks on the Rhodesian problem, the Anti-Apartheid Movement appeals for...


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L BALLET Last Days of MacMillan By CLEMENT CRISP T Ht past fortnight has seen some serious changes for the worse in the ballet scene. with two announcements that came hot on...

'Puffing and Bloviing' SIR, —Thank you for Mr Byrom's review (May

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6) of four novels, headed 'Puffing and Blowing? The only one I've bought is Mr. Fowles's The Magus, and I agree with Mr Byrom's condemnation. None the less. I am still hoping...

Social Services

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should be grateful if I could draw your readers' attention to the fact that the Committee on Local Authority and Allied Personal Social Ser- vices would welcome the submission...

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Forceful Fists O d r- NNE of those cool, blonde, tight-lipped, V./sweater-and-pearls girls so much admired in Italy is practising driving; and, as she re- verses, having a row...


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Musical Embosoming L IKE all the good things of life, Hamburg State Opera's week at Sadler's Wells went by quickly : so quickly that on Saturday night I wanted to grab their...

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Backs to the Wall 4 UNGLAND, that home of fanatical colourists,'

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wrote Baudelaire. One wouldn't call Dick Smith exactly fanatical, but he's a major colourist, and in many ways very English. More than once I've seen his colour called...


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Little Girls The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. (Wyndham's.) T is a marvel to me that the sewers in our midst I h a ve so long escaped attention. Old Boys have itemised and...

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The Artist as Bourgeois

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By TONY TANNER I N most people's mind: the name of halo Svevo will immediately evoke memories of the first chapter of Confessions of Zeno—`The Last Cigarette.' 'I thought: "As...

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The Thompson Gun

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Vietnam. Edited by Marvin E. Gettleman. (Pen- guin Special, 8s. 6d.) 'PEOPLE'S war' or 'people's liberation war' are the Communist names applied to a novel form of warfare...

After God Departs

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Poets of Reality. By J. Hillis Miller. (Harvard/ O.U.P., 48s.) DYLAN THOMAS has been described as a child with a beer bottle stuck in his mouth, an apocalyptic seer, a heretic...

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Well-Trodden Corridors

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The Home Patch. By Alun Richards. (Michael Joseph, 21s.) THE title of Mr Cooper's new novel, Memoirs of a New Man, suggests C. P. Snow's The New Men and is, indeed, about that...

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Peter King's Afghanistan : Cockpit in High Asia (Bles, 25s.)

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is a travel notebook by someone who was driven by Land-Rover or rode on horseback over large tracts of the country look- ing for medicinal herbs as representative of an American...

Maigret on the Defensive, by Simenon 11-tarnish Hamilton, 13s. 6d.).

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We are shocked to read that the respected Maigret has been mis- conducting himself—at his age, and with a young girl. But has he in fact? Maigret on the defensive brings all his...

In his Asia, Gods and Cities (Faber, 36s.) Mr George

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Woodcock cuts a wider swathe. He takes in most non-Communist countries between Suez and Tokyo, describing a journey by plane, boat, train, Land-Rover, etc. The outlines are a...

John Bell was a Scotsman in the service of Peter

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the Great. His Journey from St. Petersburg to Pekin 1719-22 (Edinburgh University Press, 45s.) describes an official Russian mission to the Chinese capital which he accompanied...

Folk Heroes

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The Contact Man. By Stanley Wade Baron. (Seeker and. Warburg, 30s.) The Contact Man. By Stanley Wade Baron. (Seeker and. Warburg, 30s.) TILE English, as is notorious, reserve...

A visit to Afghanistan made some thirty years earlier is

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described in a new paperback edition of Robert Byron's The Road to Oxiana (Cape, I5s.). He writes in the 'with it' style of an older generation and comes over as a sort of...

It's a Crime 1 '

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Shooting Script, by Gavin Lyall (Hodder and Stoughton, 18s.). Very good indeed. Gavin Lyall is a master of his craft. which is the expert telling of an adventure rather than a...

The blurb for Miss Dymphna Cusack's Illyria Reborn (Heinemann, 30s.)

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says that a novel of hers has sold over a million copies in Russia, and I can well believe it. This book is an account of Albania, and shows her as one of those all-too-common...

Ends of the Earth

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PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR'S Roumeli (John Murray, 30s.) provides a non-Hellenic tour of Northern Greece in the sense that it concentrates most on the `Romaic' (roughly, 'folksy')...

From sheeps' eyeballs to goats' testicles—yes, quite literally. Muriel Rukeyser's

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The Orgy (Deutsch, 21s.) ends with a poem called 'The Balls of the Goat' and contains a prose eulogy on the same topic on page 72. Every August, it seems, the remote Irish town...

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REFUGE ASSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED THE Chairman in a statement submitted with the 1965 Accounts reported that in the Life Branches new policies had been issued assuring benefits...

Six-Day Week, by Alan Gardner (Muller, 18s.). Recipe for an

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exciting book : one foreign correspondent in Rome, one missing colleague, one beautiful girl, and a vicious Communist plot. Shake violently together till a chain reaction sets...


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THE Annual General Meeting of The Rugby Portland Cement Co. Ltd., will be held on June 3rd. The following is an extract from the speech of the Chairman, Sir Halford Reddish,...


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The Washing of the Spears : The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation. By Donald R. Morris. (Cape, 55s.) SIXTY years before Dr Verwoerd was born, the Boers in Natal resolved at a...

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Second Thoughts in the City By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT rr HE City is always afraid of something. It I used to be afraid of doctrinaire Marxist socialism, but the late Hugh Gaitskell...

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BUILDING SOCIETY ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING will be held on . 23RD MAY, 1966 Statement by IAN A. D. MACLEAN, ESQ. President of the Society (Abridged) DURING a...


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general meeting of The Hoffmann Manufacturing Company Limited was held on May 10 in London, Mr. J. W. Garton, J.P. (the Chairrnan) presiding. The following is an extract from...

Insurance SETback

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By JOHN BULL IF it is a hard struggle to make enough profit Ito - cover the cost of your dividend, as most of the insurance companies find, then Mr Cal- laghan's selective...

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Crushing Response By LESLIE ADRIAN Seriously, a problem that it may eventually help to solve is that of the dumped car. Last year about half a million old cars were dumped by...

In vestment N otes

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By CUSTOS T HE sharp fall on Wall Street-16 points in a day—put a damper on the equity markets in Throgmorton Street. The announcement that GENERAL. MOTORS were putting some...

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The season is upon us when wine-drinkers of slender means

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find themselves exposed to the dangers of sulphur dioxide. This versatile chemi- cal plays an important, nay vital, r8le in the 'improvement' of inferior white wines. Cheap reds...


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Pleasure Domes By ANDREW ROBERTSON THE rumour that the London Hilton will be con- verted into a kind of super London Clinic when its lease expires in twenty- five years' time...

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Temptation By STRIX 'Oh. It's you again.' I said. I meant to sound brusque, a ffaire. unwel- coming, but to be frank always enjoy his intrusions. 'I owe you an apology,' he...


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LSD: the Truth PATRICK HUTBER One year's subscription to the 'Spectator: f3 15s. (including postage) in the United Kingdom and Eire. By surface mail to any other country: £3...

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By PHILIDOR No. 282. BLACK (7 men) Specially contributed by G. F. ANDERSON (Rapallo). WHITE to play and moves; solution next week. In re- flex chess you must give mate on the...