13 NOVEMBER 1959

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Package Deal

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W FIAT the Americans fail to realise, Tan Gilmour points out in his article on Franco's Spain, is that when they accept Franco's argument that they must give him money or there...

Portrait of the Week— THE TORY GOVERNMENT made a couple

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of mag- naminous gestures towards the lesser breeds: some of the Lane pictures—all of which had long been claimed as the property of the Republic of Ireland —are to be released,...


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D R. ADENAUElt is coming here to make friends and to gain time. It may be to our advantage to help him to do both. Up to now the whole foreign policy of Federal Germany has been...

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The End of an Old Song

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S o Hugh Lane's pictures are at last to be seen where he wished them to be seen : in Dublin. The story of their appropriation by the Tate, and their retention there for nearly...

Government by Euphemism

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T Colonial Secretary has announced that he 1 proposes to take a calculated risk by ending the state of emergency in Kenya; and the Welen- skyite Central Alrimn Examiner is now...

Waters of the Nile

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A a, the same, the results of the Israeli election strike a mildly encouraging note and so does the news from next door. To reach agreement on the division of the Nile waters it...


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Again Ben-Gurion

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T HE results of the general election in Israel were a little like ours. Mr. Ben-Gurion not only got in yet again, but with an increased share of votes and of scats—to the...

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French and British Resentments

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From DARS1E G 1LLIE PARIS rr HE irritation and anger in London at French goings-on seem to be yielding to self-question- ing about where and when things went wrong. One...

A Spectator's Notebook

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The Relief of Mafekeng THERE are two men above all with whom I would not like to exchange jobs. The first is the man at the White City grey- hound stadium whose job it is to...

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Christmas is coming

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and the heads are getting fat (as Taper once remarked, surveying the House of Commons on a foggy November day). But what are you going to do about it? (Christmas, that is, not...

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99 Gower Street, London, WCI. Please send the .Speetakr for a year as my gift to my friends listed below. I enclose I: 1. Name (Please use capital letters throughout)...

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The Economy

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Economically the regime can claim some remarkable achievements. It has carried out some good irrigation and land reclamation projects chiefly in Estremadura, near Badajoz, and...


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By IAN GILMOUR G ENERALISSIMO FRANCO must be given his due. Having started one civil war, he has pre- vented anyone else starting another. Not of course that anybody has been...

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The Workers

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The position of those excluded from the econo- mic racket, the professional and working classes, less enviable. Architects, stockbrokers and notaries-public are prosperous. The...

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The Army

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Spain, it is often said, is a country occupied by its own army. The principal function of the army is indeed not to protect the country from any outside danger, but to protect...

The Church

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The position of the Church is in many ways similar. The bishops, like the generals, are sitting pretty. Not materially; the Spanish Church is not rich in the sense that its...

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The Alternative

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Granted that the Franco regime is detestable, what are the chances of getting rid of it and what will succeed it? These questions are closely related since upon how and when the...

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The Communists

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' In the sense that they dislike and despise the regime, practically everybody in Spain is a mem- ber of the opposition, but this is only a critical opposition. The political...

The Democrats

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The democratic opposition is of its very nature much less monolithic than the Communists, but it has at last formed a united front and constituted a Central Committee. This is...

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The Monarchy

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The Spanish King or Pretender is Don Juan, the son of Alfonso XIII, who abdicated in 1931, though if Franco ever did reconstitute the Spanish monarchy (theoretically Spain is a...

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1936 and Now

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Franco's propaganda has led many people, some of whom should know better, to believe that only an authoritarian regime can work in Spain and that any other will lead to another...

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Subsidising Tyranny

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From 1940 to 1942 the Caudillo openly and loudly proclaimed his desire for a German vic- tory; he then veered into neutrality, which, as an Allied victory became more certain,...

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Through Georgia By CLIVE BARNES As anonymous as befits their Byzantine heri- tage, the Georgians leap and glide on to the depressingly bare platform with animal alertness. The...


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Home Sweet Home By ALAN BRIEN Aunt Edwina. (Fortune.) EVERY night at the Fortune Theatre there is presented a dramatic monologue written and delivered by William Douglas Home....

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M usic

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Stravinsky Rex By DAVID CAIRNS THE benefits of Mr. William (;lock's recent appointment as Controller of Music on the BBC have not been slow in showing themselves. Exciting...

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Men About the House By PETER FORSTER FINDING myself in agreement with Mr. Aneurin Bevan for the first time in my life, I hope his plea for serious consideration of a televised...

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Toil and Trouble QU1GLY By ISABEL Libel. (Odeon, Leicester Square.)—South Seas Adven- ture. (London Casino.)— The Best of Everything. (Carlton.) ASQUITH, though he hasn't an...

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The Ultimatum Comdr. Sir Stephen King-Hall, Anthony Gibbs, Brigadier Bernard

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Fergusson The BBC's Yugoslav Service Andrew Alexander Public Opinion Polls Henry Durant The Off-Whke Highlands T. R. 114 . Creighton A Place in the Sun A. W . Steward X Marks...


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SIR,—Mr. Inglis has been silly again; once more he forces me to say so, rudely and in public. Because, from the outset, he talked nonsense, I offered a private discussion, but...

THE BBC's YUGOSLAV SERVICE is irneresting and even fascinating to

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sec that Mr. D. Clarke, once assistant to the head of the BBC Yugoslav service and presumably still in close enough touch to know what goes on there, has not defended the...

Si" -Neither of , the leaflets illustrated with - the

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caption 'Two or the leaflets dropped by the British on Egypt' Was dropped or otherwise distributed in Egypt or anywhere else. They were prepared but not used.—Yours ....

SIR, — Mr. Erskine Childers is obviously getting very near the truth,

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but he has, I think, rather glossed over what, to my mind, is the most interesting feature of this whole . Suez affair—the motive working in the mind of Anthony Eden. I only...

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SIR.—I1 is a pricelessly unacceptable defence against the suggestion of

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hypocrisy when John Gordon writes that 'The Rev. Austin Lee is so full of pity for homo- sexuals that he misses the point.' I should suggest the Rev. Lee has got the point, all...


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S1R,—Surely Mr. Knox Cunningham is even less com- petent to speak for my leader than I am. It seems somewhat disingenuous of him to try to give the impression that I am...


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Sut,—In answer to Mr. F. S. Joelson, it is true both that Mr. Culwick declared that 'a great many of us are prepared to see the principle of Africans farming in the Highlands'...


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SIR,—The two articles on South Africa which appeared in the November 6 issue of your journal are an example of the highly selective interest which is being shown abroad these...


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SIR,—John Gordon, as usual, contrives to be both hard-boiled and half-baked. Of course it is shocking that a boy (or a grown man) should be kept in prison awaiting trial for...


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SIR,—In John Coleman's article entitled 'Nabokov' Mr. Nabokov is quoted as saying: 'But it [Lolita] was able to be published in America finally, because critics of Trilling's...

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Puzzles and Epiphanies By FRANK KER MODE ELLMANN, the author of two good books on Yeats, has written a superlatively ood biography of Joyce.* It assembles, with a astery Joyce...

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Saints of the Charter •

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THE difficulties of the Chartists remind one at once, as the editor concedes, of the problems of African nationalist parties in our own age. The uncanny instability of Chartism...

Rape of the Waste Lock

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Alexander Pope: The Poetry of Allusion. By Reuben Brower. (0.U.P., 35s.) 'IMMATURE poets imitate; mature poets steal.' The dictum, which occurs in one of the earlier essays in...

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Barging in the Ballet

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Admirals. in Collision. By Richard Hough. (Hamish Hamilton, 18s.) ADMIRALS Tryon and Markham came into colli- sion in 1893, just three miles off the Tripoli coast. As a result...

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Changed Days

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'IT was no accident,' Mr. Vaughan says in his excellent history of the British Medical Associa- tion. 'that the origins of the BMA should belong to the year of the great Reform...

To a Former Life

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Ma. LEE grew up in a small Cotswold village which remained remarkably self-sufficient, mor- ally and socially, until late in the Twenties; and though the village was soon to...

Put Away

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As the last war ended, Finland, who not unnatur- ally had been fighting against Russia, found her- self an occupied country. Early in 1945 Commun- ist purges began, and the...

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Arnold and Dickens

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h ti the Ethical Idealism of Matthew Arnold. By William Robbins. (Heinemann, 25s.) history of the Victorian Age,' said Lytton Strachey, 'will never be written : we know too...

Old Green Hat

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The Charm of Mambas. By George Brendon. (Heinemann, 16s.) 'FIIL Devil's Advocate, or Promoter of the Faith. is Blaise Meredith, an austere English priest. With only a few months...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE ending of discrimination against the imports of dollar goods followed hard on the an- nouncement by Washington that new loans from their Develop- ment...

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R HOKANA'S announcement on October 23 of a scrip issue was not altogether un- expected; in fact there had been some intelligent market anticipation of this as the £1 stock units...


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qt. By CUSTOS 00 IC' 1 6 1 :0 T im short down-turn in markets would have gone further if the sellers had not suddenly been deterred by the strikingly good half-yearly...

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By KATHARINE WH1TEHORN The Weekly Sex SOME years ago a woman's weekly printed in its 'Hints from Readers' section a letter saying that people could sweep their own chimneys...

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The Ice–Cream–Man Cometh

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T itE show was for Italian men's fashions: and it was held in the heart of Knightsbridge: as brave an act as holding a whist drive in the Kremlin for the Friends of Capitalism....

soLurioN OF CROSSWORD 10b1 ACROSS.--1 Calliope. 5 Scores. 9 Meta-

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phor. 10 Hammam. 12 Refusal. 13 Italian. 14 Trunme.-shell. 17 Perfect fifth. 22 Calypso. 23 Hundred , 24 Lionet , 25 Per- golas. 26 Dressy. 27 Assassin. DOWN. .1 Camera. 2 Let...


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Prominently displayed in eighths :locally (7) _ (4-3) 29 By one's luggage? (7) A few words (from the Chair- man ?) about foreign currency (7) 9 Neither mother appears in opera...

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Old Town Planning By KENNETH J. ROBINSON rim trouble with all problems connected with the planning of housing and working areas is that they add up to something so enormous...

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Consuming Interest

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Behind the Screens By LESLIE ADRIAN There are three ways of avoiding such risks, as there are in buying a set. You can rent a set i'4ther than buy one, you can take out a tele-...

Wine of the Week

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N . IUKL7ANI, Gurdzhaani, and •Tsin- andali constitute, jointly, my wine of the week as curiosities—as the first Soviet wines, to my knowledge, to be imported into Britain. They...