13 OCTOBER 1950

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Strikers and the Law

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A public on which quite intolerable hardship has been, and in some cases is still being, inflicted by various unofficial strikes should have read with some satisfaction the...

The Economics of Jealousy

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The Labour Party Conference, in spite of patches of reviv- alism, was an uninspiring affair. Certainly the facade of unity was preserved, but often, &seemed, at the expense of...


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Northward in Korea Regrettable though the necessity is on many grounds, the advance of the United Nations forces in Korea beyond the 38th Parallel is inevitable in view of the...

The printing dispute continues. The Court of Enquiry, which has

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no compulsory powers, has adjourned sine die. When it will report to the Ministry of Labour is not known. In such circumstances the Spectator, like other weekly reviews, is...

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Groundnuts Epilogue

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The two articles in The Times in which Professor Frankel, of Oxford, has commented on the decision of the Overseas Food Corporation to restrict the groundnut area at Kongwa to...


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T HE reception given to Mr. Bevin at the Labour Party Conference, and the overwhehning majority by which a resolution embodying an alternative foreign policy was rejected, do...

Help for South East Asia The recent deliberations of the

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Commonwealth Consultative Committee on South and South-East Asia could have enor- mously important results. For the present optimism must be conditional ; the men, the money and...

Steel Date Folly

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The announcement that the Government has fixed February, 1951, as the date for taking over the shares of the 92 companies which are to be controlled by the new Iron and Steel...

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The Cambridge Senate will have a difficult decision to make

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in its election of a Chancellor in succession to General Smuts, for there is no such ample company of papabili as Oxford at present enjoys. The objections to General Smuts on...

Inconspicuous in appearance, Sir John Jarvis, who sat for Guildford

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from 1935 to the last General Election, made no great impresssion on the House of Commons in debate. But his looks belied him, for he held the considerable position of Chairman...


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The skilful arrangement which set Herbert Morrison and Aneurin Bevan running in double harness at the Labour Conference at Margate evidently worked well. Each, in different...

(Back at the old stand- 7 -and very glad to be). JA-NUS.

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The controversy about the B.B.C.'s prompt accesion to the Daily

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Herald's demand that the television repeat per- formance of Party Manners be banned continues. On the virtues and vices of the play there may be room for differ- ences of...

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"One Law for Men . ."

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By R. H. CECIL I T may have been the New England colonists who dis- covered that "all men are created equal," and Alexander Woolcott who added that some are more equal than...

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Libya on the Eve

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By NINA EP TON T HE flag of the United Nations flutters its white olive branches over two of the most striking modern buildings allong Tripoli's palmy promenade : at the one end...

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Blue Moons

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By R. d'E. ATKINSON A LTHOUdFf people nowadays are fairly blase about mere eclipses, and few would regard the spectacle of the moon being" turned to blood as an indication that...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON A T the end of the year 1917, when it became evident that the Germans could -not possibly win the war, and were indeed likely to lose it, I called in to see...

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COSTS UNDER NATIONALISATIDN , SIR,—Mr. Morrison is reported to have said in Somerset on September 22nd in regard to nationalised industries that production had improved since...


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SIR,—I am for saying thank you for the smashing review which Michael Sadleir did of me Fred Boson's Diary. It did me ego such a lot of good to have it praised by such a...


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SIR,—" Parish Councilor" complains of the unnecessary burden which is being imposed by the memorandum "Surveys and Maps of Public Rights of Way" upon parish councils which are...


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you permit me, belatedly, for my Spectator has been follow- ing me through Austria and Italy, to add my gratitude to that expressed by Mr. J. B. Atkins in his farewell to Sir...

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I have been reading a great deal lately about the obligation put upon parish councils to survey and define their local bridle- and foot-paths. I can imagine no more delightful...


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OF the three orchestras taking part in the Leeds Festival, I have, as I write, heard only two—the Royal Philharmonic under Beecham and the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra under...


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THERE is no doubt when term begins again in Bond Street. At least twenty new exhibitions opened in London during the last three days of September and the first four of October;...


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THEATRE Journey's End. By R. C. Sherrill. (Westminster.) T still stands out very clear and sharp, this picture of life in a front- line dug-out in igj8, and we can see why it...


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"The Woman in Question." (Gaumont and Marble Arch Pavilion.) — " Jackpot." (Leicester Square.) The Woman in Question is a straightforward murder story handled in a very original...

In my Garden

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The stormy weather continuing, I have had to leave the cleanipg up of herbaceous borders because of the heaviness of the soil. Dry stalks have been cut down, including the last...

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. A Welcome New History

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A History of the English People. By R. J. Mitchell and M. D. R. Leys. (Longmans. 27s. 6d.) THIS is a delightful book. It is also a very able book, simple and sincere. Much...

Reviews of the Week

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Time Regained Noble Essences. By Osbert Sitwell. (Macmillan. 21s.) • THE concluding volume of Sir Osbert Sitwell's enormous, uneven and majestic autobiography is cast in the...

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A Publisher Remembers

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Just As It Happened. By Sir Newman Flower. (Cassell is.) WELLS once remarked to Sir Newman Flower, "A contented publisher is a continual feast." Sir Newman himself, in all the...

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Fiction THE Helena of Mr. Evelyn Waugh's new novel is

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Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great and the discoverer of the True Cross. The novel, presented as "a legend," is light and compressed, entertains various nicely...

Miss Ursula Graham Bower, arriving at Manipur Road railway-station in

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1937, aged twenty-two and on her first visit to India, drove up the spectacularly lovely motor-road that runs over the mountains from the Brahmaputra Valley to Manipur State and...

OTHER NEW BOOKS. Shooting an Elephant, and Other Essays. By

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George Orwell. (Secker and Warburg. ros.) James Feniznore Cooper. By James Crossman. Herman Melville By Newton Arvin. (American Men of Letters Series. Methuen. 15s. each) A...

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By CUSTOS Jun as international political tension has eased, the uncertainties of the international currency situation have re-asserted themselves as a factor in the investment...