13 OCTOBER 1961

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U NTIL last Monday the prospects for this year's Conservative Party Conference looked bleak indeed. Blackpool may have been mildly disappointing to some Labour supporters (as...

—Portrait of the Week— MR. MACLEOD MOVED up; the Labour

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Party Con- ference broke up; and Bank rate went down. Nto. MACMILLAN RESHUFFLED HIS CABINET, giving Mr. Macleod more power and Mr. Butler less, lust in time for the...

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No. 6955 Established FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1828 1961

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Mindless in Ghana

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I F a patching up of Anglo-Ghanaian relatiol was what was wanted, Mr. Duncan Sandys mission to Accra can be said to have achieved degree of success. President Nkrumah has s...

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Rocking the Boat

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By KENNETH MACKENZIE W HEN Dr. Verwoerd's Nationalist Party wins the South African general election next week—and no one need doubt that they will— it will be his party's fourth...

Village Hampdens

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From MICHAEL BRAUN NEW YORK oR years Greenwich Village was the home of Italian immigrants, who worked on the n ear-by Chelsea docks as longshoremen, ran r estaurants and...

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The Conferences: Blackpool

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A Decade of Programmes By ROY JENKINS, MP A s a place Blackpool seemed to me slightly more agreeable than I had remembered it from my last visit five years ago. The food was...

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The Conferences: Br.ghton

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Legend or Reality By JULIAN CRITCHLEY, MP E vEay year there are two different views about the Conservative Party Conference. Before it begins commentators and correspon- dents...

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Demonstrators: New Style By DESMOND DONNELLY, MP A extraordinary scene took

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place last month outside Broadway House, Westminster, and because it is the latest of several similar staged demonstrations, I believe that it has implications for the nation as...

Letter of the Law

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Judicial Reflections By R. A. CLINE `TT is the duty of a judge of first instance to be lquick, courteous, and wrong. This does not mean that the Court of Appeal should be...

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Treatment or Punishment

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By JOHN SYLVESTER* its harm done by crime,' Herbert Morrison said in 1945, 'is caused by a comparatively small number of people; but if harm is done by wrong methods of...

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Q. E. Kastrati, Frank Machin Margaret Cole Ludovic Nennedy David

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Holbrook Christopher Hollis Suzanne H. Spence, Ronald Vincent Smith Evelyn Waugh N. C: Nightingale, Paul Vaughan P. Baratier Dr. W. 1. D. Scott, B. R. Jones, Mrs. R. N....


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Sta,—Mr. Kane goes too far in his anarchic attitude to 'streaming' and exams. It is not an indication of intolerance or illiberality to 'stream' children; nor to set them an...

SORE, VERY SORE Sta,—Contrary to your contributor Robert Browne's impression,

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the Progressive Party is not led chiefly by Afrikaners and under no circum- stances can its franchise policy be interpreted as 'one man one vote, whatever colour, with certain...

BENCH AND BAR SIR,--Messrs. Blom-Cooper and McEwen have missed the

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main point of my article, which was not, as they seem to think, to question the fact that there are many distinguished members of the legal profession in favour of penal reform....

SIR,—I must thank Mr. Barker for hi. I ricnt.tly letter,

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but I cannot agree that it is only Cie 'top twenty' schools to which mothers send their sons a, symbols of their social superiority to their neighbours. It has been said—and I...

PRIVATE PAPERS SIR,—I do not feel that Lord Altrincham, in

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your issue of September 22, can have been wholly serious in equating well-known works of art with private personal papers, of whatever historical importance. The former are...

Sta,—So Roy Jenkins doesn't like Blackpool. But, perhaps, despite his

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background, he doesn't really like the vast bulk of ordinary people who find it palatable. It takes him a long time to get there, poor soul! Better that most of us should...

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SIR,--Whatever sarcasms Robert Browne's article may 'meet with, let me

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congratulate you on pub- lishing it. SIR,--Whatever sarcasms Robert Browne's article may 'meet with, let me congratulate you on pub- lishing it. There are neurotics and...


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SIR.—Can you find space for a second opinion on ,, Angus Wilson's latest novel, Old Men at the 40 0 I read the book with keen delight and admira- tion and have since been...

SIR,—Mr. Graham Greene is quite right. And while they are

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about it, Colman Prentis and Varley (one assumes the job falls to them) should tell the Prime Minister not to bare his teeth at the television camera, a habit which conveys...


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SIR,—Cyril Ray's sneer at the Daily Telegraph is not justifiable. John Osborne has recently sought, and obtained, wide publicity for a virulent attack on the morals of his...


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SIR,—Quite; and someone (myself, for example) should surely tell Graham Greene that he ought not to cheapen himself by indulging in nasty little sneers at the personal...

SIR,—The Daily Telegraph was always a footman's paper. Since its

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amalgamation with the Morning Post it seems to have progressed as far as What the Butler Saw. NANCY HARRISON 84a College Road, Dulwich, SE21

SIR,—The gossipmongering papers, which Cyril Ray had the courage to

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list, namely: the Daily Express and the Mail and the supposedly superior Telegraph, have now stooped to a new level of prying that almost defies satire. It brings to mind Oscar...


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MoNsicua, s —C'est toujours avec un vif plaisir que j'aborde la lecture d'un compte-rendu sign6 I. H. Plumb; puis-je avouer que son apprdciation de Montesquieu (dans votre no....

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The Best of Neither By DAVID CAIRNS Mr. Solti has stated that he will try to make Covent Garden the world's foremost opera house, and we all hope he succeeds. We also hope he...

The Establishment

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Theatre By BAMBER GASCOIGNE This brings me back to Jonathan Miller's bloodthirsty query. His article is the work of a man who saith among the trumpets, Ha, Ha, and smelleth...

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Captain Courageous By CLIVE BARNES Already, without London Ballet, there are five major ballet companies in Britain, four of them almost permanently on tour. London Ballet...

Medicine Men

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By ISABEL QUIGLY The Young Doctors. (Leicester Square Theatre.)—On Friday at Eleven. (Plaza.) HOLLYWOOD can cope with films like The Young Doctors 0 E . in its sleep and once...

COMING MUSICAL EVENTS 13 -14 Leeds Triennial Festival, last two days:

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programmes include Stravinsky's Les Noces, Vivaldi's Gloria in D, Boulez's Marteau sans Maitre, Verdi's Requiem. 17 Lieder recital, Schwarzkopf : Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss...

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Pleasures for Pelican People

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D ON'T say a word to the specialists, who despise the jackdaw picking of other men's brains for exquisitely useless facts on subjects other than their own — but among this...


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Lucky Jim Kingsley Ands 3s 6d Spinster Sylvia Ashton-Warner 3s 6d The Green Mare Marcel Ayme 3s 6d After the Rain John Bowen 2s 6d• Breakfast at Tiffany's Truman Capote 2S 6d...

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Venice and Back By PETER FORSTER VENICE proved an incompar- able mixture of sacred and profane — what with every dingy church-front likely to conceal tremendous Titians,...

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Cat in the Ring By MORDECAI RICHLER Y EARS ago, a very young, earnest F. Scott Fitzgerald told an embarrassed Edmund Wilson that he intended to be the best writer ever to have...

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Fo low the Leader

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The Fascists in Britain. By Colin Cross. (Barrie and Rockliff, 21s.) ONicti, at a Fascist meeting I was listening to on l iampstead Heath, the speaker was unwise e nough to say...

Our Bombs on Random

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The Strategic Air Offensive Against Germany, 1939-1945. By Sir Charles Webster and Noble Frankland. (H.M.S.O., four volumes, 42s. each.) THE surviving author of this history...

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Sweet Persuasion

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FROM 1939 to 1946, Freya Stark was occupied in spreading propaganda in, and about, the Arab world. This exercise took her from the Yemen to Baghdad, from Cairo to California;...

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Faberge Apocalypse

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The Early H. G. Wells. By Bernard Bergonzi. (Manchester University Press, 21s.) The Early H. G. Wells. By Bernard Bergonzi. (Manchester University Press, 21s.) THERE is...

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Daring Too Much

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The Dark Labyrinth. By Lawrence Durrell. (Faber, 15s.) THERE are those who despise the historical novel, imagining that past events, shaped and ready for the taking, can be...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS ? last rally in equity shares brought about by 1 last week's cut in Bank rate to 61 per cent. quickly fizzled out. After all, the immediate busi- ness prospect...

Six-and-a-half Per Cent

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y NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE only voice heard in dissent from last week's cut in Bank rate (7 per cent. to 61 per cent.) was that of the Economist, which splashed a huge cover...

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Finland: Working and Waiting

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By RICHARD BAILEY O F all the countries drawn into the game of sixes and sevens, the Finns have had the Worst luck. Back in 1955 they joined the Nordic C ouncil , the...

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Company Notes

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M R. HARRY RAEL-BROOK, chairman of Rael-Brook Holdings, is optimistic for the future. His optimism is justified if last year's figures (year ending April 19, 1961) arc a guide....


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America Revisited By KATHARINE WHITEHORN I was never able to understand why the America in which I lived for more than a year seemed to bear so little resemblance to the...

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Consuming Interest

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Out of the Air By LESLIE ADRIAN AN air terminal these days looks more like a railway station, or rather a coach station, than any ageing pioneer of immed- iate post-war air...

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Parents and Children

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Beaumont Buttonholed By MONICA FURLONG AN Evening Standard gossip-writer recently exhibited morbid interest in the Rev. Timothy Beaumont's '12 and- stitched buttonholes,' us-...

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Postscript • . • But the greatest reward for taking

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part in an identity parade isn't the money. A friend of mine, now pretty senior in the Foreign Office, was taking his South Kensington constitutional one Saturday afternoon a...