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A LMOST all the events or pseudo-events which have combined to make this the nastiest summer in twenty-five years for all who admire the English polity have seemed to be...

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705 5 Spectator No. Established 1828 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1963

— Portrait of the Week— WIT D-DAY for Denning Day looming

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rapidly, the waiting upon the lord left time to ponder on questions of Parliamentary privilege, and rumours of a Lords recall filled the air. On a lower plane, Miss Keeler was...

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PRlitical Commentary

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Dynamism in Every Facet By DAVID WATT T rTHEY'RE not very sophisticated, are they?' 1. The earnest seeker into the truth about British institutions was American, and she gazed...

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Liberal Extremism

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By HENRY FAIRLIE I F, as the Spectator suggested last week, we are to take the Liberals seriously, we should take them very seriously indeed. If they are, as it said, a threat...

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The Old Order's Epitaph

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From CHANCHAL SARKAR NEW DELHI M R. NEHRU has at last emerged from behind the stockade of resignations—about 300 of them—and picked off the persons who are to quit office...

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Congo Report

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From KEITH KYLE T HE election of Edouard Bulundwe as. Pro- vincial President in Elisabethville stripped Moise Tshombe, now convalescing in Spain, of the last trace of his...

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Nothing Doing

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Back in London I made a polite, self-con- trolled telephone call to the police station. A day or two later I came home in the evening and found the head of the local CID in the...

Mr. Ruin's Non - Brick One of our artists, mistakenly referred to

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by the 'man who arrested him as Mr. Ruin, has been having trouble with the police. Mr. Ruin was picked up while holding a banner at a recent London demonstration. When he was in...

A Spectator's Notebook

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L IKE the present for the man who has every- thing, every fresh honour for Sir Winston Churchill is almost bound to strike a somewhat bizarre note. Anything ordinary he has...


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Two or three weeks ago I sat slothful on a balcony, my eyes moving between the rosy mist on the Matterhorn and the latest instalment of the Great English Robbery Serial. My...

Knock - out The closing stages of Sussex v. Worcestershire at Lord's

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on Saturday, played out in Stygian gloom and steadily descending rain, had mem- bers in the pavilion leaping up and down in their seats and shouting themselves hoarse. The two...

A Pyrrhic Victory

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Um' sorry that 1 was not under the table at the luncheon party (if party is the word) at which Messrs. Brown and Wilson bullied Mr. Cecil Harmsworth King into reprieving the...

Mot Juste From the Associated Press file of September 5:

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'Christine was formally charged with con- spiracy to subvert the curse of justice.' STARRUCK

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The Total Passion

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By COLIN MACINNES TN an age of increasing 'sophistication' and 'commercial debasement of emotion, there are splendid words that the sensitive avoid using • through...

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SIR,—Such partisan reports as Desmond Stewart's (Spectator, August 23) neither advance Arab unity nor further underStanding of recent events in the Arab countries, both of which...

Conditions of Fascism Correlli Barnett

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Catholics and Birth Control 'A Catholic Parent,' Rev. F. Barrie Flint The Arab Triangle Edward Babun Sum* de Scandale Clive Irving Lawyers' Loot 'Solicitor' Canada for the...


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SIR,—Might I reply to the points arising out of my article which Erika Fallaux makes in your issue of September 6? First, it is by no means clear to a great many Catholics that...

SIR,—Surely the point at issue here goes deeper than has

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so far been suggested. SIR,—Surely the point at issue here goes deeper than has so far been suggested. Today it is generally accepted that sexual inter- course between husband...

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SIR,-1 have just ice's 'Mr. Davenport's article (Spectator; Auitist 23) and I hasten to cringratulate you. What has been 'farce is taking on the over- tones of tragedy. Canada...


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SIR,—While we acknowledge that Brian Inglis knew Stephen Ward rather better than we, he seems to be going too far, in his review of our book Scandal '63, to establish Ward's...


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SIR,—As a practiii4 solicitor may I please offer some answer to Leslie Adrian's temperate (but unfortunately titled) comment in last week's issue. 1. The basis on which we...

SIR,—Pace Mr, Macdonald (Spectator, September 6), the source of my

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information that Mr. Gordon had sought the advice, among others, of industrial con- sultants, was a reliable Canadian one. If it is incorrect, I apologise, but the fact that...

SIR,—At first sight your correspondent's notes on the broiler industry

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in this country ('A Spectator's Note- book,' August 23) are, so hysterical that they command little respect from any serious thinking spectator. But it would be unfair to let...


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SIR, —That was an excellent article by Arnold Beichman. He shows in his picture more than a hint of the sunshine of Indonesia -H it is a relief to find a portrayer of Indonesian...


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SIR,—I have only just seen the letters about my review (Spectator, August 16), and I hope I may reply to them briefly. Mr. Kell says that he used wrapt instead of wrapped to...


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was surprised that last week's Spectator carried no letters of reproof for Dr. H. Stuart Hogg whose cogent condemnation of broiler houses you printed on August 30. 1 expected to...

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Mad Heroes

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The V.I.P.s. (Empire.)— War Hunt and Studs Lonigan. (Cameo- Royal.) (All 'A' certifi- cate.) IF a novel reviewer were sent novels by (say) Bar- bara Cartland and Gadda in the...

Gingerbread Guilt

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TEMPTATION and lust seem to be the two themes of Martha Graham's ballet Circe, given its world premiere at the Prince of Wales Theatre last week. It is a dance drama of the most...

the Arts Towers of Babel

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Paolozzi puts one in mind of lonesco's herald in The Chairs, whose universal message turns )ut artfully to be mumbo-jumbo. Ambiguity is he keynote of contemporary art. But those...

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The Venice Film Festival

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ALTHOUGH there are now over 200 filth festivals each year, only the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte an- ; ematografica held on the Venice Lido can rival Cannes as the biggest binge...

Sons and Lovers

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THE oddest thing about Terence Rattigan's Man and Boy is its lack of con- fidence: if it were un- signed, it would be ascribed to a novice. A single entry funnels everybody into...

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All For A Penny BY GE01 FREY TILLOTSON L ITERATURE, read or listened to, has always stood high among 'the entertainments. It is an obvious means of obtaining a blessed...

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To the Source

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Milton's Grand Style. By Christopher Ricks. (O.U.P., 25s.) Milton's Grand Style. By Christopher Ricks. (O.U.P., 25s.) TWENTIETH-CENTURY criticism has not normally discussed the...

Elephant Shooting

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The Ordeal of Power. A Political. Memoir of the Eisenhower Years. 13y Emmet John Hughes. (Macmillan, 30s.) THIS book hap caused a sensation and a great deal of irritation in...

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Baying at the Mon

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Random- Thoughts • of a Fastist 'Hyena. ' By Constantine.FitzGibbon. (Cassell, 21s.) MR. FrtzGinnoN has' collected his thoughts. It is, as his title suggests, a disarming...

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Two Steps Backward

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Communism and the French Left. By C. A. Micaud. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 42s.) FOR a quarter of a century the best bulwark of the French right has been the strength of the...

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Talking Big

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Thanatos. By Maurice Richardson and Philip Joynbee. (Gollancz, 21s.) The Leavers. By Michael Allen. (Cassell, 13s. 6d.) Thanatos, subtitled 'A Modern Symposium,' makes one...

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IMF and Liquidity

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT JUST as I had read in the financial press that no dra- matic initiatives or decisions ' are expected at the meeting of the International Mone- tary Fund...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY T first sight the preliminary figures from .n,Purnell and Sons, the colour printers, may appear disappointing, with pre-tax profits falling from £1.18 million to...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS A F T ER their recent rise the share markets are undergoing what is known as a technical correction. It will be observed from the charts that the bull market in...

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Life's Little . Formulae

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By MARY HOLLAND O NE of the things that television was going to kill—along with conversation, the movies, the halls and singing round the old pianner- was reading. Among the...

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Consuming Interest

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Indoor Exposures By LESLIE ADRIAN SUN WORSHIP, in the form of the well-tagged sunbathing craze, began a new lease of life in Britain in the 1920s. Sun-tan oil was first sold...

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By ALAN BRIEN I STILL haven't got used to the idea of taking holidays. Until the age of twenty- five it had not occurred to me that they were an im- portant part of life....