14 AUGUST 1959

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Portrait of the Week— WHEN ONE DOOR OPENS, another shuts;

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no sooner had the strike in the printing industry come to an end after six weeks than a strike broke out in the Morris motor-car works at Oxford. The ostensible cause was the...

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THE ESTABLISHMENT GAME OME years ago Henry Fairlie, then political

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a commentator of the Spectator, rediscovered the term 'Establishment,' which had been used before but had not caught on. It has since become the commonplace of conversation on...

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Empty, Swept and Garnished

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By D. R. G1LLIE PARIS A this time of year the energies of France lose themselves in the sands of holiday. Under the Fourth Republic it was the season when govern- ments hoped...

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The Art of Persuasion

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By SARAH r anyone believed the VIith World Festival of Youth and Students for Friendship and Peace ‘' a s politically neutral, he was not in Vienna. b ` - ven the most...

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Westminster Commentary

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IT is generally supposed—and I have no good reason to dissent from the general opinion—that the election is to be held in Octo- ber. There is, as a matter of fact, nothing to...

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MY REMARKS about the colour of the English fiver have

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brought a letter from a Scot who spent a couple of days in England last month; and twice in that short period was offered £4-odd as change of a Scottish £1 note. 'We hard-headed...

HAVING FOUND MYSELF in a part of the country recently

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where the only sound was the occasional chuff of the local flyer (curious how indigenously rural the sound of a railway steam engine has become: I cannot imagine feeling the...

MOST OF THE FUSS over the Legitimacy Bill centred on

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the case of a man and woman who, having lived together for years and produced children, split up and need judicial action such as is offered to more conventionally-aligned...

KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT the craft of film-making, I am hesitant

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about intervening in the contest of experts between the Boulting Brothers and Nicholas Davenport; but a couple of questions suggest themselves which I have yet to see answered....

A Spectator's Notebook

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WHEN THE PRINTING dispute began certain weeklies, includ- ing the Economist and the New Statesman, were sent ( abroad to be printed. They were promptly informed that so long as...

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t'AN RECOMMEND the current issue of Africa lit h, a quarterly published in Capetown, to kale wanting to deepen his knowledge of the tral African crisis. Kenneth Kaunda (now in...

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Men Understanding

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By BRIAN INGLIS FVIE\\ING R NlacColl's Roger Cavemen!: Nell' /Wig/He/it when it appeared I argued that though Casement was undoubtedly mad—in the sense Swift was mad, consumed...

Sir Patrick Devlin

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS A N Irishman by biological and an Aberdonian by geographical birth, Patrick Devlin does not bear any very evident marks of either of his places of origin....

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The British Radical in 1959

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All Things to All Men y ROY JENKINS, MP R ADICALISM is at least a popular creed with Spectator contributorS. Everyone may define it differently, but no one does so in a way...

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'Two members of the Royal Family have sent gifts to an East End church hostel for reforming prostitutes. Princess Margaret has sent a travelling clock. . .' Daily Mirror....

Pictures in the Fire

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By ROY and JOHN BOULTING T HERE is probably more nonsense spoken and written about films than any other subject available to horno called sapiens. Let any one of our more...

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FEET STAMPED on the brown lino of the prac- tice room; through the dust of the soundproof windows the sun shone, the houses of Marylebone reflected off the polished end of a...


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Suspected Persons By ALAN BRIEN A Raisin in the Sun. (Adelphi.) NEGRO, Jew, homosexual, Com- munist—these are the four categories of the suspected per- son in the world of...

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Comedy of Temperament By ISABEL QUIGLY A Hole in the Head. (Odeon, Leicester Square.) -- The pp Scapegoat. (Empire.) — Skep- c lug Beauty. (Astoria.) Att.ING his pre- and not...

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Aix and Pains By DAVID CAIRNS THE Aix Festival, like all good festivals, is much more than just the music it performs. It is the whole warm life and golden character of the...


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Show-case By CLIVE BARNES AN enterprising company has recently issued an in- spired record called Clas- sical Music' for People who Kate C'hissit.al Music and so blazed a new...

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Consuming Interest

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Shoppers' Guide By LESLIE ADRIAN THE first meeting of the new Committee on Con- sumer Protection, set up by the Board of Trade, ought to be a landmark in British social history...

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Sig.—In the Sunday Times's hurt leader on the Devlin Report,

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after comments on 'the difference of approach between the man of action and the man of law' comes this sentence: • 'In a criminal case it [a court of law] has to decide whether...

Th e Dev lin Report The Provost of Wakefield, K. Stewart and

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Richard Jones, Harry P. Swan, Jeremy Kingston The British Radical - B. P, Henshall, J. F. Thomson koger Casement Peter Singleton-Gates, S. Knox Cunningham, NIP eaves in...

h . , 7 - --Your vicious attack in the current issue of your ii 4 l per

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on the honour of the Prime Minister and on leadership of Sir Roy Welensky and Sir Robert i r thitage is indeed surprising—even nauseating. Is !t,P not another side of the...

SIR, -1 have followed the articles and correspondence on 'The British

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Radical' with considerable interest and a measure of amusement. Some practical points seem to have been ignored. The attempt to define the 'conservative radical' has produced...


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SIR, —At long last the truth has prevailed, partly because of the publication of The Black Diaries. May I use your letter columns, sir, to pay two tributes? Firstly to yourself...

SIR,--The Spectator, referring to Roger Casement, voiced the hope that

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'the ghost of this fine man . . . may be peacefully laid.' No one would deny that Roger Casement did fine work during his time as His Majesty's Consul, but there arc many who...

SI R ' 6 .7 --- Thank you or as ereshin a piece of

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wither- - g invective by Ta f per as r we f have read ead in a long while. ri After all the double-talk, hypocrisies and' down- 81.1 t lies of the last few weeks it came as a...


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SIR,—Your contributors to the `British Radical' series have startled at least one member of the species. Have we all, like the Mikado, got a little list? Must we all attach...

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Sta,—It is not Mr. Wigglesworth but Pharos who looks ridiculous.

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There is nothing asinine in a deci- sion, doubtless reached after much careful thought, to permit the 'bumpkins' and 'yokels' of the congre- gation of Selby Abbey to decline a...

am most interested in the remarks in 'A Doctor's Journal'

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in your issue of July 31, about the IQ test for handicapped children, and am glad to find that the writer considers the test more likely to be wrong than the red cell count. As...

SIR,—Your correspondent, Lady Haworth, asks a simple definition of what

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a Jew is. There is simple answer, but I suggest the following, ) 01 will probably be unacceptable to many people: , A Jew, when he cannot follow the ortho ° Jewish religion in...

A DR. JOHNSON QUOTATION SIR,--Mr. J. H. Plumb begins his

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review of The Attorney in Eighteenth-Century England (by Mr. Robert Robson) with the very apposite quotation of Dr. Johnson's saying that 'He did not care to speak ill of any...

SIR,—in 'the Battle of Rhossili Down,' as it is 10 011/

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known, The Gower Society, Rhossili Parish Coua itself (with only one dissentient voice) and numero s ' i articulate individuals firmly opposed the scheme form a new road when...

SIR,—I was interested in Mr. Parker's article on 'Phonevision' in

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the Spectator. But I think he misses (or at any rate plays down) the most important point of all—the moral one. The issue is really whether the public is going to be challenged...

PHONEVISION SIR,—For the sake of accuracy: I. The Comedic Francaise

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filmed production of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme is being shown at the Royal Festival Hall on Sundays at 6 p.m. until the 6th of September, not at the National Film Theatre. 2....

GROUCHO'S DANCE Stk.— As citizens of Freedonia and alumni of

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Huxley College, we Demand from 'Roundabout' an apology: President Marx performed his academic pas-de- loop In Horse Feathers, not Duck Soup. --Yours faithfully, RICHARD MAYNF.


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SIR,--The forest of Vallombrosa is deciduous as well as coniferous so there are plenty of leaves to justify Milton or Taper any day, summer or autumn. And it is not. as Mr....


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SIR,—Foolish comments sometimes have been written through the years on the Llangollen Internationa l Eisteddfod, but rarely have I read so inept a repor t as yours of July 24....

SIR,—It is a comment on the delicacies listed bY Leslie

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Adrian that he had to trust to the dictiona r y rather than his own palate to identify achars. Gasp Concise French-English Dictionary says that they are 'Indian pickles.' The...

Stu,—Robert Kee displays a remarkable talent for memorising ballad stanzas.

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What a great pity this facility does not extend to retention of their author's identity. At a time when I am 'to the pin of my collar' seeking publicity, he doesn't mention...

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The King and Who? By D. J. ENRIGHT T HERE is nothing particularly enigmatic about Thailand in itself. The mass of the popula- tion consists of simple, kindly souls living more...

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Tender Darwin .

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'So limited intellectually and insensitive cul- turally'—the determination to jerk us to attention is announced from the start in these prefatory epithets for Darwin, and the...

Bankside Holiday

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Shakespeare's Festive Comedy. By C. L. Barber. (Princeton U.P. and O.U.P., 40s.) As to Shakespeare's comedies in the modern theatre, one hardly knows whether to be more sorry...

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Mother's Tongue

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WHEN Synge died, in 1909, he left behind him, as well as his published work, a considerable quantity of manuscript material—diaries, note- books and letters—of importance not...

Parliament and Pence

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The Control of the Purse. By Dr. Paul Einzig. (Seeker and Warburg. 35s.) The British Budgetary System. By Sir Herbert Brittain. (Allen and Unwin, 25s.) Flow to control the...

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Call of the Wild

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The Generations of Men. By Judith Wright. (O.U.P., 45s.) WHAT drove men northward and westward from New South Wales, in the great pastoral migra- tions of the last half of the...

Shallow South

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The Numbers of Our Days. By Francis Irby Gwaltney. (Seeker and Warburg, I 8s.) The Poison Tree and other stories. By Walter Clemons. (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 15s.) RACIALISM and...

On Believing in French Politics

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On the Game of Politics in France. By Nathan Leites. With a Foreword by D. W. Brogan. (Stanford U.P. and O.U.P., 36s.) THE title of this book describes its contents with great...

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To read the history of the campaign against slavery is to be reminded at many levels of the present campaign for nuclear disarmament. Hind- sight makes the main difference, in...

First Africa

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The Prehistory of Southern Africa. By J. Desmond Clark. (Pelican Books, 6s.) 'ONE good thing about stone implements is that they don't want the vote.' Attributed (no doubt...


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ACROSS 29 1 Lullaby, perhaps, of a comedian? 30 (6-4) 6 Jack's the boy for the birds (4) 31 10 Evict that cat! (5) 32 11 What the railways do on holiday excursions ? (4-5) 12...


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ACROSS.--.1 Senatorial. 6 Twig. to Islet. 11 Uniformly, 12 Prebends. 13 Glance. 15 Crew. 16 Abut. 17 Antall. 20 Rosin. 21 Urge. 22 Dove. 24 Urania. 26 Bewilder. 29 Cherubini....

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT AT the end of last year Sir Dennis Robertson resigned from the Cohen Council on Prices, Produc- tivity and Incomes and Professor Phelps Brown took his...

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By Our Industrial Correspondent W HEWER the traditional form of collective bargaining in single industries, with arbitra- tion and conciliation as safety nets, has been a...

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T HE STANDARD BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA earlier this year made an issue to shareholders of 1,840,000 shares at 37s. each, thus increasing the issued ordinary capital to ill mil-...


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By CUSTOS Nv . FirN Sir Oscar Hobson. always quick to scent inflation and call for dearer money, writes that the bull market in equity shares 'has plenty 01 life in it yet,'...