14 FEBRUARY 1964

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—Portrait of the Week— EVERYONE WAS GOING TO AMERICA: the

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Beatles played triumphantly in New York, the Prime Minister consulted with President Johnson, a Soviet official at the disarmament conference in Geneva sought American asylum...

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No. 7077 Established 1828 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1964


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L a commedia a fi nita,' Mr. Macmillan said to a reporter shortly after he had resigned. It was an exit line in the grand manner. Last weekend, when he announced his retirement...

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German Double-Think

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN W tinTr.vtit may happen in Cyprus, the sug- gestion that German troops should form part of a police force there has produced some very interesting...

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Political Commentary

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The Unwelcome Choice By DAVID WATT , It follows that by the spring British Ministers must either have negotiated and introduced a Southern Rhodesian Independence Bill or have...

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How It Happened

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From KEITH KYLE ZANZIBAR T um were. I repeat, two revolutionary plots: Kassim Hanga's involving Afro- Shirazi . politicians, accepting outside help, known to Tanganyikan...

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Southern Rhodesia : a Personal View

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By AIDAN CRAWLEY, MP HE British Government appears to have I decided not to grant Southern Rhodesia its independence when Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, its two former...

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Utopia, 1980

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From BERTRAND DE JOUVENEL PARIS MHE French parliamentary leaders campaigned 1 in 1962 against personal rule: they lost. Indeed, the general election blast from the referendum...

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Mr. Johnson, Alas

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From MURRAY KEMPTON -WASHINGTON T HEODORE SORENSON, whose mind Mr. Ken- nedy seems to have thought the most useful, and Arthur Schlesinger, whose range Mr. Ken- nedy seems to...

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Randolph Vigne

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It has not so far been possible to get any information as to what has happened to one of the Spectator's South African correspondents, Randolph Vigne. Our letters to him are not...


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All those who appreciate the dry wine of irony will get a rare enjoyment from the flavour of Herbert Kretzmer's letter in this issue. How I agree with him! What impertinence of...

Fighting for Peace I've been reading a closely documented booklet

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just published by the Independent Information Centre which gives quite amazing ' and irrefutable evidence of the extent of East German rearmament, Civil War in the Making: 'The...

The Excitement of Writing

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Many good things come out of the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is not surprising that Mr. Clegg, the County Education Officer, has been able to compile an enchanting anthology of...

The Church Assembly

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By THE REV. JOHN GOSS ER-MPS it is as well that the Church's Par- r liament (soon to become a Synod) is under sentence of death. A short, sharp demise at an appointed hour is...

Spectator's Notebook

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I WONDER sometimes if the Daily Express ever study their own earlier editorials. This one, for example, from June 20, 1951: 'Housewives' Hero. 'His White Paper condemning...

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The Press

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By J. W. M. THOMPSON Fleet Street is full of rumours and guesses about the Sun at the moment—partly because this week brought the final agreement, between Mr. King's...

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SIR,—Having attended the New York event at which the TW3

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team re-enacted their Kennedy tribute pro- gramme I was totally unaware that the evening of January 27 had been a 'nightmare' and a 'humiliating business' until I returned to...

Ilh am Letters Trouble in Africa B. J. Hayhoe, Guy Clutton-Brock,

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Stephen Omoding Ariko Frost at Midnight Herbert Kretztner The Fourth of June Sir Denis Brogan Insults and Images Clive Barnes The Cure for Crime Kathleen J. Smith, Discord from...

SIR,-1 haven't read The Fourth of June or seen the

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play and 1 haven't read The Hill since about 1914, hut, unless my memory fails me, Mr. David Pryce- 'Jones has got his names and characters mixed up in the Spectator. 1 think...


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SIR,—I love the cheerfulness with which Kenneth Tynan tries to throw my insults back in my face with- out any rhyme and precious little reason. Like him I have now re-read his...

SIR,—As a citizen of Southern Rhodesia who has lived there

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for fourteen years, I write to emphasise the importance of Mr. Nyandoro's article last week. More than anyone else, George Nyandoro has the affection, respect and backing of...

SIR,—It is good of Mr. Playfair to inform us that

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something like the self-determinate sentence was being practised in Amsterdam in 1596, and that some- thing like it was suggested by Mr. Sanford Bates in America in 1960. I hope...

SIR,—One could not 'help admiring the frankness and forcefulness with

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which Lord Salisbury expressed his imperialistic views in his letter to you last week on 'Trouble in Africa' It opened one's eyes. Accord- ing to him the control of Africa, 'so...

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SIR,—Quoodle says 'it is to article of faith amongst Tories that Panorama is the equivalent of a free Labour Party political broadcast.' Since Sir Alec Douglas-Home became...

FAIR VOTING SIR,—The Prime Minister opposes A. P. Herbert's proposal

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on the ground that 'the 1944 Speaker's Conference on Electoral Reform rejected over- whelmingly proportional representation and the alternative vote.' Of course it did—because...


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SIR,—And will Mr. Davenport now give some Avuncular Advice to Mr. Maudling just in case Mr. Wilson is not in a position to benefit from his? Fl. D. SILLS


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Sn ,—Like Quoodle I listened to Mr. Wilson in Gal- lery. I thought that he was fluent, but noticed that, although he was never at a loss for a word, he was sometimes at a loss...

SIR,--In your leading article of February 7 you describe the

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Vietnamese people as 'fighting an alien regime.' But one of the essential things about the Vietnam situation—especially when questions of. neutralisation are considered—is that...


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SIR,—One hesitates to disagree with Dr. M. R. Ridley, whose Keats' Craftsmanship remains, after thirty years, one of the finest books in this field; but some of his relative...


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SIR,—We were amused to read Leslie Adrian's cap- sule course on brochure study, and wish that hi.; lessons had gone a little deeper into the subject. From his comments one...

SIR,—Anthony Ward may be right in thinking that Amis 'places'

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Roger Micheldene less than he would like to be thought to. But he misuses the quotation he offers about 'nonsense.' The point is not that Micheldene dismisses 'all that the mind...

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The Rules of the Game

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Piccadilly.) CONSIDER a good modern play. A realistic frame- work and recognisable people but nothing too constricting because there must be...

Marilyn, Dolly and Dylan

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From CARYL BRAHMS NEW YORK After the Fall, Arthur Miller's new play in the tent theatre, is what every- one is talking of. They will have seen it, or be about to see it, or...

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Art of the Possible

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His latest work, especially, is analogous rather to a piece of filmcraft like Antonioni's L'Eclipse. Here the camera shifts abruptly from small sig- nificant detail to large,...

Sinking Stars

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IT is said that when Miss Moffo became the third victim of the maledizione which has plainly been on this new Rigoletto from the start, Callas re- marked she wouldn't mind...

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Facts and Fictions

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The New Angels CX' cer- tificate) and Bandits at Orgosolo ('U' cer- tificate). (Academy.) DOCUMENTARY, good and necessary word though it is, has, if we're honest, a rather...

Away Match

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IT depends, of course, on what you mean by 'away match.' When Tottenham are away to Arsenal or Chelsea (traumatic recol- lection), thousands of Spurs supporters find themselves...

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Know-Nothings and Eggheads By EDWARD SHILS TTin relations between philosophers and kings in American politics have long lived in what Saul Bellow has called the 'long john'...

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The Damned. By Frantz Fanon. Foreword by J. P. Sartre. Translated by Constance Far- rington. (Presence Africaine, Paris, F. 13.50.) The Winds of Revolution: Latin America...

The Great Administrator

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Proconsul in Politics. By A. M. Gollin. (Blond, 63s.) is still almost impossible for an Englishman to see Lord Milner straight. He personifies, perhaps more than any other...

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Hammer is Back

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`MICKEY SPILLANE books,' says the advertising sheet which accompanied this paperback, 'are now required reading in the writing courses of six different universities.' I can well...

Towards the Split

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Mao Against Khrushchev : A Short History of the Sino-Soviet Conflict. By David Floyd. (Pall Mall Press, 50s.) State and Law : Soviet and Yugoslav Theory. By No Lapenna....

The Tourist Beneath the Gown

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DEFINITIVE travel books have now been written about most' of the world's accessible tourist centres. So eager trippers, bursting with holiday impressions, must seek indirect...

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Code War

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Secret Diplomacy : Espionage and Crypto- graphy, 1500 - 1815. By J. W. Thompson and Saul K. Padover. (Constable, 52s. 6d.) THIS book was first published in London in 1937 with...

Snow Fell

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Snow fell last night. The town, the,country lie Submissive to its faceless empery. I walked this morning past the smothered woods, Then past the shopfronts and the doggy flats....

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A Question of Identity

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The Water-Castle. By Brenda Chamberlain. (Hodder and Stoughton, 16s.) SOMETIMES there conies an outstanding novel which makes a reviewer wish he had ten times as much space in...


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By PHILIDOR No. 165. E. E. WESTBURY (First Prize, The Puzzle, 1934) BLACK (10 MOH WHITE (10 men) WHIII to play and mate in two moves; • solution next week. Solution to No....

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Prices and Profits

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE massive document which the Government sub- mitted to the National In- comes Commission would appear to have been writ- ten by a novice in the monastic...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD 1104 ACROSS.-1 Dagger. 4 Abrogate. 10 Trapped.

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11 Oblongs. 12 Impediment. 13 Ploy. 15 Elector. 17 Endorse. 19 Tea-room. 21 Samurai. 23 Jura. 24 Patriarchs. 27 Venturi. 28 Pipkins. 29 Steerage. 30 Serene. DOWN.-1 Detriment....


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ACROSS , 26. 1. Such a loud colour I (6) 4. Made a show (8) 8. Some electrical engineers ring up--how helpful (8) 10. Pointedly the fan treats the image of his idol (4, 2) 1....

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T itt , : equity markets have quietened down, but are still very sensitive to political news. As I remarked last week, if the Labour Party comes into power a complete...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY A N OTHER new record profit has been made by H. M. Hobson, manufacturers of aircraft components for the year ended September 30, 1963. The trading profit has...

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Consuming Interest

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Accessories on the Road By LESLIE ADRIAN In wet weather any car overtaking you at speed can throw a wake of spray and mud at your windscreen and temporarily blind you. It...

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The Servile State

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By MARY HOLLAND He didn't, I'm pleased to say, consider me common rich. For one thing I obviously wasn't rich and he made up for my equally obvious lack of background by...

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By ALAN BRIEN As a collectivist, I am theoretically in favour of the widest possible sharing of the world's goods. If asked to give up my grey and bitty garden to make a green...