14 JULY 1961

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I N his surprisingly quiet television joust with Professor Trevor-Roper on Sunday night Mr. A. J. P. Taylor elaborated on a thesis he put forward in his Origins of the . Second...

—Portrait of the Week

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MAJOR GAGAR1N CAME to London and The Queen invited him to luncheon. Herr Willy Brandt sug- gested a conference about German unification and Berlth, to be attended by all...

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No. 6942 Estab lished 1828 FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1961

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Apologia for the NCB

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B OTH Lord Robens, chairman of the NCB, and Mr. Will Paynter, general secretary of the NUM, have been much praised for the realism and power of their speeches to the mine-...

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Federal Fallacies

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON W HAT conceivable excuse can there be for cosseting the anxieties of a handful of resident Europeans about an African majority in Northern Rhodesia (and...

Kuwait : Time to Depart

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A LTHOUGH Britain and Arab nationalism were at one in resisting Kassem's claim to Kuwait as part of Iraq, Arabs everywhere are now impatiently demanding our withdrawal, and Arab...

FO RTY years ago this month a group of Children playing

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in a Chicago street watched a frightened man being hustled by four others into a car. His body was found the next day beside a country road, and he Was identified as Steve...

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That Man

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By D. W. BROGAN A FEW weeks ago I received through the mail a scrap of paper from 'A friend of England and Scotland' and a photograph. On one side was a photograph of what the...

Westminster Commentary

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Storm Warning By JULIAN CRITCHLEY. MP rr HE glass is falling. Mr. Butler, echoing an I earlier speech by Lord Home, said last week that the next six months were going to be one...

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VTOL: The Great Delusion

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By OLIVER STEWART Fr HE Ministry of Aviation's philanthropy in handing British ideas on vertical take-off and landing aircraft to other countries may not be so soft-headed as it...

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Bar Sinister (2)

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Teaching the Whites By ROGER OWEN* wAs umpiring a minor cricket match. A very pleasant fourteen-year-old who was batting missed a full toss and was bowled. He shook his head...

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The Go-Between

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By BRIAN INGLIS T HE name of Edward Gibbon Wakefield ought to be honoured in English history; yet it is barely known. Worse, it is one of those names to which we feel we ought...

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SIR,-1 feel sure that Mr. Ray is misinformed if he thinks that anti-Semitism is uncommon. In my ex- perience in professional and university circles it is tacitly understood and...


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Harwich to the Hook S. A. Claydon

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Not Good Enough Mrs. Barbara Tyrrell, H. P. J. Henning Anti-Semitism F. R. P. Moreton The Other Exodus Erskine B. Childers, Edward A tiyah, Lieut.-General Sir John Glubb...

SIR,—Mr. Kenneth Robinson covers his retreat with generalities which have

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no relevance to the Black- heath inquiry. The quality of Mr. Lyons's work was never in dispute. What we contested was the need to pull down good Georgian houses to make room for...

NOT GOOD ENOUGH SIR,—I happen to be a resident of

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one of the ex- amples of good, modern architecture mentioned by Mr. Kenneth Robinson and, while I hold no brief for some of the mediocre (and downright bad) build- ings which...

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SIR,—May I correct a small but important error in :lay last letter? I 'noted Theodor Herzl's Diaries pro- posal that 'Arabs' be worked across the frontier. To be exact, this...


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SIR.—Mr. William Golding writes that 'for hundreds of years even reputable scholars have thought tho Two Noble Kinsmen was by Shakespeare.' As far as I know, only one American...

SIR,—Whatever we may think of the past, the fact remains

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that we have this Israeli-Arab problem on our hands. One reason why it cannot be settled is. that all concerned continue to dig up and publicise. the crimes of the past. Both...

SIR,—In his letter published in your issue of June 23,

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Mr. Kimche says: 'According to Musa Alami, 400,000 Arabs left Palestine while the British Admini- stration and some 50,000 British troops remained in charge' (my italics). This...


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SIR,—In her review of Mr. Bryan M. Wilson's Sects and Society' in Your issue of June 23, it is unfortunate that Miss Marghanita Laski should have selected, as almost her only...

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Incommunicado By DAVID CAIRNS THE Sviatoslav Richter whom we have heard in the flesh this week (for the first time in England) has inevitably been a less Promethean figure than...


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A Definition of Arden By 13AMBgR GASCOIGNE As You Like It. (Strat- ford-upon-Avon.) — Oh Dad, Poor Dad. (Lyric, Hammersmith.) SHAKESPEARE gets the best of every world in As...

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Manifesto B y ISABEL QUIGLY A Bout de Souffle and Let My People Go. (Academy.) — Moder- ato Cantabile. (Paris- Pullman.) — Parrish. (Warner.) A BEWILDERING amount of the French...


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Fire Crackers By CLIVE BARNES soul-searchings of -the Thirties, but in the theatre . . . who can tell? Now we shall probably never know. Yet they are taking it, together with...

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Spot the Difference By PETER FORSTER WHY not a special panel game for the Pillcington Committee, to be called Spot the Differ- ence? For with the new regime in Shepherd's Bush...

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Byron and the Byron-Makers By JOHN BAYLEY C AN Byron's poetry be judged solely on its , own merits? Two critical books, good ones, have lately tried to have it so, and their...

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The Other Germans

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The German Opposition to Hitler. By Hans Rothfels. (Oswald Wolff, 18s.) PROFESSOR ROTHFELS is one of the most eminent living German historians. His scholarship, his German...

Silly Willie

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The Life of Crown Prince William. By Klaus W. Jonas. Translated by Charles W. Bangert (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 32s.) THIS biography of the notorious `Little Willie: w . ith...

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Sacred Monster

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`WHO will remember me? Can you say, dear sister? A few old books that I shall leave behind, and that nobody reads, will provoke a little con- troversy after my departure; some...

Nearest East

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!RE West's ignorance of Turkey is an injustice ' 0 its sincerest flatterer. The prejudices of a , t11 ,2 u sand years of variously hot and cold war "'ill obscure from us the now...

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More than Meets the Eye. By Carl MOO' , (Hutchinson, 25s.) SOMETHING about the Time Inc. pay cheque. the trip to Hollywood, seems to drive America ° writers to apology. We have...

Buses to Bloomsbury

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Miss HEILBRUN's book, with a first chapter going back to the Norman Conquest and a brief epilogue on David Garnett, is really a triptych of which the central panel is a...

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Walking Wounded

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My Master Columbus. By Cedric Belfrage. (Seeker and Warburg, I8s.) THERE are two brilliant stories in Women on the Road, and one which is rather elongated, though good in parts....

Dream Language

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Synge and Anglo-Irish Drama. By Alan Price. (Methuen, 25s.) THERE is no doubt that Synge's handling in English of the Irish language he discovered in the Aran Islands is one of...

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The Battle for Sterling

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT M. Monnet realises that a weak £ stands in the' way of our joining the Common Market and as article 108 of the Rome Treaty prescribes 'mutual aid' if a...

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How High is High ?

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By RICHARD BAILEY A some recent trade union conferences dele- gates have been advised not to support Britain's entry into the Eueopean Common Market because this would mean the...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS 'W AITING for Godot' in the person of Mr. Selwyn Lloyd, the great economic regn" lator, is pot conducive to good markets, but it is pretty certain that as soon as the...

Company Notes

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T HERE has been a good recovery in the 1960 trading profits of British and Commonwealth Shipping from the low point reached in 1959. These have risen to £7,633,312 from...

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To and Fro By KATHARINE WHITEHORN It was awful. Not the grimy city, I mean. I am used to that; but the process of twice-daily tran- sition involved in living this sort of...

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Consuming Interest

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Share My Dressing By LESLIE ADRIAN PERHAPS the English, with their deserved re- putation for indiscrimin- ate eating, don't really like the taste of salad vegetables. This is...

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Postscript • • •

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Before I am accused of spoiling the market with my 50 per cent. tips, let me explain that I am a barber's bad bargain; all I ever have, or ever have had in twenty years, is...