14 JUNE 1963

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NO. 7042 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1963


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S OMETIMES in a period of tension a single event will soar out of its immediate con- - text like a star-shell. The report of the apparently abortive meeting two weeks ago...

Portrait of the Week— MISS CHRISTINE KEELER'S WEEK, beyond doubt:

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with one ex-boy friend serving seven years for Shooting at her, a second was sentenced to three Years for assault: a third went into hiding, his career shattered and his party's...

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T IIREE or four times recently Timothy Birdsall was too ill to do his usual political cartoon on this page. The cause was leukaemia and he died of it on Mon- day. He was...

Political Commentary

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The Price of Profumo By DAVID WATT M R MACMILLAN, as we all know, possesses a philosophic temperament and perhaps he has already had the consolation of finding a parallel in...

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Mixed -Manned-Muddled

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LEONARD BEATON writes : The Government is faced with a very difficult decision over the proposed NATO mixed- manned Polaris force. It obviously thinks the plan half-baked...

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After Addis

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From KEITH KYLE NAIR0 0 T is now generally accepted that the African summit meeting at Addis ended as a O a ' siderable victory for the gradualists. The success of the new...

Speech Day

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From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY T WO young Negroes were admitted to the University of Alabama yesterday in a ceremony which might have been designed to assure all...

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Two Nations

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From CHANCHAL SARK AR NEW DELHI T HE sixth round of talks between India and Pakistan On Kashmir was a broken-backed affair. The only hope remaining—mediation by a third...

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Precedents No doubt a depressing light has been cast on

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the state of sexual morality in our ruling classes. Whether in fact it is much worse than it was a hundred years ago in Palmerston's time is a question that cannot really be...

The Question of Features I think the contrasts made with

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his predecessor were rather beside the point. We were asked to contrast the aristocratic features of Pius XII with the peasant features of John XXIII. I do not know quite what...

Long Arm of the Church

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But it may well be that the middle classes are taking up the vices of their betters and also of their inferiors. We have in the spectacle of an eminent Cambridge divine...

Beyond the Good

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This was in marked contrast to the universal outpouring of respect and even love which followed a week or two later when it became known that the Man of Sin was dying. Not many...

No Auld Alliance

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My native land, Scotland, is not quite so tolerant. A sudden illness immured me in a Glasgow nursing home and I was able to follow the reports of the various church assemblies...

Surrey Pub in Summer

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BY DIANA MORGAN Under the spreading Chestnut tree Commuters, wearing espadrilles, Each Sunday lunch time down their Pimms. The sunlight glints on the horn rims And Asprey...

A Kind of Aristocracy And the description of the Roncalli

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family as peasants was misleading in a country where there are no peasants. The Roncallis have been farming their own land near Bergamo for at least 500 years, and for that...

A Spectator's Notebook

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' e know no spectacle so ridiculous as the W British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.' It is almost certain that Macaulay's famous dictum will be proved right...

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By IAIN ADAMSON r r HE illness of a fellow barrister in Novem- ber, 1957, was to introduce Beyfus to Aneurin Bevan, Foreign Secretary in the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet....

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A Healthy Cow

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By HARRY DOUGLASS* 1 is many years since I first visited Sweden. In the process of seeing the undoubted beauties of Stockholm, I asked to see the poorer districts and received...

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Reformation Canon J. D. Pearce-Higgins The New British S. B.

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Page, John Brimacombe, George Chowdharay-Best, Rev. J. A. Bromley, RN (Reid.) No Honours for Teachers R. J. Rees The UN Development Decade Nicholas Davenport Biography...


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Sin,—Colin MacInnes's survey of the immigrant population is a good one, except for the prejudice shoWn in its title: The New British. At least two-thirds of the people covered...

Sw,—As one of the 'native-born English sons referred to by

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Mr. Mach - Ines, I wish to protest at his bland assumption that the attitude of the Anglo- Saxon-Danish-Norman-British-Jewish, etc., residuum . of the English population to the...

Sin,—Thank you for Colin MacInnes's excellent, sensitive and comprehensive piece

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on the New British. One feels tremendous sympathy with the objects of his concern. Unhappily these do not include the natives of this country, especially those living in...

SIR,—The recent Birthday Honours list suggests dri ,j e reason why it

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is difficult to recruit enough g 0° .' s teachers for our schools. Such recognition .as given to education (and this is small enough 01 a conscience) goes (rightly) to...

Sin,—Mr. Colin Maclnnes's article raises interesti n g issues as to what

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the New British will be like by. say, the turn of the century. Already the British people are vastly different from what they were a hundred years ago. It seems almost certain...

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Si, — I never write letters to papers on general principle, but I cannot bear to let Quentin Blake's review of the reprint of At the Back of the North Wind pass. Mr. Blake, you...

GERMAN FARMERS SIR,—Whether to call people 'backward' when they are

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backward and peasants when they are peasants is a smear, or not, the heading Mr. Gardiner objects to had nothing to do with me. If he knew as much about the world as he thinks...


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SIR, — Before Mr. M. G. K. Pierson talks of 'stan- dards of intellectual integrity' will he please try to raise his own standard of financial education? Will he please tell us...


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SIR. — If the Tories had legalised prostitution, we might have been without all this furtive undignified unpleasantness which is rife. HER VAN THAL Reform Club, SWI


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SIR,-1 was abroad when Mr. Randolph Churchill's article on The Yankee Marlborough appeared, and have only just seen it. This book was sent to me for comment in the proof stage,...


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Skill in Surgery By BAMBER GASCOIGNE The Masters. (Savoy.)—Wher e Angels Fear to Tread. (New Arts.) — On the scene had to be cut, compressed or even shift i ed from its...

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) era and Ballet

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Marriage Talk By DAVID CAIRNS COVENT Garden have not had a very happy season. The postponement of Billy Budd owing to casting difficulties, the cancellation of the Visconti...


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p ERHAPS the craft or cunning of ballet criti- cism has something in common with bird- watching. Certainly the thrill it can provide for its practitioner—that of unexpectedly...


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Illiberal Dream By ISABEL QU1GLY The Ugly American. (Odeon, Haymarket; 'LP certificate.) SINCE the days when he was expected to scratch his head and grunt his way through the...

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Red Blood By CLIFFORD HANLEY COLOUR television is hastening very slowly on us, and anybodY who has just bought a new set on the never-never can be fairly sure that all the...


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Our Painting Today By NEV1LE WALLIS ONE can imagine an intelligent, but untravelled gallery-goer touring the very large exhibi- tion of British Painting in the Sixties split...

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Faces to the West By J. V. DAVIDSON-HOUSTON 14 R, BECKMANN'S work* is important and timely. Its form is that of a comparative s IndY of the reactions of these two countries to...

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Overlord and Thunderclap

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The Destruction of Dresden. By David Irving. (William Kimber, 36s.) FOR one whose earliest political memories only go back to the lights of bonfires twinkling from the Wessex...

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Whose Ivy League?

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The American Establishment and Other Reports, Opinions and Speculations. By Richard H. Rovere. (Hart-Davis, 25s.) Against the American Grain, By Dwight Mac- Masa two highly...

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Into the Net

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Inside Daisy Clover. By Gavin Lambert. (Hamish Hamilton, 18s.) Boys and Girls Together. By William Saroyan. (Peter Davies, 18s.) LONDON today, surely one of the most difficult...

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Over the Border

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Into Exile, By Ronald Segal. (Cape, 25s.) The Challenge of Change. By Alexander Steward. (Bailey and Swinfen, 21s.) so exceedingly dull and self-regarding. To lament this fact...

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Where Have The Muses Gone?

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Rule and Energy : Trends in British re e t ri l since the Second World War. By Press. (0.U.P., 25s.) THE first of these books takes twenty mod e° , poems, ranging from Hardy's...

Romantic Intelligence

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ALTHOUGH there have been several recent studies of Ruskin, and although there is a current revival of interest in the Victorian sages, their work seems to be as little read...

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The City and the Crisis

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT WHEN we read that the stock markets suffered on Monday their worst day since the Cuba crisis—the Financial Times index of industrial shares falling seven...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS A RECOVERY quickly followed On Monday's black day in the markets. The indication that markets were becoming 'political' was obvious last Friday when the excellent...

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Point de Venise

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By ELIZABETH DAVID MY dear Jenny, No, it isn't a bit of good my trying to tell you about the restaurants in Venice, it's eleven years since I was there, so my information's out...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY p RE-TAX profits of Guest, Keen and Nettle- folds at 121.866 million for 1962 show a drop for the third successive year, and the net figure is down from £9.655...

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Parents' Privilege By ROBIN FEDLEY wo high-powered forces are on the move in the world of education—and they may be heading for an ominous clash. On the one hand the Minister...

Consuming Interest

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Opportunity Lost By LESLIE ADRIAN I SPENT last weekend at Chipping Camden (Glos.) eavesdropping on the con- ferrings of some of the peePle who are responsible for the shape of...