15 DECEMBER 1961

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HE United Nations action in Katanga has pro- In taking on the Congo operation the UN was attempting something of which it had no previous experience, and for which its...

— Portrait of the Week— THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT agreed to supply

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bombs for the United Nations forces in Katanga. Sir Roy Welensky made a fuss, and so did a number of Tory back-benchers, well known for their passion for the rights of oppressed...

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No. 6964 Established 1828 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1961

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Sub Judice.

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T M.KS are to be held between Mr. Macleod and Mr. Gaitskell on the possibility of amending the Commons' sub judice inhibitions; and not be- fore it was time. As the law stands,...

Purple Paper

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rrliE Ghana Government's White Paper called 1 'Statement by the Government on the Recent Conspiracy' makes sorry reading. As an ex post facto justification of the recent...

Private Member's Bill •

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tv page 891 Charles Pannell, the Labour NIP V./for Leeds West (who is unlikely to be eon - fused• . With Norman Pannell. the Tory MP for Kirkdalc) introduces a Private Member's...

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Hundred Up

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r HERE was some scepticism when Encounter first appeared because it was (as it still is) subsidised from the United States : the money to establish and maintain it has come from...

A Month's Hard Labour From JOHN LAMBERT

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BRUSSELS T HE negotiations on Britain's entry into the - Common Market have moved into the second of what looks like being a series of monthly stages. The vast amount of work...

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The Influence of Natural Objects

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By KINGSLEY AIMS The narrow channel where the tankers crawl And void their cargo into the pipelines, Encloses, with the railway track that runs Down to the tinplate works, a...

Second Thoughts

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN ttr German version of William Shirer's his- tory of the Third Reich, which is a record best-seller in America at ten dollars and has been for many...

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Outside the Walls

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By CHARLES PANNELL, MP ( CANNOT at the moment under the Capital Punishment Amendment Act, 1868, remove the body. It would have to be done by legis- lation and while there is...

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The Criminal Society

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By COLIN MACINNES plunder or with crime T HERE are criminals, law-enforcement o ffi cers and the community they protect. Does the cause of our ills lie in these groups directly...

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Among the working classes, the mental identi- fication of the police and courts is total. The police are called 'the Law,' and it is assumed they are much more than its...

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The intense interest in crime among all sec- tions of society is suspect. The don deep in his murder book, the millions rapt in sex stories of their Sabbath papers, the key...


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They must be responsible for it all. Were there 11 0 criminals, there would be no criminal police °I* courts, nor would there be crime novels. journalism, plays, films, pop...

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To find out for ourselves, and perhaps even be useful, may I suggest this? Alcoholics Anonymous have understood that the sole difference between the non-drinking alcoholic and...

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SIR,—However facetious Miss Monica Furlong's article may have been, may

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an old attender of Dr. Hunkin's lectures deplore even more the Mr pant answers of Mr. Montefiore and Professor Lampe, his theological successors at Gonville and Caius College?...


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Sat,—I would take issue with Lord Altrincham over one point in his article on November 24. During the past academic year, as a recipient of a Fulbright gran t to King's College,...


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Sm,—None of your correspondence on Mr. Brian Inglis's review of Mr. Macleod's book on Neville Chamberlain has referred to his despair of any alternative to • the...

SIR,—I believe that utterances like the last para- graph of

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Mr. E. Goldsworthy's letter in last week's Spectator do more harm to the cause of nuclear dis- armament than much polemic from the opposing side. The question, as it presents...


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SIR,—It is such letters as that of G. W. R. Thomson (November 17) that must make all true seekers of Christian unity almost despair. 'Dissenters,' he says . , 'have no use or...

Feeding the Lions Lady Wootton

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Appeasement Then and Now Elaine Windrich, Patrick Du Val The Mind of MRA J. H. Barnes, Rachel C. Fisher, R. J. Martin, L. F. P. Fox Share My Chalice Rev. Gordon K. Hawes, Rev....


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SIR,—In his endeavour to give a comprehensive survey of the mind of Moral Re-Armament, Mr. Gascoigne has overlooked one very vital point. He does not mention either God or Jesus...

SIR,—Mr. Bamber Gascoigne takes nearly three pages of your issue

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in an effort to prove that MRA is naive. But if he thinks this, why take up so much time and effort to say so? The simple truth is that whatever he put down on paper, he knows...

SIR, It must be news to many people that divorce ,

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perversion and dishonesty are in truth only 'liberalism' as your correspondent, Mr. Gascoigne , suggests. Isn't it time that we woke up to the fact that such thinking has opened...

SIR,-1 have just read Bamber Gascoigne's article, The Mind of

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MRA' in your issue of December 8. Though I am in complete agreement with the feelings expressed, I think an important factor has been omitted. Surely the danger of MRA lies...

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SIR, —Twice within one year famine has afflicted the peoples of Africa, revealing the thinness of the margin between survival and starvation for those living on the wrong side...


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SIR. —Professor Daiches in his review of my Scottish Literature and the Scottish People on November 24 reiterated his favourite phrase about Scott being 'a lover of the past and...


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S1R,—Alan Brien in his description of the Dordogne mentions the striking likeness of the village dogs to English foxhounds, and suggests that they 'seem to have strayed from...

SIR,—There are now 3,000 homeless families in London and more

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than 1,000 children have had to be taken from their parents and put in institutions because they had nowhere to live. With the intention of expressing Christian concern and...


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SIR,—One had hoped that mass prosecutions of ,homosexuals had ceased, but at the recent Notting- hamshire Assizes twenty-three men (most of them stated to be of good character)...

SIR, —I sincerely pray there will never be a Minister for

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Tourism in any shape or form. The idea of inviting visitors to England with the sole aim of emptying their pockets is peculiarly sickening. And it is easy to imagine the awful...


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SIR,—May I seek your readers' support for the special Fund that has been opened to help the people of East Africa, where several simultaneous emergencies are causing human...

SIR,—Ultimate nerve-twangcr for Molly Bishop. Seen in a wool shop

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on the Tottenham Court Road: 'A Merry Knit-mass.' J. ROGER BAKER 78 Si. Peter's Street, Islington, NI, PS: Done in cotton wool blobs, of course.


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Sr It. — The problem of road accidents is intensified at C hristmas and a great responsibility rests upon every r oad-user. Relatively small amounts of alcohol cause a...


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a present pupil at Shrewsbury, I would question Mr. Richard Cobb's description of his house as a 'haven of liberalism'; and however true it might be of his house, it certainly...

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1 Send for the Managers By BAMBER GASCOIGNE Cromwell at Drogheda. (Leatherhead.) — Crit- ic's Choice. (Vaude- ville.)—The Removal. (In-Stage.) IN a 'Symposium on the Future...


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Without Principles By DAVID CAIRNS THE opportunism which eats like a canker at the heart of Strauss's genius is summed up in two incidents recounted, not without relish, in...

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Literary Leanings By ISABEL QUIGLY Acapulco Film Festival. The Innocents. (Carl- ton.) Both are already loaded down with laurels and speculation; and both, it must be...

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Anglo-Christian Attitudes By SIMON RAVEN r r HE British public, as Wilde observed, is never more ridiculous than when engaged in one of its periodical fits of morality. Yet...

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Season in Hell

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Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Planta- tion, 1838-39. By Frances Anne Kemble. Edited by John A. Scott. (Cape, 36s.) THE introduction of an American `candid out- sider'...

Malta Preserved

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FAILING in mind and hampered by paralysis, the aged Walter Scott visited Valletta for the first time shortly before his death. The subject of a last romance, The Siege of Malta,...

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Ends of the Earth

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NAPLES! From the Greeks to the Anglo- Americans of 1943 discovering the Gallery, this great city of the south Italian coastal plain has fascinated the northerner with its...

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Rolling Pearl

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World Mine Oyster. By Matila Ghyka. (Heinemann, 30s.) ciliates for my Wife. By Todd Matshikiza. (Hodder and Stoughton, 12s. 6d.) Self-made Villain. By David Lampe and Laszlo...

With a Difference

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'IT is even more important for English readers not to read Soviet stories as though they were documents in the Cold War. For forty-four years, the major part of most of our...

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The Coming Industrial Slump

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Even the schizophrenic Economist is moved to protest at such a denouement. Not very long ago its money page was screaming for 7 per cent. Bank rates as...

With Uncle Sam's Blessing

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From RICHARD BAILEY NEW YORK S INCE I was in the United States in February of this year, there has been a great change in the American attitude to the Anglo-Saxons. Then...

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Company Notes

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T HE Heenan Group has produced a most excellent report for the year ended Septem- ber 2, with profits of £883,000—another record. Praise is due to the management for maintaining...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS MHE decision to offer conversion stock for I only £500 million of the £758 million 41 per cent. Conversion stock maturing next February reveals the excessive...

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The Office Party By KATHARINE WHITEHORN I CAN'T think what it is people have against Christmas. Personally, I like it all—the tree, the crackers, the turkey; eight million...

Consuming Interest

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A Toy in Blood Bs LESLIE ADRIAN Willi a resounding tinkle BSI has published its Toy Committee's modest little code of safety just in time for Christmas. Not that it will make...

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By RAYMOND POSTG ATE A LITTLE while ago a columnist in the Sunday Telegraph, Colin Welch, jeered at Cyril Ray and myself because, calling ourselves Socialists, we wrote...