15 FEBRUARY 1963

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Fri HE failure of the Brussels negotiations has I opened a period of transition both for Great Britain and for the Atlantic alliance. More even than before the breakdown, the...

— Portrait of the Week —

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REVOLUTIONS ARE IN and the murdered body of General Kassem of Iraq was shown on Iraqi tele- vision to prove it. On Friday morning the heavily armed Ministry of Defence buildings...

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No. 7025 Established 1828 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1963

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Bases in Spain

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The postponement of the negotiations between Spain and the US on American bases in that country, coming so soon after the visits of the French Minister of the Interior and Chief...

Contrasting Policies

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liE, prompt recognition by the Biitish Govern- ment of the new regime in Iraq is in striking contrast to its policy towards the Yemen, which now seems to have lost all form or...

First Performance

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By JOHN COLE PT' HE National Incomes Commission this week I began the public hearings in its first case— that of the Scottish building industry's forty- hour week, now hauled...

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Avoiding Polemics

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS I T is a pleasure to see the British and French press taking the same line on anything nowadays. They certainly did over Princess Margaret's cancelled...

United Ulstermen

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By ANDREW BOYD rr HE new Physics Theatre at Queen's Univer- sity, Belfast, was packed to the doors. There was standing room only, even for the plain- clothes policemen and...

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Raising the Wind

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By PHILIP HOCKING, MP D uRiNG the last fifteen years, the rates paid by ratepayers have had a habit of in- creasing year by year, and now that the rateable value of property...

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Roy Thomson Mr. Roy Thomson, who is as shrewd as

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they come, came back from Moscow convinced that his visit heralded a thaw in Anglo-Soviet re- lations. 'They were used to dealing on a cold basis from government to government....

King - sized Attacks Mr. Cecil King is still getting support for

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his outspoken complaints about hidden press censorship. The latest praise comes from Mr. Peter Benenson in the International Press In- stitute's bulletin. As a libertarian in...

Another Version ?

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In any case, those best qualified to judge seem pretty well agreed that the Hayward-Hingley ver- sion. is the better. Gollancz have issued a mani- festo countering this by...

Spectator's Notebook

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N Ew complications continually arise in the contused row about the English translations of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the Soviet labour camp novel. Manifesto...

Praeger and Parker A week or two ago the Dutton

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and Praeger versions appeared simultaneously in New York (in Britain only the 'official' one is available). At the same time Praeger issued an attack on the official translator,...

Dominican Democrat I had a talk the other day with

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Dr. Juan Bosch, who is to take up the presidency of the Dominican Republic in a fortnight's time. He is a quiet man, undemonstrative and scholarly—not at all like the popular...

Americana A correspondent this week calls for an inquiry into

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the amount of American material put out by BBC television. I have a feeling that its find- ings would be rather less dramatic than his own. Where he gives an average of 18 per...

New Homes for None We hear a great deal these

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days about the de- termination of town-planners to create living communities that have a genuine continuity of - family life. To some of the London County Council 'out-county'...

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The Case of the Missing Letter Box

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By A. P. HERBERT 4 HEREVER I am not,' said Napoleon, after the surrender of Paris, 'nothing but folly is committed.' I feel as Napoleon did very often, and especi- ally when I...

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By J. JACKSON F OR perhaps the first time in history, the People of the technically more advanced countries of the world feel a moral obligation to help their much less...

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SIR,—As one of the very few journalists who have visited the royalist part of the Yemen since the coup d'etat I hope you will allow me to comment on Mr. Desmond Stewart's...

Sta,—I write as a layman, with no special claim to

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be able to pronounce upon the truth of Christianity, but with some experience, in the past, of the impact upon young people of the questions raised by Mr. Colin Maclnnes in his...


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'Sia,—In his review of Coronet Among the Weeds Mr. Raven seemed almost naively unaware of an obvious critical truth. Writing about one's own feelings and experiences is always a...

SIR,-Mr. Colin Maclnnes's reference to a segregated Anglican service in

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Northern Rhodesia recalls for me an incident I witnessed in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, some eighteen months ago. As part of a campaign to break down the colour bar three...

A Kind of Religion

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Rev. Simon Phipps, N. P. Birley, Richard Williams Raven Among the Weeds John Bayley War in the Yemen George Martelli Enemies of Advertising John Basing, Tom Waddicor, T. A....

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SIR, -1 don't wish to attack advertising for fear of getting

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myself daubed with Mr. Copland's yellow paint. But I'd like to know if the Advertising Stan- dards Authority fully examined the claims of the Conservative Party before the last...

SIR.—I do not pretend that all is completely well in

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the advertising business but still think there is a lot in what Mr. Copland says. 1 feel, too, the problem is a good deal broader than he suggests. I think Anthony Crosland, in...

Sirt,The dividing line between (a) genuine selling (b) vigorous salesmanship

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and (c) downright law- breaking dishonesty, strikes me as being very tenuous. Take the example of a famous firm dealing in certain office machines. Always new representatives...


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SIR,—I have for some time had a general im- pression that BBC TV programmes contain a dis- proportionately high amount of material which is either of direct US origin or...

ENEMIES OF ADVERTISING Snt,—Since nobody else seems to be sufficiently

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ingenuous to make the obvious answer to the ad-men please may 1? The purpose of advertising is to distort the truth. The purpose of all creative workers, all civilised people...

MALAYSIA Sat,—The Spectator's views on Malaysia are tenable and may

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prove correct. As, however, certain facts which conflict with the orthodox standpoint on Malaysian Federation have not been fully stated in any quarter I have seen, it would be...

SIR, — One of the odd things about the British press, considering

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the financial importance of the subject to them, is how few journals are prepared to discuss at all objectively the function and place of advertising in a free-enterprise...


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SIR,—How hard it is when one's heroes falter! Leslie Adrian should re-read the chapter on the Conservation of Energy, and then consider just where the electrical energy consumed...

SIR,—Whatever apprehension the advertising profes- sion may have about its

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enemies, on the evidence of recent correspondence it must be terrified of its friends. Mr. Copland's exposition seemed to seek to persuade us that the enemies of advertising...

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Die Meistersinger By DAVID CAIRNS BEYOND any calculations of profit and loss from the re- vival of Die Meistersinger at Covent Garden there is simply the pleasure of hearing...


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Swan Queens By CLIVE BARNES to be found in Soviet Russia. They have been handed down to us from the original 1895 pro- duction and it is a pity to mess them around. Nureyev...

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Shock Proof IIAMBER GASCOIGNE B y Baal. (Phoenix.) — Jackie the Jumper. (Royal Court.) BRECHT'S first-performed play, Drums in the Night, took a favourite sentimental theme,...


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Against the Head By ISABEL QUIGLY This Sporting Life. (Odeon, Leicester Square; 'X' cer- tificate.) DAVID STOREY'S novel This Sporting Life is an extra- ordinary one; but...

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Breeding-Ground By NEV1LE WALLIS THE 'Young Contemporaries' exhibitions a dozen years ago represented a fair cross-section of the more searching, not necessarily fashionable...


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Reaching North By CLIFFORD HANLEY THE Carry On series is widely regarded by proper-thinking chaps as the direst thing in our post-war cinema, and it's in- teresting to notice...

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Properties BERGONZI. T HE habitual assumption that the Victorian era didn't really end until 1914 has some- thing to recommend it if one is filling in a large enough...

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The Trouble with Phaedra

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WINSTON (`Mug') Dangerfield is an American novelist so distinguished that his books are re- quired reading in (American) universities. He has now emerged from a long silence...


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'The Powys Brothers. By R. C. Churchill (Writers and Their Work, No. 150: Longmans, 2s. 6d.) How many exported lecturers, still half-stunned by last night's saki or local...

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The Smell of Books

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..HAROLD MACMILLAN, with the Second World War approaching, plumping for a hundred-thousand print of Gone With the Wind at five shillings; with war declared, and other publishers...

Dig That Decorum

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C ontemporary American Poetry. Selected and introduced by Donald Hall. (Penguin. 6s.) IN his Penguin anthology (though not in his splendidly eclectic Meridian Book, New Poets of...

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Local Stone

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The Pattern of English Building. By Alec Clifton- Taylor. (Balsford, £5 5s.) Tim varied and distinct techniques of building in England, as governed organically by local...

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Harmonious Fisticuffs

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The Boxer Uprising. By Victor Purcell. (C.U.P., 45s.) THIS scholarly appraisal of the Boxer Rising (the Americanism is perhaps to distinguish the work from the many other books...

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Violence and Gusto

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IN collecting together twenty-five of his essays and occasional pieces Dr. Plumb has provided succulent fare for the historical fine bouche. His book is divided into three...

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De Gaulle, the £ and the $

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IT is probably true to say that the £ has been saved by General de Gaulle. What is not clear is whether be has exposed the dollar once again to danger. I...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS E QUITY markets did not seem to be impressed by the Prime Minister's statement of his economic plans in the House of Commons. On balance there was a fall. There was a...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY D URING 1962 The Royal Bank of Scotland increased its issued ordinary capital by two stock issues. The first, in May, was a one-for- four scrip issue; the second,...

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Press Low the Stop-Cock, Plumbers

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By ROBERT LUSTY* Mr. Roy Thomson and his cohort of tycoons were following a trail blazed earlier to Moscow by quite a few individual exponents of private enterprise, among them...

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Consuming Interest

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Anyone for Tennis Cake? By ELIZABETH DAVID Maureen piped rosettes of cream expertly round the trifle. It was going to be a large party but she was nearly through: just the...

Groups Galore

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By LESLIE ADRIAN As an admirer of local effort in the consumer field I have been concerned to report pro- gress every so often in the setting-up of local, consumer groups in...