15 MARCH 1963

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N a free society there is an inevitable and Isalutary conflict between authority and the press. However mitigated by convention, the con- flict is a real one; and it must be...

Portrait of the Week

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A STORMY WEEK FOR STERLING, the press, rate- payers and teachers. A month of irrelevant academic argument over the possibility of devalua- tion had an unexpected effect on...

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No. 7029 Established 182B FRI DAY, MARCH 15, 1963

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Backs to the Wall

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EIE talks called by Mr. Butler between the I leaders of Northern and Southern Rhodesia on the future of the Federation in London later this month seem likely to be the last...

Khrushchev Cracks Down

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T has long since been noted of Mr. Khrushchev Ithat whenever a genuine current of anti-Stalin- ism begins to set in strongly, he goes out of his cu rurer to Stalin's 'positive'...

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Living Together

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Ttioucti Mr. Fenner Brockway, MP, recently I introduced his anti-discrimination Bill to the Commons for the ninth time, his measure seems no more likely to win popular support...

Kenya's Seventh Region

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T HE crisis over the Somali Government's claim to the Somali-populated Northern Frontier District of Kenya is likely to be with us for some time. The Kenyan claim to keep the...

Not For Burning

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS rr HE British Ambassador to France, Sir Pierson I Dixon, will preside this year over the annual Joan of Arc celebrations at Rouen where she was burned...

Boyle's Law

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N advising the Burnham Committee to recon- sider their recommendations for the teachers' pay award in favour of a higher reward for long service and outstanding qualifications,...

Revolution in Syria

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HE revolution in Syria, if it does not bring T Arab political unity very much nearer, does at least indicate the form Middle Eastern politics are likely to take in the...

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First Family Business

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From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK P RESIDENT KENNEDY has dispatched Stephen E. Smith to supervise the holding operation against Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Mr. Smith's prior...

Candidates for Chancellor

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From SARAH GAINHANI BONN FT RE internal political situation in Germany I is hardly more satisfactory than it is in Britain. The apparent impossibility of getting anything done...

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Spectator's Notebook

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rr HE parliamentary question is a sharp instru- ment of democratic control, and, like all sharp instruments, needs delicate handling. Deli- cate is not the word for the question...

Danilo Dolci A slight breathlessness characterised Danilo Dolci's first day

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in Britain after an absence of almost three years: but he faced a heavy pro- gramme with calm. It is difficult to visualise this smiling man moving mountains of ignorance and...

Practical Saint

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Some people have called Dolci a saint; others, including both those who oppose his work, and some of those who have worked with him, have used less flattering descriptions. He...

Question of Form

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However strongly one may suspect that Mr. Macmillan will be with us for some time yet, the candidature for the Tory succession is open enough to attract the interest of the...

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Letter of the Law

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The Rigidity Boys By R. A. CLINE 'the you posted a letter with a town address in 'the country section of a letter box, you would be outraged if the Post Office authorities...

'Satire' laid on with trowels:

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Mr. Frost's class-conscious vowels— That Was The Week That Was— As usual, Miss Martin's song Went on just a little too long, And, as usual, they had to stretch Their usual...

Trapped in Leipzig

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Once again a number of MPs have allowed themselves to fall neatly into the trap set for them by Herr Ulbricht's regime in Eastern Germany. Surely they must be aware by now that...

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Revitalising Parliament

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By DESMOND DONNELLY, MP rr HERE is a bold and colourful atmosphere 1 of `Gadzooks to the Lord Great Chamber- lain!' about the general debate on reforming Parliament. Yet the...

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The Conservative Crisis—I

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Party Palaeontology* By ANGUS MAUDE D . C. SOMERVELL once wrote that 'a noonday of politics is an age when the politicians are the masters of the materials they handle,' and...

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Sta.—While i recognise that, in defence of the United Nations

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Office of Public Information, Mr. Osgood Caruthers (Acting Director of the UN's Press, Pub- lications and Public Services) should feel it necessary to reply to my article 'UN...


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SIR, -- I would be grateful for an opportunity to correct a statement in the article entitled 'A Kind of Religion' by Mr. MacInnes (Spectator, Feb- ruary 1, 1963) which has only...

On Liberty Michael Lipton The Rhodesian Church The Archbishop of

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Central Africa UN and the Press Mrs. Joyce Egginton School Building Cuts Stag of Lortgslade GS Malaysia Angus Maude Fifty Thousand Abortions Quentin de la Bedoyere Transit Camp...

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SIR, —H.E. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, K.O.M., C.H., is known to me, to his friends in Malaya, and to everyone who hasn't a...


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Sut.—We are teachers at a new Leicestershire Plan 'Grammar School, and we belong to a number of different professional organisations. We are all agreed, however, on one thing:...

'ANIARA' AND SCIENCE FICTION SIR,—Mr. Kingsley Amis seems to have

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interpreted Aniara as a science fiction article, full of illiterate and amateur mistakes, rather than as a visionary poem in which strange terms, expressions and new words are...

ALDERMASTON GENERATION SIR,—The grounds for Rachel Powell's socialism are that

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silicosis. the Malan policy in South Africa, Suez, Hata, Sharpeville, Notting Hill and Cuba 'connect up.' As they also connect with, .e.g., the murders of the Stern Gang, the...

FIFTY THOUSAND ABORTIONS Ste,—It is not true that priests of

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the Roman Church do not perform any rites over the aborted foetus. 1 quote from Marriage by Keenan and Ryan, under the imprimatur of the Archbisho2 of Boston. The Item., of...


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SIR,-1 am increasingly puzzled to understand why an analogy is being drawn between the London County Council's St. Helier Estate and the New Towns to support the argument that...

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By GRAHAM GREENE T HE woman wore an orange scarf which she had so twisted around her forehead that it looked like a toque of the Twenties, and her voice bulldozed through all...

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Moralisers By CLIFFORD HANLEY I mean, don't get me wrong, boy, I'm strictly with the liberal-democracy bit, and you only have to mention principle to me and I'm slaver- ing at...


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Painter and Sculptor By NEVILE WALLIS IN the argumentative gather- ings in the cafés about S. Germain-des-Pres I remember listening attentively six years ago to a young...


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Kinds of Madness By BAMBER GASCOIGNE All in Good Time. (Mermaid.) --the Diary of a .Miadritan. (Royal Court.)—Ne,I time I'll Sing to You. (Criterion.) A KubsiNG ditty, which...

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The Grand Manner

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COINCIDENCE has given us in Scotland three different productions within twelve months of Pirandello's 'rare' masterpiece, Henry IV. Last year's essays are not to be blamed if...


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St. Pancras By DAVID CAIRNS probably have played to empty rows; last Friday there were not many tickets undisposed of. As for the Philopera Circle's performances •of Ernani,...

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Insane Pressures BY SARAH GAINHAM ' inva ded the survivors of the Irish famines could have 'invaded England in the 1850s, how would they have behaved to the people who had...

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Literary Likings

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THE authors of these two beaks are Americans. Wescott is the professional novelist writing about his colleagues, Van Doren the academic and amateur of letters. Neither of them...

The Skein

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from the Chinese Moonlight through my gauze curtains Turns them to nets for snaring wild birds, Turns them into woven traps, into shrouds. The old, restless grief keeps me...

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Many Happy Returns

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You have not changed a bit —Wearing that mohair suit And that immaculate mouth: The black skirt tight on your knees, The red lips firm on your teeth. Nobody says to you yet...

Too Dark a Horse to Back

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BY NICHOLAS MANSERGH P RIME MINISTERS, or at any rate Liberal Prime Ministers, might race, but only so long as their horses did not win! Such were Lord Rosebery's reflections on...

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Winning Streaks

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READING Charles Graves's fascinating and ex- citing account of the group of baccarat gamblers called the Greek Syndicate, I felt at first as if I were flung back into the world...

Behind the Arras

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Lord Hervey's Memoirs. Edited by Romney Sedgwick. The Creevey Papers. Edited by John Gore. The Greville Memoirs. Edited by Roger Fulford. Queen Victoria's Early Letters. Edited...

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Broken Nations

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The Broken Spears. Translated from Nahuatl by Angel Maria Garibay K.; into English by Lysander Kemp. (Constable, 30s.) LATER Roman poets might make honourable amends to Dido;...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS L AST week was responsible for a sharp re- covery in the gilt-edged market after its con- tinued slide. Both TREASURY 51 per cent., 2008-12, and 31 per cent. WAR LOAN...

Tax Reforms 3

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT At present the possessors of capital get off very lightly. They pay, of course, a heavy stamp duty of 2 per cent. on transfers of capital (which I hope...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY O NCE again the pre-tax profits of Madame Tusaud's have increased—to £156,700 for a fourteen-month period to the end of 1962. Strangely enough, the inclusion of...

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Consuming Interest

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Measure for Measure By ELIZABETH DAVID The answer to that one, at least, I know. A tin 1, .! an English round fifty-cigarette tin, at one time a fairly common unit of...

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Swatting the Fly-by-night

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By LESLIE ADRIAN I RAVE been talking to Sir Harry Legge-Bourke about his Estate Agents (Registration) Bill, which is to get its second reading next week. 'No honest man,' he...