15 OCTOBER 1954

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No. 6590 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1954 PRICE 7d.


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Ir FIF London dockers have kept eighty expensive ships idle for nearly a fortnight. The immediate cost to the shipowners, whose capital is useless but has to be maintained, and...

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Israel and Egypt

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The volcano of Israeli-Arab relations continues to smoke The latest manifestation is the case of the Israeli ship which attempted to run the Egyptian blockade of the Suez Canal,...

The French Reaction

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Our Paris Correspondent writes: M. Mendes-France has been packed with ambiguities. His critics can scarcely maintain this charge about his defence of the London agreement...

The German Reaction

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A massive and unambiguous majority of the Bundestag last week voted in favour of Dr. Adenauer's policy and of the London Agreement as an expression of that policy. But if the...

Security 'Checks'

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In spite of an ugly list of causes celebres the British publiq continues to manifest its historic phlegm in matters of ' security. This causes anxiety in the United States,...

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C O-EXISTENCE, the latest centrepiece in the shop- window of political jargon, has the air of being a new formula, of offering new hopes. But in fact man cannot exist without...

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Bureaucracy at its Best

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We understand from our Area Supervisor' (write the Licensing Section of the Potato Division of the Ministry of Food) that all the potatoes now grown on your farm arc sold either...


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0 F the two new Trans-Asian railways whose construc- tion was referred to in this week's Sino-Russian declaration (and also in these notes some months ago), the more easterly,...

Minor Mystery

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I have been brooding on the implicatidns of an advertise' ment which appeared in the Econamist last week. It read: Young Graduate required for Education Department Of Political...

Collapse of Devout Party

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Inspired by a recent paragraph in these notes about a pools- winner being treated for shock in a London hospital, a readet has sent me a story which, though I fear it is old as...

Not Far From Corunna

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The Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Abergavenny, has launched in'his Parish Letter a slashing attack upon the modern child, whom he accuses of taking less interest in religious...

The Voice of Experience .

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The much-discussed politician had been under discussion. ' And what,' someone rather naively asked, ' do you think about his future ? ' The Great Man cocked an eye, took a...

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The Government and the Party

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B Y FRANCIS BOYD HE Conservative Party Conference — the largest ever — which was held at Blackpool last week showed that the bulk of the party has now settled comfortably into...

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Economists in Politics By ENOCH POWELL ROM principles to their

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application is often a long and hazardous journey. No small part of the grand human Comedy of Errors has for its subject the application of economic truth in political...

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The Teddy Boys of

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bniepropetrovsk JOHN ARDEN HE Militia's time finishes with the approach of dark- ness, and then it becomes the turn of the hooligans and robbers. . . . " Come here, you pimply...

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The Lullaby of Broadway

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By D. W. BROGAN I T may turn out, in the long run, that the statesman who has done mdk for the greatest happiness of the greatest number in the past week has been the Foreign...

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City and Suburban

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M UCH as I love Oxford, one of whose sent-down sons I can claim to be, I realise that Cambridge has now become the more beautiful of the two places because she has suffered less...

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BOOK Society history records no more profitable version of the poor girl's success story than Rebecca. By film and radio (four times) the hair-raising tale of what Maxie did,...


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THE English Opera Group's short season at Sadler's Wells while the resident company was on tour brought nothing entirely new. The Turn of the Screw had been done at Venice, The...

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Bell, Book and Candle. By John van Druten. (Phoenix.) THERE is no doubt that, on the stage, you can have a great deal of quiet fun with Witches. The properties that they are...


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I HAVE been wondering this week whether Ronald Searle is not the best comic draughts- man we have had in this country since Rowlandson. I dismiss from this context the Keenes...


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My Apprenticeship. (Everyman.)—Riot in Cell Block 11. (Academy.)- 7 --- King Richard and the Crusaders. (Warner— October 21.) My Apprenticeship is the second part of Et trilogy...

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Letters to the Editor

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IN THE MOVEMENT SIR, —I think Mr. Hartley and the author of the first literary leading article (Autumn Books Number) are both mistaken about The Movement: the poetry of Mr....

SIR, —While I sympathise deeply with the suspicious attitudes of Mr.

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Waugh, Mr. Came- Ross, Mr. Thwaite, and Mr. Brownjohn towards ' groupism ' in either creative writing or literary criticism, I also think that any practising literary critic...

SIR,—It is pleasant to see the new move- ment' being

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regarded as something more than a troupe of intellectual acrobats joined together for the purpose of annoying Mr. Stephen Spender. For myself, I see the new people as...

SIR, —Mr. Evelyn Waugh remarks that your leader writer was no

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doubt seeking to do a service to young writers by associating them with a ' Movement,' and asks whether this is helpful. I do not know whether this was the intention—or one of...

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SIR,—As Editor of one of the Little Magazines whose subscribers,

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after nine issues, still show no inclination to echo your forthright ' Good- bye,' I feel bound to add my comments to those arising from your first literary leader. I have not...

END OF THE TATE AFFAIR SIR,—Your article on ' The

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End of the Tate Affair' is seriously misinformed. In view of your references to my resignation, I should be grateful if you would allow me to put on record several facts to...


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SIR, —In his article Mithramania ' in the Spectator on October 1, Mr. Pope-Hennessy implies that it was the Kensington Society's efforts alone that saved the east wing of...

SIR,—Please allow me to express my thanks for the new

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literary leading article, and for the autumn number of the 5'peciator. The anonymous contributor of ' In the Movement' has given us the lineaments and antecedents of the New...

CYPRUS FOR THE TOURIST SIR,—I wonder if in my capacity

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as Director of Tourism in Cyprus I may be given the hospitality of a few lines in your paper to reassure those of your readers who may recently have fallen under the...

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Country Life

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As I write, the sky is a hedge-sparrow blue, the sun is up and a tractor is on its way along the back road, its sound echoing from the stone walls there and fading again as the...

Ferret for Sale

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Dai used to spend his annual holiday with a ferret and nets, having arranged with his employer each year so that his respite came late when ferreting was at its best. This year...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 244 Set by Allan 0. Wai0 A

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recent volume of brief biographies described Byron as 'The " Perfect Lover," who • chewed tobacco, bit his fingernails and drank wine out of human skulls,' while the chapter on...

Daisy Attraction

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Dwarf Michaelmas daisies have been a wonderful attraction for every sort of insect starching for nectar or pollen this week or two past. The variety of the visitors has been...

The Spectator recently published an article on The Cockney Renaissance

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(Spectator, August 27), a literary movement comparable in importance to the Scottish Renaissance of the Auld Scots tongue, otherwise known as Lallans. The author of this...

Clearing Up

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With a digging programme in mind it is a good . plan to clear up the vegetable garden now, carrying all decaying matter to the compost heap and cleansing the ground of unwanted...

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Compton Mackenzie W HEN Sir Harold Nicolson declared recently that the novel was dead my telephone for the next few days suggested that I should presently be called as a...

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The Keys of Eloquence By ANTHONY HOWARD (Christ Church, Oxford) T HEY call it ' the greatest debating society in the world '; and perhaps next Thursday as my typewriter and I...

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Conservative Political Thought By MICHAEL OAKESHOTT , A CONSERVATIVE is a man particularly disposed towards a certain exactness or frugality in conduct. And in the exercise of...

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Murderous Beasts

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Crocodile Fever. By Lawrence Earl. (Collins. 12s. 6d.) Nine Man-Eaters and One Rogue. By Kenneth Anderson. (George Allen & Unwin. 15s.) Jungle Fury. By Sasha Siemel....

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Cortes and Montezuma

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Cortes and Montezuma. By Maurice Collis. (Faber. 15s.) ' BECAUSE they alone believed the incredible,' Manuel Machado's famous sonnet on the Conquistadores begins, 'it came...

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Lord Maugham Remembers

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At the End of the Day. By Viscount Maugham. (Heinemann. 30s.) THIRTEEN years ago Lord Maugham retired at the age of seventy-five from the position of Lord of Appeal in Ordinary;...

Sailing Boats

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In a Junk Across the Pacific. By E. Allen Petersen. (Elek. 15s.) THE square-rigged ship was, Mr. Villiers says,' the loveliest of all man's working creations,' and the claim is...

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New Novels

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The Bad Seed. By William March. (Hamish Hamilton. 10s. 6d.) The Fascinator. By Theodora Keogh. (Peter Davies. 12s. 6d.) A Dream of Treason. By Maurice Edelman. (Allan Wingate....

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Celine in London

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Guignol's Band. By Louis-Ferdinand Celine. Translated by Bernard Frechtman and Jack T. Nile. (Vision Press. 15s.) 4 Aeats tout,' reflects the hero of Celine's first novel,...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT I AM all for the new capitalism. While I have stoutly upheld the legal rights of the proprietors of the business—the equity holders—to receive the highest...

Company Notes

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By CUSTOS STRIKES brought the bull market temporarily to a stop on Wednesday, except in the case of oil shares which have been buoyant. SHELL TRANSPORT reached a new high level...

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