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Mr Heath and the party chairman

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Before the mists of time envelop the strange story of the non-fight for the Tory chairman- Ship, it would be as well to set the record straight. There is, first, the official...

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Paying the price

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Last week, this journal conspicuously failed to join in the chorus of abuse heaped on the Government for allowing an increase of 10 per cent or more in electricity prices. Alas,...

Portrait of the week

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Enoch Powell is going into hospital for an operation on his foot—the opportunity will be taken (said Conservative Central Office) to remove traces of tonsil. For the party it...

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Voters and cynics

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY ALAN WATKINS 'There's a poster round the corner saying "Up Lane" and, do you know, someone has scrawled something rather rude underneath it,' said Mr David...

Sunday boat races

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CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS Anglican clergymen, anxious to attend the university Boat Race, have protested against the BBC's suggestion that it be rowed on Sunday so as to avoid a clash...

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The sheikh-out

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ADEN D. C. WATT Only a remarkable reversal in the present con- stellation of forces will save British policy in Aden from a total disaster. The magical ele- ment involved in...

Prisoners of war

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AMERICA-1 MURRAY KEMPTON New Yopk—The stirrings of our politicians from their summer languors seem largely to have risen from the duty to seem active when there was no way to...

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LBJ's peace option

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AMERICA-2 DOUGLAS SKELTON Washington—Getting out of a major war is like devaluing your currency: you don't go around beforehand telling everyone you are going to do it. On the...

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D. W. BROGAN I am entertained by the lavish use of the word `pirate' in common speech and writing today. I see that at the Trades Union Congress the self-employed building...

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The umpire's verdict

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DEVALUATION In Britain we believe in tradition. There is even a ritual date for D (for Devaluation) day : the third Sunday in September. There are even some who go as far as to...

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Export of 'Capital'

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CENTENARY TIBOR SZAMUELY Not very many people can have actually read Das Kapital in the hundred years (this week) since its first publication: it is one of those books which...

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DONALD McLACHLAN No one, so far as I have noticed, has pointed to the real cause of Mr Greville Wynne's de- cision to expand in a book and in the News of the World the account...

Mini Austen

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TELEVISION J. W. M. THOMPSON It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a television channel in possession of a good for- tune. must be in want of a serial. And so. in-...

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Thoughts on the Thoughts

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PERSONAL COLUMN ANTHONY BURGESS I have at last discovered the ideal book for a journey. Yes, you're perfectly right: not Mar- cus Aurelius, Machiavelli, a Shakespeare play or...

A hundred years ago

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From the 'Spectator, 14 September 1867 --12fficis Household Suffrage puts into the House of Com- mons at least a few genuine working-men, to represent the real beliefs, wishes,...

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Plus ca change TRAVEL

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JOHN WELLS One of the most fundamental mistakes made by travel writers, it seems to me, is that they still believe we are interested in reading about something 'different.' In...

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Floating hotels

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CRUISES GEORGE STUART Each year nowadays brings an increase in the number of people who take a winter break in the sun. This winter may see a pause: because of those damned...

It's a gift

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CARGO-BOATS MADGE GARLAND Cargo-boat travelling sounds as if it were under- taken more to please the pocket than the passen- ger, which could be the case unless the latter has...

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Beginner's doom

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WINTER SPORTS HELEN MASON The Scots, having tempered all the old frivoli- ties with guilt and prohibitions, have a rightful suspicion of new ones. And how else but frivo- lous...

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Trust the people? BOOKS

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ROBERT BLAKE The Reform Act of 1867 was likened by Disraeli to Milton's `Serbonian Bog.' But the historiographical difficulty is not so much that armies whole have sunk in it...

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From the pulpit

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MARTIN SEYMOUR-SMITH This interesting collection of essays, linked by autobiographical accounts of the author's 'vary- ing self-adjustments' to the problems that con- front...

The Third Policeman Hann O'Brien (N1 ac- Gibbon and Kee

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25s) NEW NOVELS Paradox & poetry KAY DICK Ice AnnaKavan (Peter Owen 30s) The Hangover Frank Sargeson (MacGibbon and Kee 25s) The 28th Day of kW Richard M. Elman (Hut- chinson...

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Family man

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DEREK PATMORE Recent events in Nigeria and the Congo must make any reader of this first English life of ' Christophe, King of Haiti, think that there are some interesting...

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Cocktail time

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NED SHERRIN Cole Porter started writing 'thirties songs in the 'twenties and he continued to do so through the 'forties and the 'fifties. When he died in October 1964 after...

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Bonnie and Clyde (Warner, 'X')

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CINEMA Big shots PENELOPE HOUSTON Every Young Man (Cameo Poly, 'A') For once, the publicity gets across something of the flavour of a film. An evening paper advertisement for...

Question and answer ARTS

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CHARLES REID Was the Proms performance (first in London) of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gruppen fiir drei Orchester (composed, 1955-57; premiere, Cologne, 1958) worth the trouble?...

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The Merchant of Venice (Haymarket)

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THEATRE Merchandise IIILARY SPURLING Futz and Melodrama Play (La Mama 'froupe at the Mercury) It is years since London has seen anything quite like Messrs Tennent's The...

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To opt or not to opt ? MONEY

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NICHOLAS DAVENPORT In the faraway days of the 1964 election—what a painfully long three years of financial crisis it has been!—Labour promised cheaper mort- gage loans for...

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Market notes

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CUSTOS The ici interim report having pleased the bulls, though not satisfied the cynics, it was only natural for the market to boil over and wait for a fresh lead. It did not...

Petrol next

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JOHN BULL Oil prices overseas are rising steadily. Tanker rates remain at a high level. Libya, Iraq and Saudi Arabia want to increase their share of oil company profits. These...

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Take my tip

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CONSUMING INTEREST LESLIE ADRIAN On the very eve of a motoring, trip through France, some summers ago, I had the mis- fortune to be invited to four drinks parties. Misfortune,...

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Public ends and private means

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LETTERS From John Ashe, William. Doyle, Brian Burrows, Richard -Portes, Dr I. C. Spence, S. P. Best, Sir Denis 'Brogan, P. Thomson, Anthony Froshaug. Sir; In his letter (I'...

Sir: I read J. H. Plumb's lament with much interest

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and growing sympathy. My particular interest in historical demography and the applica- tion of the methods of computing science to his- torical and demographic studies have...

The significance of Mr Crosland

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Sir: On the front page of your issue of I September you make a reference to Dr Thomas Balogh which. might be interpreted to mean that he could find some personal advantage in...

Danger : people

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Sir: It is a pity that Michael Watts's exposition of the problems presented by our increasing popu- lation (8 September) is marred by his failure to produce practicable answers....

An historian's lament

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Sir: Dr T. H. Plumb'i views on history, historians, and the role of both in modern society have be- come widely known over the last few years, especi- ally to readers of the...

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Referendum in Gibraltar

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Sir: It is hoped that the referendum in Gibraltar will inaugurate a new era in international relations. Whenever there is an international dispute concern- ing land (and this...

The other telly

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Sir: As a non-consumptive means of passive re- laxation, may I recommend to Mr Adrian that he services himself, for free, with the International Sub- scriber Dialling number 010...

Letting off steam

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Sir: 1 agree with what R. A. Cline has to say (1 September) and hive always felt that the appro- priate tribunal for planning appeals is the local county court. The judges and...

Queen's move

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Sir: I am glad Mr Pendlebury (Letters. I Septem- ber) shares my views about the 'Queen Mary' and the 'Aquitania.' I didn't mention the 'Mauretania' mainly for reasons of space....


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HUGH ROSS WILLIAMSON Christians believe that the world had a begin- ning and will have an end. This apparently obvious statement is not as simple as it seems, for the belief...

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Crossword no.1291

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Across I Doubly fortified? (6) 4 Bestow a tasty thigh in a Lincolnshire junction (8) • 8 Muddy old Parisian (8) 10 How to get out of a bottle-neck? (6) 12 Cat from the Land of...

Chess no. 352

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PHILIDOR G. W. Chandler (2nd Prize, B.C.P.S. 1952). White to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to no. 351 (Casa): K - B IL no threat. 1 ... R-K 2„. K...