16 JUNE 1961

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—Portrait of the Week

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THERE WAS DEADLOCK at Evian (France and Algeria), at Edgbaston (England and Australia), and at Geneva (Laos and Laos, with fourteen others intervening). The Admiralty got a...


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Victory on this side, defeat on that—complete for 'one moment was the antithesis. Then life returned to its complexities . . • M R. E. M. FoasTER's description of the end of...

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Back-tracking in the Federation

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I T looks as if the fears expressed by T. R. M. Creighton in his recent Spectator articles on the Central African Federation were justified. The problem the Government here has...

Beeching's Studies

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D R. BEECIIING'S prescription for British Rail- ways, variously described in the headlines as a pill and a tonic, might easily have been made out by his predecessor; Sir Brian...

Romer Reports

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A T T fi rst glance the Romer report on the security 1.breaches at Portland looks almost reassur- ing. The dear old Admiralty were at fault, bless them; besides, of the three...

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By BERNARD LEVIN `YOUR call from St. Helena on the line,' said the operator. But my call from St. Helena was not on the line, the connection having been lost just as 1 had...

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Making the Iron Hot

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WELL INGTON From CONRAD BOLLINGER N EW ZEALAND is about to move into the British headlines again. She doesn't do it often—after all, nothing particularly significant can be...

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Choice or Necessity?

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By ANTHONY HARTLEY XPERTS on American foreign policy have so Li enviable a prominence that they arc always in danger of becoming advisers to the administra- tion; in which case,...

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Can We Afford Macmillan?

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By DESMOND DONNELLY, MP W HEN Mr. Harold Macmillan finished his now famous 'Ramsay MacDonald speech' to the Assembly of Western European Union on May 29, I turned to my...

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The Arab Refugees

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It) LEO KOHN* rr HE Arab exodus from Palestine was the direct I outcome of the war waged by the Arabs of Palestine and the Arab League States against the Jews to prevent the...

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Erskine Childers writes:

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T THINK l must explain why I comment without linhibition on the late Dr. Kohn's article. It was written, not on his own behalf, but Israel's; and not in personal testimony, but...

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The Weather in `The Street'

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By BRIAN INGLIS T HE fate of the Sunday Dispatch is in a sense even more disturbing than other recent Fleet Street disappearances. The Mail and the Dispatch together ought to...

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SIR,—Mr, Hawley's explanation of Shaw v. D. P. P. ('What

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they did say ... was that they were not going to help a prostitute') is a trifle lame. It is surely obvious that the attitude of the courts—or of some judges and magistrates—is...


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SIR,—Mr. L. S. Harris's comment on expense allowances permitted under Schedule E for teachers is completely justified. For many years the National Union of Teachers has been...


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SIR, —In his letter of June 2, Mr. Kimche states that he has spent some years 'checkin g and rejecting not only the evidence but also the so-called sources of the evidence' on...

Sta.—In his article 'Blind Goddess' Mr. Cline makes his point

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that Parliament makes the law, but he fails to say that it is statute law, and that, once made, it has to be applied by lawyers, and not the legislators whose ideals or policies...

SIR,—In the small overseas territory where I was until recently

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Director of Education the salaries offered to graduate teachers are, at present, a little less than that received by Mr. Brand's Kenya friend. Educational development programmes...

Telegram from St. Helena Blind Goddess

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J. A. G. Smith. lan Rodger, R. L. Archdale Look—This is You Fred Jarvis, John Hartley. D. F. Burnett, Nicholas Walter The Other Exodus Walid Klialidi Cuban Aftermath '...


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SIR, —It was heartening to see the penetrating article by R. A. Cline in your issue of May 26 in which criticism is made of contradictions in the effect of the law in relation...

SIR,—Three years ago a new master with a good honours

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degree after three years at university, two years' national service and no teaching experience at all, earned £675, or about £10 10s. a week net. I think the 1959 increase would...

Sia,---1 am a graduate teacher and have followed the controversy

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between Mr. Brand and his opponents with interest but, alas, a good deal of impatience. The important question at the moment is surely the raising of the salaries and thereby...

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SIR,—A collectors' piece of journalistic dishonesty is provided by your music critic when he writes: 'Kempe's point has been incorporated in the Magee thesis—indeed Mr. Magee...

SIR,—Leslie Adrian's concern for me in your number dated June

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9 is flattering but any distance I may have to go in understanding resale price maintenance is really nothing compared with hers. That her thoughts on this subject can be...

BRITISH JOURNALISTS SIR,—Your contributor, Mr. Cyril Ray, under the heading

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'Postcript; in your issue of Rine 2, has given a somewhat misleading impression •of the Exhibition of British Journalism at Bethnal Green Museum, a branch of the Victoria and...

PRINTING AND THE PRESS SIR,—i am not quite sure of

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the point Mr. Perry seeks to make. It is beyond argument that web-fed offset for medium runs of print can lead to useful financial economics—I for one have been saying this in...

SIR.—It was clear that Mr. Conquest's second can- nonade was

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meant to sink the brief craft which I launched against him two or three weeks ago. To answer his charge in detail would need more space than either you or my patience • would...

CUBAN AFTERMATH SIR,—D. W. Brogan seems to miss the point

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about Cuba when he says. . the two Castros and Senator Guevara will make a mess of the Cuban economy, but why not let them?' Apart from the fact that a lot of people might...

GOING FISHING SIR,—The question is not, as your correspondent suggests,

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how many have become Christians through their intellect, as how many have stayed Christians without it, The objection to Dr. Graham's method is that he demands a 'decision for...

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Suitable for Jennifer By ISABEL QUIGLY The Absent-Minded Square Theatre.) - Gone With The Wind. (Coliseum.) — The Secret Ways, (Odeon, Marble Arch.) — Girl of the Night....


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Not Good Enough By KENNETH J. ROBINSON This was splendid, even if it did sound like a bad workman blaming his tools. But the Minister went on to soften his criticism of plan-'...

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The Weightiest Commentator of All By PETER FORSTER 'Behind him is his eldest son. His Royal High- ness Prince Edward—eight years old, and look- ing, I think you'll agree, very...

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In the Round By BAMBER GASCOIGNE The Andersonville Trial. (Mermaid.) IN all theatres the play is the thing, but in most it is too much the only thing. In the average West End...

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The Brothers Cay. and Pag. By DAVID CAIRNS FOR last week's royal gala performance of Cay. and Pag. the famous Zef- firelli productions were burnished for the occa- sion by the...

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The Fogey or the Commissar BY ALAN BRIEN C ormitrrmENT is simply another word for decision—it is the act of making a choice. All of us are packed with prejudices, illusions,...

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A Severed Head. By Iris Murdoch. (Chatto and Windus, 18s.) IN its splendid way, Irish Murdoch's new novel is an elegiac occasion for her following. It con- firms a parting of...

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Maverick History

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HERE are some glimpses of history from the other side of the Pale. Of course, they include their share of specifically Irish topics (Urban Flanagan's account of papal...

England Against Itself

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By Christopher Hill. (Nelson, 25s.) The Century of Revolution, 1603-1714. THIS is a book we have all been waiting for—a history of the political and religious conflicts of the...

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Brigands of Hellas

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FROM my earliest childhood, I was fascinated by my mother's vivid stories of brigands at our home at Achmetaga on the Greek island of Euboea. My grandfather, Edward Noel, was a...

Regal Delinquent

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A Tudor Tragedy. By Lacey Baldwin Smith. (Cape, 21s.) A Tudor Tragedy. By Lacey Baldwin Smith. (Cape, 21s.) PARADOXICALLY, it is almost impossible to describe a faultless book...

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High Corn

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Goddess of the Bullring. By 1.01a Verrill Cintron- (Muller, 21s.) Poor Me. By Adam Faith. (Four Square. 2s. Ii is (or ought to be) an accepted maxim for readers of...

The Rhetorical Swindle

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A PERIOD after defeat or suppression, or both, seems to favour good novels. to judge by transla- tions since the war from Japan and Italy—novels in earnest, not just reflecting...

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Company Taxation v. Efficiency

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THIS question of company taxation is one which con- cerns us all, not merely the investor, and I fear that it has got into a dreadful mess. I hope the...

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The Six by American Standards

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By RICHARD BAILEY T HE United States has always been regarded as the economic pacemaker and standard- setter for the industrial countries of Western Europe. But is this lead...

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Company Notes

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M a. HARRY F. OPPENHEINIER, chairman of . Anglo American Corporation, for the t hird year running reports excellent operating r esults; the gold and coal mining interests in...


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is on holiday and will resume his articles shortly.

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All My Own Work By KAIIIARIINE WHITIEHORN Things have changed, indeed, in the three years or so since I was on this kick last. There is much more assemble-it-yourself...

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Consuming Interest

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Safety Last Ry LESLIE ADRIAN IT would be the height of irony if the consumer These thoughts (which prompt me to cry out urgently once again for some sign of life from the...

Happy Families

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By MONICA FURLONG To be a mother is to lend hostages to guilt. In an unguarded moment I have only to let my mind turn up a painful avenue to remember the time the two-year-old...

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Postscript . .

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It was a couple of years before the end came for British cavalry. I have been reading Charge for Glory! (Heinemann, 21s.), James Lunt's dashing account of nine cavalry...