15 MAY 1947

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The dismay caused in India by the postponement of the Viceroy's coming announcement is a measure of the tension prevailing throughout India today. The announcement has reference...


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J UST a year ago there was a food crisis in Germany, starvation was just round the corner, the American Mr. Herbert Hoover was appealing for 300,000 tons of British wheat,...

Selective Aid

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The approval by both Houses of Congress of the Bill granting American aid to Greece and Turkey coincided with an announcement in Geneva that the American representative on the...

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Planning in Haste

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It is some measure of the Government's methods of legislation that the Town and Country Planning Bill, which is on the whole one of the more carefully drafted of recent...

Trade with the East

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The prospect of some development of trade with Russia and Poland is encouraging. On both questions Mr. Bevin may be expected to say something in the course of his review of...

United Europe

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There has never been any doubt about the splendour of the ideal of a Europe united by the creed of Western civilisation, and if there had been any it would have been dispelled...

U.N.O. and" Palestine Not much more can be said of

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the discussion on Palestine at the United Nations Assembly than that it has gone as well as could reasonably be expected. After discursive debates, in the course of which the...

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The First Five Days

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Words seem to have peculiar meanings when they are employed in connectioh with coal. Mr. Shinwell said that the output of deep- mined coal in the first fiye-day week-3,552,6o0...

Goodbye to the Housing Programme

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When, at the end of January, the Minister of Health belatedly pro- duced the first post-war housing programme he gave great promin- ence to the fact that it could easily go...


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y AM writing before Mr..Bevin's speech on Foreign Affairs, which I will no doubt be the piece de resistance of the Parliamentary week. Until the House switched to the...

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T HE statement of industrial policy which the Conservative Party has issued this week under the title " The Industrial Charter " is a document of considerable interest and...

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There can have been few more uniformly delightful functions at

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the House of Commons than the dinner given there by Sir Stanley Holmes, the leader of she National Liberals, to the South African cricket team last Monday It was one of those...

New translations of the Bible are always of interest, though

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none since the Revised Version was published in 188r and 1885 has obtained any hold on the public, not even Dr. Moffatt's. It is not very clear whether the proposal which the...


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AI R. CHURCHILL'S many-sided personality defies assessment. Sometimes in the House of Commons he will bicker across the despatch-box with Mr. Morrison like a corner-boy. A day...

The search for a suitable synonym for " conscript "

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has not proved very fruitful so far ; however, as I never thought it would be, I am not depressed unduly. Meanwhile I have had the spontaneous proffer of a word to meet another...

The Cecil House at the northern end of Gower Street,

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opened by the Lord Mayor on Tuesday, perpetuates the name, not of the noble family associated with Hatfield, but of Cecil Chesterton, the lesser but by no means undistinguished...

" You couldn't hear a debate like this in any

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other assembly in the world," a noble Viscount, himself of the highest academic as well as political distinction, said to me as I was listening to the House of Lords debate on...

I sometimes publish in October an extract from the Cornbridga

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Review's list of entrance scholarship winners, with a note on the most successful schools (which in that case are usually Eton and Manchester Grammar). The Oxford Magazine has...

Opposition to the Bankside project grows, or at any rate

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marshals itself, steadily. The London County Council last Tuesday con- demned it by a vote, which would have been unanimous but for the opposition of the two Communist members...

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By SIR WILLIAM BARTON W HILE India awaits the new British declaration on the transfer of power to Indian hands the Punjab and the North West Frontier remain the chief danger...

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By WILLIAM RICHMOND T HE Cambridge Union recently revived the pre-war custom of international debating by sending a two-man team to America for a month. The members were Ian...

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BRETTON WOODS By F. W. PAISH T HE opening for business on March 1st last of the International Monetary Fund brought to fruition at least five years of patient work. Its...

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By BISHOP STEPHEN NEILL T HE Church of England is still the Church of the English people, and in many ways faithfully represents the national character. In nothing is this more...

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By ALAN ROSS I N a four-storeyed circular building, gutted by fire and roofless, two rooms look out on to a canal in Hamburg. The high iron framework and crumbling masonry are...

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By G. D. MARTINEAU I N 1847 the game of cricket had arrived at a critical phase in its development. It had acquired many characteristics now familiar to us ; that is to say,...

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D URING the past few weeks I have given several lectures, and attended several discussion-groups, in various parts of the country. The audiences have been composed of young and...

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THE CINEMA . THAT art is related to " escapism " is a contention which can gener- ally be relied upon to stir the gentlest gathering into a state of -animation ; the affair is...


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THE 123 modern British paintings now on view at the Tate, whither they have returned from the capitals of Europe, form an interesting gloss to the exhibition at Burlington...


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IT has unquestionably been Sir T'nomas Beecham's week. With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra he gave the Berlioz Requiem at the Maida Vale Studios on Friday and the first of his...

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To judge by the ineptitude of its poster and advertising campaigns, the Government still fails to appreciate the fact that explanation rather than exhortation is what the people...

GRAMOPHONE NOTES THE best records I have received this month

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are H.M.V.'s Tapiola (Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and Janacek's Sinfonietta (Rafael Kubelik and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). Beecham gets exactly the...


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SEMBLANCES of dark green narcissus leaves Grow tall about me, tangible to thought, And almost visible to my inward sight. I know their fresh upsurge and cool delight And sense,...

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Sta,—I much enjoyed reading Victor Bonham-Carter's The Parish Council in

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your issue dated May 9th, and as chairman and clerk to Taverham (Norfolk) Parish Council would like to express thanks to you for the interest such an article must undoubtedly...


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SIR,—In your issue of May 9th, Mr. Henry Howell states that lzvestia of April 7th, 1936, published a decree authorising the death penalty for children after the age of 12 for...


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Snt,—One of the major tasks of the recently appointed economic planner is the co-ordination of various Government departments to ensure increased industrial output. However, the...


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Sta,—Mr. Bonham-Carter's explanation of the comparative failure of parish councils is only partly true. A considerable number of the rural parishes of England belonged to the...


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RESPONSIBILITY FOR GERMANY Sta,—Lord Pakenham finds the living conditions in our zone in Germany to be "appalling." Is it not also appalling that the British public has not (so...

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SIR,—Janus, in your issue of May 2nd, blames the public

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for the decision to cease reservations on trains, because " reserved labels are torn down and an argument ensues." If this is true, it is deplorable—and the widest publicity...


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SIR,—Could not the railways admit to the platform, up to a specified time, only passengers holding " reserved " vouchers as well as tickets? It is an appalling problem for young...

POWER FROM THE TIDES SIR,—How is it that the tides,

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as a source of power, have been neglected for so long? In places like the Bristol Channel, where the rise and fall are considerable, millions of horse-power could be generated....


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SIR,—May I reply to your correspondent, Mr. J. E. Ray, of Hastings? This district council is as anxious to preserve the amenity of Winchelsea as anyone. The so-called "Friars...

SUMMER TIME Stn,—According to a report from the Berlin correspondent

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of a leading London daily newspaper, many workers in Hamburg recently took part in a stay-in strike as a protest against the present inadequacy of food and as a reinforcement of...

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JUNGLE ENGLISH Stiff,—On May 9th Janus says, "No speaker or

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writer is going to use habitually three words when one will express his meaning." Can he have overlooked that most repulsive of all specimens of Jungle English: " in short...

Multiplying Moles The work of the more is yet more

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conspicuous than the nest of the squirrel, but it is not therefore very vulnerable. The trapper must be something of an expert. Some surprising results have followed the attempt...

Lake Foxes

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While on the subject of more or less deleterious animals I may be allowed, in spite of its sanctity, to deprecate the fox. On many of the fells of Cumberland and Westmorland the...

CAMOUFLAGING CONSCRIPTION SIR,—Apropos of Janus's remarks about an alternative name

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for " conscripts," the first peace-time National Service Act was passed in the spring or summer of 1939, and came into operation just before. the outbreak of war. Men called up...

In My Garden

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My experience of the effects of frost on the garden suggests that the usually warm south-west has been much the worst sufferer. The reason is that Cornish and Devon gardeners,...

The Crime Wave

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There seem to be two creatures that are much on the increase, especially perhaps on the western side of England. They are the magpie and the mole. In parts of Gloucestershire...

SIR,—Janus writes that there is a desire, which he describes

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as reasonable and intelligible, in certain quarters to avoid the use of the word " con- script" for men enrolling under the National Service scheme. Where is the reason and...

COUNTRY LIFE WHAT gaps—what serious gaps, as it seems to

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me—are found in our agricultural organisation, an experience of mine may indicate. Two of my hens died from an undiscovered cause. I at once motored off to the H.Q. of the...

A PANEL OF EXPERTS SIR,—Janus comments scathingly on the conviction

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of the authors of Keep Left that " they know more about business than most successful businessmen, and more about the Army than most successful soldiers." Mr. Mikardo, who wrote...

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HARVARD AND WREN Snt,—Like Janus, I am glad that opposition

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to the power station is growing, but I would not have the withers of our American cousins wrung concerning John Harvard. He had no associations with Bankside: the place of his...


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Sta,—It is surely a very remarkable situation when the Government of Great Britain issues an Order—I refer to the ban on " space-heating "- and responsible and highly...

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Dostoievsky Dostoievsky. By J. C. Powys. (John Lane. 7s. 6d.) IN a time of upheaval it would not be surprising if many should turn afresh to the novelist of upheaval. It is...

The Witch in Politics

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Four Centuries of Witch Beliefs. By R. Trevor Davies. (Methuen. 15s.) IN English tradition—which, according to Mr. Trevor Davies, is largely Calvinist tradition—wizards are far...

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Fellow-Traveller's Cheques

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This House Against This House. By Vincent Sheean. (Macmillan. 16s.; AN impatience with half-tones; a determination that little or nothing in life is too complicated, too subtle,...

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Can Miracles Happen ?

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IN this latest book Mr. Lewis returns from the fanciful eschatology of The Great Divorce to the theological apologetic of The Problem of Pain. Here also he has chosen a subject...

What Sort of Newspapers ?

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THE publishers claim for this book the merit of " great topical interest," and this is a fair and true claim. There could be no more attractive, or more provocative,...

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Warfare by Night The Filibusters : the Story of the

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Special Boat Service. By John Lodwick. (Methuen. 12s. 6d.) " I sliALL be quite content," writes Captain Lodwick with an agree- able absence of ambition," if I have shown how, in...

Historian of the Family

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Sir Richard Lodge. By Margaret Lodge. (Blackwood. 21s.) THE greatest characters, it seems, show a quality of the unexpected ; of not quite fitting into life ; of being in some...

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Book Notes

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THE letters which Swift wrote to Stella durin g the last years of Queen Anne are now certainly of g reater human, and probably of g reater historical, interest than the...


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THE publishers claim that Stephen Ba g nall's book is in a class by itself. It is. It ranks as a novel, but it certainly isn't fiction, and it has no plot except that overridin...

Shorter Notices

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Tins is a melancholy but necessary book. Even those who know their London best are still uncertain how much of it is left. Con- spicuous destruction, like that of the House of...

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[A Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week May 27th. Envelopes...


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By CUSTOS WILL industrial share values reach and surpass the peak level of i the middle of January? That is the question which is now upper- most in many minds in Throgmorton...