16 OCTOBER 1959

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— Portrait of the Week— LORD MONTGOMERY apologised for having

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offended the 12,216,166 people who voted Labour, which was the least he could do in the circumstances— the circumstances being that when the last two results were declared on...


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A LARGE Government majority in the House of Commons—it is often argued—is a bad thing. Is it? Readers of the Spectator will not need to be told that we would have preferred to...

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No. 6851 Established 1828 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1959

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The Shadow of Iraq

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From MICHAEL ADAMS BEIRUT T tit anxieties aroused by the recent attempt to assassinate General Kassem, the unpredict- able Prime Minister of Iraq, have diverted atten- tion from...

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Election Commentary

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After the Ball AND quite a ball it was, too. For my own part, the only moments of absolutely unqualified pleas- ure I had all night were those provided by the results from...

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LAST MONTH the Spectator called attention to the case of

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Andrew Mwenya, a Northern Rhodesian who had been banished to a 'jungle Siberia' because of his activities in the African National Congress; when Mwenya applied for Habeas Corpus...

A Spectator's Notebook

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ONE OF THE aac's self-imposed rules, which it has honourably tried to obey in the past, is that when a programme is re- corded the audience is in- formed of the fact. I under-...

AND THIS IS NOT the only piece of good news

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this week concerning Africa : the Kenya Govern- ment's decision that in future ability, rather than race, is to be the test for ownership of land in the White Highlands is most...

FRIEDRICH GRUNWALD, accused under the Larceny Act of fraudulent conversion

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of £3,250,000, is allowed out on bail. Two young men who were brought before the magistrates' court in Pershore, accused of taking Is. 21d. from a tramp, were refused bail, and...

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THE DISCLOSURES about quiz-rigging in the US have naturally prompted

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speculation whether anything of the kind has happened here. One such allegation was investigated and, though no positive proof was found that the quiz had been rigged, the...

'THE BLACK DIARIES,' discussed in the Spectator last spring on

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the occasion of its publication in America, has now appeared over here (Sidgwick and Jackson, £5 5s.). There is nothing to add to what has been said in this controversy before,...

so THE VANGUARD is to be scrapped-at last. Com- pleted

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after the end of the war, she was given an extremely expensive refit three or four years ago, in spite of the fact that battleships were already obsolete—and that she suffered...

The Scientists and the Bomb

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By RUDOLF E. PEIERLS I N his survey of the events leading to the decision to use atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Charles Curran underlined the questions asked by Earl...

THE Sunday Times appears already to be the brighter for

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its change of ownership : its leader page this week, instead of producing its quota of ponderous pieces by what the Irish call the 'cod' figures—men who can be relied upon to...

SINN FEIN EMERGED from the general election of 1955 as

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the fourth largest political party, polling over 150,000 voters and gaining two seats, though its candidates were ineligible to sit in the Com- mons and would in any case have...

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A Talk on the Wild Side

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By KENNETH ALLSOP N ELSON ALOREN's novels are a kind of serial Beggar's Opera drawn from the submerged lower third of United States society today. His books (the best known of...

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Dinner at the Dogs

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By KENNETH GREGORY T ACITUS or peanuts was the choice which the White City seemed to offer me. But with dinner less than half an hour away I ignored the peanut vendor's...

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Hairy Apes By ALAN BRIEN One More River is mixed from the same ingredients as the best of the new theatre that has been so hotly applauded in the plays of Arnold Wesker and...


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Tarnished Ring By DAVID CAIRNS EARLIER this year, when Covent Garden announced a new kind of grant from the Arts Council under which it hoped to have more money to spend, the...

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Leslie Adrian Consuming Interest Cyril Ray Wine of the Week

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Kenneth J. Robinson on Design are now at the end of the paper, where they will be found in future.


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Corked By MATTHEW NORG ATE AT this year's Cork Film Fes- tival we learned from horses' mouths that Jean-Pierre Leaud, fifteen-year-old star of Les Quatre Cent Coups, likes...

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A World Elsewhere By PETER FORSTER THINK for a daring minute of television as it might be! Imagine a plethora of Nobel Prizewinners continually con- sulted; a' frequent chance...

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Eastern Western By ISABEL QUIGLY LAST week we had the off- heroine, the pretty girl gone somehow—in effect as in per- sonality and looks—askew. This week we have the off-hero....

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SIR,—It appears that my lighthearted attempt to pour a little oil on the unusually troubled waters of the Cann has failed. Perhaps the oil was too thin.•Cer- tainly I...


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SIR,---I was interested in the remarks of your con- tributor, C. H., on Mr. Solomon Bandaranaike, as, in 1955, shortly before be became Prime Minister, I had a long talk with...

X Marks the Spot Nicolas

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Ludovic Kennedy, Donald Reid, Michael Shelton, Diane Burrow A nt i-Semi BS111 Robert P. Scott, C. J. Rawson Solomon Bandaranaike Richard Rumbold `The Control of the Purse'...

SIR,—On the subject of `the somewhat surprising lack of official

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reaction' to his disclosures about Mr. J. G. W. Davies, Pharos doubtless now knows that Mr. Davies has been elected to a Fellowship at St. John's. One's -disgust may presumably...

Sta,-:-Although Pamela Dunn"s letter in your last issue may be

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taken as a fair satire on Mr. Evelyn Waugh, I would like to point out that his attitude is not shared by all Catholics. 1. as a Catholic, and others, I am sure, like me, feel...

SIR,—Mr. Evelyn Waugh is at his sternest when he tells

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us that he will not vote this year; and will never vote unless a moral or religicius issue is involved. 'Every man,' said Mr. Pecksniff, has a right, an undoubted right (which...

SIR,—I have just been reading your issue of Septem- ber

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25 which 1 found waiting for me here on return from contesting the seat at Rochdale. In it a Con- servative MP, Mr. J. E. S. Simon, QC, had written an article which not only...

SIR,—I could not help feeling a little bitter myself last

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week after reading Mr. Evelyn Waugh's reference to 'bitter memories of the Attlee-Cripps regime.' It is common knowledge that Mr. Waugh belongs to the Roman Catholic Church, the...

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Sut,—I hope the Spectator (and ultimately everybody else) will adopt

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the policy of 'Fleming for Premier after last week's promulgation of his admirable pro' gramme.—Yours faithfully, 83 Newington Road, Edinburgh 9 0. oi


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SIR.—Mr. Ian Fleming imagines himself as Premier and proceeds to talk about his Ministers. Would you please explain to him that a Premier does not own Ministers but that the...


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SIR,—For the record! 1 remember Patrick Campbell posting the cow, about which he wrote so amusingly last week under the title 'A Milker in the Mail. because I was then Chief...

Sr ,—According to Mr. Goldsmith in his article 'Space Salesmen,'

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Mr. Shawcross is worrying about invasion by inhabitants of other planets. Mr. Goldsmith him- self is worrying about the effects of travelling at the speed of light. I am...


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SIR,—A young friend of mine has recently taken a good honours degree in Sociology at London Univer- sity. She did this with a view to becoming a probation officer. She is over...


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Einzig's letter of September 18, which escaped me at the time, challenged me to produce some authoritative pronouncement in support of my view that the strict scrutiny by the...

SIR,—The Seven Material Fallacies referred to by your correspondent Mr.

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Matthew Lindsay are based on an Aristotelian classification and are as follow - (1) Fallacy of Accident, (2) Converse Fallacy of Acci - dent, (3) Irrelevant Conclusion or...

SIR,-1 would like to applaud Barbara Wootton's excellent article 'Crime

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on the Roads.' She asks, 'What can be done to stop the slaughter?' and concludes from the point of view of the magis- trate that with drunken drivers 'both the fact and degree...

SIR,---It is naughty of Mr. Ulick O'Connor, comment- ing in

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your columns upon an anecdote of Richard Irvine Best's regarding George Moore, to say that 'Moore, being an Irish Catholic, had not over- burdened himself with the study of Holy...

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Lives of Proust BY ANTHONY HARTLEY T HE relationship between a writer's work and his life always poses complex theoretical problems. And this is particularly the case with men...

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Return From 1984

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Political Prisoner. By Paul Ignotus. (Routledge, 16s.) A Study in Infamy. By George Mikes. (Andre Deutsch, 15s.) How swift the change. Driving on the sleek motorways of the...

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Briscoe's Dublin

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I USED to wonder why Bob Briscoe had never been made a minister in any of de Valera's cabinets: Watching him in the Dail—his nose knocked by a ru g by boot into what he...

First Seeing the Cuckoo

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boctor Jenner of Berkeley. By Dorothy Fisk. (Heinemann, 25s.) Flits biogyaphy contains no dramatic conflicts, no odd background, no weird behaviour. It is a. quiet life of a...

The Making of an American

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The Return of Hyman Kaplan. By Leo Rosten. (Gollancz, 12s. 6d.) Mom than twenty years ago there appeared under the assumed name of 'Leonard Q. Ross' a book of singular...

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Freud Over All

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THE history of ideas is a branch of knowledge which the empirical tradition of this country has tended to neglect; and yet mankind is the subject of history and the products of...

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A Round of Hospitals

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Scenes from Institutional Life. By John Vaizcy. (Faber, 10s. 6d.) Mit. VnizEv's book i,s a brief autobiogrtiphica .fragment covering a period of nearly two years in his early...

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Head of Resentment

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PROFESSOR PHELPS BROWN knows many of the byways of his subject and has an acute and ques- tioning mind. Consequently his book is full of good things: a neat argument of the...

Before the Mayflower

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The Elizabethans and America. By A. L. Rowse. (Macmillan, 25s.) IT was appropriate that Dr. Rowse should be asked to give the first Trevelyan Lectures. He has long proclaimed...

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A Rage to Die

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Tents of Wickedness. By Peter de Vries. (Gollancz, 16s.) Front the Terrace is a maggoty slice of life : 900 Pages of Alfred Eaton's, complete or over- complete with the sexual...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE most sordid of general elections, in which promises of material gain were bandied about by both parties, ended up with a pretty sordid scramble for...


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By CUSTOS UaiDAY of last week was not a day of which the r City should be proud. The Stock Exchange became a bedlam. Shouting brokers besieged the jobbers and in the frantic...

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S INCE the close of the accounts for Kepong (Malay) Rubber Estates on December 31, 1958, the company has suffered the loss of its chairman, Mr. T. J. Cumming. The new chairman,...

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THE ELECTION Beneath the Italianate skies and the heavy gilt of the restaurant, Neptune as ever interviewed a nymph with a three-pronged microphone, and four TV sets had been...

Costume Piece By KATHARINE WHITEHORN O UTSIDE it was a sunny

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morning; inside it was lurid night. On high stands around a swim- ming pool, the fashion press sat in darkness; strange lights played on the water, making it look like...

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Smell of Success By KENNETH J. ROBINSON • it I've been slamming my car door for the last half-hour. It didn't need slamming, but I was testing my chances of keeping up with...

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Consuming Interest

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Café Continental By LESLI E ADRIAN COFFEE controversies tend to get as hot as good coffee is supposed to be. Studying the summer issue of Shopper's Guide, and the article on...


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ACROSS 1 Melt oil for a sweet-smelling result (7) 5 More excellent when he discovers water? (7) 9 Hairless one, that's a story! (7) 10 The King of Dashan among the lindens here...


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ACROSS.-1 Cowboy. 4 Diapason. 9 Ruskin. 10 Well-head. 12 What time. 13 Israel. 15 Yarn. 1 . 6 Copperhead. 19 Misogynist. 20 Epic. 23 Fulvid. 25 Flat- iron. 27 Limpidly. 28...

Wine of the Week

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A GOOD deal of Swiss wine has been fi nd its way down English gullets this past con of weeks because of Swiss Fortnight, which been marked by tastings all over the shop, well as...