17 JANUARY 1958

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M R. BULGANIN's letter sent to nineteen countries, proposing a conference of Heads of States to discuss topics ranging from the Polish suggestion of a non- atomic zone in...


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I HE explanation which Mr. Thorneycroft gave to his constituents on Tuesday evening of the reasons which led to his resignation is extremely disturbing. It throws fresh light on...


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C INCE the decision was made to release Arch- bishop bishop Makarios from the Seychelles and to send him to Coventry instead, the Cyprus problem has become increasingly complex....

NEXT WEEK CHARLES CURRAN The Crisis of Trade Unionism and

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NICHOLAS KALDOR The Economic Outlook II

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Southern Rhodesian Crisis

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON . T HERE are two lessons to be drawn from the resignation of the whole Southern Rhodesian Cabinet last week : that no government or politi- cal leader can...

Strength of a President

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By RICHARD H. ROVERE ' B Y some obscure and unfortunate process, it came to be believed in recent weeks that the future of the Eisenhower administration and perhaps of the...

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Not Even Abdullah

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H ow long will it be before Sheikh Abdullah is clapped back into gaol? In 1953 Mr. Nehru's old comrade of twenty years was arrested and detained for 'the time being.' The...

Westminster Commentary

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'MEN crowded round him, patting his back and gripping his hand, and women kissed him . . . when he left . . . a crowd surged round him on the pavement outside, still cheering...

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M DEMANDING LEGISLATION of some sort, DT. Fisher has an

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unanswerable case. But the Gov- ernment will presumably appoint a committee tinder the chairmanship of Sir Oliver Franks, lord Radcliffe, or possibly Sir. John Wolfenden, to...

FROM an Evening Standard poster :

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IN VIEW of the recent correspondence in the Spectator as

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to whether or not the questions in the News Chronicle's Gallup poll were 'angled,' I was amused to find what seemed another flagrant instance in last Tuesday's Chronicle. The...

I AM BEGINNING to find what is happening, or not

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happening, at the South Pole almost as big a bore as what is happening, or not happening, to the Misses Bartok, Dors, Mansfield and Kennedy. The main object of the expeditions...

A Spectator's Notebook

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THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY may be too , prone to loose off ecclesiastical thunderbolts at card- board targets; as a result his good sense is often dismissed as mere...

IT WAS A good idea to bring together political leaders

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and television nabobs to discuss the future of political broadcasting; and an excellent idea to bring them together unofficially, without pub- licity—particularly as the...

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Contempt of Court

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By BRIAN INGLIS N unsatisfactory feature of the Bank rate leak' inquiry has been the vague threat in the background of contempt of court proceed- ings. Awed by it, financial...

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The Economic Outlook—I

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Pound The Fight for the By F. W. PAISH* T HANKS to a continued rise in saving and to a slowing-down of the rise in fixed investment, by the end of 1957 the excessive pressure...

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Apartheid and the Untouchables

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By L. F. RUSHBROOK WILLIAMS M R. MACMILLAN'S talks in Delhi with Mr. Nehru are known to have covered many of the problems of the Commonwealth. Mr. Mac- millan can hardly have...

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Haystacks and Needles

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By STRIX T HE character of a man is known by his deeds : of a tyrant or commander, by his decisions : Of a government, by the colour of its com- promises : and of a nation—save...

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Consuming Interest

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Holidays Abroad By LESLIE ADRIAN N EVER make the mistake,' I wrote a few months ago, 'of accepting friends' recom- mendations of a town (or, worse, a fishing village); always...

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99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1

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Euston 3221

T HE BBC'S RUSSIAN SERVICE 8 ' 4, —Mr. Peter Wiles's comprehensive survey of

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the material broadcast by the Russian service of the 44 C reveals a state of affairs which should not be 4110 Wed to continue. It is becoming clearer every , va) , that neither...

COLUMBIA MARKET SIR,—I am tired of seeing my name quoted

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and my views misrepresented by your correspondent Mr. Fleet who writes from Bethnal Green Town Hall. Because I mentioned that Darbishire's Columbia Market on its hill looked...


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Sta,—Alec Vidler says that the future of the Church may depend on a reformation 'more far-reaching in its nature and effects than that of the sixteenth cen- tury.' This implies...


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SIR,—Strix, in his review' of Mr. Slessor's book in the Spectator of January 10, remarks that Mr. Slessor was unobservant in not connecting the passage of animals on the road...

THRENODY FOR BETJEMAN SIR, —I felt moved to compose the

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following threnody on hearing that John Betjeman was to disappear from your columns : Our John has gone; he's shot his bolt; Look out! redundant churches. Archdeacons move in...

LAW REFORM SIR,—In your issue of January 10 you suggest

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that there may be wide agreement with the proposal of Mr. R. S. W. Pollard that a Minister, known as the Vice-Chancellor, should be appointed to deal with law reform. May I...

Letters to the Editor

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Vice Prosecutions The BBC's Russian Service Low Reform New Reformation? The Clue of the Blue-Faced t hrenody for Betjeman Columbia Market west of Midian C Torpedoes he True...

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TRANQUILLISERS SIR,—In his paragraph on tranquillisers, Pharos states that the

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satisfactory ones calm the mind without inducing sleep or loss of normal faculties, and do not lead to addiction, but opposes their use on the grounds that they can represent a...

SIR,—In his letter about Passchendaele (Spectator , December 27) Brigadier Desmond

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Young states : fact the monsoon conditions of August, 1917, were no worse than in the three previous years.' This statement needs correction; it is quite contrary to the...


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SIR,—Reviewers" of Mr. Philby's books have a habit of blaming those British officials who, in 1914-24, backed what reviewers call the 'Sharifians': they echo Mr. Philby's...


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SIR,—Cyril Ray is wrong in suggesting that the torpedo-shaped cigar faded away with the memory of King Edward VII (Spectator, December 13)— neither has. I enclose a portion of a...


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SIR,—Passchendaele is the MYTH of the Battle of Third Ypres. There were a number of British in- fantry attacks in Third Ypres and almost the same number of German...


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SIR,—There are one or two points in Mr. Cyril Ray's review of my book The True Blue which I think could stand a riposte. Mr. Ray questions my choice of subject, surely a very...

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Contemporary Arts

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Not the Mixture as Before THE position of English ballet— to eyes capable of seeing farther than tonight's performance—is as precarious now as it was in Janu- ary, 1957, and...

Odds and Ends

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Ott., paint is an extraordinarily flexible medium; in 500 years it has been sufficient to contain the intentions of Poussin and Mond- rian as well as Rembrandt and van Gogh. It...

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Saving the Phenomena

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WITH the best will in the world I am getting a little tired of the farcical, commedia dell'arte style favoured by Theatre Workshop. Take the other evening, for instance. I was...

The Crooners Who Made Good

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Pal Joey. (Leicester Square Theatre.)—The Enemy Below. (Carlton.) — The Letter with the Feathers. (Everyman, Hamp- stead.)—Her Crime was Love. (Cinephone.)—The Cold Heart....

Vie Opettator

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JANUARY 19, 1833 APPARATUS has lately been constructed in Brompton Church for the purpose of warming it with hot air; and, in order to guard against accident by fire, a wall...

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Old Man's Anger BY THOMAS HOGAN S INCE 'Eng. Lit.' became a University subject, poets have found themselves the subject of more analysis and critical examination than they ever...

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David and Leviathan

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Sovereignty: An 27s. 6d.) Enquiry into the Political Good. By Bertrand de Jouvenal. (C.U.P., SOVEREIGNTY, as every undergraduate knows, is a myth: and the sovereign national...


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I am away from the war. Light, Do not give me eyes to see again. Now I can be ' The soldier I never was when I faced the enemy, And the unforgiving night. GLORIA EVANS DAVIES

The Kingsley Amis Story

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et s with politicians, so with the heroes of :omedy : each generation gets what it deserves. I im sorry myself that we apparently do not leserve the bawdy, debt-bilking,...

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A Modern Evangelist

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Billy Graham: The Personal Story of the Man, His Message and His Mission. By Stanley High. (The World's Work, 21s.) IN the deep South of the US they like their reli- gion...

Northern Villager in Cambridge

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Wordsworth's Cambridge Education. By Ben Ross Schneider, Jr. (C.U.P., 32s. 6d.) *f cr an se re p1 tic 4le so ar SC {If bE ar ci he w fo sh p of th as SI] th cp. cc or -us is...

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Spanish Main

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Pirate. By A. B. C. Whipple. Drawings by R. M. Powers. (Gollancz, 18s.) INTO no more than 138 pages Professor Lloyd has somehow managed to fit everything: the early forays in...

and bags of German local colour: the rakish German motor-cars

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and the raffish night clubs of the Reeperbahn are just the thing for this kind of carry - on.


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THIS book takes the story of the fascinating Princess de Lieven long past her Metternich period op to the time of her death, when she was Guizot's mistress. I dislike its title...

IN last week's issue of the Spectator, Remember- ing Time

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Past, by Marcel Proust, was described as 'translated by C. K. Scott-Moncrieff.' This should have been 'by C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and Stephen Hudson.'

It's a Crime

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Ellery Queen's Awards: 11th Series. Edited by Ellery Queen. (Collins, 12s. 6d.) Not the best anthology of crime stories ever published, but among the sixteen prize-winners,...

The Hallowe'en Murder. , By Doris Miles Dis- ney. (Foulsham, 10s.

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6d.) A wife is murdered, and the two obvious suspects—the husband, and the woman he means to make his mistress—have impregnable alibis. If a killer was hired, what was the...

Death in Triplicate. By E. C. R. Lorac. (Col- lins,

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10s. 6d.) Possibly one corpse too many, but otherwise a satisfactorily sober, matter-of-fact North-country murder mystery, with patient Policemen plodding their way to finding...

Composite State

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Kurds, Turks and Arabs. By C. J. . Edmonds. O .U.P., 42s.) ' THERE are really two books within the covers of this volume, with quite different subjects and appealing to quite...

Marked Down for Murder. By Spencer Dean. (Boardman,. 10s. 6d.)

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Quite absorbing semi- documentary about a store detective, the teenage nymphos who go in for shop-lifting, and the female Fa2in who drills them. A death or so, too, but it's the...

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Country Life

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By IAN NIALL YESTERDAY I watched a small and hungry company of sparrows hard at work devouring the leaves of carnations and pinks in our garden. They were mak- ing the most of...


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'Oh, it's some day that!' exclaimed the old fellow. 'I always go an' wouldn't miss one. Last year. I remember I had hardly paid me money when ole Tom, the traveller for X,...

Tract for the Times

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Saint Augustine: The City of God. John Healey's translation, edited by R. G. V. Tasker, introduction by Sir Ernest Barker. (Dent : Everyman's Library, 2 vols., 8s. 6d. each.) IN...

Comment on Music

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THIS is' a selection from the fortnightly essays Neville Cardus has contributed to the Manchester Guardian during the last fiveyears or so. Not long ago a similar selection of...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT As one of the more outspoken and persistent of your predecessor's \ critics I extend an extra warm wel- .&• come to you as our new Chancellor. As the Prime...

CROWS We were standing in the skirt of the wood

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where the forestry people had been at work when the first Bight of pigeons came over and took us unawares. They escaped unharmed, wheeling at the critical moment and leaving us...


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By CUSTOS THE lists of subscriptions to the new , £500 million Exchequer 51 per cent. 1966 stock at 99 duly closed, on the day of their opening (Tuesday), but it is expected...

Two Ties

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Two tips from the gardener f met. To disinfect a greenhouse, burn a tightly balled newspaper in a tin and feed to it about a tablespoonful of sulphur, leav- ing it to fume. To...

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Speaking from the Chair

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W. H. DIMSDALE, MA Managing Director, Ilford Dd. M R. ADLAI STEVENSON said recently that Britain was attempting to finance half the - trade of the world with dollar reserves...

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`Merylly, Merylly, Shall I Live Now'

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The usual prize of six guineas was offered for a passage of not more than twelve lines of blank verse or 150 words of prose from The Yeomen of the Guard as William Shakespeare...


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By PHILIDOR No. 136. A. BOTTACCHI (New York Sun, 1921) BLACK (5 men) WHITE (7 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to last week's problem by...

The Angry Young Man has become Established. Competitors are asked

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to write a 'Lament of the Angry Young Man' (not more than 12 lines of verse). Prize: Six guineas. Entries, addressed 'Spectator Competition No. 414,' 99 G ower Street, London,...

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S 10 9 12 13 Is Is 26 27 28 29 ACROSS Drew hack in confusion about a broken link (8). Robert's a teetotaller, it seems, but he doesn't take to water (3-3). His men...