17 JULY 1959

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I T took the BBC's Press Conference to reveal how little really divides the policy of Frank Cousins from the policy of his Party. In spite of disjointed and incoherent...

Breaking Down the Bar

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TN the long run—it is often argued—the -I-colour bar can only be broken politically if it is broken socially. Where it exists in the pubs, it exists, and legislation is not the...

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Awkward Corner

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A FTER his State visit to Cairo the Emperor of Ethiopia went straight to Moscow on a tour that is taking in Czecho- slovakia and Yugoslavia. He is as skilful at mixing the kinds...

London-Paris Air Race

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I T would have been wretched luck for the Daily Mail if its London-Paris air race had been erased from its columns by the printing dispute; here, for once, is a stunt that might...

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Colour Bar Cafés

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By GRACE SCOTT Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia THE fact that in the Federation of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland, six years after the policy of Partnership between black and white was...


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Westminster Commentary

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It is not, Allah knows, that I would prefer to hear Mr. Robens belabouring Mr. Macleod as a reactionary lickspittle tool of the bosses, intent only on grinding the faces of the...

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I WAS SURPRISED to learn that Mr. Stazhadze, manager of Moscow's Aragvi restaurant, has been getting into trouble for pocketing bribes. Trebly surprised: I should not have...

AN INTERESTING POINT ,IS that at no time in his

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career had he signed any document promising to serve for any length of time. But there is simply no way in which he can leave the service honourably—though there are, of course,...

I NEVER MET Ernest Newman. But his style, his massive

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yet always elegant books, the Anecdotes told about him, especially the ex- cellent collection in Cardus's autobio- graphy, and the sound of his broadcast voice, a soft-grained,...

A Spectator's Notebook

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I CAME ACROSS a depress- ing example last week of what can happen as a result of the navy's catch- 'em-young recruitment principle, in the shape of a young naval officer whose...

IN THE National and English Review this month Charles Curran,

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in an otherwise penetrating article on the English weekend, repeats the old story that the serious weeklies are 'on the road to oblivion' because of the increasing popularity of...

HAVING SOME BUSINESS to do at Selfridges last week, I

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went along thereat half-past four, only to be greeted with the cheerful news that the shop was closed because someone had put a bomb in it, necessitating a thorough search. Next...

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The British Radical in 1959

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Untapped Resources By LORD ALTRINCHAM R ADICALISM is an approach to politics, not a way of life. Certainly, it has more to do with temperament than with party, but the term...

Did you receive your copies of the Spectator for June

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26 and July 31 If not, see announcement on page 87

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Come Here Till I Tell You

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Sean Tar Joins Up By PATRICK CAMPBELL W HILE the back-stage secrets of the War which ended fifteen years ago continue to be preferred reading for 90 per cent. of the...

Flying for Pleasure

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By OLIVER STEWART P EOPLE laugh in a kindly, indulgent way when the performance of Bleriot's cross- Channel aeroplane of fifty years ago is compared with the performance of a...

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Sales Women IF you can keep your head when all about you are Oar losing theirs and spending their money like drunken mo o` sailors, there are good bar- gains to be had in the...


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Stock Advice By ISABEL QUIGLY Living. (Curzon.)—Ferry to Hong Kong. (Odeon, Leicester Square.) MR. WATANABE, the hero of Living (director: Akira Kurosawa; 'A' certificate)...

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For Valour By ALAN BRIEN (.... .01? ,..„)) Coriolanus. (Stratford- --.., ,?, upon-Avon.) — 1 r SIR. LAURENCE OLIVIER is the most be-medalled of all our heroic actors. With his...

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The Romantic Movement By SIMON HODGSON THE POET GRAY, in a coach passing through the hills of the border country, drew the window curtains to shut out the savagery of the...

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The Life-evaders By DAVID CAIRNS Fidelio—there is a force about it which for a time effaces the thought of all other music and which, to anyone who has come to know it well,...

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Training the Experts By KENNETH J. ROBINSON O LIONEL BRETT, writing about town councillors in a recent number of the Architectural Review, says i ltd that 'distrust of the...

Consuming Interest

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Cast-offs for Kids By LESLIE ADRIAN MORE children's clothes are outgrown than worn out, in these days of smaller families. Where the same clothes once served two, three or even...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Class Distinction By MILES HOWARD DESPITE improvements in health of the nation over the last fifty years or so, the mortality-rate in in- fants has remained higher in the...

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SIR,—If Mr. Marris is really as true a radical as

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he claims to be, the wonder is that he can still possibly remain a supporter of the Labour Party. In all essentials the Labour Party is now indistinguishable from the Tories...

The British Radical John T. Cameron,

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Alan Deyermond, P. A. Lusher Telling the World E. Cumberbatch Outside the Law Courts Our 'Roundabout' Correspondent 'Sunday Break' Penry Jones BNC Rev. C. M. Broun Latin at...


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SIR,—I would like to explain to Mr. Tiptaft (May 22) that Free Enterprise in the con- text he chooses means freedom to charge what you like. It is common practice here for a...


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SIR,—Dear me, we did get under Mr. Forster's skin, didn't we? Nevertheless he dodged the point of my letter. Purporting to criticise Whitsunday's Sunday Break, Mr. Forster...


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SIR,—Describing the arrivals outside the Law Courts during the Liberace v. Cassan- dra case, I referred (Spectator, June 19) to the Daily Telegraph shipping correspondent...

SIR,—Mr. Robin Marris is, of course, right about the difficulties

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of a radical who finds himself inside the Conservative Party, but nothing in his article suggests that such a man is likely to have a much happier time in the Labour Party. As...

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SIR, —As a Brasenose man who sat his schools in the one exceptional year which saw us with fourteen firsts (since then the 'courageous' change of policy has failed to produce...

LATIN AT OXFORD SIR,—You over-simplify and confuse the issue at

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the same time. Latin is not just a short cut to English spelling; it provides an elementary linguistic and analytic training not given by English or any other modern language....

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The Patriot Game By ROBERT KEE B ETWEEN 1841 and 1920, a period which saw the population of Ireland halved by poverty and starvation and Irish reduced from the language of the...

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Wizard of Ottawa

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William Lyon Mackenzie King. A Political Biography, 1874-1923. By R. MacGregor Dawson. (Methuen, £4 4s.) SMUTS forged South Africa. Gandhi called up India. Mackenzie King, alas,...

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Plans For Africa

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Miss RITA HINDEN remarks, in her intro- ductory chapter, that the attitude of a British socialist towards the Colonies may be one of two. He may concentrate on the economic...

Serafico's Patron

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Memoirs of a Princess. The Reminiscences of Princess Marie von Thurn und Taxis. Translated and compiled by Nora Wydenbruck. (Hogarth Press, 21s.) THIS publication is...

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Matters of Life and Death

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Loaves and Fishes. By George Mackay Brown. (Hogarth Press, 10s. 6d.) WITH so many powerful poets, and one of them new to us, offering bold treatments of the matters referred to...

All about Eva

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FOR revelations, stick to the tabloids. This is a self-portrait, done with fond discretion, and presented coyly (some might think, significantly) in the third person. Miss...

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Musical Mandarin

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THESE handsome, admirably edited volumes make available material that is frequently referred to and is of musical, sociological and historical interest, though it has for long...

Ebury Street and Cinderella

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Anne Bronte: A Biography. By Winifred Germ. (Nelson, 30s.) Anne Bronte: Her Life and Work. By Ada Harrison and Derek Stanford. (Methuen, 25s.) THE over-brilliant...

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Head Prefect

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RUDOLF Hoess was directly responsible for the murder of some two million people, almost all of whom were Jews. The orders were quite plain: Jews from all over Europe were to be...

Crisis in Soho

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Broadstrop in Season. By Robert Kee. (Seeker and Warburg, 18s.) The Square. By Marguerite Duras. Translated by Sonia Pitt-Rivers and Irina Morduch. (Calder, 12s. 6d.) IF...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT WHY is the long-term rate of interest so high? Is it doing any harm? If so, why cannot it be reduced? I have constantly asked these questions and the...

Goodbye Again

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Joseph Conrad : Letters to William Black- wood and David S. Meldrum. Edited by STUDYING writers' letters in conjunction with their published work deepens our understanding of...

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Company Notes

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I N his statement a year ago the chairman, Mr. W. H. Gatty Saunt, warned share- holders of Amalgamated Roadstone Cor- poration to expect lower profits for the ensuing year. The...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS HE optimists should not be too over- joyed by the Financial Times index of industrial equities making new highs. It contains two shares which have been soaring lately...