17 JUNE 1966

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LONDON HAD A DAY without taxis, as the drivers took

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a 'co-ordinated rest day' (Newspeak for strike) and traffic flowed more easily. Other cities fared worse—riots and disturbances re- ported from Amsterdam, Chicago, Salisbury...

Portrait of the Week HOPES OF A SETTLEMENT of the

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seamen's strike rose and fell all week. Feelings were rising, to0. 'My God, why have you forsaken us?'—thus, blasphemously, a • seamen's leader apostro- phised Mr James...

Seamen and Sense

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As this issue of the SPECTATOR goes to .n1press, the seamen's strike, now nearing the end of its fifth week, still continues. Although there is no reason to believe that the...


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Ripeness Is All

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Differences within the Labour party on Far Eastern defence policy are no more than differences of timing. — Mr Michael Stewart. What the pundits never knew is, Are we staying...


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Lonely at the Top By ALAN WATKINS COME months ago a journalist, making light aconversation, told a minister that he was try- ing to arrange an interview with Mr Harold Wilson....

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Caviare for the General From DEV MURARKA MOSCOW T HE Gaullist concept of Europe now stretches beyond the Urals to Novosibirsk at least, judging by the General's plan to visit...

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The Twenty-Second of June By TIBOR SZAMUELY T HE news was broadcast by Molotov at twelve o'clock noon. We had grown accus- tomed to his stuttering voice announcing im- portant...


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Meredith's March From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW %.)iii; J AMES MEREDITH was wounded by shotgun on the first day of his demonstration pilgrimage through the Mississippi he loves more...

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Revival in a Secular Society By BRYAN WILSON I N some ways Billy Graham stands in relation to the high tide of nineteenth-century Protes- tant revivalism as Newman and the...

tr be 5peetator

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June 16, 1866 The Prince of Wales made a rather skilful little speech in laying the foundation-stone for the Bible Society on Monday last. He said that he had an hereditary...

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Thailand The Next Domino? By DICK WILSON I N a solemn ceremony this spring, His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of the Siamese Buddhists blessed Bangkok's latest acquisition, a...

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Spectator's Notebook

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THOSE who are opposed to Britain's military 1 involvement East of Suez—not to mention' the anti-Americans of the far left and the British supporters of Senator Fulbright—have...


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I apologise for the absence of any review this week of Britten's new work The Burn- ing Fiery Furnace. Unfortunately our music critic, Charles Reid, has been refused a press...

Out of Commission

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Mr. George Woodcock, I learn, is letting it be known that he might well resign from the Royal Commission on the Trades Unions, so dissatisfied is he with some of his colleagues...

Tailpiece I congratulate my colleague John Egremom on having secured

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a healthy majority in the House of I.ords for his proposal to introduce the television cameras into the upper house—a suggestion first mooted in these columns seven weeks ago....

Roll Call It is excellent news that the Government has

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had second thoughts and seemingly decided to rescind its earlier decision to withdraw from ELDO. But how much better if this wrong- headed and damaging decision had never been...

LG Commenting on the Honours List is a tedious business,

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and fortunately a dying convention. But I can't let this occasion go without saluting the knighthood given to Gordon tslevvton, the editor (for the past sixteen years) of the...

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Against Nature

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By JOHN ROWAN WILSON I ONCE worked on an accident unit where most of our patients were miners. We used to do collective ward rounds each day, when we would gather round each...


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Phoney War By GILES PLAYFAIR T NEVER cease to be surprised at the amount of attention, of quivering respect, that John Osborne can command from the nation's news editors...

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Shadow of a Doubt By ALAN BRIEN Few injustices are ever pure and simple, a noble saintly hero trapped in a web spun by evil and corrupt villains. If they were, even in this...


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ACROSS 1. Practise neutrality when arresting refractory receiver? (3. 2, 3. 5) 9. Take a good look at Apollo for example (9) 10. I keep my place in the queue. it appears. in...

ACROSS.-1 Carbon. 4 Tremadoe. S Antimony 10 Pt. , 0cr. 12 Idris.

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13 Volunteer. 14 Tears. 16 Recording. 17 Reutnnw• 19 Cones. 21 Land-recve. 22 Romeo. 24 Animal. 25 Spa!ting 26 T-3"cstv. 27 Endear DOWN.-1 Chariot. 2 Rotor. 3 Osmosis 5 M :Irm'...

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It's a Libel • SIR, —As a faithful reader over many

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years, I enjoy and am g enerally in sympathy with the views of the . SPECTATOR. My enjoyment and sympathy have, if anything, been enhanced by the vigorous editorial policy...

Indian Courage

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SIR, —You advocate following the Indian example by devaluing sterling. But the rupee is not a reserve currency and sterling is. It is hard to imagine that you would be prepared...

OmfiVER5 'll'a 9flLE IEDOUON

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From: Lord Gage, C. J. Arthur, Russell Clarke, Gordon Evans, J. P. Warren, Mrs. C. Chataway. M. Chapman-Walker, Harold Lever, MP, G. J. B. But/in, Rev C. G. Wilson, Thomas...

Lucky Dip Abortions 'SIR,—While I agree with a great deal

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of Susan Far- row's letter it is wron g of her to infer that those of us who support some liberalisation of the abortion lass, equate abortion with family planning. One is not...

your leading article 'Indian Courage' (June 10) you suggest that

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the pound should be devalued. You are almost certainly ri g ht, but you must surely be fully aware that the international monetary situa- tion is now so desperate that this time...

SIR,—How far is the Tory party in its heart of

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hearts genuinely committed to the democratic prin- ciple of equality of opportunity within a free society? To what extent does it represent more than a minority class interest...

SIR,—Surely any Tory must ask himself, 'Is it good that

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as many people as possible should be encouraged to make their own private provision for welfare, and that the more people there are who are not dependent on the state, the...

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Pot de Voiture

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SK—Lord Egremont's 'Endpaper' in your June 3 issue reminds me of a story (true), but of course there is no point of comparison, although the article mentions a duplicate of the...

SIR,—As father of a daughter who will soon be of

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an age when she will have to be told something. I read the article in your May 27 issue and the ensuing correspondence with the genuine desire to find helpful advice. Instead, I...

BAY and Benn

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SIR,- I wonder if I could explain the difficulty which has arisen when you dial a Bayswater number, men- tioned in your 'Spectator's Notebook' of May 27. The reasons for the...

What Should I Tell My Daughter?

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SIR,—Mr J. R. de S. Honey asks (Letters, June 10) if I cannot recognise that 'for some people sex can be appreciated at two (at least) levels, neither exclu- sive of the other.'...

Sta,—I have read Lord Goodman's speech. I have read Nigel

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Lawson's comments on it. My verdict is that, through misreading, Lawson has been unfair to Goodman. The passage in which Lord Goodman attacked proposed changes in the law...

Enclosures Green

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SIR,—I was most interested to read John Betjeman's article 'Enclosures Green' (June 10). His comments on the selfishness and insensitivity of the twentieth century over...

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8T1M 1A - f_UgUl1J,.1

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Mother's Days By JOHN HIGGINS Days in the Trees. (Aldwych.) — The Fighting Cock. (Chichester Festival Theatre.)—A Bond Honoured. (National Theatre, the Old Vic.) M OTHERS have...

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The Shock of Quality By TERENCE BENDIXSON W ITHIN the last two years two different but equally famous foreign architects have completed buildings in this country. They are...

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Wilder and Wilder L ET me recall the facts. On Friday, February 25, ATV, after consultations with the ITA, decided to cancel the episode of The Power Game due to gia on the air...


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CINEMA The Oscar. (Plaza, 'X' certificate.) De ['amour. (Cinephone and Jacey, Piccadilly, 'X' certifi- cate.) T uE preposterous is often good value, seldom dull. A film of...

CHESS by Philidor

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No. 287. C. BECKER (Prablemist, Nov. 1965) WRITE to play and mate in two moves ; solution next week. Solution to No. 286 (Meredith) : Q— Q 2 I, threat Q— K R 2. I . . . K—Q...

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Byzantium the Great

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By DAVID KNOWLES A THOUGH we all pay lip-service to Gibbon's Decline and Fall as the greatest of English historical writings, the history of Byzantium after the reign of...

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Humming water holds the high stars. Meteors fall through the great fat icicles. Spiders at rest from skinny leg-work Lean heads on shaggy head-laces All glittering from an...

The Long Fountain Pen

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NINETY-NINE years after his birth. Arnold Ben- nett's classic sfatus seems pretty well assured, though only on the strength of a mere fraction of his total output. However much,...

Big Hands, Small Maps

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MANY books are written on strategy these days. And with the broad nibs currently popular almost anyone can take a hand in it: ' Big hands, small maps; —that's the way to kill...

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Antique Hay

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LOUIS-FERDINAND Ca INE was the pen-name of a French doctor who produced two highly acclaimed autobiographical novels in the 1930s, became for a time a hero of the left and then,...


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Big Ideas The Embezzler. By Louis Auchincloss. (Victor Gollancz, 25s.) My Sweet Charlie. By David Westheimer. (Michael Joseph, 25s.) An Ancient Enemy. By Pierre Moinot. (Mac-...

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The Disenchanted By MALCOLM BRADBURY T HE American campus is, as everyone knows, in ferment. The student revolutions, focused on Berkeley but apparent in their varied forms...

Defiant Ones

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Britain and South Africa. By Dennis Austin. (Chatham House/O.U.P., 35s.) IT has always seemed hard, to me at least, to quarrel with Cecil Rhodes's solution to racial conflict :...

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Ili and After

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Two thousand miles of Central Asia separated fifteenth-century Muscovy from Ming China. By the 1870s the two empires were effecting, at the (lost of the intervening peoples, the...


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Reprieve for Sterling By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT H owfortunate that at a time when sterling was again under great pressure the central bankers of the world should have been meeting...

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SET Sufferers

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It seems unfair that ENGLISH CHINA CLAY, which exports about 60 per cent of its output, should get no refund of its Selective Employment Tax, but later on the Treasury must...


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London Particular By LESLIE ADRIAN VENDING machines, those railway-station adornments that we used to call slot machines and look upon with tolerant amusement have become an...

Market Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE downward trend of the security markets was checked when the news came from Basle of the renewed credits for sterling. On the other band, a sharp fall was seen in...

A Tangled Skein

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By JOHN BULL O XFORD sceptics have struck again. This time it is investing in ordinary shares which is under attack. It is not that investing is an immoral activity (that is...

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With holidays happening all around us, in spite of the

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seamen going dry, guidebooks of all shapes and sizes pour from the presses. I suppose about 1 per cent of them come my way, and now and again there is one that cries aloud to be...


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Bolingbroke on Dalliance By LORD EGREMONT WHAT %%mild you do if your son fell in love with an unsuitable girl? The answer is, throw them to- gether as much as possible....


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The Catholic Left Burgess's Finnegans Wake - One year's subscription to the 'Spectator': £3 I5s. (inchiding postage) in the United Kingdom and Eire. By surface ;nail to any...