18 DECEMBER 1942

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Petain's Submission

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Step by step Marshal Petain has yielded to Hitler's ever-increasing demands till his own humiliation has become complete, and not a shadow of the advantages he professed to have...


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T HE value of the statement made by Admiral Darlan at Algiers on Wednesday can only be accurately assessed in the light of events. In its salient passage the former deputy...

The War Against U-boats

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The pursuit and destruction of enemy U-boats is still the gravest of the tasks of the war, and there is none which calls for more care in organisation, or closer co-ordination...

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Venereal Disease

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The spread of venereal disease during the period of the war is a grave danger to the present and future health of the nation, and the need for drastic action should not be...

Regional Planning

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The examples of Manchester and Birmingham illustrate the magnitude of the tasks of reconstruction in great Cities that will have to be undertaken after the war, and are under...

The Principle of Lend-Lease

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In a report to Congress on the operation of Lend-Lease Presi- dent Roosevelt mentions the enormous totals of supplies that have been sent to the Allies, but points out that in...

Madagascar and Fighting France

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Again and again Germany and Vichy France have tried to make the French people believe that Britain, having occupied Madagascar, would remain there. The slander is completely...

Between School and University

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Among many interesting recommendations made in the first interim report of the British Association's Committee on Post-war University Education is one that would profoundly...

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yr is rather more than a fortnight since the Beveridge Report was published. In that interval the report has almost eclipsed the war itself as a subject of discussion in this...

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L ORD WOOLTON may be blamed for many deprivations forced on a people that in the matter of food has its tastes and likes to gratify them, • but there is no doubt at all that he...

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By STRATEGICUS M ARSHAL ROMMEL has admitted the superiority of the . Eighth Army, and he is falling back rapidly towards the west. General Montgomery requires no ambiguous...

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By DOROTHY PARRY O NE of the first questions being asked everywhere about the Beveridge plan is, can we afford it? That is perfectly natural. It is not impossible that the...

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By STEPHEN SPENDER T HE Army Bureau of Current Affairs announces that in future every soldier is to receive, as part of his training, three hours general education in...

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By DR. HAROLD BALME O NE of the very few compensations associated with the dark horrors of war is the stimulus to medical research brought about by the presence of new and...

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FOR summer fled, autumn's rich robe grown old, Shall I lament, cry woe is me that night Of winter for so long shall cheat my sight, Rob meadows of their splendour till the gold...


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By THE REV. JOHN A. PATTEN If much has always been demanded of the preacher, more is demanded today. It is not sufficiently realised that congregations are now more exacting...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON F r is generally assumed that in wax-time there must exist a certain tension between the soldier and the civilian, between the com- batant and the...

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A country correspondent to the Press, telling how her wireless set went out of order, says that the silence was "almost uncanny." POOR debauchees of noise, has your dulled ear,...


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Ministry of Information Films Siastc.z August, 1940, the Ministry of Information has distributed almost every week to the great majority of British cinemas a new five-minute...


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GOODBYE, Incredulously the , laced fingers loosen, Slowly, sensation by sensation, from their warm interchange, And stiffen like frosted flowers in the November garden....

" It Happened in September." At the St. James's Theatre.

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THE THEATRE AN unskilled cook might well imagine that the secret ot making a most successful dish was to put into it something for everybody's palate. Indeed, there is in an...

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Snt,—As an old and regular reader may I protest against

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the comment of " Janus " in "A Spectator's Notebook," on the letter of Mr. Oswald Falk criticising the Beveridge report, which recently appeared in The Times. Possibly a large...

Sta,—After all, there is something in it. The quality of

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our life work is more in proportion to our bodily health than in proportion to any other factor: and the only period when bodily health can be established is during the years of...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR SIR, —May I express my appreciation of Miss Estcourt's excellent article? I think it is one of the most valuable articles of its kind as regards its...

Snt,—Surely Mr. P. E. Roberts is wrong in considering the

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question "Can we afford the Beveridge Scheme?," simply in terms of money. If we could, indeed, do so it would be fair to take Sir Farquhar Buzzard's figure of L300,000,000,...


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Sta,—Referring to the Beveridge Report, The Times has said it shows how the poor need not always be with us, but the state of mind of the gentleman who wrote to The Tones and...

Sts,—The Beveridge Social Security Group, Sowerby Division (which we believe

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to be the first of its kind in Britain), has been formed specifically to propagate in a non-party spirit the principles of the Beveridge Report on Social Insurance and Allied...

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Snr,—I do not really think that a discussion of Schweitzer is very rele- vant to a correspondence on Religion in the Schools. But Colonel Mozley has asked me a question. By...


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SIR, —In his review of Professor Levy's book, your reviewer forecasts what would happen if a new merchandising technique were able to re- duce consumer costs by to per cent. It...


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Snt,—It is a relief to turn from the scurrility of some of your contem- poraries to your own reasonable comments on the Dalian affair. None the less one may feel that the...


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SIR,—" Janus" refers, in your issue of December i ith, to the need for competent British speakers to put the British case on India to American audiences. May I pass on a point...


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SIR,—In support of a regulation that claims to deal with men and women alike, Lord Dawson of Penn is reported to have said: "The hard core of irresponsible women must be dealt...


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Snt,—Dr. Kenneth Walker stated in his letter in December 4th issue of The Spectator: "It is true that in the case of the last-named (the homo- sexual) the expert psychologist is...

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Sitt,—As a member of the Liverpool Education Committee, and member

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of the Religious Instruction Sub-Committee, my impression is that Bible teaching will be greatly encouraged, and denominational religion will be discouraged. Our syllabus in use...


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SIR, ---The Scandinavian nations in pre-war days regarded training under sail, preferably in a large ship, as practically ah essential for all merchant navy officers, and of...


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A BIRD-LOVER who possesses a rough bit of ground at the edge of his garden asks me to give a list of shrubs that should attract birds. The question is suggestive, for such a...


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SIR, —There has been, within a few days, an appeal by The Times for the surrender of our Church Schools. This is such a departure from tradition, on the top of the inv3sion of...


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SIR,—You very rightly remark : "That Arts courses at the Universities should have to cease is deplorable in view of post-war needs in education." Is it too late to save a...

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The Visionary Painters

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British Romantic Artists. By John Piper. (Collins. 4s. 6d.) THERE were good poets, good painters, flourishing in England in the first years of the eighteenth century, and yet...


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Planners Come Home to Roost G. D. H. COLE has gone round the world and turned up in his own back-garden. Do you remember Mcmalive, where Chesterton's hero deserted his wife and...

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Setting Foot in the East

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Letters from Syria. By Freya Stark. (John Murray. 95.) WHAT drives Englishmen, and, more rarely, Englishwomen, to the Arab East, can seldom be precisely defined : the source of...

Riddles of the Universe

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The Circle of Life. By Kenneth Walker. (Cape. 7s. 6d.) IN his Diagnosis of Man Mr. Kenneth Walker wrote a remarkable work that deservedly received very wide attention, and has...

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Shorter Notices South Wind. By Norman Douglas, with a New

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Preface. (Seeker and Warburg. 8$. 6d.) South Wind. By Norman Douglas, with a New Preface. (Seeker and Warburg. 8$. 6d.) Tins new edition of Mr. Norman Douglas's most famous...

Salute the Soviet. By Mrs. Cecil Chesterton. (Chapman and Hail

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z5s.) FOR sheer sentimental " gush " about the Soviet Union, this book would take a lot of beating. It is full of phrases like "Anna literally danced over the stubble on sturdy...


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Hotel Splendide. By Ludwig Eemelmans. (Hamish Hamilton. 78. 6d.) Ayah. By Parr Cooper. (Allen and Unwin. 8s. 6d.) Rick Afire By David Severn. (The Bodley Head. 75. 6d.)...

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[A Book Token for one guinea will be ant-ceded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week. Envelopes should be...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 195 The winner of Crossword No.

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195 is MRS. GREENE, Incents, Crowborough, Sussex. SOLUTION ON JANUARY 1st

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By CUSTOS IT says a good deal for the common sense of the investing public and those whose guidance they seek that markets have been able to take the Beveridge Report in their...