18 FEBRUARY 1966

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THE SOVIET UNION staged a massive nuclear test underground, and

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doubtless wished it had been able to stage the trial of the writers Daniel and Sinyaysky underground, too : even the Communist parties 'of the west broke the habit of a lifetime...

--Portrait of theWeek-

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WHICH ADMIRALS would resign? Which Ministers? Britain's growing habit of govern- me nt by cliff-hanger yielded a gripping new episode as the nation's defences were re- shaped in...

ON ST. VALENTINE'S DAY a mating between London's panda Chi-Chi

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and Moscow's An-An was arranged. Danny Kaye conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor appeared in Doctor Faustus at Oxford—launching a...

Disquiet in Whitehall

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HE Government's decision to set up a 1 . committee to look into the structure, recruitment, training and management of the home civil services comes at an oppor- tune time. It...


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VI M MOSCOW TRIAL The Two That Didn't Get Away By RONALD HINGLEY T HE Moscow Trial of the writers ,Andrei Sinyaysky and Yuly Daniel has ended in the accused being severely...


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MPs and their Constituencies A Special Survey ALAN WATKINS • The 20th Party Congress—Ten Years After ALEC NOVE One year's subscription to the 'Spectator: £315s. (including...

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Cold Climate

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From DEV MURARKA MOSCOW M R. HAROLD WILSON will find Moscow correct but cool. The Soviet Union is un- doubtedly interested in improving relations with Britain, but has reached...

Labour Corps

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By DESMOND DONNELLY. MP 'TVs off!,' cried the Daily Mail in its late 1 editions last Saturday morning. Every news- paper in the country had similar headlines over stories...

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Some Trouble at the Top By ALAN WATKINS L AST Saturday a Labour Member of Parlia- ment was dining at his club. (I am sorry about this slightly Buchanesque beginning, but it...

E be Zpectator

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February 17, 1866 Sir George Grey on Tuesday brought in a Bill for the abolition of all oaths taken by members of Parliament excepting only the oath of allegiance. The...

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Flights of Fancy?

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'British Aircraft Corporation's order book stands at more than £350m.. of which £140m.- 40 per cent—is for export.' — The Times. February 9, 1966. 'Export sales by British...

Spectator's Notebook

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W HAT is happening at Number 10? The im- pending departure of Mr. Derek Mitchell, ho has served with distinction as the Prime mister's Principal Private Secretary since April...

Left Luggage

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We're all familiar with the attacks on economic aid from the self-help school of economists of the right, and in the case of Mr. Peter Bauer these criticisms have reached a high...

Deflation without Tears So we smoked no less than 2.400

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million fewer cigarettes last year than in 1964—a reduc- tion (if my arithmetic is right) of a little more than one cigarette per adult per week. This is the second year running...

Navy Blues 'And why do I emphasise the importance of

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• the Royal Navy?,' asked Mr. Wilson, with rhetorical emphasis, at an open-air meeting during the last general election campaign. 'Be- cause you're in Chatham.' came the reply...

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Mr. McNamara in Camera

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No doubt our guided missiles will Be quite enough to overkill, But prudence urges it will serve To keep some bombers in reserve. So those who, being killed, remain Can...

The East of Suez Game

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By PHILIP DE ZULUETA r Government's much-heralded defence eview has still to see the light of day. Probably we shall never see it in full. But from the numerous advance leaks...

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'One thing 1 have learned is the danger in this

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country of Government by public inquiry . . . we make democracy come into contempt by endless public inquiry.'—Mr. Crossman (Minister of Housing), February 7, 1966. Mr....

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The Official English Laurel By HILARY SPURLING We thought it fit to let thee know it, Thou art a damned insipid poet. C ONTEMPORARIES have generally taken a dim view of...

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SIR,—I was most interested to read Mr. Davenport's remarks on

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the contributions to charity by com- panies. As one of the many 'small investors' my stake in any particular company is negligible. Never- theless I endeavour to grasp the...

IL CTO 1 11. 1 1 - urin

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From: T. Finch, Sir Hugh Greene, Dore Silver- man, Andrew Belsey, L. E. Weidberg, T. G. Philpot, Michael Clark Hutchison, MP, David Palin, the Countess of Lauderdale, Robin...

SIR,—There is a very good reason why those who demand

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total freedom of expression are often the first to demand curtailment of freedom in the eco- nomic sphere. One man's economic freedom is another man's economic slavery. The...

SIR,—To Nigel Lawson's notes on this should be added some

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facts on the peculiar behaviour by the BBC on its 'private screenings.' A number of the press who had not been invited to these, including this organisation, were refused...

Homosexuals and the Law SIR,—In his article 'A New Deal

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for the Homosexual' in your issue of February 4, Mr. Christopher Chata- way, MP, states in his third paragraph that leaders of the Church of Scotland were on the side of...

The War Game

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SIR,—I find some of your comments in 'Spectator's Notebook' on the BBC's decision not to show The War Game on television somewhat confusing. If, as Editor of the SPECTATOR, you...

Manners Makyth Man

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Sta,—I was surprised to see the Minister of Housing descending from the Olympian heights of his office to write a letter in your columns. I have a letter from Mr. Hogg, written...

Failure of a Policy SIR,—If, as your leader asserted last

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week, the incomes policy has been 'lost past redemption,' then its loss cannot only be put down to the mutual distrust on both sides of industry or the unions demanding...

Company Strip-tease

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SIR, —An interesting comment on the proposed measure that would oblige companies to declare donations made to party funds was afforded by a French banker, who recounted the...

Think Again, Mr. Crosland

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Sus,—Delighted as I am to receive a reply from my , friend John Robson I am somewhat disturbed that we should appear to be quarrelling on an issue on which I know we...

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SIR, — In case there are people who missed the ori g inal Blunden

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versus Lowell correspondence, may I make it clear that in his attack on me last week Mr. Tripp wholly misrepresents what I actually wrote? I merely questioned one or two remarks...

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War Gamesmanship By STUART HOOD SUSPECT that half the trouble comes from the I use of the word 'documentary,' su gg estin g as it does an even-handed weighin g of the...

Blunden versus Lowell

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SIR.- -May I try to conciliate the parties and draw a possible lesson from the Oxford poetry conflict? Two red herrin g s can be q uickly dropped over- board. (1) Mr....

Still Logomachy

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Not t o me n tion 'psepholo g ist' (1963), 'escala- tion' (1965) and now (1966) 'malaise.' Hopehill,Strone Argyll RHODA WALKER

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The Puff Direct N o fear of Dryden's complaint this week with Feydeau, whose crowning glory is, as always, plot: character, observation, thought and feel- ing streak by on the...


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Setbach 'THERE are two kinds of Bach ballets: Con- certo Barocco and the rest. Only Balanchine has the sensitivity and grace—in its theological sense—to use Bach for dancing...

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Olivier Never Mere L ARGE-SCALE Preminger always strikes me un- comfortably as a mixture of grandeur and grandiosity. But Otto Preminger on a small theme and scale is immensely...

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The Crisis of Authority

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By J. H. PLUMB T HE ESTABLISHMENT, the Ascendancy, the Right People, We, Them; a society divided into governors and governed by a complex mixture of money, status, education,...

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A Natural Protestant

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THIS is an extremely interesting and well-written book. I do not know Lord Eccles personally and my only previous knowledge of him had been through the press and parliamentary...

Candid Camera

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Exhumations. By Christopher Isherwood. (Methuen, 30s.) THE author, in a characteristically disarming preface, admits that this hodge-podge of reviews and sketches and little...

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The Nova Mob

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The Savage State. By Georges Conchon. Trans- lated by Peter Fryer. (Collins, 21s.) The Freedom of the Cage. By David Lytton. (Bodley Head, 25s.) A Sane and Able Man. By Michael...

Due Process

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Gideon's Trumpet. By Anthony Lewis. (Bodley Head, 30s.) JOURNALISTS are not apt to be starry-eyed about lawyers or law courts. For every one minute of Lustgarten melodrama there...

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Derry City

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The guns still poke out of decaying walls, Though trained on nothing, remembering the past. Sentinel over lost glories stands the Guildhall, The tiny city seems crumbling into...

Ends of the Earth

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'EVERY age presumably dreams of escaping its bonds, but Europe in the 1770s seems to have been especially ripe for the notion of an earthly paradise. . . In April 1769, Captain...

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11111E ECCAOHly A ME CO'nf

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Sterling's Moment of Truth By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT wo recent ministerial disclosures have thrown I fresh light on sterling and the international liquidity problem. A proper...

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Tax-Loss Selling One firm of brokers calls attention to the

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fact that it is less than two months to April 5, which marks the end of the first year of the new capital gains tax. Sales for tax-loss purposes should therefore be considered...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS E Qum' shares remain firm, mainly on the long- term buying of the life funds and the unit trusts. It is significant that the public put more of their savings into...

English and Dutch Investment Those investors who prefer American equities

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to British for earnings growth and capital appre- ciation but are deterred by the size of the in- vestment dollar premium (at the moment down to 171 per cent), might consider...

Company Notes

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By LorliBCRY Tate and L3le, the sugar refiners, holds its dividend at 10 per cent for the year ended Sep- tember 30, 1965, with a final of 2 per cent, following the two interim...


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1. Vesta's got into the barrel! (6) 4. They were the death of poor Selima (8) 9. The old boy's getting a bit wordy but is in good shape (6) 10. Welshman makes a start on the...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1209 ACROSS.-1 Collaborator. 9 Shillings. 10

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Niece. 11 Engage. 12 Anisette. 13 Sights. IS Serbians, 18 Bean-rows. 19 Tender. 21 Ladybird. 23 Azores. 26 Treat. 27 Inhibitor. 28 Frigate-birds. DOWN.-I Costers. 2 Lying. 3...

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Home Chat By LESLIE ADRIAN But then the whole balance of power in the housing business is heavily against the private individual. And the conduct of the suppliers of houses is...

The Box Office

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By STRIX Once, however, it was a box office; there is a little guichet in one wall, and underneath it a ledge or sill on which we deposited our sixpences and across which the...

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Kill Me Pretty By ALAN BRIEN I HAVE never been able to get quite so worked up'as most of my progressive pals about the fancy dress which lawyers and judges wear: It takes some...


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By PHILIDOR 27o. A. CARESMEL (2nd Prize, Brazil Tourney, 1964). White to play and mate in two moves ; solution next week. Solution to No. 269 (Ahues) : R—K 7, threat R (7)XP....