17 JULY 1947

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y N spite of the speed with which the Indian Independence Bill I has been passed through the House of Commons—a speed necessary to maintain the momentum with which the...

Greek Civil War

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All the worst forebodings about the course of the fighting in Greece are coming true. Attacks on medium-sized towns, of which Konitza on the Albanian frontier is the latest, by...

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Labour and Production

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Great importance obviously attaches to the statcment, made by Mr. Arthur Deakin, Mr. Bevin's successor as Secretary of the National Union of Transport Workers, at the annual...

M.P.s' Freedom

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The Hous! of Commons was crowded on Tuesday for the debate on the report of the Committee of Privileges on an alleged attempt by an outside body to interfere with a Member's...

A Blow at the Public

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The suggestion made by some Conservative speakers that the Government has insisted on a reduction in the size of daily papers in order to restrict facilities for political...

The Sterling Business

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The man in the street has come to regard July 15th as a fateful date for British finance, without quite knowing why. Under the terms of the Anglo-American financial agreement...

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Outlook for Cereals

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Last week's International Cereals Conference in Paris was as effectively dominated by the United States as is the world grain situation. Although the meeting was formally...

The Horne Health Services

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Press summaries of the circular of guidance issued by the Minister of Health to local authorities last week-end have tended to give the impression that by July 5th, 1948, a...


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T HE passing by the House of Commons of a Bill which divests it of jurisdiction over the affairs of a sub-continent of some 400 million people must, on any computation, be a...

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T HE original suggestions made at Harvard on June 5th are variously referred to as the Marshall plan and the Marshall offer. They were not a plan, but an invitation to the...

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A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK A DESIRE to assure India that she is

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being given . everything she ever asked for may result in one more anomaly in the lightly defined relationships of the British Commonwealth. India and Pakistan are being created...

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By PETER CALVOCORESSI I S Greece becoming in the 'forties what Spain was in the 'thirties? That is the simplest way of summing up the problems which confront the present Greek...

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By G. B. THOMAS A LL sorts of explanations are being sought for the refusal of the Soviet Government to take part in the Conference for Euro- pean Economic Co-operation. Its...

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By JOHN A. STEVENSON Ottawa. T HE negotiations now in progress Et Ottawa between the King Ministry and a delegation from Newfoundland about the entry of the island into the...

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By EILUNED LEWIS 1.4 ISTENING in. London to the voices of the Viceroy and the Prime Minister on the torrid evening of June 3rd, one lately returned from India felt that the...

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By MAURICE WEBB, M.P. B RADFORD is celebrating the centenary of its incorporation. There's no mistaking Bradford. Its character is sharply defined, unmistakably evident. It has...

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By SIR ALEXANDER PATERSON T O every one of His Majesty's prisons and Borstal institutions T O every one of His Majesty's prisons and Borstal institutions is attached as...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON PRESIDENT TRUMAN, on July 7th, addressed to Congress a special message in which he asked them to do something on behalf of Displaced Persons. He suggested...

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THE THEATRE "Deep Are the Roots." By Arnaud d'Usseau and James Gow. (Wyndhams.)—" The Voice of the Turtle." By John Van Druten. (Piccadilly.) THE past week has brought...

TIT E CINEMA " Open City." (Rialto.)—" So Well Remembered." (Leicester'

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Square.) THE first post-war Italian film to be made is now showing at the Rialto. Written in desperate circumstances during the occupation and filmed soon after the liberation,...

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ON Saturday, July 19th, the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts start

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their eight-weeks run at the Albert Hall. The B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra is bearing the main burden, and plays all through the season, alternating with the London Symphony...


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[In memory of Mihailovitch, executed 17th July, 19461 HEARSE, priest, chant ; The slow tramp of armed men, The wind and the rain Shadow a journey ending then. To the mosque on...

ACCORDING to his article in the Radio Times, Mr. Leonard

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Cottrell spent a great deal of time and labour, and the B.B.C. certainly spent a considerable amount of money, on his feature - play, The Pharaoh Akhnaton, which was produced in...

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Snt,—As part author of the book which has prompted the discussion in your columns on the influence of English popular art on contemporary design, I ought perhaps not to...


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Stit,—Will the Civil Service ever let its right hand know what its left is doing? A number of homeless old people who have been living together since they were evacuated from...


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StR,—Having read Mr. Knox's article about Dublin, I feel irritated into writing. Admittedly, most of his criticisms and " tit-bits " are true— although his remarks about holy...


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the case of Professor D. W. Brogan, inclination to treat him as under-informed as are many writers on international affairs would be impertinence. Hence my regret that he should...


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SIR,—Mr. Moore-Bennett, in your issue of July I I th, paints a very gloomy picture of conditions in Cyprus. It would be easier to decide how far one can accept his statements if...

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Stit,—A few days ago I was in Essen, visiting the Krupp works there— the Gustav Werk—and discussing with the officer in charge some of the progress and problems of demolition....


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SIR,—Sir T. Vijayaraghavacharya asks Sir William Barton whether Canada would allow Quebec to set up as a separate Dominion seceding from the rest of the Dominion of Canada, or...


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Snt,—Your correspondent Mr. Exelby will have every sympathy as be seeks to provide a balanced education in his junior school, but descrip- tive terms of this kind tells us no...


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Sm,—The object of my letters has not been to raise a discussion but to call attention to facts. The validity or otherwise of Anglican Orders is chose jugie so far as concerns...


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SIR,—Dr. Wilhelm Stapel takes your reviewer to task for referring to him as a " Nazi writer " and an " anti-Semite." His protest will carry little weight with those who have...

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DISMISSED WITH A WARNING Sig,—First, may I thank Janus for

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supporting a substantial revision of salaries—at any rate, for Sixth Form teaching—in the teaching profession. The situation is really serious. And, second, may I clear up the...


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SIR, —When I was in Leeds thirty-five years ago, a sign-board which I often passed announced the presence of "The Old Original Fish Charlie, with hot peas and pies, from Meadow...


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SIR,-1 hope the article on German prisoners of war and the editorial comment in The Spectator for July 11th will be widely read, and will arouse the general public to express m...

HELP TO GRE E CE The following is an extract from a

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letter received from Mr. Cecil Lubbock and the Patrons of the British Friendship to Greece Society: " May we invite those who wish to help their Greek friends to send g ifts,...


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THE other evening, at half-past nine, I came upon a particularly large lorry with a particularly cumbrous load. Two men and a most capable young woman labOriously, but efficie...

A Faithful Fly-catcher While engaged during several weeks in the

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congenial occupation of frequentin g the haunts of large and rare birds for the most part unfamiliar to me, I saw one pair of small and most familiar birds that made me quite...

Welcome the Immigrants Reports of an unusual influx of the

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rarer birds continue to reach me, and all the instances are authentic. One concerns a Golden Oriole watched from nearby on the East Coast. Another concerns that most...

Village Rhymei

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One quotation in a little, a very little, anthology of traditional village doggerel has long interested me, and is of immediate interest because I was at the place the other...

In My Garden A good method of persuading rhododendrons to

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grow in less suitable places has been described to me. It consists largely of plantin g the bush so high that leaves and leaf-mould may be progressively piled over the elevated...

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The Government of Britain

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Thoughts on the Constitution. By the Right Hon. L. S. Amery, C.H. (Oxford University Press. 8s. 6d.) MR. AMERY'S " thoughts " are in fact four lectures delivered at Oxford last...

Composer with an Iron Curtain

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Stravinsky. A critical survey by Eric Walter White. (Lehmann. 15s.) TILIS is Mr. White's second book on Stravinsky. The first, Stravinsky's Sacrifice to Apollo, was published...

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Mediaeval ChantrIes and Chantry Chapels. By G. H. Cook. (Phoenix House. 21s.) Gothic England. By John Harvey. (Batsford. 21s.) ENGLISH taste having relapsed, after the...

The Land of Make-Believe

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Switzerland Revisited. By Charles Graves. (Bles. 15s.) ANY day just now, if you care to pay a visit to the Continental departure platforms at Victoria Station, you will see a...

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At the Movies

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Chestnuts in Her Lap. By C. A. Lejeune. (Phoenix House. 10s. 6d.) MISS LEJEUNE'S film reviews have always added an extra holiness to Sundays, but having recently sampled the...

Reality and Myth

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Voices in a Giant City. By A. S. J. Tessimond. (Heinemann. 6s.) The Haunted Garden. By Henry Treece. (Faber and Faber. 7s. 6d.) The Inn of the Birds. By Anthony Rye. (Cape. 6s.)...

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Dandy Hart. By Hamilton Ellis. (Gollancz. 12s. 6d.) The Alone to the Alone. By Gwyn Thomas. (Nicholson & Watson. 8s. 6d.) Maze of Justice. By Tevvfik el Hakim. (Tlarvill Press....

Book Notes

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THOSE who remember Mr. C. E. Vulliamy's recent study of Dr. Johnson, Ursa Major, will welcome the news that he has at last found time for the fulfilment of an old ambition to...

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By CUSTOS MARKETS are still moving within a narrow range, buoyed up on the one hand by inflation talk and the steady stream of good industrial dividends and profits, and...