18 OCTOBER 1963

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HE Tory succession will shortly be de- T cided—very soon, perhaps, after these words are in print. Mr. Butler or Lord Hailsham? Lord Home? Mr. Macleod, Mr. Heath, Mr. Maudling'?...


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and not to play the Old Retainer night and day': but Mr. Butler was claiming squatter's rights to No. 10, a claim disputed by 569 viewers who complained at having to watch Mr....

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No. 7060 Established 1828 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1963

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IN THIS ISSUE Articles by Roger Fulford, John Vaizey, Murray

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Kempton, Keith Kyle • • 481 A Spectator's Notebook Brian Inglis 483 Letters 491 The Arts: Ian Cameron, Isabel Quigly, David Cairns, Nevile Wallis 494 Books David Pryce-Jones:...

Political Commentary

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The Big Fight By DAVID WATT I F one is to believe the latest Daily Express opinion poll which showed a startling Tory gain, we must conclude from the Blackpool conference once...

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Ayes and Noses

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By ROGER FULFORD HERE was too much counting of noses in the Cabinet.' This was the comment of an amus- ing Whig lord on one of Gladstone's Ministeries; he meant that there had...

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Mr. Wilson's New Friends

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T s Mr. Harold Wilson contemplating a new 'version of the Treaty of Rapallo—this time between a Labour Britain and a Social Demo- cratic Germany? Apart from the newspaper...

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Pas- devout les domestiques The quotation of the week was

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from the delegate from the floor who asserted at the time the Premier was undergoing his opera- tion., 'I am sure that when all this is over, we shall find that Mr. Macmillan...

Out of Newsom

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By JOHN VAIZEY I T HERE have been four. .Reports on Education 1 in recent years. Crowther on the education of children from fifteen to eighteen was outstanding, not only for the...

A Spectator's Notebook REUD once shocked some of his rationalist

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r followers by admitting an interest in telepathy: it was, he thought, one of evolution's early attempts to establish a channel of com- munication; possibly it could account for...

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Valachi's Big Deal

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From MURRAY KEMPTON WASHINGTON T HE solemn attendance upon Joseph Valachi's memories of life as a mafioso has been the main public business of the United States Senate for a...

Against the Law' For the second time in the space

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of a few Weeks, the suspicion has been aroused that the police have 'planted' pieces of brick on demon- strators whom they wish to charge with being in possession of an...

The Missing Link This Week's decision to dispense with the

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services of a Link Man is something of an event. I cannot recall a programme of this kind taking the step before (World in Action is not a parallel case, as it confines itself...

No Return And that reminds me of another battle with

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bureaucracy, which I see has moved into corres- pondence columns recently. Last August, in a fit of absence of mind, I bought a single ticket to a Sussex destination, oily to...

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Banana Non-Republic

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The Kabaka, the monarch of Buganda, has been elected President of Uganda for a five-year term without executive power, thus bringing the long battle for precedence perhaps to an...

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The Approach of Robbins A. D.C. Peterson, J. Daly Mr.

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Utley's Non-Answer Philip Skelsey The Lonely Ones Miss Elaine Sherwood Lawyers' Loot 'City SoliciJor' Contact Harold I-Thad Better by Bus B. C. Southant Shakespearean...

LAWYERS' LOOT SIR,—The marriage which ought to have been arranged

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between Mr. S. G. Carter, of Harrow, and the Goddess of Truth, has clearly not yet taken place. Mr. Carter's latest effort shows that the divergence of the happy pair gets...

SIR,—Although I am only in my late thirties, I dislike

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most things about the present age: the cult of ugliness in everything from women's fashions to furniture and buildings; the all-pervading noise; the official vandalism; the...


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Slit,—Mr. Utley's article is headed 'Answering Utopia' but it is the author who is being utopian in not understanding the necessity in modern conditions for another dose of...

SIR,—Mr. Amis has every reason to be touchy about Mr.

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A, D. C. Peterson's attack on stock objections to university expansion. After all it was Mr. Anil's with his gift for science fiction who, without any research at all, coined...

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LINCOLN SAID IT SIR,—As a Labour man I am always

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ready to listen to advice; but I feel the late Lord Keynes would have had something to say to your correspondent who so unthinkingly quotes Abraham Lincoln for my apparent...


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SIR, — In his review of The Royal George (October I I) Angus Macintyre refers to the unearthing of the diary of Lady Geraldine Somerset. In point of fact the unearthing process...

SHAKESPEAREAN VALENTINES SIR,—In his interesting review of my book on

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Shakespeare, Mr. Philip Brock bank, having hesitated whether he should compare Dr. Rowse and myself to 'pilot fish,' monsters of the deep' or purveyors of 'costly and pretty...

BETTER BY BUS SIR,—The London Transport Board has not done

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itself justice in the way of publicising its recent and 'highly successful measures to cope with traffic con- gestion and overcrowding on the buses. In particular I am referring...

SIR,—In a book review (Spectator, October 11), Mr. Philip Brockbank

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suggests the reprinting, for the 1964 Shakespeare quatercentenary, of Edgar I. Fripp's 'fine work.' This undertaking is already in hand. We shall reissue Fripp's Shakespeare:...

NON-LOO SIR,—Whatever he may think a bidet is or is

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not, may 1 point out to Leslie Adrian that when describing what he (she?) evidently means as a water-closet, the word to use is water-closet and not lavatory. This will leave...


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SIR,—The fortnightly anti-apartheid newspaper Contact, founded in 1958 by Patrick Duncan, is able to publish at the most two more issues before closing, if sufficient money is...

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The Arts

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London Film Festival By IAN CAMERON The value of the festival lies much less in showing each programme to the 500 or so lucky ticket-holders than in its effect on the critics....

Into Bondage

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From Russia With Love. (Odeon, Leicester Square; 'A' certificate.) IT's terribly lowering to sit unamused while every- one around you is yelping with glee. Unless you have an...

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Lonely Roads

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No matter how familiar one may believe oneself to be with Paul Klee's astonishing range of fan- tasy, he appears every time as unpredictable as a genie curling out of smoke. So...

Leaning A Little

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By DAVI D CAIRNS Appoggiatura—literally 'a leaning'—is an ex- pressive device whereby, in vocal music, usually on a word of more than one syllable at the end of a phrase, the...

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False Witness By DAVID PRYCE-JONES D R. ARENDT'S opening chapter* strikes the postures of a bully. The Eichmann trial, she advances straightaway, was a show, with Ben-Gurion...

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Turn of the Wave

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The Poetry of Robert Frost. By Reuben A. Brower. (O.U.P., 42s.) Tins is how Frost defined 'the figure a poem makes': 'It begins in delight, it inclines to the impulse, it...

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Life into Art

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A Peopled Landscape. By Charles Tomlinson. (O.U.P., 16s.) Collected Poems 1930-1963. By John Lehmann. (Eyre . and Spottiswoode, 18s.) THE meditation of an aborted woman, a...

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The Philosophical Eye

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The Concept of a Person. By A. J. Ayer. (Mac- millan, 30s.) PHILOSOPHY, like other kinds of investigation, can be carried on at many different levels of generality. One could...

Formalist Millennium

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The Essence of Chinese Painting. By Roger Goepper. Translated by Michael Bullock. (Lund Humphries, £5 12s. 6d.) IT is only fifty-five years since the first book in a European...

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War and Peace

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WITH a notable few exceptions, a woman's con- ception of a battlefield relies upon books and films, both documentary and fictional. There has been no lack of either in the last...

Look on His Works

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A tvEm life of Cecil Rhodes needs a certain amount of justification. The list of Rhodes books is already colossal and , contains a dozen or more full-length studies of more or...

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Rape of the Glens

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BY IAN MAcLENN AN I the sixty years before 1850 one of the most 'despicable chapters in British history was written in the Highlands of Scotland, a chapter in which a society...

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Hats off to Maudling

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT The best tribute that has been paid to Mr. Maudling's efforts was contained in the latest report of the Federation of British Industries covering the four...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBUR Y. PHE switch by smokers from plain to tipped cigarettes goes on and in this field Carreras leads the way. In face of keen competition from Imperial Tobacco's...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T BE firmness of the equity share markets and the continuing good company reports which support them—witness the excellent report from anc—incline me to the view that...

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Consuming Interest

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Trufflesville Regis By ELIZABETH DAVID ON Saturday morning the entire main shopping thoroughfare of the Pied- montese market town of Alba, in the province of Cuneo, is closed...

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By ALAN BRIEN UNTIL a few months ago, it was still possible for Tory intellectuals to re- gard the party as some unique species of magical animal which defied all at- tempts at...

Pocket and Palate

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By LESLIE ADRIAN WHEN hardware wholesalers start selling wine I scent a trend. Grocer's sherry is all very well (or ill), but iron- monger's claret does not even sound...