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The Tory Counterblast

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TN the hour of victory in 1959 Mr. Mac- I millan observed : 'This election has shown that the class war is obsolete.' During the protracted Labour post-mortem the same theme was...


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No. 7108 Established 1828 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1964

--- Portrait of the Week— DOWN CAME THE POSTERS, while

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newspapers were bared of political advertising, immediately after Sir Alec Douglas-Home gave polling date as Octo- ber 15. Mr. Woodcock told the TUC another Tory Government...

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TUC Marks Time

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MARGARET STEWART writes: When the Trades Union Congress carried a resolution from the Post Office Workers at Blackpool in 1962, calling for the modernisation of union structure,...

The Docks Time-Bomb

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rritre. next Government may face a dock strike I within a week of• being confirmed in office, or of taking office. The strike would be inevitable if the militant attitudes of...

Magic at Work

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T HE Southern Rhodesian solution (perhaps it would be wiser only to refer to the Southern Rhodesian communiqud) remains mystifying. Perhaps Mr. Sandys's membership of the Magic...

Banda's Boys

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HARRY FRANKLIN writes from Lusaka: 'They're all my boys,' Dr. Banda was fond of sating of his Ministers, on public and private occasions, whether the Ministers were there or...

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Le Parti Unique

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MARGARET POPE writes from Geneva: On September 20 the Algerians are expected to 'elect' their second National Assembly since independence, though 'elect' is hardly the word as...

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Election Commentary

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A Touch of the Sun By DAVID WATT T HE first thing which must be said about this year's election manifestoes is that their titles are, frankly, a frost. In the past these...

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Mr. Wilson and Mr. White By ALAN WATKINS O NE of the minor mysteries of politics in the past few years has been the growing reverence accorded to Mr. Theodore White's Making...

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Harold Wilson on the TUC

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Out of the week that shatters me, Black as the pitch from Poll to Poll, I cannot think the TUC Has played a very helpful role. In the fell rush of conference No arm was...

The Press

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Grey Dawn By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL A ye Caesar, morituri to saluiant. Thus the A Herald obsequiously saluted Mr. Cecil Harmsworth King; obsequiously connived at their own...

Operation Face-Saving

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From LEO S. BARON BULAWAYO T does not require any close reading of the Ijoint communiqué issued by the British and Southern Rhodesian Prime Ministers to observe that Britain...

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For Some Consumers In Leslie Adrian's absence on holiday I

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thought I would contribute a short note on a matter of consuming interest. Strictly, I imagine, for infor- mation only. A few days ago I was dining with Drew Middleton, who,...

Who is for Affluence?

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It has long been one of the legends of politics that Mr. Macmillan fought the 1959 general election on the slogan : 'You've never had it so good.' In fact, he used a different...

Spectator's Notebook

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Sir Glyn Jones, the Governor-General, is probably using his influence to bring the auto- cratic leader back to the dissident and able Ministers who still proclaim their loyalty...

The Last Victorian

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Playwright, novelist, critic, journalist, broad- caster, and sometimes prophet of doom—John Boynton Priestley has been all these things and many more. I'm glad to see that on...

To Follow David About now, I suppose, the traditional letters

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of resignation from the United States• Ambassa- dors start winging their way to Washington. In due course the new President appoints his new choices. It will be sad if we lose...


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There are many ways of announcing that the general election campaign has opened. The Tory Central Office have one pleasant and traditional guide. From the .date of the...

Oh Captain! My Captain!

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I expect I'm just a middle-aged grouch, but if there is an airline whose hostesses don't tell me the captain's name when we start, and say that they 'hope to have the pleasure...

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Megatons on the Motorway

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By OLIVER STEWART O VERWEIGHT vehicles are the trouble. Ever since motoring began certain groups of vehicles have been getting bulkier and heavier. But, unlike overweight men...

On Being Banned

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By RANDOLPH. VIGNE T HAD been forewarned about the banning j order and for twelve days had managed to evade it, cramming in a 2,500-mile tour of South Africa, meeting for the...

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From the Seaside

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By NORMAN LEVINE I REMEMBERED the day I left Cornwall. A wet morning. The tide was out. Some of the boats in the harbour were beached on the sand. I walked by the urinal and...

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Sut,—May I, as former editor of the Straits Echo and The 'Times correspondent in Malaya, say Julian Critchley, MP, deserves well of your readers with his down-to-earth appraisal...


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Sits.—As Margery Perham points out in her book The Colonial Reckoning, apropos of colonialism from earliest times, 'because conquest led in time to the extension of peace,...

Vatican Council John Eustace Cyprus versus the Rest M rs. C.

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Daw Illegal Arrests B. A. Young The War That Cannot Be Won George Bilaink in Afterthought Tim Heald It's Not Just Makarios Emma Eyden What's Happening to the Railways? James...


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SIR,—Which direction was this car going in that Mr. Lodge reports heading towards the South African border after the blowing-up of Amnesty International's hostel? The hostel...

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Osborne's Language

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By MALCOLM RUTHERFORD Inadmissible Evidence. (Royal Court.) THERE iS at the moment in repertoire at the Vic- toria Theatre, Stoke-on- Trent, a production of John Osborne's...

WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE RAILWAYS? SIR,-Mr. Munby, in his article,

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gave an interesting resume of the problems facing railway management. But it was rather a pity that the writer failed to take a look at the remarkable railway management...


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SIR,—Marlowe's later work is clouded by the mental instability which lies behind the bravado of his genius. Hero and Leander is marred by something like the insanity of Swift....


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SIR,—I am collecting material for a biography of Norman 'Douglas. I would be grateful if anyone with information about him or letters from him would get in touch with me. Any...


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Sta,--Mr. Andreas Cleanthou's explanation that the Turkish Cypriots began hostilities at Christmas because the Greek Cypriots wished to amend the constitution by peaceful...


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am preparing for publication by Messrs. Barrie and Rockliff a biography of Philip, Viscount . Snowden, pioneer of the Labour Party and Chan- cellor of the Exchequer in 1924 and...


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Sia,—A pity Alan Brien didn't flip through Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable in his 'Afterthought' on cuckolds and their horns last week. For example: 'Morgan le Fay sent...

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As soon as the Edinburgh Festival first trumpeted its programme for 1964, it was suggested that the only dance interest in the festi- val was whether The City Fathers would...

Bennett's Beauty

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By CHARLES REID Mr. Bennett's Aubade, on the other hand, like most of his serious music, is up-to-the-minute, challengingly and resourcefully so, in terms of twenty, thirty or...

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Bond's Back

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Goldfingcr. (Odeon, Lei- cester Square, 'A' certi- ficate). EACH time, in Technicolor and often in close-up, with a 11 t h e appropriate crunches and all possible immediacy...

The Time-Servers

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By SIMON RAVEN SEARCHING about, after ten days of intensive sports- viewing, for an image to convey my overall impres- sion, I was lucky enough to have it supplied for me by...

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An Elephant in the Dark BY D () RIS I.ESSING T BE citizens of a certain town, mad with curiosity, sneaked a preview of a beast strange to them, an elephant. For safety's sake...

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Jolly Young Jack

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The Living World of Shakespeare: A Playgoer's (Methuen's University Paperbacks, 12s. 6d.) I SOMETIMES suspect Mr. Wain of trying to become Mr. Priestley. It is not as if his new...

Frank's Men

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The Mystery of Moral Re-armament. By Tom Driberg. (Seeker and Warburg, 35s.) IN this book Mr. Tom Driberg documents his feud with Frank Buchman's movement from 1928 to the...

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IN the teeth of the general contemporary assess- ment I should like to say that Robert Graves— particularly on recent showing—seems to It'ave an inflated reputation. In this...

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Joe's Last Stand

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BY DAVID REES J UST under ten years ago on December 2, 1954, the US Senate decided by sixty-seven to twentyltwo that the Senator from Wisconsin, Mr. McCarthy, had, in various...

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Instant Fiction

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The Land of Rumbelow, reads like an American version of one of J. I. M. Stewart's literary puzzles, it is so highly organised and packed with Eng.Lit. allusions—not, however,...

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The Economy

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Treasury versus Economics Ministry By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT As a life-long critic of the Treasury in its wrongly cast role of economic manager I was delighted to read Mr. Harold...

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By STRIX Loneliness and boredom fell away; I was suffused

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by some at least of the emotions which a castaway feels when he sights a sail on the horizon. But how to profit by this all-but- encounter? The castaway could light a signal-...

A s everyone in the City had known the dale of the

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general election for weeks past the announcement had no effect upon markets, ex- cept perhaps to dry up business a little more. As the political fight seems certain to be, like...

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John Bull's First Job

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A Little Learning By PATRICK ANDERSON For years I had been terrified of war, without deciding whether I was a pacifist, a 'war neurotic' or just a coward. I was about to marry...

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By ALAN BRIEN 'Greasy,' too, suggests racial and class inferior- ity, conjuring up images of the shifty, half-caste, Mexican villain in a paperback Western. Horses sweat,...


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By PHILIDOR No. 196. 11. and P. le GRAND (L'Italia Scacchistica, 1959) 'Doke Far Niente' BLACK (7 men) WHITE (II men) ' wurre to play and mate in three moves; solution next...

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SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD 1135 ACROSS.-1 Pmperties. 6 Laic. 10 Pop

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up. II Altimeter. 12 Legislate. 13 Kings. 14 Disinfests, 16 Tata. 18 Love. 20 Band of hope. 23 Marge. 24 Ilntwisted. 27 Traveller. 25 Algae. 29 Seth. 30 Bra mh-ball. DOWN.--I...


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ACROSS t. Codger at the end of the line (6) 4. It's in plentiful supply (8) 9. Characteristic of a minority (6) 10. Etiquette demands an original half-column (8) 12. Does the...