19 JULY 1957

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B Y mid-July the Chancellor of the Exchequer can nor- mally afford to begin thinking in terms of Bude or Biarritz, or wherever he favours for his summer holi- days, Industrial...


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'The capital is there; and so is capitalism. The waning factor is the capitalist.'—A. A. BERLE, The 20th Century Capitalist Revolution. IT might have been thought that the...


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T HE news that the Government is to make an extra two million pounds available for British information and broadcasting services to foreign countries gives added interest to the...

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Portrait of the Week QUITE a deal of this week's

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news has been concerned with the continuing repercussions of Mr. Khrushchev's victory over his rivals in the Soviet \ government. No doubt, exuberance has been taking its toll....

Twenties Intelligence

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Press criticisms of The Twenties by John Montgomery (Allen and Unwin, 25s.) A LOVELY scrapbook of nostalgia.—Reynolds News. No ATTEMPT to guy them or use them as a peg for...

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Westminster Commentary

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LORD BROOKE OF HAVER- STOCK HILL (I anticipate, it is true, but another display like the one he gave on Tues- day and anticipation will be- come present reality) reminds me of...

Dramatic Intelligence

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MISS LEIGH suddenly jumped to her feet.—Daily FOR A few moments she stood unnoticed at the wooden barrier to the Chamber.—Daily Sketch. SHE WAS wearing a small white halo...

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AND WHILE I am on the subject, my congratula- tions

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must also go to Sir Bruce Ingram, who has now been editor of a national journal for longer even than C. P. Scott, of the Guardian. Talk of 'beating the record' seems to me to be...

AM GLAD to see that several doctors have taken up

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the subject of tranquillisers, at the British Medical Association's meeting; for if ever the public were being defrauded by any new racket, this is it. The British Medical...

A Spectator's Notebook

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THE GOVERNMENT'S elaborate appli- cation of whitewash on the Cyprus torture allegations might have been more convincing had it not coin- cided with the report of an inquest • •...

Malenkov Intelligence

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HE WILL be well suited to his new job. He was trained to be an electrical engineer and so was his wife. Daily Mail, July 11. HE MADE no attempt to conceal his lack of technical...

THE QUEEN MOTHER'S tour of Northern Rhodesia was by all

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accounts very successful but judging by this advertisement in a Rhodesian paper it has given rise to a good deal of sartorial heart search- ing.

THE SHARP RAP over the knuckles which the Press Council

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has given the Daily Telegraph for break- ing the embargo on the United Nations report on Hungary is well deserved. The Telegraph's answer in extenuation of its cheating—that...

ON THE CREDIT side of Fleet Street, I must offer

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congratulations to the Sunday Times on their 7,000th issue, in which they were able to boast that their circulation had reached 750,000—an increase of over 15 per cent over the...

ONE MIGHT HAVE thought, from the flourish with which the

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Minister of Transport announced it, that the proposed forty-mile speed limit on some selected stretches of London's suburban roads Was all part of the scheme to speed up...


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For hire, Dove Gray Spats (Size 8), 9d. per hour, 1/- per hour during Royal visit. Special rates for Civil Service.—Dinham, Box 60, Kitwe. PHAROS

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The Canal and Mr. Connell

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By LORD ALIRINCHAM tin latest attempt to justify the Government's I Suez policy has been made by Mr. John Connell, in a book * which suffers from bias, irrelevancy, selective...

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Invasion 1957

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By CHRISTOPHER DRIVER T HE fashion noted by the authors of 1066 and All That for landing at Thanet and subduing England with fire and the sword has died out in re- cent...

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Doctor in Court

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By HUGH J. KLARE THE twenty-five-year- old labourer Ronald Dunbar was the first man to be convicted of capital murder and sen- tenced to death under the new Homicide Act. The...

City and Suburban

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By JOHN BETJEMAN I SENT the first fan letter to an actress I have written for a long time when last week 1 wrote, via her husband, to congratulate Vivien Leigh. Her splendid...

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Consuming Interest

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By LESLIE ADRIAN HAPPENED to be down Battersea way recently; and my attention was attracted by an exhibition which British Railways were holding in the goods depot there....

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Britain and the Common Market • Domestic Banking • Votes for Shares • The Company Report • Life Assurance Funds • State Pensions • Building Society Operations • The Unit Trust •...

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Domestic Banking: A Year's Development

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By DAVID BIRMINGHAM From the point of view of the general public the development that deserves first mention is probably the fact that Mr. Graham Page has this summer reached...

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Votes for Shares

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By ROBERT HELLER TAKE-OVER bids for stores have be- come a popular City institution, al- though by now, thanks to Mr. Wolfson and others, there are very few in- dependent...

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The Company Report

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By A. N. MARLBOROUGH It is at last being realised by a few more enlightened company chairmen that a well- presented company report has good propaganda value regarding the...

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The Investment of Life Assurance Funds

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By F. S. JAMIESON 'I do not see the attraction to any Insurance Company in the . . . Debenture Stock • . . seeing that in the current year its price has ranged between 112 and...

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State Pensions

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B y G. F. MENZIES THE Labour plan for National Super- annuation is to be considered at the Labour Party Conference in October, 1957. In this statement an adequate Pension is...

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Building Society Operations

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By GILBERT J. ANDERSON ON the last occasion on which an ar- ticle appeared in this paper on the subject of building societies—that was in July, 1956—the leaders of the move-...

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The Unit Trust

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By P. N. WISE THE market in British Government securities is at a very low ebb and is likely to continue to be so until such time as steps are taken to stop the vicious...

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SIR,—I find it hard to answer at the same time the strictures on my article Hong Kong, the chance we missed that have been made respectively by Mr. Travers and Professor...


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SIR,—What other word than 'obliteration' applies when the junior Sadler's Wells Ballet ceases to be administered by the Sadler's Wells Trust and comes under the management of...

Letters to the Editor

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The BBC's Russian Service P. J. D. Wiles David Footman Breaking Down the Fences John Coventry, SJ Bong Kong George Edinger Evans and Christie Michael Tomkins Miss F. Tennyson...

SIR,--4 am one of the many who have followed with

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the greatest interest the correspondence on the BBC's Russian Service. I share Pharos's regret that Mr. Earley has not seen fit to answer the questions put by Professor...

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SIR,—My friend Mr. St. John Ervinc writes not with authority

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but as one of the scribes. A very good scribe he is, too, but he does not know about the Sacra- ment of Penance. Only the penitent can give a confessor permission to use...


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SIR,-1 am sure Mr. A. D. C. Peterson is right. The way to cure over-specialisation in the sixth form is not to make a boy do some subjects properly for three-fifths of his time...


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SIR,—Mr. Peter Baker asserts that by a sequence of sly questions, 'frankly designed for the purpose,' he succeeded in tricking an indiscreet priest into breaking the seal of the...

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SIR,—What could be more ironic than the j u xtr position of

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David Watt's empty theatrical column last week and the fulsome self-congratulation with which Sir Stephen King-Hall records his own magnificen t contribution to the English...


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SIR,—What odd company Mr. Bayley makes Forrest Reid keep! The remark would scarcely be worth making were it not that the impression of Reid which Mr. Bayley conveys is very much...

PUFFS DIRECT SIR,—I strongly support Mr. John Bayley's protest against

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the habit certain publishers have adopted of issuing their books with a barrage of puffs obtained before publication by personal approach. It might be claimed that such puffs,...

THE KLEINS OF D'ARBLAY STREET Sin,—The 'poky little art gallery'

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which Mr. Bernard Levin referred to—Gallery One, in D'Arblay Street— is conducted by an admirable lyric poet, Mr. Victor Musgrave, and by his wife, Miss Ida Kar, the chosen...


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SIR,—II is a pity that the Spectator did not get some- body with more knowledge and understanding of Wyndham Lewis to review Mr. Wagner's book. A hostile opinion is one thing,...


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SIR,—May I, as the person responsible for the Sunday Times footnote to 'The Gyres,' answer Pharos? Richard Ellmann in The Identity of Yeats, p. 154, says that Old Rocky Face...

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Contemporary Arts

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Book of the Film E LIKE Ernie to the hopeful holder of Premium Bonds—a remote and unpredictable deity, whose patron- age may strike like lightning at any 9 ,minute—is the film...

Soft and Sweet

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HAVE never been able to under- stand why British bands seem to be incapable of playing sweet swing that really swings. Put on a prewar Goodman or Tommy Dorsey record and you...

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Art and Money

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A GAUGUIN for £104,000, a third of a million spent in two hours on a fine if not great collection, a press correspondence on the condi- tion and future of our galleries and...

Cfje 6pettator

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JULY 21, 1832 THE ENGLISH OPERA MR. ARNOLD'S company, having no house of thei r own, are still in lodgings at the Olympic; where the Spectator paid them a visit a few evenings...

Towards an English Style

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IN ballet we speak of the French, Russian or Italian style, and we can also refer to a dancer's own indi- vidual style. The first use of the word is to identify the special...

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The Outcome

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Exasperatedly I hack and break Out through the bladed chains the briars make All round my grimed shoes. Cobweb-black I stand Beside where concrete broad as a runway Smooth as a...

The Great War

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By ROBERT BLAKE L ice Talleyrand, who maintained that the true douceur de vivre had been experienced only by those who lived before 1789, mankind has all down history looked...


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He smiles in a mirror, shrinking the whole Sun-swung zodiac of light to a trinket shape On the rise of his eye : it is a role In which he can fling a cape, And outlobm life like...

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Pace Mr. Graves ...

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THIS volume will be a disappointment to many of those who, on the strength of Cameron's anthologised work or the small Fore Phblications pamphlet of 1950, must have been eagerly...

The Loved One

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The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. By Evelyn Waugh. (Chapman and Hall, 12s. 6d.) MR. WAUGH, so his publishers tell us, suffered three years ago from a brief attack of hallucina-...

Glass Eyes for All

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ONE sympathises with the difficulties of a learne d and skilful Roman Catholic historian in writinF for an English audience, a popular history of th e Reformation. He naturally...

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Creative and Cosmopolitan

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Men and Monuments. By Janet Flanner. (Hamish Hamilton, 25s.) Miss FLANNER is the Paris correspondent of the New Yorker. She is also, according to the dust jacket, 'an important...

Comfort-Station in the Bois

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`To be separated from Mama' was Proust's ids { at thirteen, of the worst conceivable pain. 1/ , i never really recovered from that idea, and II . for a moment does Dr. Miller's...

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Engineer's Castes

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ambard Kingdom Brunel: A Biography. By L. T. C. Rolt. (Longmans, 25s.) 1.4AT stout Lincolnshire prophet of reaction, Colonel Sibthorp, once declared: 'I would rather meet a...

Away from the Telly

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Hunza. By John Clark. (Hutchinson, 21s.) A YOUNG French couple, married in New York, with £300 between them, decide to travel round the world. Their story, in Honeymoon Round...

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New Novels

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Now and again, L. P. Hartley writes a master- piece. Few writers, however, can produce master- pieces every time, so when he is not writing mas- terpieces he writes original,...

Duckspeak Dictionary

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A Guide to Communist Jargon. By R. N. Carew Hunt. (Bles, 15s.) THE clarification of Marxism-Leninism for the reader who has not the time to bone up on such works as Critique of...

Roman Roads

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IVAN D. MARGARY has made his life study one Of those aspects of history in the open air which hn' ic i always been dear to the hearts of the British fi e archaeologist—the...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE statement made by the Chan- cellor to the National Production Advisory Council of Industry was pathetic. I say this in no derogatory I mean that it...


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By CUSTOS IT was a sorry comment on the Chancellor's important pronounce- ! merit on inflation that the Stock Exchange should stage a recovery on Monday in everything except...

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Country Life

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By IAN NIALL As the years pass, haymaking in the valley farms loses all resemblance to the traditional picture of grass harvest. Gone are those lines of sun-bonneted swath-...

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MARROWS A marrow is mostly admired on a show bench, but here and there a good cook, produces one In appetising form and justifies the growing of two °r three to be esteemed not...


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On the first morning I saw him looking through , my neighbour's hedge I immediately thought of som e sort of buffalo. He seemed the biggest ram 1 het ever seen and was equipped...


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ACROSS 1 Does he trade in counterparts, the deceitful fellow? (6, 6) 9 Where to meet a girl at bar (9). 10 Nutritious porridge for the sober (5). 11 To get a West Country...


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When almost over the hump of the little bridge I saw that my way was blocked by a duck crossi n g the road. She waddled forward and then went back a yard. I should have noticed...


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(1st Prize, Van Dijk Memorial Tourney, 1956) BLACK (12 men) WHITE (7 nico) wnirs to play and mate in two moves: solutions next week. Solution to last week's problem by...

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Question Time

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c e'oP d'e'tat having established in of f ice a 'Government of all the talents,' a tiresome Fraser c "cus challenges • the authority by which telephone conversations between Sir...

Some weeks ago, by a most remarkable co- incidence, two

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golfers, both trained Edward Chapman, on the same course, on the same day, holed out in one at 210 and 190 yards distance. Competitors are invited to comment on this• oc- casion...