19 JULY 1963

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Spies in Perspective Stria Whose Poison Gas? Desmond Stewart The Pricelessness of Publicity Murray Kempton South American Solutions Hugh O'Shaughnessy Evolving a Leader David...

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No. 704/ Established 1828 FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1963

--- Portrait of the Week— AM SORRY under present' regulations

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you are not liable for deportation,' said Commissioner Sir Eric Roberts at the Old Bailey last month when sentencing 'Lucky' Gordon forlpunching up Miss Keeler. But the tangled...


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- 1 - ` HE Keeler peep-show and the dramatic 1 series of spy trials have kept the British legal system in the past few months almost continuously before the eyes of the news-...

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Political Commentary

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Evolving a Leader By DAVID WATT rrI:. RE is a stage of acute stress—or drink, 1 if you like—at which the sufferer's face sud- denly seems to dissolve. Strange lines appear on...

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Whose Poison Gas?

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By DESMOND STEWART rr HE headlines of the Daily Telegraph on I July 8 were categoric: 'Nasser's Planes Use Poison Gas.' Then followed the dreary attempt to name Egypt's ruler ....

Cracks in !he Carapace

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ROBERT CONQUEST writes: `So was the Thirty Years War,' was one com- mentator's reply to the suggestion that the Sino- Soviet dispute was no more than a conflict within a shared...

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The Pricelessness of Publicity

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From MURRAY KEMPTON WASHINGTON Evil comes to us men of the imagination mearing as its mask all the virtues. I have certainly known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife...

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South American Solutions

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By HUGH O'SHAUGHNESSY A FEW months ago in Rio de Janeiro, Helder il i. Climara, auxiliary archbishop of the city and one of the foremost religious leaders in the western...

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Brains in the Family John Strachey, whom I never met,

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always man- aged to come across to me as a good man with a good brain, and I choose to regard his recorded mistakes as evidence of pragmatic energy; per- haps because I feel I...

Notebook A Spectator's

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T HE mere existence of vast personal wealth or hereditary titles is, of course, an affront to the dignity 'of man. I decided this when I was fourteen, and nothing has been able...

Semantic Antic Malcolm Bradbury has written in the current issue

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of 20th Century a provocative little intro- duction to a study of the changing fashion in our language of morality. There's good thesis material for somebody in this, if it can...

Rich Round 0 It is becoming possible to believe that

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regional language, too, will remain as a permanent baffle- ment in this tiny island. There was a time when we Cassandras were sure that local accents would inevitably be...

Patriotic Pop When a disillusioned visitor returns to Canada because

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Britain has gone soggy on him, the most difficult thing of all to defend is the sludgy pop music that drove him to despair. Something must be said for pop, all the same, and...

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You might be unable to buy the Spectator when you go on holiday, as newsagents do not carry surplus stock. To make sure of – receiving your Spectator send us your holiday...

Spies in Perspective

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By STRIX M EN are much more afraid of snakes than they have any need to be; and something of the same disproportionate alarm, rooted in instinct, colours their attitude towards...

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In Rachmansland

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By JOHN SPURLING B ETWEEN Westbourne Grove, where Christine Keeler met 'Lucky' Gordon in a cafe, and the Harrow Road, where Perec Rachman gained his first experience of putting...

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BURYING THE COFFIN Sut,—Your contributor, Geoffrey Parker, despite his final

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paragraph about 'civilising' the southward swing of our industrial pattern, seems to be some- thing of a modern Malthusian. He counsels us to accept with oriental fatalism the...

LLOYD GEORGE SIR.—Mr. Rees, in his latest letter, refers to

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the 'warmongering plans' of those who launched 'the Chanak manoeuvre'; but is careful not to mention the fact that the policy pursued by the Government during the Chanak crisis...

SIR,--The logic of the article by Geoffrey Parker entitled 'Burying

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the Coffin' is irrefutable and the North appears to be doomed to decline. The ultimate result would be a gigantic human anthill in the South with the North devoted to...

SELECTIVE AND NON-SELECTIVE Sts,—If, as Dr. Robin Pedley suggests, local

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edu-. cation authorities seek to 'gull the public' by announcing the end of the eleven-plus but not really doing away with selection, he himself is surely not entirely guiltless...

Sts,—May I lament, not the burying of the Coffin, but

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the ignorance of the present generation of geographers who are unaware that it was once 'Professor Taylor's Coffin:' For indeed, it was my invention, as witnessed by my old...

The House of Lords Reginald Lennard Lloyd George Lord Bootltby

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Burying the Coffin Peter Howard, Professor E. G. R. Taylor, H. McMorran Selective and Non-Selective Mrs. Karen McKechnie Courses at Degree Level Mrs. Kathleen Hartley Old Age J....

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S112,—May I support F. Le Gros Clark's plea for newly

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retired people to be recruited to help those older and less active. It is, however, only fair to say that many 'retired' people able and willing to do so are already active in...

BIOGRAPHY TRAVESTIED Stu,—After reading Mr. Jack Fishman's answer to Mr.

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Randolph Churchill's review of his book, My Darling Clementine, I took the trouble to check at my local library some of the references quoted in his reply. They are certainly...


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SIR,—An estimate made by the Association of University Teachers shows that 5,000 boys and girls with the necessary qualifications to enter universities will be turned away this...

SIR,—I am sorry that Mr. Greer did not like my

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letter. We have both, however, in our different ways, drawn attention to defects in the present arrange- ments for the welfare of the elderly. I did read his article carefully...

HALF MEASURE SIR,—If she has cause again to drown her

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sorrows the heroine of On Her Majesty's Secret Service may continue to do it with half-bottles of Pol Roger. Both the vintage and non-vintage wine is available . from West End...

'OUR M . 4N IN HAVANA' SIR,—In the course of his friendly

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and highly en- couraging review of Our Man in Havana, Edward Greenfield stated that my original libretto had been 'cut to shreds.' May 1 be permitted respectfully to point out...

THE PRICE OF MONEY SIR,—Mr. Davenport's 'timid' reader would like

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to offer the right end of the stick to Mr. Harold Lever. I invited Mr. Davenport to demonstrate with a few lines of algebra that manipulating the rate of interest (his words,...


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SIR,—As a regular advertiser in the Spectator for the past twenty-eight years, the Institution of which I am secretary is very much involved in the problems covered by Mr. Herb...

BUILDINGS BEFORE PRODUCTIONS SIR,—In a long article on the Artistic

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Needs of Wales Professor R, I. Aaron, the second Chairman of the Council for Wales, demanded far more buildings to house performances. But is this the best way to get the Arts...

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Wild Eloquence By CLIVE BARNES PRorcomv in two moods, Struchkova in two roles, and what are presumably two out of the three or four best ballets produced in Russia since...


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Arden of Chichester By DAVID PRYCE-JONES The Workhouse Donkey. Chichester Festival.) WITH its final production, The Workhouse Donkey, the Chichester Festival is re- solved...

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Spleens By ISABEL QUIGLY Candide ('X' certificate) and Le Million ('U' certificate). (Paris-Pullman.) Now that satire (counter- reformation being what it is) has become...


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Rodin and After By NEVILE WALLIS `J UDGES don't age,' murmured the judge in The Chalk Garden, `time decorates them.' In a sense Rodin's sculpture is as unageing as its Greek...

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Suicidal Gesture BY G. M. CARSTAIRS 4 1 Do not know,' said Edmund Burke, 'the j method of drawing up an indictment. against an whole people.' History has shown that few indeed...

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Patriarch of the Psyche

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ACOLYTES writing hagiographies are seldom for- tunate enough to have the assistance of the saint himself in their endeavours; Aniela Jaffe had the benefit of extensive...

A Note for Biographers

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Those early chapters are the ones to watch: It is too cosily assumed that all That happens to the eminent will clutch The reader's glazed lapel: where infants crawl Is much the...

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Classic or Commercial?

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PART of the peculiar interest of George Gissing as a novelist is 'that he represents, particularly clearly and sharply, one of the most intense intellectual and philosophical...

Low Talk

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A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. By Captain Francis Grose. Edited by Eric Partridge. (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 45s.) EVERYBODY has heard of Dr. Johnson's dic-...

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Children of the A-Bomb. Compiled by Dr. Arata Osada. Translated by Jean. Dan and Ruth Sieben-Morgan. (Peter Owen, 25s.) THIS book comprises sixty-seven short essays in which...

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Brutal Friendships

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The New Cold War: Moscow v. Pekin, By Edward Crankshaw. (Penguins, 2s. 6d.) THERE could hardly be a more opportune moment for the publication of a comprehensive paperback on...

La Douce France

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Unknown France. By Georges Pillement. (John- son, 30s.) • By Way of the Golden Isles. By Anthony (Faber, 10s. 6d.) The Splendour of France. By Robert Payne. (Robert Hale, 21s.)...

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Insurance and the State

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE public ownership of in- Last year was, in fact, the worst for the corn, posite insurance companies since the San Fran- cisco earthquake of .1906. Only...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS HE opening of a new account with a 1 per I cent stamp duty instead of 2 per cent did bring a momentary increase in business, the day's markings being the highest for...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY M R. T. J. CULLEN, chairman of London County Freehold and Leasehold Properties, is not unduly concerned should there be a change of government. For, as he points...

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By ALAN BRIEN T HE year 1963 has more in common with 1936 than a re-arrangement of digits. Both of them mark a milestone of eighteen years after the ending of a war to end...

Consuming Interest

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Local Lore By LESLIE ADRIAN Two years ago Greece moved into a Regent Street frontage with a relief map of Hellas and a permanent exhibition of indigenous products (not for...