19 JUNE 1959

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Portrait of the Week

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BRITAIN'S EXPORTS ROSE to a record high figure, and the trade gap dropped to a record low one. A Government White Paper announced substan- tial improvements in National...


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R EADERS of General de Gaullc's dignified war memoirs, and of the wry reminiscences of those various Allied statesmen who had to work with him, will recall that, to the General,...


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T HE Colonial Secretary did the best job he cold, in the circumstances, of defending the policy which led up to the Hola murders without defending the murders themselves. But...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 1959

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Crossing the Picket Line

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By RICHARD A FEW weeks back I participated in a tele- vision panel discussion on 'Orthodoxy and the Liberal Mind.' We were four on the panel, and we were pretty much of an age,...

Second Thoughts

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By MICHAEL ADAMS CAIRO FFICIALS in Cairo, who keep a very close eye on what is happening in Iraq, feel that the showdown between Kassem and the Communists must come very soon....

Printing Dispute

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The dispute between printing trade unions and the Master Printers, which had led to a ban on overtime working and other restrictions, has now reached a stage when a stoppage...

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Words Without Music

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By a Correspondent GENEVA W HEN Mr. Gromyko said that the Western Allies were to get out of Berlin within a year most people took it to be what it appeared to be—an ultimatum....

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Westminster Commentary

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Closed Doors By MARK BONHAM CARTER, MP WHILE the cat has been away enjoying bowls of cream in Florence, the mice have been at play in his column. But their play has bCen...

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I KNOW IT CAN BE argued that the journalists con-

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cerned show no signs of having been 'bought' by the Establishment. Most of them, in fact, are on the Left politically. But by accepting honours they lend the list a spurious air...

A Spectator's Notebook

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LITTLE CAN PROFITABLY be added to what the Spectator said last month on the sub- ject of the printing dispute. We are not a party to it, except in the sense that we have a...

I WAS WRONG, I find, in my contention that ad-

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vertisers were supposed to have nothing to do with 'shoppers' guides' when the TV Bill was first being discussed; it has been pointed out to me that provision was made in the...

THE Sunday Times patted itself on the back last week

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for having refrained from comment on. Ghana's expulsion of its correspondent, Mr. Russell Howe, as the case was before the Com- monwealth Press Union : 'The Union has now issued...

THE BIRTHDAY HONOURS list ran true to recent depressing form.

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Some faithful party supporters were rewarded for conspicuous mediocrity. A famous actor became a knight, and a famous foot- baller was awarded a CBE; association football has...

THE INJUSTICE in the Mrs. Christos case was not to

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her, but to her family. A correspondent in The Times a few days ago aired the view I have long held, that the two forms of punishment now recognised by the law, fines and...


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down at the Bromley fete, working as an attendant on the coconut shy, when I heard' the PM say, taking Haley by the arm, 'Enough is enough.' Curious to overhear the rest of the...

HOW DO SOME PEOPLE get away with it? Recently a

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motorist (I quote Lord Merthyr, speaking in a debate in the Lords) 'was convicted of careless driving which had resulted in a collision. It was his sixteenth motoring...

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The British Radical in 1959

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Romantic Imperialist By HENRY F A IRLIE ORD BOOTHBY claimed recently that he was a radical, and that a radical such as he could exist only inside the Conservative Party....

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Home Thoughts from Abroad

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SIR, I must apologise for thus rudely interrupting, from my self-imposed exile, the calm confidence with which Westminster, under the impression that I am no longer watching,...

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Tide of Taste

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By CYRIL RAY B USINESS is brisk in the great ballroom at Grosvenor House, where the Antique Dealers' Fair, which opened on June 10, goes on until next Thursday. There have been...

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Mom THE CHEF of 'The Bear' at Esher headed the queue,, waiting outside the Law Courts for Liberace v. Cassandra. He had been there since six in the morning, and sat cheer-...


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The Irony of 'Cosi' CAIRNS By DAVID Cos) fan nate is the twentieth- centtiry Mozart opera par excellence. In the nineteenth century its career was either chequered or non -...

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Seagulls Galore By ISABEL QUIGLY Alive and Kicking. (Ritz.)— Count Your Blessings. (Em- pire.) TAKE an island, preferably off the Scottish or Irish coast (though other people...

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A Bomb Has Nine Lives By SIMON HODGSON him as a great 'every technical the latest pictures, spheres or ellipses rising sul- lenly into spacious backgrounds above energetic and...


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Vehicular Traffic Only By PETER FORSTER Farewell, Farewell Eugene. (Garrick.) — Detour After Dark. (Fortune.) — The Tempest. (Old Vic.) WHAT happens when the proper order is...

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Consuming Interest

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Saving Our Sole By LESLIE ADRIAN A READER has been trying to supplement a much-loved pair of shoes, now three years old and still good, which he bought from Manfield and which...


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JUNE 21, 1834 AT the late Frankfort fair, fifty thousand copies were rapidly sold of translations in the German and French languages of the English pamphlet, entitled "The...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Cultural Shock By MILES HOWARD How does anyone who wants to keep track of advances in the various 'sectors' of medicine contrive to do it, along with an ordinary job? I haven't...

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SIR,.—May I congratulate Mr. Sington on his shrewd appreciation of

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the Singapore elections, his very just assessment of the objectionably unequal standards of living that have caused the leftward swing and his understanding of the personality...

All Black—All White Conrad Bollinger What About Teeth? Edward Samson

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The New Singapore George Edinger The British Radical- Desmond Banks `Sunday Break' Rev. C. G. Wilson `Der Rosenkavalier' P. H. Crumley Abbey Theatre Ian Sainsbury Matters of...

SIR,—Miles Howard quotes a reader as asking 'What about teeth?

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No mention of these yet,' and gives the reply, 'it is odd how seldom complaints about teeth come up in a. patient's story of illness.' It may be odd- in Miles Howard's...

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SIR,—Your issue of May 8 contains a very evocative letter by Sir John North about Arnold Bennett's death. I was a schoolboy at the time and I remember the occasion well. But I'm...


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SIR,—May I make a comment on Penelope Hunt'S interesting article on 'Reading Aloud' (Spectator, June 12), When I taught English years ago (1915-26) I always found that both boys...

THE CAMPAIGNS OF WAVELL SuL—Your reviewer concluded that Wavell's career

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might have ended differently but for 'one great blunder' on his part. Are there rewards even higher than promotion to Field-Marshal, a peerage and a viceroyalty? And does the...

THE BRITISH RADICAL SIR.—Your correspondent Mr. H. E. Faulkner will

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be interested to know that there is already an organ- isation in London catering for radicals. The Radical Reform Group was established in 1953 for that pur- pose. It is...

ABBEY THEATRE SIR,—In a journal of opinion like the Spectator,

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Brian Inglis is, in a way, justified in saying that Ernest Blythe 'owns' the Abbey Theatre, Dublin; the statement is going to cause some grave misunder- standings among those of...

`SUNDAY BREAK' SIR.—I think that Mr. Peter Forster has made

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a point about religious broadcasting which should be heeded by the Church. It wins to me that there is a terrible danger that we shall be so fascinated by the allurements of...

FESTIVAL HALL AUDIENCES SIR,—Now it is time for David Cairns's

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comments on the degeneration of Festival Hall audiences. Last Thursday Cziffra was clapped into an un- fortunate encore—a repeat of the conclusion of the Liszt Fantasia....


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SIR,—I can understand anyone who actively dislikes Der .Rosenkavalier, or who finds that it's not quite so good as, say, Falstaff or Gotterdiimmerung. But I cannot understand...

MATTERS OF MOTORING SIR,—Leslie Adrian says that if your car

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is stolen abroad you will probably have to pay duty on it and . that the motoring organisations will not be able to do much more about it than you can. May 1 point out that both...

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Hands off Smith By EVELYN WAUGH 7 - The Dictionary of National Biography with / all its few defects is an essential part of the writer's professional equipment. It is also a...

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Sandbags and Champagne

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Foil fifty-five hot, smelly, frightened and muddle- headed days in the summer of 1900 the eleven foreign legations irk Peking were beleaguered by an inefficient rabble of cruel,...

Business Faces

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Brotherhood of Evil : The Mafia. By Frederic Sondern. (Gollancz, 21s.) V t ej f of it A. 1- st . is rt "I r. (I. n- or )y a ' it- n- eeM :nr) be ON the 14th November,...

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Early Pessimism

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Judgements on History and Historians. By Jacob Burckhardt. With an Introduction by H. R. Trevor-Roper. (Allen and Unwin, 18s.) WHEN Jacob Burckhardt died in 1897 he was known...

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Guide Noir

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Journey to the Ends of Time. Volume I. Lost in the Dark Wood. By Sacheverell Sitwell. (Cassell, 35s.) vampire has the freedom of the night, during which it may nourish on...

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Radical Efforts

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A Guest and his Going. By P. H. Newby. (Cape, 15s.) The Men from the Bush. By Ronald Hardy. (M ul- ler, 15s.) Late Night on Watling Street. By Bill Naughton. (MacGibbon and...

Academic Zoo

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From Ape to Angel. By H. R. Hays. (Methuen 36s.) THE title concerns the essential nature of Man What is basic—our simian origin or our capacit to philosophise? This problem lies...

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Footnotes to Donne

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THE main historical importance of Sir Robert and Lady Drury is that their daughter Elizabeth died at the age of fifteen and was the occasion of Donne's `Funerall Elegie' and two...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT How gratified Mr. Amory must be to read the answers to the latest FBI questionnaire! No less than 59 per cent. of the firms declare that they feel more...


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ACROSS.-1 Action. 4 Sold a pup. 8 Allegory. 10 Farrar, 12 Omaha. 13 Dragoncts. 14 Yield. 16 Cadastral. 17 Pot- boiler. 19 Casts. 21 Tarantula. 22 Limbo. 24 Akimbo. 25 Chairman,...


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ACROSS 1 And so the field changed, van- quished (8) 5 Last word on bad housing (6) 9 Whence came a royal mare (8) 10 Keep out the revolutionary (6) 12 Gets rid of the outhouses...

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F OR the year ended January 3, 1959 (a fifty- three-week period), the accounts of Guest keen and Nettlefolds show very satisfactory re- sults with a trading profit of £31...