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TT would be easier to respect the Prime Minister's 'views on the Far East situation if they were not couched in cant. His earlier defence of Anglo- American togetherness—that it...

Portrait of the Week

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THE PRIME MINISTER announced that there would be no General Election during the winter, and events in the Far East seemed to be moving to- wards a position in which there would...

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Conservative Commercial

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T. Any it w is no its g to S then alit[ Hea age an Conservatives' pamphlet Onwards in Free - Join will not win the party many recruits. 3ne su ffi ciently interested in...

After Harnmarskjold

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By MICHAEL ADAMS Cairo M R. HAMMARSKJoLD'S visit has left the Middle East in a painful state of suspension, which is a slight improvement on the way he found it. The emphasis on...

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Decisions Awaiting the General

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In France itself the Government will have to make a decision about the electoral law—or rather General de Gaulle will have to 'arbitrate' (a blessed word in French politics; it...

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Torquay Commentary

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Mr. Gladstone Explains W att W ITH the TUC safely behind me, I had intended, as the Torbay Express carried me swiftly towards the golden sands of Torquay and my rendezvous with...

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I AM SURPRISED, too, to see that each of the

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Young men received the same sentence: In such gangs there is almost always a ringleader, often a psychopath, who exerts a powerful influence over the rest and who should...

THE LABOUR LEADERS, I see, have been reviving the myth

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that Mr. Attlee's sudden journey to Washington during the Korean war prevented President Truman from starting to use atom bombs. In fact, of course. President Truman had not the...

I WAS INTERESTED to see that, whereas Mr. Mac- millan's

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television technique has vastly improved recently, partly no doubt as a result of assiduous training, Mr. Gaitskell's has deteriorated. Mr. Gaitskell's chief merit on television...

A Spectator's Notebook

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MY FIRST INSTINCT—and I imagine it was that of most Spectator readers —to the news of the heavy sen- tences passed on the nine 'nigger hunters' of Notting Hill was of satis-...

I WOULD HAVE advised that 'The Lost Image'— an exhibition

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of paintings by tachists, children and apes at the Royal Festival Hall—should not be missed, but for the fact that you cannot obtain admission unless you also buy a ticket for a...

WHEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT Was made that Illustrated is to be

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merged with John Bull, I was not surprised to see the excuse 'Television claims one more victim'; but I was surprised to find it made by the normally sensible writer of the Man-...

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SEPTEMBER 21, 1833 WE have often marvelled at the number of trades- men who boasted in gold letters or the hieroglyphics of heraldry of serving Royalty, and at the pride of the...

Lebanon Awaits the 24th

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By DESMOND STEWART Beirut O N September 24 General Fuad Chehab will pledge himself before an intersectarian God to safeguard the integrity and independence of Lebanon, and...

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John Bull's Schooldays

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Prog. Co-Ed. By JOCELYN BROOKE A s a child I was a muff and a milksop of the least endearing type, over-sensitive, hopeless at games and a bit of a prig; doomed, in fact- or...

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World Bank

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By L. F. RUSHBROOK WILLIAMS A GOVERNMENT statement made recently has ,,reiterated India's earlier warning that she will be unable to supply water to Pakistan from the `eastern'...

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Cardboard IN A NARROW slit On these sheets and printi, otherwise forgotten performers have achieved the bizarre immortality of a waggish headstone in a graveyard. Mr. Palmer as...


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Tragic Soap Opera By ALAN BRIEN Long Day's Journey Into Night. (Globe.)—Mary Stuart. (Old Vic.)—Auntie Mame. (AId- wych.)—The Lady on the Barometer. (Royal Court.) Long Day's...

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B a lle t

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Shots in the Arm By A. V. COTON EVERYONE in the business agrees that the time has come to give the art of ballet a shot in the arm. The man with the hypodermic in his hand at...

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That Russian Charm By ISABEL QUIGLY The Cranes are Flying. (Cur- zon.) — The Fiend Who Walked the West. (Rialto.) THE most powerful propaganda weapon the Russians have, if only...

Consuming Interest

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Oil in the Home By LESLIE ADRIAN . ALTHOUGH it is not a new development, there is a great deal of interest today in oil heat- ing. This is due to cheaper domestic oils and the...

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A Doctor's Journal

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The Normal Man By MILES HOWARD W HAT is a 'normal' person? One answer, often given, is that 'normal' means what you de- fine it to mean : the man who lives in harmony with...

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Pendlebury's Pleasure

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By STRIX H ow rarely one meets with perfection, and yet how instantaneously one recognises it! Loath though I am to use the word 'gem' in a figurative sense—for along with...

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Stn,—From time to time the monarchy is embarrassed by the

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activities of its supporters; thus, Mr. Malcolm Muggeridge and Lord Altrincham are deluged with obscene letters, Sir Oswald Mosley decorates his head- quarters with the Queen's...


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SIR,—Mr. J. E. M. Arden's letter refers your readers to the back tiles of Encounter and suggests I have misreported a controversy there, but says he himself was only concerned...

SIR,—Mr. Christopher Hollis writes : 'We, used to be told

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that the Indian . . . was yet moved by the simple appeal of loyalty to a person. Disraeli was praised for his imaginative stroke in making the Queen Empress of India.' I wonder...


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SIR,—The English, it would appear, must always endure great nonsense from the writers they send abroad, and the latest example of this has been your correspondence about the use...

SIR,—As a registered egg producer may I be allowed to

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point out to Mrs. Andersson that poultry farmers now pay for the cost of administering the subsidy on eggs which prior to the coming into force of the Egg Marketing Board was...

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SIR,—Marketing Boards, of course, benefit the house- wife as well

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as the farmer, and are not, as E. B. Anderson says, `anti-consumer' (Spectator, August 29). They benefit the housewife by lowering costs of distribution and by evening out undue...

Letters to the Editor

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The Monarchy and the Commonwealth Lord A loincham, Edward Bond, J. P. Bardsley English in South-East Asia Quentin Pope Purging Intellectuals ; Professor William Ent pson Egging...

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Sta,—Mr. Henry Williamson, writing from Barn- stable—wherever that may be—asks

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where Devon- shire is. Is it really next to Cornwallshire? Or is it somewhere near Kentshire, where it seems that one may sometimes buy Devonshire cream? He will find it...

DISCONTENTS IN DEVON SIR,—More discontents I never had Since I

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was born, then here; Where I have been, and still am sad, In this dull Devon-shire.—Yours faithfully, ROBERT HERRICK Elysian Fields

GRANTING VISAS SIR,—I find it difficult to understand official policy

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over the question of granting visas for foreigners to visit the United Kingdom on business. I have personal knowledge of two recent cases, the first concerning a well-known...


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SIR,—Yes, vertical take-off aircraft should help to solve the noise problem, That is the short answer to Mr. Pollard's question. The nuisance region asso- ciated with VTOL...


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SIR,—May we be allowed to add a word to Walter Taplin's tribute to Mrs. Gage? Living next door to her in Chelsea, we saw a lot of her. She had a key and would look after the...


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SIR,—Nineteen hundred and fifty nine will be the bi- centenary . year of the founding of the firm of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Limited, pottery manufacturers, by Josiah...

SIR,—Never mind where Devonshire lies (it's right next door to

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Heavenshire, Mr. Williamson!). If we are going to be pedantic there is something else, Mr. Editor, for you to face up to. Two articles on con- secutive pages of the current...

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Adam Beyond the Stars BY ALAN BRIEN E VEN old addicts of the Science page of Time today find it hard to keep up with the Jonahs any more. No sooner do I get used to one nice,...

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Colonic Toxicosis

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Algeria : The Realities. By Germaine Tillion. (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 10s. 6d.) LET, me say at once that I admire this book. I d° not agree with all its conclusions—heaven...

The Legend

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Is Michael Collins still a legend outside Ireland and Irish America? This book assumes that he is and with much sober detail gives substance to his unquestionably romantic...

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A Modern Tawney

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The Affluent Society. By John Kenneth Galbraith. (Hamish Hamilton, 21s.) MOST people have probably reflected at one time or another that modern economic life is more like a...

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IT is a disarming experience to enter, as it were, the blue-linsoned hall at the National Union of Teachers' headquarters and to find oneself con- fronted by fourteen...

After the Party

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WHEN Mr. Cockburn arrived in a Balkan capital in 1945, a young member of our Military Mission met him. The youth had been an avid reader of The Week even in his teens (though he...

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Non-Committal The Cross of Baron Samedi. By Richard Dohr- man. (Hamish Hamilton, 18s.) Fish Flying Through Air. By Roswell G. Ham. (The Bodley Head, 16s.) A UNITED STATES...

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By CUSTOS T HE Government's relaxation of the hire- ". purchase restrictions made it certain that the industrial equity share market would resume its upward trend in the new...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE thunder of the Common- wealth economic conference at Montreal has clearly been stolen by the American proposals for the October meetings of the...

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EYLAND & BIRMINGHAM RUBBER Ld COMPANY manufactures a wide range of rubber and asbestos goods, indiarubber and water- proofing materials, many of which form part of other...


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ACROSS 1 Slow-coach's 4? (8 - 5) 9 Fluent lip produces such results (9) 10 The eager heart? (5) 11 The Scot is at home; Sesame! (5) 12 Mangled again and dismissed? (9) 13 One...

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Ding-dong. 18 Ambition. 19 Oldham. 21 Retraces. 23 Smarts. 26 Creel. 27 Overnight. 28 Barnaby Rudge. • DOWN.-1 Hold-all. 2 Negus. 3 Utter- most. 4 Boot. 5 Intrepid. 6 Hacks. 7...

We'll Keep a Welcome . . .

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 446: Report by Buzfuz Competitors were invited to pro - vide an extract from a novel or play in which a TV quiz winner arrives to take possession of...

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Shakespeare, they say, can provide a quotation for every occasion.

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For the usual prize of six guineas competitors are asked to find a quotation from Shakespeare (giving reference) for each of the following occasions: launching a rocket to the...