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One More Plan

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Time is required both for the adequate assessment of the Colombo Plan as it stands and-for the filling in of the rather large gaps in the plan itself. It is, of course, a...

M. Moch Under Fire

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Just what the occupying Powers will suggest in the way of a Ger- man defence contribution nobody yet knows. The Atlantic Council Deputies, who have been in session on the...

NEWS OF THE WEEK T HE gains of the Socialists in

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the Bavarian elections have confirmed the determination of Dr. Schumacher, the West . German Socialist leader, to act as if the Federal Government, led by the Christian...

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The Egyptian Treaty

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When the Egyptian Foreign Minister, on his arrival in London this week, expressed his belief that Egypt was capable, given the arms, of defending the Suez Canal herself, he was...

Sunday Fun

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That the House of Commons should have refused to approve the opening of the so-called Fun Fair on Sundays is not surprising ; the size of the majority by which it took that...

£300,000,000 More

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Mr. Hugh Gaitskell's undoubted knowledge of economics looks like being both a blessing and a curse to him as he goes deeper into the duties of the Chancellor of the Exchequer....

Compromise on Eritrea

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The compromise solution for Eritrea which has now been ham- mered out by the Political Committee of the General Assembly has one obvious merit—that it has recommended itself to...

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The New Tolpuddle

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It has taken 116 years for the wheel to come full circle from the case of the Tolpuddle martyrs, who were sent to Botany Bay in 1834, formally for administering an unlawful oath...

AT WESTMINSTER T HE grave news from Korea was a sombre

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preparation for' the two days' debate on foreign affairs. The House was learning during Monday of the serious nature of the counter- stroke against the United Nations' forces,...

The Right to Die

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Euthanasia is no new subject, but the debate on the subject intro- duced by Lord Chorley in the House of Lords on Tuesday by no means fell under the reproach of merely treading...

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T HE military situation in Korea, which is steadily worsening as these words are written, is adequately dealt with on a later page. How far it is the direct consequence of...

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With the first Test Match in Australia now beginning, we

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shall see what really is the matter with the M.C.C. team—if anything is. And it plainly is. Australian comment may be ignored, though most of it that I have read has been polite...

Taking a preliminary glance through the sumptuous Kemsley Manual of

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Journalism (just published by Cassells at 25s.) I find a great deal to interest, a great deal to admire and here and there something to respectfully disagree with (infinitive...

Trinity College, Cambridge, is beginning to consider the question of

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its next Master, for Dr. Trevelyan, who accepted the five-years extension pressed on him by general acclaim when he reached the normal retiring age of 70 in 1946, retires...

Turning the pages of the Kemsley book I lighted on

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what looked like an old-time portrait. It was. It was actually the first half-tone block from a photograph to appear in any newspaper. The paper was the old Daily Graphic. the...

The division-list in the debate on the Sunday opening of

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the Festival of Britain Amusement Park provides abundant food for meditation. Ministers were well divided. Mr. Morrison and Mr. Bevan, might be expected to be in favour of...

A SPECTATOR 'S NOTEBOOK A FTER considering all the evidence there

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is available, and with- out making contact with any of the parties concerned, I find the Prime Minister's defence of his Minister of Health in the matter of the latter's talk...

The Minister of Transport's intentions regarding pedestrian crossings have been

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so long in gestation that their actual production is a matter for some excitement. But I am bound to say that they take a lot of mastering, and when they are mastered they...

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Malaya : The Latest Phase

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By VICTOR PURCELL T HE British public has received an intensive and often painful course of instruction in Malayan affairs in the last five years, and it is fully satisfied...

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Rutherford and the Atom

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By SIR HENRY DALE, O.M. O N November 30th, the day of its anniversary meeting from its earliest days, the Royal Society of London launched an appeal for a fund to commemorate...

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The War in Korea

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By PETER FLEMING W ITHOUT (apparently) very much help from either artillery or armour, large forces of Chinese infantry have converted the United Nations' crudely publicised...

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Church Unity : A Layman's View

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By J. T. CHRISTIE (Principal of Jesus College, Oxford) T HIS pamphlet on re-union, "Church Relations in England "• has not, at first reading, much to offer the ordinary layman...

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Health Service Problems

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By L AIN MACLEOD, M.P. I T is a pity that discussion of the role of doctors in the National Health Service tends to cerllre on their remuneration. It is true that many...

On the Mingling of Bernard Shaw's Ashes With His Wife's

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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust : The old dark words are bright and new When fifty years of love• and trust Find such a close as here they do. IL C. K. ENSOR.

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"Vie Opectator," gobember 30tb. 1850

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The Peace Congress made a most successful demonstration on Thursday in the town of Birmingham. The great Music- hall, which is said to hold 8,000 persons, was full : and though...


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The Two Cities By ANTHONY KERR (Trinity College, Cambridge) T HE old unwalled city of Sparta still glistens white beneath the Laconian sun. It is a garden city, with every...

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13v HAROLD NICOLSON RAVELLING from Waterloo the other day upon one of the many electrified sections of British Railways I discovered that the compartment I had chosen was...

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THEATRE "To Dorothy, a Son." By Roger MacDougall. (Savoy.) TONY Riot is a struggling young English composer living pre- cariously in a cottage near Dorking. His wife is having...


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Spanish Ballet of Teresa and Luisillo." (Saville Theatre.) SINCE their last and triumphant appearance in London, Teresa and Luisillo have formed their own company with whom they...


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"Crisis." (Gaumont and Marble Arch Pavilion.)—" She Shall Have Murder." (Metropole, Victoria, on Sunday.)—" To Please a Lady." (Empire.) Crisis will inevitably be compared to...


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BEFORE the curtain at Sadler's Wells had been raised five minutes, it was clear that the new production of Rossini's Barber of Seville was by Tyrone Guthrie ; for several kicks...

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The Decline of Wool I turnzd my mind from such

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a fantasy, lest I too should become moon- struck, by contemplating on my return along the lane (to the disappoint- ment of the Corgi) what the presence of sheep has meant in our...


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THERE is nothing like a newspaper scandal for pulling in the public. Picasso in Provence at the New Burlington Galleries has produced a bigger crowd there than I remember since...


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I WENT out last night after a day of wild storm and rain, with the flcods rising in the Weald. I had seen acres under water round Etchingham, as I drove down the hill on my way...

Postage on this issue: Inland & Overseas lid.; Canada (Canadian

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In the Garden

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I have just found some belated mushrooms under a yew hedge by the entrance of the vegetable garden. The find reminds me of a secret source of supply which I frequently enjoyed...

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Coleridge expressed his joy on departing from Cologne in a

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poem of seven lines : As I am a Rhymer And now at least a merry one, Mr. Mum's Rudesheimer And the church of St. Geryon Are the two things alone That deserve to be known In the...


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readers are urged to place a firm order with their newsagent or to take out a subscription. Newsagents cannot afford to take the risk of carrying stock, as unsold. opies are...


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Set by Richard Usborne The manufacturers of Christmas crackers get hold of some hauntingly undistinguished epigrams for their enrolled mottos- e.g., " Your mind is like a...

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Sig, —Your correspondent, Mr. J. Dupont, justly complains that "

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there is great confusion of thought in the United States about the purpose of the Festival of Britain," and well he might. What on earth has Britain to be festive about ? My...


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America and the Festival Suz.—If Mr. Dupont sincerely wants to understand why we are having a Festival of Britain next year, our propaganda for it is failing badly in not...

West Africans in Britain

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SIR,—Our country still tolerates many well-shrouded barbarities, of which perhaps the most shocking is its treatment of human beings who differ from us in race, and especially...

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, 4 Seeds of Treason" SIR,—In your issue of November 24th,

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Mr. Max Beloff makes a virulent attack on my firm's publication-, Seeds of Treason (The Strange Case of Alger Hiss), which he calls a " malodorous book." Since the authors, who...

, 4 The Christian Superstition " SIR,—" Of the two great

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superstitions of the western world—Chfistianity and Marxism- - Christianity has, of course, had a much longer , period in which to sterilise fine intelligences and divert the...

A Russian Good Chap "

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SIR,--This may ,e an appropriate time to recount a true story. Early in 1946 1 was a guest at a farewell dinner-party given by an Officers' mess in the British. Zone of Germany,...

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The Second Lesson

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&IL—This article was most helpful and interesting. I have often felt' how much more intelligible the lessons would be—both from the Old and New Testaments which are read in...

Princess Bad Banana

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SIR, —The "account of the Queen of Tonga prompts me to add some of my own recollections of her and her family nearly thirty years ago. I happened to be for a year in charge of...

Employment and the Old

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SIR,—Colonel Pelly's Christmas message to the old: in your special number, seems to be that since they have ceased to be " productive" units and therefore " no longer of direct...

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I T is with a frame of mind in which regret is mingled with a kind of shame that a reviewer approaches a book by Dr. Coulton when that doughty jouster stands no more accoutred...

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Reviews of the Week

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Against the Current Return From Utopia. By Richard Law. (Faber. 12s. 6d.) THOUGH Mr. Law tells us that this is a politician's book, politicians do not often give us books like...

Change and Strain in America

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The American Mind: An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 288os. By Henry Steele Corninager. (Oxford University Press. 3os.) IN The Education Henry Adams...

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One Man's Mind

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The Fuel of the Fire. By Douglas Grant. (Cresset Press. s as. 6d.) THE common reader is saturated with war and refuses to read books about it. All sound commercial advice runs...

The Pleasant Sea

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I do not long for the civilised government buildings, And the tram-carred palm-treed streets of some sunlit Spanish republic— Even I do not wish to voyage to orderly isles,...

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Penal Vade-Mecum

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Lag's Lexicon. By Paul Tempest. (Routledge and Kegan Paul. los. 6d.) THE aim of this neatly-produced book is well conveyed in the sub-title: " A Comprehensive Dictionary and...

A Born Outcast ?

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The Goose Cathedral. By Jocelyn Brooke. (Bodley Head. 9s. 6d.) THOSE who have read the two previous volumes of Mr. Brooke's semi-autobiographical trilogy will know what to...

The Hour before Twilight

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Inward Companion and Other Poems. By Walter de Ia M are . (Faber. 8s. 6d.) THERE are poets whom it is easier to discuss than Walter de la Mare, becauSe they create philosophies...

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Guillaume Apollinaire. Selected Writings, edited by Roger Shattuck. (Harvill Press. t 2s. 6d.) - MR. SHATTUCK atones for his failure as a translatorby his untiring search for...

Pottership and Lifemen

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Lifemanship. By Stephen Potter. Illuitrated by Lt.-Col. Frank Wilson. (Hart-Davis. 6s.) I SUPPOSE the reaction to any kind of wit and humour depends upon a complex personal...

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Fict ion

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8s. 6d.) IT was Henry James's doctrine that the fiction-writer should always improve on reality. Life must be tidied up by shaping, balance and unnatural selection. Provided it...


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Towards My Neighbour. By C. R. Hewitt. (Longmans. 9s. 6dH THE Rotary Movement, whether in Great Britain and Ireland or the world over, is less well known than it deserves to be....

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By CUSTOS THESE are testing days for investors. No sooner had markets begun to recover their poise—and move cautiously forward—after the bolt from the blue in June than they...

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Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, December 12th. Envelopes...


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