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Mr Jenkins's opportunity

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Last week this journal addressed itself to the most important question facing the nation today: whether the Government will pursue policies from now on that allow the devalua-...

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Living with the veto

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Mr Wilson says we are a proud nation. Per- haps this is part of his private dream-world in which he seeks refuge from the harsh realities of life. Reviled in Africa, Asia and at...

Portrait of the week

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Mr James Callaghan and Mr Roy Jenkins changed places. While Britain settled down to a devalued pound France nourished rumours that the dollar might follow suit: there was a...

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Callaghan's last stand

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY AUBERON WAUGH Perhaps, in the coming weeks, when Mr Jenkins- wakes up to discover the Iron Chan- cellor's hat lodged ever more tightly on his head, he may...

Bird song

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CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS Swallow, when you flew away, What did Mr Wilson say? Said our balances were sound At two-eighty to the pound, Said when you came back again, Everything would...

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Small world

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AFRICA JOE CHAPMAN Salisbury—Mr Nodl Coward has a character in Private Lives who has travelled round the world and formed some accurate, if brief, impressions. `How was...

Bobby hesitates

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AMERICA MURRAY KEMPTON 'Others therefore may rush into the fray. I shall read history.'—Henry Adams to Henry Cabot Lodge, August 1876. New York—The posture of Senator Robert...

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East or west?

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ISRAEL CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS Ein-Karem—lt is easy enough to say that, whether people like it or not, both Arabs and Jews are irremovable constituents of the population of the...

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Ant ills

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MEDICINE JOHN ROWAN WILSON Earlier this year the SPECTATOR published a series of articles under the general heading of 'The Environment,' in which a number of writers discussed...

Hymn of hate

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ANTONY JAY You land of Seine and Rhone and Loire And fond illusions of la gloire . Of gigolos and midinettes And garlic and gauloise cigarettes And haute couture and haute...

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J. W. M. THOMPSON A difficult point of principle arose when the Prime Minister decided to 'blackball' one of the interviewers proposed for his appearance on the This Week...

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The treason of the clerks

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PERSONAL COLUMN SIMON RAVEN The English, we are told, do not buy books. A man rich enough to fork out thirty shillings for a round of gins, which vanish for ever in a few...

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Youth at the poll

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THE TRESS DONALD McLACHLAN I was surprised when I saw the main story on the front page of the Daily Mail on Monday: `Teenagers Tell: Why We Want to Quit Britain: A remarkable...

Look for the label

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CONSUMING INTEREST LESLIE ADRIAN There is more tearing of hair, more gnashing of teeth, about textiles than about anything else people buy. Men and women alike, says a recent...

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That reminds me

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TABLE TALK DENIS BROGAN Two or three weeks ago I was asked by an American periodical to write an appreciation of Mr Truman, with some estimate of his place in the roll of...

A hundred years ago

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From the 'Spectator,' 30 November 1867—The Times and Telegraph alike demand a large increase to the Metropolitan Police, which now numbers only 7,000 men, scattered over 700...

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What is pornography? BOOKS

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ANTHONY BURGESS After the devaluation announcement and those threatening words about England being a proud country, after the Daily Mirror's dollifying of thinned sterling as...

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Stauffenberg : The Life and Death of an Officer, 15

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November 1907-20 July 1944 Joachim Kramarz with an introduction by H.• R. Trevor-Roper (Deutsch 30s) One against Hitler D. C. WATT Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, Swabian...

Man of his time

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MARTIN SEYMOUR-SMITH E. F. Benson (1867-1940) was a good example of a successful man of his time. His first novel, Dodo (1893), although `heartlessly dissected' by Henry James,...

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Knight to move DAVID GALLOWAY The Word Made Flesh Anne Hurt (Mac- donald 25s) The Expedition Per Olof Sundman (Seeker and • Warburg 30s) The Come-Uppance of Arthur Hearne...

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Bell of Chichester RELIGIOUS BOOKS

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THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY Chichester is not one of the best known of English cities, but for nearly thirty years its name was full of meaning to Christian people in many...

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Theologians apart

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M. JARRETT-KERR, CR Correspondence : Teilhard de Chardin and Maurice. Blondel edited by H. de Lubac (Herder and Herder/Burns Oates 40s) Letters from Paris Teilhard de Chardin...

Ways to Golgotha

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THE BISHOP OF LLANDAFF A Theology of Auschwitz Ulrich Simon (Gol- lancz 25s) The Paradox of Guilt Malcolm France (Hod- der and Stoughton 25s) Alternatives to Christian Belief...

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Nine days' wonder

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DESMOND FISHER A Question of Conscience Charles Davis (Hodder and Stoughton 30s) A New Catechism: Catholic Faith for Adults (Burns and Oates/Herder and Herder 35s) In his...

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Christian ferment

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ROBIN DENNISTON How goes the ferment? Who is stirring the pot? And getting his fingers burned in the process? Both history and news are made by rows and quarrels, rebellions...

God the Father

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NEVILLE BRAYBROOKE There is a certain catchiness about the phrase `Christian atheism,' and in America Dr Altizer's gospel promoting it has caused quite a furor. He is regarded...

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Shorter notices

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1940 The Fall of France General Andre Beaufre (Cassell 42s). The author was in the headquarters of the French High Command in 1940 and tells the story of the French defeat with...

Sword people ARTS

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ROY STRONG Has it ever occurred to you that the British - army has the world's best choreographers? Watching Trooping the Colour for the first time this year, rigid lines of...

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Honeyed Bear

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RECORDS CHARLES REID Sir William Walton's one-act comic opera The Bear, lyrics by Paul Dehn, the whole adapted from Chekhov's skit of the same name, sent me rather off my head...

Winning reds

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LONDON FILM FESTIVAL PENELOPE HOUSTON The eleventh London Film Festival: usual scramble for tickets; usual glutton's choice of movies—two from Jean-Luc Godard, a new Bresson, a...

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Time to act IIILARY SPURLING Tartuffe (Old Vic) Halfway up the Tree (Queen's) The National Theatre plans are out. This com- pany already has a brilliance and authority which,...

National asset

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ARCHITECTURE TERENCE BENDIXSON When the National Theatre took its production of Love for Love to Berlin a couple of years ago, one man was able to move all the sets on stage...

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CHRISTOPHER FILDES As sad a comment as any on the devaluation of sterling comes from the Confederation of British Industry. Mr John Davies's letter to his mem- bers casts up...

Intelligent woman's guide to gold MONEY

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NICHOLAS DAVENPORT It has become impossible to dine out in London in these post-devaluation days without being pelted with questions—especially from women —about the great gold...

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Conglomerates: a nine-point plan

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BUSINESS VIEWPOINT J. D. SLATER Mr I. D. Slater is chairman of Slater. Walker Securities Limited. The outstanding success of some of the so- called conglomerates in America is...

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Into Wall Street

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PORTFOLIO JOHN BULL With some relief I turn from London to Wall Street this week. It is instructive to see what happened there on Monday, 20 November, the first trading day...

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ffolkes's business alphabet

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Market report

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CUSTOS A confused City is reflected in a confused stock market. Last week the Financial Times index took its steepest fall for six years, dipping be- low the 400 mark; but in...

Dear money winter

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SAVINGS LOTHBURY What should savers do in the wake of devalua- tion? The obvious view to take is that the value of money has been eroded, and that therefore it is sensible to...

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Life with the colonels

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Sir: Having spent last year teaching English in Greece, mostly to schoolchildren, I would like to say first of all how well Michael Llewellyn-Smith's observations (17 and 24...

The Maurice affair

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LETTERS From Nancy Maurice, Ronald Strom, C. I. Arthur, L. I. Filewood, M. G. K. Pierson, The Very Rev. W. R. Matthews, Enid Lakeinan, Patrick thither, Paul Sinith, Elka...

Pouring oil on placid waters

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Sir: I am glad that Mr Hepper (Letters, 24 Novem- ber) remembers my suggestion, many years ago, that the opportunity to vote against all candidates at an election would be...

Yours for Scotland

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Sir: Your correspondents (17 November) should endeavour to take a broader view of the implication of Scottish (and Welsh) nationalism. As Mr Ludovic Kennedy so pertinently...

Britain and de Gaulle

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Sir : Is there any reason why a relatively prosperous community should receive a new partner who is financially unsound? Judging by Tuesday's press and radio comment, to reject...

If throughout his reign...

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Sir: In his article 'If throughout his reign Napo- leon . . .,' Mr Stephen Vizinczey misquotes Mary McCarthy's Vietnam. He quotes her as saying that 'Johnson, escalating, feigns...

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Main stream

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Sir: William Bucban's review of my novel, Queen Victoria's. Bomb (24 November), is so generous that I feel I must answer his query about Professor Huxtable's immunity to...

Rough weather

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Sir: I really do feel sorry for Leslie Adrian (20 October) in his plight regarding Fahrenheit and Celsius. But, really, he is going about it all wrongly. He should not—not—try...

Public spending

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Sir: The calm news announced last Friday that the Government is being asked to recommend pay increases of up to 7 per cent for senior local government officers already earning...

D night

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Sir: By leaning over backwards to avoid partiality, Donald McLachlan (24 November) has succeeded in being unfair to the paper he ‘once edited. He says that on Devaluation...

Mr. Wilson and the Lords

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Sir: Possibly my writing was faulty, for the quota- tion from Sir Michael Foster (Letters, 24 Novem- ber) should have referred to an indefeasible right, not an indefensible one....

Sir: I have never been able to see much point

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in providing a space on a ballot paper for disapproval of all the candidates, for we already can, and some- times do, express the same thing by writing a disapproving word...

Night strangers

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AFTERTHOUGHT JOHN WELLS Rio de Janeiro.—Ever since Barry Humphries, the Australian wit, became obsessed with the song 'Strangers in the Night," suggest- ing at one point that...

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No. 477: The word game

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COMPETITION Competitors are invited to use the following ten words, taken from the opening passages of a well-known work of literature, in the order given to construct part of...

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Chess no. 363

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PHILIDOR G. F. Anderson (1st prize, Good Companions, 1917). White to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to no. 362 (Bartolovic): Kt - Kt 1, threat 2 K R...

Crossword no.1302

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Across 1 How to be alliteratively arrayed (7) 5 whiten, aspens quiver' (Tennyson) (7) 9 It's very kind of the clergy (7) 10 With which flagellant priests distinguish thee'...