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but he won the war: though his negotiators at Brussels were conspicuously unable to dissuade the Five from. backing British entry into Europe, the French veto was enough to...


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T HE Brussels negotiations are at an end, and it is .quite clear who has wrecked them. That is the sole consolation in a situation which other- wise is full of menace for Europe...

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The Shah's Referendum

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T tie results of the Persian referendum con- stitute a sweeping victory for the Shah in his campaign to reform the structure of his country's national life - . They also mean a...

Keeping London Great

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T HE 500 architects who recently heard Sir Keith Joseph speak at the RIBA on the plan- ning implications of the London Government Bill decided that sardonic laughter was the...

Gloom Descending

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T HE relief that is felt at the possible lightening of the situation in Central Africa should not encourage anyone into thinking that Britain is at last approaching the end of...

Gloom Lightening

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FTHE situation in the Central African Feder- ' ation is at last showing a brighter side. Among the encouraging signs that have emerged recently, much the most important is the...

Out of Work

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T an unemployment figures are chilling. Neither the weather nor the increase in social benefits announced last week makes them look any less so. When the weather broke at the...

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Self-Inflicted Defeat

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS AS France ever before inflicted such a blow on herself?' said M. Paul Reynaud out of sixty years' political experience on Tuesday evening when the...

In Principle

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From CHANCHAL SARKAR NEW DEL141 A CARTOON in one of the principal Delhi papers shows the Indian Prime Minister and the Home Minister (Mr. Lai Bahadur Shastri) try- ing to drag...

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Spectator's Notebook

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' T BELIEVE there is a good deal of disquiet in academic circles about appointments being made to posts in the new universities without the positions in question previously...

Pay as You View

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I suppose that lack of interest as much as anything explains the Government's curiously muted proposals for a trial of Pay TV. But if television is ever going to establish...

Whaur's Yer McGonagall Noo?

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Of all the little magazines which defy the withering winds of conformity, Lines, published occasionally by M. Macdonald: of Edinburgh at half a crown, must surely be the most...


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Because Tony Hartley is on the staff of the Spectator, his book, A State of England (Hutch- inson, 25s.) won't be reviewed in it. But the Editor will at least allow me to say...

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Robert Frost When I last met Robert Frost he talked

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to me, typically enough, about Stonewall Jackson. For there was nothing in him of the priggish self- Projection one sometimes finds in poets of public repute, which confines...

Confessions of an Odd-Job Man

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From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK L IKE most New York journalists, I have been living since December 7 with the newspaper strike, that Germinal of the affluent society. The...

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By COLIN MACINNES T lie editor of Encounter once told me his journal never receives publishable pieces on religious themes. Now, if one accepts that Encounter portrays...

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The Dancing Girls

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By MICHAEL LEAPMAN ( TT anyone were to keep a frequency chart of news stories that regularly recur in the popular Sunday papers, the Scandal of the Stranded Showgirls would win...

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Nassau and After General Pierre Gallois Enemies of Promises C.

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J. Douglas, D. E. H. Haycox Hispanic Studies Richard Bottlind Unfashionable Angries John Francis, Sebastian M. Alldyne Watt's Watt B. Duncan Spanish Burial Mrs. Geogrey...

ENEMIES OF PROMISES Sta,--The article entitled 'The Enemies of Advertis-

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ing' once more prompts one to try to expose some of the manoeuvres by which the supporters of adver- tising attempt to blunt criticism by distracting attention from the...

SrR,—1 am a critic of advertising. Henceforth, I shall also

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be a critic of a critic of critics of advert- ising. I have virtually no social position to uphold, no vested interests to grovel to, I am not actually a member of any political...

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SIR,—I have just read Lady Judith Pakenham's article, 'The Unfashionable Angries' (Spectator, January 18), and find it both shocking and revealing. I use the word 'shocking' to...


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SIR,- There died suddenly at Punta de la Mona. Almunecar. Spain, in the early morning of December 18, 1962. Geoffrey Gladwyn Christian, descendant of the Fletcher Christian...

HISPANIC STUDIES am sorry to see, in your issue of

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January 18, that Mr. J. M. Cohen, in order to score off pro- fessors of Spanish whom he presumably dislikes. has proceeded beyond merely misleading your readers to denying the...


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SIR,—When Mr. People buys his ten bulbs he should also buy a thermometer. He will then find Mrs. People and I right and his theories wrong. If he wishes to be even more...

SIR,-1 was not at all impressed by Mr. Evelyn Waugh's

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one relevant question, and remain con- vinced that your integrity would have caused you to give Judith Pakenham's article prominence equal to that it would have had if it had...

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All Scholars Now By CLIFFORD HANLEY SOME years ago in America, enterprising television stations launched a University of the Air: a scheme which has be- come a smash hit with...


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The Hermit Eye By BAMBER GASCOIGNE Next Time Fit Sing To Yon. (New Arts.) The Knickers. (Lyric, Hammersmith.) Tutu title of James Saunders's latest play sounds like a...


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SrR.—With a view to publishing an official biography o f my late husband the Rt. Hon. Clement Davies, rC, QC, LI.D, MP, I would very much like to make a n appeal to all those of...

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Antonioni's Uncertain Smile By ISABEL QUIGLY The Eclipse. (Cameo-Poly; `A' certificate.) • Wrrn a cerebral director, such • a as Bergman, it is perfectly pos- sible to take...


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Stars Apart By DAVID CAIRNS This may seem ungrateful when we have just been enjoying a welt-east revival of Falstaff. It will also be said that in the age of the aero- plane...

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King of Cats By CLIVE BARNES tiocles. For the first time in his career Nureyev Was appearing with the Royal Ballet, rather than having the Royal Ballet as his backcloth. It...

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The New Images By NEVILE WALLIS `WHAT 1 have set out to give is a view—admittedly a highly personal one—of what British art looks like now.' Thus Edward Lucie-Smith, in in-...

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What Price Grandeur BY ANTHONY HARTLEY T HERE is a special fascination in historical episodes where two totally alien forces con- front one another, where the exotic and the...

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Debatable Educati on

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The Independent Progressive School. Edited by H. A. T. Child. (Hutchinson, 25s.) ON TUESDAY, January 15, 1963, the Central Hall, Westminster, was filled to hear a high-powered...

Catastrophic Saint

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The Marquis de Sade. By Simone de Beauvoir. With selections from his writings chosen by Paul Dinnage. (John Calder, 30s.) A DISTINCTION, as significant as that between...

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He cursed a silly stone And found, his cursing over, A whole landscape had gone. He pulled a flower and found, Flying in space around him, His only standing ground. He's had...

Latin America for Adults

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LATIN AMERICA is increasingly in the news, which means among other things that more nonsense will be written about it. Political commentators here will project their unsatisfied...

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The People, Perhaps

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The Age of Reform. By Richard Hofstadter. (Cape, 30s.) The Paradoxes of Freedom. By Sidney Hook. California and C.U.P., 40s.) MR. HOFSTADTER'S The Age of Reform provides a...

Portable Lives

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Never Had It So Good. By D. A. Nicholas Jones. (Cape, 25s.) It's Different Abroad. By Henry Calvin. (Hut- chinson, 15s.) ONE of the primary functions of the novel form has...

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Heart and Bust

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Two American epic novels this week are both probably, bound for the British best-seller lists. To anyone who cares about prose, let alone humanity, one has heart and the other...

Consecration of the Computer

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You're nothing but a pack of cards Like great grey rats with their electric whiskers The hungry morons eat our lives in seconds. The sinister doctor breaks down and is led away...

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No Surrender to De Gaulle

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THg gentlemen in Throgmor- ton Street, who had taken the failure of the Brussels nego- tiations very badly, need to be reminded that General de Gaulle...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE shock from de Gaulle has abruptly stopped the bull movement in both gilt- edged and equity shares. Perhaps the gilt-edged Market is the worst affected, for the...

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Company Notes

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By LOTIIBURY HE increase in deposits shown by the West- minster Bank for 1962 was the best for several years, but the chairman, Mr. D. A. Stirling, draws attention to the...

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By STRIX T HE snow seems, touch wood, to be on its way out. Five weeks is a long time to live in a state of semi-emergency, but on the hills where I am we have come of...

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Fair Exchange

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By LESLIE ADRIAN PART exchange (PX to the trade) has become quite , a lucrative racket among the dealers in television receivers. And it is pretty profitable with the boys who...

Consuming Interest

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How It All Began By ELIZABETH DAVID It was the winter of 1946-47. In the late summer of 1946 I had returned to England after some years spent in the Middle East and a brief...