31 MAY 1945

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Procedure Against War Criminals

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Though proceedings against war criminals should be taken with the least possible delay, Mr. Churchill was right in saying last Tuesday that trials must not begin until they have...

France and the Levant

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Mr. Eden's grave statement in the House of Commons on Wednes- d ty evening shcwed Low critical the position in the Levant had b.come ; with the French shelling Damascus from the...


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M OST of the obstacles to agreement among the big Powers have been surmounted by compromises at San Francisco, the most difficult of all, that referring to the right of veto,...

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A New Way in India

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Mr. Rajagopalachari, who to his credit never wearies in his search for a solution of the Indian constitutional problem, has now launched in a booklet entitled Reconciliation,...

Publicity in Local Government

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The lack of public interest in local government is one of the most serious administrative defects in this country. Means of remedying this evil are suggested in an admirable and...

The Government's Coal Policy

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The Government's policy for the coal industry, as outlined by Major Lloyd George on Tuesday, will need a great deal of amplifica- tion before judgement can fairly be passed on...

The Control of Labour

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Mr. Bevin's last act before leaving the Ministry of Labour was to sanction an order relaxing the extent and the severity of the control of labour, and defining the conditions...

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T HE political situation has been considerably clarified in the past week. The Labour Party having withdrawn its Ministers from the National Government, Mr. Churchill has...

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A MONG a good many aspects of international affairs calculated to create depression, there is one that justifies a high degree of optimism. That is the remarkable—and in the...

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By STRATEGICUS Perhaps it is more merciful to suppress the name of the American author, though it is one which the critic would not ordinarily ignore. These " emaciated bodies "...

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By EDWARD ATIYAH T HE crisis in the Levant provoked by the landing in the Lebanon of French military replacements and reinforcements, simul- taneously with the presentation by...

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By AN ANGLO-INDIAN LL the permutations and combinations of the conventional means of approach to the Indian problem have been discussed thread- bare, and nothing has emerged...

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By F. TENNYSON JESSE " I am writing this because I want you to know what my feelings are at this time. If I survive, you will never read it ; you will only read it if I am...

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By .1. F. S. ROSS B EFORE women had the vote we heard a good deal about "man- made laws " and " man-made wars," with the implication that when the suffrage was extended to...

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By HAROLD N [COLSON T HE newspapers during the last few weeks have been publishing photographs, not only of the arrest and interrogation of enemy officials and generals, but...

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Picasso. At Slatter's Gallery, 30, Old Bond Street.—Sir Hugh Walpole's Collection, 2nd Edition. At the Leicester Galleries. Picasso. At Slatter's Gallery, 30, Old Bond...


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" The Princess and the Pirate." At the Leicester Square.— "Hollywood Canteen." At Warners. — " They Were Sisters." At the Gaumont.—" Report from Burma." Generally released. The...

MUSIC Schiinberg's " Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte "

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MESSRS. BOOSEY AND HAWRES transferred their latest concert to the Cambridge Theatre, presumably because the demand for tickets exceeded the capacity of the Wigmore Hall—though...

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I do not know of any section of the German

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Protestant Confessional Church whose pastors have refused to preach, to serve, to ordain and bless the atrocities and horrors committed by the German armies and their leaders."...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Ste,—Although it is far from my wish or intention to enter into an argument about the merits or demerits of State control, there is one point in Mr....


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SIR,—I gather from the review of Mr. Peter Wiener's book on Luther by the Dean of Saint Paul's that Mr. Wiener maintains that " with the ex- ception of a few refugee pastors in...


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Sut„—I wonder those who have replied to Mr. Gollancz regarding his view that everyone is responsible for what happens to everyone else. have not drawn attention to the strange...

Sut,—I have no wish whatever to be kind, or even

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fair, to Luther. But let us be fair to history. Hitler's anti-Semitism does not need Luther ; it can trace its ancestry from the furious Christian anti-Semitism of the Middle...

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SIR,—Surely the main contentions of Mr. Victor Gollancz's pamphlet are

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unchallengeable? They are: (1) that there are thousands of "good " Germans, i.e., Germans who resisted to torture and to death rather than yield to Nazism, and, (2) that the...


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SIR,—Referring to the remarks by " Janus" on the alleged inadequacy of the £600 per annum allowance to M.P.s, that sum was voted, not by way of salary, but to cover expenses...


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Sta,—The Press of America has reported Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Pandit's interesting draft memorandum presented to the official delegates of the San Francisco Conference, in which she...


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SIR,—Will you be so good as to allow me a little space in which to make a brief reply to Mr. Steel Maitland's letter of May 18th? (1) My communication of May 4th was not " very...

Sta,--Scotland wants, I suppose, very much what England wants—work, decent

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living conditions, a chance for everyone to exert his faculties in the way he himself thinks best. Which, then, is the best way of achieving this end—a separate Parliament? Then...

a,—The trouble with Mr. David Thomson is not that he

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cannot think traight on this matter (though no doubt a brilliant logician on every they): the trouble is that quite literally he cannot, for more than a few Mutes at a stretch,...

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StR,—I have been entrusted by Major R. J. Lugard, brother and sole executor of the late Lord Lugard, with the great privilege of writing the latter's biography. I should be most...

Kronsten may be quite right. Having no actual evidence (though,

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possibly, some suspicions) of Professor Brinkmann's political opinions, I confined myself to the mention of his academic standing. I do not hesitate to say, however, that even...

GERMANS AT OXFORD SIR, --Dt:"C.- K. Allen's article on German Rhodes

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Scholars and Dr. J. A. Kronstert's letter raise a very important question which one hopes has been in , the minds of those responsible for the " re-education of Germany." Have...


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SIR,—Why does your correspondent, Rev. A. H. Walker, couple the names of Schweitzer and Niemiiller? Does he imagine Schweitzer is a German? It is true that he was born five...


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ENGLISH husbandry at the moment provides some contrasts that are at least unexpected. Those who want to buy farms—and these include many women--find most prices very nearly ....

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Prayer—An Interpretation

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A Preface to Prayer. By Gerald Heard. (Cassell. 7s. 6c1.1 THE background of Mr. Heard's book, considered as denial not as affirmation, is given in some -sentences of the...


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The Future of Civil Aviation Civil Aviation and Peace. By J. Parker Van Zandt (Faber and Faber. 5s.1 DR. VAN ZANDT has written for the Brockings Institution at Wash- ington...

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American Books and English Readers

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American Literature in Nineteenth-Century England. By Clarence Gohdes. ' (Oxford University Press. 16s. 6d.) THIS book is one of the admirable Columbia Books on Literature— a...

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A Fugue in Time. By Rumer Godden. (Michael Joseph. 8s. 6d.) Cliffs of Fall. By Dan Davin. (Nicholson and Watson. 8s. 6d.) Three Men in New Suits. By J. B. Priestley. (Heinemann....

With Wingate in Burma

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Beyond the Chindwin. By Bernard Fergusson. (Collins. 10s. 6d.) THE imagination of the world was caught by the story of Wingate's first expedition into the Burmese jungle. It has...

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The winner of Crossword No. 323 is Miss M. B. MORLEY, The Crest, Carlton, Pontefract, Yorks.

tt THE SPECTATOR " CROSSWORD No. 325 [A Book Token

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for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct ollaion of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, um - tzth. Envelopes should be...

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• USTOn AFTER their preliminary adjustments to the uncertainties of the domestic political situation markets are behaving surprisingly well It is now pretty clear that last...

Shorter Notices

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Wilberforce. By Reginald Cour land. (Collins. 12s. 6d.) ALL the praise which this admirable biography deserves was bestowed on it when it first appeared twenty-two years ago....

Note-Books of Night. By Edmund Wilson. (Seeker and Warburg. 7s.

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6d.) THIS is a very curious book, for it is a collection of odds and ends in verse and prose by a writer who has made a great reputation in England and America as a solidly...