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Portrait of the Week— 'AT LkST WE HAVE a Premier

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who looks like one,' commented the Tailor and Cutter on Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the Lord Home that was until last Thiirsday. Hordes of pressmen trampled over Scottish moors to...


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- Um Foreign Ministerg of Britain and .THE are now on speaking terms again. This result of the Hague meeting of Western European Union is certainly all to the good, but perhaps...

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER I, 1963 No. 7 06 - 4 Escab,isned t 52 8

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The Greek Elections

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By MICHAEL LLEWELLYN. SMITH W HEN the Greeks go to the polls on Sun- day, they are faced with an unenviable choice. Mr. Karamanlis's right-wing party ERE can boast of eight...

Up to the Schools

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A RE-READING of the Robbins Report only serves to emphasise how much the effective implementation of its proposals is going to itipend on the performance of the schools. We are...

Public Limit, Private Sky

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W a may be reasonably confident that Mr. Maudling did not agree to serve under Sir Alec Douglas-Home in order to give Mr. Heath, the new Secretary of State for Industry, Trade...

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End of the Road

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From HARRY FRANKLIN LUSAKA rankers in the civil service and other vocations. aware of it and will, one hopes, avoid it. ment. adopted before. Robbins Eggs that well within....

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The Trial

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E ABLISIIED American political authority has developed the custom of referring to the events of last summer and fall as 'the Negro revolution' in its public language; but its...

NEXT WEEK THE SPLIT SOCIETY . Next week we begin

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the publication, in four instalments, of Nicholas Davenport's The Split Society, a special study of the alienation of the British working class over the past forty years. A...

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Sparking Plugs

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Sir Charles Snow and the Bishop of Woolwich have been modestly wondering why their words should have sparked off such furious controversies. Looking back, in The Times Literary...

A Spectator's Notebook

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L ABOUR leaders have always, naturally enough, been rather less confident in private than in public about the likely outcome of the general election. Now that the Tory...

Pushed Out

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I am told by someone who was in (but only just) Conference Room D of the Cabinet Office for the press conference on the Robbins Report last week that Lord Robbins was not...

Thank Them No Thankings

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I found it a little odd that the Sunday Telegraph in the course of a well-deserved editorial tribute to Encounter should have chosen to assert that the magazine enjoys a subsidy...

Seferis the Greek I was delighted that the Nobel Prize

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for Literature should have gone to George Seferis, formerly the Greek ambassador here. I last saw him shortly before he left London. With his characteristic interest in young...

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'Still Greece Wounds Me' Now that Seferis is living in

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retirement outside Athens and devoting himself entirely to his poetry, it is probable that we shall see a further flowering of the genius that has contributed so much to the...

Ask Me Another

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The other day I met two South Korean pro- fessors here in the UK on a goodwill mission. Their English was excellent; the talk was fast and wide-ranging; the food and drink were...

Passing the Buck

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What has happened to Lord Hailsharifs White - Paper on the North-East? What indeed has happened to Lord Hailsham's post of special responsibility? Has it passed to Mr. Heath as...

What Price Progress?

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By ANGUS MAUDE, MP T in: Prime Minister has been quick to deny that his appointment implies any 'lurch to the right' in the policies of the Conservative Government---a...

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Cults not Cultures

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By HENRY FAIRLIE T HE news that Sir Charles Snow has discovered a third culture has, no doubt, already been carried from Ghent to Aix. It reached The Times Literary Supplement...

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Don't Dig That Crazy Dragon By W. A. C. ADIE

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M Y remarks last year about shifting alliances and China's bomb (Spectator October 5) now seem confirmed out of the mouths of the Dragon and Bear respectively. Khrushchev has...

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SIR,—It is not often that the Spectator falls down on

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a question ..of fact, but the article on Lord Robbins by John Vaizey contains such a glaring inaccuracy that I hope you will see your way to having a clear correction made in...


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SIR, —Your contributor Mr. John Vaizey writes: 'It will be widely agreed. that .. . the present scramble for places puts the universities in a buyers' market, and that they have...

SIR,—Can we now consider facts behind the words of Mr.

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Peterson and others: 1. The term 'university graduate' covers a very wide range of ability in Britain, and a much wider one in the US and the USSR. If we called Advanced Level...


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Robbins J. D. P. Bolton, Douglas W. Franklin, J. M. Brown, C. G. Vernon Homosexuals and the Law Antony Grey TV Interviewing Manners George Bilainkin Wheels Within Wheels Kenneth...

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SIR,—Alan Brien, in his 'Afterthought' on homo- sexual law reform, proffers advice which shows him to be rather remote from the actualities of the situation. The crux of the...

SIR,—Mr. Awbry is not too hard on the motoring correspondents,

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but a bit wide in his criticisms of the industry. Some of his points are invalid and there is one drastic omission on the debit side. In contrasting levels of national output,...


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SIR,—May I comment on the article by Sarah Gainham (Spectator, October 25)? It seems strange to me that anyone really familiar with German history should have the effrontery to...


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SIR,—Haying interviewed in forty-four countries, formally and informally, for publication in British newspapers and magazines and for 'background' information, as many...

SIR,—I'm sure no one will begrudge Mr. Rushton his ultimate

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relief in returning from professional politics to his jokes. It would, however, be a great relief to at least one democrat if he would make them funny. 31 G1'084'0101' Road....


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StR,—In the Spectator of October 25 Mr. GoronwY Rees has added some comments of his own about an excellent historical work, comments which in some ways run counter to views...

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The Arts

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Son et Lumiere By DAVID PRYCE-JONES Hamlet. (National The- atre.)—The Possessed. (Mermaid.) — Cockade. (The Arts.)—The Bac- chae. (Lamda Theatre.) THE set immediately ob-...

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Dance or Drama

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Obviously both aspects of ballet are impor- tant, but whereas emphasis on the dramatic can possibly produce nothing more emotionally stimulating than the shambles of a...

Out of the Prison House ALTHOUGH it is widely be-

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lieved that the only way to house a lot of people in a small space is to stack them in a skyscraper, this is not strictly true. The flaw in the argument is that it is necessary...

D an egeld

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Weekend. (Con tinentale.) —Women of the World. (Cameo-Royal.) (Both 'X' certificate.) Weekend (though the Danes / know spend their weekends otherwise) confirms what one has...

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A Rhythm of Conviction By JOHN DANIEL G EORGE ELlor has always been something of a monument, to her own time and to ours. From a distance she has sometimes re- sembled that...

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Only Yesterday

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Bum these books deal with post-war Britain but, setting out from much the same starting point, arrive at very different conclusions. The Age of Austerity describes a revolution...

Alfred the Great

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IN retrospect, one of the greatest charms of early nineteenth-century cricket is the sense of occasion which seems to have distinguished even the humblest matches. These days...

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Trotsky: A Romantic Version

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The Prophet Outcast : Trotsky 1929-1940. By Isaac Deutscher. (O.U.P., 45s.) TROTSKYISM has had a modest revival lately. The master's name has figured prominently in the...

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No Flies on Tom

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Tote MBOYA is one of the shrewdest African politicians in the field; his persistent success in the political tumult of Kenya, despite vigorous enemies at home and abroad, is...

Brendan the Gab

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Hold Your Hour, and Have Another. By Brendan Behan. (Hutchinson, 21s.) THE dedication is to Brendan Behan's wife Beatrice (who is also responsible for the illus- trations,...

Man of Letters

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Essays on Literature and Ideas. By John Wain. (Macmillan, 30s.) IF Mr. Wain could only be nastier or more pre- tentious, everyone might be more frightened of him: as it is he...

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A Young Pedant

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Harder and harder now to get back to the books Open and uninviting on his desk. The hour of strain to point one sentence told On his pupils, too, surprised at his maundering Or...

Tropic of Boredom

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The President. By Miguel Angel Asturias. Trans- 30s.) 'THERE exists • a curious book by an American anarchgt, Benjamin R. Tucker, entitled INSTEAD OF A BOOK BY A MAN TOO BUSY...

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its latest publicity film is on show to the public,

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in a theatre next to the visitors' gallery, from this week. A body called the Wider Share Owner- ship Council published a report earlier this year which called bravely for...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE excellent reports received from couR- TAULDS, DUNLOP and BIRMID at the end of last week made certain that the new account this week would open on a bullish note,...

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Consuming Interest

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Capability's Child By ELIZABETH DAVID' IT has taken - two years for Mastering the Art of French Cooking* to cross the Atlantic. The book is the work, of three authors,...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY A s we go to press, Sir Edward Lewis, chair- man of Decca, will have given shareholders a full report on the company's results for the year ended March 31, 1963,...

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Stamping Ground

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LESLIE ADRIAN THE trading stamp war has now mobilised Boots, Sains- bury's, Marks and Spencer, W. H. Smith, Mac Fisheries and Victoria Wine (to name but a few) into a...

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By ALAN BRIEN Scrutiny has not yet reached the famine price of Astounding Science Fic- tion (complete • sets of which are now bargains at $600) but £45 for a photo- graphic...