20 FEBRUARY 1959

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Portrait of the Week— THE TALKS at . Lancaster House on

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the future of Cyprus very nearly foundered in the wreckage of the aeroplane bringing Mr. Menderes, the Turkish Prime Minister, to London. Mr. Menderes escaped with minor...


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N EXT April's Budget, now being prepared in the Treasury, will be introduced by the Chancellor in circumstances which are entirely novel. Not for nearly fifty years has this...

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Left Turn in Iraq

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By MICHAEL ADAMS MHE central point of dispute in Iraq has always I been the question of 'Arab policy,' that is to say, the question of whether Iraq should or should not move...

Ike without the Prince

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By RICHARD H . 12OVERE T T is a near-certainty that John Foster Dulles will not again function as Secretary of State. State Department correspondents have reported that he...

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Cyprus and Party Discipline

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS F OR myself I have from the first taken the view that there could be no value in bases for us in Cyprus in the midst of a hostile population. In Cyprus,...

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Westminster Commentary

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The cause of it all, for once, was not on either side of the Mace, but up in the public gallery. The Waters family was in attendance, mother in a very becoming blue hat and...

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AN UNUSUAL and interesting example of the Victorian humbug that

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is always with us was the attempt by London concert agents to suppress the enterprising 'Gentlemen's Concert of Ribald and Amorous Verse and Song' held in the Recital Room at...

SOME DISTINGUISHED HANDS have been raised in horror at two

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recent journalistic developments : the Industrial Correspondent of the News Chron- ic•le praising the steel industry in an advertisement, and the setting of a competition by...

LAST WEEK the Daily Mail published on its front page

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with a good deal of jubilation a new poem by Pasternak entitled 'The Nobel Prize,' which its reporter, Anthony Brown, received from him in the course of a three-hour interview...

TALKING OF HUMBUG, Mr. E. H. Brooks advertised some houses

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in both the Observer and the Sunday Times last week. In the Observer the advertisement read: . . £7,950 lock, stock, & barrel, or owner would strip if wanted for any other...

A Spectator's Notebook .

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THE GRIXO-TURKISH agree- ment on Cyprus was such a miracle that people seem to have ascribed to it a sort of Falstallian ability to create miracles in others. And up to a point...

THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL decided by a major-: ity of

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one vote in 117 to grant a licence for the East German film Operation Teutonic Sword (now how about a West German film called Operation Teutonic Title?). The sponsors of the...

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Is the Foreign Office Necessary?

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By ANTHONY HARTLEY VISCOUNT ALEXANDER OF HILLSBOROUGH: My Lords, is it not a fact that it was not in our minds--certainly it was not revealed to mc- that there was a state of...

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More Light !

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NIGEL BIRCH, MP H ow efficient are the nationalised industries and are the great capital sums they consume every year economically used? Nobody really knows. Ministers of both...

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Ludo A salesman flung a plastic statuette (Taint your own Queen Elizabeth') to the floor. 'Can't go better than that,' he said. 'Unbreakable.' Three Blind Mice' tinkled from a...

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Romantic Pedantry By ALAN BRIEN JOAN LITTLEWoon, the Mother Courage of Stratford East, has long doubled the role in real life of Brecht's indestructible Party piece. From the...


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The Interviewers By PETER FORSTER 'THERE are several questions involved in what you ask me,' smiled a crafty-eyed little film producer called Harold Hecht at Geoffrey Johnson...

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Same Menus By ISABEL QUIGLY Separate Tables. (Leicester Square Theatre.)—Too Many Crooks. (Odeon, Marble Arch.) Separate Tables (director : Del- bert Mann; 'A' certificate)...

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Zbe Opectator

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FEBRUARY 22, 1834 Musts rots put the constancy of their supporters to a severe trial on Tuesday night, when they 'sum- moned them to vote in.opposition to Mr. HARVEY'S Motion...


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Company Property CAIRNS By DAVID How far commercial competi- tion is good for society as a whole may be legitimately dis- puted.That it is bad for art needs no argument; the...

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Strange Encounter

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By KENNETH J. ROBINSON So much for the design-minded poet looking at Life. What happens when the poet looks at design? For the last week or, two—ever since Stephen Spender gave...

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Consuming Interest

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The Better Banger By LESLIE ADRIAN Bamsn sausages received the unexpected insult last year of being labelled 'export rejects.' Intended for Whitbread's Britannia Inn at the...

A Doctor's Journal

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Today's Pl agues By MILES HOWARD A NICE account of the Black Death, in the current number of the University College Hospital Magazine, by Dr. Gautier Smith. (In passing, what a...

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On Gunboats

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By STRIX I the country the off-stage noises—the noises 'which come into a house from outside it—are rarer but more pregnant than in the town. They do not have to compete for...

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SIR.—Thank you for the article 'The Case Against the Architect' in the latest issue: at last someone has had the courage to speak out against the increasingly rife cult of 'the...

THE CASE AGAINST THE ARCHITECT SIR.— T o prejudice the livelihood

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of another Profes - sion for any reason is deplorable enough. To do so With so little understanding of what that profession IS and means can only be meriting disgust. If the '...

MALAISE IN INDIA SIR.—Mr. Pocock's letter provides a very good

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anti- dote to Mr. Rushhrook Williams's article, which appears to me to have been written way up in the stratosphere of political thinking. To put forward the Kshattriyas as the...


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SIR,—The Welsh NationaliSts are for ever complain- ing that the 'English' Government and the 'English' Parties are neglecting Wales. However, when some- thing is done for...

Christianity's Lost Continent

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John K. Orleans Lindsay The Case Against the Architect James K. Scott, Alan May Meeting the People Silvan Jones Malaise in India Gev. Surti Peter's Reforms David Henschel ,The...


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Sta,--Will Mr. Hill - give some evidence, preferably from the years 1629-39 when there should be most, to support his statement that Charles I would have liked to rule through a...

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SIR,—Mr. Leslie Adrian is surely a bit wide of the mark when he says that the British Railways Car Ferry Service is `cheap' (Spectator, January 23). For many years the charges...


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SIR,—The 'Spectator's Notebook' of February 13 re- ferred to the use of an 'ancient procedure' by a member of the London County Council and com- , mented: 'Incidentally, the...

TRAVEL GRANTS TO THE US SIR,—Under the Ford Foundation/English-Speaking Union

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Travel Grant Programme, applications are now being invited from young businessmen, prefer- ably aged between twenty-eight and thirty-eight, for awards in this category. These...

JOHN GORDON SIR,-1 fear that my address will explain why

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I cannot accept Mr. Gordon's invitation to dinner. Perhaps he will accept my invitation to a quiet dinner at the Savoy or Horseshoe on my return, though I doubt whether Mr....

SOUR GRAPES SIR,—If you make no mistakes you make nothing,

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like the man said, but when Strix writes, `Up there on the summit, clustered like guillemots . . . I am aware of the top people looking down on me,' I question his authority to...


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SIR, —1 wonder whether your reviewer Frank Ker- mode has the slightest idea of the practical problems involved in producing a uniform reprint series when he remarks, 'It is...


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Sia, — The bands I named seemed to me to represent all phases of British endeavour in the field of what might broadly be called Pre-War Jazz, ranging from Ncanderthaloid New...

THE MIDDLE EAST SIR,—The trouble is that Miss Slec belongs

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to that familiar group of English middle-class ladies who so romanticise the Arab that they will believe anything he says, however often he is proved to have lied, and believe...

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A Walk in Parliament Street By RICHARD WOLLHE1M TN his preface to this meticulous anthology I of Walter Bagehot* Mr. Norman St. John- Stevas lets us in on the various stages...

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Life and Loves

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Frank Harris. By Vincent Brome. (Cassell, 25s.) A LIAR, a cheat, a blackmailer, a randy cad, a pretentious and inconsiderable writer, a crashing failure; a thief and murderer in...

Plenty of Piety

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People of Plenty. By David M. Potter. (The University of Chicago Press; C.U.P., 12s.) The Godly and the Ungodly. By Reinhold Nie- buhr. (Faber, 21s,) HERE are three books from...

Northern Aspect

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The Age of Improvement. By Asa Briggs. (Long- mans, 35s.) This is the intelligent working-man's guide to nineteenth-century English history. It is not exclu- sively an...

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Techer Without Faith

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Brave New World Revisited. By Aldous Huxley. (Chatto and Windus, 12s..6d.) As in most of his political writings, Mr. Huxley has an enormous purpose : to rescue humanity from...

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Social Survey

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Tim week's selection of novels reminds me of a faute de tnieux after-lunch visit to a convenient news cinema, in that the programme consists of well-prepared and unexceptionable...

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Comminding the Fitful

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Our Friend James Joyce. By Mary and Padraic Col um. (Gollancz, 16s.) Tins little book consists of memories of Joyce by his own 'What-do-you-Colums,' Padraic and his wife. There...

A Door Ajar. By Peter de Polnay. (Robert Hale, I5s.)

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The young de Polnay won and lost a fortune in five months on the Riviera of the 1930s, when 'it was then like a beautiful lady: nowadays it is a travel agent surrounded by a...

The Flight of Ikaros. By Kevin Andrews. (Weidenfeld and - Nicolson,

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21s.) This young man lived in Athens and in the hardest, remotest parts of the Peloponnese during the troubled times of the later 1940s. Few of the many who have deeply admired...

Todd Almighty

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The Nine Lives of Mike Todd. 13) Art Cohn. (Hutchinson, 2 1 s.) 'Ttni sun was sinking behind the bagnios of Hen- nepin Avenue.' Mr. Cohn begins arrestingly. Eight-year-old...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1.0311 ACROSS. - 1 Dumb-bell. 5 Season,

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9 slack-out. 10 Decamp. 12 Earthy. 13 Caviller. 15 Heave in sight. 18 Auction ;ales. 23 Gangling. 24 Debase. 26 Loiter. 27 Monastir, 28 Non est. 29 Cardinal. DOWN.— 1 Dubbed....

Leaves from the Jungle. By Verrier Elwin. (O.U.P., 16s.) Welcome

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reprint of charming minor classic—the diary of one who fell in love with Gandhi's India and Gandhi's philosophy, and wrote twenty years ago, his unaffected, sweet- natured,...


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I 'Bound for the isles of Javan and ----' (Milton) (6) 4 Knotted latchets are with the goods (8) 1 Thcy confine many a calf (7) 10 A sailor returns at the end of the exhaustion...

Ends of the Earth

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The Mountains of Rasselas, By Thomas Paken- ham. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 21s.) On mule- back and on foot, the enterprising and not un- courageous author sought and found the...

The Heart of India. By Alexander Campbell. (Constable, I8s. 6d.)

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A Time and Life correspon- dent's well-observed, predigested, neatly written detailed survey of the new striving India that is still an inconsequential, charming, irritating....

Longhouse and Jungle. By Guy Arnold. (Chatto and Windus, 21s.)

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Lightly scholarly and faintly stylish account, by its leader, of an Oxford Univer- sity expedition to a remote tableland in Borneo, carried there by dugout canoe, and sometimes...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT LATELY Wall Street, in a down- ward trend, has been behaving as if it expected deflation rather than inflation. Perhaps it has taken more seriously than...

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By CUSTOS M ONDAY in the stock markets is always characterised' by the hasty marking-up of the equity shares recommended by the tipsters in the Sunday press. Tuesday usually...


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D ECCA RECOMIS has continued its record of expansion for the year ended March 31, 1958, with a trading profit of £2,952,539, and after allowing for as much as £1,002,120 for...

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If Andrew Marvell had been living today he would have

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had much more material to draw on for his garden poems, what with modern importa- tions like chincherinchees, and flowers that have been developed since his day. The usual prize...

The Land of Smiles

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 468: Report by G. Daish Competitors were limited to offer advice on the art of being various members of society, private and professional, on the...