20 JANUARY 1961

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Island Paradise

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T HE affair of the Bahraini prisoners has taken a turn for the better, and another for the worse. For the worse are the statements made by Mr. Edward Heath and Mr. George Brown...

Portrait of the Week

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■ IRITAIN'S TRADE FIGURES for 1960 showed a rise in imports of 14 per cent, and in exports of six. The TUC told the Chancellor of the Exchequer not to blame high wages but bad...


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Industrialists, however, did not awaken; nor did the public—not, that is, at the time. It was only last week, quite suddenly, that the penny dropped. The OEEC uttered a warning...

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No. 6917 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 1961

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Timothy Evans

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V IERY few people—even in the Home Office V or Scotland Yard—still seriously believe that 'Timothy Evans was guilty of murder. But the authorities have so far refused to admit...


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` Dumas good intention, which is as easily dis- P covered at the first view as fraud is surely detected at the last, is, let me say, no mean force in the Government of mankind.'...

Situation Vacant

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Monica Furlong writes : Scarcely had Dr. Fisher's announcement to Convocation of his forthcoming resignation been made than most of the newspapers, some of which have attacked...

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NEXT WEEK The 'Spectator' will include a Travel and Holidays

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Wounded Buffalo

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON rTIHE Southern Rhodesian Constitutional Con- ference which resumed this week in Salisbury faces formidable difficulties. The real protagon- ists—Prime...

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Time Exposure

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By BERNARD LEVIN In January, 1960—some six months later—he was telephoned by one Detective-Sergeant Peters of Scotland Yard, who subsequently came to see him with another police...

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Ten Rillington Place

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By BRIAN INGLIS B EFORE reading Ten Rillington Places I was already convinced that Timothy Evans was the victim of a particularly horrifying miscarriage of justice. He was...

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Plus Ca Change . . .

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By ROY JENKINS, MP H ow far can a party go in the direction of disunity and decline without passing the point from which no recovery is possible? Obviously this question has...

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From Here to Obscenity

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By ALAN BRIEN VOTE the straight progressive ticket on almost I every single issue that makes Sunday morn- ing drinking conversation in the Hampstead district. I am for nuclear...

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Sut, —Miss Quigly is now going off at tangents 'like a fountain troubled.' Who shall blame her? After all, her first position was untenable. It is no use lacing into me for...

Sut,—Talking about the July Plot, William Douglas Home refers to

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'martyrs' like von Hassell. Perhaps von Hassell deserves more respect than any of the other conspirators, as his efforts to bring about peace (albeit a negotiated one) started...

LITERATURE INTO LIFE SIR,--To my protest that, if Dr. Davie

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wanted to make his reference to Delta at all, he was bound in plain honour to tell your readers something about the article in question, Dr. Davie replies that I was comically...

T EETHING TROUBLES 8 „ I R , was fascinated to read the plaintive wail

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of 'ars. Furlong who finds that the responsibilities of Parenthood are difficult to bear. She conjured up a fearful household scene; a flock of spoilt children after the style...

New Gods in Ghana I . G. Arnamoo 'teething Troubles Professor

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Geoffrey L. Slack W hitewash? Douglas Home, L. C. Smith, Ludovic Kennedy, Elaine Grand Literature into Life J. M. Newton Libraries and Authors' Royalties Sir Alan Herbert, J....

SIR,—If Ludovic Kennedy equates hatred of the Jews with hatred

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of the Germans something must have gone wrong with his sense of proportion. The people who hate the Germans (regrettably but understand- ably) do so because of Treblinka,...

Sta,-1'm not surprised that Miss Quigly should be upset at

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being confronted by the skeleton in her cupboard; but before she starts hollering about smears and insinuations, let me remind her where this correspondence began (and where, as...

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SIR,--After the arrest of Lumumba, it was thought that things would 'move towards stability from now on' in the Congo. This has proved a shameful illusion. While Lumumba's...

SIR,—Your reviewer finds it inexplicable that Disraeli achieved what he

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did, and wonders how he managed it. Well, he had great courage, imagination, genius. Of course, if one is determined to ignore those things—and your reviewer doesn't mention one...


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SIR,—It is many years since I disproved the myth that serves as the pivot of Mr. Bryden's article on Disraeli's background. From the time of Oliver Cromwell, native-born Jews...


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owe an apology to readers of my review 'New Adam' (Spectator, January 6), for three inac- curacies in one sentence about Condorcet. The cor- rect title of his last work was...


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I is clearly a waste of effort to bandy words about washing-machines with the learned mouthpiece of the librarians: for he does not seem to read them. May I stick to a few...

SIR,—Mr. H. E. Taylor asks: 'Can a book be lent

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to its owner? The books in public libraries belong to the persons who use them.' Are not public lavatories lent to their owners—at least to half of them—at a penny a time? The...

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Costumed Oratorio B y D tVID CAIRNS IN Orpheus, the first of his 'reformed' operas, Gluck set out to rescue opera for drama. But you would hardly guess this at Covent Garden,...


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Panto for Parents By BAMBER GASCOIGNE Ondine. (Aldwych.) Wise grey eyes popped with wonder behind their rimless bi-focals when the Magician produced a naked Venus from no-...

Alan Brien, our theatre critic for the past three years,

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is joining the new Sunday Tele- graph in that capacity. He will, however, con- tinue to write for us on other topics; and the first of his articles appears in this week's...

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Bright Younger Things To: The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting. From: Peter Forster, Television Critic of the 'Spectator.' H AVtNG read that you are likely to have before...


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Without the Life By ISABEL QUIGLY Une Vie. (Gala Royal, Edgware Road.)—The Sundowners. (Warner.) WHAT Is style? No, this isn't the first round in another match with Oxford...

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Our Men in Africa By DON AT O'DONNELL Doctor Colin examined the record of the man's tests—for six months now the search for the leprosy bacilli in smears taken from the skin...

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Book of Martyrs

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IN the preface to her new novel, Zod Oldenbourg Warns that all the main characters will die at the stake. Notice is given : the squeamish should alight here. Destiny of Fire...

Versions of Brecht

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Berton Brecht: Plays, Volume I (The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Threepenny Opera, The Trial of Lacunas, The Life of Galileo). (Methuen, 25s.) FIRST things first: and of course...

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Walpole's Way

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By C. V. WEDGWOOD nt ROBERT WALPOLE, in portly confidence, S looks out from the frontispiece of Dr. Plumb's book.* His official robes are larded with gold braid; the Blue...

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Salacity and Verve

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EVEN more remarkable than the tales Casanova has to tell is the fact that he survived to tell them. When he received an invitation from Graf Waldstein to spend his declining...

Goose Girl

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THERE is, of course, a notorious class of people in this country who like to think of animals as I nert, to think of the differences as nothing more than touching disabilities....

The Sailcloth Shroud. By Charles Williams. (Cassell, 12s. 6d.) Of

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three men who sailed a ketch from Panama to the Texas coast, one dies at sea and another is murdered on land. The third is suspected by the police and beaten up by gangsters in...

It's a Crime

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The Appin Murder. By Lieut.-General Sir William MacArthur. (JMP Publishing Ser■ ices, 10s. 6d.) A reconsideration, tightly packed with facts, of the murder of Colin Campbell of...

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The Smartest Grave. By R. J. White. (Collins, 12s. 6d.)

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Many 'period' novels have been written around real murders, and the joint winner in Collins's crime-novel competition for dons is a fictionalised version of the Moat Farm Murder...

Investment Systems (2)

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT ALTHOUGH the old cyclical investment policy may be inapplicable today, the new shortened business cycles created by the alternation of monetary measures...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS M R. TUKE, the chairman of Barclays, de- plores, as much as I have done, the demoralisation of the gilt-edged market brought about by Treasury policies. The final...

Company Notes

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rr HE discount market found 1960 a difficn IS , I year, due to the fluctuations in the Bilo rate—rises cause losses on bills held and d is. counted at lower rates. Under the...

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The Great Indoors By KATHARINE WHITEHORN There was plenty, however, to deflect her from any reasonable intention to go to a nice, dry boarding-house next year instead. There...

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Mind and Body

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Intestinal Ethics By JOHN LYDG ATE WHATEVER else happens to him, when a patient goes into hospital he can be sure that his bowels will receive passionately close attention. As...

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Consuming Interest

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Ever Been Had? By LESLIE ADRIAN I've been had. And so have at least sixty others by someone who got away with a lot of money over Christ- mas. Early in December was offered a...

Postscript . . .

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Am, what deep, nostalgic sighs I have been heaving over the 1961 edition, just out, of Hotels and Res- taurants in Great Britain and Ireland, the official, illustrated guide of...