20 MARCH 1959

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Owing to the Easter Holiday the Spectator will be on sale next week a day earlier than usual.

Portrait of the Week— THERE WAS NO TRUTH in the

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report that the Evening Standard was * about to 'reproduce its famous placard from' the MacDonald days, "Premier visits England,' but there might well have been. Mr. Macmillan,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 1959

MacKhrushchev's Middle East

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O N Monday after signing a Baghdad pact with Iraq Mr. Khrushchev attacked President Nasser. On the same day, winding up the Suez debate in the House of Commons, Mr. Macmillan...

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Iraq and the UAR

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By MICHAEL ADAMS IIIE funeral in Baghdad last week of Kamel Kasanchi, a Left-wing lawyer and long- time opponent of Nun i es-Said, who was one of the first victims of the brief...

Another Part of the Forest

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By RICHARD H. ROVERE NEW YORK T liE President is having his talks with Harold Macmillan and Selwyn Lloyd at Camp David, a piece of government property in the woods about an...

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Westminster Commentary

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MUCH ribald comment was ex- cited among my colleagues by the sight of your correspondent entering the Press Gallery at eleven o'clock on a Friday morn- ing, but I really can't...

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Cursings and Bicycle Chains

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It y . R. NI. CREIGHTON Mitt: retired Boy's Own copywriter they must 1. have had for the Nyasaland plot appears to have flown down to Lusaka to do the same job for Northern...

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'0, REFORM IT ALTOGETHER.' The House of Commons Select Committee

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on Procedure has not taken Hamlet's advice, but some of their pro- posals, if they are adopted, should do good. The proposal to remit to Standing Committees the Committee stage...

HOUSE OF COMMONS PROCEDURE in its unreformed state will be

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tested by the Government's behaviour over Mr. Roy Jenkins's Obscene Publications Bill. The Bill as put forward by Mr. Jenkins is already a compromise in that it was altered last...

THE MASS D'. , F2NTIONS in c'entrai Africa are a godsend for

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C'ommunist propagandists, who can use them to divert attention from even more grue- some events in their own countries. I was intrigued to learn that when Mr. Khrushchev was...

A Spectator's Notebook

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SIR ROY WELENSKY'S statement that The solution of the Federation problem is not a political one. The problem is poverty and the solution in the main an economic one,' seems to...

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May 13th, 1958

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By ANTHONY HARTLEY O N the 13th of May, 1958, the Fourth French Republic died. The mob of blue-jeaned youths—James Deans of the Casbah—who took by storm the Government...

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Krupp Rides Again

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B y PETER JENKINS EVEN Mr. Khrush- chev is drinking to Krupp. Knocking back a brandy at the Leipzig Spring Fair, served him in a cup made of Krupp steel, the Russian leader sent...

The Opettator

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MARCH 22, 1834 THREE parish-officers of Chatteris were . . . tried [at Cambridge Assizes], and convicted of conspiring to bring about a marriage between a pauper and a young...

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SIR,—Perhups the gravest problem before the nation today is that

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of racial relations in our colonial territories. If this problem is to be treated as a mere cat's-paw of party politics, it may well prove insoluble. It is a problem which, if...

Letters to the Editor

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ELECTION ISSUES Sta,-,-Whatever our differences of opinion may be about educational policy, it is at any rate earnestly to be hoped that these problems will be considered on...

Sta,—The question whether the Swansea- Mumbles railway should be closed

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down is surely too small a matter to be treated as a party ques- tion? Our politicians will only make themselves ridiculous if they try to divide us on such trivialities when...

SIR,—The well-being of the aged is something which we must

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surd); agree should be kept altogether above the sordid battles of party politics. It would be indeed disastrous if old-age pensions were to become the subject of a Dutch...

Sig,—Those who advocate ill-considered and reckless changes in our electoral

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system overlook the enormous advantages which this country en- joys through the possession of a two-party system, which gives us stability of government, a fair representation...

Sin,—Unemployment is emphatically not a party matter. There is no

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politician of any party who is not anxious to see a high rather than a low level of employment. Why can our leaders not deal with the problem on its intrinsic merits instead of...

SIR,—SO long as the question of nationalisation is approached by

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politicians, whether on the one side or the other, in a doctrinaire spirit, there is little hope of that final solution for which in- dustry is so anxiously looking. It will...

Sut,—Whether Britain should or should not enter the Common Market

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is doubtless a debatable matter with powerful arguments on both sides. At least we can be grateful that this question has never become a party question. It is too large a matter...

Sit,—Whatever may be desirable in the dchnestic field, it has

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long been the best tradition of dur national life that foreign affairs should not be treated as a matter for party controversy. It is only if our 'leaders, whoever they may be,...

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rr was LIKE walking into an orange sherbet, fight.; ing your way out through a lemon soufflé, and find- ing yourself in the middle of a Brobdingnagian cup- board of petti-...


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Queue Heure Est 11? By ALAN BRIEN Our of the bedroom on the right limps a bedraggled (or rather bed-raggled), wobbly- legged, goggle-eyed man, bent double under the weight of a...

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Empty Saddles in the Old Corral By CLIVE BARNES, COVEN' GARDEN'S Royal Ballet has just passed through a rare 'frenzy of reproductive activity. Like a game old battery hen, the...

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A Bit of Bluff By ISABEL QUIGLY Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (Warner.)—The Third Sex. (Continentale.)—The Thirty- Nine Steps. (Odeon, Leices- ter Square.) WITH the Foreign...

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Consuming interest

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Adulteration By LESLIE ADRIAN WHAT Magnus Pyke in The Townsman's Food called 'han- ky-panky with the hokey: pokey' always seems to make news, and the present crusade against...


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The Glib and the Smooth By PETER FORSTER UNTIL it went to pieces in the final fifteen minutes, last Sun- day's play, No Deadly Medicine (BBC), by the Canadian drama- tist...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Creative Listening By MILES HOWARD MEMBERS of the medical Estab- lishment are sometimes heard to say that 'psychological treat- ment' should be undertaken only by doctors. It...

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The Last Lap

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By STRIX A KIND reader, solicitous for my welfare in the not too distant future, has sent me a book called How to be Useful and Happy from Sixty to Ninety, by A. Lapthorn...

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'SECURITY . FORCES' SIR,—What are 'security forces'? Soldiers, policemen or firemen?

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Whence came the .term? And by whom first used? Is the term a European euphemism? By whom are 'security forces' controlled and of what colour or nationality are those...


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SIR, ---After twenty years of, enjoyment of your estimable paper, as much for its :being impartial as informed, it is sad indeed to read your hasty edi- torials of February 27...

The 'Spectator' Steel Inquiry

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Sir Toby Low, MP, John Hughes And Now Nyasaland Monica Fisher, Captain R. Gordon Canning `Security Forces' , Arthur S. Wigfield Censorship in Ireland Oliver Edwards Head of...

SIR,—:I appreciate that the special report on steel pub- lished

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on March 13.is the responsibility of the Com- mission that compiled it and not of the Spectator. However, I hope that you will not object to the use of your columns to seek...

SIR.----Congratulations on your Nyasaland articles. It is too tragic to

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view that the Conservative. Party has learnt nothing . from the history of exile and re- pression from Arabi Pasha to Makarios. It would . be well if Welensky studied some of...


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SIR,—Referring to the letter in your issue of March 13 from Mr. B. MacMahon, Secretary, Office of Censorship of Publications, Dublin: I purported to quote and did quote from the...

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SIR, —Lord Kinross, in his letter published by you on March 6, asks what has become of Mr. Duncan Grant's rejected decorations for the Queen Mary. The three principal...


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Sitt,—The Africa Barenti ' has :launched all urgent appeal for funds to enable it to contribute towards the alleviation of distress and bitterness in Nyasaland and to provide...

TAPER OFF SIR,—Even though your Printer's Devil got at the

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,spelling of our name, it was a privilege to feature, with Mr. Julian Amery's braces and the Earl of Perth's bedsocks, in Taper's 'Westminster Commentary' (March 13). It may...


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SIR,—As a lover of nostalgic memories, however contradictory, I have perused Strix's recollections of the Yangtse gunboats amended by Mr. G. R. Fuller with the delight that...


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SIR,—Here in darkest Timmins, on the same parallel as Paris (France) but beyond the Arctic watershed and at present enjoying a warmer spell (luxuriating in —25° F. instead of...


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Sue,—Surely, an important late of action has been made open to the Queen by the fairly recent develop- ment of an elasticity in the British Commonwealth. A country can now...

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A Trying Night

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'Affection may affect indifference'? On this we dined, mislaid a smile, half smart, And shared the candle's grief to the last wince, A trying night : all weeping tears.apart....


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Lord Randolph Churchill By ROBERT BLAKE T HE 1880s are surely one of the most fascinat- ing decades in recent British political history. Think of its events—the invasion of...

After the Arguments of the Night

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After the arguments of the night ; Had filled the trays up thick with ash I thought of a soft particular gaze In the remainder of the night In the still, remaining hours The...

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The Church in a Fog

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Anglican Attitudes: A Study of Victorian Re- ligious Controversies. By A. 0. J. Cockshut„ (Collins, 16s.) TIIE Oxford or Tractarian Movement of 1833-45, which culminated in...

Nabokov's Basement

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Nabokov's Dozen. By Vladimir Nabokov. (Heine- mann, 15s.) MR. EDMUND WILSON, the living critic I most admire, has said, the blurb of this book tells us, that Nabokov is 'a...

Pyrrhic Failure

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DURING the last years of his life Sir Ronald Storrs amused himself by collecting verse translations of Horace's Ode to Pyrrha (Book 1. Ode V). By the time he died he had amassed...

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Generous Criticism

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Vision and Rhetoric. By G. S. Fraser. (Faber, 25s.) MR. FRASER has for long been our best reviewer of poetry; he has clearly never believed that sub- stantial criticism is out...

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How They Fought Each Other

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The 'Great Civil War, 1642-1646. By Lieut.- Colonel Alfred H. Burne and Lieut.-Colonel Peter Young. (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 36s.) THIS, the authors are surprisingly able to...

Lectures from Ghana

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ONE of the official ceremonies arranged to cele- brate the arrival of Ghana to independence was a series of lectures on world affairs by Barbara Ward. A successful lecture...

Dark Virtue

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The Trial of Peter Manuel. By John Gray Wilson. (Seeker and Warburg, 21s.) ON January 2, 1956, a girl called Anne Kneilands was battered to death with a piece of iron near the...

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Muscular Christian

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The Unkind Light. By Charles Elliott. (Hamish Hamilton, I 3s. 6d.) THE latest and abridged edition of the famous CI-Hier CA Tale of the Christ') is timed to coin- more or less,...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IN their annual bullion review Samuel Montagu write this very curious sentence : 'Whilst there was a notable decrease in the normal hoarding demand for...

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DRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO COM- PANY continues its impressive trend of rising profits, trading for a sum of £62,630,870 for the year ending September 30, 1958, with a resulting...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1,034 AC'ROSS.-1 Report. 4 Hyacinth. 9 Valeta.

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10 Runner-up. 12 Giglamps. 13 Forage 15 Sins. 16 Greybeards. 19 Able seaman. 20 Ages. 23 Clasps. 25 Pilaster. 27 • Lackaday. 28 Salami. 29 Not at all. 30 Hurdle. DOWN.-I...


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ACROSS 1 With one's tongue in one's check such depression can't be main- tained (6) 4 The old emperor sounds some- thing of a pianist (8) 10 Firmly attached to make a catch in...


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By CUSTOS T HE stock markets have thrown off their gloom and are now busy discounting a cheerful Budget. The Chancellor's remarks last week that the economy had never been in...

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. . . Und A lies Kaput

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 472: Report by D. R. Peddy A prize was offered for six pidgin-German definitions of terms relating to diploinacy. Parliament, the cinema, the press,...