20 MAY 1966

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— Portrait of the Week `BRITAIN IS AN ISLAND,' announced The

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Times, not mincing words on Monday, and 'the lights are going out all over the merchant navy,' said a spokesman for the Cunard line. 'All Europe is crying out for new potatoes'...

PRESIDENT NASSER entertained . Mr Kosygin lavishly in Egypt, but Mr

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Brezhnev was less kindly treated in Rumania, which alone of all Communist countries failed to celebrate the anniversary of the Warsaw Pact on Monday. Talks on Gibraltar started...

Tax Reform

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I T is a general rule, with few exceptions, that governments in a free society can do far less than they think. Thus Mr Brown seriously impairs his health in the pursuit of an...


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Song of One Per Cent

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The revenue will be increased Three hundred million pounds at least, While'nobody—I'm glad to say— Or very few, will really pay— Except for those who chance to be Engaged on...


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Bashing the Unions By ALAN WATKINS N INETEEN ELEVEN was a great year for strikes. There was conflict in all the major in- dustries; even the seamen stopped wdrk. 'The mass of...

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VIETNAM Can America Pull Out?

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By MALCOLM RUTHERFORD O NE way and another the present outlook for American policy in Vietnam seems gloomier than ever. It hardly needed the latest demon- stration of authority...

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RHODESIA Verwoerd Goes on Planning

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From STANLEY UYS CAPE TOWN D R VERWOERD has denied that he has had anything to do with the tentative resump- tion of talks between London and Salisbury, but Ibis is probably...


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LBJ's Silent Spring T, • From MURRAY KEMPTON PRINCETON, NJ W E suffei with the Vietnam trouble as from - a low-grade fever, having become as a people ambulatory but never...

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The Truth About LSD By PATRICK HUTBER T He aim of psychiatry, one supposes, is the spread of sanity. And yet in the case of the hallucinogenic drug LSD 25 a situation has...

Ebe Zpectator

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May 19, 1866 The Times calls attention to the extraordinary rise in the revenue of the Post Office, which it believes may one day relieve us of the whole burden of the...

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No Room for Dissent? By D. C. WATT O N the south side of Whitehall stands Inigo Jones's magnificent banqueting hall. Until 1962, its entrance was guarded outside by a small...

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Spectator's Notebook

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'THE general impression we are being given of I the seamen's strike and the issues involved goes. I suppose, something like this: The seamen are being a little naughty in asking...

Faites Vos Jens

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Once again, the annual revelation by the Churches Council on Gambling of yet another increase in the nation's betting activities has led to the usual wail from the puritans of...

Oxford Accent

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It is sad to see the Franks Commission joining the fashionable chorus and demanding that Oxford should indulge in a rapid expansion in the applied sciences and technology, for...

Out of School The present Government's foreign policy—that is, in

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so far as it has one at all—is so de- pressingly sterile that I can't forbear to raise a cheer at the remarks made out of school by Lord Chalfont to the Anglo-American Press...

Duckti and Drakes One of the unexpected pleasures of living

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near Hyde Park is that every so often, usually in the early ,morning. one or more mallards (I suppose from the Serpentine) swoop down on to our lawn. Quite why they do this I'm...

Divided They Stand I'm fascinated by Stanley Uys's report on

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page 622 that one of the possible solutions for Rhodesia now being floated by Dr Verwoerd is partition. Ever since the crisis burst I've been waiting for this...


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What is a liberal? We have today, in Mr Roy Jenkins, an ostensibly liberal Home Secrei.ary, and a dozen Liberal Members of Parliament. One of them, the young and personable...

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Lucky Dip Abortions

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By JOHN ROWAN WILSON Z Ay/ enforcement in a democratic community rests essentially on the collective conscience. If the vast majority of people think that a certain act is...


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Leading the Colour-Blind By JOHN WELLS C INCE their introduction in this country almost afive years ago, the Colour SUpplements have somehow succeeded in establishing...

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Lucky Doug By ALAN BRIEN Douglas had the unfailing ability to precipitate and crystallise around him, out of clear pure air, all kinds of murky disasters. We were both in our...


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ACROSS I. Painter taken bad in the Under- ground (6) 4. Spanish adherents provide litera- ture for the motorist (8) 8. All the perfumes of 10 couldn't do this for a little hand!...


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ACROSS.—I Cabbage. 5 En guard. 9 Penance. 10 Pyrites. 11 Regulation. 12 Free. 13 Rot. 14 Destination. 17 Medica- ments. 19 Sad. 20 Iron. 22 Allowances. 26 Dolphin. 27 Batting....

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SIR,--Lord Radcliffe attacks the British confusion between the executive and

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the legislature and com- pares it unfavourably with the American separation of powers. But surely the founders of the American constitu- tion drew their inspiration from...

Sta,—Mr Sar g ant (Letters, May 13) overlooks the (for g ive me) obvious

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consideration that I was review- in g Canon Collins's book, not censurin g his life nor stating a 'position.' Mr Sar g ant finds it 'revealin g ' that I wrote of 'reli g ion,...

From: Kenneth Younger, Ferdinand Mount, Quintin Hogg. MP, Maurice Girodias,

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Tom Driberg. MP, Auberon Waugh. Tibor Szatnuely. The Dissolving Society SIR, 1 listened to Lord Radcliffe's address on 'The Dissolvin g Society' with g rowin g irritation....

Olympia in Swinging London

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SIR,— Kenneth Allsop has certainly killed a number of birds with one tiny stone (SPECTATOR. April 29). Alas , m ost of his little victims were the inhabitants .4.6f his own...

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Utterly Absurd

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SIR,—Mr Pat Sloan's letter of May 6 takes one back to the days when anybody who criticised Stalin was automatically branded a Nazi sympathiser or, at best, a fascist. Today Mr...

Death in the Family

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SIR,—Kenneth Allsop (Letters, May 13) takes me to task for not checking the facts in my reference to him. Since I mentioned him only to suggest that he has a warm and...

SIR,—Mr E. D. O'Brien is ignobly embarrassed to find himself

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mixed up with a press which, when they were not commercially rewarding, published' works by some important writers (as well as some porno- graphic rubbish). I must embarrass...


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By PHILIDOR No. 283 W. I. KENNARD (Boston Transcript, 19 5 7). WHITE to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to No. 282 (Anderson): P— B 4 1, no threat....

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ART . •■ The White t ehapel Struggle By BRYAN ROBERTSON W HEN I first started at the Whitechapel Gallery fifteen years ago, I lived for a year near by, to explore East...


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Week at Westminster y ISTENING music in Westminster Abbey- Ldand we spent much time there last week, whge six sizeable choral-orchestral concerts marked the .ibbey's ninth...

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Idiotic Joyg The Idiot; Grandma, Uncle Iliko, Hilarion and I. (Leningrad Gorki Theatre at the Aldwych.)— Happy Family. (Hampstead Theatre Club.) I HE first visit of the...


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Funeral Baked Meats T HIS year marks the twentieth annivevary of the first Cannes Film Festival. On the other hand, the current festival is billed as the nine- teenth, while...

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Reason Sweet and Sour By JOHN HOLLOWAY fi eld-sports and clubs,

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deism and gardening, I field-sports and the Grand Tour—how many still see the eighteenth century through the rosy spectacles of Leslie Stephen? This is no issue for the...

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Wife to Mr Maugham

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`Tuts book,' writes Beverley Nichols at the beginning of A Case of Human Bondage, 'is not an attack upon a dead man; rather it is the refutation of a libel upon a dead woman.'...

The Warden's View

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Controversial Essays. By John Sparrow. (Faber, 30s.) THE C . essays in this volume make a good collec- tion : they all separately merit their present re- publication; and the...

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The Painter's Eye -

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guin, 5s.) temporary Poetry. Edited. by C. V. Wedg- wood. (Hutchinson, 30s.) CHARLES TomuNsoN views the world with Ik a painter's eye, presenting surprisingly exact visual...

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Sense of Discovery The Solid Mandala. By Patrick White. (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 25s.) A Willing Victim. By Harriet Grierson. (Mac- donald 21s.) MOST of the time a reviewer is...

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Lewis as Spaceman By ANTHONY BURGESS rr HOSE of us who have accumulated big unsys- tematic libraries find Wyndham Lewis a curiously unlosable writer. My signed first edi- tion...

Ranging Shots

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The Eagle Spreads His Claws. By Leslie Gar- diner. (Blackwood, 25s.) MR. GARDINER gives the story of the Corfu Channel incidents and their aftermath in Anglo- Albanian and...

Woman's World

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The Microcosm. By Maureen Dully. (Hutchin- son, 30s.) Miss DuFFv's last novel, The Single Eye, was impressive not only for its analysis of a flip affair, but for the way in...

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Wall Street Cries Wolf

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT W HAT is amazing about the giant America today is that everything seems to be out of control—the money market, the stock market, the motor industry, the...


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BROWN BAYLEY STEELS LIMITED RECORD OUTPUT OFFSET BY HIGHER COSTS THE 15th annual general meeting of Brown Bayley Steels Limited was held on May 12 at The Com- pany's Works,...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE seamen's strike had little effect on equity share markets, but depressed the gilt-edged market, which is sensitive, of course, to move- ments in the sterling...


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Number One Seed By LESLIE ADRIAN I HOPE that late sowers, who like to put their seed straight into the flower bed instead of nurturing bedding plants under glass, will not...

North Sea Bubble

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By JOHN BULL w E have not yet got natural gas, we don't really know when we are going to gait, and how much it will be when we do get it,' said the deputy chairman of the West...

Legal and General Opposition A notable event in the City

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was the appearance at the annual general meeting of the LEGAL AND GENERAL of Mr Oliver Stutchbury, the managing director of the SAVE AND PROSPER group of unit trusts, to protest...

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Heal's (who have just launched the largest, most sensible, and

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entertaining kitchen show London has seen since the war), are as far as I can tell, the only store with a `kitchen' buyer enterprising enough to stock a workmanlike little...

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A Tragedy By LORD EGREMONT WORSE than a malade imaginaire is a midecin imaginaire. Tragedy can be comic - for somebody whom it does not concern : comedy can be tragic for .P...


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What Should I Tell My Daughter? JOHN ROWAN WILSON One year's subscription to the `Spectator': £3153. (Including postage) in the United Kingdom and Eire. By surface mail to any...