20 OCTOBER 1961

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— Portrait of the Week— AT THE COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS in

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Moscow Mr. Khrushchev announced that the Soviet Union would explode a 50-megaton bomb, the biggest yet, and that there was one twice as big in the cupboard. He also said that he...


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S PEAKERS on the Chancellor's wage pause at the Labour Party conference roared their in- dignation because the Government has not kept the rules of industrial bargaining, but...

The Other Conference

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K HRUSHCHEV'S speech to the 22nd Party Con- gress is made on a particularly formal occasion; we may perhaps assume it is a little more basic than the off-the-cuff threats and...

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No, 6956 Established FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1828 1961

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No Man's Land

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T im International Commission of Jurists has built up a reputation for itself by the pub- lication of careful, documented analyses of repression in Hungary, Tibet and South...

Arab Unity Now

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From DESMOND STEWART disintegration of formal union between T Egypt and Syria has had as its accompani- ment in autumnal Cairo the broadcast and re- broadcast of four speeches...

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Political Commentary_

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The Image and the Search By BERNARD LEVIN BEFORE the most hideously garbled stories begin to get about, I had better say right now that the reason I fainted during the Prime...


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Autumn Number Articles and Reviews by Lord Altrincham, Kingsley Amis, Alan Brien, D. W. Brogan. David Daiches, William Golding, Chris- topher Hill, Marghanila Laski, Philip...

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The Schools

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Basic Slag By CHARLES BRAND THE day after the Chancellor's 'Little Budget,' the staff of a secondary modern school per- suaded their headmaster to send the children home after...

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The Churches

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The Lost Tribes of Reading By MONICA FURLONG A A READER from Reading has kindly sent us some pamphlets he found lying in a local church; and since they have an interest that...

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The Radical Right

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By TELFORD TAYLOR IN any discussion of the American right, McCarthy's symbolic role is inescapable. 'Although his personal influence lasted barely five years—beginning with his...

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McCarthy's Way

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The loyalty bandwagon had gained consider- able momentum before McCarthy jumped aboard. He was in no sense an innovator. Nor did he ever come up with any sensational new...

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To begin with, the rightist forces today are not nearly as strong in Washington, either in Congress or the Executive branch, as they were in the early Fifties; possibly because...

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SIR,—May I draw attention to yet another case of intrusion by the press? In the Sunday Express of October 15, there was an article by Mr. Llew Gardner, one of a series called...


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SIR,—Like myself, many of your readers will have been enlightened, if not gladdened, by Mr. Con- stantino FitzGibbon's penetrathig analysis of 'What lies behind Ulbricht's...


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SIR.---Since Mr. Donnelly is MP for Pembroke he knows that the demonstrations in his constituency Were neither organised nor supported by the Com- mittee' of 100. (If he does...

Treatment or Punishment Richard Milner, Sir Geoffrey Haworth

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Demonstrators: New Style Laurens Otter Intrusion Monica Furhing August the Thirteenth Dr. Murdo Mackenzie Trafalgar Square Jane Buxton Down the 'C' Stream M. J R. Miller, J....


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SIR,—Regarding the recent Committee of 100 demonstration in Trafalgar Square, some `inside' information may be helpful in surmising what went on behind the scenes. As one of...

Sht,----In his excellent article on 'Treatment or Punishment' in the

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Spectator of October 13, Mr. John Sylvester writes: 'Who is going to determine the method of treatment/punishment? The magis- trates (i.e., the police), the judges, the prison...


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SIR,--Might I be allowed to take Mr. Holbrook up on two points in his letter of October 13, as he appears to be inconsistent and confusing? He says that 'streaming is necessary...

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SIR,—On October 23 five years ago, the free countries of the world, and many of those enslaved also, were aroused to breathless admiration at the spontaneous uprising of the...


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81%—We appreciate Mr. James Cargill Thompson's generous remarks (Spectator, October 6, p. 478) about 'Papermacs,' our new series of paperbacks for students and general readers,...

SIR,—External examinations of the GCE and, pre- sumably, the proposed

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Beloe type, have an even worse effect than Mr. Holbrook suggests. I can only speak from personal knowledge of two subjects, English and history; but the normal practice is ex-...


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SIR,—If Mr. Goldsworthy will re-read my letter about The Centurions he will find that I express no opinion of the soundness or desirability of the author's contentions, but...

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SIR.—Bad mark to Raymond Postgate (Spectator, September 29) and, as

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punishment, he must find out What a SWANSDOWN 'DREAM WHIP is and then have a dose of it, with a 'Frozen TV Dinner' each evening before supper for one week. The Girl with the...

SIR,—Mr. Kennedy says we attacked him for having denied the

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existence of lawyers who favour penal reform. We did not. We attacked him for having denied that they speak out in public. Speaking in Parliament is speaking out in public. Mr....

625 OR 405?

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Su ,—This country seems to be bent upon pro- crastination in' many matters requiring urgent and important deciSion. Decimal currency and the Channel tunnel might be cited as...

THE UNMARRIED MOTHER am surprised that no correction has been

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Published of Gweridolen Desch's remark ('The Unmarried Mother,' September 22), that legal aid isn't available in affiliation proceedings. Such assistance has, in fact, been...

SIR,—Is a spry,' cynical and barely literate smartness the only

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qualification for a reviewer in the Spectator nowadays? Mi. Julian Mitchell, after eight lines of far from factually accurate description of Mr. R. C. Hutchinson's image of My...

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Absent Without Leave By BAMBER GASCOIGNE Othello. (Stratford-upon- Avon.)—Do Re Mi. (Prince of Wales.) For this is a marathon without a Zatopek, Othello without Othello. Unlike...


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Someone Has Blundered By ISABEL QUIGLY The Queen's Guards. (Carlton.) — Invasion Quartet. (Coliseum.)— Back Street. (Odeon, Leicester Square.) For the first few minutes it...

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Gold-digging CAIRNS By DAVID Apart from certain inherently improbable elements in the story, there is surely a basic con- fusion. It is the impact not of the performance but...

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Fair Coz By PETER FORSTER THERE again was the best- known back of the head in the land, and the only voice on vision that can make question- ing sound like conversation....

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Interested Parties By KENNETH .1. ROBINSON EVERY so often my daughter gets her morning Farex an hour earlier than usual, while great wads of newspaper block the front door....

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Cockney, in a Quiet Way BY COLIN MAcINNES Il up is a coelacanth, an incredible survival , In 1961, he can lure audiences of all ages Pock into a make-believe of fifty years...

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Sunset of a Dynasty

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The Last Bourbons of Naples. By Harold Acton. (Methuen, 50s.) MR. HAROLD Ac - roN is one of those romantics who still nostalgically regret the passing of the Bourbons. He has...

Germany's Ghosts

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THIS is a very good and a very timely book. The alienation of Germany from the West between 1806 and 1945 is not a new,, theme; but Hans Kohn—a native of Prague and a former...

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Old Believers

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Second Thoughts. By Francois Mauriac. (Dar- wen Finlayson, 16s.) M. MAURIAC has always seemed to me to be a Writer only accessible to his co-religionists: his newest volume of...

Ends of the Earth

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THE two separate parts of Each Actor on his Ass, by Micheal Mac Liammair (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 25s.), 'Killarney to Berlin' and 'Egyptian Diary,' are translated from the...

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Birthday of a Realist

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AMONG those litterateurs who consider it their duty to keep the general public informed about the correct attitudes to be adopted towards the major cultural phenomena of our, or...

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Five Years Hard

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Grace and Favour. By Loelia, Duchess of West- minster. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 25s.) T HE memoirs of Loelia, Duchess of Westminster, a re not, I take it, primarily addressed...

Two Kinds of Jungle

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' l ock Without Hands. By Carson McCullers. (Cresset Press, 16s.) re edom in December. By Vercors. Translated by Rita Barisse. (Hutchinson, 16s.) ALAN SILLITOE'S last novel, The...

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Socialist Realism

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Barren and burnished The air clangs angry Above the political city; Drums, statues: The organisation of Absence of love. , Shops, full or empty, Are owned by the queues. The...

The Slump in Steel

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT I am not suggesting that the steel industry will altvays work at 95 per cent. of capacity (as in 1960), even, with an expansionist economic policy. It has...

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Company Notes

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RE report by Mr. Leslie Marler, chairman I of Capital and Counties Property Co., for the year to April 30, 1961, is most encouraging. Over the past five years a steady growth in...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T tic firm of stockbrokers who formed an in- vestment trust called 'Investing in Success' ',1 1 1959 will have to change the title. The e inancial Times index of...

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On the Scent By KA THARINE WH1TEHORN THERE has recently been a concerted drive going on in London organised by fifteen French scent firms. It is designed to improve the...

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Consuming Interest

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Bouquet for BR By LESLIE ADRIAN The train stopped five or six miles out of Bishop's Stortford and the engine-driver and guard came along and found her. She explained about the...

Thought for Food

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Saffron By ELIZABETH DAVID SAFFRON is a 'useful aro- matic, of a strong pene- trating smell, and a warm pungent bitterish taste.' Culpeper's very exact description contains its...

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Postscript . .

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'Any type of fish front any sea can be used for this age-old dish . . . place about 1 lb. pre- pared and skinned fillets (fresh or frozen) in an oven-proof dish 'Open a can of...