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— Portrait of the Week— MONDAY WAS MALAYSIA DAY: U Thant

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announced that the UN survey confirmed that the peoples of North Borneo and Sarawak were in favour, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew and Tunku Abdul Rahman wept at the celebrations, Sir Gerald...

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No. 7056 Established 1828 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1963


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E IGHT months have passed since General de Gaulle brought the Common Mar- ket negotiations to an abrupt close. It can- not be said to have been a pregnant period for British ,...

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The Malayan Way

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The passage towards the Federation of Malaysia has something• of a rarity value in post-war politics and runs counter ' to most of the current theories of nationalism. For this...

The Veto

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^rHE depressing thing about Britain's use of I the veto in the Security Council is that no one appears to have listened to Sir Patrick Dean's speech. He made a clear statement...

Stop-Go—French Style

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HE measures adopted by the French Govern- ' ment to bring to an end the inflation which has been threatening the stability of the French economy have a familiar sound on this...

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All Right on Top

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From HARRY FRANKLIN LUANDA D .0 is the Congo border town—if you can call it a town, It doesn't work. It hasn't had any beer for three weeks. The agent for Simba (the Katanga...

The Tory Leadership

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DAVID WATT writes: It is now almost certain that the leadership of the Conservative Party will be determined during the next ten days. Whatever the Denning Report contains, the...

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Sunday on Quemoy

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From ARNOLD BEICHMAN , QUEMOY ISLAND ISS WANG. twenty-one, and Miss Chu, twenty, are two pretty Chinese girls who, as part of their daily work, live, work and sleep in a...

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The Twilight of the Thugs

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By HUGH O'SHAUGHNESSY F OR a month now ex-General Marcos Perez Jimenez, former dictator of Venezuela, has been sitting in his comfortable air-conditioned cell in the fortress of...

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Dog Nibbles Dog

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The second novel by our dramatic critic David Pryce-Jones, The Sands of Summer, was pub- lished the other Friday. In the Sunday Times, Julian Jebb, giving it the lead, said that...

A Touch of the Whip?

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It looks as if there has been much activity lately on the part of that shadowy background body, the Board of Governors of the BBC. The Governors have generally been thought of...

Behind the Times

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The Times survey of 'Britain Today,' con- ducted among the Who's Who-ers, certainly seems to justify the claim that 'Top people read The Times,' but some of its other...

Bucking the Bow Leonard Beaton, the Canadian-born Director of Studies

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at the Institute of Strategic Research, who convened the group, and his five co-authors seem to have taken full advantage of this some- what naïve procedure and got through to...

Early Burgess

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I had forgotten that sonic account of Guy Burgess appears in Paul Bloomfield's BBC (1941). Burgess, as a BBC trainee, appears here as a character called de Montmorency: a comic...

The Great Divide

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I am told that a new chronology is now coming into use in the Civil Service : B.C.: Before Christine. A.D.: After Denning. STARRri K

Diana Ye Hear Them?

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Wednesday's burning of the British Embassy in Jakarta and Monday's demonstration to the skirl of bagpipes must have found Mr. Andrew Gilchrist, our ambassador, not entirely...

A Spectator's Notebook HE budding Conservative politicians of the I

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Bow Group have had a sharp lesson in the inconveniences of democracy. The Fabian Society's policy towards its publications is that the executive decides what shall be...

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Britain and the Cockpit of Europe

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By GEOFFREY PARKER T tin great lowland which forms the composite delta of the Rhine before it empties into the North Sea has been called the 'cockpit of Europe.' It has for...

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The Press

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The House of Scott IRVING By CLIVE W HEN the Guardian was printed only in Manchester its shortcomings were accepted as part of its declared non-metropolitanism. One forgave...

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SIR,—Mr. Fairlie's hotch-potch is a travesty of Professor Lipset's argument

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and a mockery of the issue. By his logic, one could equally say that the source of fascism was the left, not the centre: after all, Mosley had been Labour, Mussolini had been a...

SIR,—We should all of us thank God for Mr. Fairlie.

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His article may have come just in time to save us from disaster. For too long now the other parties have been taking an ostrich-like attitude, hiding their heads in the sand and...

Liberal Extremism Alfred Sherman, Daniel Bell, Sir Frank Medlicott, John

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Lucas Conditions of Fascism Christopher Martin The Total Passion Katharine Whitehorn Guide to Indonesia M. Sukarno Charles I's Bible W. Warren The Chicken War C. C. Miller...


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SIR, -Mr . Corelli Barnett rightly points the connec- tion between Constantine FitzGibbon's assess- ment of the present chances for fascism in this country and my own...

SIR, —Henry Fairlie's article makes startling reading. It is true that

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he twice says that he is not suggesting that Liberals are fascists; nevertheless, the theme of his article is that Liberalism is the soil in which Fascist and Nazi tendencies...

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SIR,—As a young Iranian who has suffered under the Shah's

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ten years of dictatorship and who has lost his faith in any miracle to come out of this regime, I would like to thank and congratulate you for pub- lishing Mr. A: Beichman's...

SIR,—In the Spectator (August 30), Mr. Arnold I3eichman's reference to

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President Sukarno having a record of unending successes and deserving high marks for statesmanship (with which we completely agree) is further evidence that the Indonesian...

THE TOTAL PASSION SIR,—Isn't Colin Maclnnes making exactly the same

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mistake as Evelyn Home, Mary Grant and other advisers of the lovelorn? They exasperate by assuming that only their sort of love—married, legal, long-term—is 'the real thing'; he...

CHARLES l's BIBLE SIR,—I have just caught up with the

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Spectator for August 30, and noted with interest the letter of Nevile Wallis in respect of Charles l's Bible. It would indeed be a pity were the Bible to be pur- chased by an...

do hope that Mr. Hewertson will not consider me hysterical,

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but the fact remains that on the only occasion on which I ate a broiler-house chicken I received an impression of sawdust lightly flavoured with some sort of gas. Thereafter I...

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(1) The idea that sex is inherently degraded and sinful is no part of Catholic doctrine. It is one of the oldest and most persistent of the heresies : the Church has opposed it...

SIR,—I cannot enter into a discussion with Mr. Julian Symons

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on a subject of which he is utterly ignorant; i.e. poetry. London, N W3 EDITH SITWELL

SIR,—As my wife is petite she has the greatest diffi-

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culty in the world buying any clothes—except stretch panties—off the peg. So, we have a well- worn gag in our house that the clothing trade in Britain is run by people who have...

Stu,—It is very nearly impossible fora Catholic like myself, blissfully

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married, at case with my Church, using the safe period with complete success for over two years, sexually rich and fulfilled (1 cannot, of course, prove this but it is obvious,...

KNOCK-OUT Sus,—I was pleased to read Starbuck's comments on the

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exciting final match of the first cricket knock-out competition. 'Apart from the West Indians,' he writes, 'nothing so encouraging has happened to English cricket for years.' He...


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SIR, — 'Catholic Parent' in your issue of September 13 is afraid that his mind is 'not fine or subtle enough to appreciate the distinction between taking a contraceptive pill...

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The Arts

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Everything in the Garden By CLIVE BARNES C OVENT GARDEN OPERA HOUSE, music's vegetable love, stands on an island surrounded on three sides by squashed cabbages and on the...

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The Party's Over

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By CLIFFORD HANLEY AFTER an enforced respite from viewing, I discovered a curious thing this year. In 1962, when the supply of shadows was cut off for a fortnight, I...

The Rich Get Rich

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The Football Association, supervisors of the game at all levels, waits for the team manager Ramsey to furnish proof of a lasting inter- national resurgence, hinted at by three...

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Talk of Graves

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Exit the King. (Royal Court.) — ' * * * * (Phoenix.) — Cider with Rosie. (Hampstead Theatre Club.) Tim best Ionesco plays— The Chairs, The Bald Prima Donna — are like stories...


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TO generalise accurately about the performance of a work as vast and multifari- ous as Gotterdiimmerung is hardly possible : there is time for so much to hap- pen, good and bad...

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Heavens Below BY SIMON RAVEN- O F all contemporary novelists, Muriel Spark evinces the least confidence in morality. She encourages us neither to hope for good nor , to deplore...

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Oil Gush

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A Golden Dream : .The Miracle of Kuwait. By Ralph Hewins. (W. H. Allen, 35s.) A Golden Dream cannot be regarded either as a serious history of Kuwait or as a serious appre-...

Turn and Turn About

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THE sado-masochistic situation is both well known and little understood. In its most general form, there is usually a sexual component to it. Certainly, love is always involved....

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Last Lessons

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Austria, Germany, and the Anschluss 1931-38. By Jiirgen Gehl. (O.U.P., 30s.) TWENTY-FIVE years ago this month Neville Chamberlain flew to Berchtesgaden. The events and...

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The Torch of Virtue

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Henry James: Selected Literary Criticism. Edited by Morris Shapira with an introduction by F. R. Leavis. (Heinemann, 30s.) To this age, split between the passion cherished in...

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His Eminence

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SIR HENRY LAYARD would not be gratified to find himself numbered among the minor figures of nineteenth-century history, but this must be the classification that he merits. He...

Depression Session

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THIS has been a depressing week's reading, not because the quality of the four books under re- view is poor—on the contrary, all are good— but the mood engendered by them is...

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A Good Thing

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Too many colleagues smile at me Whom I have hardly seen, And some who wish me little good— What the hell do they mean? To say, 'I love you,' is like a smile, Neither false nor...

Our Half-Hogarth

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Thomas Hood. By J. C. Reid. (Routledge, 35s.) THOMAS HOOD killed himself by over-produc- tion: an ailing body driven by the incessant demon of hard work. His reputation suffers...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T liERE was a quiet opening to the new Stock Exchange account. Everyone is waiting for next Tuesday's announcement from to of the half-year's results. This creates a...

Labour and the Stock Exchange

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT DOUGLAS JAY has been telling the Stock Exchange that a Labour Government will need it. In an article in the Stock Exchange Journal he has said that Labour...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY M a, J. C. WILKINSON, the chairman of . Telefusion, is very optimistic for the future. The company are renters of television sets and, as providers of a relay...

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LESLIE ADRIAN and ALAN BRIEN are on holiday.

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Consuming Interest

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Having Crossed the Channel By ELIZABETH DAVID A REFUGEE from the Willy- Colette menage of the early 1900s, from what promised to be a long stint of sterile work as Willy's...