21 APRIL 1961

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HAT this country needs is a good ten-cent cigar.' . . . But to judge from the way in which the United States Government is behaving in Cuba, it is unlikely to be a Havana when...

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No. 6930 Established FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 1828 1961

— Portrait of the Week— MR. SELWYN LLOYD presented his

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first Budget, changing the surtax limits for the first time for forty-one years, and asking for powers to alter certain duties and taxes between Budgets. * ANTI-CASTRO FORCES...

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NEXT WEEK the Spectator will include an Ulster supple- ment.

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Life in Northern Ireland will be examined by a number of distinguished Irish authorities; these will include Brian Faulkner (Northern Ireland Minister of Home Affairs) on the...

The Small Winner

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m . 'IL SELWYN LLOYD'S Budget resembled the bottles of lighter-fluid, attached to a charity collecting-box, that are to be seen on pub counters,. with the slogan 'Take a little,...

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Westminster Commentary

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Selwyn Resurgens By BERNARD LEVIN QUESTION TIME before the Bud- get is always a nerve-racking experience. Some of them, after all, have been up since four in the morning, and...

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The Magic Carpet

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By DESMOND DONNELLY, MP M AJOR GAGARIN"S space flight was a major initiative of public relations in the Cold War and it was so intended. The plot of Soviet thought was clear—it...

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The White House :

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Court Gossip From D. W. BROGAN PHILADELPHIA TT is in what are formally small things that 'great social changes are registered. The great state secret of the Eisenhower regime...

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The White House: 2

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Bishop's Move By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS rro many English readers the controversy be- 1 tween President Kennedy and the Catholic bishops about federal aid to Catholic schools may...

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Adolf Eichmann's Third Life

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From TELFORD TAYLOR 117121:SALEIN I N Jerusalem, the noise and turbulence of the press-room at the court-house and the buzzing swarm at the King David Hotel are matched in...

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Black on the Map

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By GEORGE SCOTT T HE dismantling of the British Empire, piece by piece, is largely taken for granted in Britain today. As each new date is fixed for in- dependence, it is noted...

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RUSSELL REVISED SIR,---Lord Russell's recent statement, 'Macmillan and Kennedy are

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much more wicked than Hitler' must be welcomed. It can be taken as a belated—if somewhat exaggerated—repudiation of his strident advocacy of preventive war against the Soviet...


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SIR,---Probably any printer, large or small, would tell Mr. John Cole that a regular magazine printing order is more' economical than five jobbing orders. It seems odd,...

Sts,-1 was very 'interested in the article by Susan Catling,

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as my own experience of local hospitals is so different. My small son, stricken. out of the blue by virus pneumonia at 1.30 a.m. on Whitsunday morning, was in hospital within...

Hospitals and Patients

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'BM. FRCS,' Dr. M. M. Sandie, E. M. Adey Russell Revised Desmond Donnelly, MP Printing and the Press Anthony M. Perry The Teacher's Lot Anne hinderslcy, Wena Williams, Hilary...

Sut,—Susan Catling's article 'Hospitals versus Patients' makes very disturbing reading.

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While she makes some pertinent remarks, such as questioning why all hospitals do not have a post- operative room, she has throughout the article an attitude of distrust of...

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SIR,---If Cyril Ray will kindly indicate how many journalists (worth a damn), writing for what sort of publications (worth a damn), can be 'smart-alecked' and 'soft-soaped' into...


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SIR,--I have been commissioned to write a book about the London Sunday--past and present, If any of your readers would like to tell me how they spend theirs, I should be glad to...

SIR,—In view of the recent campaign on television and in

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the press to recruit married women as teachers, the following .case-history may be of interest: Cambridge gave me a first in the English Tripos, an M.Litt. degree, and two...

am sorry that Mr. Brand has evidently failed to benefit

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from his broad background, for I fear that the attitude he expresses in his article in the Spectator of March 31 jeopardises rather than aids the 'Teacher's Lot.' I am a...

SIR,--Although such a lot of what Mr. Cyril Ray says

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of pUblic relations is true, I am very perturbed at the continuing abuse of PROs by Mr. Ray. The newly formed Society for the Discouragement of Public Relations, presumably,...

SIR,—I am sure Mr. Brand realises that it is not

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only the NUT that cannot afford to admit differentials between grammar school teachers and others. What about all the LEAs which have invested in compre- hensive, multilateral,...

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Penny Purgatory By ISABEL QUIGLY Sanctuary. (Carlton.) Les Bonnes Femmes. (Compton.) FAULKNER, by the look of it, is unfilmable, and I mean literally by the look of it. What...


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Vacancy in High Places By BAMBER GASCOIGNE Peter Wood's production at Stratford is an extreme case of interpretative fever, and it falls prey to its own ingenuity. Nothing is...

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Morris and Co. By HUGH GRAHAM Two exhibitions, one at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the other at the Geffrye Museum, King- land Road, E2, celebrate the formation a hundred...

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Messenger of Spring By DAVID CAIRNS BRITTEN'S Spring Sym- phony has been per- formed just often enough, since it first appeared in 1949, to allow people to descant learnedly...

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The Ride to the Abyss By JAMES JOLL T . is very hard to remember that events now long in the past were once in the future,' the historian Maitland once said. It is even harder...

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Over the tingling seas it came planting on a whale's blunt head daffodils of the early year. Not decoration but illumination. Venus, risen lady, humming in the salt logs,...

PR History

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A Prime Minister Remembers. By Francis Wil- liams. (Heinemann, 21s.) LORD ATTLEE is a strangely interesting man, who held down the job of Prime Minister for six years, after...

The Gorilla

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If the expression on a face Means anything, then surely mine, A member of the human race. And his, who did not become man, Tell that surpassing must take place For what remains...

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Enola Gay's Cargo

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The Birth of the Bomb. By Ronald W. Clark. • (Phoenix House, 16s.) " THERE was a tape-recorder in the Enola Gay, the American warplane which dropped the atom bomb on...

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The Phoenix Too Frequent

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A D. H. Lawrence Miscellany. Edited by Harry T. Moore. (Heinemann, 35s.) FROM that day in 1931 when Frieda Lawrence put a match to the first biography of her husband and posted...

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Tennyson Unchallenged

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THESE are inflationary times in criticism. Super- latives are now the mark of the true champions and connoisseurs of poetry. How should readers choose from among so much...

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Hick Napoleons

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Edison: A Biography. By Matthew Josephson. (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 42s.) Thomas Wolfe: A Biography. By Elizabeth Nowell. (Heinemann, 42s.) THOMAS EntsoN. a strikingly handsome...

Iscariot's Offspring

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EDGAR ROSENBERG cannot bring himself to call his book a study of Jews in the English novel. The whole point, he argues bitingly, is that Eng- lish fiction has scarcely contained...

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A String of Lives

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MRS. HATHAWAY HAWAY has made a workmanlike job of Dame of Sark. She is Sark's twenty-first ruler, inheriting from her often terrifyingly eccentric father. Her feudal government...

On Balance

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The nine-year-old son of an Antipodean farmer Saw two strange birds by a gum-tree And from Alice-in-Wonderland recognised dodos; A sensible child, he kept the whole thing to...

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Revolution in ECT

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I N the Civil War the Parliamentary cause received staunch and vociferous support from London, whose resources in men and money were deci- sive in the defeat of Charles I....

God's Peace

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THERE is something mysterious, unlikely, in- calculable, about the rise of all the great religions —particularly when, as in the case of-Islam, it,,' takes place in the full...

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,Guardian and Mercury

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Press and People. By Donald Read. (Arnold, 30s.) 'NEWSPAPERS are first what public opinion makes them,' a Sheffield editor wrote in 1820; 'then, by a peculiar reaction they make...

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Heroes in Taurus

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Next Stop — Paradise and The Graveyard. By The Red-Head. By Alfred Andersch. Translated Authors, 16s.) THIS week ' s novels come mostly from foreign parts, of which the most...

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Verser's Playtime

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The Screens, and other poems. By I. A. Richards. (Routledge, 18s.) BLISS is it in this dawn to be alive, the day- spring of linguistics. According to 1. A. Richards, what we...

La Garde Meurt . . .

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The Anatomy of Glory. Adapted from the French of Henry Lachouque by Anne S. K. Brown, (Lund Humphries, 45.) Pe tramps and it jingles, gnawing its moustaches, through the pages...

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Whiffs of Hell

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Something Extraordinary. By H. S. Turner. (Michael Joseph, 21s.) I USED to wince with pleasure and dismay over Henry Williamson's early books. His work is tougher now, but...

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Hats Off to Mr. Lloyd

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT In the meantime he has submitted that the tax 'stem allows inadequate rewards for initiative and enterprise in the managerial class (as Opposed to the...

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Company Notes

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REMLINS, the brewers and maltsters, who also own a profitable wine and spirit mer- chants' business, have once again increased their dividend. A final of 14 per cent. (one point...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS • A TREMENDOUS sigh of relief went up in Throgmorton Street on the Budget news. No capital gains tax and a lifting of the surtax ceiling to £4,000 (effectively £5,000...

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Books for Cooks By KATHARINE WHITEHORN MOST people would agree that the one section of English cooking which is probably going up is the top section: that whereas the masses...

Parents and Children

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A Probe on Parents By MONICA FURLONG PEP recently carried out one of those social sur- veys which don't seem to add anything much to the ideas the rest of us had gathered...

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Consuming Interest

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Slender Satisfaction By LESLIE ADRIAN 'But wait a bit,' the Oysters cried, 'Before we have our chat; For some of us arc out of breath, And all of us are fat l' SPREAD out...

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Postscript . .

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SOMEONE must have gone to enormous trouble be- fore Tuesday's impres- sive Albert Hall rally of the Campaign for the Abolition of Capital Punishment. Who would have thought that...