21 FEBRUARY 1964

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P RESIDENT MAKARIOS is not the only per- son to blame for the serious crisis in Cyprus, though he must take his share. In fact, his rejection of the new British-Ameri- can...

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No. /0. 1, rstabtished 1828 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1964

—Portrait of the Week

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A BUSY WEEK FOR THE PRIME MINISTER: in Wash- ington Sir Alec Douglas-Home agreed with Presi- dent Johnson on the need to reduce world ten- sion, especially between allies, while...

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Common Market Confusions

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN T HE present state of the Common Market is one of such confusion and complexity that the wood is almost invisible to all but a couple of geniuses...

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Political Commentary

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The Last Good Deed By DAVID WATT IT could be argued, I sup- pose, that the emergence of the Prime Minister as the only man who can really blunt the envenomed fangs of Mr....

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Towards a New SS?

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By CONSTANTINE FITZGIBBON B Y the end of the Second World War the most formidable fighting troops at the dis- posal of the Germans were the Armed, or Waffen, SS. They amounted...

His Brother's Keeper

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From MURR A Y KEMPTON WASH INCITON VERYTHING else about this city has passed E,through some change, great or subtle, in the past three months; only the office where Robert F....

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Struggles in Spain

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By HUGH O'SHAUGHNESSY IVE years ago in Madrid the story was being r told about the visitor to Spain who asked his Spanish friend one day when they were strolling down the Calle...

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Spectator's Notebook

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Sir Charles was shown a proof of Dr. Leavis's article as a matter of courtesy, or, as he prefers to put it elsewhere in this full text, 'in order to obtain 'my consent. I had to...

No Orchids For Aunty `None the less, and making every

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reasonable allowance, Sir Alec Douglas-Home was pitching it rather high when he told the Young Con- servatives that he was asking the country for another ten years of office for...

The Last Word I had' thought that there was nothing

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more to be said about the mice that scampered across our national stage last spring and summer. I was wrong. Mrs. Trilling, writing in the latest issue of the Partisan Review,...

Green Caps After close scrutiny of the seventeen Australian cricketers

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selected to tour England this year, I have no hesitation in pronouncing them the worst Australian team ever to visit these chilly islands. The captain, Simpson, has stopped...


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Patrician, uncompromising, eloquent, unpre- dictable—adjectives accumulate when one thinks of the Earl of Sandwich. The Tories of Win- chester, whose candidate k Hinch' had...

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Shield or Fraud?-1

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The Value of Britain's Deterrent By JULIAN CRITCHLEY, MP A the top of an examination paper there is a warning to candidates to read the question carefully before attempting to...

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Shield or Fraud?-2

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Ineffective Independence By GERRY R EYNOLDS, MP ANY discussion of the 'independent nuclear de- in terrent must be based on the facts and not, as it so often is, on glib...

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Fanny Found Guilty

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By R. A. CLINE rr HE senior Bow Street magistrate, sitting, I ironically, in the seat once occupied by the novelist Henry Fielding, has decided in a single succinct phrase that...

Dr. Braindrain—Bon Voyage!

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By HENRY FAIRLIE H is already a buffoon: Dr. Ernest Brain- drain, one of Britain's lop' scientists, which he has somehow managed to become while re- maining in an obscure or...

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Threatened Hospitals

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By Dr. MEYRICK EMRYS-ROBERTS N ow that the Government have at last embarked upon a massive hospital building programme it might seem churlish to question its merits. But one...

The Press

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By J. W. M. THOMPSON As a news story the case had its special diffi- culties: the long adjournments between the stages of the hearing weakened the cumulative effect which is...

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John Bull's First Job

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The Mirror By VIRGINIA COWLES MY home was in Boston. When I was fifteen I returned from boarding school for the summer holidays and dismayed my mother by announc- ing that my...

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SIR,– Many Conservatives will deeply disapprove of Aidan Crawley's statement

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that the British Govern- Ment will not take any steps to prevent Southern Rhodesia from assuming its own independence. I believe that the British Government would strongly...


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SIR,—Sir Hugh Greene has misunderstood Quoodle. It is neither the Prime Minister, Amery, Noble, Heath, Thorneycroft nor Butler who gives the im- pression 'that Panorama is the...

ADE OW Dundee

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[Dr. Azikiwe has, of course, been President since last October.—Editor, Spectator.]

SIR,—Mr. Nyandoro states that Southern Rhodesia should have 'a constitution

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by which the rule of the majority can be established in our land.' Would I be a spoil-sport in asking, 'a majority of what?' A major- ity of people dedicated to a particular...


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SIR,—It is difficult to know how to deal with a critic whose omniscience allows him to say of a particular film that 'all levels of audience found it intolerable' (a revealing...

SUPPRESSION SLR,—Mr. Folkard does not seem to understand the ordinary

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principles upon which public controversy is conducted in England. Of course, an editor has no obligation to publish a letter from a correspondent: but it is a generally accepted...

lib mi Letters Southern Rhodesia Charles Longbottom, MP,

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Humphry Berkeley, MP, D. Bates, Ade Olu Suppression Randolph S. Churchill 'Panorama' G. A. S. Dibley Saving the Cinema Donald H. Harker The Fourth of June Eric Lacher Letter of...

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SIR,—In fairness to the system of .law that operates north of the border I think it should be made clear that at least two of the articles by R. A. Cline under the above heading...


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S.112,—No one would have guessed from your Opera Correspondent's notice of the recent Covent Garden production of Rigoletto what a splendidly enjoyable evening of theatre this...


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SIR,—May I remind Mr. David Pryce-Zones that Mr. Gladstone, who, I believe, had some connection with the Liberal Party, educated at Eton, was the son of a Liverpool merchant. ....

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The Unending Filibuster

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By CHRISTOPHER BOOKER AMERICAN TV is, for the most part, appallingly bad; but it is particu- larly depressing in one or two surprising ways. When I went there, I ex- pected to...

The Makropulos Case

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By DAVID CAIRNS IMMEDIATE impressions of The Makropulos Case—pro- duced for the first time in this country at Sadler's Wells last week—are inevitably confus- ing; there is so...

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Puppets Without Strings

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Irma la Douce. (Carl- ton, 'X' certificate.)— Mary, Mary. (War- ner, 'A' certificate.) —Wolf Trap. (Jacey, Strand, 'A' certifi- cate.) TAKE the music out of a musical and what's...

Hidden Hands

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Gabler. (Arts.) The Poker Session. 0' 0 (Globe.) — Hedda IN Dublin's fair city 0 where everyone is so C), respectable, Hugh Leonard ties up the Beavis family in wrong- doing,...

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The Unkindest But

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DESPITE anything I may inadvertently Given its world premiere at Stratford-upon- Avon last week, La Creation du Monde unfortu- nately takes that particular road to Hell which is...

Beef on the Hoof

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EVEN as the coaches lumbered in from Neath and Aberavon, Pontypool and Barry, you couldn't get away from the world of pop. Tired overnight travellers were confronted with...

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Treasures and Fetters By ANTHONY BURGESS 0 LIVIA MANNING recently inveighed against the stupid people who say that they 'never read women novelists'—as though male and female...


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Steepling for daylight in a sudden flashpoint: to Burst like a dolphin from the marble water where His cataract of effort knifelines up now through A' black depth-charge....

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B. B.

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Sunset and Twilight : From the Diaries of 1947- 1958 of Bernard Berenson. Introduction by Iris Origo. Epilogue by Nicky Mariano. .(Hamish Hamilton, 42s.) The Bernard Berenson...

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His Pomposity

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Verandah. Some Episodes in the Crown Colonies 1867 - 1889. By James Pope-Hennessy. (Allen and Unwin, 42s.) MR. POPE-HENNESSY has had the happy idea of evoking, through the...

Flight in the Dark

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Straight forward seemed the only way to go. Skidding and pushing at the glass A blue tit bursting out of night Fought with the treacherous skin of light. Wild with the window...

The Age of Johnson

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IT is always difficult for Americans to realise that in most other parts of the world the 'problem of the South' would long ago have been solved by amputation. In the past 150...

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Arendt on Upheaval

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On Revolution. By Hannah Arendt. (Faber, 30s.) THIS is a high-minded and often brilliant book, in which words like 'relevance' and 'precisely' ap- pear again and again. Yet it...

Paperback Round-up

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BUYING paperbacks can easily become a mild form of addiction, like over-spending in the supermarket. The man who would grudge paying for a pound of steak at the butcher's will...

Knowing the Facts

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A Calendar of Murder. By Terence Morris and Louis Blom-Cooper. (Michael Joseph, 30s.) 'Tots book,' say the authors in their introduc- tion, 'is not a polemical contribution to...

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Journey Without Maps

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MR. JAMES PURDY is a writer sui generis. The exact flavour of his style is hard to describe; he is wry, farcical at times, and some of his charac- terisation is close to...


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The Violent Christian The Heavenly Mandate. By Erwin Wickert. (Deutsch, 18s.) The Heavenly Mandate, which tells, in more or less novel form, the history of the Taiping Re-...

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Avuncular Advice to Mr. Maudling

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE hint is timely. (Thank you, Mr. Sills.) A word of advice to Mr. Maudling is clearly needed. The Sun- day Times put out the story that the Prime X41&...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE issue for cash of £400 million of new 54 per cent Funding stock, 1978-80, at 96f has not helped the gilt-edged market, particularly the medium-dated stocks; £500...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY ir LIKE the summing - up by the chairman ot IPolycell Holdings, Mr. F. S. Smith, in his annual report to shareholders, that his board of directors are concentrating...

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By ALAN BRIEN MANY readers of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four will have found the most shocking and depressing feature of life under Engsoc tyranny the editing and rewriting of...

Consuming Interest

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Bingo in the Supermarket By LESLIE ADRIAN Mits. 1970 looks like having to do all her shop- ping in one big, nerve- racking bazaar. Once out of her centrally heated haven she'll...

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By PHILIDOR No. 166. H. D'O. BERNARD (First Prize, Grantham Journal, 1928) BLACK (9 men) WHITE (9 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves; next week I shall discuss the...

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ACROSS 1 A bit of raillery? Very much on edge! (6) 4 Trained to discover cash in the ebbing river (8) 10 Fruity scene of royal siestas (7) 11 He has a devilish job to win! (7)...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD 1105 ACROSS.-1 Maroon. 4 Produced. 8 Remedial,

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10 Pins up. 12 Outer. 13 Clock-face. 14 Elfin; 16 Bipartite. 17 Porpoises. 19 Linen. 21 Infusions. 22 Maces. 24 Alidad. 25 Swindler. 26 Essayist. 27 Isobel. DOWN.-1 Marlowe. 2...