21 JULY 1967

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Public spending : where the real threat lies

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`If [public] expenditure rises more than pro- portionately to output, then the community as a whole must pay a higher proportion of its incomes . . . to the Exchequer than it...

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Not an end but a beginning 'This statement' the Defence

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White Paper claims `marks the end' of the Government's major review of defence. On the contrary, it marks the beginning; the beginning of a move towards a European defence...

Portrait of the week

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The pound sterling was not looking in any shape to celebrate the anniversary, but the dread date of 20 .July (named 'St Selwyn's Day' at the time of last year's swingeing cuts...

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The class war

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CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS Mr Milton. a schoolmaster, considers the prob- lems of meal supervision and uncertificated teachers. When I consider how my term is spent, Ere half my days...

Mr Crosland's clarion call

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY ALAN WATKINS 'It still remains the case,' said Mr Anthony Crosland at Norwich on Saturday, 'that Socialism demands a higher level of essential social...

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The retreat from Asia

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DEFENCE WHITE PAPER LAURENCE W. MARTIN Laurence Martin is Professor of International Relations at the University College of Wales and Defence Correspondent of the SPECTATOR....

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Trouble for export

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CHINA DICK WILSON Ever since the end of the Japanese War in 1945 the Overseas Chinese communities in South- East Asia have been obliged to take sides in the struggle between...

Something rotten?

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FRANCE MARC ULLMANN Paris—Except in the event of a world war the French nation is not to be disturbed between 14 July and 1 September, as more than half of it is away on...

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Growth for what?

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THE ENVIRONMENT ANGUS MAUDE, MP In last week's SPECTATOR Dr Edward 1. Mishan set out his practical proposals for limiting the ill-effects of economic progress. In this article...

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Biting sanctions

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TEACHERS DAVID ROGERS The arbitration tribunal to consider the break- down in negotiations on teachers' salaries has started work. In April the management side of the Burnham...

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J. W. M. THOMPSON The new copyright convention empowering 'developing' countries to help themselves to the property of writers and publishers appears' to be based on the...

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THE PRESS DONALD McLACHLAN Bashful and secretive as ever about its own affairs, Fleet Street—quite apart from its ' failure to give an adequate account of how' Scottish...

The end of an era

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CRICKET CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS Cricket will certainly survive in England. Club cricket and village cricket are in a healthy state. It is sometimes said that so leisurely a game as...

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Cops and robbers

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THE LAW R. A. CLINE Until 1952 if you were summoned to appear on a motoring summons, you had to appear in the 'police court.' The stipendiary magistrate who sat beneath the...

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A hundred years ago

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From the 'Spectator,' 20 July /867 — The week has been full of festivity for everybody except the Prince of Wales, who has been worked off his legs. The Sultan has been...

Waiting for Lefty

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PERSONAL COLUMN COLIN WELCH So Lucky Jim has turned right and Mr Kingsley Amis (surely they are not one and the same person, incidentally?) has choien freedom. Long at odds...

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Between dog and wolf BOOKS

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NEVILLE BRAYBROOKE Jean Rhys was born in 1894 in the Windwaol- Islands. Her father was a Welsh doctor AO had settled there, and her mother a Creole —that is, a white West...

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Russian oases

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J. M. COHEN Antiworlds Andrei Voznesensky translated by W. H. Auden and others edited by Pat Blake and Max Hayward (our 7s 6d) The Bratsk Station and Other Poems Yevgeny...

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KENNETH ALLSOP The Beautiful Years Henry Williamson (Faber 7s 6d) The Beautiful Years is the turnstile to the mate which Henry Williamson's eventual biographer will have to...


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ELIZABETH JENNINGS The w ords will have to come without much ease. Difficulty of tongue, an aching hand. Sometimes they will not come, I know, Merely belong to birds and...

Master Beckett

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ANTHONY BURGESS Beckett at Sixty by various writers (Calder and Boyars 25s) The year before last, on the Zeckendorff Campus, 1 heard Dr George Steiner affirm publicly that...

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Aspects of love MARTIN SEYMOUR-SMITH The First Summer Duncan Crow (Hart-Davis 42s) The Keep Jillian Becker (Chatto and Windus 25s) The Outcasts Stephen Becker (Hamish Hamil-...

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Sarajevo mysteries

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TIBOR SZAMUELY The Road to Sarajevo Vladimir Dedijer (Mac- Gibbon and Kee 63s) Probably more people have heard of Sarajevo than of the country in which it is situated....

Green flute

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IIAGIWARA SAKUTARO For Tow Ilan Y fieh : Translated Iron, the Japanese by Graeme Wilson Over the evening field The elephants, long-eared, Troop slowly into night. The yellow...

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Under. he hammer ARTS

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PAUL GRINKE One could legitimately question the myth of London as the living art centre of the world, but as far as selling the stuff goes the auction houses have only to show...


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The nose has it JOHN HIGGINS Cyrano de Bergerac (Open Air, Regent's Park) Open-air performances seem to kindle a mix- ture of stoicism and irreverence in the British. Almost...

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Far-away places

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ART ROY STRONG Visiting Niagara Falls is a social solecism akin to having a crinoline lady over one's telephone, so the wife of a British High Com- missioner in Ottawa once...

Chess no. 344

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PHILIDOR S. Mlotkowski (Hon. Men. G. C. Tourney, 1919). White to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to no. 343 (Sammelius): R - Q 4, threat Kt -B 3. 1 R...

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Crossword no. 1283

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Across 1 Ship gets divided by nothing in the florid style (7) 5 Nancy takes cover from the - worm (7) 9 Ease off from the surface (7) 10 Come toit in the end, we all do (7) 11...


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Italian style PENELOPE HOUSTON Viva L'Italia! (National Film Theatre, 21 and 22 July) Before the Revolution (National Film Theatre, 2, 3 and 5 August) The National Film...

Solution next week

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Solution to Crossword no. 1282. Across. I Torsos 4 Spirited 10 Debrett II Entreat 12 Land-holder 13 Moor 15 Attract 17 Dweller 19 Express 21 Rotates 23 Shot 24 Randornwise 27...

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A second industrial revolution? MONEY

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NICHOLAS DAVENPORT If the Government is really studying ways and means of extending the public ownership of industry its first resolve should be never to repeat the expensive...

New style trusts

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JOHN BULL As the shareholding public has expanded since the war, so have unit trusts and the funds em- ployed in with-profits life policies. Yet invest- ment trusts, an equally...

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Market notes

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CUSTOS The Government broker's announcement last week that he would buy steel shares in their ex dividend form brought consternation to the speculators who had sold gilt-edged...

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Drugs and the law

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Sir: Several relevant points have been missed in the discussions concerning the advisability of changing the legislation controlling 'soft' drugs. The case for liberalising the...

The sea coast of Bohemia

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LETTERS From Sir Denis Brogan. Peter Newmark, I. Dark, Thomas W. Gadd, William Phillips, R. B. Sutcliffe, A. C. Wilson, Angus Wright, P. II. Muir, Professor J. Isaacs, W....

Trade with Rhodesia •

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r: Jock Bruce-Gardync is right (14 July) in , .a■ Mg that UK exports to Rhodesia were already very greatly reduced in the first few months of :966. compared with the...

Sir: Dr Mishan's article (14 July) was , the most

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welcome 14have read for some time. • Legislation for the assurance to all of privacy rights in the matters of noise-abatement and clean air in domestic environments at least,...

Too old for pensions

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',ir: Though as indignant as is Mr O'Hanlon Letters, 14 lulyt that the oldest people in our country have no state pensions, I cannot see that their ca se is stren g thened by...

The rape of the environment

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Sir: In developing his thesis for le g ally enforce- able payments for loss of 'amenity-rights' by amenity-eroding operators to their victims. Edward 1. Mishan (14 July) shows...

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Gun and pen

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Sir: Mr Burgess would perform a more valuable service for your readers if he made sure, at least, of his facts. To make my point I am forced to quote one of the more unenviable...


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Sir: John Wells makes me spit. You see, the story about the younger-son-of-a-well-known-politician has reached Southampton on its admittedly circuitous route to the Orkneys: but...

Continent isolated

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Sir: The role of the advocatus diaboli is unenviable as he is predestined to lose every lawsuit and eventually to witness the canonisation of the target of his prosecution....

A whiff of sour grapeshot

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Sir: In his article on Oxford examinations (14 July) Mr Bevis Hillier misquoted and misattributed a certain 'epigram.' The correct text is 'The night- ingale got no prize at the...

Bottle honours

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Sir: The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology has the following entry: booze, boose (sl. or colloq.) drink, 13th century. Middle English boas sb., boose vb. If we are to...

The Press Council

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The following statement was issued by the Press Council this week: After the SPECTATOR published articles by a prison inmate, Dr F. Ray Bettley, 19 Harley Street, London Wl,...

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JOHN WELLS I think it is quite possible that the Roy al Tournament at Earls Court may very soon be- come Outrageously High Camp. It is obviously regarded as that already by the...