21 JUNE 1963

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T is not and it never has been a moral 'crisis except in so far as Mr. John Pro fumo's own morality is concerned. It has been, is, and will remain a political issue. It has also...

Portrait of the Week-

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ilIF FACE THAT LAUNCHED two dozen abstentions: Miss Keeler, carving herself a feW - lines in the history books and adding a few noughts to her bank balance, clearly has become...

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No. 7043 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 1963

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Political Commentary

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Surcease and Succession By DAVID WATT T liERE can't have been many sadder sights in the history of British politics than the Prime Minister's exit from the House of Commons on...

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The Revolt That Got Away

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By HENRY FAIRLIE D ID Mr. Enoch Powell or any of the other Cabinet Ministers whose names were being canvassed last week seriously consider resigning? It is impossible to answer...

p ounding Father H At) Mr. Bengurion not retired from the Pr ime

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Israeli Parliament as well as from the post of : il l* Minister, his immediate intentions might have been subject...to widely differing interpreta- ti "s. After all, he has...

Unscrambling Federation

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TN bringing Mr. Winston Field to agree to 'attend the Victoria Falls Conference on the dis- solution of the Federation after all, Mr. Butler has achieved more than seemed...

Aperture Closed

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HE resignation of Signor Nenni from his .i. post of Secretary-General of the Italian Socialist party heralds a serious crisis in Italian political life. The reason for his...

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The Upward Thrust

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By OLIVER STEWART T HE curious accident to the Hawker P 1127 at the twenty-fifth Salon International de l'Adronautique et de l'Espace in Paris last week- end emphasised that the...

Earl's Court Road Pub

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BY DIANA MORGAN . She's here at Opening Time each day On the dot. Her name is Gray; She's quite the lady, forty-something, fair, Must have been pretty once—nice reddish hair;...

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The Press

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Press and Profumo By BRIAN INGLIS vett the Vassall affair, the case against the kJ popular press seemed to be overwhelming: to . join The Times and the Guardian in criticising...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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I HE Labour Party leaders must have been relieved that attention was firmly fixed on the Prime Minister and his troubles last Monday for in less stirring times their own...

The Green Eye There was an article in the Spectator

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three weeks ago by Clive Irving on Jocelyn Stevens, the proprietor of Queen, and his plans. This is the subject of an editorial note in last week's World's Press News which...

Hail and Farewell Once upon a time one Kenneth Tynan,

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after a fizzing career at Oxford, stood in for Peter Fleming as the Spectator's dramatic critic: whereupon fame fell upon him, and in no time at all be was the Observer's...

Cool Comfort

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I doubt whether it will be much in the way of C omfort to Mr. Macmillan and those of his Co lleagues who had the wool pulled over their e yes, but La Rochefoucauld suggests that...

Old Vicarious

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Starbuck, are you grieving over the Old Vic's bereaving? Certainly it was a nostalgic moment, the company giving its final performance last week, but there was really nothing...

The Gap

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Timothy was buried on Friday in the church- yard of St. Mary's, Walkern, a village in a quiet hollow of Hertfordshire near the Essex border. The little church was full of people...

La Vie Londonienne

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Queequeg, who has been in Paris for a few d ays, writes: 'It would be too much to expect the average Frenchman not to be more than a little mocking over the Profumo case and sc...

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The Anastenaria

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From MICHAEL LLEWELLYN SMITH ATHENS W E are waiting for five women to walk on fire. There must be about two thousand people out- side the ropes which enclose the village...

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By HERB GREER 0 it's a long, long time from May to December but the days grow short when you reach September, and the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame. Then one hasn't...

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The Profumo Case T. W. Gadd The New British James

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O'Donovan, Colin Maclnnes. J. Campbell Timothy Birdsall Ronald Searle, Miss J. Blake Parents' Privilege Mrs. M. Eagling Britain and South Africa Charles Adeane. Lloyd George...


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SI do not wish to comment on Colin Maclnnes's main thesis, but to submit one or two perhaps provocative observations on aspects he has touched on concerning Irish immigration to...

Sta,—May I refer to Mr. S. B. Page's letter on

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my piece about our immigrants, in which he rebuked me for 'the prejudice shown in its title: The New British.' As many of your readers may not know, but as you Sir, and all...

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`� Mr, Pedley, in his article, Parents' Privilege, of 'tte Spectator of June 14, contrasts the failure h tW enty-nine Labour Councils to adopt the two- va mPrehensive system of...


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SIR,—I fear that Miss Sarah_ Gainham's kindly- meant attempt to correct me, or put me in my place, is not easily met by the autobiographical facts. I was born in 1902, so i...


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SIR,—The Spectator is courageous in demanding that Britain should scrap its ambiguous policy towards South Africa and consider sanctions. If any of your readers would like to...

I IMOTHY BIRDSALL in lothY Birdsall had died, at the age of

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twenty- seve n. followed knew him only through his work, which I have 'allowed with tremendous enjoyment since t first came across it in the Varsity weekly, at Cambridge, some...

Maelnnes's stimulating article 'The New British' had one fault. Thinking

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that a host of my c ompatriots would draw attention to it, I did not write last week. The absence of such a letter this Week shows that they are all as lazy as myself. Despite...

• S ak.-1 am sure many will join me in offering,

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through you my thanks for all Timothy Birdsall gave to us .7 . nd I feel I must take this opportunity of stressing ibeenan ardent follower of his work in the short . = I ry he...

LLOYD GEORGE Sig,—Lloyd George himself bore a few if any

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resent- ments. But his critics, both in the Liberal Party and outside, pursued him with extraordinary venom. That this phenomenon still persists appeared from the article in...

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Over Violent

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The Pedagogue. (Questors, Ealing.) — Kelly's Eye. (Royal Court.)—Six Characters in Search of an Author. (May Fair.)—A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Aldwych.)—Much Ado About Nothing....

Noble York

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Theatre By BAMBER GASCOIGNE But York has one extra thing, the most important of all for the festival—the longest and one of the earliest cycles of Mystery plays. As literature...

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Not to Wallow By CLIFFORD HANLEY FOR some years now I have been seeing shocked complaints from parsons and county coun- cillors about the quantity of X-type sex on television,...

C inelyia

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Freaks With Feeling By ISABEL QUIGLY Freaks. ('X' certificate) and armed until now : a story about fairground :ionsters' with the 'monsters' playing them- b e ye s : midgets,...

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The Burden

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I can't carry you much further, my life. You are becoming a bother it seems pointless to cope with any longer. If I could, I'd hand you over to a stranger, as one might old...


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Involved and Aloof BY COLIN MACINNES M R. GRAHAM GREENE is a writer of such achievement, so long successful, and esteemed by so many readers for such a diversity of reasons,...

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Deadwood Stage

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RACISM begins with Cowboys and Indians. A friend of mine, a professor of American history, found his small son beating a smaller Jamaican with his six-shooter. He immediately...

How Tight is the Atlantic?

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Nato and the Defence of the West. By Prince Hubertus zu Lowenstein and Volkmar von Ztihlsdorff. Translated by Edward Fitz- gerald. (Andre Deutsch, 36s.) The Future of the...

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Race and Second Class

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Dark Strangers. By Sheila Patterson. (Tavistock, 65s.) IN the course of the nineteenth century this country may have assimilated up to 10,000 coloured people. They gained their...

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Getting on Fast

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Germany's Other Half. By Franz von Nesselrode. (Abelard Schuman, 21s.) Berlin. Success of a Mission? By Geoffrey McDermott. (Andre Deutsch, 16s.) Germany's Other Half is a...

Styles and Dreams

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I RECOMMEND all five. The order of listing is not one of merit, but a reading order which proposes a succession of high turbulence, quiet disquietude, high turbulence,...

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Home Truths for Central Bankers

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IT is perhaps a relief to turn from the foibles of politicians to the stupidities of central bankers. The annual report of the Bank for International...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE sharp pre-debate recovery in the equity share markets was prompted by bear cover- ing—these gentlemen being scared of the great optimism shown by businessmen in...

Company Notes

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By LOTIIBURY F OR the fourth successive year F. Francis and Sons . (Holdings) maintains the dividend at 23 per cent. This company manufactures tin boxes, steel drums, crown...

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Body Blows By W. P. PtYNE* r in El E feeling that the secondary modern I schools have failed is resulting m a tre- mendous expansion of the official examination system. In...

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Consuming Interest

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Barbecues By LESLIE ADRIAN ALTHOUGH we are rather less Having never been much drawn to this particular facet of the picnic game, a barbecue outfit was something which I felt I...

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By ALAN ittR1EN C HORT of muf fl ing my hands with boxing ° g loves, I can find no way of preventing my fingers thii week tapping out the names of those Mr. Harold Wilson, in an...