21 MARCH 1958

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W HEN Duff Cooper stood at a by-election as a Baldwinite, he was fought by the Rothermere- Beaverbrook axis pronouncing the awful warning : `Gandhi is watching St. George's!'...


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rr HE outcome of the military operations under- ' taken by the Jakarta Government against the rebels in Central Sumatra remains obscure. Forces from Java have secured a foothold...

Election Blues

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By Our Canadian Correspondent * AN election campaign amid the rigours of the Canadian winter has taxed the stam- ina of the chief combatants severely; the wearisome flatness of...

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Encircling Gloom

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By DARSIE GILLIE Paris The Paris policeman after his demonstrative buting last week has become more human and therefore no doubt sympathetic as an individual. He is no longer...


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Spring Books Number John Bull's Schooldays by CASSANDit A Articles and reviews by KINGSLEY AMIS, H. E. BATES, JOHN BRAINE, ALAN BRIAN, D. W. BROGAN, RANDOLPH CHUkCFIILL, BRIAN...

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IN SO FAR as this is simply a warning against

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putting blind trust in the Russians, it is sensible advice : to imagine the Russians would honour a dis- engagement treaty simply because Khrushchev had put his name to it is...

i t ,,Westminster Commentary BY JO GRIMOND, MP WE have arranged to

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spend some large sums out of your money 11 • !! during the past week. But under our extraordinary system, our nonsensical, unsystematic and What makes things worse is that the...

A Spectator ' s Notebook WHY SHOULD IT HAPPEN, I wonder, that

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when the Labour movement was at its most decrepit in the Thirties, its propagandists were at their most persuasive; so that a generation of students were Left Book Clubbed into...

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT are often, in my experi- ence, puzzled

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and hurt at the symptoms of the growing dissatisfaction with the way things are done at Westminster. The notion that Parliament has declined in stature, they argue, is based on...

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THE RESULTS of three separate public opinion polls on Torrington,

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published in the Express, the Mail and the Chronicle, tell substantially the same story. Although there was nothing much in it, the Liberal candidate was last weekend in the...

Supreme Commander

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By JOHN TERRAINE F ROM the first moment that British and American forces went into battle together on the same front during the Second World War, it was accepted that they...

THE OTHER DEPRESSING episode in the Com- mons on Friday

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was the Government's reply to a question about the release of Peter Whitehead from Rampton. The Parliamentary Secretary con- trived to give the impression that Mr. Whitehead had...

tEbt Opettator

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MARCH 23, 1833 MARYLEBONE ELECTION.-Sir S. Whalley, in a speech of considerable length, thanked the electors for the honour which they had conferred upon him. . . . Mr. Murray ....

I SUPPOSE it's old, but it was new to me

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when I heard it last week : the proposed slogan for a publicity campaign by one of the women's weeklies—`Knit your own Royal Family.' PHAROS

TIME WAS, and not so very long ago, when the

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Irish were expected to be trouble-makers; some quirk of national heredity, it was assumed, made them resentful of authority. Now, the attitude when they make a scene—as in Soho...

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Communism Without Fear

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By BORIS KIDEL* / Fret the grotesque gymnastics of the Czech frontier police, who crawled suspiciously under the seats of the compartment and peered down the fire extinguisher...

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Pressure Groups

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS 'THERE are only two questions in politics, said 1 Lenin : Who? Whom? That persons who wish the Government to favour an interest or an opinion should...

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On Praise

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By STRIX T o go to the grave, or even to the gallows, without being praised m ‘ ust be difficult. Somewhere along the line the dimmest, the most homicidal of us can hardly have...

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Little People Under Stones By ISABEL QUIGLY The Gift of Love. (Carlton.) SINCE The Curse of Frankenstein ruined a perfectly good May morn- ing last year, I cannot remember...


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Diary of Our Mr. Peeps By JOHN BRAINE THERE is a special kind of pleasure which only the one-eyed monster can give. To taste it at the keenest the weather must be bitterly...

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The Indestructible Monument By ALAN BRIEN Little Eyolf. By Henrik Ibsen. (Lyric, Hammersmith.) `Jump out of a train anywhere between Wimbledon and Hasle- mere; walk into the...

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suming Interest

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Bowler Hats and Flannel Suits By LESLIE ADRIAN IN tt our Strang JOinin E 11 M1110 l onger tnteres and in Seriou h is age of scientific management, the way executive-level...

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purchase tax in last week's 'Westminster Commentary' may have misled any reader aiming at 'providing his family with a tolerable saloon car at a not too inflated priee.'...


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SIR,—II is true to say that most cab-riders are un- informed on much appertaining to the taxicab trade and the Spectator article, save for the points outlined here by myself,...

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SIR,—With , some temerity I invade the controversy on 'pop' fiction

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because I had an experience rather similar to Elizabeth Montagu. Nearly three years ago the fiction editor of one of these large-circulation magazines asked me to send her my...

Letters to the Editor

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Southern Rhodesian Crisis Alexander Scott, MP Taxi! R. E. Thomas Converted Vans and Purchase Tax Maurice Nockles Redressing the Balance Sir Norman Angell 'Pop' Fiction J....


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SIR, — In the course of an otherwise admirable article in your issue of March 14, Mr. Geoffrey Barraclough, discussing a recent small book of mine (Defence and the...

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SIR,—In his letter, Dr. Forestier says 'atrocities have been committed . . . exceptionally, by French soldiers.' I would draw his attention to thq report of the French Catholic...


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SIR,—Having listened recently to the Archbishop of Wales's grand review of Welsh church history, I was again reminded of the unfortunate inference made, quite unintentionally,...


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SIR,—Strix should not be surprised that Webster's Geographical DictiOnary of Names of Places with Geographical and Historical Information and Pro- nunciations does not identify...


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SIR,—Betjeman! Name seems familiar. Let me see —eighty, ninety years ago? Yes, I've placed him. A pestiferous little fellow, if ever there was one. One thing I remember clearly....

SIR,—In last week's informational Method article, Irving Wardle questioned the

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usefulness of improvi- sation. 'What part of the actor does this train besides his quick resourcefulness and reliance on habitual mannerisms'!' It trains the lively, organic,...


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SIR,—Are Hungarian policewomen really 'allowed to wear both lipstick and hair to shoulder length'? (Spectator, March 7, page 291.)—Yours faithfully, EDWARD GILLOTT Education...


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SIR,—John araine rightly takes Granada to task for not•naming in the TV Times the author of No Haunt for a Gentleman. May we promise to be more care- ful in future? The original...

SIR,—What would be the public opinion of a judge who

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said : 'Would the evidence clear the accused? If I thought so, I would listen to. it'? How can one, then, regard Miss Rose Macaulay, who writes in her letter about 'pop' fiction...

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The Anatomy of Appeasement By DESMOND WILLIAMS TT is commonly believed that Neville Chamber- 'lain overthrew 'appeasement' as a result of the pressure of domestic opinion...

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The Fortunes of Mankind

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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Volume IV: The Great Democracies. By Winston S. Churchill. (Cassell, 30s.) WHATEVER Sir Winston Churchill writes is news, and...

Matter of Fact

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Byron: A Biography. By Leslie A. Marchand. (John Murray, 3 vols., £7 7s.) S CRUPULOUS, thorough, and well documented, a fine advertisement for American scholarship, Professor...

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The New Redskin

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From a Writer's Notebook. By Van Wyck Brooks. (Dent, 21s.) IN the course of the century, we're told, American intellectuals have at last made themselves at hom' in America. And...

Out of the Wilderness

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From Many Countries. The Collected Stories of Sholem Asch. (Macdonald, 16s.) The Adventures of Mottel: The Cantor's Son. By Deutsch, 18s.) The King of Flesh and Blood. By...

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. justice and Co.

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Aspects of .Justice. By Sir Carleton Kemp Allen, QC., (Stevens, 25s.) The Advocate's Devil. By C. P. Harvey, QC. (Stevens, 12s. 6d.) ACADEMIC lawyers have a thin time in...

Cavalier Treatment

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The Stuarts, By Sir Charles Petrie. (Eyre and Spottiswoode,25s) . THE Royalists were 'wrong but romantic,' the Roundheads 'right but repulsive.' So Messrs. Sellar and Yeatman...

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Alpha and Omega

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How the World Began: The Volcano God, Part 3. By Philip Freund. (Seeker and Warburg, 21s.) The Centenarians: A Fable. By Gilbert Phelps. (Heinemann, 15s.) Forty Years On. By...

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A Doctor's Journal

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The Phantom Baby P EOPLE believe what they want to believe, and if the emotional 'charge' behind the urge to believe is strong enough it can, through the agency of the central...

The Mormon Story

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The Mormons. By :Thomas F. O'Dea. (C.U.P., 37s. 6d.) MR. WEST'S history of the Mormons gives a full account of the rise of this remarkable religion from the position of a...


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By PHILIDOR No. 145. E. A. WIRTANEN (Finland) BLACK (6 men) WHITE (8 men) wftrrE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to last week's problem by Stoccht:...

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In view of the conditions obtaining in the placCs , named,

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the usual six-guinea prize is o ff ered for the best contemporary rewrite of the famous ballad: I'll sing thee songs of Araby And tales of fair Cashmere . , . (or, as the...

SOLUTION OF 982 ACROSS.--1 Mallow. 4 Crumpets. 10 Ambient. 11

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Plaster. 12 Salamander. 13 ous. 15 Flannel. 17 Shallow. 19 Surfeit. 21 Saddest. 23 Cask. 24 Crum-bench. 27 Bristol. 28 Calibre. 29 Chimneys. • 30 Creels. DOWN.-1 Meat-safes. 2...


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ACROSS 1 Press on for a noble carriage (8). S Coinfesses to having proper even- ing meal (4, 2). 9 Ribbon monopoly suffers dimuni- tion (8). 10 Lag in a confused way; result,...

Grim Fairy Tales

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Competitors were asked to provide an extract from any well-known children's fairy tale as it might be adjusted for adult reading. S OMEWHERE in the world there must be a...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT BECAUSE the 'bear' market in our industrial equity shares has now 411, lasted for nearly two and three- quarter years (measured from July, 195 5) there...

COMPANY NOTES By CUSTOS THE opening of the week in

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Throg- morton Street was depressing in the , 1 5. ;, extreme. The wage disputes upset the gilt-edged market and the worsening trade news from America caused a set- back in oil...