22 DECEMBER 1967

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In the name of God, go! JAN o 1c,'53 The

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South African arms affair has demonstrated that the modus vivendi that might have preserved a reasonable degree of .cabinet unity, with Mr Wilson as titular leader supervised by...

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How to take 'no' for an answer

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So we have our veto—and this time, at last, it is 'official.' The final outcome of Tuesday's meeting in Brussels was perhaps as satisfac- tory as we could have hoped for in...

Portrait of the week

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Christmas shopping was in full swing, including a melodramatic exercise in shopping some of his recalcitrant Cabinet colleagues by Mr Harold Wilson. From this fierce...

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King Harold and the junta

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY AUBERON WAUGH During Friday's meeting of the full Cabinet on the South African arms embargo, a special pro- pos:al was made, and received general assent,...

Love affair

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CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS 'German youth is no longer interested in sex or drugs. It has dedicated itself to the cause of European unity and to German friendship with General de...

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Coup countercoup

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GREECE MICHAEL LLEWELLYN-SMITH Athens—Last Wednesday I came out of the library at one o'clock and went home for lunch. A friend rang up to say that tanks had been trundling...

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Understanding the General

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PATRICK COSGRAVE Before—and immediately after—General de Gaulle's last press conference, we were again subjected to a plethora of newspaper articles and television...

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Land of doubts

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AMERICA FERDINAND MOUNT New York—The small bespectacled map in the Los Angeles waiting-room was explaining how most of America's problems could be solved by more accurate...

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Almanack pudding

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CENTENARY ' STRIX By comparing it to a plum pudding I mean no disrespect to Whitaker's Almanack: on the contrary. One does not—one cannot—compare plum puddings with other...

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Divorce English style

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THE LAW R. A. CLINE The embarrassing frequency with which divorce court judges in quite recent years have continued to quote Lord Penzance's dictum (1867) that marriage is...

Haley's farewell

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THE PRESS DONALD McLACHLAN 'Our newspapers have nothing to fear from television if they will only stick to their own values and not be misled by visual ones.' To describe this...

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J. W. M. THOMPSON Politically these past few days have been startling, and in a way difficult to account for in normal terms. Extraordinary explanations are required. In...

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A winter's afternoon at Petworth

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PERSONAL COLUMN LORD EGREMONT It is a dull winter's afternoon with dark clouds scudding before a whistling south-west wind. The wind at Petworth can make a strange noise as it...

A hundred years ago

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From the 'Spectator', 21 December 1867—The topic of the week has been the . . . massacre in Clerkenwell.. . . A barrel on a truck placed under the wall of the House of...

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Things to come

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CONSUMING INTEREST LESLIE ADRIAN Invention, Samuel Butler shrewdly observed, is the mother of necessity. Had we never heard of colour television we should have remained content...

John Wells's Christmas quiz

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Hello! (screams men's fashion editor of Now, the magazine for the thinking bachelor). After the phenomenal success of PANTIE MAGA- ZINE'S thrilling quiz last year to help you...

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Tuesday siesta

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SHORT STORY GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ Gabriel Garcia Marquez is. one of Latin America's leading novelists and short-story writers. 'Tuesday siesta,' translated by lean Franco, is...

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Japanese pillow pattern BOOKS

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ANTHONY BURGESS The lady novelist is a comparatively recent phenomenon in the West and still, despite the high examples of the Misses Austen, Cross, Brophy and Cartland, not...

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Poet and tragedian

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HENRY TUBE Not Yet the Dodo and Other Verses No Coward (Heinemann 25s) Noel Coward, that bright' young pen of the 'twenties, was an early exponent of a modern European trend...

The lost leader

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AUBERON WAUGH Collected Stories I Muriel Spark (Macmillan 30s) Collected Poems 1 Muriel Spark (Macmillan 28s) Of all the talent and energy which has poured down the brain...

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Messrs Puff

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CHRISTOPHER FILDES- History of the Great Western Railway E. T. Macdermot, revised by C, R. Clinker (vols 1 and 2), 0. S. Nock (vol 3) (Ian Allen vols 1 and 3 63s, vol 2 55s)...

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Ready and willing

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GEORGE HUTCHINSON Myself, I am a great reader of wills. I hardly ever miss one in the newspapers, and I re- member feeling quite cross some years ago when a Conservative MP...

Whose stew?

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CLEMENT FREUD Celebrity Cooking edited by Renee Hellman (Paul Hamlyn 18s) People, I had always believed, purchased a cookery book because they had a high regard for the...

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Goodbye to all tat

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ARTS ROY STRONG Has it occurred to you that Christmas is a leaden weight dragging you slowly down- wards into an abyss of mythological pap as the years go by? We are slowly...

Top oboe MUSIC

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EDWARD BOYLE Last Friday at the Queen Elizabeth Hall two outstanding executants, Heinz and Ursula Holliger, accompanied by the English Cham- ber Orchestra under John Pritchard,...

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Christmas what's what

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Theatre Treasure Island (Mermaid). Great play, stal- wart production and Spike Milligan's ravishing Ben Gunn not to be missed; plus Barry Hum- phries as Silver (`the hand with...

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The most fantastic year MONEY

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NICHOLAS DAVENPORT This has been the most fantastic year in the whole history of the Stock Exchange. It began with the professional investment world con-, vinced that equity...

Scragg swings up

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PORTFOLIO JOHN BULL My final purchase of the year is Ernest Scragg of Macclesfield, manufacturer of advanced machinery for the textile industries of the world, working flat...

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CHRISTOPHER FILDES This being the season of universal generosity and goodwill . . . yes, sir, what is your question? Well, you must realise that there are conven- tions to be...

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Credit gets the blame

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BUSINESS VIEWPOINT JOHN McQUESTON John McQueston is managing director of Lloyds and . Scottish Finance, the hire-purchase finance company jointly controlled by Lloyds Bank and...

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ffolkes's business alphabet

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Market report

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CUSTOS The markets, both equity and fixed-interest, are moved these days more by political considera- tions than by business projections. So the good rally that took the...

Company notes

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Brewers' results continue to revive a market which until recently was depressed by Mrs Castle. Guinness shows a profit before tax of £11,119,000, against £9,869,000, with...

City crossword

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LOTHBURY Across 1 Central bank? (7) 5, 10 Good tunes still played on this old fiddle (7, 7) 9 Having fed late, impose restraint (7) 10 See 5 across 11 Difficulties, then cash,...

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:Sir: Is it possible that critics of the Keith lectures

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(vide Angus Maude. SPECTATOR. 15 December) underestimate the subtlety of Dr Leach? Is he not ,perhaps a satirist as savage as, but more sophis- ;ticated than, Swift himself,...

Sir: Mr Angus Maude has delivered an admirably debunking broadside

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to the instant 'New Jerusalem.' Perhaps we might explore further the implications of Dr Leach's revelations on education. Emphasis on individual achievement leads to `fear' and...

What is pornography ?

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Sir: In discussing in his article 'What is porno- graphy?' (I December) the effect on unstable minds of the writings of the Marquis de Sade, Mr Anthony Burgess appeared to...

Dr Leach's New Jerusalem

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LETTERS From Dr Edmund R. Leach, Mrs Joan Delderfield, Mrs Marjorie Sisson, George F. Mathew, Robin Wright, the Rev Wynne Jones, Christopher Sykes, D. P. Choyce, FRCS, K. W....

George F. Mathew 8 Freshwater Court, Crawford Street. London WI

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Sir: Mr Cumming (Letters, 8 December) attacks Mr Burgess for trotting out the old stale arguments against banning pornography. There were surely two particularly relevant points...

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Kafka in London

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Sir: Some aspects of the practice of medicine in Russia today were so unexpected to this observer, that on returning from a recent short visit to Moscow and Kiev I wrote a brief...


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Sir: The spectacle of the well-known Roman Catholic apologist, Mr St John-Stevas, championing individual rights in the House of Commons must have come as a somewhat startling...

France becomes an island

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Sir: A quotation from Marc Ullmann's excellent article 'France becomes an island' (15 December): 'One British official said . . . that Britain fought in 1940 not because of the...

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Contempt of court

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Sir: One is naturally delighted when the SPECTATOR prints one's letter, and pleased to see a reply the following week. Pleasure turns to dismay when one realises that the...

Trahison des clercs

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Sir: The article in your issue of 8 December criticises not only the publishers of the advertise- ment in The Times hut also the young men who tear up their draft cards. You say...

Compliments of the season

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AFTERTHOUGHT R. P. C. HANSON R. P. C. Hanson is professor of theology at the University of Nottingham. In many cities nowadays when the civic Christmas tree is put up in the...

Ant ills

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Sir: Though I hope to be able to read the article in the British Medical Journal referred to by Dr J. Rowan Wilson in `Ant ills' (1 December), I hope that, for the benefit of...

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No. 480: Sextet

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COMPETITION Competitors are invited to compose a six-line poem, or stanza of a poem, on any one of the subjects given below, using three of the follow- ing four pairs of words...

No. 478: The winners

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Competitors were asked to compose a sextet on one of the following subjects : Barbara Castle, drugs, Last Exit to Brooklyn, the love song of a lonely computer. Computers, it...

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Chess no. 366

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PHILIDOR White 11 men 8 men Touw Hian Bwee (4th prize, BCF Tourney 113). White to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to no. 365 (Goldschmeding): Kt –...

Crossword no. 1305

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Across I Water with Scotch? It's monstrous! (4, 4) 5 Holdings in agricultural equipment? (6) 9 Young heather for a young horse (8) 10 Game to make you cross! (6) 12 The spirit...