22 NOVEMBER 1963

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NETHER or not it will bring any corn- VV fort to the men queuing for their un- employment benefit, the idea of a Govern- ment White Paper which recognises the existence of such...

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No. 7065 Established 1828 FRIDAY, NOV EMBER 22, 1963

— Portrait of the Week— SIR ALEC DOUGLAS - HOME survived his first

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Ques- tion Time in the Commons, but harmed his 'man of the people' image by shooting 199 pheasants and 19 partridges on Saturday. With defence costs rising, a whiff of an...

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Opera and Operations

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f IIE performing arts arc among the few pro- ducts or services where the quality is likely to vary in direct proportion to the quantity. The more Shakespeare you can offer up...

Federal Pay-off - T liE Federation of Central Africa is winding

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up with a debt of around £280 million. Its distribution is still being discussed at Victoria Falls by representatives of the Witish and Federal Governments and those of the...

Old Battles

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T tte new outbreak of troubles at Ford is hardly surprising. In the traditional fashion the management prefaced their attempt to intro- duce a new system with an unusually large...

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Political Commentary

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Half-Crossing the Bar By DAVID WATT ON Wednesday morning the members of the Labour Party in Parlia- ment trooped into No. 10 Committee Room of the House of Commons for their...

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The Senate's Vendor

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From MURRAY KEMPTON WASHINGTON It is not by chance that, whereas most major French scandals are about money, the equiva- lent English . ones are about sex.—Malcolm Muggeridge...


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A Spectator's Notebook

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1 xi strange case of Pro- fessor Barghoorn is one of those brief flashes of lightning on the skyline that illuminate the true state of the Cold War. It comes as an invaluable...

Travelling Venus

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General de Gaulle is becoming less intran- sigent these days. At the time of his earlier nuclear arguments with the Americans, he was most reluctant to allow the Mona Lisa to...

Parliament on the Air There is new talk of televising

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the proceed- ings of Parliament. Before the photogenics, non- photogenics, radicals and conservatives do battle again, two points in the general argument should be noted. The...

Annus Mirabilis When Mr. George Brown cried gleefully in the

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Commons on Monday night, 'We're all nationalisers now 1,' in response to Sir Keith Joseph's public land acquisition plans, it showed how confused and Gilbertian British politics...

A Question of Meaning Another aspect of the Barghoorn case

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(one quote from the unfortunate Professor I liked: '1 did not even visit a Soviet home- or speak for more than a few minutes with a member of the opposite sex. That's how...

The New Tycoon A new type of tycoon is appearing.

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The latest example is forty-two-year-old Mr. Joe Hyman, head of the Viyella group that just made a £10 million bid for the Van Heusen shirt empire. 1 am told that Mr. Hyman is...

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Last Acts of Apartheid

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HE South African revolution has been 1 announced so often and by so many false prophets that many wise observers have con- cluded that, like the proverbial wolf, it is no more...

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Confessions of a Prude

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FOSTER By JOHN T HEY say that to get a girl you have to be indifferent, stern, even ruthless, because once she knows you may be interested in her, you might as well give up all...

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The Spilt Society-3

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CYNICISM UNDER THE TORIES By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT T may seem strange that the overwhelming I vote for socialism which. the Labour Party secured in 1945 should have been followed...

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% lb Letters Below the Bread Line F. O'Hanlon,

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Mrs. R. Howard, A. C. Palmer Half an Oaf L. E. Weidberg Lawyers' Loot 'Another City Solicitor' Not Li nco l n William Squire 'Scrutiny' C. B. Cox. W. M. Tydentan Readings in...

SIR,—Mr. E. T. Brown describes in his letter (Spectator, November

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15) how a widow's weekly allowance from the Board was withdraWn when she left her owner-occupied house to live with relatives. The value of an owner-occupied house is ignored...

SIR, - 1 am very glad that Mr. O'Hanlon (Hon. Secretary of

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the Old Age Non-Pensioners' Associa- tion), has shown up the injustices of the present system of pensions in his letter to the Spectator. I have two older sisters, whose...

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SIR, — The Lincoln 'quotation' in H. C. Beere's letter (October 11) is not authentic. There is a considerable amount of literature of this type, much of which was fabricated...

HALF AN OAF SIR,—As a member of the audience at

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a meeting in Lincoln's Inn Fields on November 8, 1 drew the attention of Mr. Ratcliffe (the regular Conservative speaker there on Fridays) to the article by David Watt a couple...


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SIR,—Alan Brien had a legjtimate point to make against Dr. C. S. Lewis. It is a pity he had his after- thought in which he goes for Dr. Lewis for his use of the word...


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SIR,—One cannot let Mr. Carter have absolutely the last word on this vexed topic of legal fees., It just is not true that a purchaser gets 'nothing, abso- lutely nothing' for...

Sta r -May I (for one) venture to hope that, having

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recently devoted a generous portion of your space to the question of whether or not Sir Winston Churchill ever wears pyjamas, you will resist pub- , lishing similar speculations...

SIR,—My point about Dr. Leavis's seminars was that they were

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both eccentric and brilliant. I cer- tainly thought he was wearing a dressing-gown. If in fact he had on an overcoat over an open neck, then I was wrung. But it never occurred...

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Heads and Tale.)

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By DAVID PRYCE-JONES Poor Bitos. (Arts Theatre.) —The Gentle Ava- lanche. (Royal Court.) Pocahontas. (Lyric.) The Muffled Report. (Establishment.) Bitos is one of those people...

Not Proven

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By ISABEL QUIGLY The Trial. (Cameo-Poly.) —The Victors. (Leicester Square Theatre.) (Both 'X' certificate.) Perkins apart (and he is really a disaster, a youth with such...

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Mersey Soundings

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Just over one hundred paintings, selected out of 2,500 by Coldstream, Lanyon and Ronald Alley, are designed to deliver an impact that might strike international fanciers. The...

Bad Form

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Consider Fidelio. It stems almost incredible how many critics have fallen foul of the form of this work—until you realise that they are looking at it from the point of view of...

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Writers at the Barricades By LEONARD SCHAPIRO • I T is sometimes difficult for us, who live in a state of tolerance and variety of opinion, to read many of the products of...

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Speaking of Love

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People talk ceaselessly of love, Looking for reasons, looking for proof. Analysing, dissecting, slicing it thin, Nailing it with words, curing it like bacon. But, if music's...

Rebel Aristocrat

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Ottoline : The Early Memoirs of Lady Ottoline Morrell. Edited with an introduction by Robert Gathorne-Hardy. (Faber, 45s.) THE fashion of the moment requires the aspiring young...

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Whale on the Strand

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Anzio : The Gamble That Failed. By Martin Blurnenson. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 25s.) DESPITE an only fairly well restrained inclination to make German generals give a low...

Best of Saki

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AT first it seems incongruous. The early work of H. H. Munro (Saki)—the monologues of Reginald—entertain in a mild, mannered sort of way. They belong to those satirists who...

Explorers and Exploiters

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RECENT interest in the characters and achieve- ments of the great Victorian scholar-explorers, although belated, is very welcome. Mr. Farwell's biography of Sir Richard Burton,...

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Death in the Lobby

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Denis Gray. (Man- WHAT Prime Minister looked like Robespierre, predicted that the world would end in 1926, and wished to make adultery a criminal offence? The question would,...

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Living for Kicks

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ALL good sleuths are supermen, but some are more magical than others. There are the strong silent men who snarl into action when deeply roused. There are the bold, brave,...

Masters of Pastiche

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William Faulkner : Early Prose and Poetry. (Calder, 25s.) Father's Gone to War and Mother's Gone to (Deutsch, 16s.) THE juvenilia of any writer are always likely to be...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY M R. JOHN BEDFORD, chairman of Deben- hams, the fashion house and departmental stores group, tells shareholders that it is the group's policy to extend facilities...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE idea that the Bank of England would put up Bank rate the first week that the Prime Minister appeared in the House of Commons was not taken too seriously by the...

Fire !

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IT was no ordinary whiff of grapeshot that gave Amritsar—the pool of nectar—its horrid name. The 1,600 rounds of .303 fired on April 13, 1919, on General Dyer's orders, into an...

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Pride . . •

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By MARY HOLLAND 'IF a doctor's got 3,000 patients on his back, it's not medicine he's prac- tising, it's witchcraft. In fact, that's exactly what I was doing before I came...

Consuming Interest

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. . . and Prejudice By LESLIE ADRIAN No wonder that .ordinary families treated their doctor as a combination of godfather, lay preacher and magician, and queued humbly and...

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By ALAN BRIEN SCATTERED about my office are pieces of paper torn from a pad—on one side a word, on the other a de- finition. Mostly the words are -isms such as Arian- ism,...