23 DECEMBER 1966

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Age of Unreason

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AT A T Christmas, as the dustmen claim their bribe and the carol-singers swing their polythene Oxfam boxes, we do our best to think of others, especially over- seas, less...

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End of Term Report on the Cabinet

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POLIT1C.4L COMMENTARY By ALAN WATKINS BOTTOMLEY, A. G. Arthur tries hard, and his elocution lessons are going well. BROWN, G. A. Another year of ups and downs. George, if he...

Publicity for Poets

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'Poets should not be mocked.'—Maurice Richard- son in the 'Observer.' Poets agree with one accord They simply hate to be ignored. They rack their brains devising ways By...

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The Real Prison Scandal

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MITCHELL By GILES PLAYFAIR The vital question arises, though, of whether Mitchell should ever have been sent to Dart- moor, where there is no sort of psychiatric ser- vice...

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The Birth of Newspeak

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THE PRESS By DONALD McLACHLAN T SHALL follow Fleet Street's example over 'Christmas and take a few days' rest from the troubles of the Guardian and of Lord Thomson's evening...

A Queen and her Servant

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AMERICA From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK I r is both ironic and di ffi cult to remember that in March of 1964 Attorney-General Robert F. Kennedy announced that the heirs of John...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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T m prospect of women priests in the Church of England is enough to shake the apathy even of those one-day-a-year Christians who will be crowding the hospitable Anglican...

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Which Doctor?

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MEDICINE TODAY By JOHN ROWAN WILSON (NNE of the more encouraging features of kjpresent-day life is the increasing volume of advice available to consumers. Quite apart from the...

White Paper Christmas

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TELEVISION By STUART HOOD The Corporation's greatest victory is that it will have control of the national music pro- gramme, which will carry no advertising. If any...

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Home Thoughts from Abroad

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From RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL NEW YORK Here in New York I am no more intoxicated by the glowing Christmas trees on Park Avenue than I would be by the garish illuminations of...

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A Christmas Sermon

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By AUBERON WAUGH I is not hard to see why most grown-ups detest 'Christmas nowadays. It is expensive and tawdry, a time for self-deception and false senti- ment. It is a...

rbe %pcctator

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December 22, 1866 Our New York Correspondent demonstrated last week, to his own complete satisfaction, that the dread of any contact between the white and black races is strong...

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Socket's Expedition

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By LORD EGREMONT My ancestor was a bookish man. He ought to have been happy in the Tower. But he wasn't. Despite the fact that he wasn't an out-of-doors man, he longed for the...

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An Aptitude Test for Christmas

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AFTERTHOUGHT By JOHN WELLS R EADERS are invited to study the following paragraphs, and to immerse themselves imaginatively in the given situations before reach- ing their...

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Essays After Tea

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Sm,—The tone of Mr Patrick Anderson's review of Virginia Woolf's Essays (November 11) appears to be one of regret at her 'failure in scholarship' and neg- lect of 'familiar...

Hospital Breakdown SIR,—To one living at the end of the

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earth, the SPEC- TATOR is something other than a weekly newspaper. Six weeks or more pass before it arrives. By then, prophecies have been fulfilled or forgotten, gambles lost...

The Empire of Make-Believe ME'rirEn5 911 UNE - E From: Kenneth

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Lewis, MP, S. W. Routledge, W. McL. Thomson. E. GOnensay, Angus Hone, Barbara Aspeling, Henry Adler, Bernard Donoughue and G. W. Jones, Mrs Franya Godby. Sta.—Your leader...

Germany's Right SIR,—Whilst concurring with your findings that the National

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Democratic party (NDP) merely succeeded in garnering the traditional right-wing vote in the recent Land elections, and that its neo-Nazi ten- dencies have been unduly...

Sul,—One wonders how Professor Bauer in his reply to Professor

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Streeten and Mr Hill (December 2) manages to extract 'extensive confiscation' from Dr Balogh's advocacy of 'some sort of universal national service for labour-intensive rural...

Dr Balogh and the Third World

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Sur,—Messrs Streeten and Hill's latest letter (Decem- ber 16) raises a major issue. Their lighthearted equation of military operations and economic activity is the more...

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Damned Dots

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Sta,—If Mr Callaghan really believes that the average housewife will get used to the new decimal coinage in six weeks, he is like the queen in Through the Looking Glass, who...

Theatre in Crisis

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SIR,—Mrs Spurling might have considered the rela- tionship between the commercial and the so-called repertory companies the other way round. So far from the commercial theatres...

Lord Morris' on of Lambeth

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Snt,—We have been asked by the literary executors Of the late Lord Morrison of Lambeth to write his official biography. We would be extremely grateful if readers of the...

Queen Victoria Was Here

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OPERA By CHARLES REID No French book had been printed for the occasion; one has to go to the Choudens score to get some idea of what's going to be sung. In the lobby you can...

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Two Middle Brows On Approval. (St Martin's.) — Royal Hunt of the Sun. (Old Vic.) — The Lion and the Jewel. (Royal Court.) O NE thing I had no room to mention last week is the...


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ART In Ironside's painting, as well as in the stan- dards embodied in his writing, we do not get much further than the eighteenth century, though a modern awareness gave a...

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No Short Answer

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CINEMA D URING the last few weeks, sighting shots have been fired in what promises to be a long war. On one side stands the film establishment, im- perturbable as ever, drawn up...

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Dickens Loud and Clear

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By ANTHONY BURGESS I the age of Levi-Strauss and the British 'Humanists, Christmas becomes an increasing embarrassment. Indifference to the feast is im- possible, and so the...

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Early Years

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This short, unsentimental account of the author's early years, 1920-29, deserves a wide audience. It is set ha a Norwood still close to the open country for which his...

Plus ca Change

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From Sarajevo to Potsdam. By A. J. P. Taylor. (Thames and Hudson, 35s.) IN his introduction to this, the latest volume in Geoffrey Barraclough's 'Library of European...

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What a Big Book

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WIIAT a nice book, what a lovely book, what a beautiful book, what a BIG book! What kind of a book? Why a PICTURE book—for Christmas, of course, to match the carols, the...

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Detective Story

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REASSESSMENT By PATRICK ANDERSON w ILKIE COLLINS'S The Moonstone,* the story of the theft of an already stolen diamond from a young girl on whom it has been bestowed with...

More Equal than Others

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Classical Greece. By C. M. Bowra. (Time-Life Books, 36s.) The Emergence of Greek Democracy: The Character of Greek Politics, 800-400 B.C. By W. G. Forrest. (World University...

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Site Seers

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SIGHTS, in the packaged-tour sense, lie all over the place. Sites, by contrast, imply a nexus, a link with time. In AD 66 the Masada story was graphically reported by Josephus,...

The Great Game

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`MAFrick, v.i. Exult riotously (f. Mafeking, relief of which in 1900 was celebrated extravagantly in London, etc.).' 'Extravagantly,' Brian Gardner would agree, is the very...

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Second Thoughts on Decimalisation

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moma.” n On 7 By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT • much as the old penny will confuse every house- wife in the land—even those in the stock- broker belt. To mint it in bronze (plain edge)—...

Market Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE fall in the Treasury bill rate to f6 12s. 6d. per cent and the rise in the American bond market have helped to bring about a recovery in Government bonds. The...

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Port Types

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CONSUMING INTEREST By LESLIE ADRIAN IF ever a wine was con- trived, that wine is port, and a lot of damage has been done to its reputation over the years as a con- sequence....

Ups and Downs

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By JOHN BULL E -1 EW can look back this Christmas on a success- "- ful Stock Exchange year. If you have kept breast of the prospects for lead and zinc then you might have made...

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The Boredom-Count

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D. PIM By STRIX Youth, in retrospect, seems to have been full of raptures and discoveries; one forgets how much of it was permeated by boredom. At first escape was possible,...

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CHESS by Philidor

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No. 3 1 4. From ' Bonus Socius' MS. circa 1300 WHITE to play and mate in five moves; the oldest known pr oblem of its kind; , . solution next week. Solution to No. 313...

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ACROSS Great Scott, what charm he had! (8) 5. Big Tam gets a move on board (6) 9. 'Ali! let me make this lute -' (Watson) (8) so. Love, sir, is for a divinity (6) 12. Spenser's...


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ACROSS.--x Scribes. 5 Moonlit. 9 Authors. so Shingle. ri Pocahontas. 12 Star. 53 Pen. 14 Redgauntlet. x7 Freebooters. 19 Vic. 20 Puck. 22 Disc-jockey. 26 Floruit. 27 Arizona 28...