23 MAY 1958

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—Portrait of the Week— O VERSHADOWING everything else in the past

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week has been the crisis in the Fourth Republic. (The cartoonist in the Daily Mail aPpears to • be under the impression that it is the Thud Republic.) And overshadowing the...

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1958

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• D ESPITE the damping effect of General de Gaulle's press conference on a highly in- flammable situation, the French crisis still looks threatening and its issue obscure. It is...

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A Republic in Chancery

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By DARSIE GILLIE Tut Popular Front Chamber of 1936 began by putting M. Leon Blum in power at the head of a Socialist and Radical coalition with Communist support. It ended by...

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Westminster Commentary

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As the London bus strike moves peacefully (more or less) towards its close, it had better be recorded that when I checked the cars of Members of Parliament in New Palace Yard...

The Risks of Provocation

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B y MICHAEL ADAMS A A s the Lebanon is the one Arab country which accepted without equivocation the Eisen- hower Doctrine, it has come to be regarded by the Americans as the one...

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I SEE SOME COMMENTATORS have been surprised and hurt at

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the big increase in the pro-Communist party's vote in the Greek elections. Surely the explanation is simple : the Greeks were told all about the kindly treatment of their...

AROUND 40,000 GREEKS, however, remained in Georgia, and eventually the

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decision was taken that they should not be denied the benefits their fellow-countrymen from the Crimea had received. On June 14, 1949, the entire Greek population of the...

A Spectator's Notebook

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A VICTORY FOR COMMON SENSE-Or a surrender to expediency? The settle- ment of the rail dispute, with its implied promise of settlements on similar lines in other disputes to...

THE ALLEGATIONS in the Medical Press that a man who

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murdered three women was reprieved each time have had a lot of publicity, but so far as I can see there is no truth in them whatever. One man was three times convicted of...

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FROM THE Air Ministry News Letter, May 23, 1958: A

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cloak, made of Venetian cloth, sleeveless, lined with scarlet and having four gilt buttons and a neck fastening bearing the RAF badge has been introduced for optional wear by...

Threatened Palladium

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By D. W. BROGAN I T is just twenty-one years since the 'reform' or `packing' of the United States Supreme Court by Franklin D. Roosevelt became obviously a lost cause. Only a...

DM I DETECT a note of acerbity in the voices

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of the old-established BBC 'Critics,' sparring last Sunday with a newcomer to the panel—John Barber? Mr. Barber is the theatre critic of the Daily Express. It is only recently...

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Mr. Dooley in Paris

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By DONAT O'DONNELL . SEE be the pa-apers,' said Mr. Dooley, 'that I me frind Gin'ral de Gaulle has spoken out.' 'An' what did he say?' said Mr. Hennessy. 'He said he wud be...

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The Privacy of the Individual By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL r

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OR centuries enlightened and public-spirited men and women have fought for the liberty of the citizen against governments. The main battlefields for this continuing fight have...

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No Nonsense

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By STRIX T RECOGNISED the writing as that of an old friend. 'The envelope contained a small, well-made luggage-label. It had a craftsmanlike, rather obsolete appearance and...

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• MAY 25, 1833 Mr. HARVEY moved on Tuesday for certain returns to illustrate the secret history of the Pension-list. The names of the recipients of the public money are ,...

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Dissenter IN PARIS the popular newspapers • with photographs of short-skirted, were still filling their front pages low-necklined vedettes—all white- As always in a crisis,...


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Actors as Heroes By ALAN BRIEN WHAT happens off-stage at the Moscow Arts Theatre is sometimes even more astonishing than what happens on-stage. In Uncle Vanya „, there is a...

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Attention to Detail By JOHN BR AINE TB is not hereditary. No doctor would refuse to let a husband beget a child by AIH because he had TB; and never under any circumstances...


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Sophisticated Innocence By BASIL TAYLOR FOR 200 years or so artists have been seeking to discover or create emblems of innocence, of un- sophisticated responses, of the natural...

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Consuming Interest

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Textile Design By LESLIE ADRIAN The success of one old-established Scottish textile firm, who were prepared to scrap many of their old techniques and give more thought to good...


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Broadway Waif By ISABEL QUIGLY Stage Struck. (Odeon, Leicester Square.) ANYONE who remembers the stark- I ness of Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men, a film made without the smallest...

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A Doctor's Journal

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The Mesmerisers By .MILES HOWARD 'Tr HE other night at a party I heard a well- I known figure in industry described as a mesmeriser. The man who said this was himself doing...

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SIR,—Mr. Blackham, when he says that this country because of

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the 'Suez venture' is not entitled to criticise other countries, employs the very argument used by the pro-Nazis in the Thirties. Nevertheless, many of us would agree with him...

SIR, — The readers of the Spectator know that Editor, Spectator, ought

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to be Prime Minister; Taper, Chief Whip; and Bernard Levin, Lord Chief Justice. The tragedy is, of course, that not enough people know this. Cannot, then, this formidable...

Letters to the Editor

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Th e Failure of President Benes D. Sinor Brother Sava g e Rev. Herbert R. Barton, Peter Rawlinson, MP, Graham Greene The Golden Nazi Brian Glanville, Frances Blackett Privile...


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SIR,—There is nothing remotely objective about Mr. Blackham's criticism of Isabel Quigly's attack on the film The Young Lions. So much is evident from his monstrous assertion...


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Sin,—If it may well be concluded that the chief Moral function of the English man of letters is to deliver his fellows from barbarism, then Mr. Levin's d iscriminating analysis...

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SIR,—One is inclined to write letters after a good meal,

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and after a good meal one has the desire to carry an idea a little farther. Mr. Levin's interesting article for me supported by implication the belief I have always , held—that...

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S1R,—Mr. Cicero T. Ritchie really ought to brush up on his distinguished namesake. The old Republi - can (no elephant) may have been vain enough to fancy himself a second...

SIR,—In discussing the now historic Levin-Ritchie feud let us not

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overlook the salient fact: that this book was published, and in three English-speaking countries at that. When I think of the torrential flood of titles un- leashed each year...


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SIR, On behalf of Dr. H. W. Bahr (Editor of the Universitas, Tubingen) I am collecting English material for his sequel to his book, Kriegs•briefe gefalletter deutscher...


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SLR,—Mr. Karl Miller objects to the Marlowe Society's use of 'the Dover Wilson edition, with its learned meddlings.' There are many readings in the New Shakespeare text which...


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SIR,—You lead off in your article 'Privileged Classes' with the assertion that the Observer and the Man- chester Guardian seem to have misunderstood the Strauss privilege case....


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SIR,—I feel impelled to thank you for giving pub - licity to Pharos's common-sense notes on the polio panic which has been so painstakingly inoculated into the minds of the...

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A Sense of Movements BY THOM GUNN T HE British Council pamphlets range from serious and thorough critical essays to rather sweeping 'introductions' which sometimes appear...

Back to the Thirties ?

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(Marching Song for the Pilgrimage) Years when the struggle was decent, when the Individual, The Intellectual, talked continually like back-seat drivers, Expressed at conventions...

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Learned Rancour

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WHAT a subject! Human nature as putrescent as carrion! Generations of dons, either blinded with religious bigotry, corroded with envy, enraged by frustration or place-seeking,...

Studies in Oppression

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The Stories of Sean O'Fnolain. (Hart - Davis, 21s.) Exile and the Kingdom. Stories by Albert Camus. Translated from the French by Justin O'Brien. (Hamish Hamilton, 13s. 6d.) MR....

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Post-War Obsession

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Documents on British Foreign Policy, 1919-1939. Edited by E. L. Woodward and Rohan Butler. Second Series. Vol. VII. 1929-1934. (H.M.S.O., 85s.) THis collection of Foreign Office...

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Shaun on Shem

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My Brother's Keeper. By Stanislaus Joyce. Edited by Richard Ellmann, with a preface by T. S. Eliot. (Faber, 25s.) JAMES JOYCE'S relationship with his younger brother Stanislaus...

In and Out of Prison

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John Howard: Prison Reformer. By D. L. Howard. (Johnson, 18s.) Teach Them to Live. By Frances Banks. (Ma% Parrish,.30s.) 'WHOEVER thou art,' his tombstone inscription told the...

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Good Examples

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Arnhem. By Major-General R. E. Urquhart, with Wilfred Greatorex. (Cassell, 21s.) Zeebrugge. By Barrie Pitt. (Cassell, 18s.) THE action of General Urquhart's 1st Airborne...

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All This Franticness On the Road. By Jack Kcrouac. (Andre Deutsch, 15s.) IN this country the received idea at present is that writers should stay at home and cultivate their...

A Kind of Truth

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Schubert: Memoirs by his Friends. Collected and edited by Otto Erich Deutsch. (Black, 70s.) MR. BROWN prefaces his book with a reproduction of Dialer's noble memorial bust of...

THE Marlowe Society of 'Cambridge are recording the complete text

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of Shakespeare in association witl the British Council, not the Arts Council as report(( in last week's Spectator.

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IN the Budget debate Mr. Heath- coat Amory probably raised a muffled cheer when he expressed his 'strong' opinion that the time had arrived for another...

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By CUSTOS T HE faith of investors does not appear to be easily shaken. The alarming internatio n al news has, of course, depressed the security mar' kets, but continuing faith...

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T E LEPHONE RENTALS are well known in factories and business houses for their inter- nal telephone installations and broadcasting !Ystems. The Company is also responsible for...

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ACROSS. - 1 Ribston. 5 Seagull. 9 Glazing. 10 Agonist. 11 Take to task. 12 Wens. 13 Spa. 14 Emerald Isle. 17 Bell-founder. 19 Tot. 20 Rats. 22 Black- stone. 26 Embrace. 27...


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ACROSS 1 How to preserve a literary traveller finally (6). 4 Let's have a round of cards played gradually (8). 9 Otherwise a friend gives the word (6). 10 Constance is a...

Old bells often carry an inscription telling so thing of

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their history-as, for example: All you of Bath that hear me sound Thank Lady Hopton's hundred pound. Competitors are invited to suggest similar ye (couplets or quatrains)...

Lactic Lyrics

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 429: Report by D. R. Peddy Competitors were invited to compose a Milk-Drinking Song for singing by an Englist Scottish, Welsh, Irish, American or...


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By PHILIDOR No. 154. A. BOTTACCHI (2nd Prize, 'lllustrazione Italiana', 1921) BLACK (5 men) WIIITE (11 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution week. Solution to...