23 OCTOBER 1959

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Portrait of the Week— THE NEW PARLIAMENT reassembled and, the

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Government having refused to consider any Labour candidate other than Sir Frank, and Sir Frank having declined, elected as its new Speaker Sir Harry. Mr. Douglas Jay began the...


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MHE country's radical mood, the Spectator sug- WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? Researching for his book on the Middle East (to be published next year by Hutchin- sons), Erskine B....

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No. 6852 Established 1828 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1959

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The Young Don't Care

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN I T is rather sad thnt Beethoven's place of birth should hay e the odd distinction of providing some of the .\\ orst performances of his works it has...

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Westminster Commentary

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The Lost Follower BY the time my carriage turned into Whitehall, the crowds had become so thick, and had en- croached (despite the efforts of the police cordon) so far on to...

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NOW THAT THERE is a new Colonial Secretary and a

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new Governor of Kenya I hope we shall hear of a happy ending to the story of Mr. Lalji Devraj of Nairobi, a law-abiding and industrious young Indian who has twice been...

A Spectator's Notebook

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WHY IS 1T—one of our correspondents asks this week—that so

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many doctors act as if their patient automatically loses his intelligence with his physical health? And why is it, 1 am tempted to add, that so many doctors lose their own...

I CRITICISED the Lord Chief Justice recently for some of

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his pronouncements in Canada; and subsequently he made other speeches there which were even more ill-advised—including one which suggested that 'exemplary' sentences are occa-...

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A FRIEND OF MINE Who lives in Westminster was recently

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woken after I a.m. by sounds of a fight going on under her window, Fired by the posters saying 'Don't look the other way—your suspicions could prevent a crime,' she resisted...

BY WAY OF CONTRAST, I wish the public (and the

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Dr. Meyrick discusses the advantages of an appointments system for attendances at his sur- gery; he surveys the difficulties (even the patients tended to dislike the idea at...

A Task for Mr. Sandys

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By OLIVER STEWART He can cure the ills that have plagued and enfeebled British aviation since the war and can set it to work on the job for which it is ideally suited : that of...

'IN A DECENT WORLD,' Mr. Justice Elwes said at Durham

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Assizes this week, 'an adolescent would not be prosecuted on a criminal charge arising out of a sexual offence. He would be handed over to some intelligent sympathetic person...

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Come Here Till I Tell You

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The Chocolate Civilian • By PATRICK CAMPBELL W HEN a fellow is faced by armed men it's my honest opinion that he should have his mother around, if the situation is not to...

Domestic Occasion

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By ROBERT ROBINSON l T was a Sunday morning in St. John's Wood, and outside Mr. Stephen Spender's house in Loudon Road stood two vans and a car. The Producer, his Secretary,...

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The Reason Why

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By MAURICE GOLDSMITH W e know less about the floor of the ocean than we do about the surface of the moon. There are detailed maps of the heavens, but the sea depths have so far...

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Reserve Teams By ALAN BRIEN Make Me An Offer. (Stratford, East.) — The Importance of Being Earnest. (Old Vic.)— The Edwardians. (Saville.)— Man On Trial. (Lyric, Ham-...


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Via Euston By SIMON HODGSON 1 r may be that critics get tired of the same old truths. It is certain that, in inventing newer and newer descriptive words, newer and newer tags...

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In Defence of Bernstein By DAVID CAIRNS I do not deny that there is a great deal to be said against Bernstein's treatment of the two works; but I would be happier if I could...

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Upstairs and Downstairs By ISABEL QUIGLY North by Northwest. (Empire.) --Summer Interlude. (Paris- Pullman.) THE Hitchcock guarantee is one of the most foolproof things in an...


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The Fratricide Squads By CLIVE BARNES The Antigone legend is given almost intact, with that gnarled Theban family tree in full and tortuous flower. The death of Father...

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Links Lord Beveridge

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Rev. Herbert R. Barton, S. Knox Cunningham, MP L. F. G. Anthony Henry Durant Beverley Cross Mrs. Winifred Cummings Bomb T. Crowe F. S. Black, D. I. Davies Naomi Mitchison Frank...

SIR,--Mr. Ludovic Kennedy has mistaken the nature of Mr. J.

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E. S. Simon's article. It was not to prophesy the result of the election or of the contest in indi' vidual marginal seats—he was obviously content to leave that to others,...

SIR,—Does not the result of the General Election look like

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a victory for materialism? 'I will pull down my barns, and build greater and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul , Soul thou hast much...

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SIR,—`A Spectator's Notebook,' in the edition of October 16, states

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that Sinn Fein is 'still the fourth, largest party' in Britain following the election results.' This is, however, not true. Plaid Cymru obtained' a total of 77,571 votes in...

GONE MORE RIVER' SIR,—Alan Brien's grumpy notice of my play

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One More River echoes the wails and accusations of a few of his fellow-critics. He damns it for being a Tory play with a Tory moral, and for using the same ingredients mixed in...

THE SCIENTISTS AND THE BOMB SIR,—Rudolf Peierls in his article

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discussed the fac- tors that influenced the authorities causing them to drop two atomic bombs on large cities, and he finds it difficult to condone such extreme action. He has,...


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SIR,—When Mr. Dickson Wright says he is 'a great believer in carrying the patient along in ignorance' he surely only shows his own ignorance: As to it being 'an impertinence...

THE SINN FEIN VOTE SIR,—As an Ulsterman I was interested

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in the drop in the Sinn Fein vote in Northern Ireland in the recent election and I agree with Pharos's interpre- tation up to a point. I think another strong factor was the...

CIVILISATION BAR SIR,—In your issue of October 2, Grace Scott

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contri- buted an article on the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. In it she referred to an alleged incident at an hotel in Southern Rhodesia when Mr. Wellington Chirwa, a...

IMAGES SIR,—Even Taper, of all people, is stuck for a

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word. He uses 'image' three times, only to be beaten at the post by Dick Crossman, who elsewhere uses it four. Francis Williams runs into second place with two and Malcolm...

PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SIR,—Mr. Brian Inglis, introduced on ITV as

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editor of the Spectator, assessed for the benefit of his TV audience the performance of opinion polls in the past election. No one minds serious, informed comment. In fact, it...

SIR,—Why should not the Labour Councillors refuse to go to

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lunch with the man who had publicly insulted their convictions? As I am a County Councillor myself I would be glad of guidance. Could they have cut (a) tea or (1)) cocktails?...

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The Facts of Fiction By JOHN COLEMAN 'Why do modern novelists dish out so much sex? Why have they always got everybody in the sack?' 'Maybe they don't know the facts of...

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Come to Dust

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Arabian Sands. By Wilfred Thesiger. (Longmans, 35s.) IT is a commonplace that those who choose to wander in strange places have ample motive in what they leave behind them on...

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Imaginative Climb

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The Last Blue Mountain. By Ralph Barker. (Chatto and Windus, 21s.) THIS is the story of the disastrous Oxford Univer- sity expedition to climb Haramosh in the Kara- koram, which...

Wild Country

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'ON the morning of the 10th of November, 1835, found myself off the coast of Galicia, whose lofty mountains, gilded by the rising sun, pre- sented a magnificent appearance. I...

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Negro States

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Old Africa Rediscovered. By Basil Davids0 (G ollancz, 25s.) MR. DAVIDSON'S 'Old Africa' consists mainly various `civilisations' that flourished in the and south-east of the...

Moby Jack

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The Identity of Jack the Ripper. By Donald McCormick. (Jarrolds, 18s.) THE scholarship of murder has grown to be a specialised industry in the twentieth century....

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Adam's Image

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Free Fall. By William Golding. (Faber, 15s.) MR. GOI.DING will never do anything easy. In his first three novels there are skeletal parables, but with each book the telling...

Spanish and English Armadas

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The Defeat of the Spanish Armada. By Garrett Mattingly. (Jonathan Cape, 25s.) THE defeat of the Spanish Armada is central to English historical mythology. Elizabethan propa-...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Old-fashioned ideas about ordinary shares were swept away long ago. It is fifteen months since the average yield on equities fell below the yield on...

Lots of Love

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And the Bridge is Love. By Alma Mahler Werfel. (Hutchinson, 25s.) Wttsr's in a name? More than one would think. The average English reader can hardly be expected to feel a...

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From Our Industrial Correspondent W HATEVER the results of the investigation which the Labour Party is making into its electoral failure, it is safe to say that a substantial...


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By CUSTOS Fr HE stock markets became much more interest- ". ing this week. Discrimination reappeared— after the first mad rush to buy. A welcome feature was the rise in the...

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Boys in a Tight Spot By KATHARINE WHITEHORN THREE magistrates faced three boys across the dark boards of the Juvenile Court. The boys, tow- headed angels of different sizes,...


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S HAREHOLDERS in Debenhams will be pleased to hear that a one-for-ten rights issue is to be made at 20s. This was quite unexpected, although a small increase in the forecast...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Boys at a Loose End ye e. tri Or By MILES HOWARD 'How to cure those Stevenage Blues?' the newspaper headline ran—so I thought I was going to hear about some aspect of the...


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ACROSS I Melodious sales talk ? (12) 9 So a dull reel might be distin- guished (9) 10 Extracts from The 7'imes? (5) 11 They are at the receiving end! (6) 12 Is a tenet...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1058 ACROSS.—I Claimant. 5 Assist. 9 Regis-

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ter. 10 Benoit. 12 Errors. 13 Palliser. 15 Ploughshares. 18 Bellows-maker. 23 Over- turn. 24 Cygnet. 26 Violin. 27 Revising. 28 Dekker. 29 Crumpled. DOWN.-1 Curvet. 2 Angers, 3...

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onsuming Interest

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For Pictures and Pills By LESLIE ADRIAN WHEN I recently discovered that picture frames three inches and over in width are free of the 25 per cent. tax which must he paid on...

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Wine of the Week

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1 CANNOT understand the curr prejudice against sweet white win True, I couldn't drink them with fi but then I wouldn't drink a dry wh burgundy with a luscious, juicy p or a...