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Mr Crossman's Wheeze

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I T was, without doubt, a clever wheeze of Mr Crossman's. The sudden discovery that the wage freeze imposed at the behest of the international bankers and in the teeth of trade...

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Time for Jo to Go?

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY By ALAN WATKINS A T the press party given by the Liberals A earlier this week Mr George Kiloh (which is pronounCed to rhyme with 'silo') was clearly...

The Greatest

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The business end of Cassius Clay Is much concerned with higher pay. For, if they don't see crack for crack, The public wants its money back. So profitable fights, he's found,...

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The Power of the Establishment

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AMERICA From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK A_ [CHARD NIXON departed last week on a trip which will take him 23,000 miles and engage his voice on the side of no fewer than sixty-one...

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Out of the Laager?

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SOUTH AFRICA From STANLEY UYS It is interesting to seek an explanation for this unexpected sympathy. Obviously, it is due partly to the shocked reaction to Dr Verwoerd's...

Wrong Stick

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CRIME By GILES PLAYFAIR 'You have got to have a deterrent,' the assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers Associa- tion has been quoted as saying, . . because the...

If you keep the Spectator

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after ypu have read it each week, you may like .to know that a comprehenseive index to it is published twice a year. The index costs 7s. 6d, each issue, and that for the six...

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Warren in the Dock

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WHO KILLED KENNEDY? By R. A. CLINE W E had all hoped that the Warren Commis- sion had settled everything about President Kennedy's assassination. It was a legitimate hope. It...

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Spectator's Notebook

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The Afro-Asian bloc went into the conference with two objectives : to destroy the Anglo- Rhodesian talks and to persuade Britain to use force and/or full United Nations...

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Obelisk Season

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TELEVISION By STUART 11001) T HROUGHOUT the summer the pages of the Radio Times are spattered with discreet obelisks signifying, if you read the small print, 'repeat...

The Decay of Contract

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MORALS By SIMON RAVEN W HEN I was very young, a worldly don supplied me with certain basic rules of conduct. One must never, he said, give bad cheques to tarts, because they...

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Executive Check-up

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MEDICINE TODAY By JOHN ROWAN WILSON T HERE are few ideas in medicine which seem so plausible, and yet are so beset with difficul- ties, as the notion of a 'routine medical...

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No Room for Compromise PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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By LOGIE BRUCE LOCKHART T HE finest education in the world could shortly be wrapped up in that sinister phrase 'inte- gration with the state system' and buried in the name of...

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Snow Falls on Uncle Herbert

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AFTERTHOUGHT By JOHN WELLS MANY readers will have been delighted by Lord Snow of Leicester's mas- terly vignette of H. G. Wells in this week's Sun- day Telegraph. It is, we...

The Office Boys

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THE PRESS By DONALD McLACHLAN W ILL George Brown have better fortune with his declaration of independence as Foreign Secretary than he had, as Minister of Economic Affairs,...

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Victory for Nosey Parker

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L- RLS D From: J. R. Scott, Alan Williams. Alan Wood and Pete• Henry, Sir Halford Reddish. Val Gielgud, Peter Baker, MC, T. 0. L. Llewellin, John Taylor, Jerry Allen, Derek...

SIR, —]s it not about time that Mrs Whitehouse came into

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the open about the true aims of the 'Clean-Up TV Campaign,' or the 'National Viewers' and Lis- teners' Association,' as it is now called, of which she is honorary secretary?...

Down on the Collective Farm

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SIR, —The incidents described in o/haev's novel, From the Life of Fvodor tiazkin. took place, as Mr Szamuely rightly points out, 'in the first post-Stalin years.' Having said...

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September 22.1866 Graphic reporters are the valets of public life; no man is a hero to them; every weak point of character is exposed to derision, every un- guarded utterance...

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The Big Peepshow SIR,—It was fascinating to read that Mr

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Stuart Hood found Mr Lee Kuan Yew's appearance in Twenty- Four Hours 'agile, charming, and tough.' My own memory tells me that Mr Lee's contribu- tion towards solving the...

Death Comes to Berkeley SIR,—Mr Beichman, uncritically following Professor Feuer's

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Atlantic Monthly article on Berkeley, cavalierly announces 'the death of Berkeley.' What annoys me, though, is not so much the hasty obituary (there should be a journalistic law...

In Eastern Seas SIR, -1 should like to correct factual errors

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in Nor- man Sherry's letter (September 16) regarding my work on Conrad. In 'Conrad's River' (Columbia University Forum, 1962) I described the efforts made by men of many...

Men off the Beat SIR,—In your issue dated September 9,

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Mr McLach- lan makes allegations against the Daily Express which I feel you may wish to correct. Mr McLachlan gives his account of Scotland Yard's announcement of the £1,000...

Hospital Breakdown SIR,—Havin g spent three years in varic - Js hospitals, and

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being now in the greatest teaching and surgical hospital in England with a world-wide reputation, I think I can comment on the letters of M. A. R. Free- man and B. L. Alexander...

That £50 Allowance SIR,—Perhaps ironically, absence abroad has delayed this

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note of a, - ,a cciation of the article 'Plea for a Fuss' (September 2). Apart from the fact that the re- strictions appear to violate our IMF obligations, two further points...

The Universe of Hatred SIR, —We can understand and sympathise with

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the rage and grief expressed by Mordecai Richler. It would be as well, however, for us not to forget the treatment of the Aborigines in Australia by the British settlers, the...

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The Royal Way

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StR,—The red sandstone statues of Bantei Srei, which the young Andre Malraux tried unsuccessfully to steal, are in the opinion of many who have seen them (including myself) the...

S*x Behind The Curtain

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SIR,—My attention has only just been drawn to Miss Olga Franklin's letter (August 19). In this she says that in Britain 'the average birth control clinician or nurse does not...

Liberal Inquest

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SIR,--1 have just seen George Scott's review (August 26) of Alan Watkins's new book The Liberal Dilemma. He makes the same mistake as many com- mentators, and I would just like...

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More than Meets the Eye BALLET

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By CLEMENT CRISP 4rTHE art of dancing is for generous hearts I that love it, and for the gentle spirits that have a heaven-sent inclination for it,' wrote Gulielmo Ebreo,...

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Possibly a Mistake

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NEW YORK MET 6A . NEVAli been doss n a subway in mah life, bvt nah I know just how it feels . . .' said a sweetly grotesque little lady encrusted with diamonds who was trying to...

Men and Ladies

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ART T HERE are some fascinating insights in Jim Dine's new show at Robert Fraser's Gallery. An American's bouquet to London, where Dine stayed earlier this year, this latest...


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ACROSS I. Financial statement a debutante may expect to have (6) 4. A step-up from the woodshed on the Presidential path (3-5) 8. Fate of the spinner (8) Daring change for an...

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ARCHITECTURE Mow Cop, of course, did not erupt; and there were no rich Americans. But none the less there is real quality in Britain's nineteenth-century in- dustrial...

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Only Connect

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By M. L. ROSENTHAL P ROFESSOR WILFRED STONE'S new study of E. M. Forster* has been eight years in the making. For some of us, including Mr Forster, who took even longer—twelve...

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Matters of Romance

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Of Other Worlds : Essays and Stories. By C. S. Lewis. Edited by Walter Hooper. (Geoffrey Bles, 16s.) C. S. LEWIS was a good critic, but too lucid, urbane, modest and humorous...

Drang Nach Osten

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The Third Reich and the Arab East. By Lukas Hirszowicz. (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 60s.) SOME of the worst moments for Britain in the Second World War came in the early spring...

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The Larkin Tone

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The North Ship. By Philip Larkin. (Faber, 15s.) I SUPPOSE that, as a general rule, few first volumes of verse stand up in their own right, self-assertive, valuable, memorable....

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Meeting Point

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Squalltalk and mizzle-talk. We dissolve in a weather of words: remaining, our Parchment and deadwood. Talkative Weather of the window writes More musical music, And its cool...

The Twenty Years War

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Vietnam Witness 1953-1966. By Bernard B. Fall. (Pall Mall Press, 50s.) Vietnam Between Two Truces. By Jean Lacouture. (Secker and Warburg, 35s;) Reporting South-East Asia. By...

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The Love Department. By William Trevor. (The Bodley Head, 25s.) A Roman Marriage. By Brian Glanville. (Michael Joseph, 21s.) Beside the Sea. By John Harvey. (Faber, 21s.)...

Strangest Dreams

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Landscape in Concrete. By Jakov Lind. (Methuen, 25s.) JAKOV LIND% preoccupation with the war is readily understandable from a glance at his biography. Born in Vienna in 1927 of...

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It's a Crime

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SECOND World War stories might conceivably be classified as 'dated,' but I liked Jack D. Hunter's second espionage novel The Expendable Spy (Muller, 20s.). An American...

Fighting Instinct

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Tins is a book in the tradition of Charles Darwin's Descent of Man. The general object is, while taking account of all the peculiarities of our species and of its situation, to...

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The Turn in Interest Rates?

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18aRIDAYily It By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT troDENLv—and without any notice in the apopular press—the British long-term rate of *nterest has fallen by about I- per cent. This is a...

CHESS by Philidor

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No. 301. D. Mcbrirvax (Natal Mercury, 195 to 2 p ) lay and ate in three moves; lution next week. olution to No. 300 Mansfield): R - B 8, o threat. z . . . xQP; 2 Kt-K 4. BxB P;...

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Market Notes

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By CUSTOS W ITH BMC putting thousands on short time and with industrial profit margins getting thinner and thinner it is not surprising that equity shares remain in the...

BMC in Trouble

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By JOHN BULL M UCH the most vivid evidence that Mr Wil- son's deflationary measures of last July really have knocked the economy on the head has come from one of Britain's...

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Consumers of the World ...

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CONSUMING INTEREST By PETER GOLDMAN They are scarcely alone in wanting these things. All over the industrial world shoppers are faced with a bewildering variety of...


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Autumn Books One year's subscription to the 'Spectator: f3 15s. (including postage) in the United Kingdoin and Eire. By surface mail to any other country: f3 15s. Orerseas Air...

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Bing and I

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nr WREN By LORD EGREMONT 1 AM an amateur. I come of a long line of dis- tinguished amateurs. Sev- , eral of them were so dis- tinguished and so ama- teurish that they either...