24 FEBRUARY 1961

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The Colonial Secretary, if he sticks to his guns —and it will take an earthquake to unstick him —has got what he wanted; and what he wanted, at this stage, was wise. CO...

— Portrait of the Week

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MR. MACLEOD MADE PUBLIC the Government's plan for a new Northern Rhodesian constitution, and Sir Roy Welensky, announcing his 'total rejection' of it, sprang to arms—or, at any...

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No. 6922 Established 1828

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Barristers and Judges

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W HAT never ceases to surprise . the practi;. tioner,' R. A. Cline writes in his survey of the English Bar on a later page, 'is the amount of ignorance even among educated...

Press Council

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R FADERS of our editorial last week, sharply criticising the Press Council for their be- haviour in the case of the complaint laid by Mr. Bryan Magee against the Times, may Have...

Mischief or Contempt

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T in: tendency of the courts to widen their jurisdiction in Contempt cases (as legally they are within their rights in doing) is a subject we have often referred to in the last...

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Martial Law

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By FRANCISCO SUAREZ MADRID T AKING advantage of the recently established Right of Petition, a group of liberals recently urged the College of Lawyers in Madrid to submit a...

The Macleod Plan

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By HARRY F RANKLIN T HE Lancaster House Conference did not end in deadlock, but in victory for Mr. Iain Macleod and defeat for Sir Roy Welensky. The conference did not even...

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In Defence of the Blackball

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By KENNETH MACKENZIE W ELI. INFORMED sources seem to be agreed that as far as South Africa goes, Mr. Mac- millan has the forthcoming Prime Ministers' conference all sewn' up;...


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Polyanna DAVID CAIRNS Fidelio PATRICK CAMPBELL The Last of the Fairfax Carews and reviews by Frank Kermode, Evelyn Waugh Geoffrey Grigson, L. C. Knights Ludovic Kennedy

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End of an Old Song

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By BRIAN INGLIS `R OUND ROUND me the images of thirty years . . A B. Yeats would have approved the arrangements for the returned Lane pictures in Dublin. As only half of them...

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Extinct Volcano

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By ANTHONY HARTLEY F IVE years ago it would hardly have seemed possible to turn to the Middle East with a sigh of relief. Today, when politics in black Africa are taking on the...

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By R. A. CLINE For a long time now there has been widespread anxiety about the Bar. When the Lord Chief Justice himself, not normally given to any rashly radical tendencies,...

How It Works

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Perhaps the English dual system of barrister and solicitor can best be described by examining its processes in operation. T hese are usually set in motion by the minatory words...

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Anomalies and Anachronisms

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Approval or acquiescence in the present dual system is one thing: acceptance' of its many anachronisms, anomalies and restrictive practices is quite another. The litigant may be...

The Dual System

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There are other curiosities about the dual system. For example, the barrister has this unique characteristic, that he does not enter into a con- tract of service like other...

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Politics and the Bench

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To what extent are political services in this country rewarded by judicial promotion? We have seen that a Member of Parliament enjoys an advantage over his unpolitical...

The Barrister's Viewpoint

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These are a few of the features of our system which the man in the street will conic across if he is unlucky enough to become a litigant, and with the increase in the sheer...

Restrictive Practices

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A more serious anomaly for which it is diffi- cult to find any defence is the circuit system. England and Wales.: are divided into a series of closed shops--the Northern...

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SIR.—Your garbled version of the Press Council's handling of Mr. Bryan Magce's complaint against the Times implies that the Council were carless• and slipshod in their methods...

MENDES-FRANCE SIR,—When I read Mr. Sam White's letter (formally about

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my review of Mr. De Tarr's book on the French Radical Party) I felt that I had indeed fallen into the sere and yellow leaf. I couldn't remember saying any of the things that...

Lady Chatterley A. Hetherington, Martin Turnell Press Council George Murray,

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Frank Singleton Mendes•France Professor D. IV. Brogan Please Don't Tease the Kangaroos 11. C. Beere The Licensing Laws A. M. Currer-Briggs The Protection Racket Dr. A. E....


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SIR,—No doubt a too detailed consideration of special cases makes for bad law, but something might be . done during the current debates on the new Licensing Laws to make the lot...

SIR,—I would like to make it clear that as a

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member of the Press Council, and I was not the only one, I passionately dissented from the decision to express disapproval to yourself, the Observer and the Guardian, in your...

PLEASE DON'T TEASE THE KANGAROOS S►R,—i have read with rising

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indignation Mr. Peter Michaels's article in your issue of January 27 on 'Teasing the Kangaroo. It seems a poor return for the great generosity of the Australian people in their...

SIR,—It is perfectly possible to have wished ardently for the

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success of the defence in the Lady Chatterley trial, as I did, to agree with Dr. Leavis's criticisms of the novel in your current issue, as in the main I do, and at the same...

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Sta,—The plight of Mordecai Richler upon his return to Montreal after eight years in London deserves sympathy; to know London well is to love it. And yet perhaps Montreal too...

SIR, — Miss Katharine Whitehorn speaks of 'the highly successful Woman, Woman's

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Own and the less successful Woman's Realm and Woman's Day.' In fairness to the editor and staff of Woman's Realm, which was launched under my editorial management just three...

SIR,—I have not seen the play Flags Ain't Wot They

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Used T'Be, and doubtless that will be held against me. But if the situations described in the Censor's letter are accurate, as they must be since they are not contested, how can...

SIR,—Your dramatic critic must have as low a taste in

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pubs as he has in humour if he describes as 'harmless little jokes and gestures' the material complained of in the letter from the Lord Cham- berlain's Office to the Garrick...

SIR,—The crack is sometimes made against politicians that they must

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first get the facts right—they can twist them afterwards! In the expectation that your contributor Mr. Leslie Adrian might like to follow the same precedent, I am writing to...

SIR,— Poor Livy! Mr. Finley puzzles me by denying the

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title of .'history' to his work. After all, 'Horatius on the bridge, Coriolanus, the rape of Lucretia,' and the other legends (my gloss on one of which is quoted with the...

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Pigeon Fanciers By CLIVE BARNES have installed itself, perhaps for all the wrong reasons, as a popular hit), but it is disquieting that this extraordinarily fine piece should...


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Urban Intimacies By HUGH GRAHAM What is far less excusable, there is only one poster and not a single engraving. Possibly the organisers thought that engravings, which are...

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The Wrong Set By BANKER GASCOIGNE John Gabriel Borkman is not one of Ibsen's best plays. Its plot is too thin for his method of piece- meal revelation, it has three separate...

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Jungle Jangle By ISABEL QUIGLY The Long and the Short and the Tall. (Plaza.) `BAD luck,' said my film critic friends. 'No Nazis in that.' But precious little else either. The...


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Candied Tongue By PETER FORSTER How smooth most of television has become- Other examples range from Dimbleby on Panorama, referring to Eichmann's 'alleged atrocities,' to the...

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Androids All By WILLIAM GOLDING E ARTHMLN need not feel that they have to justify or apologise for a mild interest in SF. Like the love of speed, it is no more than evi- dence...

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The Woodhouse View

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IT is difficult not to compare this book unfavour- ably with Professor Seton-Watson's Between War and Peace, published last year. Professor Seton- Watson's is, of course, a far...

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Farewell to the World

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The Testament of Adolf Hitler. The Hitler- Bormann Documents, February-April 1945. Edited by Francois Genoud, translated by R. H. Stevens. (Cassell, 12s. 6d.) THE posthumous...

Crabbe Apples

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ONE verdict which Coleridge gave—only one— sticks in my throat: his condemnation of George Crabbe. The occasion, I suppose, was the appear- ance of Crabbe's Poetical Works, two...

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Grand Blanc mange

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IN 1914 Henry James published a long essay called 'The Younger Generation,' which is now chiefly remembered for its notorious relegating of D. H. Lawrence, who had just...

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New Nations

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The Balfour Declaration. By Leonard Stein. (Vallentine, Mitchell, 63s.) Tins is an important, careful and closely argued book. Mr. Stein's purpose is to describe the genesis of...

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The 'Long' and the `Short' of It

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT A SPECTACULAR monetary and political fantasia has just been staged in the City. The under- writing was completed this week of the 'denationalisation'...

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Company Notes

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rr HE Leicester Permanent Building Society, now 1 the eighth largest in -the country, has had a very successful year, increasing its assets by over £8 Million to over £684...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS r r HE further rise in the equity share markets- ". spurred on by the fever of take-over bids and rumours-has widened what is called the 'reverse' yield gap, that is,...

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Fish Out Of Water By KATHARINE WHITEHORN OTHER people's organi- sation always looks the most indescribable con- fusion to the outsider. The men in white coats, the wooden...


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Continuing Fruit By KENNETH J. ROBINSON But that was different. At the time we felt that nothing like it had ever happened before. Had it? And what are the effects of the...

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Parents and Children

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In Hospital with my Son By ISABEL QUIGLY WHEN my son was' four days old they told me he would have to have three operations some time be- tween the ages of two and five. He is...

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Consuming Interest

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Unfood for Thought By LESLIE ADRIAN 'CONSUMING INTEREST'S' agent in the US has just come through with yvhatl take to be a warning about the latest fad there: described by a...

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Postscript . . •

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Well, it isn't every monarch that writes a book : come to that, and mentioning no names, it isn't every monarch that could. And I'd always under- stood that caviar came high on...