24 JANUARY 1958

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T HE character and integrity of the people against whom the 'leak' imputations were made—Mr. Oliver Poole, Mr. Thorneycroft, Lord Kindersley and Mr. Keswick —have always seemed...

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A FTER a decade of full employment, rising wages (rising real wages, at that) and relative peace in industry, it might have been thought that employers and workers would have...

Personal Diplomacy

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M R. MACMILLAN'S Commonwealth tour has been a success. For the first time for a number of years a British statesman has taken positive action to counteract the passionate Rus-...

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Westminster Commentary

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HERE we are again, happy as can be; thirty Scottish questions first, so Taper's having tea. Brushing the crumbs from his elegant lapels, Taper returned just in time to hear Mr....

M. Gaillard and Chauvinism

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O NLY last week the French Government was playing with the idea of breaking off diplo- matic relations with Tunisia. The advocates of this step in the press correctly stated...

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LORD MORAN put his foot in it good and proper

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last week when he contrasted general practitioners unfavourably with specialists by asking how people who fell off the ladder could be considered the same as people who got to...

A Spectator's Notebook

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I TRUST Sir Hugh Foot's return to Cyprus is a good omen: that he has gone back because he knows the Government is going to take action rather than that he has been sent back...

PETER WHITEHEAD spent ten years in mental in- stitutions before

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it was discovered that he had been illegally certified and wrongfully detained. His experiences in Rampton and other institu- tions have now been published in Sentenced Without...

I KNOW absolutely nothing about 'Monorail' and I may be

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allowing myself to be taken in by the sight of those delightful, streamlined, elegant- looking prototypes ones sees from time to time on films; but surely, in common sense, they...

AND HERE, I think, the book is at its most

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effec- tive; in showing how a perfectly sane and in- telligent young man can be trapped. If he behaves himself, and makes no trouble, he may be released in ten years' time—if he...

MY PARAGRAPH last week on the News Chronicle's Gallup Poll

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has drawn a reply from its director in which it emerges that the question to which I objected was never asked in that form at all. I said that to divide the answers to the...

MR. R. A. BUTLER'S television interview was dis- appointing, presumably

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because the terms on which the interview was arranged prevented Mr. Robin Day—who normally does not allow his subjects to escape so easily—from following up prepared with...

AMONG THE THINGS I have seen recently which (as Mr.

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Punch used to say) might have been better expressed wag this report in the Daily Telegraph of a recent political meeting : Mr. Birch's speech was punctuated • with rounds of...

BOW THE Archbishop of Canterbury must envy people like the

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Pope, or the Lord Chief Justice, or Mr. J. Edgar Hoover, who can say almost any- thing and get away with it. If he had made the speech the Pope made on birth control this week,...

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The Crisis of Trade Unionism

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By CHARLES CURRAIS1 B RITISH trade unions today look remarkably like the Monasteries on the eve of the Reformation. They are rich, powerful, dominat- ing; they enjoy a...

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The Economic Outlook—II

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Three-Way Dilemma By NICHOLAS KALDOR T HERE are 'fundamentally three things wrong with the British economy : a weak external position, prolonged domestic inflation and an...

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The Personalities of Resignation

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS I AM not concerned in this article with the imerits of the issue on which Mr. Thorneycroft resigned, which has been sufficiently widely dis- :ussed...

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Hilary Quest and Company

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By STRIX E VER since (I think) 1948 a letter has appeared in The Times, early in January, summarising the results of a year's research. The writer, a Mr. J. W. Leaver of...

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Consuming Interest

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Consumer Research By LESLIE ADRIAN P ERHAPS out of excessive caution, I have so far only referred briefly to the Association for Consumer Research Limited, the new independent...

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THE FIRST LORD BIRKENHEAD should like to protest against the

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references to my father in the article called 'Law Reform' in your issue of January 10. I feel that these comments could scarcely have been more unhappily or more ignorantly...


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SIR,—I thought your review on my pamphlet Speed Up Law Reform was an excellent example of what reviews should be; namely, to tell your readers some- thing about the publication...

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THE BBC's RUSSIAN SERVICE Sia.—When, last year, Pharos made a

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few criticisms of the BBC's Russian service in a brief paragraph, BBC spokesmen hastened to reply in a series of long letters. Now that Mr. Wiles has taken the trouble to give a...

SIR,—Last week the Star, by way of celebrating its seventieth

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anniversary as a liberal-minded journal, published a series of articles by the Metropolitan Magistrate Mr. Frank Powell dealing with, among other things, the Wolfenden Report....

Letters to the Editor

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Vice Prosecutions Sir Robert Boothby, Peter Wildeblood Tranquillisers D. R. Laurence The BBC's Russian Service A. M. Kaye Law Reform Robert S. W. Pollard The First Lord...


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SIR,—Your correspondent Mr. Weeden has made a mistake in citing chlorpromazine as an example of a tranquilliser which should be made available to the general public because it...

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SIR,—T. R. M. Creighton, in his article 'Southern Rhodesian Crisis,' shows how the concept of 'partner- ship' that was the basis that alone made Federation acceptable to Britain...


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SIR,--Mrs. Prosser says some nice things about the Gallup Poll, for which we thank her. We maintain that polls can, and should, test out the public's attitude towards ideas and...

HAYSTACKS AND NEEDLES SIR,—Tut, tut! How' could Strix slip so

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badly? He thinks he is merely letting his imagination run riot in supposing that bright young historians might be set to collect data about the British reaction to the BBC's...


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SIR,—In view of the long and interesting corre- spondence in your columns about Passchendaele, your readers may like to know that we have in pro- duction , a new book that,sets...

SIR,—We have been running the Gallup Poll for twenty-one years

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and we are now used to journalists attacking us without troubling to ascertain the facts. We did not expect to find the Spectator in the list. In your 'Notebook' you attack us...


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SIR,—Buckingham is not the only place where fan- tastic waste of public money is being planned. Against strong opposition, the Ministry is trying to impose a wholly artificial...

THE NINETIES AND SIXTIES Barton is surely mistaken in declaring

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that the Naughty Nineties were 1891-1900? A decade can be any period of ten years and need not begin at any particular -date. Because the first year after some datum would...


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SIR,—II is a privilege of reviewers to make disagree- able and unsupported generalisations, but I am sure Charles Causley cannot have thought, many times before . he said that a...

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Poulenc's Opera

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••1% COVENT GARDEN'S offering of N Poulenc's The Carmelites for its / morally obligatory new work this re e - season is a frivolous luxury that , dei is hard to accept with a...

Contemporary Arts

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Ceremonial Art IN recent years the art of the seventeenth century has become increasingly a focus of historical scrutiny and research. Of course, the great figures of the time-...

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Mr. Whiting's World

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WHEN Marching Song arrived at the St. Martin's in the spring of 1954 the British theatre was at its deadest. I had arrived in London myself not many months before, full of...

Old Man of the Mountains

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FOR two months in a large, bare studio in Nice, Picasso painted and Henri-Georges Clouzot filmed him at it. The result is probably the most exciting record of the building-up of...

Thr alpettator

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JANUARY 26, 1833 IN our report of prOceedings in the Lord Chancellor's Court this week, will be found an account of a very interesting application relative to the manumission...

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Back in Focus BY J. H PLUMB S OMETIMES it is necessary for scholars to concentrate their energies on a narrow field in order to disentangle truth from the coral-like...

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No Longer the Vogue

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Guide to Western Architecture. By John Gloag. (Allen and Unwin, 63s.) IN the Thirties there was a theory of architecture to which those of us who thought we were ahead of our...

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Clio and Voltaire

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Voltaire—Historian. By J. H. Brumfitt. (0.U.P., 25s.) THAT lavish and increasingly erudite series, Les Editions de la Pleiade, has just announced an edition of Voltaire's...

Exploding World

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The Human Sum: How Many Should We Be? Edited by C. H. Rolph. (Heinemann, 18s.) So Malthus was right after all; and a world pre- occupied with the danger of obliteration is...

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Then There Was Fire. By Minou Drouet. (Hamish Hamilton, 10s. 6d.) A Beginning. By Dom Moraes. (The Parton Press, 8s. 6d.) Brutus's Orchard. By Roy Fuller. (Andre Deutsch, 12s....

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The County View

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Norfolk Assembly. By R. W. Ketton-Cremer. (Faber, 28s.) Tins third collection of Norfolk essays by the biographer of Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray is at least the equal of its...

Babies are Fashionable

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Wives Who Went to College. By Judith Hubback. (Heinemann, 12s. 6d.) How do university women combine child-rearing with professional work? Mrs. Hubback, a sociolo- gist, carried...

Camera Obscura

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Evidence in Camera. By Constance Babington Smith. Foreword by Lord Tedder. (Chatto and Windus, 18s.) A READER might suspect at first glance that Evidence in Camera was nothing...

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By P , HILIDOR No. 137. Specially contributed by J. HARING (The Hague) BLACK (10 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution not week. Solution to last week's problem...

Strumpets and Symbols

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A Wilderness of Monkeys. By Marshall Pugh. (Hutchinson, 12s. 6d.) Warden of the Smoke and Bells. By Richard Llewellyn. (Michael Joseph, 13s. 6d.) LEONARD MOSLEY is a deliberate,...

Recent Reprints

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The Fortress, by Raleigh Trevelyan. (Penguin, 2s. 6d.) The Echoing Grove, by Rosamond Leh- mann. (Penguin, 3s. 6d.) Drinkers of Darkness, by Gerald Hanley. (Penguin, 2s. 6d.)...

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There is No Substitute

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On ta I e l ines ines of the rhyming advertisements ending 'There is no substitute for wool,' competitors were invited to voice the views of the Old Guard of the Open Fire in...


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ACROSS 1 After such a blow-out, the reverse might necessary (4, 2). 4 Racehorse of eminence in war (5, 3). 10 Watch for tin hidden in the moor (7). 11 Town that's never to be...

Competitors are invited to compose any form of rondeau, rondel

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or roundel on the pancake. Prize: six guineas. Entries, addressed 'Spectator Competition No. 415,' 99 Gower Street, London, WC1, by February 4. Results on February 14.

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A red squirrel has been diverting and delighting our immediate neighbourhood these past few days. Apparently it came out of hibernation about a fortnight ago and it was seen...

Country Life

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By IAN NIALL OLD-FASHIONED winters belong to those engravings depicting frozen ponds with skaters blissfully gliding in arm-locked pairs and knickerbockered boys and smaller...


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When greenstuff begins to run short, birds in- variably turn to the buds on gooseberry bushes, it seems. The surest protection is an entanglement of black cotton, but soot...


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Homing pigeons, homing cats, dogs, horses and even fish are given publicity. Homing sheep are not so renowned and yet sheep are plainly much affected by environment When little...

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By CUSTOS worth under 3s. a share. Frankly, I think the terms should have been more generous. The bait is the statement that the final dividend of 131 per cent. tax free will be...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IN my open letter to the Chancellor last week I had no space to develop my final plea for a lower Bank rate, so here it goes in a postscript. Please, ,Ifr....