24 JULY 1953

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Lord Norwich Richard Usborne MORAY McLAREN: The Faroe Islands M. H. MIDDLETON: On Being an Art Critic PRIVILEGE IN EDUCATION ? : Readers' Reactions

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No. 6 5 2 6 FRIDAY, JULY 24, 1953 PRICE 7d.


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On the face of it, it is unlikely that the Communists, who started the war in control of the northern half of the peninsula, will voluntarily surrender that position in any...

Foreign Affairs

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" Anthony's speech, delivered not by Anthony but by Brutus " was one of the arrows shot at the unfortunate Mr. Butler in the Foreign Affairs debate. But that was not the half of...

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Trading with the Enemy

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It may or may not have been an accident that Senator McCarthy published his sub-committee's report on China trade a few days. after Lord Salisbury was safely out of range of Mr....

Progress of the Purge

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The temptation to try to make a neat pattern out of the news coming from Moscow is hard to resist, but it is almost ' certainly doomed to fail. The news received by the outside...

Manoeuvres in the Black Sea

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The presentation of the new Soviet note to Turkey, com- plaining of the increasing frequency of British and American naval visits to Straits ports, carries a step further the...

Germany and Defence

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Mr. Malenkov and Mr. Molotov can, if they choose, spare the western Powers the ,trouble of sorting out the contradic- tions in their policy for a German settlement. They can...

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Equine Imposture

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On the 16th of this month the 2 p.m. race at Bath was won comfortably by a bay horse. It was entered in the name of Francasal and the starting price was ten to one. - These odds...

Long Shot at Margate

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The one comfortin g feature of the list of resolutions for the annual conference of the Labour Party—always the most depressin g political document of the year—is that it will...


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M INISTERS must now be lon g in g for the recess which starts at the end of next week. Parliament as a whole is tired and dusty, but in addition the Govern- ment is rather...

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I T was accidental but appropriate in one sense that one day after opening this week's debate in the House of Commons on foreign affairs Mr. R. A. Butler should go on to warn...

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Preview Mr. Orson Welles hoped, but in the end I

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believe failed, to listen to Wednesday's debate on Foreign Affairs. He will doubtless take another opportunity of visiting the Strangers' Gallery, but Wednesday's proceedings...


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T HE Press Council held its first meeting this week and very sensibly appointed Colonel John Astor as its chairman. It also passed a resolution which " strongly deprecates, as...

, Jan Struther (née Joyce Anstruther), who died in New

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York this week at the age of 52, started her literary career as an occasional 'contributor to, among other periodicals, the Spectator. Mrs. Miniver, who I suppose will live on...

All Hands to the Crystal Bowl The principle of collective

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responsibility, so fervently advocated by the leaders of the U.S.S.R., has found an unexpected adherent in Lord Beaverbrook. The task of interpreting developments in Russia to...

The Marble - Archers The edifying saga of the Archer family is

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likely, according to the BBC's agricultural liaison officer,°to go on for another ten years. Listening to the unashamedly West End accents in which most of the cast deliver it...

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'WIcCarthy's Waterloo?

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S ENATOR McCARTHY has the luck of the devil. When things are going well for him his successes make the headlines day after day. His political talent lies very largely in a flair...

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Hilaire Belloc

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H OWEVER long a man has been prepared for the death of a dearly loved friend, the hour of that death finds him as defenceless as though he had never admitted the possibility of...

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On Being an Art Critic

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By M. H. MIDDLETON T HIS week, in a Dublin busy whistling the tunes from two recent films by Mr. Chaplin and Mr. Huston, some 120 ' art critics from as far apart as Turkey and...

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The Faraway Islands

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By MORAY McLAREN W HEN a few years ago I returned from spending midsummer in the Faroe Islands I had to go straight down from my home in Scotland to London. There I discovered...

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Postage on this issue: Inland and Overseas I id.; Canada

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(Canadian Magazine Post) Id.


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MR. PATRICK HERON has chosen the paintings for the Hanover Gallery's July anthology to illustrate a theory and his theme, the expression of pictorial space through colour, is...


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The Proms EVERY year, just when the musical journalist's brain is finally emptied of its last idea after an almost unbroken ten months' season of seven concerts a week, the...

King Henry VI, Parts I, II and III. By William

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Shakespeare. (Birmingham Repertory Company : Old Vic.) THE history of Henry VI's melancholy feign spreads itself in an inchoate sprawl which in the past has been no temptation...


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THEATRE The Tragedy of King Lear. By William Shakespeare. (Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.) • DasPrrn its many virtues, Mr. George Devine's production fails to meet the...

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LOOKING at the surrounding countryside, with so many bare hills and slopes where nothing but heather grows, one might think that the woods have always been confined to the sides...

The Codlin Menace

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The codlin moth maggot is a biter, and a midsummer menace. Spray with D.D.T. weekly for three weeks to kill him off when he has infedted fruit. Tie sacking round the trunk,...

The Yellow Lawn

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W. is a man for getting a bargain and going the cheapest way about things. When he sowed his lawn he remarked to me about the price of grass seed and I imagined that he had, as...

Old Roads

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Since traffic on main highways is of necessity faster; a great deal of trouble has been taken to " iron " out the bends and it is harder to see the meandering course of man's...

The Night Air

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When I was small it was continually being impreskd upon me that I must beware of the night air. The mist at nightfall could bring a chill that might easily lead to a serious...

The 6pertator , Nip 230 1853 THE tempestuous weather of last

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week caused many disasters both by land and sea. From many parts of the country come sad accounts of waste of property by floods—hay washed away, growing crops spoilt, and...


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LYONS with its warmth and generosity and delicious food over- whelms its Northern visitors with la douceur de vivre. As a contrast, the retrospective Picasso Exhibition is...

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Tribute to Hilaire Belloc

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To H. B. Success, as very well you knew, Is not becoming rich and swell, But doing what you meant to do, And doing it supremely well. You laughed at lords and dons and things...

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Sporting Aspects

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All-Rounder By J. P. W. MALLALlEU E CONOMICS have had a lot to do with Yorkshire's controlled passion for cricket. Our villages are built round mills rather than farms and two...


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Set by Allan 0. Waith Describing living accommodation in newspaper advertisements has become a fine art in recent years ; even a roadmender's hole could be described as " small...

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SIR, —The interesting article in your issue of July 10th is

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written, apparently, on the assumption that the advantage, and therefore the " privilege," of a Public School education is indisputable. Surely the educability, to use a clumsy...

SIR, —There are considerations which Mr. Angus Maude does not adduce

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when he writes upon the subject of Privilege in Education. The first is the principle of freedom. If it is argued that the powers of the modern state are unlimited, which the...


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Privilege in Education (The following are only a small selection from the letters on this subject which have arrived and are still arriving at the Spectator office. More will...

Snt,—Mr. Angus Maude, in the second of the articles on

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" Privilege in Education," is certainly right in saying that the principal motive behind the Socialist proposals for the Public Schools is what he calls the " emotional " one,...

SIR,—I regard it as a pity that Mr. Angus Maude,

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M.P., in his quite excellent article did not set out to answer the first of Mr. Stewart's arguments, namely that the existence of opportunities in education above the average is...

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A Third Foreign Policy ?

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Sta,—Your interesting discussion of foreign policy recalls some remarks made by William Temple in his Christianity and World Order about the difference between the conservative...

The Way of Michael Scott

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Sta,—Only a week ago, the protagonists of the opposition to Federation in the• House of Lords (including the only bishop who took part in the debate on the Second Reading),...

Sta,—I have read the two articles on Privilege in EducatiOn

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with great interest. The writers, while differing widely on most points, are unanimous in completely ignoring the parents of the children on whose education they are dilating....

Competitive Television

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SIR,—Mr. Norman Collins in his article Competitive Television gave a balanced and lucid justification for its introduction here. There should be no doubt in any Conservative or...

Battle Honours : Burma

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SIR,—Several correspondents have called in question my awards in Competition No. 174—a paragraph demanding the exclusive use of the verb to get." It seems that I was in error in...

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Books of the Week

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Yeats in his Youth By REX WARNER N EARLY all the letters from Yeats to Katherine Tynan* were written between the years 1887 and 1892, and nearly all of them were ,written from...

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Submarine Sensibility

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The Undersea Adventure. By Philippe Diole, (Sidgwick and Jackson.. 18s.) ONE'S first experience under water often comes almost as a religious revelation. The sea receives one's...

Appalling Genius

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The Life and Ideas of the Marquis de Sade. By Geoffrey Corer. (Peter Owen. 15s.) SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR'S question will seem a little bewildering to many people, because they cannot...

Behind the Scenes in Politics

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The Party System in Great Britain. By Ivor Bulmer-Thomas. (Phoenix House. 25s.) " THERE is properly no history, only biography," said Emerson. This attractive view of history,...

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New Novels

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MR. TOYNBEE'S hero is in four parts—Noel, innocent, in the Garden of Eden (we do not hear much from him), Adam the sad young man, deserted by his wife, becoming a little tedious...

A Great Composer

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Vaughan Williams. By Percy M. Young. (Dennis Dobson. 18s.) THIS is the second full-length book on Vaughan Williams to appear in the last three years and it may be doubted...

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Better English. By G. H. Vallins. (Pan *, Books. 2s.)

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MR. VALLINS'S book is a sequel to his Good English: How to Write It, and follows the same plan, with numerous examples of how not to write taken from the most respected Sunday...


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By CUSTOS Industrial Banking Equity United Dominions Trust has to labour under the disadvantage of not being allowed by the Capital Issues Committee to raise any more capital to...

ALTHOUGH Meet the British is primarily intended as a guide

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for Americans in 'England, it is a certainty that its most fervent readers will be the English rather than the Americans. One idiosyncrasy of the British character not dwelt on...

Shorter Notices

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Bouquet de France, which originates from the Gourmet Distributing Corporation of New York, has all the attributes of a luxury class best-seller. It is a "fine book," well...

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THE "SPECTATOR" CROSSWORD No. 740 A Book Token for one

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guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct. solution opened after noon on 'Tuesday week, August 4th, addressed Crossword, and bearing NUMBER of the puzzle to 99...

Solution to Crossword No. 738

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