24 JUNE 1966

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THE SEAMEN, painted red by the Prime Minister (It's an

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insult and a shame,' said the secretary of the Communist party), stiffened up their sinews all the more and some said he was 'a stupid little man.' The Kabaka of Buganda...

--Portrait of the Week— IT %ins generally felt to be

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a good week for paying visits. President de Gaulle went to Moscow and spoke affably in French to cheer- ing crowds against a background of thunder- claps. There was another...

A Year is Enough

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T HE 1966 Finance Bill has now begun its tedious passage through the House of Commons. By the time this issue of the SPECTATOR is in readers' hands the House will have embarked...

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Friday June 2-1 1966

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The rain lashed the window-panes of -our sitting-room in Baker

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Street, and outside the wind set up a dismal howling. It was a morning in mid-June. Opposite me my friend Sherlock Holmes sank deeper and deeper into gloom as he perused a file...


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Reds Under the Bunk By ALAN WATKINS Al THY did Mr Wilson say it? Why, on Mon- VV day, did the Prime Minister accuse the National Union of Seamen of being in effect dominated...

Highway Ode

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Mr Ralph Nader, the critic of the construc- tional defects of American cars, has found British cars to be less dangerous owing to their superior stopping facilities. Mr Ralph...

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Our Friends, the French

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By MALCOLM RUTHERFORD F RANCE,' said General de Gaulle on his arrival in Moscow, 'is par excellence a country of liberty and a Western nation.' Though the General may not...

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Why the Bonds are Weak

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(with apologies to Sir William Haley) By JOHN BRUNNER The economists and demographers have their own learned and to themselves no doubt lucid reasons why the bonds are weak. ....


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Creed of the Provos From H. J. A. HOFLAND AMSTERDAM F OR two days last week Amsterdam vk a, the scene of violent riots on a scale the cit, had not seen since the end of the...

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Mr Wilson's Fourth Republic By NIGEL LAWSON 'TT is obvious that the Conservative party has 'completely lost effective political initiative. Thus Mr Angus Maude began his...

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Churchill the Historian By J. H. PLUMB A a justification for his revelations of Shurchill's health, Lord Moran has appealed to history and historians. He claims that G. M....

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Spectator's Notebook

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TVs odd that our recurrent bouts of national !introspection are so often prompted by sharp observations from across the Atlantic. On the whole I think the reaction to Dean...

Abortion When Mr David Steel drew third place in the

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ballot for private members' Bills he was mildly chided in these columns for hankering after some piece of local, Border Country legislation which would have kept him comfortably...

Thirty Years

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The difference between the eighteen-year sen- 4Ence passed on one of the train robbers this 'members and the thirty-year sentences given to other of the gang in 1964, is surely...

For Logodaedalists

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My favourite birthday present this year has been the new Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. Ever an easy victim to the appeal of books of reference, I find this scholarly...

Dada Knew Best

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A visit to the new Marcel Duchamp exhibition at the Tate is much to be recommended, for this unique assembly of his work makes a formid- able comment on the history of this...

Sink or Swim 'The Minister cannot ride oft so easily

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on a leak of this kind.' (Mr Anthony Barber in the House of Commons on Tuesday.) J. W. M. THOMPSON

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The Catholic Marxists By COLM BROGAN T HE end of the Vatican Council came as a deep relief to a multitude of Catholics who had been nearly swept off their feet by the wind of...

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Report from the Deep South By STERLING G. SLAPPEY TT would be splendid to be able to say that after 1250 years the racial situation here on the politi- cal island called 'The...

Leaking Harold's Boots

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By JOHN WELLS I N a leading article in the Sunday Times this week, which seemed on internal evidence to have come from the typewriter of boyish and bespectacled William...

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June 23, 1866 The European War has fairly begun. Immediately on receipt of the vote passed by the Diet on the 14th inst. Count von Bismarck presented an ultimatum to the Courts...

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Pacific Bombs

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By JILLIAN ROBERTSON A TROPICAL South Sea island inhabited by one thousand Frenchmen living without one woman, without one bottle of Pernod, without one discotheque, one...

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This Blessed Plot By ALAN BRIEN It is a dodgy choice but I think by the thinness of a hair I would tip the balance to Mr Wilson in any competition for public candour with Mr...

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Reforming Parliament

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SIR, —In Mr Alan Watkins's realistic article (June 10) on parliamentary reform, of which I approve. I notice he predicts that a Second Reading Com- mittee for non-contentious...

SIR,—I can't agree that 'the great American revivalists of the

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nineteenth century . . . converted men from an outcast condition to one of social responsibility.' Since Pentecost, Christian conversion has been based on the premise that man...


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From : Professor H. C. McLaren, Mary Blunt, Norman St. John-Stevas, MP, Margaret W ilkin- son, Andrew Belsey, David Laze!!, Geoffrey H. M. Block, Anthony Hera. A lasdair Fox. A....

Revival in a Secular Society

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SIR,—Dr Bryan Wilson's article on Billy Graham must have disappointed your many Christian readers. It was the familiar analysis—dispassionate, de- pressing and defeatist—of...

SIR,—I read with some interest the curious letter of the

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Press Officer of the Abortion Law Reform Association (Mrs Anna Chataway) in which having declared the right of every woman to be able to apply to terminate a pregnancy with...

SIR,—Dr Bryan Wilson believes Britain to be a secular society.

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But this is true only if 'secular' is defined in a needlessly narrow way. God may not be as popular as he was, but what are the cults of scientism, Marxism, existentialism,...

Snt,—In the many articles in the press and the ensuing

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correspondence on the fashionable subject of the Abortion Law Reform Bill, two points seem to have been largely ignored. Might not the law as it stands be a protection to many...

The Independent Schools' Future

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SIR,— Recent correspondence on the issue of the independent schools, admirably raised and-discussed by Angus Maude, overlooks certain important con- siderations. (1) Opponents...


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SIR, oh sir, please sir,—Not Mr Squelch. Quelch is the name. Ask Bunter; even that fat ass could spell the name of his form-master. Alan Watkins clearly never went to...

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What Should . I Tell My Daughter?

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SIR, —Your correspondents on 'What Should I Tell My Daughter?' seem to have moved into the Brave New World era. Can anyone offer practical advice to those who have not done so...


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Another Playwright Misunderstood By HILARY SPURLING OLUMNS are to architecture what melody is to music,' says Stendhal somewhere on his travels through Italy, and would have...

BAY and Benn SIR, My copy of the SPECTATOR arrives

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here regu- larly by the first post on Mondays. Since we are four and a half hours ahead of London, this means that I get it slightly earlier than the Dean of

Endpapers SIR,—I hope that you have bound both Lord Egre-

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mont and Mr Peter Fleming to your journal with hoops of gold. So long as they remain regular con- tributors to the SPECTATOR I am assured of a really good laugh each week—and...

Afterthought SIR,—For Alan Brien's information. I would like to point

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out that Mr Jas. Tynan is still to be found outside Bush House in the Strand every day. He is still. at the age of eighty-seven, more than ready to describe in great detail how...

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M U SIC Running ON er TN our illusory 'threepence off' economy,

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the 'only article that really gives better value than the customer bargained for is the old-fashioned piano recital. If the night goes reasonably well, there's always a string...


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Swanning C WANS, inevitably, two pigeons and a phoenix a are this week's balletic poultry, and all caught—in every sense of the word—in the provinces. To the rarest first :...

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The Complete Works B 1.7 the press advertisements say 'almost the complete works.' I am not sure whether this is pride or diffidence on the part of the Tate Gallery. What...

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Set in Perpetua

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By NEVILLE BRAYBROOKE I N the art of cut-lettering and in the designing and carving of inscriptions, Eric Gill was completely the master. Two type-faces, Felicity and Perpetua,...

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That Awful Girl

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'It wasn't me. I wasn't there' And then your eyes begin to shift Searching the smoke-filled room as if To seek aid in this questionnaire. But no one comes. The red-haired clown...

Burgess's Wake

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Gentlemen in their Season. By Gabriel Fielding. (Hutchinson, 30s.) Diary of a Chambermaid. By Octave Mirbeau. millan, 21s.) Finnegans Wake is a responsible monument to...

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Selected Prose and Poetry. By Giacomo Leopardi. Edited, translated and introduced by Iris Origo and John Heath-Stubbs. (O.U.P., 35s.) MR JOHN HEATH-STUBBS% Poems from Giacomo...

Language Problems

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The Principles of Linguistic Philosophy. By Friedrich Waismann. Edited by R. Harre. (Macmillan, 25s.) Essays on Style and Language. Edited by Roger Fowler. (Routledge and Kegan...

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The Air Marshal's Story

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By JOHN DAVENPORT Tr is twenty-five years since Rex Warner's The jAerodrome first appeared. It sums up very well the political and, indeed, the moral con- fusion of England in...

A Sign of Permanence

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Descending the Heads of Ayr on an autumn morning The sea gunmetal, pale the uncut barley, Shy as a man from jail avoiding parley Lightly he looked in where the great sky turning...

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A Spoonful of Sugar

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It's a dreary life, where everything happens again. The men work hard and die, the wives live on, the children grow big and unmanageable. It's a hard world, for the sane or the...

Lawrence's Vicious Art

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By C. B. COX I F in my passion I slay my neighbour, it is no sin of mine, but it is his sin. for he should not have permitted me,' wrote Lawrence in a pro- jected foreword to...

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Steel and the Equity Squeeze By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT .. ou may have been astonished at the extra- _I ordinary sight of a cheerful Stock Exchange and a painfully extended...

Helping the Finns

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Three Days to Catastrophe. By Douglas Clark. (Hammond, 25s.) ON November 26, 1939, the Russians attacked Finland. This act of aggression and the stout defence put up by the...

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English China Clay I regret giving the wrong impression of

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ENGLISH CHINA CLAY last week. The company will, after all, get a 100 per cent refund of the Selec- tive Employment Tax. The reassuring interim statement reveals that the boom...

Market Notes

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By CUSTOS T HB new account on the Stock Exchange opened hesitantly, although there was a good deal of speculative activity in the numerous 'take- over bid' situations. At the...


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Car and Protection By LESLIE ADRIAN There seems to be only one true answer to the road toll when all the talk of better roads, better designed cars. roadworthiness checks and...

A Roof Over Their Heads

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By JOHN BULL A the row with the Minister of Housing earlier this week showed, the building industry is. in a bitter mood. It reckons that the chances of completing 400,000...

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Beeching or no Beeching, the railways haven't changed all that

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much. Travelling back from the north recently on one of those trains that link with a dining car en route, I wandered down the corridor in search of sustenance and met a young...

Countess Dracula

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By STRIX their ration-strength. • The adult raven, a wary and sagacious bird, is of all the corvidae the most aloof from man. Young ravens, on the other hand, seem to be...


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Churchill the Historian: 2 J. H. PLUMB One year's subscription to the 'Spectator': £315s. (including postage) in the United Kingdom and Eire. By surface mail to any other...

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1. - 9. 15. 21. 23. ACROSS It's reckless, though, to assume that Old Nick may be soft-hearted! (5-3-4) Wearers of mini-skirts have no use for these cricketers! (4-5)...

CHESS by Philidor

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No. 288 C. PROMISLO (and Prize, Boston Transcript, 1919) WHITE to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to No. 287 (Becker): R-B 4, threat R-K 4. I PY.R=Q; 2...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1226 ACROSS.-e-1 Sit on the fence.

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9 Belvedere. 10 Turin. II Trout. 12 Elizabeth. 13 Simplon. 15 Grcavcs. 17 Donegal. 19 Battles. 21 GliesneVin. 23 'Canoe. 24 Eliza. 25 Ring a bell. 26 I spy stranger,. . DOWN.-2...

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INDEX TO VOLUME 216 JANUARY - JUNE 1966 Published by The Spectator, 99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1 Price Seven Shillings and Sixpence

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Entries in this index are arranged in alphabetical letter-by-letter order, i.e. no attention is paid to spaces between words. Thus the entry'Jn ColdBlood'will be found after...


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rages 7176 Jan. 7 1-28 7177 , 14 29-60 7178 , 21 61-92 7179 , 28 93-124 7180 Feb. 4 125-152 7181 , 11 153--184 7182 ... 18 185-212 7183 , 25 213--244 7184 March 4 245-276 7185...