24 OCTOBER 1958

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S OME weeks ago Mr. Mark Bonham Carter, MP, related in a Spectator article the depress- ing 'tale of the persecution of the Aeronautical Engineers Association. 'A sad story and...

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Portrait of the Week— MR. DULLES visited Britain on his

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way to Formosa, President Heuss visited Britain on his way to Canossa, and the strike of engineers at London Airport ended as abruptly as it had begun, and no less mysteriously....

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T AST week the prospects for Cyprus could I./hardly have looked worse: this week there Here in England the reasons for the decision to abandon the partnership plan (it is still...

Colour-Bar Politics

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON N ORTHERN RHODESIA, according to the Colonial Office's time-table of political development, must find a new constitution by the end of this year. The...

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Iraq's Political Maze

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E GYPT is a national island, bounded by the sea in the north, two deserts to right and . left, and in the south the cataracts of Sudan. To the Egyptian, the Nile Valley, mist.,...

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Prince Philip has upervied the provision of wines and cigars

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for the president who is known for his connoisseur tastes. There are no exthe security precautions. . . . I understand that the Queen is particularly anxious for the visit a...

THE GERMAN NEWSPAPERS have been a little put out by

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the coolness of our welcome to their President. But Londoners do not usually cheer their heads off at the sight of elderly ma le foreigners driving in state to the City, and t1...

I AM GLAD to see that the Nuffield Foundation, which

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in the past has often distributed its grants on what appeared to me to be excessively con- ventional lines, is now helping an unusual and interesting piece of research into...

THE PRINCIPAL of St. Clare's Hall, Oxford (whic h is not

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part of the University) has asked me 1 0 make it clear that the `letter' which I printed last week purporting to come from an organisation of high-minded young ladies called the...

A Spectator's Notebook THE ROW OVER the Blackpool affair has

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been befogged by side-issues. The right to heckle, for instance, seems to me to have nothing to do with it. The League of Empire Loyalists do not heckle. Presumably because they...

THE GOSSIP COLUMNS in the popular papers today read like

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some endless serial in a woman's maga- zine. Inset with huge pictures, burdened by im- mense headlines, their prose throbs continually on the verge of some scandalous revelation...

THE WAR between the BBC and ITV is rapidly degenerating

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into a no-holds-barred affair. The other night on the BBC a voice announced that the Steve Allen show was coming 'live' from Hollywood, which no doubt it was when it was...

THERE SEEMED to be less publicity than usual this year

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for reports of the annual defence exercise 'Sunbeam,' in which Fighter Command aircraft try to intercept 'enemy' bombers; but what little I saw was rich in nonsense....

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The Papacy and Politics

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By DENIS MACK SMITH I TVE part played by the Roman Catholic Church iii politics is difficult to establish; in the first Place because of the reticence of its pronounce- tts and...

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Was Dilke Guilty ?

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS W AS Dilke guilty of adultery with Mrs. Crawford? If there was a conspiracy against him, who was its inspirer? If he was guilty, was it right that he...

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John Bull's Schooldays

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The Suburbs of Slumdom By ALAN BRIEN T 0 ln not go to a public school and yet I still hated school. Defenders of the inalienable ri ght of the middle class to educate their...

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.Brendan `CM THE VAINEST mucker in the The _Hostage. 'Is it a pan?' asked the r ePorter from Time hopefully. Behan looked up r b e groachfully like a man disturbed in his bath...


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Honky-Tonk and Darwin's Theory J. ROBINSON By KENNETH ARn . you embarrassed by your bathroom? Or, to put it another way, is it all in the same room in your house? If so, you'll...

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Return of the Exile By DAVID CAIRNS WHILE we are busy congratu- lating ourselves on the return of Sir Thomas Beecham it is worth pointing out that he should never have been...

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Shadow of a General By ISABEL QUIGLY I Was Monty's Double. (War- ner.)—The Barbarian and the Geisha. (Leicester Square Theatre.) — The Day of Triumph. (Cameo-Poly.) HITLER had...

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Consuming Interest

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Value for Money By LESLIE ADRIAN OFFHAND, I can think of only a three things which cost the same now as they did before the war : using a public con- venience, pulling the...

Te levision

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Barrie on a Bar-Stool FORSTER By PETER THE wrangle could scarcely seem more marital, until the man threatens: 'If you ever de - ceive me . . .' and the woman, hearing a door...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Morale in Industry By MILES HOWARD H ow much tension and frustration in industry could be avoided by better organisation? Professor Norman Hunt, of Edinburgh, said lately on...

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(2 The Pursuit of Elegance By STRIX TT is my

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impression that men, unlike women, -lido not often talk to each other about clothes, and 1 was surprised to find myself, the other day, holding an agreeable conversation on the...

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OCTOBER 26, 1833 A SCHEME is on foot to revive the defeated pros- perity of Norwich and to bring back the worsted stuff trade from Bradford to that town, by a London...

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SIR,—Mr. E. P. Hibbcrt expresses the views of a great many people when he maintains that birching is the most effective way of persuading young offen- ders not to come back for...

SIR,—The Conservative majority on the Hendon Borough Council have banned

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the use of the Town Hall to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament on the grounds that the meeting might be attended by 'grave disorders.' Following this precedent, and in view of...

SIR,—Your correspondent Taper has done a service in describing in

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some detail the incidents at Black- pool. To read it in conjunction with the letter of Lord Hailsham in The Times, with its tone of a blustering schoolmaster trying to defend...

SIR,-1 have read the report of Taper concerning the Tory

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Party Conference and the interruptions of mem- bers of the League of Empire Loyalists. Since I was just beside the gentleman who blew the bugle and was removed I was obviously...

S „.IR,—Taper doesn't agree with the views of the E mpire Loyalists,

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yet he objects fiercely to the arbi- tr ary violence they suffered at Blackpool. That is to say, his objection to arbitrary violence is not de- pendent upon his agreeing with...

Letters to the Editor

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Violence at Blackpool Contmander G. Marescaux de Saubruit, RN (Reid.), Robert Bolt, John Harvey, Antony Verney, Kenneth Lewis , The Church of England and Divorce _ Canon...


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SIR,—Mr. Weir is, as he says, deeply involved. It is he who remarries divorced persons in his church contrary to the clearly expressed Act of Convoca- tion which has reaffirmed...

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SIR,—My article describing an infelicitous journey trom Aberdeen to London

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has brought me a long ktter from the Chief Commercial Manager of British Railways, Scottish Region. He has clearly investigated . with great thoroughness the matters which I...

BRITISH RAILWAYS • f0 appears to have passed unnoticed. I

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had expected a storm of protest in this week's issue. If his friend Dick, travelling by the night express ' from Inverness, arrived at King's Cross on time, or at any time, it...

CHEMICALS IN FOOD Preston-Tewart does not realise that today research

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can only be assisted by grant or endowed if its field either consumes industrial products, like £3} million space rockets, or helps industry directly. Research on natural foods...


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SIR,—It has been pointed out to me that a review by Lord Altrincham of The Work of the Queen, contained in your issue of October 10, opens with the words : `Mr. Dermot Morrah is...


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Stay—Mr. W. Stratton Mills asks 'why statesmen even today try to run against the pattern of nationalism.' Unfortunately, they do not, for they are themselves imbued with the...


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SIR,—The Spectator seems to be becoming as much obsessed with psychiatry as the BBC, to the extent that even Pharos is indicting the Medical Research Council, and indeed the...

NOISE IN THE JET AGE SIR,—In his interesting article on

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this subject in your issue of October 10, Mr. Oliver SteWart says in regard to aircraft noise abatement policy : 'The object should be to check the dissemination of noise rather...

SIR, —British beer is brewed almost wholly from the ingredients mentioned

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in Mr. Preston-Tewart's letter, except for the use of sugar in certain types. The quantities, published annually in the Customs and Excise Reports, are approximately : barley...

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Leftover Left to Kill CROSLAND BY C. A. R. T HIS is a good moment to consider the state of the debate on the British Left. Broadly, one may say that the 'revisionist' period...

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Economic Policy for Gentlemen

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Policy Against Inflation. By Roy Harrod. (Mac- millan, 24s.) THE proceedings of-the Committee on the Work- ing of the Monetary System have obliged most of the country's leading...

Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

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Look Homeward, Angel. By Thomas Wolfe. (Heinemann, 21s.) by Elizabeth Howell. (Heinemann, 25s.) Selected Letters of Thomas Wolfe. Edited IT is Wolfe's not unwarranted fate to...

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• A Year's Writers

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THIS annual sets out to survey the last year's literature in Western Europe and America, and to discuss what subjects.and literary methods writers are at present most concerned...

Syndicate History

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The Russian Revolution. By Alan Moorehead. . (Collins and Hamish Hamilton, 30s.) Tins account of the 1917 revolution is based on Mr. Moorehead's not very extensive general...

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Tradesmen's Entrances

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'DRIVING is one of the few remaining crafts.' Mr. Wason is right to be proud of his skill, and could pat himself on the back, too, for being articulate about it, which few...

The Entertainer

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The Stuarts: A Study in English Kingship. By J. P. Kenyon. (Batsford, 25s.) DR. KENYON is an up-and-coming younger historian. His life of the second Earl of Sunder- land,...

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Subversive Spirit

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A Time To Speak. By Michael Scott. (Faber, 21s.) To the possessors of the law, the spirit of the Lord is lawless. THIS line from his own poems could stand for the whole of...

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Brother Mountebank

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micholas Crabbe, or The One and the Many. By Fr. Rolfe (Baron Corvo). (Chatto and Windus, 21s.) Position at Noon. By Eric Linklater. (Jonathan Cape, 15s.) Picnic at Porokorro....

Right to Play

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Second Chorus. By Humphrey Lyttelton. (Ma Gibbon and Kee, 15s.) 'MAN you don't pose, never !' is how Louis Arm strong once crisply summed up his art. The phrase serves equally...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT WITH the biggest-ever surplus on our international account to serve up as an appetiser it was a ravishing bankers banquet at the Mansion House last week....


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By CUSTOS T HE raising of the cash margin from 70 per cent. to 90 per cent. only stopped the Wall Street boom for a couple of days and the Dow Jones industrial index has now...

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J and F. STONE has had, as retailers of and appliances, radio and television sets, a long record of success, but for the year ended June 30, 1958, the company has suffered a...


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ACROSS 1 A rotten mixture, but beloved of • the gardener (7) 5 Man has almost to cheat to get bread (7), 9 Loose bed-cover, provided by 1 perhaps (5) 10 Sounds like the...


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ACROSS.-I Debate. 4 Cribbing. 8 Managers. 10 Patina. 12 Liszt. 13 Units trees. 14 Sally, 16 Dashboard, 17 Dog- collar, 19 Fatal, 21 Hackneyed. 22 Realm. 24 Shabby, 25 Cerebral....

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Seasonable Operations

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No 45!: Report . by C. G. The usual prize was offered for a sonnet to Autumn in which the word 'parachute' was to he 'used. THE great proof of an artist...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No; 454 Set by Allan 0. Waith On

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the first of September. one Sunday morn, 1 shot a hen pheasant in standing corn Without a licence. Contrive who can Such a cluster of crimes against God and Man! Competitors...