25 JANUARY 1963

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W ITH IN the last fortnight the face of politics both at home and abroad has been transformed. President de Gaulle's declared opposition to Britain's entry into the European...

— Portrait of the Week— MR. HUGH GAITSKELL, the Leader of

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the Opposi- tion, died in the Middlesex Hospital on Friday, January 19, at the age of fifty-six. Tributes came from,'among others, Her Majesty The Queen, Mr. Macmillan,...

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China on the Himalayas

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T o both Delhi and Peking, the proposals conveyed to them by Mrs. Bandaranaike after the Colombo meeting of the six Afro-Asian countries last month probably look like an exer-...

Economic Alternatives I F there is no political alternative to our

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join- ' ing the Common Market there are certainly some economic alternatives. The first is to de- velop the idea of the Atlantic community in which tariffs are progressively...

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A Monarch's Mistake

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From Our Common Market Correspondent BR USSELS O N the excellent principle that the King is the incarnation of his subjects' virtues, General de Gaulle is presumably the most...

Obstacles to Growth

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S iR ROBERT SHONE, the Director-General of Neddy, and his staff of fifty research workers have, by all accounts, done the country proud in the first major report which they...


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W ITEI the recognition of Saudi Arabia and the continuing refusal to recognise the Yemen, British policy in the Middle East seems finally to have lost all direction, and with it...

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Germany at the Crossroads

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From SARAH GA1NHAM BONN OMPARED with what has happened in Paris and Brussels, the efforts of Mr. Khrushchev last week in Berlin, both in the conference and at the sector...

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After Gaitskell

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By HENRY FAIRLIE I I has been an embarrassing week. Almost all that we have been spared is an ode from the Poet Laureate. I hope only that 1 will offend no one if I try and...

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Spectator's Notebook

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T WAS glad to see that, in the course of his 'tribute to Hugh Gaitskell, George Brown was able to refute the myth of the cold and aloof in- tellectual. I remember Mr. Gaitskell...

Which 'Which?'

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Guying the consumer advice organisations on TWTWTW is one thing; shutting one of them out of Choice is quite another. The BBC ought to think again about favouring Which? against...

Grave Condition

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'The stone which the builders refused is be- come the headstone of the corner.' If the Psalms are prophetic there are going to be many red faces in the diocese of London soon. I...

Tertium Quid

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As politics begin again after the pause caused by Mr. Gaitskell's death there seems little doubt that one of the most prominent features of the new constellation will be Liberal...

Grace Abounding

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I am delighted to see that Mrs. Grace Wynd- ham Goldie has been getting kudos for her share in the renovation of BBC television. Of all the new brooms sweeping out the...


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I have been learning something about orni- thology lately from my bedroom window. The first in the morning to go for the food we put out are the tits, but they are invariably...

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By BRIAN COPLAND 1 OOK for a moment, not at the criticisms of , advertising, but at the critics. What- ever the ostensible reasons they give for opposi- tion to advertising and...

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Last Chance in the Sixth Form • Sir Desmond Lee. fenni Daiches. Alan M. Hay After Nassau Lord Hampton Watt's Watt B. A. People. G. Wynn Hamel The Unfashionable Angries A...

Sta,—To Mr. Duncan's admirable logic I would only add that

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there is nothing like an old-fashioned coal tire, and to blazes with Smoke Abatement! G. WYNN HAMEL /7 Hogarth Road, 5W5

SIR, — Mr. Kershaw's letter in your issue of January 18 raises

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one or two questions. Who does he think will be deterred by our independent deterrent? Surely not Russia, and what other possible enemy will believe that we would dare world...

SIR,-1 was much impressed by Lady Judith Paken- ham's fiery

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renunciation of her inherited advantages. May I pose one relevant question: are you, sir, ab- solutely certain that you would have given her article such prominence if it had...

SIR, — While strongly supporting the move towards the breakdown of specialisation

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in sixth forms, I do not think the problem will be adequately solved by stipulating that certain arbitrary 'general' studies be compulsory. Narrowness and restriction certainly...


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SLR.— American opinion still seems to elude the embrace of 'the peace people' as it did three decades ago. And Mr. Ridgeway (Spectator, January 4), a friendly critic of the...

SIR, — May I suggest that there is yet another level upon

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which the material taught in a sixth form may be decided—a level which is not evident in the pattern of subject hours as submitted by head- masters. Many teachers in individual...


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SIR, — Judith Pakenham has given us some thought- provoking points on 'The Unfashionable Angries,' but she spoils it by using too many pat phrases, and too many easy...


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SIR.—My wife has read Mr. B. Duncan's letter and has accused me of ov.A - spendine. Instead of the 1,000-watt fire, costing £I, that I recently bought, she insists that I should...

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DANGEROUS SKILL SIR,—John Hersey's famous article on the bombing of

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Hiroshima (now reprinted in his book Here to Stay) was generally recognised on its first appear- ance, seventeen years ago, as one of the finest pieces of reporting evoked by...


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SIR,—The Government is rightly being pressed to give special attention to the needs of the North-East to help stop the drift of young people to the South. It has been pointed...

AGRICULTURE AND EUROPE SIR,—One of the strongest influences that have

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led the Government to seek entry into EEC has been the increasing demand upon the taxpayer through the Treasury to provide more and more millions of pounds in subsidies,...

DR. JUNG SIR,-1 have been entrusted by the heirs of

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the late Dr. C. G. Jung with the editing of his correspon- dence and I should be very glad if anyone possessing letters would communicate them to me, either originals (which...

COMPANY NEWS SIR,—It is always a delight to read the

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urbane com- ments of your city experts. 1 was particularly interested to read the Company news in your issue dated January 18 and to be informed that: The great Halifax last...

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Op e ra

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Slogans of Power By DAVID CAIRNS sat THE repertoire at Sadler's Wells, already exceptionally vigorous and varied, has been enlivened by a fascinating production, the first...

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Michael Andrews By _NE VILE WALLIS ONLY the other week I was regretting that since Rodrigo Moynihan abandoned his clas- sically disposed groups no native painter of...


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Left Hooking By BAMBER GASCOIGNE High Street, China. (Theatre Royal, Stratford E.) Agnes Bernelle. (The Establish- ment.) Misalliance. (Royal Court.) 'WHERE are you off to?'...


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One of Three By ISABEL QUIGLY The Knife in the Water. (Academy, late night show; 'X' certificate.) Roman Polanski's first feature film, The Knife in the Water, puts three...

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Opaque and Glittering BY BERNARD BERGONZI COME time in the Twenties or Thirties Ulysses Ostopped being just a dirty book—`a dogged attempt to cover the universe with mud,' as...

Place Massena : Nice

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A fountain clangs. Fuzzy with night the town Spreads like a blanket its caressing air, As in the public square I sit to wait the dawn. The palms emerge from shadow. Suddenly A...

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Southern Crossings

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GOVERNOR PHILLIP, his administrative staff, crews, soldiers and 750 convicts arrived to found the colony of New South Wales in January, 1788. The first of the eleven ships to...

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Bull Headed

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The Irish Comic Tradition. By Vivian Mercier. (O.U.P., 30s.) TIP" the comic few subjects seem more liable to provoke dull books: this is especially true of academic writers,...

Amorous Worms

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THE tube railways are all parts of a puzzle and it is left to destiny to see how they can be Pieced together,' it was said in 1902, when tube- building mania was at its most...

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Just Great

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The College Novel in America. By John 0. Lyons. The Grotesque, an American Genre. And other essays. By William Van O'Con- nor. New American Gothic. By Irving Malin. With...

Farewell, Death

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THIS is a voice valedictory, since hereafter I depart this column, and in this case (but not in all, not in all) it would have been nicer to go on a bang than a whimper. This...

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The Ghost

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What makes permeable the ghost? Madam, you haunt me but a young month old And already I see the grey clock through your breasts And, when I hold you, air Is in my fingers or...

Poison Laurel

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As Professor Finer tells us in this comprehensive and stimulating survey, and as events in Togo are the latest reminder, military intervention in civil government has been...

Quakers & Peace

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Quakers may be better known for their stand against war than for any other of their 'testimonies'. Certainly, violence has no place in their interpretation of Christian...

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Hugh Gaitskell—Economist

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Erudite and experienced in economic affairs without being academic or intellectually arro- gant, Hugh Gaitskell was that unusual per- sonality—an economist...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS HE gilt-edged market proved to be more sen- I salve to de Gaulle than equity shares. This may seem reasonable, because there are plenty of equity shares not affected...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY NE point of interest arising from the report by the chairman, Mr. John Thomson, of Barclays Bank, was that deposits had increased during 1962 by 4.7 per cent.,...

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I Like Cities

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By ANGELA MILNE LL travel is exciting—think how you feel when the road sign shows you have crossed from Surrey to Kent—but the most exciting of all, to me, is not foreign...

Le Camping

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By ALAN SIMPSON I T was about seven o'clock in the evening that we noticed a flat place beside a waterfall just off the road in Connor's Pass. Here, we thought, is just the...

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Holiday Preference

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Lord Boothby For ten successive years between the wars I went with my parents, for my summer holiday, to Cadenabbia on the Lake of Como. It was the nearest approach to...

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Speeding the Traveller

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By LESLIE ADRIAN IF you're interested in a cruising holiday late this year or any time in 1964 you should know about a new organisation called the Travel Savings Association...