25 OCTOBER 1963

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— Portrait of the Week TWICE REJECTED, Mr. Butler soldiers on,

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now as Foreign Secretary, waiting for the next call in x years' time. The new Prime Minister was also twice rejected, by Mr. Macleod and Mr. Powell, who declined to serve. Home...

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No. io( , established 1828 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1963


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T o adapt Dr. Johnson's phrase, if a man 1 has six months to rule it will concentrate the mind wonderfully. In fact the Govern- ment, for all the recent turmoil, is well placed...

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Political Commentary

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Home Rule By DAVID WATT E is already relaxing. He looks much het- i". ter tonight,' reported Sir John Richardson of his distinguished patient last Friday evening. The picture...

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Centaur Surviving

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'Mr. Attorney' (as he is called in the Courts) is of course more than the Number One barrister. He is the Government's legal adviser; he is answerable to Parliament on legal...

A Question of Style

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN O NE of the phrases rubbed smooth with use in the months of interminable chat about changing Chancellors is the one about Chancellor Erhard bringing a...

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The Right is Dead, Long Live the Right

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By HENRY FAIRLIE AST sacrifices are nothing,' says Lord Esk- r dale, in Coningsby, discussing the formation of a government. 'Present sacrifices are the thing we want: men who...

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The Former Fourteenth Earl

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By RICHARD KERSHAW THE picture of our new Prime Minister that haunts me is his reaction to an event that could hardly be called important among Affairs of 'But, mind you, they...

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The Robbins Report

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By JOHN VAIZEY W HEN Lord Robbins's appointment was first announced there were many who feared the consequences. In economics he could hardly be said to be in the van of...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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B ED was, I suppose, as good a place as any from which to observe the Conservatives in the throes of parturition, and a high temperature merely added its own touches of drama...

Asleep in the Deep What should one read when ill?

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Personally, I favour an eternity of bliss spent in perusing the works of Eric Ambler. Ian Fleming, Raymond Chandler et alii, but unfortunately the output of these writers does...

The World of the Absurd The other day I was

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talking with a friend about what existentialists mean when they speak of experiencing the absurd. I was not then able to produce a convincing comparison from life, but I think I...

Prejudging the PM

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I have no idea whether Lord Home will be a good or a bad Prime Minister, but I am sure that Mr. Wilson'and Mr. Brown are right in thinking that their original attacks on him as...

Network and Trident

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Despite the fact that—or perhaps because—I do not often watch television, I found myself applauding The Time's fourth leader on television interviewing, and was unconvinced by...

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Bombs and Balances

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By HEDLEY BULL T liE limited nuclear test-ban treaty is widely I taken to signify a reduction in international tension and the beginnings of a more stable world order. It is...

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The Conformity of Non-Conformity

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By DIANA SPEARMAN A YOUNG gentleman recently advertised him- self in the personal columns of The Times as possessing 'modern opinions.' And, alas, one knows exactly what he...

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Wheels Within Wheels

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By HENRY AWBRY As an exhibition the annual Motor Show at .1A . Earls Court occupies a position analogous with that of the British motor industry itself. Compared with the shows...

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MAINTAINING CONTACT SIR,—With reference to last week's urgent appeal from

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the anti-apartheid fortnightly Contact, it occurs to me that, while an immediate and generous response can save the paper meantime, its existence is bound to remain precarious....

TORIES AT BLACKPOOL SIR,—Your brief quotation from my article on

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the Tory Party Conference gives the impression that the Political Editor of the Sunday Mirror sat in naïve delight as Ministers unfolded an irreproachable social policy. A...


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SIR,—Your reviewer, Ian MacLennan, put his finger on the problem when he ascribed the Highland Clearances as being ultimately linked with the Act of Union. Although Edinburgh...


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SIR,—Mr. Southam writes, apparently, without knowledge that the six improvements in the measures taken by London Transport to accelerate bus traffic were introduced after a...

libi mmi Letters Doctors' Dilemmas C. G. Elliott Tories at Blackpool

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John Bea van Rape of the Glens Hamish Campbell Lawyers' Loot Robert McKinnon How to Protest William Rushton Better by Bus M. D. Bianco, A. S. B. Glover Maintaining Contact Miss...

SIR,—Mr. Southam has overlooked one contribution that London Transport has

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made to ease of intra- metropolitan movement. On September 10 last, having observed that at a certain bus-stop post in this neighbourhood notices were exhibited stating that a...


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SIR,—About fifteen months ago 1 bought the house I am now living in for £5,000. The moneys I paid to the solicitor who handled the transaction totalled £161, including, of...

Sia,—Your paper, a veritable bastion of Conserva- tism, seemed as

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good a place as any to put the record straight. What grisly motive, and there have been some sinister suggestions, have 1 for standing against the late Lord Home at Kinross?...

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SIR, —Your correspondent P. B. Dannatt may go a step further. I have an engraving of an old picture called The Toilet. The lady depicted is not in the water-closet, nor at a...

To Advantage Dressed

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The Balcony. (Academy; 'X' certificate in Lon- don.) A FILM about illusion is almost a piece of self- portraiture, at least enough to involve all sorts. of aesthetic, if not...


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SIR,—I do not know what Mr. Papworth has read into the economic advocacy of the late Lord Keynes, but I am - certain of one thing: the great man never suggested that our nation...


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Sut, — I have not seen it mentioned anywhere in the press during the past week that there is an interesting parallel to be drawn between the new Prime Minister and President...

The Arts Eating People •

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It's quite like the Old Days, when blood- vessels exploded all over Britain at the mention of Gilbert Harding's name; and taking the most optimistic view, I suppose this...

DR. ERHARD'S HOME TOWN SIR,—I refer to the article by

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Sarah Gainham, 'The Second Chancellor,' in the Spectator on October I1. Line five reads: 'Fuerst im Walde.' I want to draw your attention to the fact that it ought to read:...

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Only Playing

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MR. JOSEPH KERMAN neatly summed up the But accompanying is all that Poulenc pretends to be doing. His music does have the play to give it substance. The result is thus a...

Design By

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Covent Garden has a number of advisory committees, the most recent being the Design Committee, formed last November under the chairmanship of Sir Colin Anderson. What the Design...

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`Scrutiny': A Revaluation By C. B. COX D R. LEAVIS has dominated the Cambridge English school for the last thirty years. His lectures have always been crowded, and under-...

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The Influence of F. R. Leavis

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By J. B. BAMBOROUGH NE thing is certain: when the literary O history (and for that matter, the social history) of England in the mid-twentieth cen- tury comes to be written,...

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Proles on Parade

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NOTTINGHAM. A ragman knocks on a door. `Got any old rags, mate?' The collier answers, 'Ar, tek me,' and slams the door. Elsewhere a teen- age couple are briefly brought together...

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Cleansing the Cities

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Victorian Cities. By Asa Briggs. (Odhams, 35s.) Sir John Simon 1816-1904 and English Social Administration. By Royston Lambert. (MacGibbon and Kee, 25s.) IN an age which is...

How to Wage War

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Soldier True: The Life and Times of Field- Marshal Sir William Robertson, Bart., GCB, GCMG, KCVO, DSO, 1860-1933. By Victor Bonham-Carter. (Frederick Muller, 50s.) Years of...

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Deaths and Dolls

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THE boss picks real precision workers for the project he has in mind in The Subject of Harry Egypt, by Daniel Broun (Gollancz, 15s.). Kenny takes excellent photographs, 'Zerby...

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Journey into Life The Incomparable Atuk. By Mordecai Richler. (Deutsch,

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16s.) The Favourite Game. By Leonard Cohen. (Secker and Warburg, 18s.) The Favourite Game. By Leonard Cohen. (Secker and Warburg, 18s.) MR. ROTH'S book has for many years...

This Seems True

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The landlord joined us when he'd locked the door. I said, 'What more has life to give than this? Enough Scotch in us and the chance of more— To drink can be as poignant as to...

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How to Cheapen Local Loans

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT AFTER all this political drama it is pleasant to 'get back to a dull financial subject—local authority borrowing. At the Lord Mayor's feast for the City...

Welensky's Folly

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Unholy Wedlock : The Failure of the Central , African Federation. By Harry Franklin. s: (Allen and Unwin, 32s.) TRE Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is still not dead; but,...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS I HE fact that the market ended slightly down in trading this week did not imply any lack of confidence in the new Premier. The City be- lieves him to be a better...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY T HE board of directors, of whom Mr. James Scriingeour is chairman, of Hume Holdings is to be congratulated on its very full report to shareholders for the year...

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onsuming Interest '

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Read at a Glance By LESLIE ADRIAN LET'S assume—and it's not something I want to encourage you to do for . any length of time —that you are reading this article purely for the...

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By ALAN BRIEN This insidious assertion certainly contains a higher proportion of truth than most ten-o'-clock- tested, doctors-recommend, science-has-proved claims in...