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r THE Labour Party's election spirit may be all that Morgan Phillips says it is, as up-to-proof as it was in 1945; but there can be few people even in the party who would not...

Portrait of the Week— AT THE UNITED NATIONS, Mr. Khrushchev

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proposed a four-year Programme of total disarmament, and in Des Moines he recommended a couple of summit meetings a year. Apart from that, he continued to shoulder his chip...

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There is Hope

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS A GERIA, we all know, is an internal French problem, a doctrine sound in law if not in sense, and one which every French government must necessarily...


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A DISARMAMENT proposal of the kind Mr. Khrushchev has put forward is nicely calcu- lated to make Western politicians uneasy, and leave Western citizens puzzled. Is it sincere?...

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Election Commentary

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Labour Party would set up a political police force and abolish elections entirely. Speaking as one who has never been wholly averse to slinging a little healthy mud about when...


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A Spectator's Notebook

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THE ATTEMPT being made by the Conservative leaders to make the election a polite, well-bred affair would be fine if it were simply designed to spare us all the once-fashion-...

IT IS RARE ENOUGH to find any kind of entertain-

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ment in London after 11 at night; and when it is combined with topical political agitation, as in Monday's Nuclear Disarmament rally Stars in Your Eyes, I would have assumed...

"HIE ENTERTAINMENT had a Victorian 'at home' air about it.

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Sir Michael Redgrave sang. His light agreeable baritone in his songs from the Beggar's Opera was certainly a surprise to me, and he re- ceived that enthusiastic applause which...

I HAVE RECEIVED a brochure from the Bow Group on

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its research activities. Nineteen study-groups are listed, with a description of the work-in- progress of each one. Thus, the Banking group is bringing out a pamphlet; the group...


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Copies of the issues of the Spectator published during the printing dispute (June 26-August 7) may still be obtained by sending ninepence for each copy required to 1HE SALES...

I FIND IT HARD to believe that many floaters were

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impressed by the Conservatives' first TV broad- cast in the campaign proper. Six turned out to be too many Ministers to be squeezed comfort- ably into so brief a session....

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How Not to Vote

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Mr. Gaitskell's Albatross By .1. E. S. SIMON, QC ociausm is about equality. Conservatism is about opportunity, and therefore about liberty, and therefore about order....

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Besetting Dishonesty

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By ROY JENKINS M osT -electioneering is destrtictive. : But the participants' often' have a slightly bad con- science about this fact, and many articles (or speeches), which...

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The Rewards of Stupidity

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By MARK BONHAM CARTER T HIS, it can be argued, is the age of the second best. No Shakespeare, no Bach, no Mozart, no Cezanne. In no sphere does the second-best do better than...

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Brogue Elephant By ALAN BRIEN The Ginger Man. (Fortune.) — Baikie Charivari. (Edin- burgh.) — The Shifting Heart. (Duke of York's.) The Ginger Man began as a much-bandied,...

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Sacred Legs By ISABEL QUIGLY The Blue Angel. (Carlton.)— The Rabbit Trap. (Odeon, Marble Arch.) — Yesterday's Enemy. (Empire.) "'FALLING ii love again." Oh my God.' I read...


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Space Salesmen By MAURICE GOLDSMITH It will probably be about five years before the first man steps out on to the surface of the Moon. It will be much longer before...

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Venice Observed By BETTY BEST ALONG the sunlit terrace of the Excelsior Hotel on the Lido, the cineastes lifted their heads from their international reading mat- ter...


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Maidens in Uniform By KATHARINE WHITEHORN By the coat rail a tense battle was in progress. A mother, in a nondescript floral, was firmly ordering a large size, belted,...

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Consuming Interest

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Making a Packet By LESLIE ADRIAN. SHOPS may spend thousands on Most big stores deliver free 'in the London area'—but they are not agreed about the size of the London area....

trar pettator

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SEPTEMBER 27, 1834 ACCORDING to the Gazette des Tribunaux, at the l 01 assizes for the department of the Eure-et-Loire. man named Perrier, who was found guilty incendiarism,...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Father and Son By MILES HOWARD WHAT is the duty of the citizen when he finds one of his fellows engaged in a self- destructive pursuit? Should he intervene?—or, in a...

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SIR, —The letter from Mr. J. G. W. Davies, Chief Secretary

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of the Cambridge University Appointments Board, printed in your issue of September 11, surely calls for .$0rug further ,,cornment. "He admits the authenticity of the...

SIR,—Mr. Charles Curran's article 'Stalin Merely Smiled' shows painstaking penetration

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of events lead- ing up to that fateful decision of Mr. Truman which manifested itself on August 6, 1945. Surely Joe Stalin must have been the ace of poker-players in his day?...

SIR,—It is distressing to read the letter (in your is

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of September 11) that Mr. Davies has found so di tressing to write, if he was indeed, as you state. t author of some of the remarks that you printed 0 September 1. It is more...

SIR,—Two points arise from Mr. Curran's ititeresting article, 'Stalin Merely

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Smiled.' The reasons given for the speed and urgency of the Los Alamos project to develop an atom bomb is that the Allies feared the Germans would make such a weapon first. It...

SIR,—In your issue of Septernber 18 Mr. Charles Curran writes,

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'That tower of smoke at Hiroshima —a monster mushroom topped by a white cap—was the most affrighting sight ever seen by human eyes. It has imprinted itself on the minds of all...

'Stalin Merely Smiled' Louis Allen, M. B. Connock, Hugh Thomas,

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W. P. D. Kitchen And-Semitism Frederic Raphael, P. S. C. Davis Taxis Lady Waldegrave Election Literature G. Woledge Nuclear Protest Michael Randle and others Sir Gawain Brian...


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SIR.—When I read Mr. Humphris's letter of Ser tember 11 I was strongly reminded of an experienf e I once had which was almost exactly similar in 10 beginning but very different...

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SIR,—I suppose it is my bad luck that my translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight had to be re- viewed (Spectator, September 11) by a critic with whose famous...


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Sin,—Nuclear disarmament movements in several countries are extremely concerned about the forth- coming French atomic tests in the Sahara. A number of African States have...


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SIR,—May I. through the Courtesy of your column, appeal to your readers to send us election addresses and leaflets issued by candidates in their constitu- encies? We have here...

SIR,—Y01.1r Wimbledon correspondent asks if I can 'suggest an alternative

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method of expressing appre- ciation.' Easily : two Methods by two world leaders, namely Sir Winston's . V-sign and President Eisenhower's arms-raising method, each pleasingly...

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Antiestablishmentarianism Sy BRIAN INGLIS ?TINE Establishment Game was first played in thee columitS in September, 1955, when Henry Fairlie discussed its influence in connec-...

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The Mire of Common-Sense

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THE task of making available all the writings of 'Coleridge goes on apace, and this continuation Qf Professor Griggs's vast edition of the letters iontains a good many...

Where the Twain Are Always Meeting

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Meeting with Japan. By Fosco Maraini. Trans- Nicholson, 50s.) A HANDSOME volume, excellently illustrated (though some of the coloured photographs look as if they require...

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After the Risorgimento Italy: A Modern History. By Denis Mack

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Smith. (Mayflower, 60s.) HITHERTO English readers have been able to read much about Italy's unification but no adequate account of the aftermath. Mr. Mack Smith's fine...

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'EAR more than any other year before or since was

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this the punctuation-mark of the twentieth- century,' writes Mr. James Cameron in the pre- face to 1914; and he has had the good idea of compiling a sort of historical scrapbook...

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Resign the Living

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The Humbler Creation. By Pamela Hansford Johnson. (Macmillan, 16s.) Tambourines to Glory. By Langston Hughes. (Gollancz, 13s. 6d.) The Four-Chambered Heart. By Anais Nin. (Peter...

The Fall of Trotsky

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The Prophet Unarmed. By Isaac Deutscher. (0.U.P., 38s.) The Prophet Unarmed. By Isaac Deutscher. (0.U.P., 38s.) MR. DEUTSCHER'S Prophet Armed was a splendid panorama of...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT The story starts with a 'shell' called Lintang which became Lintang Investments, a property company holding Mr. Maxwell Joseph's acquisi- tions—the 1,200...

SPECTATOR CROSSWORD No. 1056 Solution on Oct. 9

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ACROSS 1 Very superior person, sic encom- passed (10) 6 They were brought to Solomon With ivory and peacocks (4) 1 0 Though utterly weary, nobody has been dismissed (3, 2)...


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ACROSS—I Sphere. 4 Bracelet, 10 Cedilla, 11 Pintado. 12 Raba. 13 Coordi- nate. 16 Teasel. 17 Remains. 20 Stamina. 21 Reason. 24 Coconut-shy. 25 Pict. 27 Thistle. 29 Mansion. 30...

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By CUSTOS T HE sharp drop in the Daily Mail poll for the Tories, the Jasper affair and the Wall Street decline all helped to bring the boom in Throe , 2 morton Street to a...


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rTIFIE accounts of Great Universal Stores are I made up to March 31, 1959, and therefore cannot reflect the considerable benefit that the company will have received from the...