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--Portrait c the Week , A s THE French plebiscite campaign moved

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to- wards its foregone conclusion, Algerian nationaliits intensified their campaign of violence in metropolitan France. As the Warsaw talks be- tween the American and Chinese...

THROUGH ATHENIAN EYES UOLLY succeeds folly in Cyprus with the

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painful r inevitability of a dead march; and the situa- tion is not being helped by some recent pronounce- ments—of Mrs. Barbara Castle, in particular. Mrs. Castle's views would...

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Revolt' in Tibet

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rr HE article by George N. Patterson in this issue 1 raises some interesting points. The Tibetans, Mr. Patterson asserts, have a record of two years' full-scale revolt in which...

Trade on the Mo've

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T HE Montreal conference has turned out to be a great success. No far-reaching decisions had been expected from it, but it has in fact provoked two important changes in British...

Partnership in Adventure

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By PETER BENENSON Nicos1 Pr HE only redeeming feature of the present 1 situation in Cyprus is that the irrepressible Greeks retain their sense of humour. Macmillan's ponderous...

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Children Around the House

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By RICHARD H. ROVERE New York ONE year ago this week, the AtiA Arkansas National Guard was ordered by Governor Orval Faubus to prevent ten Negro children from attending Central...

Nigerians in Power

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By COLIN HAYCRAFT A PRIME MINISTER and four Premiers, a Governor-General and three Governors, some eighty delegates and their advisers from Nigeria and the Cameroons will be...

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Torquay Commentary-2

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Bald-Heads and Curly Tops W HAT we've got to do; said Distinguished Delegate Number One, 'is to get rid of that whist-drive lot on the platform.' Don't be too hard on them,'...

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I THOUGHT IT unwise of Mr. John Davis, Rank Organisation's

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managing director, to castigate his starlets as lazy and uncooperative; for if anybody is to blame for the silly starlet system it is surely the Rank Organisation itself. The...

THE Observer's other reason for approving of the sentences, that

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'it was important also to let coloured people see that in this country the law had no bias against them and may be relied upon to protect them as far as it can,' seems to me to...

A Spectator's Notebook

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I CANNOT HELP thinking that the Observer will regret its defence last week of the heavy sentences passed on the nine youths who went 'nigger-hunting.' While admitting that 'four...

EITHER YOU ARE for cats or you are against them.

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Cassandra, the Daily Mirror's hard (and often) bitten columnist, is for them. Cassandra, in fact, is not quite sane on the subject of cats, like all true cat-worshippers. He has...

I WOULD LIKE to apologise to both the Daily Express

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and Mr. Dermot Morrah for what wrote last week. I was misled by the obvious chagrin of the Express at having missed the Townsend biography into believing that its...

TWO YEARS AGO the Spectator described the opera- tion of

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commercial television as 'a monument to fraud.' Examining the programmes in the week of its third birthday, I see nothing to alter that opinion. Indeed, the position is now even...

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ALMOST AS SINISTER is the gradual growth of practices which

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are designed to deceive the viewer. It is not wholly unreasonable that the per- formers in quiz games should be given some in dication of the range of subjects on which they may...

How to Win an Election

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By DESMOND DONNELLY* rTIFIE Labour Party meets this weekend ' at 1 Scarborough for what is almost certainly its last conference before the General Election. It knows that it...

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Our Dancing Daughters

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By A. V. COTON THE business • of training for ballet involves a certain mystique. But there are also cruelly hard facts which determine h o w many girls can step on even the...

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Unrecognised Revolution

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By GEORGE N. PATTERSON Darjeeling T rTI HE official United Tibet Organisation, Chul-Ka Sum, has recently sent out an appeal and a manifesto to every country in the world, two...

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Rippers producer Anthony Hinds, 'but in- stead of that a servant comes out, straight through the window and into the moat. He fishes himself out and they throw him in again....


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A Shock in the Dark BRIEN B y ALAN Garden District. (Arts.) IT is hard to imagine a Tennes- see Williams play which isn't about Sex with a capital S. Thomas Lanier Williams...

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The H Symbol By PETER FORSTER THE corpses at Belsen lie stretched in rows; the fatal mushroom billows up in the Pacific; maimed PoWs hobble piteously home; an orphaned child on...

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Swamp Level By ISABEL QUIGLY The Defiant Ones. (Odeon, Leicester Square.)—Rockets Galore. (Odeon, Marble Arch.) — The Left-handed Gun. (General Release.)—A Certain Smile....

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SEPTEMBER 28, 1833 Ton Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on Military and Naval Appointments will disappoint those who had flattered themselves with the...


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Bottom Dropping Out B y MARGHANITA LASKI 'A CONSUMER demand which owes its origin to artificial stimulation . . . is an unsure foundation for prosperity. It might give way.'...

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Consuming Interest

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Plastics in the Home By LESLIE ADRIAN has largely eliminated the chore and dish-drying. This, with the polythene bowl and sink strainer, has, I have suddenly noticed, made...


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Scotched Festival By DAVID CAIRNS Money is a language which, one would have thought, the city fathers of Edinburgh needed no special tuition to understand. Persuade them that...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Slipped Disc By MILES HOWARD N OT long ago a patient of mine made good his escape from an uncongenial job byllIness of a kind that was, to me, unusual in such con-...

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SIR, —Mr. Alan Brien's article on science fiction is excellent stuff—the more so since most of it consists of ideas originally propounded in the Introductions to my own three...


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SIR,—False premises must lead to false deductions. Of course, if Mr. Quentin Pope believes we argue just from experience in Singapore his arguments are likely to display a...


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SIR.—Though long deterred, by considerations of delicacy, from referring publicly to a subject which must be naturally repugnant to all decent people, 1 feel that the time has...

Letters to the Editor

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The Notting Hill Sentences John Vaizey Loyalties Ltd. Sir Half ord Reddish The Canker in our Midst Jocelyn Brooke Adam Beyond the Stars Edmund Crispin Moral--and...

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SIR,—In your leading article of September 19 you say, 'It is better to be disloyal and dishonoured than dead.' I am appalled that a once responsible journal should preach such...


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SI R,—A recent review in the Spectator of a novel , that was highly recommended by it induced me to obtain and read this. I do not propose to give the book an advertisement by...

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SIR,—To show why Professor Empson's account of the • controversy in, Encounter appeared misleading would be a lengthy task, and one which would be out of place in your columns....


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SIR,—Mr. Christopher Hollis deserves congratula- tions on his realistic discourse and review of Un- doubted Queen (Spectator, September 12). He is quite right in saying '. . ....


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SIR,—Pharos asks why an interest in music should be considered a necessary prerequisite for being allowed to see the pictures displayed in the Exhibition Suite of the Royal...


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SIR,—Your television correspOndent, Peter FOrsier, remarks that 'the BBC at least keeps its Americana to the less ' obtrusive early-evening times.' 1 am afraid that this remark...

AFTER THE PARTY SIR,-1 judge from some observations in his

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thought- ful review of my book that Mr. Arden and I must have met in some previous existence—perhaps he was a King's Messenger in Sofia when 1 was a Com- munist slave. I am, of...


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SIR,—The recent racial disturbances have made widely known the terrible social and physical condi- tions that exist in some parts of London. It should be emphasised that people...

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The Age of Boredom By ANTHONY HARTLEY n NE of the more depressing features of British J culture today is a shortage of sages. On the death of George Orwell that peculiar...

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Marine Creatures

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THE Sea of Cortez is an old name for the Gulf of California, a long, narrow, treacherous body of water. In the spring of 1940, John Steinbeck, to- gether with a biologist...

Nest of Puritans

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Reformation and Reaction in Tudor Cambridge. By H. C. Porter. (C.U.P., 52s. 15(1.) THis is a big book. Formally it is local history of antiquarian interest. In fact its theme is...

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King Psephos

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The Study of Political Behaviour. By D. E. Butler. (Hutchinson, Its.) CONTRARY to its author's intentions, most readers, I suspect, will find this a depressing little book. The...

, Three Women

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The Diary of 'Helena Morley.' Translated by Elizabeth Bishop. (Gollancz, 18s.) NOTHING is more characteristic of Mary Slessor's indomitable and eccentric spirit than her cure...

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Homage to George Patton

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FEBRUARY 8, 1945; the biggest British artillery barrage of the War in the West launched Opera- tion Veritable, designed to destroy the German forces between the Rhine and the...

Reporting India

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India Changes! By Taya Zinkin. (Chatto and Windus, 25s.) Tits is by far and away the best book to put into the hands of anyone who wants to find out What has happened, and is...

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For Academic Ears

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A Friend in Power. By Carlos Baker. (Faber, 16s.) „ CARLOS BAKER is Woodrow Wilson Professor of English Literature and chairman of his department at Princeton. Professor Ed...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Ts the film industry a dying one? Mr. John Davis, the brains be- hind the Rank Organisation, of which he is managing director, flatly denies it in an...

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UALCAST has almost doubled its profits for NC the past year, confirming the favourable reports given last July and November by the chairman, Mr. J. E. V. Jobson. It will be...


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'Solution on October 10 ACROSS 1 A smile-on the face of the tortoiseshell? (6) 4 Nonsense is on the rise; ask the crammed (6, 2) 8 'Beside the - in the floods?' (William...


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By CUSTOS HE bull movement has now carried the in- dustrial share market through the index point -192-which ruled before the raising of Bank rate to 7 per cent. a year ago and...


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ACROSS. - 1 Velocipede. 6 Abed. 10 Cramp. 11 Loyalties. 12 Henrietta, 13 China. 14 Perquisite. 16 Chic. 18 Amen. 20 Sour grapes. 23 Tiger. 24 Chandlers. 27 Right-hand, 28 Noggs....

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 450 Set by James S. Fidgen Regional

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stamps have recently been issued for use in Scotland, Wales. Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands—hut none have been issued for England. The usual prize of...

Lunatic Lyrics

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 447: Report by R. Kennard Davis The usual prize Was offered for not more than sixteen lines of verse addre.ssed to the Moon on the occasion of attempts...