27 DECEMBER 1968

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'kqs. aly —Xi3;f - • Lord Lugard is deice, " roughout 1968 the SPECTATOR has been Inducting a sustained campaign against the esent Government's policy towards Biafra d Nigeria....

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Britain's economy lingered in a state of con- valescence throughout the year, with occasional bouts of fever hinting at relapse. The inter- national monetary system also...

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The participation craze

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• POLITICAL COMMENTARY JOCK BRUCE-GARDYNE, MP One of the features of life at my first school which I recall most vividly was the 'craze.' One term it would be stamp collecting;...

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Why a wealth tax?

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THE RICH HARRY G. JOHNSON Harry G. Johnson is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. The idea of a wealth tax is a fairly old one, generally regarded as...

Peace breaks out

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AMERICA JOHN GRAHAM Washington—The Vietnam War is over. There was a time when it commandeered every con- versation in Washington, when someone who didn't know the difference...

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Chess mates

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CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS It has been discovered that some of the chess masters in the International Tournament have been 'fixing' their games. I've heard the politician has his...

Could do better

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THE 'PRESS BILL GRUNDY This has been a year to remember as far as newspapers are concerned. Much has hap- pened, many are gone but not forgotten, and the newspaper world has...

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J. W. M. THOMPSON At this moment, in the apprehensive lull be- tween Christmas and the New Year, one remembers Wordsworth in his later and lugu- brious mood. 'Another...

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• • • and now to rescue Peter

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PERSONAL COLUMN GILES PLAYFAIR This is by way of beiing an appeal to the National Theatre. But a word or two of ex- planation to begin with. Among the grown-ups, I take it,...

Elixir of youth

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MEDICINE JOHN ROWAN WILSON As one grows older, certain subjects crop up in conversation with increasing frequency. One of these, perhaps not surprisingly, is rejuvena- tion....

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Open and shut

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CONSUMING INTEREST LESLIE ADRIAN Another salvo in its battle to keep the banks open on Saturdays was fired off last week by the Consumer Council. It published figures re-...

A hundred years ago

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From the 'Spectator, 26 December 1868—Admiral George Grey is a brave man. He has ventured to publish a letter in the Times advocating a cession of Gibraltar to the Spaniards,...

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Those barren leaves

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TABLE TALK DENIS BROGAN It was with a sense of a great turning-point in history having been turned, that I read not tong ago in The Times that Mr Robert Maxwell, the...

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Britain and Biafra The case for genocide examined

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AUBERON WAUGH For as long as any Christian, liberal or human- itarian tradition survives, the year 1968 will be . remembered as the one in which a British government, for the...

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Christianity and humanism BOOKS

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THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY Christianity and humanism stand today in con- trast as rival concepts. It was not always so. Europe knew a long tradition of avowedly Christian...

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Any news?

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PETER VANSITTART Lucia in London and Trouble for Lucia E. F. Benson both introduced by Micheal Mac Liammeir (Heinemann 30s each) E. F. Benson (1867-1940), son of an Archbishop...

All mod cons

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MICHAEL BOBBIE Imprisonment in Medieval England Ralph B. Pugh (cuP 90s) This is a pioneer work of great importance for students of English legal and social history. The author...

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Such a rotter

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MARTIN SEYMOUR-SMITH A good deal is known about Lawrence's troubled relationship with Jessie Chambers, in- cluding her own account of it; but until now little has been known of...

Thomas Hope and the Neo-Classical Idea David Watkin (Murray 63s)

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Patient hope OLIVER WARNER Old-style patronage could have odd effects, among them cross-fertilisation. This is strik- ingly exemplified in the influence of Thomas Hope, who...

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Man and boy

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JOHN ROWAN WILSON There is a good deal to be said for reading biographies backwards. Quite apart from the advantage of putting off that dreadful opening chapter on 'Early...

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Nuisance value

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MICHAEL ROBERTS There have been many biographies of Queen Christina; so many of them written by women that one is tempted to diagnose a variety of female weakness. Most of them...

Big game

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LAURENCE MARTIN The Bomb and the Computer Andrew Wilson (Barrie and Rockliff 30s) The bulk of this book is a highly readable account of wargaming and of all the many other...

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Gordon Craig on Ellen Terry ARTS

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INTERVIEWED BY PETER BROOK Gordon Craig and Peter Brook met towards the end of Craig's life; he was eighty-four when he recorded this conversation for Granada Tele- vision in...

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Joys of the chase PENELOPE HOUSTON Bullitt (Warner, from 1 January, 'A') Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Astoria, 'U') Readers of Raymond' Chandler probably re- member his defence...


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ART PAUL GRINKE The British Museum, not usually prone to ex- hibiting its book treasures outside the purdah of the Reading Room, has mounted a very fes- tive display of...

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Love's Labours Lost (Old Vic)

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THEATRE Sugar is sweet HILARY MAILING 'As with the Commander of an Army, or the leader of any enterprise, so is it with the mistress of a house. Her spirit will be seen...

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Winners and losers of 1968

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MO NE Y NICHOLAS DAVENPORT All business is a bet, as Keynes used to say to me, and therefore all investment in business is a speculation. But last year it was much easier to...

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Logic as it ain't

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PORTFOLIO JOHN BULL One set of shareholders will be spending the Christmas holiday thinking hard about its present situation, prospects and responsibilities. I refer to...

ffolkes's business types

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Market report

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CUSTOS Transatlantic influences have had much to do with the performance of London markets in the past few days. Gold shares responded immediately to the incoming us Treasury...

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The past and the present

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Sir: Have Lord Robbins and Professor Hugh Trevor-Roper taken leave of their senses? Do the Metropolitan Police constables no longer exist? Viewing the circumstances of...

Table talk

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Sir: Sir Denis Brogan (6 December) is shocked by the form 'Who do they trust?' But it isn't bad grammar. Certainly it is better than 'Whom . . . ?' which is not only prissy but...

Student Stirs: a Document

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LETTERS From James A. Sharpe, Ronald Cholodny, Robert Brady, W. Waddington, Edward Bonney, John Palmer, Charles Schwarzenberg, Ewart Milne, Kennedy Wells, Keith Kyle, Donald...

Socialist successes

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Sir: The recent publication of a pamphlet by the Labour party entitled Socialist Successes, price 6d, prompts rne to suggest that it is high time to issue a guide (a fourpenny...

Sir: With regard to Professor Brogan's letter of reply (13

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December) to criticisms of his article on Bologna, when I gave the 1914-18 War dead as 812,000 for Britain (6 December), I meant exactly what I said, never supposing anybody to...

Quality not quantity

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Sir: Of the self-inflicted wounds from which this country's financial life-blood at present gushes, the most ill-judged and dangerous is undoubtedly education. Allow me to put...

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The stupid party

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Sir: Capitalism may never have done anything for any nation, but Patrick Cosgrave (20 December) misquotes what he calls `its most enduring statement of faith.' What Charles...

Forgotten courtesies

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Sir: May I appeal, through your columns, to newspaper editors to restore one or two of the traditional courtesies extended to their contri- butors? I was trained as a young...

Within the meaning of the Act

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Sir: In the First World War, my father died as an Austrian officer; this will explain why I was mildly amused to read the indignant statement of Mr Auberon Waugh (6 Decem- ber):...


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Sir: J. W. M. Thompson is singularly perverse ('Spectator's notebook,' 20 December). He writes that Mr Wilson had 'better hasten his nobbling of the House of Lords or he might...

Biafra and human rights

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Sir: Of your courtesy: I think I may have been among the first non-Jewish -writers in these islands to welcome publicly the setting up of the State of Israel in 1948, in the...

No. 533: Interview

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COMPETITION Set by E. C. Jenkins: Walter Mitty never got round to being a Robin Day or a David Frost. Before television interviews are finally banned on account of their...

No. 531: The winners

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Trevor Grove reports: Competitors were in- vited to compose an intelligible piece of prose around ten given words, chosen from the open- ing passages of a well-known book. They...

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Chess no. 419

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PHILIDOR Solution to no. 418 (Schumer): (a) Kt – B 6 mate. (b) I R– B 7, R any; 2 R mates accordingly. (c) I R – B 3, P R; 2 P – Kt 8 = Q, P – Kt 5: 3 Q – Q 5. (d) I Kt – B 3....

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Crossword no. 1358

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Across I Is conflict this songster's theme? (7) 5 Bad, some foreigners would say, a hazard to shipping on the Indian coast (7) 9 Pulses have a sporting advantage for destruc-...