27 JANUARY 1961

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No. 6918 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 1961

— Portrait of the Week — MR. JOHN KENNEDY was inaugurated

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President of the United States and, as his first executive act, ordered the Secretary of Agriculture to increase the quantity and improve the quality of the government food...


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H ow eager are the sheep to believe only good of the wolf! No matter how many times he comes out of the cave with mutton on his chops, eager, bleating voices are always to be...

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Island Paradise

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M R. GEORGE BROWN'S letter on p.105 makes sorry reading. In the leading article to which he refers (leading articles in newspapers are always unsigned) we reported what Mr....

In Contempt ?

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W E have argued before, on several occasions, that the influence of the law of Contempt has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished. Basically, the law is designed...

Press Code

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rro establish professional standards in journal- 1 ism is not easy; to find ways of maintaining them is very difficult indeed. As the Director of the International Press...

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Mrs. Packletide's Tiger

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T HE first stages of the Jaipur tiger shoot came straight out of the pages of Saki. In one of his stories he described how a tiger, 'driven by the increasing infirmities of age...

Please Don't Tease the Kangaroos

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By PETER MICHAELS T HERE used to be a great and lively sport open to any reasonably distinguished or notorious o verseas visitor to Australia, but played with Most zest by...

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Arab Preoccupations

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From MICHAEL ADAMS A COUNCIL meeting of the Arab League has been summoned for January 30 in Baghdad, and nine out of ten Arab Foreign Ministers are expected to attend. The tenth...

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By SARAH GAINHAM T HE discovery by the international film in- dustry of the enemy side of the Second World War has had the effect of revivifying the Interminable discussion of...

THE SPECTATOR The average number of copies of the Spectator

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sold weekly in the period July- December, 1960, as certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, was 43,538 The figure for the same period in 1959 was 38,722. This represents...

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No Confidence

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS K ENYA has been given one of the most com- plicated constitutions in the world. If voting were on the straightforward principle of 'one man one vote' in...

The Challenge of India

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By ADAM BUCHANAN T N India, if you are already the father of three children, and a really good patriot, you go off and get yourself sterilised. A less drastic course would be to...

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The Churches

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Stirring Times By MONICA FURLONG E XC1TING times we are having!' said the man on the telephone from the Church Informa- tion Office last week and since the Church of England...

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SIR,- -In his review of the final volumes of the re- issue of Arthur Machen's translation of Casanova's memoirs, Mr. Simon Raven writes: . • while the texts of the Memoirs pose...


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SIR,—Mr. F. C. McLean's letter published on January 13 in the Spectator leaves the reader with the impression that scrambling and unscrambling devices are required when wire...

Time Exposure Pay Tv Stains on the Carpet Minorities in

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Austria The Nlemoirs of Casanova Teething Troubles Whitesvash? Isabel Q)uiglc. R Libraries and Authors' Royalties Philip Bryant, H. D. Barry Professor D. W. Brogan Professor...

SIR,—Mr. McLean writes on Pay TV (your issue of January

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13) on the basis of the situation which exists in America and Canada, and indeed elsewhere. Had he followed developments a little nearer home he would have qualified his...


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SIR,—it is hardly possible for anyone to stay in a country for merely a few months and to obtain a complete picture of conditions there. In Mr. Leap- man's case, I feel that...

MINORITIES IN AUSTRIA SIR,--We Carinthian Slovenes fully agree with the

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explanation of the term 'integration' meaning the existence of a contented minority within the State in which it lives. Like our foreign minister Kreisky we do not agree either...

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OSWALD DOUGHTY Kelmscott. 132 Camp Ground Road, Newlands, Cape, South Africa


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SIR,—If Mr. Home, whose tone has grown more civil, and Mr. Kennedy, still the fully-fledged Yahoo, will look at my first letter, they will see the points they make (but what...

LIBRARIES AND AUTHORS' ROYALTIES SIR,—How strange that Mr. White, who

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has attacked Mr. Barry for being unable to recognise the dif- ference between a book and a washing-machine, should fail to distinguish between public libraries and public...

SIR,—I have never been in Noumda which Mr. Peter Michaels

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describes as 'a graceless industrial township which, but for its exquisite climate and situation, might be mistaken for a displaced Clermont-Ferranc This odd remark suggests...

SIR,--Mr. Douglas Home says that the Germans under Hitler had

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only three courses open to them and that there was no fourth—to co-operate, to oppose (and take the consequences) or to compro- mise. There was in fact a fourth course, the one...


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Sta,—Goodness, Professor Slack is in a state. Teeth, must I repeat again. arc really not worth so much passion and high moral purpose, and the highly emotional letters of the...

Sta.-No one on our side disputes that authors and publishers

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must be properly paid. Leaving aside issues of principle, what are the alternative courses and their practical consequences? First course. Take £2 million plus from the...

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ISLAND PARADISE have just seen the unsigned comment in your

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edition of January 20 in which you see fit to describe me as 'cruel and contemptible' for having said what I had, in fact, seen, during my visit to the prison in Bahrain. In...


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SIR, — Your 'Portrait of the Week' must by its very nature contain simplifications, bin the sentence 'the Six nations of the European Common Market put up their tariff walls...


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SIR,--This letter is about Mr. David Archer's dis- tinguished record in publishing new poetry. Over the last twenty-seven years in the name of the Parton Press, his courageous...

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Pulling the Wool ? By BAMBER GASCOIGNE Three. (Arts.) The Bar- Believe it or not, this play has been praised for its warm sense of reality; yet the girl, as played by Wendy...


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Teacher's Pet By CLIVE BARNES WHAT, I wonder, is bal- let's equivalent to the opera-goer who fancies canaries? Whatever it is, he would dote on Nadia Nerina. You might call...

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Break-Out By ISABEL QU1GLY The Hole. (International Film Theatre.) WHEN people die leaving a bad film as their last record — like Gerard Philipe surviving so many good films to...

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Parnell's Circus By PETER FORSTER Interlarded with this entertainment were seven minutes of commercials, the maximum permitted by the Independent Television Authority. These...


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Amateurism Rebuked By DAVID CAIRNS The muddled, fond assumptions, so beloved of our professors, which lie at the heart of this cult of the amateur—that 'feeling' can flourish...

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Revenger's Tragedy BY D. W. HARDING A LTHOUGH The Mansion* completes the chronicle of social change begun in The Hamlet and continued in The Town, Faulkner's preface points out...

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Lhasa to Laos

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The Ignorant Armies. By E. M. Halliday. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 21s.) THOSE who find themselves disturbed by the insurance company's advertisement of a row of deteriorating...

Between the Sheets

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THERE is, or was for a long time, a very recognisable Manchester Guardian style of journalism, colourful yet elegantly rational and restrained. Possibly too rational: one' can...

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Heresiarch & Co.

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Guillaume Apollinaire and the Cubist Life. By Cecily Mackworth. (John Murray, 25s.) A VOLUME of short stories by Apollinaire is called L'Heresiarque et Cie, a title that would...

The Freedom of Horace Walpole

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Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Sir Horace Mann. Edited by W. S. Lewis, W. H. Smith and G. L. Lam. (O.U.P., f18 18s.) AT one time I should have rejected the idea of sitting...

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That Heavy Load

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Acquaintance with Grief. By Vincent Brome. • (Cassell, I5s.) SPLENDID though it is, there is something rather oppressive about the Great (American) Tradi- tion; so many good...

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Choice of Alberts

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Art and Agyrol. By William Schack. (Yoseloff, 30s.) THESE two books about millionaires both leave unanswered the teasing and fundamental ques- tion of what quality makes a man...

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Planning Wanted

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT it was good of Mr. Reginald \laudling to tell the Merseyside branch of the National Union of Manufacturers at their lunch party on January 17 that he had...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS rrHE Ford pay-off this week—£120 million- - I helped to keep the equity share markets busy, if not buoyant. The relaxation of hire- purchase controls—three years to...

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Robin McDouall Jean Robertson Simon Raven Harold Champion Tips for Tourists Going it Alone Christmas among the Athenians South Pacific .. • • Tips for Tourists By ROBIN...

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Going it Alone

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By JEAN ROBERTSON TNDIVIDUAL travel has become almost a luxury in a world where mass-production economics apply to holidays as rigorously as they do to canned food and...

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Christmas among the Athenians

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By SIMON RAVEN ATHENS T HAD warmly congratulated myself on avoid- ', ing an English Christmas: it was therefore annoying, on arrival in Athens, to find that the ceremony is...

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South Pacific

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HE five thousand 'routd trip' United Kingdom .1 tourists who headed for New Zealand last year bear out travel agents' claims that the frontiers of tourism have been pushed...

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Take a Letter By KATHARINE WHITEHORN WITH the coming of • female emancipation, Chesterton once said, 10,000 women rose up and said,. 'I will not be To produce a few more...

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Consuming Interest

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Untouched by Hand By LESLIE ADRIAN To know that cabbage goitre (goitrogenic is the would have made good defensive table talk in my schooldays. But I would have wanted to keep...


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From Cronin to Parkinson? By KENNETH J. ROBINSON NOT so long ago Mr. Antony Armstrong-Jones said he might take an un- paid job with the Civic Trust. This seemed a splendid...

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Postscript . . .

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The very sober-sided and sensible Englishman who sends me this cutting from Delhi says that compared with what newspapermen there have been saying in private, this comment is...