27 MAY 1966

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IN LONDON, the Minister of Health announced his intention of

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spending £1,000 million on hospitals: 'I hope none of the ceilings of the hospitals we are going to build under this plan will fall down,' he said. Sir Alan Herbert bet Mr...

Portrait of the Week

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BUGANDA AND BRITAIN were simultaneously thrown into a state of emergency on Mon- day : Buganda had a curfew in the capital, c ommunications cut, riots, secret arrests, the...

Dr Kaunc14's Threat

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Pr HE threat by the President of Zambia, I Dr Kenneth Kaunda, to expel Britain from the Commonwealth is a consumma- tion devoutly to be wished. The psycho- logical .liberation...


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Friday May 27 1966

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Oxbridge Days

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The Fellows of Oxford give modified thanks For the public inquiries of Oliver Franks, Which tell them in future they've got to combine A great deal more women with rather less...


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Mr Jenkins's Enahoro? By ALAN WATKINS Prins week, for a change, let us turn our eyes from Mr Harold Wilson, Mr Edward Heath, the seamen's strike, the 1922 Committee and other...

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The End of Confrontation By MALCOLM RUTHERFORD N OT all recent episodes in British foreign policy have come to the happy ending now envisaged for Malaysia's resistance to the...

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IRELAND Dev Goes to the Polls

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From CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS DUBLIN SS EVEN years ago when Mr de Valera first stood for the Presidency I chanced on the Saturday night before the election to meet at a party a...

SEAMEN'S STRIKE Can Britain's Shipping Survive?

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By WILFRED BECKERMAN W HILE there has been growing recognition that perhaps the seamen have a case after all, it is generally supposed that not much atten- tion need be paid to...

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Spectator's Notebook

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Since then it's become increasingly clear that Mr Wilson's surrender was total. The latest and most shameful concession to have emerged is over the liner trains. British...

Come Back, Angus

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I was sorry that Mr Angus Maude had to re- sign from the Conservative front bench as, a result of his critical article in the SPECTATOR some four months ago. So I'm particularly...

Lady Dorothy Macmillan The last time I saw Lady Dorothy

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was a few months ago at her home at Birch Grove, Sus- sex. We had come to prepare a television pro- gramme on her husband, and there she was, sur- rounded by adoring...

Tailpiece I have been invited to meet Major-General B. 0.

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P. Eugster, CB, CBE, DSO, MC, chairman of the Royal Tournament, at his, office in the Horse Guards. The invitation comes from the Tournament's public relations adviser, Mr Toby...

BAY and Benn When I dial a Bayswater number a

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voice, sometimes live and sometimes recorded, tells me that, to get through I must now dial the four digits of the number prefixed by either 602 or 603 —that is, if I am...

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O Tempora, O Moran !

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By LORD CHANDOS C RD MORAN'S Winston Churchill: The Struggle for Survival 1940-1965* is a massive volume: it weighs nearly three and a half pounds, and imposes some strain on...

Lord Chandos, as Oliver Lyttelton, was a member of Churchill's

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War Cabinet from 1941 to 1945 and served as COlonial Secretary in Sir Winston's peace-time administration (1951-54).


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May 26, 1866 The call of the Kaiser for men has at once been answered. and it is stated that he has 700.000 men enrolled, and the means of calling out 300.000 more. In Prussia...

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What Should I Tell My Daughter? By our Medical Correspondent JOHN ROWAN WILSON 0 NE of the most tragic phenomena in the modern world is a society which has lost its rigid...

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Land of My Fathers

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By DAVID PRYCE-JONES S T TU LO and St Euddogwy , patron saints of Llandaff cathedral. And St Dyfrig. The Epstein blockbuster may hang over the nave but so does that Welsh smell...


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The Flesh is Weak By JOHN WELLS RAMATICALLY, it would have been difficult to L./imagine a more strikingly staged perfor- mance. Emerging just before the Big Fight from the low...

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The Onlie Begetter By ALAN BRIEN Douglas had billeted himself, in a period of penury and despair, upon some married friends who lived in a lonely cottage in the wilds of...

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Sot.---Many commentators have written and spoken about the various aspects and prospects of the selec- tive employment tax. Most of these are better appointed to judge than I...

D5 `TO u[ran

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From : Mike Williams-Thompson, G. L!. Richards, the Rev. Harold S. Goodwin, W. M. Newte, Kenneth A llsop, Gwynfor Evans. Frederick Jellinek, Alastair Leslie and Piers Dixon,...

Olympia in Swinging London SIR,—Am I the only Englishman to

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feel a deep sense of shame that the Olympia Press, no longer welcome in France, should be coming to this country ? If. as we are told, pornography is so dull, why does it pay to...

The Dissolving Society

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SIR.--Many Welshmen will agree with Lord Rad- cliffe that we must 'get quickly back to the active realisation of our identity as a nation.' but they will ask, what nation does...

Sts.--In the 'Spectator's Notebook' of May 20 there was, I

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suggest, an unwarranted attack on the Franks Commission for advocating an expansion in the applied sciences at Oxford. I believe that under- lying this attack was the old idea...

The CND at Prayer

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as one hopes, there may be other rounds in the exhilarating John Collins versus Quintin Hogg scrap (May 20). they will be the more interest- ing if the contestants and...

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Britain's Economy

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SIR,—Perhaps the most striking feature of the recent election was the two parties' consistent refusal to discuss the major economic problem. Mr Wilson has endeavoured to...

Colour-Blind on Sundays

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SIR,—John - Wells's criticism of the colour supple- ments (May 20) is, for the most part, glib and sterile. It is an excellent example of modish jour- nalism based upon the very...

Faites Vos Jeux

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SIR,—In 'Spectator's Notebook' (May 20) you write amusingly but heedlessly and gently mock those who seek to curb gambling. But you know gambling like drink can lead to...

How the Right Fared

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Sm,—There has been considerable press comment since the election arguing that the Tory right did worse electorally than the Conservative party generally. On what is this based?...

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Corelli Rides Again O F the most recent Turandot revival (Covent Garden) and of Bluebeard, the latest Offen- bach at Sadler's Wells. it is fair, I think, to say that the first...


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Bristol Cream By HILARY SPURLING T wo hundred years ago on Monday, the theatre in King Street, Bristol, first opened its doors—in the teeth of John Wesley and other nefarious...

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Song of Farewell rrHE facts are quite simple: on May 19 the I Royal Ballet gave the first London per- formance of Kenneth MacMillan's latest ballet, Song of the Earth; it is...


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Scarfe on Beardsley F IRST I would like to say that I think Aubrey Beardsley, whose magnificent exhibition opened at the Victoria and Albert last week, to have been a...

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The Chevalier Incident By ARNOLD BEICHMAN W ITHotrr Oppenheimer, no Chevalier. There was, however, a J. Robert Oppenheimer, whose life and loyalties became a great cause...

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X. With the assistance of Alex Haley. (Hutchinson, 45s.) THE modest hero of this book is really Alex Haley, who provides, in his introduction, a...

Lost Leader

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The Kerensky Memoirs : Russia and History's Turning Point. By Alexander Kerensky. (Cassell, 42s.) ALEXANDER FYODOROVICH KERENSKY must surely ' be the senior surviving ex-Prime...

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Sober as a Judge

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The court sits; you hold it. But you'll never make a judge, My only son, drunk in charge. What is your capacity? My clown and your own, You reel about all day, Laughing or...

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Modern Musketeers Desolation Angels. By Jack Kerouac. (Andre Deutsch, 30s.) HIGH claims have been made for the importance of Jack Kerouac, not least by himself and his...

Out of Zion MR JAconsoN's latest novel is about a

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Jewish family settled in South Africa. Benjamin Glick- man's father left Lithuania at the beginning of the century. Benjamin and his wife Sarah have three children—Joel, Rachel...

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Meet the Brontes

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Their Proper Sphere. A Study of the Brontt Sisters as Early-Victorian Novelists. By Inga-Stina Ewbank. (Arnold, 35s.) THE Brontës do not cease to fascinate. We have had every...

Pipped at the Post

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The Pocket Venus: A Victorian Scandal. By Henry Blyth. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 40s.) Ar 10 o'clock on July 16, 1864, Lady Florence Paget, who was small, beautiful and shortly...

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Market Notes

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By CUSTOS T ate State of Emergency did not erupt in I Throgmorton Street. The stock market simply refused to go down. Of course, cuts in divi- dends and sharp declines in...


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The Building Society Fracas By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT T HERE is something comic in committing the building societies to the scrutiny of the Prices and Incomes Board because they...

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Mal de Mer

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By JOHN BULL VEN with every seaman at work, shipping is _Cone of Britain's least profitable industries. Return on capital employed is minimal. If the strike lasts a month it...


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Whitsun Wager By STRIX 1. 'There is an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, and a good many of us may wither...

Filthy Pictures

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By LESLIE ADRIAN NEWSPAPERS could hardly get dirtier. By the time I have finished my daily chore of news digesting I am fit to be fingerprinted. It all has to do with what the...


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Independent Schools: The Tory Dilemma ANGUS MAUDE One years. ubscription to the 'Spectator: £3 15s. (ins-haling postage) in the United Kingdom and Eire. By surface mail to any...

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CHESS by Philidor

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No. 28 4 . J. HARING (Commended, BCF Tourney 10 7 ). witrra to play and mate in two moves ; solution next week. Solution to No. 28 3 (Kennard): Q Kt 8!, threat R-B4....


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ACROSS.-1 Millet. 4 Carlists. 8 Fumigate. 10 Arabia. 12 Idaho. 13 Driftwood. 14 Keats. 16 Ladies' man. 17 Sam Browne. I9 Pales. 21 Sundowner. 22 Ti g er. 24 Author. 25 Aspirate....


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ACROSS 1. Oblate or prolate (8) 5. Supporters in couples (6) 9. Trade I've shown to be not very ori g inal t8) 10. Scented, coloured powder for q uiet Kitty? (6) 12. Such was...