28 AUGUST 1959

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L ookitqc back over his career, there is so much that is deserving. The rebel of the Thirties: no fly-by-night mutineer, but a man who had worked things out for himself; who had...

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Portrait of the Week— PRESIDENT EISENHOWER flew to Bonn, where

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he again heard German gunfire—a twenty-one-gun salute from the new German Army's new field artillery—and from Bonn to London. Before leaving Washington he said that he would...

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The Hard Way

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By Our Correspondent G E N E V A CONFERENCE of American, British and Russian experts met here last summer to decide if it were possible. with the means at present known to...

Twenty Years On

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A the suitably dark hour of midnight on August 23 twenty years ago the Foreign Ministers of the Soviet Union and the Deutsche Reich signed the renewal of their Pact of...

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Westminster Commentary

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Or all the intellectual discus- sions ever captured in cold print, my favourite is that in the opening chapter of The Longest Journey. The students are sitting round in Mr....

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SO AT LAST it is simply the Guardian. I can

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sympathise with my colleague Cyril Ray, a former inmate, when he complains that he has always referred to himself as a product of 'the MG' : will he now, to make himself...

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A Spectator's Notebook I SUSPECT THAT the difference between my point of view on the Beaverbrook influence and Lord Boothby's, expressed in ( our correspondence columns, is one...

A BETTER EXAMPLE of a frontal attack on the Establishment

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is given by Henry Fairlie in this month's Encounter in an article on the BBC. Mr. Fairlie reasonably complains that the pure milk of his (and, earlier, A. J. P. Taylor's)...

I THOUGHT the Observer was unnecessarily unkii on Sunday about

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Peter Hope, the Foreign Ott'. spokesman. In so far as it is true that the FO 'the haughtiest of all departments,' which 'so' ceeds both in making cunning use of the pro and in...

TO THE CONSERVAttvE PA.t rY goes credit, if that the word,

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for the neatest trick of the week : th el have not only stolen the Labour Party's 'plan 1 , ‘ leisure,' almost in its entirety, but actually 11 131/ .: aged to beat Transport...

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MOST OF US, I suppose, are inclined to think of

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imprisonment in abstract terms, and to assume that one gaol sentence means much the same as another in terms of the punishment inflicted. But a man cooped up in a cell designed...

ME LABOUR ORIGINAL is still awaited, though the Daily Herald

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has jumped the embargo, doubt- less with Party blessing. It is amusing to see the fervour with which the gambling and drink laws are denounced—particularly set alongside recent...


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By ANTHONY HARTLEY F IFTEEN years ago the liberation of France was almost complete. Strasbourg was taken on October 26; there only remained the German coastal pockets at Royan,...

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How Not to be Switzerland

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By CYRIL RAY PRAGUE C ONSCIOUS of possessing magnificent moun- tain scenery in the east, spas in the west that retain remnants of Edwardian elegance, and a capital that is one...

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From Here to Posterity

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By JENNY NICHOLSON LO RAPAL N ow we have unhooked the worn patchwork dressing gown which has hung for so many years beside his dressing table (a wedding present from his...

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I Spy By ALAN BRIEN Hamlet. (Lyric, Hammer- smith.)—Look After Lulu. (Royal Court.)—Fine Fettle. (Palace.) Hamlet is a play about spies, a voyeurs' melodrama, in which all the...


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MARGATE - boarding- houses and sticks of rock, sands and spades, deck chairs and 'Kiss- me-quick' hats—receded to a discreet distance; only the pier like a paddling governess...

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Pretty Deaths By CLIVE BARNES THE ballet Giselle is probably the ultimate litmus-paper for the ballerina-actress, not so much for the opportunities offered by its title role—...


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Ape or Essence By SIMON HODGSON A LOT has been said here recently about the value and necessity of good workman- ship in works of art. This is not to deprecate experimental...

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Magic What ? By MAURICE GOLDSMITH The Evening Standard in a burst of righteous patriotic pride on Monday hailed Mr. 'Thomas' Bacon by adding his name to the list of British...

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Consuming Interest

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Recording Angels By LESLIE ADRIAN ONE way and another building a record library is an expensive business. The average cost of a 12 in. long-playing record of classical music...


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Police Methods By ISABEL QUIGLY Blind Date. (Odeon, Leicester Square.)—Maigret Sets a Trap. (Curzon.)—The Siege of Pinchgut. (Studio One.) BY luck or good management on the...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Family Doctor By MILES HOWARD `Those who choose to take up general practice will do so in the knowledge that their sphere of activity will be mental health; those who are not...

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The Menace of Falling Prices The Joint Stock Banks for 'Growth' The Innocent Investor Industrial Banking Deposits Reviewed Covering the Risk Unit Trusts Are Still News Building...

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The Joint Stock Banks for 'Growth'

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Q UICK to take advantage of the freedom re- stored to them a year ago, when the credit squeeze was ended, the Joint Stock Banks have led the business...

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The Innocent Investor

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By HUGO O'HEAR F OR thousands of years man has hankered after freedom; often in the past he has mis- taken the shadow for the substance. He has chased his ideal in a political...

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Industrial Banking Deposits Reviewed

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By J. W. W. HUNTRODS TN all probability, the most remarkable single 'financial development of the present century has been the emergence of a strong group of in- dustrial...

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Covering the Risk

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By J. D. ROWLAND ET us clear the ground and state what manner of a man an insurance broker is; what he does and will be doing. Firstly, an insurance broker is seldom one man,...

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Unit Trusts Are Still News

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By MAXWELL HERON D 6ttr trusts have certainly come into their own again, for since 1945, when approxi- mately £45 million was invested in this form of security, growth has been...

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Building Societies and Trustee Status

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By MARGARET RIX A LTHOUGH there are no surprises in the lists of designated building societies, the first effects of 'trustee' status have not been quite as expected. Last...

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SIR.--The petulance of Nicholas Davenport, the unfairness of The Times

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and the fatuous ignorance of MPs doubtless contrast unhappily with the impartiality and moderation of the Boultings. They appear, however, to be unaware that in this country a...

Fl Fl Eft FINANCE Sik, Sik,

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f or Mr, Davenport, having abandoned economics su , 11.l, significantly makes no attempt to salvage his p i ren arguments for the closure of the National ° Finance Corporation....

The Establishment Game Lord Boothby Film Finance Roy and John

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Bathing, Harold Lever The King and Who? Prince Chula of Thailand. David Barnett The Casement Diaries Frank O'Connor Shavian Cribs Allan M. Laing Longwinded Addresses H. S....


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SIR,—According to my recollection as a regular reader the last item you published on Thailand was my own article on July 20, 1956. Now you have on August 14, 1959, given a...

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SIR,—Pharos's suggestion, in your last issue, that Bernard Shaw might have cribbed his idea for Pygmalion from a mid-Victorian tale by Ethel Turner, is very interesting; but...


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SIR,—Time and motion study appears to be occupYitl much thought in the mind of the Postmaster-Genere G Could he not persuade some of the County Counci ls to shorten their...

SIR,—I have no objection to Mr. Enright using my book

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The Mask of Siam as an excuse to air his own views about the country and his sense of personal grievance. But to say the book is ill-written without giving any examples of what...


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SIR,-1 must apologise to Brian Inglis for my delay in commenting on his latest article dealing with the Casement diaries and his gracious reference to myself, but 1 read it away...


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SIR,—Where do London taxis go to in summer time I believe I have discovered the answer after clas s study of their habits. A long migrationary flight down the Great we Road...

Cie ipettator

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AUGUST 30, 1834 THE main object of the German rulers, and we may add of Louis PHILIP, appears to be to make the people contented without the possession of political freedom. To...

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Savonarola 'BY CHRISTOPHER HILL A the age of twenty-two Girolamo Savona- rola abandoned his worldly prospects to become a Dominican friar. In 1482 he was sent by his order to...

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Kingdom Come

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The American Federal Government. By Max Beloff. (O.U.P., 7s. 6d.) PROFESSOR BELOIT begins this admirable book by recalling the great change which has taken place in our...

Savage Beauties

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Primitive Peoples Today. By Edward Weyer. (Hamish Hamilton, 63s.) EVERY academic discipline must have a subject matter and 'The Study of Primitive Man' is a decent compromise...

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Red Limelig ht Stalingrad — Paint of Return. By Ronald Seth.

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(Gotta ncz, 21s.) THE name of Stalingrad has a Homeric ring. But just as Troy towers were burned for a light woman, so. one is tempted to say, Stalingrad was razed for a whim :...

Old Soldier

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Wellingtonian Studies: Essays on the first Duke of Wellington. Edited by Michael Howard. (Wellington College, 7s.) THIS country is terrified of its generals becoming its...

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Confidential Doorman

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George of the Ritz. By George Criticos, as told to George Viner. (Heinemann, 21s.) WHEN George Criticos, a Cretan waiter formed! of Shepheard's and the Therapia Palace Hotel ,...

Band of Hope

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WHAT sort of an organisation is the United Nations? A relic of the Second World War coali- tion, or the basis of a future Parliament of Man? A band of Big Brothers imposing...

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sottitioN OF CROSSWORD 1050

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ACROSS.--1 Patter-song. 6 Daws. to Civet, 11 Pack-train. 12 Sureties. 13 Acetic. 15 Flew. 16 Snow. 17 Umber. 20 Easel. 21 Amen. 22 Puns. 24 Bo-Peep. 26 Pen- tagon. 29 Agreeable....

All One

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A Book of Ireland. Edited by Frank O'Connor. (Collins, 8s. 6d.) SUCH is the wealth of appropriate material (Ire- land is surely richer in this respect than any com- parable...


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ACROSS De coration in the metropolis is 4 Ureeable (6) old boy should gel sun next to e flier abroad (8) It ii‘,;",. 1 1 0 1 fifty-one taped (7) e- 12 g - " l lenious state...

The Big Store

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Bond Street Story, By Norman Collins. (Collins, 16s.) ONE of the simpler and more meaningless ways of writing a novel is to take a building and recount the lives of its...

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By CUSTOS T HE gilt-edged market fell sharply on Tuesd It was upset by the rise in the Ameri Treasury bill rate from 3:42 per cent. to 3 per cent., the highest in twenty-six...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IT would be ungrateful of me to devote the first of two articles on the Radcliffe Report to carping criticism of its monetary state- ments. I prefer to...

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A : extract from the chairman's statement of ,.International Tea Stores appeared in our issue of August 14. MP. William Bolwell, the chairman, explained that the decline in the...