28 FEBRUARY 1964

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" - r - HE granting of independence to I Southern Rhodesia confronts us all with the last and greatest challenge in the long process of changing an Empire into a Com- monwealth....

—Portrait of the Week

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A WEEK OF SHADOW-BOXING at home, with political pundits ruling out a February election. The Prime Minister made an eight-hour tour of Scotland, and contrasted the 'asphalt...

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No. 7079 Established 1828 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1964

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. The China Spectre OUR UN CORRESPONDENT writes :

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Time was when the first few months of the year were a comparatively tranquil season at the United Nations. The Assembly was over, the captains and the kings had departed, the...

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Political Commentary

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TV and RPM By DAVID WATT The second point needs a little explanation. The difficulty is not simply that the politicians outnumbered the TV men by seven to five on the...

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Jack Ruby, Surviving Victim

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From MURRAY KEMPTON DALLAS, TEXAS T HE County of Dallas, in a last, painful clutch at some place in the tradition of common law, has begun to attempt the trial of Jack Ruby...

The Right Way Left ?

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From BERTRAND DE JOUVENEL PARIS G OVIRNMEN1S of the left arc more or less likely to come, at a more or less early date, in Britain, Germany and France. Trying to pic- ture...

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A Spectator at Oxford

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THE Vice-Chancellor and three eminent colleagues, breaking Oxford's 'sullen silence' about Robbins in a letter to The Times, ably justified that silence. Most Oxonians resent...

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'SPECTATOR' COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS The prizes in this competition, announced

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in our Christmas Number, have now been awarded. From a large entry these winners have been selected: Short story: Mary Ensor, aged sixteen, who is a pupil at St. Mary's'...

Crisis in a New Town

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By MARTIN MADDAN, MP O F all the New Towns, the history of Stevenage has been by far the most dramatic. Up to the present, the drama has arisen from clashes between experts and...

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Pressure Groups : The Despair of Patriots?

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WOOTTON By GRAHAM IT looks as if 1964 will be remembered not I just for the election but also for the murmur- ing of innumerable lobbies. Already, by its gallant leap in the...

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Sex in Oxford

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By DOM MORAES MLIE towery city was misty between towers. 1 The young men in the quadrangle imitated polar bears: they were swathed in parkas, and a Nigerian, no doubt feeling...

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Dr. Strangelove and Dr. Kahn

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS rTFIE gossip that is going around tells us that I Dr. Strangelove of the current film is based on Dr. Herman Kahn, head of the Hudson Insti- tute in New...

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Dr. Braindrain—Bon Voyage!

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Alan R. King, William Phillips Mercy in Southern Rhodesia R. N. Serpell Trouble in Africa G. 1. Greig Towards A New SS? A. Edkins Saving the Cinema Ian A. Cameron Aerials for...


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For most readers the story began on February 16, when Rees-Mogg, in collaboration with Anthony Vice, the city editor of the Sunday Times, filled a large part of the front page...

SIR, — Flow refreshing is the wind of sanity with which Henry

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Fairlie has blown away newspaper non- sense and political polemics on the subject of the alleged brain drain danger! To support his prospec- tive evaluation of the effect one...

MERCY IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA SIR,—I should like to draw to

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the attention of your readers the information presented by Mr. Palley of the University of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (in a re- cent letter to The Times) concerning the...

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AERIALS FOR BBC-2 SIR,—Under the heading of 'The Burning Question,'

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in the Spectator of February 7, Leslie Adrian in- cludes an item on receiving aerials for BBC-2 which suggests that outdoor aerials may not be required to receive the new...


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SIR,—In his somewhat impertinent attack on Lord Salisbury (February 14), .114r. Hayhoe seems to sug- gest that his personal antipathy to Lord Salisbury's views on Africa are...


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SIR,—The Rank Organisation appears to be in a state of hysteria, imagining attacks where none are intended. I suggested that United Artists were using the power they derived...


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SIR,—Your cold war correspondent is right to attack the formation of sinister extra-military forces such as Combat Groups, the Swiss Army. the TA, and so on, and his comment...

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Hurry On Down

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The Rebel. (Aldwych.)— Spoon River. (Royal Court.) — The Tower. (Hampstead Theatre Club.) 'THE world doesn't under- stand what a rebel means,' says one of the ballads and I...


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StR, — 1 would like to answer Mr. Brien's question about the Church's attitude to Biblical criticism. I am sure that very few clergy today would deny that the Gospels—like any...


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SIR,—Opus Dei is not a secret or semi-secret re- ligious order. It is a public and fully approved Association of the Catholic Church whose Superiors, houses and activities 'are...


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Sta. — Unlike Mr. Prynn, I thought David Cairns's criticism of Rigoletto very perceptive and balanced, judging by my own experience on the first night. On the ether hand, it...

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Ballet can have its own logic, but within those terms

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it cannot stretch our credibility too far. Strangely enough we can, it seems, accept a water-nymph for real, but once she is accepted our minds would baulk at the idea of her...

Gray that 'the melodic writing of the closing movement [in

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the Symphony of Psalms] recalls the Rev. John Bacchus Dykes and Hymns Ancient and Modern.' Now it is the fact that, in his Survey of Contemporary Music, Gray wrote precisely...

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Gilt Indeed

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Reflections on Science and Human Affairs By EUGENE RABINOWITCH A selection of essays, some hitherto unpublished, in which one of the most eloquent voices of the scientific...

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Stalin's fiasco in China had its repercussions inside the Soviet

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Union as well, but in an oddly perverse way: it strengthened Stalin rather than his critic Trotsky. This was partly because the ultra-left tactics which Trotsky advocated were...

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The Finest Flavour

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The Letters of David Garrick. Edited by David M. Little and George M. Kand. (Harvard and O.U.P., three volumes, 9 gns.) E'en matchless Garrick's art, to Heaven resigned, No...

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New edition now in the shops

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R el . : be d an tom p et ety It admits, also, modern scientific and techno- logical terms. With old words and new, it is an authoritative, compact guide to the language of...

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The disputes will eventually be decided, as all such disputes

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are, on a basis of power politics and not of any abstract consideration of justice. But, for what it is worth, Mr. Kelly's array of well-marshalled and well-documented facts...

Mickey Phillips's first novel (Meat) dealt with slaughterhouses. In his

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second, Lay Them Straight, he has turned to funeral parlours, but not whole-heartedly enough—or was it that what seemed a clever idea failed to make a book? It wasn't that I...


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NERVE BY DICK FRANCIS `real thriller, with superb horse racing backround' (E. Standard) `really first-rate' (Punch) (161-) MICHAEL JOSEPH THREE 00i OF FOUR Of those who...

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societies, and almost all of it is out on loan

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to home buyers. There is no better place for your savings because: • You get a good rate of interest with complete safety • Income tax on your interest is paid by the society....

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All this shows how silly and impracticable it was to

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talk of a 'guiding light' for wages. When the 'wages policy' was introduced it was cus- tomary to talk of 'wage rounds' and `pace setters' in the wage rounds and the trade union...

High - Yielding Portfolio

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I recently had to advise a friend who wanted a small high-income portfolio, and I suggested the following: Times Price Dividend Covered Yield Illingworth Morris .. 8/3 Gwent...

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and worthwhile agents want to specialise on holidays abroad and

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not get caught up in the penny-ante business of general agency. On my finding ABTA look a teeny-weeny bit restrictive. The only expulsion from their ranks that ever came to my...

British holidaymakers who insist on drinking scotch instead of local

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brews, should be warned that they may be courting disappointment and dyspepsia, especially if the price is anything but sky high. They should be quite safe, at least, from...

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Now is the time for all good men to come

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to the aid of the - party. How well I know that moment—it means that the host's best friend is face down in the beef sandwiches again, that the host's wife's school chum who...

I'm rather glad on the whole that I never got

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to those parties where the really juicy and scandalous outrages were staged. I have a feeling that I should have woken up next morning worried about the spots on my tie, the...

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Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Italian. Applicants. whose mother-tongue must be English, should hold an Honours degree in . Italian Language and...

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