28 JUNE 1963

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— Portrait of the Week— THE REPERCUSSIONS of England's most-called girl

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showed no signs of ending after three record-breaking weeks. To the surprise of most of his enemies Mr. Macmillan stayed: though demonstrators shouted 'murderer' at him on...


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T HE main political development so far in President Kennedy's European tour has been a sharpening of the opposition be- tween American and French policy. Presi- dent de Gaulle's...

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No. 7044 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 1963

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Political Commentary

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It's a Battlefield By DAVID WATT s omE harsh things have been said on both sides of the Atlantic about President Kennedy's visit to Europe and more especially about his...

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African Shadows

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From ARNOLD BEICHMAN GENEVA T HE International Labour Organisation is rarely an arena for political battle. It is a UN specialised agency, in which governments, employers and...

Oil, Aid and Ideology W. A. C. ADIE writes :

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in preparation for their confrontation on July 5 with Khrushchev, the men of Peking are again raising the issue of Soviet economic im- perialism in an attempt to exploit...

Summer Books

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Next week's Spectator will have an en- larged books section, with reviews by SIR ANTHONY HONY BLUNT, MALCOLM BRADBURY, ALAN CLARK, PETER LEVI, V. S. NAIPAUL, KATHLEEN NOTT,...

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By A. PHILLIPS GRIFFITHS* W HAT help can be given to the thousands who, though qualified, are excluded from the universities? Two recent articles in the Spectator concerned...

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Unwitting Rivals

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In the preface to Buller's Cain paign, which was published a few days ago and is very well worth reading, Mr. Julian Symons mentions that he did 'a good deal of research, over a...


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M y spy in Dunganstown, Co. Wexford, whence President Kennedy's great-grandfather emigrated in 1848, reports that press and tele- vision operatives (by this time reinforced by a...

A Spectator's Notebook

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S CARCELY credible though this admission will sound to my friends, I have never been to Murray's Cabaret Club, and am not therefore well qualified to question Miss Keeler's...

Not With It

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Front-page headlines become steadily larger, more eye-catching, more obtrusive, but I find that for practical purposes one hardly notices them, any more than one notices the...

The Lane-Hogs

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Sir Alan Wilson's committee on noise pro- duces its report next week. I doubt if it is likely to have had under review the case of the farmer who the other day was fairly...

Making the Best of It

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The preceding paragraph reminds me, rather inconsequently, of the preface to P. G. Wode- house's Summer Lightning, He was particularly pleased with his choice of title and...

Fed Up

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1 have long made it my practice, when a new James Bond book appears, to forward to the author a list of corrigenda compiled by Dr. Knittpik, the well-known savant and man-about-...

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End of an Era

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From SARAH GAINHAM C HANCELLOR KONRAD ADENAUER will retire in a month or so, and when the Bundestag reassembles after its summer recess, it will be to appoint Professor Ludwig...

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Winston and the Workers

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By A. P. HERBERT 4 IVE a dog an ill name,' says the proverb, `and hang him.' We might add, 'Give a god a bad name, and it will hang about.' Any man, in so long and full a career...

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Sta,—Congratulations on having the courage to publish, in the midst

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of all the froth and fume of the Profumo shindy, a letter so reasonable as Thomas W. Gadd's. One does not have to agree with every word to welcome it as a rare piece of sanity....

SIR,—In beginning your leading article last week, 'It , is not

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and it never has been a moral crisis,' you auto- matically separate morals and politics into two distinct water-tight compartments. Yet surely to every political problem there...

The Profumo Case Mrs. R. Howard, II'. R. Lee, G.

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D. Brandreth Unarmed Victory Earl Russell, OM Preparatory Schools Rev. R. G. Wickham Parents' Privilege V. T. J. Arkell After Ben-Gurion . i. D. Unna The New British Alec Wilson...


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S1R,—My attention has been drawn to an article 'by Mr. Robert Conquest in the Spectator of April referring to my book Unarmed Victory. The article is characterised by quotations...

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SIR,—Much as one may admire Mr. Dingle. Foot's loyalty to the man who so disastrously split his former party. The Decline and Fall of Lloyd George (p. 163) is quite explicit on...


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SIR,—The Pope's adoption of the name of Paul has surely a significance which has escaped optimistic ecumenicists. Paul I is famous for having defended ecclesias- tical...


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SIR,—Your correspondent, Mr. J. Campbell, points to a long outstanding problem. Nevertheless, it is difficult to envisage any plan for remedying the defects in Scotland's...

PREPARATORY SCHOOLS SIR,—A recent article in the Spectator described the

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preparatory schools as 'inadequately inspected, ineptly staffed, providing boarding-school education for many children at too early an age, frequently too small, and following...


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SIR,—Your comments in the Spectator of June 21 about the resignation of Prime Minister Ben-Gurion are again marked by the hostility and bias which has for some time...

PARENTS' PRIVILEGE SIR,—May I, please, endorse Mrs. Eagling's criticism of

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Mr. Pedley's 'Parents' Privilege'? Mr. Pedley has praised indiscriminately all local authorities who have introduced the two-tier sys- tem of junior and senior comprehensive...

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The Humanity of the City By TERENCE BENDIXSON E IGHTEEN years after the end of the war in Europe London is still lightly peppered with bombed sites. Their existence reflects...

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Water Music By NEVILE WALLIS This clear-cut character arises from the Welsh artist's way of ordering his symbols in relief constructions before translating them in his...


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Shot in the Arm By DAVID PRYCE-JONES Oh What a Lovely War. (Wyndham's.)—Alfie. (Mer- maid.)—Hughie. (Duchess.) —The Physicists. (Aldwych.) SENTIMENTALITY these days is felt...

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Trivia By CLIFFORD HANLEY TRIVIALITY, of course, is largely in the square eye of the be- holder. Take Hot Ice, for instance. In this programme, the BBC has had the extremely...


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All'Italiana By ISABEL QUIGLY Divorce Italian Style (`A' cer- tificate; subtitled version, Curzon; dubbed version, Carlton.) THROUGH fiction and the cine- ma the enormities of...


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International By CLIVE BARNES The season by the Royal Ballet's touring company which ends tomorrow has been hotted up by a number of visiting firemen, all anxious to be shown...

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To Instruct the King By ELIE KEDOURIE r OLITICS arises wherever men live in stable and complex societies in which their conflicts cannot be settled within the intimate...

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Wind in the Rushes

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ONE of the compensations of life in the film industry in its picaresque heyday was the remarkable array of vivid characters one got to know. The most remarkable were not, as...

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English Landed . Society in the Eighteenth FROM the end of the seventeenth century until after the First - World War, the structure of landownership and of landed society in...

A Little Big

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Truce: 1921-33. Volume III of Men, Years, Life. By Ilya Ehrenburg. Translated by Tatania Shebunina in collaboration with Yvonne Kapp. (MacGibbon and Kee, 35s.) THIS, the third...

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Values Ahoy

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Lindmann. By Frederic Raphael. (Cassell, 25s.) Night and Silence Who is Here? By Pamela The Seven Sisters. By Frederic Prokosch. (Seeker and Warburg, 25s.) THERE are few areas...

Listen to Mummy

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As Caitlin Thomas sees it, her eighteen-year-old daughter is presented with a choice: either she can live bohemian (waking to each new hangover at the noonday knocking of the...

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In Nicholas Blake also investigates some mor- village dealings in The Deadly Joker (Cri 0 Club, 15s.). 'Local passions and bad bloo d thoroughly disturb the rural peace of N...

Green Years

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Zigzag to Timbuktu. By Nicholas Bennett. (Murray, 18s.) APPROPRIATELY enough, the first time I read Paul Bowles was on the terrace of a house in Colombo. Somewhere behind me a...

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The Price of Gold

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT UNTIL I , received a few tart letters on my recent critique of the international payments system I had no idea how strongly some people felt about the...

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Investment Notes

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- By CUSTOS HE stock markets have become the embodi- ment of Mr. Macmillan. They go down when he takes a beating; they recover when he gets up. They strengthen their recovery...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY I N last week's issue there appeared an extract from the chairman's report of Highams Ltd., the cotton cloth manufacturers, which disclosed a substantial...

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Consuming Interest

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Survival By ELIZABETH DAVID APART from the works of Marcel Boulestin, available only in the form of an an- thology* (second-hand copies of his original books are almost...

Hold It Down

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By LESLIE ADRIAN AIR travel has brought with it one blessing that is seldom recognised. Fewer people suffer from air sickness (about 65 per cent) than suffer from sea...

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By ALAN BRIEN W HENEVER I see the face of Sir Charles Snow bobbing like a moored balloon across a cocktail party, I feel a twinge of guilt as palpable as heartburn. What is...