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T HE Secretary of State for India may, as he has said, have been neither disappointed nor depressed by the reception by leading Indians of the Government's plan for a settlement...

Lord Halifax States the Case

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Lord Halifax's broadcast to the United States last Saturday was an admirably frank explanation of Britain's position in relation to the economic discussions now taking place at...

America and the Bomb

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President Truman told the Press last Sunday that he was studying the question of the development of atomic energy, but that no decision had yet been reached. He admitted that...

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The Future of Austria

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Developments in Austria seem to show that if the Council of Foreign Ministers had had a little more time to consider the ques- tion unanimity might have been reached on at least...

The Government and Science

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Only during the last few months has the public been enabled to appreciate fully the immensity of the contribution made by scientists, working for the Government, to the winning...

Empire Co-operation

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It is a heartening fact that in this economic emergency, which Lord Halifax has described as " the second Battle of Britain," we should be made as sure of the support of the...

Towards the Left in France

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The results of last Sunday's elections to the Councils-General of the Departments in France are not conclusive, as many second ballots have to take place next Sunday. None the...

The Empire's Resources

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The maximum prosperity for Great Britain depends on an expan- sion of trade with all countries throughout the world, including those whose currency is linked with the dollar....

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A T a reception given in his honour on Tuesday evening M. Molotov declared that the main task of the Council of Foreign Ministers was to consolidate victory and secure lasting...

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One interchange in the course of the last meeting has

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a certain mathematical interest—at any rate, to a non-mathematician like myself. The questioner is the Chairman of the Committee, Sir Robert Young, the respondent the First...

The heading " Laski Talks Too Much " is taken

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from the New York Sun and quoted by the Daily Telegraph. It covers an article by the Sun's regular columnist beginning : " Since the Labourites have come to power Harold Laski...

No doubt international bodies sometimes want to meet elsewhere than

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in London, but, as someone has pointed out, Paris, with the cost of living what it is known to be in that capital, is a strange place to choose for the World Trade Union...

The Select Committee on Procedure now sitting has drawn atten-

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tion, momentarily at any rate, to an important and singularly able public servant of whom normally next to nothing is heard. Most people know that such an official as the Clerk...

It would be useful to know what censorships still exist

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and what have been withdrawn. By all accounts there is a good deal of with- drawing to be done yet. Two cases I have just heard of suggest that rather strongly. An officer in...


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T HE fact that Mr. Isaacs is about to make a general statement on demobilisation will not save him from a fusillade of questions when the House of Commons reassembles on October...

The fiat issued by various luxury restaurants in London that

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in future diners not in evening dress will be excluded is a manifestation of offensive snobbery which ought to be countered in the most effec- tive way possible—by scrupulous...

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By VAL GIELGUD T DO not think that it is sympathy with the devastated regions of I Eastern Europe which is lacking in England today. What is lacking is sympathy based on...

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By LT.-COLONEL PETER PENN T HE first requisite for action is information, the second know- ledge, the third forethought and the fourth energy. The action required now and for...

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By A LICENSING JUSTICE ElIFTY years ago Great Britain was the most drunken country r in Europe, measured either by its total liquor consumption or by its convictions for...

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By CAPTAIN B.A.O.R.* In Germany. * The writer of earlier articles signed " Captain B.L.A." Welfare are not at fault. They have done a good job with imperfect material. Possibly...

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By MARIAN SOMERS I HAVE been offered a job, a job in Paris, on a French newspaper. It is the sudden realisation of all my hopes. In front of me is a concrete and serious chance...


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The gleaners had left all the field bone bare ; Only the headland grasses, here and there, Impaled that filmy wool a spider weaves When colours fade and autumn chills the air....

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Some at least of the causes of this general scepticism

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can be recognised and defined. Our popular education, which is still in a transitional phase, has obliterated the old distinction between the educated and the uneducated ; the...

A distinction must be made between internal and external propa-

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ganda. After arduous trial, and frequent error, it was found that the British pubic were hostile to all governmental propaganda and that the only thing to do was to avoid...


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By HAROLD NICOLSON I WAS re-reading recently an article which I wrote for this periodical in February, 1939, on the subject of propaganda. I contended in that article that...

It would be an error, none the less, to deduce

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from these excep- tional circumstances that the people, either at home or abroad, are always more affected by reasonable information than they are by emotional appeals. It would...

This in itself is a healthy symptom, and one which

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would delight me were it accompanied by an equally firm rejection of the propa- ganda of distrust. It would be a grave misfortune if the people of this country were to become...

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THE road leads gently, gently, all the way ; the sun beats down on the road, and the dust is white, and the air vibrates with the call of the hungry sea, and the cry of the...


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" A Bell for Adano." At the Phoenix.—" The School for Scandal." At the Arts.—International Ballet. At His Majesty's. IT is not easy to write a piece of serious propaganda that...


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" Objective, Burma." At Warners.—" Berlin." At the Tatler.— Post-War Career Films. For Non-theatrical release. AFTER a brief flying visit to America I found myself back here...


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Subscribers are reminded that notification of change of address should reach the office of The Spectator seven clear days before the alteration is to take effect.

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Sin,—Frankly (if a mere Prebendary may presume to criticise the opinions of a Canon Residentiary), I found Canon Roger Lloyd's article with the above title, like the famous...

SIR,—In the name of human intelligence Mr. Hamilton Fyfe repudiates

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the contention that God acts in history in accordance with the human situa- tion which we present to Him ; and he dismisses it as " sheer anthropo- morphism." This long word...


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INTERNATIONAL TRADE Stit,—The figures in the letter from the Empire Industries Association are, I hope obviously, misleading. To compare 1932 at the bottom of the world slump,...

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Stn,—Probably few people realise how much the systematic testing of milk has increased during recent years. Since the beginning of the war a great deal of effort and expense has...

LIBERALISM SIR,—" Nothing succeeds like success " and, conversely, nothing

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fails like failure. I suppose, in the circumstances Liberals should not expect much sympathy, even from the liberal-minded Janus. Maybe he considers his remarks on the subject...

SIR, —Mr. Hamilton Fyfe is always provocative, and never more so

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than when he attacks the conventional views on religious belief. In this he SIR, —Mr. Hamilton Fyfe is always provocative, and never more so than when he attacks the...


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Sta,—" All good farmers realise that they must maintain the productivity of their soil, in the same way as a manufacturer must maintain his plant." This extract from Mr....


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SI11,—The comments made by "Janus " in your issue of September 14th on the subject of Lord Beaverbrook's Election activities are open to ob- jection. It is becoming a convenient...

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A CUMBERIAND farmer of my acquaintance said not long since—and meant it—" I am as fond of money as other Men ; but I don't like it as much as seeing my stock looking well." In...


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Site,—I would appreciate it very much if you would consider the follow- ing lines for publication in your periodical: " I, —, swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful'and...

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In My Garden , The English householder is, as a

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rule perhaps, a little remiss in the drying of herbs, as the gardener in growing them. Dried herbs are a great standby in the winter (as indeed are the dried—not dehydrated-...


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,SIR,—You state in your editorial in last week's issue that the present scheme for Release from the Forces devised by Mr. Bevin is generally 'approved but that the speed of...

Ghoulish Butterflies

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A very strange example of the feeding habits of butterflies, which enjoy equally rotting-fruit and the nectar of flowers, is told me by an R.A.F. officer. He was stationed in...

Sta,—As a member of the Liberal Party I was naturally

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interested in Mr. Hogg's letter, asserting the community of views between Liberals and Tory Reformers. I quite agree. But does Mr. Hogg really think that even with Liberal aid...

Where Trees Were The ugly effects of war became lamentably

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apparent in scores of the small beautiful woods and spinneys that dot the countryside. When the trees have been completely cleared, nothing 'remains—so a West Country...

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Russian Painting

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A History of Modern Russian Painting, By George Loukomski. (Hutchinson. £2 2s.) A History of Modern Russian Painting, By George Loukomski. (Hutchinson. £2 2s.) THERE can be few...


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Health and Disease Farming and Gardening for Health and Disease. By Sir A. Howard . ( Faber and Faber. 12s. 6d.) AFTER spending many years as agricultural botanist kt the...

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Sicily to Rome

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IN this book a well-known war correspondent links up his experi- ences of the campaign in Sicily and Italy up to the capture of Rome. It will be news to many that he began, with...

Odious Creatures

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Bookman's Holiday. By Holbrook Jackson. (Faber and Faber. 10s. 6d.) A GOOD game could be played with this agreeable book by reading aloud extracts, with names omitted, and...

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Mine Own Executioner. By Nigel Balchin. (Collins. 8s. 6d.) On the Forward Fringe. By Alexander Beck. (Hutchinson. 8s. 6d.) NIGEL BALCHIN'S Mine Own Executioner is a new sort...

Beethoven's Art

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Beethoven. By W. J. Turner. (Dent. 6s.) LOOKING back on the literature of the Beethoven Centenary year, what strikes one chiefly about it is the somewhat apologetic tone adopted...

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ACROSS d 1 'As the young woman asked it she sold any bits and pieces? (to.) 6. As famous, no doubt, as the nightin- gale's song. (4.) 0. Drink for a monarch. (5.) I. To keep...


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By CUSTOS IT it a striking testimony to the doggedness of the British investo in these days that neither the troubled atmosphere of internation politics nor the obvious...

The Authentic Arabian Horse. By Lady Wentworth. (Allen and Unwin.

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£5 5s.) THIS magnificent production, which was in type, with paper and binding cloth provided before war broke out in 1939, appears most opportunely now as a peace-time...

The Countryman. (2s. 6d.) THE latest (autumn) number of The

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Countryman maintains its uniformly high standard. An article, " Ants, Locusts and Gardeners," including contributions on gardening in Brazil and also in Kenya, should do...

.burger A i ( Owes

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The Dawn of Liberation. War Speeches by Rt. Hon. Winston S' - Churchill. Vol. V. Compiled by Charles Eade. (Cassell. 12s. 6d.) MOST of these speeches, which were made in the...

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TELEPHONE RENTALS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR Tim sixteenth. annual general meeting of Telephone Rentals, Limited, was held on September 24th in London. Mr. Fred T. Jackson,...