29 MARCH 1963

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Portrait of the Week

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WEEK. FOR DOCTORS: With the honours going to Dr. Beeching. After eighteen months of study. reflection and scissors-work, Dr. Beeching pro- duced his plan for the railways, that...


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rrHE Beeching Report on the future of the rail- ' ways is a brutal and fascinating document. Its logic and its analysis are sure, its objective is clear, no concessions are made...

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No. 7031 Established 182B FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1963

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Leading from Trumps

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A s Mr. Harry Franklin points out on the next page, Mr. Kenneth Kaunda holds all the aces in the current talks on the future of the Central African Federatidn. The pity is that...

Rumours of Rockets

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HE Middle East is a fertile breeding-ground I for rumour, and anyone who glances at the reports coming out of Beirut as to the state of Egyptian rocket research is liable to...

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Bargaining Over the Body

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From HARRY FRANKLIN LUSAKA, NORTHERN RHODESIA F all the political leaders of the Govern- ments of Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia and the Federation, now gathered in...

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Enahoro A great deal has been said about the rights

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and wrongs of the case of Chief Enahoro, but there is only one thing worth saying. That is that the right of political asylum in this country is being destroyed. All the...

Incantation Disenchanted

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS n RESIDENT DE GAULLE'S system of rule has r been called 'government by incantation.' He has established his authority with very little use of force....

Faut Pas Toucher Still, the distaste one feels for witch-hunting

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does not alter the fact that public men do well to be careful about their social activities; and I think that one may suggest without priggish- ness that standards have been...

Steel Embargo

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From SARAH GA.INHAM BONN IN October, 1962, three German steel fi rms 'signed contracts for 163,000 tons of oil-pipe- line tubes for Russia. In November, in secret session, the...

Spectator's Notebook

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E KE many others I thought there was some- thing distasteful about the performance in the House of Commons last Thursday night by the three members of Mr. Wilson's praetorian...

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Tax on Knowledge The pre-Budget rumours about a sales tax

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make no mention of any exemptions, so it may be that the old tax-on-books battle is about to be fought all over again. In this case the Gov- ernment can take no comfort from...

Chalgrove Field Chaigrove Field is where John Hampden died during

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the Civil War. His tenacity and contempt for incompetence have worthy successors in the present inhabitants. As Lady Rothenstein shows in her letter, Chalgrove Airfield has been...

Pressing On Mr Harold Wilson's speech about public re- lations

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the other day seems to me to have several sensible points in it. Pressure groups are an inevitable part of our society, but there is nothing harmful in this provided their...

The Culture Movement The real trouble with television is that

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few people of intelligence find it easy to sustain serious interest in it for any length of time. It is this which has always left the way open for the commercial interest. Now...

The Seven Temptations

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By JOHN ROSSELLI T HERE are seven; and none of them is what Lord Hailsham thinks it is. When a British intellectual turns over in his mind the notion of going to America to live...

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The Conservative Crisis-3

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The Ringing Grooves of Change By ANGUS MAUDE Asr w eek I suggested that the Government's I main dilemma was the urgent need to advo- cate, and if possible carry out, radical...

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Living With Labour

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By HENRY FAIRLIE It is difficult now . . to convey the intense sensation which many of us felt in those first days. . . That first sensation, tingling and triumphant, was of a...

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Chalgrove Airfield Lady Rothenslein Northern Rhodesia W. D. A. Bagnell

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A Kind of ReLgion Colin Macinnes ‘Anlara' and Science Fiction Dr. Tord Hall Mr. Wrong and Cuba Arnold Beichman On. Liberty P. R. Morsel! Curriculum Study Groups E. Fleming The...


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SIR,—I should be grateful if you would allow me the courtesy of your columns to draw attention to some of the glib over-simplifications contained in Mr. Harry Franklin's article...

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THE EARLIEST LIMERICK SIR,—What is the date of the earliest

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'limerick'? suspect St. Thomas Aquinas of introducing one quite deliberately as a mnemonic into one of his best-known prayers: Sit vitiorum meorum evacuatio Concupiscentice et...


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S111,--In my report on Venezuela. 1 cited from an article by Mr. Dennis H. Wrong- titled 'The American Left and Cuba' (Commentary, February, 1962). The entire passage from which...


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SIR,—When referring in 'A Kind of Religion' (Spec- tator, February 1), to 'a segregated Anglican service' in Ndola, N. Rhodesia, I did not mean to imply that segregation is a...


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SIR,—Mr. Kingsley Amis's review of Aniara analyses the poem solely from the viewpoint of science fiction, and Mr. Amis, wearing these blinkers, goes into an unusually hostile...

ON LIBERTY SIR,—Mr. Lipton's fears about liberty may well be

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justified; but they are not given much support by his examples. (1) M. Bidault: Why is it said, that allowing M. Bidault to present his case is to support the strong against...


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Sta,—I have read with interest your leading article 'The New Prefects' (Spectator, March 22), dealing with changes in our educational structure. May I make a few comments on the...

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By VEH MEHTA D AM woke with a heavy head, as though he IA had not slept at all. He stood for a long time under a hot shower; in India there was no pressure to water, but in...

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Multilateral By BAMBER GASCOIGNE The Marriage of Figaro. (Pic- cadilly.)—Divorce a la Carte. (New Arts.)—Menage Trois. (Lyric.)—In the In- terests of the State. (Royal...


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Pace Setting By DAVID CAIRNS THE Sadler's Wells Cosi fan torte has many qualities, but the most remarkable of them is the conducting of Colin Davis —the most complete...

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Vile Bodies By CLIVE BARNES It is seventeen years since Helpmann presented his last ballet, the appallingly pretentious Adam Zero, at Covent Garden. In those seventeen years...


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Stage Filming By ISABEL QUIGLY • THINK of turning Jules and Jim into opera or putting Romeo • and Juliet on ice: this is the kind of lunatic lack of connec- tion involved in...

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Painter's Collection By NEVILE WALLIS EVERYONE knows the dilemma of the Royal Academy, dis- established by the new Estab- lishment of officialdom and dealerdom guarding their...


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Zen By CLIFFORD HANLEY THE box was definitely worth a guinea a box this past week, absolutely stuffed with rich yummy goodness in several ex- citing flavours — Shakespeare...

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Difficult Freedom BY ANTHONY HARTLEY R ENTIEwitva a book on the history of the Mormons during the Sixties of the last cen- t ury, the French critic and historian Hippolyte...

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My Son the Frontiersman BY RONALD BRYDEN .

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L SLIE FIEDLER is probably known to English readers as the man who defended the Rosen- bergs' execution, stuck up for McCarthy as the heir to William Jennings Bryan's corncob...

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Bantu, Boer and Briton

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Occasion for Loving. By Nadine Gordimer. (Gollancz, 21s.) IN 1944 John Kumalo, the politician in Alan Paton's novel, Cry the Beloved Country, spoke fo r a generation of Africans...

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Lives in Our Time

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PEOPLE write autobiographies for many reasons, as Mr. Stuart Hood has recently suggested In his own fine volume of war-time reminiscence. Pebbles from My Skull. Perhaps the...

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Epitaph on Fish, a Cricket Critic

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Not being tops at cricket, he vented his spite', On those who were: each Sunday you could react What he'd have done. This cast little light On play—but it did fulfil his need,...

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Bloody Balfour

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`Up to the day when all the world wondered to hear that Mr. Balfour had been appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland, he was a person of no consequence.' So commented Sir Henry...

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Short Stories from Four Countries

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Cinnamon Shops and Other Stories. By Bruno Schulz. (MacGibbon and Kee, 18s.) The Director's Wife and Other Stories. By Brian (Secker and Warburg, 18s.) Cinnamon Shops is a...

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Manners Makyth Man

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MRS. S. M. BREWER'S Design for a Gentleman is an account of Lord Chesterfield's relationship with his illegitimate son, Philip Stanhope. This relationship, as all the world...

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Distant Death

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ONE comes to the conclusion that an ancestor of Sherlock Holmes must have been on board the Mayflower. Distance seems a necessary in- gredient to the illusion that is the...

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Flowers, Tongues

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Hyacinth, anemone, With names that run More liquid than I like on My northern tongue, yet I stoop and acknowledge the Inbuilt and rigorous Grain of your chemistry. Silent...


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The Feeders Among the serviceable mills and The galleries of riverside poplars In the holiday house, no hours Were set aside for my writing; It was less well-appointed than...


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Light is present in this valley As in no other. It is made of green And black and comes from the sea. There is snow on the cliff face And in the air, but you can see every leaf...

Waking Beauty

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Finding you took no time. At each machete-stroke The briers—neatly tagged By Freud the gardener— Sprang apart like cut wire. Your door was unfastened. You awoke instantly,...

Memorial Service for a Saintly Person

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Perhaps, if he's To rest in peace, It needs that Some of these, For whom he cared In his short crowded time, Should live in peace; With whom he shared His so short time Crowded...

Respect to Pluto

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Whatever sent the drie Arabia Breathes from her spices on the morning grey May perfume, if I wish, my scentless day. Open or close my eyes, Spices may crackle, the newborn bird...

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Escape from Agitprop

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Kira. By Victor Nekrassov. Translated by Moura Budberg. (Cresset, 16s.) No sooner has this short novel appeared in England than its author finds himself in trouble in Moscotv....

Science Fiction Spring

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When They Come From Orphans of the Sky. By Robert A. Heinlei n ' (Gollancz, 13s, 6d.) Dark Universe. By (Gollancz, 15s.) The Drowned World. (Gollancz, 15s.) IN the April...

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What Went Wrong in 1962?

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IN the old days the Eco- nomic Survey used to review the past year and express an a opinion on the current eco- o nomic trends at home and abroad. It...

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Company Notes

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B y LOTIEBURY l N our issue of March 15 we gave the report of the Britannic Assurance from its new chair- man, Mr. John F. Jefferson, which recorded highly satisfactory progress...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS LIE three-week account covering the Budget Opened quietly and it is not expected that the industrial leaders will move one way or another until the Budget secrets are...

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Consuming Interest

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The Very Best Butchery By ELIZABETH DAVID Thin flank, square-cut, in one block from the forequarter of the animal was the cut in ques- tion; it is the one often used by the...

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By LESLIE ADRIAN We have not had many books on the great con- sumer awakening (otherwise known as c aveat vendor). Elizabeth Gundrey has obliged wit h Your Money's Worth, via...