29 MAY 1959

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FRIDAY, MAY 29, 1959


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W HEN Mr. Angus Maude was in the process of uprooting himself from Westminster, with the help of the Chiltern Hundreds, he recalled the public's curiously ambivalent attitude...

Portrait of the Week— POSTER DULLES DIED, At Geneva, his

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suc- or made the West's opening bid for a Berlin • dement, which Mr. Khrushchev, stumping bania, said that the West didn't really want, any- ay. But Britain and the Soviet Union...

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John Foster Dulles

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By RICHARD I T was often said that John Foster Dulles spent fifty-odd years of his life waiting to become Secretary of State. 'Dulles was trained for diplo- macy as Nijinsky...


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All Black All White

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By JOHN T FIE decision of the Rugby Union, the body controlling our obsessional winter sport, not to include Maoris in the team to visit South Afrjca next year has provoked...

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Taking Stock

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T HE work of the Foreign Ministers being broken this week by their departure for Wash- ington, it is convenient to take stock; after over a fortnight of activity, it can be said...

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Westminster Commentary

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On Being a Member of Parliament By DAVID PRICE, MP (T APER is on holiday.) Tuts week Parliament has not been sitting. The Whitsun recess runs until June 2. I suppose that the...

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LORD SHAWCROSS and others are busy, I hear, in the

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preparation of a draft Bill to reform contempt of court procedure, on the lines proposed recently by the British section of the Iiiternational Com- mission of Jurists. That...

THERE ARE—as correspondents have been telling me—illogicalities about the Master

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of Arts degree: Oxbridge is not the only culprit. But I still do not like a system which gives what is widely thought to be a higher degree for money, not for merit. True, at...

PnaLinmENT had not been in recess there should have been

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some interesting comment on Lord 1 ‘'Ialvern's latest utterance. Addressing the League ( If Student Parliamentarians in Bulawayo, he otivised them to ignore views expressed at...

A PUBLIC . RELATIONS FIRM has sent me a document setting

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out the reasons why ice-cream manufac- turers, though they would prefer to use nothing but British dairly products, find themselves com- pelled to use substitutes. Two factors,...

SOME PEOPLE, according to the retiring president of the Newsagents'

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Federation, look upon mergers in the publishing trade with apprehension; but he feels they will ultimately be to the newsagents' good. 'When publishers decide to stop old num-...

IT MAY SOUND ILLOGICAL, then, for me to defend the

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soup manufacturers for using the term 'mush- room' when they mean other varieties of edible fungi; I see that Major Stewart in our cor- respondence columns calls this 'coarsely...

A Spectator's Notebook

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IT IS A WRY JOKE Of Fate to bring a crisis in Uganda hard on the heels of the beginning of the dourly intractable emergency in Central Africa. None of the issues involved are...

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AN UNUSUAL and courageous theatrical experiment is due at the

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Scala Theatre next week. This is The Borderline, a 'play in music,' after the American style, by Wilfrid Mellers and David Holbrook. The story, which explores childhood through...

The British Radical in 1959

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By PHILIP TOYNBEE Prim radical and the conservative mentalities I have survived through all changes of English history, although the issues which divide them have continuously...

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Paris Notebook

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By CYRIL RAY I T was a year exactly since I had last been in Paris. That was the weekend that the trucks of the armed police were parked nose to tail in the bosky alleys off the...

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Orde Wingate and his Critics

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By SYBIL WING ATE A rRIEND discussing with me the other day the reviews that have appeared of Mr. Christo- pher Sykes's biography of my brother; Orde Wingate, remarked that...

An Australian in London

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS I . DO not suppose that there has ever been a military occupation so wrapped up in curious paradox as that . of Berlin. In theory, here are four...

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A PIGTAILED four-year- old in a red sailor suit resolutely pushed the stuffed dog towards the nursery door. 'No, dear,' said her father with false brightness, The child...


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Dramma Giocosa By BERNARD LEVIN FLORENCE FOR goodness' sake don't tell Khrushchev, but if he pressed the button tomorrow there would be no reaction at all from the direction...

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Spanish Flu By CLIVE BARNES The Pilar Lopez Ballet Espafiol is for con- noisseurs, if that doesn't sound too dispiriting. Pilar Lopez is a big-boned woman with a Goya face,...

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Virag and Virago By ALAN BRIEN Ulysses in Nighttown. (Arts.) AT first sight, Zero Mostel looks as though he will be disastrously wrong in the role of Leopold Bloom. The Ameri-...


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Just a Moment By PETER FORSTER TIM speed of the show deceives the mind. Youth Wants to Know, there is the Right to Reply, there are all the roundelays of four people stating...

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They're Only Human By ISABEL QUIGLY The Devil's General. (Cine- phone). — Pork Chop Hill. (Odeon, Leicester Square.) — The Hangman. (Gaumont.) — The Possessed. (Cameo - Poly.)...

Consuming Interest

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Bread By LESLIE ADRIAN BREAD like mother used to make will, before long, be as rare as home-brewed ale. The small BREAD baker, the individual craftsman with two or three...

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A Doctor's Journal

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In Defence of Dunces By MILES HOWARD How much of what appears to be dullness is really an emo- tional blocking or retardation? At the' university level a good deal of...


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MAY 31, 1834 THE King of Naples has projected a convenient mode of relieving his treasury from embarrassment. He pro- poses to sell a part of the property of the regular...

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Like It Here Scotland Yet The Destruction of .Glasgow Triple-Talk

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Scotland Yet

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By HUGH MacDIARMID T rumour of Scotland's death is, like Mark tsr Twain's, 'greatly exaggerated,' yet Scotland Past and Present* reminds me of nothing so much as Charles...

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The Destruction of Glasgow

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By DAVID MURRAY A FEW weeks ago, on May 1, a strong body of Tories rode into Glasgow from the back- blocks for the annual conference of the Scottish Unionist Association. Given...

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Thirteen Lines

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That boat has killed three people. Building her Sib drove a nail through his thumb, and died up by Bunged to thc eyes with rust and penicillin. One evening when the Flow was a...


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By NORMAN MacCAIG A L countries have their oddities, and Scotland is not short of them. One (not unique) is that its five millions or so of people have three languages to...

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South of -Scotland

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By IAIN HAMILTON r tic longer I live out of Scotland, the more vivid is my awareness of its own individual 't self. Or so I imagine. Even in my lyrically nation- a list...

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Miss Minnes

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'Miss M innes spends each winter with us here: October through to May.' In the lounge Miss Minnes sits and knots her hair • Through 'two borty,fingers, arid seems to cringe When...

Person from Putney

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By R. H. WESTWATER I tz a person from Putney, let us say, were to find himself in accidental association with any con- temporary Scottish artist—painter, poet, author or...

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Spreading Capitalism Ulster the Music-Makers Criminals in Cars the New

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Towns Pullman Service ; The Battleship Potemkin' Mushrooms and Others aul Slickey aid-up M As kook Back in Anger' John Landell-Mills J. Watt, Brendan Behan R. B. Elwin Robert...

SIR, —Freud and his successors may have shown that reason plays

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an insignificant part in the creation and sustaining of responsibility, as Brian Inglis argues. But the effect of the application of modern psychiatric theories is surely an...


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SIR,—While it was gratifying to find so much space in your columns devoted to Mr. Vaughan's account of the work of the National Federation of Music Societies, it seems desirable...

84 t , -- Maybe. as Pharos remarks, Carson 'would have tissumed that

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Ulster Members would have made their Mark in the Commons as Ulstermen.' The fact remains that he was about as much an U lsterman as I am. , He came from Dublin, like myself, and...


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SIR,—I was shocked to read the letter of your cor- respondent Nicolas Hill (May 1). He must be a most unhappy man for he takes such a jaundiced view of life in our New Town, and...

Hyde challenges me to show how his :ltons contributed to

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the continuance of religious 'igotry and intolerance in Northern Ireland. I sub-, Mil that his own letter does this. He, claims that during his election campaigns he .t ought...

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Sta,—If, as Pharos says, the English accept boletus edulis as just another mushroom, it is evidence Of their inability to distinguish finer shades of taste in the dishes that...


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SIR,—Alan Brien's 'rough guide that anybody who CO enjoy the Spectator would get a kick out of Po i Slickey makes it difficult for those who like you; magazine for such...


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SIR,—Congratulations to Pharos on voicing his dislik e of the Oxford and Cambridge MA degree in a lcs boorish manner than he did the week before; but the wider he opens his...


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SIR,—If we are not careful all amateur productio rd of Look Back in Anger are going to be the fir st ,' During rehearsals for its amateur production here ht s ' September, Unity...


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SIR.—I'm sorry that Mr. Bowness is still coming out with that hoary old chestnut about The Battleship Potemkin being the world's greatest film. I never remember to have heard...

PULLMAN SERVICE SIR,—In your issue of May 22 you published

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a letter from Mr. Vivian Ellis under the heading 'Pullman Service.' In this, Mr. Ellis referred to the service between Plymouth and London as a Pullman Car Company service. He...

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John Highlandman By NEAL ASCHERSON r r HE West Highlands of Scotland are immut- able. Ever since the human race settled there they have looked the same, and they have forced...

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The Lie of it All

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THE subtitle of Flight and Pursuit is 'a venture into autobiography,' and in the introduction the author further describes it 'as an examination of the structure of my being.'...

Justified Dukes

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A Silver-Plated Spoon. By John, Duke of Bed- ford. (Cassell, 21s.) A Peer Behind the Curtain. By John Godley, Lord Kilbracken. (Gollancz, 18s.) THE Duke's publicity has been...

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Part of a World

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MR. JACOBSON, who is familiar to many as an excellent South African novelist living in Eng- land, here describes the year he spent in Palo Alto, California, on a fellowship at...

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Hallo to Hollywood

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THE only place Gavin Lambert has allowed him- self irony in his devastatingly deadpan 'scenes of Hollywood life' is in his titles. The Slide Area is both those sections of the...

No Such Things

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The Anatomy of Puck. By K. M. Briggs. (Rout- ledge and Kegan Paul, 30s.) 'WHEN I was a child,' wrote Aubrey, 'and so before the civil wars, the fashion was for old women and...

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The Meaning of Bandits

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DR. RUDE' has lately shown how much a sensitive researcher can discover about city mobs in his- tory. But there are other forms of primitive politi- cal activity about which...

Creole Mumbo

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New Orleans Sketches. By William Faulkner. (Sidgwick and Jackson, 15s.) HERE is a collection of the bulrushes in which the infant Faulkner was discovered; and most of them, for...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT And for good reasons. . In the first place, present income yield is not the true basis for comparison between the two. I was surprised to see recently the...

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By CUSTOS "TIHE same pattern prevails in the security I markets—very dull gilt-edged, very firm industrials and buoyant gold shares. The gilt- edged market has not been helped...

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S HAREHOLDERS in the Legal and General can look forward to the end of 1959 when (to quote the chairman) there will be a full review of the Society's affairs. Having recently...

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SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1.044 ACROSS.-1 Blue-gown. 5 Mob - cap. 9 Garitoyle.

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il.i Casual. 12 Mason. 13 Adorn lion. 14 Hard-favoured. la Weigh-bridges. 21 Dog-violer 23 Heath, 24 Ionise. 25 Columbus. 26 Grants. 27 Agrestic. DOWN.---1 Bigamy. 2 Unrest, 3...


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ACROSS Graduate surrounded by hoods I10) 6 Fictional Sergeant who might have needed it hand, too, on occasion (4) 10 One dog ticket, please! (5) II Weakness that Robert Burns...