29 NOVEMBER 1968

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The silent revolution

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ough the Chancellor of the Exchequer's tation as the Government's golden boy finally vanished beyond recall as a result e events of the past ten days, Mr Jenkins ast deserves...

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Waiting to pick up the pieces

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The nature of the international monetary crisis was discussed in these columns last week. Plainly, the greatest single contribu- tion to restoring balance of payments equili-...


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President de Gaulle decided not to devalue the franc but to impose rigorous cuts in public ex- penditure instead, as well as currency restric- tions and price and wage controls....

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Time to change marks

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY AUBERON WAUGH At long last it seems that Parliament is begin- ning to see the economic situation in perspec- tive. While some of the catastrophes brought...

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Why the General said 'Non'

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MONEY CRISIS-1 MARC ULLMANN Paris—So the illusions are over. That is the vital political consequence of all the comings and goings of the past week. The franc was not to be...

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A Bonn notebook

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MONEY CRISIS-2 B. A. SHEPHERD lasting impression of the great con- anon of finance ministers in Bonn last k is a confused pair of images. The hell- of the front passage of the...

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Left in the cold

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SPACE PETER J. SMITH Scarcely a day passes, it seems, without news of Surveyors, Apollos, Zonds and Protons suc- cessfully blasting off into space—and, alas; ELDO (European...

The waiting room

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AMERICA MURRAY KEMPTON New York—We see almost nothing of the President-elect, and that little is rather attrac- tively self-effacing. Someone said the other day that the issue...

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J. W. M. THOMPSON One man's Post-Impressionist is another man's Cortina. Get rid of the pounds and Jenkins will take care of the pence. Waste not, enjoy not. Never put off till...

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False colours

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CONSUMING INTEREST LESLIE ADRIAN Certain types of falsehood in trade and co merce have a potential effect so damaging th they must be repressed by the criminal law. The can...

How Master Fuller won the Day

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PERSONAL COLUMN MERCURIUS OXONIENSIS Being a Second Letter to Mercurius Londiniensis GOOD BROTHER LONDINIENSIS I have stayed my pen this se'nnight till I might report to you...

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A licence to lose?

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THE PRESS BILL GRUNDY On Wednesday, 20 November, Sir Max Aitken, the chairman of Beaverbrook Newspapers, gat to his elegant feet at the 141st anniversary festival of the...

More for less

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MEDICINE JOHN ROWAN WILSON metimes think that whenever we desire some fit for which we are reluctant to pay the e, we start talking about productivity. Do want higher wages for...

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Museum piece

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TELEVISION STUART HOOD We can assume, I suppose, that the rating, the Royal Variety Performance will strength e the view that what the ITV companies need t boost their weekend...

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Alien corn

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CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS If an Englishman robs an Englishman that's very regrettable, But as long as they keep it in the family, it's forgettable. One doesn't want to be a dog in...

Return to Bologna

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TABLE TALK DENIS BROGAN 'Addio Grasso Bologna.' I can't remember why Carducci began a poem with this sentiment, but Bologna (where I am writing this week) is cer- tainly...

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An ape-runners' digest CHRISTMAS BOOKS — 1

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ANTHONY BARNETT A few years ago a group of unconventional American psychologists founded a journal, The Worm-Runners' Digest, in which serious research reports appeared mixed...

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Bob a job

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DAVID PIPER D r awings in the Louvre : The Italian Drawings Baseline Bacou, The French Drawings Maurice sirullaz, The German, Flemish and Dutch Dwings Roseline Bacou (Cassell...

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Anatomy lesson

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ROBERT BIRLEY Anatomy of the SS Stale H. Krausnick, H. Buchheim, M. Broszat, H-A. Jacobsen (Collins 84s) The German Question W. Hubatsch and others (Herder Book Centre, New...

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Three voices

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SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER Mrs Beer's House Patricia Beer (Macmillan 36s) The Incense Tree Diana Hopkinson (Routledge and Kegan Paul 30s) Birdless Summer Han Suyin (Cape 35s) Mrs...

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The New Cambridge Modern History Volume Ill: The Counter-Reformation and

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Price Re- volution 1559-1610 edited by R. B. Wernham (cup 60s) Old firm J. J. SCARISBRICK It is not difficult to produce reasons for dis- approving of the New Cambridge...

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Bellini in his own light

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D. L. ETTLINGER Giovanni Bellini Giles Robertson (ouP/The Clarendon Press 84s) When Ruskin, in his often quoted and highly contentious lecture 'The Relation between Michael...

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Angry scene HENRY TUBE Mother Night Kurt Vonnegut Jr (Cape 22s 6d) Crybaby of the Western World John Leonard (Macdonald 42s) The Rotten Apple Christopher Dilke (Mac- donald...

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My aunt Fanny

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BAMBER GASCOIGNE My family spelt their name Gascoigne before and after the eighteenth century, but Gascoyne during it; and family tradition holds that the change to Gascoyne...

His own place

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J. 0. URMSON The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre edited and introduced by Robert Denoon Cumming (Methuen 50s) This is a book of extracts from the writings of Sartre from 1936 to...

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Kind hearts and coronets

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J. H. PLUMB Historical Memoirs Volume II 1710-1715 Duc de Saint-Simon translated by Lucy Norton (Hamish Hamilton 70s) Once President Kennedy quipped that he could not sleep in...

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A hundred years ago

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From the 'Spectator, 28 November 1868—The Parisian papers have been amusing themselves by speculating as to the wealth of the late Baron James Rothschild, which they estimate...

Cinemarxmanship ARTS

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PENELOPE HOUSTON It has been hard going this year for European film festivals. Cannes was stopped dead in its tracks by les evenements de mai; at Berlin they only lobbed a few...

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True or false

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ART BRYAN ROBERTSON As a background to this week's exhibitions, I feel I should point to a generally shared view, increasingly prevalent in London's art world these days, that...

Rushy Glen

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BALLET CLEMENT CRISP Ballets, unlike babies, are not found under gooseberry bushes, and to chart how they de- velop from the first idea in the choreographer's mind into the...

Julius Caesar (Aldwych)

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THEATRE Stone Mason HILARY SPURLING john Barton's Julius Caesar has come to town at last and, considering the shining clarity with which it treats the play's sombre themes,...

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City reflections on the crisis MONEY

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NICHOLAS DAVENPORT The high drama of the monetary crisis last week had all the makings of a Greek tragedy. The innocent protagonists, mouthing fine words and sentiments,...

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Market report

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CUSTOS Equity markets have found the autumn budget very hard to interpret. Weak sections are the banks, the breweries, timber shares, stores, motors and companies specially hit...


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PORTFOLIO JOHN BULL How does Mr Jenkins's autumn budget affect my two portfolios? Empire Stores : there are two dangers for the mail-order houses—the cut-back in con- sumer...

ffolkes's business types

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Biafra and human rights

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Sir: I am afraid I must take exception to the remarks you have put under my letter to you published in your issue of the 22 November. You of course know the rules of Chatham...

- Sir: Those who sympathise with Biafra much appreciate the

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stand many of your contributors have taken in the matter of the war. I have been normally- resident in Nigeria-Biafra since 1964, joined the staff of the University, Nzukka, in...

In the shadow of the crash

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LETTERS From L. H. Palmier, Geo. E. Assinder, C. C. Wrigley, Major-General H. T. Alexander, Onyekaba Nwankwo, the Rev Tom Garrett, David Russell, John Melvin, Patrick Hutber,...

Black scorpioni

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Sir: Mr W. H. Irvine implies that only old Nigeria hands are entitled to comment on the Nigerian war (Letters, 22 November). Perhaps he would accept my credentials, even though...

Sir: Whilst I understand the reason for a re- valuation

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of the DM in the present lamentable condition of the world's currencies, I fail to understand the ethics of it or the harsh stric- tures on Germany, notably by yourself - (22...

Sir: Your editorial of 15 November was quite right in

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calling for a stop to Mr Wilson's stark hypocrisy in Africa and to the devious and dan gerous role of the so-called 'experts' in the Nigeria-Biafra conflict. Mr Wilson refused...

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Ronan Point

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Sir : When eventually all the facts are revealed concerning this sorry affair and the recrimina- tions are over, what ought, I believe, to stand indicted should not be Mr...

Back to the power-house

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Sir: 1 do not understand the logic of Mr Waugh's argument in his comments on my letter (8 November) Why would it have been easier for the Nigerians to drive their troops down...

Official rebel

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Sir: I am surprised and saddened to see an exercise in character-assassination in the pages 4 6f the SPECTATOR. In this instance it seems to me that it is not the Soviet...

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Useful sampler

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Sir: In his review of Henry James : The Critical Heritage (11 October), Professor Ashley Brown appears to deplore close textual study of literary works, because 'it seldom adds...

Between friends

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Sir: 'How,' asks my friend Bill Grundy (22 November), 'do you find out what any par- , illiricular industrial dispute is about after the first day?' and goes on to criticise me...

Sagging London

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AFTERTHOUGHT JOHN WELLS Ask any Londoner today, hunched in his utility overcoat on the corner of some windy, garbage- littered street in this crisis-racked, austerity- ridden...

Oldest subscriber ?

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Sir: This is a letter from an old Welshman who is today (16 November) celebrating his eighty- eighth birthday. He claims to be the oldest subscriber to the SPECTATOR, having...

The Whitefriars Club

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Sir: The Whitefriars Club, Fleet Street's oldest literary institution, which lately celebrated its centenary, is lacking a large part of its records; and the club's committee...

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No. 527: The winners

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Trevor Grove reports: Competitors were invi4ed to construct an intelligible and preferably witty piece of prose around ten words chosen from the opening passages of a well-known...

No. 529: Octet

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COMPETITION Competitors are invited to compose an eight- line poem or stanza of a poem on any one of the subjects given below, using four of the fol- lowing five pairs of words...

Chess no. 415

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PHILIDOR Black 10 men 10 men H. D'O. Bernard (Newark Evening News. 1933): White to play and mate in three moves; solution next week. Solution to no. 414 (Velikoslayski): K -...

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Crossword no. 1354

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1 Across A room with a view? (6) 4 a lust the vessel for a thirsty seaman (8) Int takes a pig of a detective to uncover such a delicacy (7) 11 The last of the Prophets (7) 12...