2 JANUARY 1953

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Fiddling in Paris Nobody has gained any credit from the

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present French )olitical crisis—if that is the right term to apply to a situation ,vhich inspires mainly boredom in France and bewilderment lsewhere. The suspicion still...


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O F all the dangers inherent in the McCarran- Walter immigration and nationality Act there is only one that the British public can do something about. It can refuse to allow...

Misfire in Kenya The least unsatisfactory feature of what may

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not improperly be terIned the Pritt affair in Kenya is the demonstration of the court's complete independence of political considerations which might conceivably have influenced...

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Federation in the Balance

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The Conference on Central African Federation which opened in London this week will have grave decisions to make. The dominating question is not whether the existing draft can be...

That Dove Again

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Mr. Stalin's answers to questions submitted to him by Mr. James Reston of the New York Times differed from his pre- vious pronouncements in the same form only in the particular...

Home Truths for Lancashire

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When the civilly-expressed home truths of the Unit States productivity team came home to the British cotto textile industry at the beginning-of the week, a great burst palpably...

More and More Aircraft

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The 'main" impression given by the British aircraft induqr at this moment is one of tremendous spate. Year after ye the Farnborough air display has produced its astonishing arra...

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T HE air is thick this week, or should be, with individual resolutions and national hopes. Of the former it is enough to trust that moreof them will be kept in 1953 than in...

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I N its generous recognition of the arts the New Year's Honours List is more imaginative than Usual. One award that will provoke interest and discussion is that of the Order of...

rt is not pleasant to hear of an old lady

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of 89 (her son said in court that she might be older) being fined £20 for anything. But, of course, she may have deserved it. The parti- cular old lady whom the Guildford...

There is a let of interest in Who's Who if

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you look for it, and quite a lot tkat you come on without effort. Take for example this entry, which I happened on while looking for something else; I give it in extenso:...

It cannot be said of coelacanthus that he woke to

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find himself famous, for he did not, in fact attain fame till he was past waking. He is, I observe, to be named after the Prime Minister of South Africa. Prehistoric pair'? JANUS.

The release of Dr. Alan Nunn May from Wakefield Prison

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this week enabled a number of British newspapers to display the indecency customary in some at least of them. Over thirty reporters and photographers are said to have gathered...

There is something in the daily Press every week that

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stands out conspicuous. This week I would single out without any hesitation Ward Price's interview with General Templer - in Monday's Daily Mail, not merely because it is the...

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Education and Moral Values

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By J. F. WOLFENDEN* T HE last week of the dying year is a sort of rush-hour for educational conferences. Refreshed and strengthened, rather than disabled or prostrated, by...

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Trade Not Aid

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A MERICA'S national penchant for eating its cake and having it was never better illustrated than by the . popular reaction to the slogan "Trade—Not Aid." - Oblivious of the fact...

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Hark Back

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By BERNARD FERGUSSON I T is sometimes rewarding as an exercise to project oneself back into the corresponding year of the last century—to imagine that one was born in 1811...

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No Mean City

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By MARY COUGH I T must be something in the air. They do it still. We realised this even before we arrived. As our bus jolted along the dusty Cilician road—a road so uncompromis-...


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THE SPECTATOR readers are urged to place a firm order with their news- agent or to take out a subscription. Newsagents cannot afford to take the risk of carrying stock, as...

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The Channel By LEONARD BLUNDEN (Hertford College, Oxford) T HERE were three of us in the boat. The skipper was a man of more than seventy, who had been a master mariner for...

A fee of eight guineas is offered for the article

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printed on this page each week; in addition two other articles will, if their quality justifies it, be given honourable mention, the writer of each receiving one guinea. Writers...

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Christmas Magic. (Fortune.) THE magic is of illusion and fantasy

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both. Murray submerges Mascar in a container of water and locks him in so securely that not even a lad from a training-ship in bell-bottoms could see through it. • But the...

ALTHOUGH an occasional ill-conditioned child refuses to clap for the

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salvation of Tinker Bell, Peter Pan holds its audiences year after year. Why ? That is a question for the child psychologist rather than for the dramatic critic but some day it...


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Les Aux Interdits. (Academy.)—La Kermesse MI-clique. (Con- tinentale.) Les Jeux Interdits is a brilliant film unerringly directed by M. Rene Clement and acted in a manner past...


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THEATRE TirE unidentical twin moods of an ending and a beginning are mani- fest throughout King Richard II, and in the character of Richard himself they mingle most...

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Hindemith and Busoni. PHILOSOPHICAL writing about music too often misses its mark, not coming to the notice of the philosophically trained and not being fully understood by...

AT THE CIRCUS ONE goes to the circus to be

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entertained by a spectacle which is fundamentally a triumphant demonstration of physical skill and animal-training, spiced with thrills and leavened with laughter. This year,...

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By J. P. W. MALLALIEU S OMETIME in the early 'thirties I was sent to interview the London manager of a French bank. We discussed my business with cordiality but, as I reached...

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Below are printed the answers to the Christmas Questions pub- lished in the Spectator of December 26th. 1. a. Samuel Johnson (London, A Poem). b. Tennyson (Edwin Morris). c....


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Report by N. Hodgson Readers were invited to move a tact/id vote of thanks to the distin- guished but absent-minded gentleman who has just addressed a chapel- bazaar under the...


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Set by Colin Shaw The usual prizes are offered for an estate agent's blurb about any one of the following : Wuthering Heights, Gold Comfort Farm, Toad Hall or the Castle at...

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"Marginal Comment"

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SIR,—How could you, Sir, how could you darken our New Year by hurling this horrible news at us ? I can only say that in my opinion you are gravely at fault in not having...

SIR,-1 am sure that Mr. Nicolson's very understandable decision will

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leave everyone with a deep sense of personal loss; and I am sure that all readers of the Spectator will have developed an added high regard for the man whose never-failing...

StR, — I am neither a Roman, nor an Anglo. Catholic, but

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I find Mr. Cardew-Rendle's letter terrifying. He suggests that we should greet Marshal Tito "with a hearty English huzza," on the ground that, by persecuting Christians and...


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Marshal Tito's- t Visit SIR,—If Mr. Waugh's interest in Yugoslav affairs had started between the two world wars he would know that Stephen Radic, the adored leader of the Croat...

Privacy and the Press SIR,—In his article, Privacy and the

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Press, Mr. C. J. Slade says quite truly that Lord Porter's Committee on the Law of Defamation declined to deal with the problem created by instances of invasion of privacy by...

Sta,—Speaking as one of the bigots mentioned by a correspondent

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on the Tito visit, I cannot fail to see a certain fraternal similarity of mind in your selection of the letters on the subject. I' may add how quite surprised I was at the...


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sal,—It has been gratifying to us to read, through the venue of your paper, articles of sound sense, and on the whole correct reports of happenings in the colony, since the...

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"Seeing Browning Plain"

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Sia,—In stating in my review that the poet had "no deep moral message," I was combating the attitude of those Browning Society pundits who with F. J. Nettleship demanded on...

"Christmas Questions" SIR,—Not to be mistaken for a Scottish Nationalist

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must be among the minor cares of all sensible Scotsmen. But I have an anticipatory misgiving about what may be the published solution to Question No. 18 (k) of the Six Fellows...

SIR,—II was right to correct the article about the work

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of the Church in Manchester, by Canon Roger Lloyd, in your issue of December 19th. But surely it should have been done with courtesy—and even with Christian tolerance and...

Commonwealth and Coronation SIR,-1 have just read the article entitled

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Commonwealth and Coronation in the Spectator of November 28th, 1952, and I should like to second the suggestion made in the Article that some form of participation should be...

Manchester's "Forward Movement" SIR,-1 am sorry for the slip by

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which I, beguiled thereto by a statement made somewhere in print, included Manchester among the cities which had had a universal mission in 1952, though to have claimed this...

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A Forlorn Goose

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I could hear the clock chiming down in the village as I stood at the gate looking across the field. The scramble to prepare birds for Christmas was over, and I watched the sole...


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MY grandfather firmly believed that it was a lucky house that was chosen as a home by birds. At one time the farmhouse was shared by starlings, sparrows and owls, although the...

Straw Protection A good quantity of clean straw is a

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valuable asset in the garden in winter. Not only does it help to bring forward rhubarb that is being forced, but it is also most useful for protecting celery-crowns from frost....

A Shuttler Shouters, I believe, are what the tramps call

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members of the frater- nity who work to and fro between fixed ports of call on a route that never varies. When they reach their destination, they immediately set out on the...

Flooded Fields

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A flooded field is often either the result of ditches overflowing or water accumulating in low-lying places, but whatever the cause one hardly notices the thing happening. One...

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The Laughing Novelist Henry Fielding: His Life, Works and Times. By F. Homes Dudden. (Clarendon Press, Oxford. Two vols. £5 5s.) Henry Fielding: His Life, Works and Times. By...

Troubadour of Education

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THE WO most fortunate things in Michael Sadler's life were that he was jostled out of the Board of Education in 1903 and that Lloyd George did not offer him the Presidency of...

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War in Norway

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The Campaign in Norway. By T. K. Derry. (H.M.S.O. 35s.) THE Norwegian campaign of 1940 was a small side-show compared with later events in the war. The forces involved, except...

A Slice of Recent History

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IT is a strange experience to see one's own struggles in journalism suddenly become "history." This reviewer was in charge on an American newspaper during much of the period...

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The Producer. By Richard Brooks. (Heinemann. 15s.) Stranded in Heaven. By Robert Crottet. (Richards Press. 8s. 6d.) Best Stories from Collier's. Chosen by Knox Burger. (William...

A Distant Fairyland

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My Dear Marquis. By Baroness de Stoeckl. (Murray. 21s.) • 7. "THE distances in the place were so great that the Grand Duke used to cycle and the Grand Duchess to roller-skate...

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By CUSTOS FOR investors, as for the nation, 1952 began with foreboding and ended with restrained • hope. We may now have reached" the end of the beginning " of the struggle for...

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