2 OCTOBER 1959

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A NEWSPAPER has no duty,' the Observer argued at the beginning of the election cam- paign, 'to advise its readers how to vote.' But of course it has. At election time every...

Suez We frequently receive letters begging us not to keep

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harping on Suez; and it will be reasonable, after this election, whichever way it goes, to cease nagging about it (at least in a political context : it will, of course, continue...

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Established 1828 No. 6849 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1959

Portrait of the Week— MR. KHRUSHCHEV AND MR. EISENHOWER agreed

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on an early meeting at the summit, and that Berlin talks should be reopened, subject to the approval of other parties concerned. British consultations with Washington opened...

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Yet, though it has had a less tragic sequel, the Nyasaland affair represents an even more damag- ing criticism of the Government. For in Nyasa- land it not merely allowed the...

The Liberals

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To vote for any Liberal candidate who has prospect of getting in is the simplest of common sense. He may not prove to be a success as a Member of Parliament, but at least he is...


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Disgraceful though the whole sorry Cyprus business was, it was less ugly than what was happening in Kenya. In Cyprus the soldiers some- times grew impatient, sometimes...


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Consider the case of Cyprus. Suez, after all, was a relatively sudden affair; the great bulk of the Conservative Party were wholly unaware that any assault was planned. The...

Labour's Record

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These criticisms still hold—though in the course of this election campaign they have lost some of their force. Mr. Bevan, since reconciled to being second string, has been...

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Con. or Lab. ?

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The chief need, after all, is less to remove the present Government from office than to begin the process whereby the two-party hold on the politi- cal life of the country is...

Labour's, Love Lost

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From GRACE SCOTT LUSAKA, N. RHODESIA TT would not be too bold to hazard a guess that few Europeans in the Central African Federa- tion will be praying for a Labour victory on...

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Solomon Bandaranaike

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OLOMON BANDARANAIKE was the first under- graduate from the Indian sub-continent to play a prominent part at the Oxford Union after the First World War. A brilliant speaker in...

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Election Commentary

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A wall: to go; the gap narrows; the generals hurl their reserves into the line with the profligacy of a Haig; the name of Jasper pasSes from lip to lip, for all the world as if...

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THE CRITICISMS of English legal ways by the Swiss public

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prosecutor in connection with the Hume case are obviously justified. Whether the Crown ought to have a right to appeal if a man found innocent is subsequently shown to be (in...

A Spectator's Notebook

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AS BOTH PARTIES appear to have agreed—Labour for- mally, the Conservatives in- formally — to reform the licensing laws, I suppose there's a chance that they will be amended some...

WHAT'S COME over The Times? On Wednesday, for instance, there

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was a facetious heading— 'Much Binding'—to the long leader, which wasn't, in any case, as long as all that : a mere, digestible half-column. The leaders, in fact, were all so...

THE OFFICIAL cuur of the Past is getting so obses-

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sive that any piece of `history' is apparently con- sidered good business, even when its implications are directly damaging to the cause in which it is invoked. A British...

MR. TOM IREMONGEIL I see, has been jeering at the

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people who `read the Spectator in the comfort of their armchair on a Saturday afternoon' for be- lieving that he and his fellow MPs are a race of machine-slaves, compelled by...

IN TIMES when I find it all too regular an

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occur- rence to be preparing an obituary notice for a departed contemporary, it is pleasant to be able to welcome one which was buried a few years ago but has obstinately...

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Nuisance Value

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By E. M. FORSTER T HAVE voted at general elections fairly regularly 1 for the past half - century, and no one for whom I have voted has ever got in. So I cannot regard myself...

Reasons for Liberals

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Ity LORD BEVERIDGE M osT people are probably glad that the Prime Minister decided to have the General Elec- tion now. Whatever government represents us in the coming critical...

X Marks the Spot

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Slightly More of a Plague on One of Your Houses By KINGSLEY AMIS S WANSEA WEST, the constituency in which I live, is a marginal seat. It was held by Labour in 1955 by only...

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Just Before the Deluge

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS G UCH.TF.M0 FERRERO, the great Roman his , torian, writing shortly after the Fascists had come to power in Italy, analysed the tactics of Giolitti, the...

Conditional Reflex

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By WOLF MANKOWITZ T SHALL, without any enthusiasm or even very 'much interest, vote Labour. The basic reason why is simply explained by analogy. If Pavlov said to his dog, 'The...

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Aspirations of a Mugwump

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By EVELYN WAUGH I T HOPE to see the Conservative Party return with substantial majority. I have bitter memories of the Attlee-Cripps regime when the kingdom seemed to be under...

Room at the Top-ism

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By ANGUS WILSON TN the years after the war Communist tactics 'succeeded in making 'peace' a dirty word; Tory propaganda during this election has done something of the sort with...

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The Patriot Game By ALAN BRIEN Dublin, like Edinburgh, is a city that might have been created for a festival. Both are small capitals of small foreign nations and attract like...


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Warsaw's Two Worlds By DAVID CAIRNS Tiii first Warsaw Festival of Contemporary Music, in 1956, must have been something to live through. While Moscow stood at the gates,...

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Words, Words, Words By PETER FORSTER THAT was really a very good radio programme put out by BBC TV the other night. First in a series to 'consider some fundamental challenges...

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Precious Little By ISABEL QUIGLY INGMAR BERGMAN'S new film, The Face ('X' certificate), turns up (its Venetian laurels snugly round its ears) to puzzle, bore, exhaust,...

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Service Entrance By KATHARINE WHITEHORN ON the glossy red and yellow cushions of a domestic agency waiting-hall in Knightsbridge sat a plump, prosperous woman in a neat grey...

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Consuming Interest

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Bookwork By LESLIE ADRIAN Londoners suffer the disadvantage, not shared by other cities, of having their libraries admin- istered by twenty-eight different borough authori-...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Wrong End of the Stick By MILES HOWARD CORONARY heart disease is so common, and important, and threatening to the patient— how curious, then, that we have few hard facts about...

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SIR,--It is by now pretty generally agreed among thinking people

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that the prevention of nuclear war is the transcendent issue of our time. To bring it to the forefront of the present election campaign is therefore vital, This can best be...

r. Simon directs his appeal to those who 'vary their

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priorities according to circumstances.' And very right, too. Politics are largely a matter of redressing the balance. But I fail to see the relevance of oppor- tunity to the...

SIR,--I note that J. E. S. Simon, in his election

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advice published in your last issue, repeats Lord Salisbury's concern for the feelings of the white settler, em- phasising the danger of driving 'Southern Rhodesia into the arms...

Sta, -- Mr. J. E. S. Simon seeks to persuade people not

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to vote Liberal, but his argument is faulty. First, he would have us believe that on the principal issues Liberals agree with Conservatives, in spite of Suez, Nyasaland, Cyprus,...

Sin,--Mr. J. E. S. Simon shows amazing ignorance of Conservatism.

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He states: 'Conservatism is about opportunity, and therefore about liberty, and there- fore about order.' Ignoring these non sequiturs, has Mr. Simon for- gotten that...

SIR,—The Labour Party's record in colonial affairs may not be

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wholly unblemished, but we cannot allow Mr. J. E. S. Simon to get away with the facile and quite untrue implication contained in his 'Lahore-to- l ullundur-is-1/0-miles bit of...

Con. or Lab.? • Morgan Phillips, L. F. Behrens, Rashid

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Karapiet, W.7'. Rodgers, H. A. J. Martin, Brian Osborne, S. H. Hotchkiss, Paul L. Rose, Daphne Slee Anti-Semitism Robert P. Scott 'Spanish Mercy' Arland Ussher • The...

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Sta,—Allow me to protest against the unfair and inaccurate review

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of my book Spanish Mercy, which appeared in your columns; your reviewer has fol- lowed the simple plan of tearing phrases from their context, and perverting many of them...


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SIR.—What I find distressing in the correspondence concerning remarks attributed to members of the Cambridge University Appointments Board is the oversensitiveness of people...

SIR,—Hugh Thomas's claim to have coined the term 'Establishment' in

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1954 is, though no doubt sincere, mistaken. I heard the word used in its current sense by Asa Briggs in January, 1953. And Mr. Briggs's reference on that occasion was to 'what...

SIR,—As a shopkeeper who tries to take an intelligent interest

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in the merchandise I buy and sell, I find the Good Housekeeping Institute's guarantee quite use' less as a guide. Their seal does not necessarily repre - sent the best...


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SIR,---Brian Inglis suspects that the term 'Establish- ment' is 'of considerably longer standing' than the five years ascribed to it by Hugh Thomas. You may be interested to...

Sta,—Neither of the main political parties has the courage to

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adopt the Wolfenden findings on homo- sexuality, moderate and limited though the proposed reform is. (So far as I know, the only critic of these findings worthy of unqualified...


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SIR,—With reference to Lord Hailsham's letter appealing for funds for the Conservative Party, maY I suggest that no sensible person would subscribe to any party which did not...


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SIR,--1 cannot permit the allegations made by Mr. R. S. Taylor in your issue of September 18 to pass unchallenged. The Good Housekeeping Institute is justifiably proud of its...

SIR,—Mr. George Edinger (`Canadianism Emergent: • September 18) conveys the

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impression that among young Canadians there exists intense and general opposition to the American (and Canadian) policy of recognising Nationalist instead of Communist China. It...

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Sicilian Virtue BY KARL MILLER r‘VER two million people in Sicily are destitute kjor nearly so and in places in the west eight out of ten men have been in prison. Un-...

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76 Per Cent. Agree

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White and Coloured: the behaviour of British people towards coloured immigrants. By Michael Banton. (Cape, 21s.) MR. BANTON is puzzled. He cannot square the obvious...

Ecoles de Paris

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The Penguin Book of French Verse. 4: The Twentieth Century. Edited by Anthony Hartley. (5s.) AN effect of foreshortening is common to all anthologies of contemporary verse. No...

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The Way the World Ends

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Rocket Wife. By lrmgard Grottrup. (Andre Deutsch, I6s.) Tii i:si diaries, one fact and the other fiction, arc about what happens to humanity when the rocket is master. Irnigard...

The Great Unrealised Potential

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The Seven Skies, By John Pudney. (Putnam, 30s. TRANSPORT iation was a gift from the gods to the British Empire and Commonwealth. Yet successive governments have prevented the...

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Graces and Disgraces

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The Fume of Poppies. By Jonathan Kozol. (Michael Joseph, 13s. 6d.) IN his new novel Yukio Mishima interprets the events leading to the burning of a Kyoto temple by a neurotic...

Feudal Masterpieces

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From Baroque to Rococo. By Nicholas Powell. (Faber, 50s.) Italian Villas and Palaces. By Georgina Masson. (Thames and Hudson, £4 4s.) UNTIL a year ago the English reader had a...

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Ogu and Shang°

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Voodoo in Haiti. By Alfred Metraux. (Andre Deutsch, 30s.) FotwEi • first, the Congo and Vachel Lindsay. At its height in the eighteenth century, when up to a hundred thousand...

Long View of Linklater

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READING Tlw Merry Muse, and chasing Magnus once more over the picaresque road which leads him home to Orkney and the salty harshness of reality, makes me ponder again the queer...

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ACROSS 29 1 The little bull? (6) 4 Help returns to father and child (8) 9 Country relations of the critic? (6) 10 No more migraine in the spring (4-4) 1 12 Say when! (4,4)...

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OCTOBER 4, 1834 IN France and some of the German States, the regular employment of the military in public works is prac- tised: it is found that even the strongest governments...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT As everyone knows, the World Bank is a strictly business organisation which exists to make long- term loans for sound development projects, mainly in the...


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ACROSS.-1 Shenandoah. 6 Wand. 10 Rites. 11 Nepotists. 12 Greek key. 13 Sprite. 15 Crib. 16 Owed. 17 Arcot. 20 Bused. 21 Reek. 22 Deed. 24 Notion. 26 Cheshunt. 29 Elucidate. 30...

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From Our . Industrial Correspondent UrIE by coincidence, polling day has become something of . a watershed in this year's industrial wages and hours campaign. The Power...

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D URTNG the previous financial year Crystalate (Holdings) was formed to take over the assets of Crystalate, so that it now controls Crystalate (Mouldings), British Homophone,...

Correction. In last week's paragraph on Acrow (Engineers) it was

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stated that Hardwick Industries were acquired last June. We are informed that this is not the case. Acrow (Engineers) did in fact bid for Hardwick Industries, but their bid was...