30 JANUARY 1948

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Government and Peers

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The unexpected turn taken by the debate on the Parliament Bill in the House of Lords on Tuesday justifies some, though only a very qualified, hope that the question of the...


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T HE reception given in the United States and all Western Europe to Mr. Bevin's statement on British foreign policy indicates that in the relations between European States we...

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E.R.P. Hearings

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American approval for the European Recovery Programme has now reached a curious stage at which nobody can disagree with it without first saying that he agrees with it. The chief...

Towards German Stability

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There is a certain incongruity between the arrangements which are being made to put into effect the new administrative scheme for Western Germany and the present state of the...

The End of Central Europe

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Last Saturday a pact of friendship was signed between Rumania and Hungary, whose affection for each other is well known. This completed the complex of interlocking treaties...

The Government and U.N.O.

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The future of the United Nations is a question of such importance, and at the same time of such uncertainty, that every serious con- tribution to the study of the question...

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T HE reverberations of the engagement of major events during the Foreign Affairs Debate of Thursday and Friday were still echoing in the ears of Members when the House of...

Health Act Argument

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With the doctors about to vote for or against taking service under the National Health Service Act, Mr. Bevan's answers to a series of questions put to him by the Lancet...

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T HE fall in the value of the franc has been going on for at least thirty years. From 25 to the pound sterling in 1914 it fell to 8o after the first world war, 48o after the...

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Rarely have I known one book suggest another as The

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Bitter End, which is published his week, does Kravchenko's well-known I Chose Freedom, which appeared here last year. Gisevius' book tells, on the whole convincingly, the inner...

I am not wanting to buy a house, but someone

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I know is. He heard of one the other day. It was portrayed to him with all that peculiar verbal felicity of which house-agents are acknowledged masters. The price was fantastic,...

A SPECTATOR 'S NOTEBOOK T HE Cambridge Senate should be meeting

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on February 7th to elect a successor to the late Lord Baldwin as Chancellor of the University.. Whether it will seems doubtful. I am not quite sure whether if only a single name...

Benelux is very much in the air at present, but

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there are a lot of people who feel rather hazy about it. What is it, and what is it trying to do? Its name, BElgium, NEtherlands, LUXembourg, in- dicates that it is an...

An attempt to do what may crudely be called making

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religion news is a pretty delicate undertaking. The Church of England Commission that has been considering the question for the last two years has its hesitations at any rate...

The combination of that almost unique four-master the ' Pamir

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' and the ' Prospect of Whitby' was too much for me. Would I come and see the one and lunch at the other? I would and did, regardless of the neglect of numberless duties...

, The Attorney-General rather startled more pedantic members of the

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House of Commons on Monday by referring, in connection with the notorious Baxter v. Baxter to " marital " relations, laying . heavy emphasis on the middle syllable. I have since...

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By BARBARA WHITTINGHAM-JONES T O anyone who lived in Malaya before the war the enoimous change which has taken place in its political climate is little less than sensational....

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By W. J. BROWN, M.P. T HE politics of Jamaica are simple. Its economic situation is complicated. And its future is obscure. Jamaica has a Legisla- tive Assembly, of...

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By A. C. PIGOU* I N a recent issue of Punch, A. P. H. pillories the Solicitor-General's literary solecism, " The budget is designed to mop up inflationary pressure." From a...

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By R. B. GRAHAM (Headmaster of Bradford Grammar School) T HE modern technique of management has long been applied un- noticed to public education. It means, in a nutshell, the...

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By AIDAN COCKBURN O NTARIO'S much publicised scheme for flying British immi- grants out to Canada has rather obscured the need of other parts of the Dominion for new settlers....

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By J. P. W. MALLALIEU, M.P. T AST Saturday, Swindon Town put Notts County out of the L F.A. Cup, The ignorant say that Swindon did this by good football which bottled the...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON W E all of us incline to adopt individual methods of thinking. There are those whose thoughts will not arrange themselves in the correct order unless they...

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THE THEATRE Mountain Air." By Ronald Wilkinson. (Comedy.) THIS play is described as " a Comedy of a Swiss Holiday." The " comedy " consists of the frequent mispronunciation of...


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" Anna Karenina." (Leicester Square.)--- " Daughter of Darkness." (Carlton.) I DID not see Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina, although, much to my astonishment, I have found myself...


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The Mastersingers THE production of The Mastersingers at Covent Garden prompted feelings equally of gratitude and of regret—regret that the perform- ance should have been so...

" Bred in the Bone." By Michael Egan. (Lyric, Hammersmith.)

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MR. EGAN'S comedy—though whether it is meant to be a comedy or a problem play seems a little doubtful—has come to Hammersmith from Cambridge. It may find its way to the West...

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THE RUGBY HEADMASTERSHIP should like to invoke the hospitality of

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your columns to raise my voice in the controversy that has surrounded the appointment of a new headmaster of Rugby. I may claim to speak with some authority upon the matter, for...


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Sm,—While admitting that the doctors have at least some ground for protest, you suggest that Mr. Bevan is on strong ground for opposing the sale of practices, and that we are...


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FREEDOM " IN EASTERN EUROPE Sit,—The Duchess of Atholl could not have read my letter of January 16th very carefully ; otherwise she might not have stated that I had sought "...


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Snt,—In I Fight to Live Mt Robert Boothby, M.P., has written an import- ant book, and it is not necessary to accept all of his conclusions to recognise its value. One of its...

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Sul,—There has been much misunderstanding of this appointment! The new

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headmaster is a born teacher, inspirer and leader if ever there was one. To some of those who knew him when, and soon after, he was head of the school at Rugby it was obvious,...


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Sta,—Janus tells us (1) that 2,909 Orders, all having the force of law, were issued last year, and (2) that a lady whose cows produced more milk than her family needed, who...


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SIR,—Janus has rather badly mixed up Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745) and his fourth son Horace Walpole (never " Sir ") (1717-1797). Sir Robert Walpole was a great statesman and...


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Sta,—Your book critic, Mr. Osbert Lancaster, in your issue of January 16th, refers to the recently published life of Mr. Heath Robinson. To my mind he stood alone as a...

SIR,—In his paragraph relating to the spate of Statutory Rules'

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and Orders, Janus makes no reference to'-a comparatively recent form of legislation which, in these days when the Government makes ever-increasing incursions into the social and...


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Sta,—Mr. Frank J. Ward questions my statement that " many a country household takes in no other paper " but the local weekly. Evidently his experience is at variance with...

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In the Garden An agricultural labourer who did some rough

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gardening for me cut off all the flowers of that strange bush Viburnum Rhitidophyllum, because he thought they were dead relics! How soon many of the viburnutns form their...


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AN open winter is not assured till we begin to approach the first of spring. Last year's late weather is sharply recalled by an account of the loss of birds which was inost...

County Pride

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All this agitation among the organisers of local government for the extinction of counties or robberies of bits of shires coincides with a notable and most welcome revival of...


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Stu,—We have received a letter from India from our missionary sisters, who are just opening a new university college in Madras; and who are very anxious to obtain for their...


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Sta,—With all due deference to " &mix " and to Mr. J. W. Potter, I venture to assert that the Inland Revenue financial year commences on April 1st and its fiscal year on April...


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WE regret that in a letter published last week from Sir Geoffrey Whiskard, the figure for the United States contribution to the total cost of the war was printed as £10,110 m....

London as Sanctuary

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Even London cultivates county pride, as witness a book now in prepara- tion "on county history lines" dealing with the avifauna of the more typical habitats, migration, and the...

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A Dean and Stalin

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Soviet Success. By the Dean of Canterbury. (Hutchinson. 10s. 6d.) WHY is it that so many books about the Soviet Union fight shy of giving us a balance sheet, and table a...


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Delayed Action To the Bitter End. By H. B. Gisevius. (Cape. 18s.) The von Hassell Diaries, 1938-1944. (Hamish Hamilton. 15s.) THE conditions of life in a terrorist State are...

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Aeschylus for To-day

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The Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus. *A translation by Rex Warner. (The Bodley Head. 6s.) To say, as we are told Mr. Warner says, that each generation needs to make its own...

After the Great War

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Documents on British Foreign Policy, 1919-1939. First Series. vol. 1, 1919. Edited by fr E. L. _Woodward and Rohan Butler.- (Stationery Office. 30s.) Tins volume, which is...

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A New England Moralist

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The Works of Thoreau. Selected and Edited by Henry Seidel Canby. (Allen and Unwin. 18s.) THOREAU is the shirtless happy man of the fable. His happiness was part of a belief in "...

Yankee Doodle

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One Times One. By E. E. Cummings, with an introduction by Lloyd Frankenberg. (Horizon Books. 8s. 6d.) MR. CUMMINGS'S seventeenth book is now generously published by Horizon,...

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INN SIGNS, which our ancestors included in the large class of trade emblems comprehensively called sign-boards, are enjoying a strong revival. This is natural ; partly because...

An Amateur Builder

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Home-Made Home. By Ronald Duncan. (Faber'and Faber. 10s. 6d.) THE declared purpose of this book is to help the man who wants to build a house for himself in the country. About...

To Appreciate Music

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Music in Education. By W. J. Smith. (Faber and Faber. 8s. 6d.) BOTH these books deal with musical education, but from rather different points of view. Mr. Haggin is out to win...

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Sculpture and a Cattle God •

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The Vertical Man : A Study in Primitive Indian Sculpture. By W. ' G. Archer. (Allen and Unwin. 15s.) IN the south-west corner of Bihar live the Ahirs, a branch of the fairly...


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The Reprieve. By Jean-Paul Sartre. (Hamish Hamilton. 10s.) The Gorse Blooms Pale. By Dan Davin. (Nicholson and Watson. 8s. 6d.) M. SARTRE'S The Age of Reason was a close-up of...

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"THE SPECTATOR " CROSSWORD No. 462 [A Book Token for

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one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week February 10th. Envelopes must be received...


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Shorter Notices

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Health the Unknown : The Story of the Peckham Experiment. gy John Comerford. (Hamish Hamilton. 7s. 6d.) THIS is a discursive enthusiastic comment on the Peckham Health Centre...


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By CUSTOS SOONER than most people expected, France has put the devaluatior cat among the pigeons and set investors wondering whether the time has not already come for adjusting...