31 JANUARY 1958

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R. R. A. BUTLER may be the best baby-sitter we have, but his handling of the London bus dispute suggests that he and the Government are still a long way from recovering after...


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AR too few vigorous pamphlets are being r published these days about problems that really affect our everyday lives, that are going on now. There is no lack of subjects for...


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THE meeting of the Baghdad Pact powers in I Ankara has inevitably been overshadowed by events in Cyprus. The first announcements at the meeting were of strong support for the...

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Progress in Safety

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By HENRY KERBY, MP HE accident rate in British factories is lower I than in any other country in Western Europe. There is closer co-operation between the designers of plant and...


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ANGUS MAUDE, MP . on The Public Relations Machine J ACK DONALDSON on The Small Farmer's Future ROBERT BLAKE on Victorian Oxford

Laws for Labour

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By RICHARD . H. ROVERE T HE Wagner Act, which established the right of workers to join and to bargain through unions of their own choosing, was passed in 1935. It remains our...

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Westminster Commentary

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to the results of recent experiments indicating that in parts of a Christmas pudding adjacent to threepenny pieces there were 250 parts of copper in a million and in the case of...


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FEBRUARY 2, 1833 Two men were brought before the Magistrates at Queen Square on Tuesday, by some of the policemen, who had detected them in the act of personating Twopenny...

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I SEE THAT the Director of the News Chronicle's Galliip

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Poll still feels that the criticisms I have made of its methods have no substance. The point that I was trying to make was that to tabulate under the headings of definite...

THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S refusal to allow the Spriggs case to go

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to the House of Lords is extra- ordinary. Spriggs was convicted of capital murder, having pleaded diminished responsibility under Section 2 of the new Homicide Act. He then...

I HAVE AT LAST been to Agnew's to see the

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portrait of Princess Margaret by Signor Annigoni. None of the repioductions or deScriptions give the visitor even the faintest shadow of the full horror of it. The first thing...

EVEN SUCH a stalwart hanger as Sir Thomas Moore, MP,

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can hardly be happy about the Attorney-General's decision. I see he is to move a motion this Friday calling for the reintroduc- tion of hanging and flogging. One of his reasons...

A Spectator's Notebook

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THE PREPOSTEROUS BBC policy of ignoring the existence of by-elec- tions—and, indeed, of general elec- tions apart from the `party political broadcasts'—looked for a moment...

Runaway sweethearts Tessa . Kennedy, and Dominic' Elwes are just

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a typical, gay, young honeymoon couple today as they celebrate their secret marriage. . . Daily Express, p. 1, January 29. Not, perhaps, quite the best-kept secret of the...

AFTER CRITICISING a number of the daily papers for suggesting'

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that Mr. Wilson and others in the Labour Party did not come very well out of the Bank' rate business, Tribune-went on to sum up the affair thus : Mr. Wilson - told the police,...

I THOUGHT that Mr. Gaitskell came out of his television

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interview with Mr. Robin Day better than Mr. Butler did the week before. The chief difference between them was that Mr. Gaitskell answered the questions and so one did not...

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Arts and Sciences

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By SIR GEORGE THOMSON* T HERE has probably never been a time when educated men had so little common basis for their thoughts as at present. In Britain, and to a lesser extent...

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Sterling Outlook

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By JOHN WOOD rro fortify sterling in 1958 undisputed priority I over all other aims of policy must be given to the task of doubling the London reserves of gold and dollars. As...

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A Psychological Disorder?

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By HUGH KLARE F it has done nothing else so far, the publica- I don of the Report of the Wolfenden Committee has at least opened the way for a serious dis• cussion of the...

Crowning Glory

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By CYRIL RAY LET us, then, consider the bowler hat. Among the nations, it is a symbol of the island race. True, there have been. Americans who have sported it (and called it a...

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Consuming Interest

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The End of the Receipt By LESLIE ADRIAN T ODAY, when one buys goods over the counter in Marks and Spencer, no receipt is given— unless you ask for one. Yet I have found this...

Forty Winter Afternoons

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By STRIX A ST week, in a letter to the Editor reproving me for not having read a book recently pub- lished by • one of his pupils, a learned man let fall the observation:...

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SIR,—Owing to my absence abroad I have only just seen your issue of January 10, in which your con- tributor Strix comments on Tim Slessor's book First Overland. As the...

Letters to the Editor

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Vice Prosecutions Frank Singleton Turkey and Cyprus M. A. Pamir The Clue of the Blue-Faced Boobies A. C. Barrington Brown The Monorail Francis Jones Christian Names David...

TURKEY AND CYPRUS SIR,—Over the past few weeks you have

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repeatedly insisted that Turkey must not be allowed to dictate British policy over Cyprus. I feel it my duty, there- fore, to attempt to correct what appears to be a fundamental...


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SIR,—Of course Pharos is entirely right on the mono- rail matter. If any commercial undertaking thought of adopting the system all they would do is to send over their...

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GPs AND SPECIALISTS SIR,—Pharos criticises (January 24) the evidence which

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Lord Moran recently gave before the Royal Commission. He goes on to deprecate 'the current adulation of the specialist at the expense of the family doctor.' He says that the...


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SIR,—Might I use your correspondence column to make a request for D'Annunziana? i am finishing a book called D' Annunzio's Italy, which deals with Italian bravura during the...

GALLUP POLL SIR,—For three or four weeks consecutively you have

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attacked various aspects of our polls. We have shown that there was no substance in any of your complaints. Now you play the move usual in such circumstances, you shift your...


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describe dissolving the Central African Federation as a gigantic task. . (1) I do not think it would be easy to per- suade the Federal and Southern Rhodesian governments, or the...


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SIR,—The article by Strix on Christian names has emphasised the point that Mr. Leaver's researches are conducted in a rather small world—the world of those people whose...


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Stn, — The years since the war, because of the inflated price of house property, have seen the rise in this country of many so-called estate agents who are men without...

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Telematic Journalism

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I'VE talked with a number of tele- vision journalists during the past week or two and have found them ready to admit that a new phase is opening in their young craft. Up 0 0 0...

Jack Quixote

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Cowboy. (Odeon, Leicester Square.)—Legend of the Lost. (London Pavilion). A MODERN Don Quixote would lose his heart to the West—the . camp-fire, the stampede, the rodeo;...

Contemporary Arts

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Shostakovich's New Symphony OVER the past four or five years Shostakovich has had a good spell. The Violin Concerto, the Tenth Symphony and the very beautiful and inventive set...

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Lady at the Wheel. (Lyric, Hammersmith.)

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FROM the long list of credits (`Hostmaster syphon by Sparklets, Mr. Gilmore's spectacles by Scrivens of Regent Street . . .') one name is unaccountably withheld : music and...

Responsibility Begins

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AeL Life is a Dream. By Pedro Cal- THIS first presentation in England of one of the most faMous plays of the Spanish classical theatre was a bold experiment most amply...

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Newman: A French View By ROSE MACAULAY TN dealing with Newman, as with other great men, one looks for the solving of riddles, the resolving of some odd contradictions. Here is...

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Mr. Fix

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Gulbenkian. By John Lodwick and D. H. Young. (Heinemann, 21s.) THE reason we're all fascinated by millionaires (however dull their lives) is that we think that, given half a...

The Ems Telegram

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Bismarck and the Hohenzollern Candidature for the Spanish Throne. Edited by Georges Bonnin, translated by Dr. Isabella Massey, with a foreword by Dr. Q. P. Gooch. (Chatto and...

World Within World

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Engaged in Writing. By Stephen Spender. (Hamish Hamilton, 15s.) THE second meaning of the title Engaged in Writing; the dust-jacket drawing (by Leonard Rosoman) last seen on...

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Pilgrim's Progress

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The Acropolis. By Gerhart Rodenwaldt. Photographed by Walter Hege. (Blackwell, 42s.) FIFTEEN years ago Miss Dilys Powell wrote a short book called The Traveller's Journey is...

An linshocking Story

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Victoria, Albert and Mrs. Stevenson. Edited by Edward Boykin. (Frederick Muller, 25s.) MR. STEVENSON came to London in 1836 as American Minister to the Court of St. James. Mrs....

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New Novels

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FRANCIS KING has chosen the interesting and comparatively neglected subject of parasitism for his latest novel The Man on the Rock. Spiro Polymerides is a Greek boy, a peasant,...

Four Lives

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Memoirs of a Public Baby. By Philip O'Connor, introduction by (Faber, 18s.) Stephen Spender. True Account. By Ernest W. D. Tennant. (Max Parrish, 21s.) THE first seven years...

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We were on our way down to the little wood to take our stands when we met the boy carrying the basket with the rabbit in it. 'You mustn't let that one out,' said my companion....

Country Life

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By IAN NIALL Jr often seems to me a strange thing, and perhaps a sort of criticism of the modern trend, how each country generation'collects and makes curios of the things an...


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This is, in the true sense, an end piece, for I shall not be contributing this feature to future issues. In saying farewell to those who have made the notes such a pleasure to...


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I remember once when I was having dinner in a rather old hotel a mouse came promenading between the tables and I felt compelled to bring the fact to the notice of the waitress,...


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By PHILIDOR No. 138. J. J. RIETVELT (1st Prize, `Tijoskrift,' 1941) BLACK (7 men) WHITE (8 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to last...

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Money to Spare Ralph Harris Finance Companies ... J. W. Huntrods Building Societies ... F. M. Osborn Corporation Mortgages ... . ... Robert Eden The Unit Trusts ... ...P. N....

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Finance Companies By J. W. HUNTRODS F 1NANCE companies operate by

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borrowing money and using it to extend credit on legal contract to those wishing to acquire durable goods, which may range from motor-cars and ,machinery to radio and television...

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Building Societies

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By F. M. OSBORN B UILDING societies, like other investments, are not ideal for everyone; but they have some attractions for all, and outstanding attractions for many,...

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6wporation Mortgages

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By ROBERT EDEN Q UITE a lot of people nowadays are finding local authority loans an attractive invest- ment. These local authorities are the counties, county boroughs, boroughs,...

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The Unit Trusts

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By P. N. WISE TN the Financial Surveys published by the 'Spectator in July, 1956 and 1957, a very strong case was made out for the Unit Trust Movement, particularly as applied...

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DAVENPORT TEE 'leak' tribunal evidence makes it pretty clear that the last person you should consult on a technical point of money or economics is a City banker. Certainly the...


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By CUSTOS THE bus dispute temporarily damped down e u° yantgilt i edged market. ed ge upwards in spite of Mr. Amory's negative remarks about the future course of Bank rate....

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1 r- e, 0. y The usual prizes are offered for a translatit in sonnet form of du Bellay's sonnet to the a dinars secretary, Le Breton: Le Breton est scavant, et scait fort...


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ACROSS 1 Gammer's mass transformation (6). 4 Was the gentle knight puncturing his opponents? (8) 10 Graduate immersed in theme (7). 11 'Hark! from that -- cedar what a burst!'...

Howler's Modern English Usage

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Competitors were asked for six original schoolboy howlers on topics of current interest. SURELY verisimilitude is a touchstone here; to seem authentic a howler should appear to...