31 JULY 1964

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WHY NOT VICTORY The Dilemma in Vietnam Henry Fairlie :

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Commoners & Urchins Drew Middleton : De Gaulle & Goldwater David Watt : The Tory Revival Disestablishment—an Alternative? by the Rev. W. R. M. Orr Simon Raven on TV Stephen...

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—Portrait of the Week— ME 1959 PARLIAMENT ended at last,

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without a bang and with hardly a whimper. So ended Sir Winston Churchill's sixty-four years as a Com- mons man—an event that was recognised by a special resolution of the...


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No. 7101 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JULY 31, 1964

Why Not Victory

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M R. BUTLER'S visit to Moscow is well- timed. While it is unlikely, with the British and American elections in the offing, that it will have any immediate results, it is...

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Commoners and Urchins

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HENRY FAIRLIE writes : 'It is the highest and most legitimate pride of an Englishman to have the letters MP written after his name,' wrote Trollope. This week, two Prime...

General and Senator From DREW MIDDLETON ill Paris : GLENDOWER

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: I can call spirits from the vasty deep. HOTSPUR : Why so can 1, or so can any man—but will they come when you do call for them? Those followers of General de Gaulle who are...

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Political Commentary

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The Tory Revival II By DAVID WATT , THE swelling scene at Westminster in the final days of this scarcely lamented Parliament was described in these columns last week. The...

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Disestablishment—An Alternative ?

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By W. R. M. ORR (The Reverend W. R. M. Orr was formerly Dean of Dromore in County Down. his son Captain Orr, MP for South Down, is taking a leading part in the parliamentary...

Settlement of Action between Mr. lain Hamilton and The Spectator

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Ltd. The action between Mr. lain Hamilton and The Spectator Ltd. has been settled. The following state- ment was made in the Queen's Bench Division before Mr. Justice Gorman on...

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No Progress I had better submit a further progress report

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on my two correspondence games with Philidor, especially as I think I shall lose one of them swiftly, And this is the one where he played as Black the Classical Defence to my...

Spectator's Notebook

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What triggered this incredibly nasty comment? Simply that David Walder has written a pleasant political send-up of all three political parties and their candidates (The Short...

Listen with Arlott I am sure John Arlott has millions

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of fans, and some of them may know something about cricket. I would not even be surprised to find that I am the only aficionado driven to fury by his style of broadcasting. The...

From Smith to Smith

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS It is reported that the reply of the South Rho- desian Government to the British Government was delayed in delivery owing to the postal dispute. Said Mr....

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It's That Poll Again The principal polls for sampling public

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opinion are the National Opinion Poll, published in the Daily Mail, and the Gallup Poll, published by the Daily Telegraph. With no more by-elections to come in this Parliament,...

Tailpiece A nostalgic letter in The Times complains that one

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no longer hears 'workmen going to their work singing and whistling.' Of course not. They are listening to pop music on their car radio. QUOODLE

Bank Holidays Kill Me

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By JOHN FOSTER O NE big advantage, back last Easter and Whitsun, of being neither a mod nor a rocker, was that you got classified as a decent, respectable, clean-nosed...

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By HUMPHREY LYTTELTON W ITHIN the past decade, Tin Pan Alley has taken over from Hollywood as the capital city of entertainment. 'Pop' singers have replaced film stars under...

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The Press

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By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL T HAVE never been given to playing games : even Ileas to watching them. But I have always been told that both the playing of them and the watch- ing of...

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STEEL NATIONALISATION SIR,—Mr. Charles de Peyer, a distinguished former Under-Secretary

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of the steel division of the Ministry of Power, has a much more intimate knowledge of the sources of the advice on which the Government decided not to de-nationalise Richard...

SIR,—This song had its origin long before 1928. About the

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turn of the century when I was a boy and the telephone was coming into more general use there was a song of which one verse began : . She only answered ting-a-ling-a-ling To...


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SIR,—Mr. Leo Baron's closely reasoned article effectively demolishes the fence upon which so many politicians and others concerned with Southern Rhodesia had taken refuge. No...

SIR,—As I read it, Mrs. Atherley's letter was not a

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condonation of the brutalities of apartheid as it is now being practised but for the principle behind the word which may be expressed as the separate develop- ment compatible...


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SIR,—The exponents of the doctrine of apartheid appear to find their biblical justification in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 9. It is an ugly story with a tragic aftermath. Noah...


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SIR,--Your correspondent is right in tracing the words back to the Week-End Book—where I found them, with great joy, at the age of fourteen. Where the Week-End Book got them is,...

Shadow Over the BMA Dr. C. G. Elliott Steel Nationalisation

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Sir Henry d'A vigdor-Goldsmid, MP Mathematics of Southern Rhodesia Barney Hayhoe The Bells of Hell R. W. J. Hooper. George Sheriff Apartheid Rev. A. J. Bamford, Henry Adler The...

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Anodyne Inc.

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By SIMON RAVEN THERE are times when I think that television, on whatever channel, is being used neither to entertain nor to educate nor to in- form, but solely to re- assure....

More Than Their Due?

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THE first sign of boredom in Bouvard and Pecuchet after their first great burst A scholarly colleague to whom I exclaimed about the night's tameness as compared with the grip...

SIR,—You see an irony in Senator Goldwater being 'acclaimed by

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the party of Jefferson and Lincoln' (Portrait of the Week, July 17). In linking the present Republican Party with Jefferson you ignore the fact that the Democratic Party also...

SIR, Your short comment on my complaint to the Press

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Council omits its substance and is inaccurate. As you well know, and as the Council's own com- munique makes clear, my complaint was not that you refused to publish my 'long...


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SIR,—Mr. Hensman's 'facts' are by no means clear. It is certain that the so-called 'mass vestments' were legal in the Church of England under the first English Prayer Book of...


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SIR.—Crossword No. 1127. Clue : 'This nobleman is not late, but why not?' Answer: (presumably) Earl(y). W'y, oh w'y can't you southerners harticulate your haspirates w'ere they...


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SIR,—We would like to take this opportunity of thanking the many readers of the Spectator who provided data for a special study—the first-ever- of the lives of people who reside...

AZTECS AND INCAS Sia,—Whatever the literary merits or demerits of

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your theatre critic, Mr. Rutherford, accuracy does not seem to be his strong point. I suggest he check for himself that the Aztec Empire (overthrown by Cortes) was the Indian...

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Opening Time

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B y HILARY SPURLING The Taming of the Shrew. (Regent's Park.)- , p, Othello. (The National 0 , atmosphere of major CD modern productions one co forgets that Shakespeare -P...

Live Like Piggy

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°' ALLEGORY in the cinema is like garlic in cooking, a temptation, a source of '''',..„_...,•,, possible marvels, and fatal - - --_-% / if even slightly overused. A temptation...

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The Plan of Attack By STEPHEN POTTER W HY this compulsion to return to the First World War? Is it because it is only now that we can bear to bring it into focus? Only now that...

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Freedom Calling

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THE effectiveness of Western attempts to breach the Iron Curtain can be quickly assessed by the violence of the Communists' reaction. No Western cultural and educational...

All About Umclass

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NINETEEN SIXTY-THREE was a bumper year for scandal: Vassall and the Duchess of Argyll proved to be merely the hors-d'oeuvre to the feast of salacious gossip to .which the...

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—And the Same Old Mix . . .

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IT was a good idea recently to devote an entire issue of 'The Review' to assessing the' work of William Empson. The subject had not been written about too often before so that...

The Thirties : Toynbee's World— PHILIP TOYNBEE'S three early novels,

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intelligent but straightforward, ultimately dissatisfied their author. 'The novelist's deepest obligation is to discover novelty; his greatest crime is to repeat the discoveries...

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Awkward But Alive

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By FRANK O'CONNOR I KEEP on telling students that the best short stories are those one writes because one doesn't understand the incident that gave rise to them. Perhaps this...

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The Goldwater Syndrome

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PROTEST is not enough. We have a right to know what motivates the protest and what the Po" tester is for; the critic cannot claim immuni t y from scrutiny. I. F. Stone stands up...

Plats Regionaux

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WHEN I was twenty, I could wolf down an in- differently-cooked five-course meal without harm to my digestion; if I tried to do the same today, the results would be disastrous....

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It's A Crime

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C harlie's MILLAR is not quite specific about ` - h harlie's record in The Fiend (Gollancz, 16s.). Cr hints build up terrific suspense by allowing ° ,,ur imaginations to go...

Night Garden of the Asylum

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An owl's call scrapes the stillness. Curtains are barriers and behind them The beds settle into neat rows. Soon they'll be,ruffled. The garden knows nothing of illness, Only it...

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Afterthoughts on the Bloom Affair

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT ONE of the silliest com- ments I read on the Bloom affair was that it showed up the moral degeneracy of the Macmillan 'Oppor- tunity State.' The truth is...

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Company _ Notes

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By LOTHBURY TN spite of an increase in turnover from £115 1million to £130 million, Fitch Lovell, the large wholesale and retail provision merchants and manufacturers, report a...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE excitement in the textile market caused by COURTAULDS' bid for LANCASHIRE COTTON and FINE SPINNERS AND DOUBLERS—and later that of ENGLISH SEWING COTTON for...

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Consuming Interest

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Right Bank, Left Bank By LESLIE ADRIAN A WILDE surmise was that good Americans go to Paris when they die, but Paris cannot be des- cribed as the happy hunt- ing ground for the...

The Backward Look

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By MARY HOLLAND j E all the aphorisms to do with travelling 'It is better to travel than arrive' always seems to me one of the most pointless. Granted that arrival can be awful,...

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By ALAN BRIEN ONE of the rewards of growing-up—for me at least—is no longer feeling obliged to live in a crowd. When I was a boy, we travelled in a gang the way adults...

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By PHILIDOR No. 189. G. LATZEL (Die Schwalbe, 1956) BLACK (3 men) WHITE (4 men) WHITB to play and mate in two moves; solution nest week. Solution to No. 188 (Trumper): Q—Kt 5,...

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ACROSS Rascal who is unlikely to grace file Ascot lawns (3, 3) l'ather returns to applaud, as customary to do in USA (8) Sad to g et a share not quite in fall (7) Aleap is the...


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ACROSS.--I Shakes. 4 Abbesses. 10 Lateral. 11 Ingenue. 12 Door. 13 Half- hunter. 16 Glinka. 17 Animate. 20 Missing. 21 Invent. 24 Bestridden. 25 Asti. 27 Crispin. 29 Backlog. 30...