31 OCTOBER 1947

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I T was a misfortune in many ways that the debate in the House of Commons on Monday concentrated so largely on the dismantle- ment of German factories, for important though that...

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The Future of Burma

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A Bill to "provide for the independence of Burma as a country not within His Majesty's Dominions and not entitled to His Majesty's protection" was submitted to Parliament this...

Decisions for France

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For the first time during the present political crisis in France General de Gaulle has shown signs of wanting to force the pace. His statement on Monday, in which he called for...

The Trouble in Kashmir

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The situation in the State of Kashmir, whose ruler, Sir Hari Singh, desires the State to adhere to the Dominion of India, whereas the bulk of the population (which is rather...

Capital for the Colonies

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The first duty of the Overseas Food Corporation, which, together with the Colonial Development Corporation, will be set up under a Bill introduced in the Commons this week, will...

Towards American Aid

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It is a month since the scene of the struggle for American aid to Europe shifted from Paris to Washington and during that time the spotlight has moved from the committees...

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National Security

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Anxiety about the reduction of our armed forces was diminished but not dispelled by the statement of the Minister of Defence in the House of Commons on Tuesday. The Government's...

Forty Millions Off the Rates

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In the year 1946-7 the ratepayers of England and Wales paid out about £63 millions for hospital and Poor Law services and received about £57 millions in block and supplementary...


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T HE Debate on the Address is a great annual free-for-all, with the added attraction and excitement of personal contests between Party chiefs. It rather resembles the technique...

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T HERE was a moment just before the opening of the present session of Parliament when it almost seemed that the Govern- ment had taken a new lease of life. After the succession...

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There is, after all, still some mystery about Mr. Speaker

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Yelverton and his prayer. Foss's judges of 'England (1857) says of Sir Christopher Yelverton: "the prayer which according to the custom of those times he composed and read to...

The "Council Public School" which the Surrey Education Corn- mitte,e

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is to open at Ottershaw Park, near Chertsey, will be watched with interest in all educational circles. The difficulties are consider- able, if the aim is to create anything like...

I have just been reading a very creditable little poem

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on Malta by an author aged fourteen. I find myself concurring in all his sentiments, but particularly in those enshrined in one quatrain: "For though the heart can help a lot,...

The creation of a new college at Oxford or Cambridge

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is some- thing of an event. The last additions to the list were, I think, Keble at Oxford (I88o) and Selwyn at Cambridge (1882)—though Selwyn has in fact not completely full...

* * * * Lord Lytton was one of the

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finest examples of that type of public man in which this country is so fortunately rich. An aristocrat by tradition and distinguished in bearing, he was essentially a democrat...


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T HE radio service which Mr. George Tomlinson, the Minister of Education, conducted on Sunday morning was in many ways remarkable. The occasion was Education- Sunday, and...

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By D. W. BROGAN "A MERICA has plenty." My eye caught the headline in the Sunday paper. It was not a journal with wrtich I am familiar, but I knew that it supported the...

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By JOHN FOSTER, M.P. Fr HE majority of the zoo members of the United States Congress who visited Europe this summer appear to have returned with the conviction that further aid...

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By LYN EVANS T HE talk among 25,000 steel and tinplate workers and their families in West Wales is about a cake. It is Mr. Attlee's cake, and the talk about it is the result of...

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By SIR NORMAN BIRKETV , - T HE latest addition to the series Britain in Pictures* will give great pleasure to very many people. They will be, for the most part, regular...

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A few evenings later the voice of the people, through the voice of a Lancashire mill-girl, came over the air on the same theme. "Do you suppose," asked the cultured voice of the...

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By Dr. SOMERVILLE HASTINGS, M.P. M ANY people who- have found expression for their desire for service in work for the voluntary hospitals have felt mis- givings as to whether...


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PASSING, I saw such beauty on the pillow, That I must stop, defy The privacy of ether, even dare Above the unconscious head to stoop and stare. Her cheeks and nose were...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I T is for me sad and strange that so many men and women over the age of forty, having demonstrably acquired adult status, should in the minor affairs of...

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AT the third and last of his Bach recitals at the Chelsea Town Hall Ralph Kirkpatrick played the Goldberg Variations, one of the great monuments of eighteenth-century keyboard...


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"The White Unicorn." (Tivoli and New Gallery.) " The End of the River." '(Gaumont and Marble Arch Pavilion.) The White Unicorn is one of the most aggravating films I have ever...


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THE THEATRE Finian's Rainbow." (Palace.)—" AU Over the Town." By R. F. Delderfield. (Playhouse.) THE latest importation from America is not up to the standard of Oklahoma and...

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OWING to a further restriction of paper supplies, this is the last appearance of On the Air, at any rate for the present. The occasion seems opportune for jotting down some...


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MATTHEW SMITH, now exhibiting at Tooth's, is our Senior English Fauve. He paints with the utmost speed and directness, with a reckless abandon even, as though clutching...

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THE ITALIAN COLONIES Sta,—Having recently returned from service with the British Military Administration in Somalia, I -read with particular interest the clear and reasoned...

TRADE AMBASSADORS Sta,—At a time when the question of the

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economic survival of this country is reduced to the stark problem of exports, it is important that there should be discussion, especially from industrialists and other...


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Sta,—The storm signal comes to a sadly battered ship of State, the captain of which should have as his sole care to refit and restore his crew after the long, perilous toil...

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Sm,—In Barbara Castle's article on the cotton crisis she imagines

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that more effective factory nurseries would coax women workers back to the industry. But she misses, or ignores , one very important factor, namely, an antipathy to factory life...


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have been in the corn, seed, fertilisers, cattle-feed, &c., business since 1901. Twelve years ago I went to England in the beginning of July. Everywhere I went I found good...


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Sta,—Politics are not my metier, but I suppose that in the field of inter- national relations we can all play a small part. One of my regular correspondents is a distinguished...

SIR, —Janus would have done better to await my reply to

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Mr. Eden's false and misleading charge against us eight Labour M.P.s who visited Eastern Europe before assuming its truth. I propose to reply in the next foreign affairs debate....

Sta,—Mr. Peter Ratazzi, in his letter published in The Spectator

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of October 17th, under the title, Whale-hunting Folly, refers to "the inex- haustible food reserves of the high seas." Are these food reserves in- exhaustible? One of the...


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sm,--It is a pity Mr. Warren Postbridge's interesting article on the Royal Statues of London should have ascribed the best of them all—the White- hall Charles I—to the wrong...


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Sta,—In his letter of October 17th, Mr. Russell Greenwood questions the truth of the statement made in my article in your October 3rd issue regarding the youth of the Japanese...

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SPIVS OR SPINNERS Sta,—To a man, like myself, who lives

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in the country, a visit to London is an amazing experience. Here we are faced with the greatest economic crisis in our history, with our very existence in the balance—and yet I...


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WE have enjoyed—or at least experienced—this year a late and exceptional frost, two floods and three droughts. They have led to one of the most brilliantly coloured of. autumns....


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Sta,—As one who reads The Spectator, I really must take excep- tion to the statement of Mr. Borthwick on episcopacy. It is just matter of truth and fact. Compare the two...

Experts in Grass Among war-destroyed activities that have been resumed

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is the work of the Board of Green-Keeping Research at Bingley in Yorkshire. The revived Journal is full of interest. Charles Darwin would have appreciated the discourse on...

In My Garden A shrub well-worth growing, if only for

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the eccentric colouring of the leaves, is the Stranvaesia ; and the branches will hold their leaves and keep their colour if dipped in glycerine after cutting. Among the...

Thirsty Birds

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The dryness has had a surprising influence on the local migrations of birds. Many people in many parts of the country have noted the almost unprecedented absence of starlings ;...

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Sta,—I usually read Janus's pontifications on politics and personalities with admiration and interest, but I fear he is unwise to stray into the realms of epidemiology. Sutor ne...

Record of the Hives

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How sharply neighbouring places in England differ! In my neighbour- hood the exceptional absence of wasps has been a general comment. From the next shire I get lamentations for...

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The Poetry of Rimbaud

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Arthur Rimbaud. By Enid Starkk. (Hamish Hamilton. 15s.) " JE vis de Rimbaud," a young Frenchman once said to me. Rimbaud belonged to a period when the poet's conception of his...


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Russia and Peace So long as the Soviet Union and its affairs continue to command an overwhelming amount of public attention almost any book about Russia is sure of a ready...

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Bygone Cambridge

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THE late Vice-Master of Trinity died in March this year, happy in the consciousness that the work to which he had devoted the last two decades of his life was complete. This...

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People of the Courts

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FOR the past fifteen years Miss Freeman, a part-time voluntary worker for a provident bank, has given up an evening a week to collect the small savings of a group of people in...

Milton with His Background

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"Paradise Lost" and the Seventeenth Century Reader. By B. Rajan. (Chatto and Windus. 10s. 6d.) Tim rehabilitation of Milton after a recent vogue of depreciation is significant....

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A Modern " Mystery "

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Tea With Mrs. Gooch:neat By Philip Toynbee. (Horizon Books. 75. 6d.) LIKE Virginia Wo‘lf's The Waves and Auden's The Orators, to which it has affiliations, Mr. Toynbee's new...


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AFTER the inept nonsense of the past few months it is a pleasure to settle down with Miss Hester Chaptnan's new novel. Admirers of Long Division may be surprised to find that...

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Shorter Notices

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Lady Sarah Lennox. By Edith Roelker Curtis. (W. H. Allen. 10s. 6d.) "LADY SARAH LEmox, loveliest and gayest of many magic figures "- the dust-cover of this book gives an idea...

DIGESTS, rather than original sources, provide the sole material for

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many would-be political theorists. It is this lack of acquaintance with the actual documents that the series, Masters of Political Thought, sets out to correct. Covering the...

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THE SPECTATOR" CROSSWORD No. 449 IA Book Token for one

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Woodcut : Wood Engraving. By Imre Reiner. (Swiss Publishing C

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Distributed by Publix Swiss Book Depot. 30s.) THE introduction to this handsome book is entitled A Contribu- tion to the History of the Art. The translator, whose heavy hand is...


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By CUSTOS IT seldom happens that the City has the happy experience of sustained rise in market prices without some form of aftermath. Although it cannot be said that there has...

The Child is Right. By James Hemming and Josephine Balls.

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(Long- mans. 6s.) THIS book is mainly complsed of case histories, told in simple language, to show how, from the child's point of view, the adult is frequently both unjust and...