3 APRIL 1959

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Courting the Uncommitted

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P HRASES fossilise thought. It is as well, now and again, to dismiss from one's mind the words 'the cold war,' and to think, instead, of a sort of very general—because...

—Portrait of the Week— FAIR AND SOFTLY PASSETH LENT; the

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weather over the Easter holiday was not quite as bad as could reasonably have been expected, and the same could be said for the traffic-jams. The Aldermaston march for nuclear...

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Easter Notes from France

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By DARSIE GILLIE PARIS p RESIDENT DE GAULLE'S first presidential con- ference was also the first press conference of any French President. It marked the change in the whole...


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D ESPITP. Tibet, despite Iraq, despite Berlin, the seriousness of the situation in Northern Rhodesia can hardly be exaggerated. When Britain accepted the responsibilities of a...

Cloud-Cuckoo Congress

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By Our Industrial Correspondent PrHE 15,000 words in which Mr. John Gollan, I the general secretary of the British Com- munist Party, clothed the future direction of...

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Westminster Commentary

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ONE of the most infuriating of all the minor-scale nuisances in- separable from living (if you can call it living) in the middle of the twentieth century is the woman just ahead...

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AS SOMETHING of a connoisseur of political demon- strations, I

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have no doubt that the last stages of this year's Aldermaston march provided the greatest turn-out for any cause that London has seen since the war. When I travelled along it...

A Spectator's Notebook

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THAT INVALUABLE ORGANISATION Justice, the British section of the International Committee of Jurists, has been turning its attention to contempt of court, a branch of the law...

1 AM NOT SURPRISED that the Iraqi ambassador in Cairo

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has resigned his post and is not returning to Baghdad. Long before the Iraqi Cabinet changes and the Mosul revolt he was alarmed by the Communist successes in his country. With...

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A' MONTH AGO 1 wrote that by reading the new

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book containing the Black Diaries of Sir Roger Casement Brian Inglis had laid himself open to a prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. He Was not the'only one to do so. I...

Return to Moscow

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By CYRIL RAY I N 1935, Sir Walter Citrine visited the Soviet Union and devoted a whole chapter of 1 Search for Truth in Russia to the absence of wash-basin plugs, which he...

THERE ARE not many actions on which one can unreservedly

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compliment the BBC, but their decision not to broadcast this year the dreary and repulsive proceedings of the Royal Academy banquet is one of them. The dinner has for some years...

THE MONOTONOUSLY familiar official descriptions of Central African Congress movements

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as tiny unrepresentative gangs of ambitious agitators, thriving by intimidation and out of touch with 'simple: Africans, fail to convince me. Certainly there is intimidation of...

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Food for Thought

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By E. A. ATTWOOD D LIKING the last thirty years, a period which covers a depression, a war and a post-war Crisis, all of unprecedented severity, agriculture has been receiving...

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Lord Beaverbrook at Home

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By BERNARD LEVIN M R. Tom DRIBERG 9 S recent biography of Lord , Beaverbrook fell uneasily between what might be described as two stools; it was neither a straightforward...

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Flotsam By two o'clock the street is alive with musicians. Fat musicians, thin musicians, sad ones, boisterous ones. Sleek bandleaders in camel-hair coats looking for next...


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Bournemouth on a Shoestring By DAVID CAIRNS BOURNEMOUTH is a place of surprises. One never' knows where one is with it. The hotel trade may be booming, as I discovered on...

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Rot at the Top By PETER FORSTER SINCE the BBC so often behaves —as many who have felt its clammy embrace can testify— like that branch of the Civil Ser- f vice which...

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Unfamiliar Picture By ISABEL QUIGLY Tiger Bay. (Leicester Square Theatre.)—The Sound and the Fury. (Carlton.) J. LEE THOMPSON is the only British director (of feature films at...

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Every Day is Sunday By SIMON HODGSON AT the Crane Kalman Gallery a young art teacher from Black- burn, Mr. Peter Shackleton, is exhibiting thirty-three oil paint- ings. They...

Doctor's Journal

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Miles Howard is on holiday and will return

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Trouble in Tibet

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By STRIX S PR ING comes late to Tibet, and its advent is not an unmixed blessing to mechanised or partly mechanised forces; for as the snows melt the rivers rise, and the few...

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IJr ilPpertator

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APRIL 5, 1834 IT is an unthankful office to speak disagreeable truths to a Prime Minister. "Through him the rays of regal bounty shine;" and they arc seldom suffered' to fall...

Consuming Interest

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End of Message By LESLIE ADRIAN To dictate an Overseas or Radio Telegram,' says the latest edition of the London Tele- p h o n e Directory (January, 1959), 'dial 557.' H you...

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THE 'SPECTATOR' STEEL INQUIRY SIR,—As one of the Assessors to

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the Speenuor Steel Commission, may 1 be allowed to .comment on Mr. Hughes's letter? The section headed 'The Case Against Nationalisa- tion' in the . Report represented the...

THE CASEMENT DIARIES Sus,---In accusing me of `grievous error' M

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r. Singleton- Gates and M. Maurice Girodias are clearly unaware of the methods of Irish censorship. They might have discovered from any Irish newspaper that all copies of their...


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Sta.----Last Sunday my nephew Robin told two Daily Mirror reporters from the John Rolls column who visited hiS country cottage that he was not announcing his engagement on...


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SIR, — May 1 be permitted to comment on Dr. Monica Fisher's letter in your issue of March 20? 1. She accuses you of 'inaccurate and unhelpful' comment and draWs attention to a...


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Granting Visas Kenneth AIWA ' 'Rolls Call /.71(nn Don fda+ Home The `Spectator' Steel inquiry Y . C. Utley ' The Casement Diaries Pram, O'Connor I• And Now Nyasaland Rev....

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SIR. -1 read Mr. Christopher Hollis's article, 'The Easter Enigma' with the more interest because I first began to learn Theology under his father. The subject is of great...

518. — Your leading article last week was a model of

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the sort of enlightened moderation which one- now expects of many Anglican churchmen. It was also untrue. Is your explanation of how most men arrive `most securely' at'...


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SIR.—In fairness to Mr. Philip Toynbee I should like to be allowed to correct a misleading impression given by our advertisement in your issue of March 20. In referring to ....

SIR,—While entomologists may not be puzzled by Leslie Adrian's oscillations

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of biological status, they might well occupy their minds on Peter SingletZio- Gates's oscillation between WI and SW10. Or is this problem one for the hagiographer accustomed to...

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Beloved Colleges I3 ( FIRISTOPHER HILL T tit: universities of Oxford and Cambridge.are, 'historically, unique. Almost every other English „institution was transformed during ....

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Animal Symbolicum

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Safe Conduct, and other works. By Boris Pasternak. (Elek, 15s.) `CELEBRITY does not exalt,' says Pasternak in one of his poems, and the wild success of Dr Zhivago is tending to...

Napoleon Observed

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Campaign. By Count Segur. (Michael lciseph, Moult was aide-de-camp to Napoleon throughout the 1812 disaster, of which he wrote an engrossing account, now newly translated. This...

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Poetry Without Idiom

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The Oxford Book of Medieval Latin Verse. Newly selected and edited by F. J. E. Raby. (O.U.P., 28s.) THE historical importance of developed mediaeval Latin poetry can hardly be...

Wrong Way Round

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The Seat of Pilate: An Account of the Palestine Mandate. By John Marlowe. (Cresset Press, 0 30s.) t' ABROAD it is still fairly common to hear British foreign policy described...

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Digs in Tranquillity

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Life and Death in the Bronze Age: An Archae- ologist's Field Work. By Sir Cyril Fox. (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 45s.) OLD archaeologists never stop writing—and what a good thing...

Holy . Moses Moses Prince of Egypt. By Howard Fast. (Methuen,

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16s.) A House in the Uplands. By Erskine Caldwell. (Heinemann, 13s,6d.) The Other Side of the Coin. By Pierre Boulle. (Seeker and Warburg, 13s. 6d.) A Gap in the Spectrum. By...

Early Indology

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The Religion of India : The Sociology of Hinduism and Buddhism. By Max Weber. Translated and edited by Hans H. Gerth and Don Martindale. (Allen and Unwin, 46s.) THIS is part of...

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Nostalgic de Normandie

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A. J. LIERLING must he the only American war correspondent who trained for D-Day by running every morning through the Park, from Hyde Park Corner to Kensington Palace and back :...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1.036 ACROSS. — I Dimple. 4 Octavian.

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10 Fnstnet. II Ambling, 12 Oxen. 13 Pam- boyant. 16 Impure. 17 Frailty. 20 Ten- sets. 21 Snivel. 24 Re-entrance 25 Stet. 27 Decocts. 29 Bitumen. 30 Treasure. 31 Lignont. DOWN....

Phaidon Trio

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Matthias Griinewald, By Joris Karl Huysmans. Raoul Dufy. By Marcel Brion. Edouard Mullet. By John Richardson. (Phaidon Press, 18s, 6d. each.) THE Phaidon Press has launched an...


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ACROSS 29 I No doubt slippery elm makes 30 contribution to sports day (6, 4) 6 A blow on the wrist from a story- book detective (4) 1 0 Speaking on behalf of the family .. ....

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By CUSTOS I T will have to be a "very favourable Budget to bring the steam back into the bull movement. The drop of nearly 20 per cent. in the ICI profits before tax is not a...


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B y NICHOLAS DAVENPORT 'Below-the-line' is not, of course, an accurate or even an intelligible account of capital spending in the public sector. Over the last ten years there...

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R ROWN BROTHERS, as wholesale suppliers of motor and cycle accessories, have, as might be expected, had a very successful year. By reason of a lower tax charge, net profits have...