3 APRIL 1964

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----Portrait ol the Week— . THE DULLEST EASTER HOLIDAY of the

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century' was the Met. Office's verdict, but some resorts had their liveliest Easter for years. Mods and rockers descended on Clacton, one hundred arrests fol- lowed, and...


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No. 70o, L S I. a L. lished 1828 FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 1964

Open Justice

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'THAT justice should be seen to be done I 'is, for democratic countries, obvious enough. Equally there are ill-defined areas concerning the operation of the security services...

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Professor Trevor-Roper's Finest Hour ?

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By HENRY FAIRLIE Hebdomadal politicians, who run away from their opinions without giving us a month's notice.—Burke. T HE news that the Hebdomadal Council of Oxford University...

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Coming of Age

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN N the same week that 1 read the current issue I of Encounter, devoted to Germany, I heard too from a German girl of twenty that several of her friends...

Don't Tell the Tories, But . . .

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By R. L. LEONARD W HEN Bernard Shaw ran unsuccessfully for the London County Council in St. Pancras fifty-eight years ago, Beatrice Webb confided t 3 her diary: 'He will never...

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Orchids in the Land of Tulips

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By TAYA ZINKIN TN making his official peace with the Dutch, Dr. ISubandrio, the Indonesian Foreign Minister, perhaps to prepare the way for a visit from President Sukarno...

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Down on the Kibbutz

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KY DAVID PRYCE-JONES I - r was a quarter to four in the morning When I was woken up by somebody shouting my first name outside the hut. This was a procedure I never got used...

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The Will to Compassion

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From MURRAY KEMPTON WASHINGTON, DC P RESIDENT JOHNSON has declared a war on domestic poverty limited in scope, restrained in budget and yet with a surprising claim on the...

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Government Whips, like Ministers, must no toriously take their successes where

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they can find them. But there can have been feW finer ' s plays of their indefatigable optimism than the triu mph ant I TIPhant tones with which Robin Chichester- -..ark...

Precedents '

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The world can look forward with mixed feel- ings to the opening of the Swiss National Exhibition at Lausanne on April 30. The ex- hibition, which is a cross between a national...


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There has been a lot of speculation about the identity of the shy writer who calls himself 'A Conservative' and who is writing three 'turnover articles for Sir William Haley....

Easy on the Cyril, Please

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'Let's hope that Sonia Orwell's new inter- national quarterly, Art and Literature, has the success it deierves. Certainly' the first number, which publishes pieces by David...

The Last Proconsul It was a shock simply to read

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of General MacArthur's illness the other day. He always seemed indestructible. Long before his dramatic recall from Tokyo in April, 1951, his career read like a legend. There is...

Wedding Intelligence

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The bride promised to 'love, honour and cherish' rather than 'love. honour and obey.' The bride's brother, Mr. David Douglas-Home, said 'the service gives the alternative of...


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He has the loudest voice and the most luxuriant moustache in the House of Commons. His numerous cars advertise his name, which, in any case, is better known to 'the public than...

Spectator's Notebook

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FEW newspapers actually said it, but it was clear that some pretty implicit parallels were being drawn between this Easter's events at Clacton and the annual demonstrations of...

Purely French

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The Figaro . is currently engaged in a; private operation to cut out the words of English origin which have been incorporated into trench. LinguistiOnrgery .never , works. of...

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Letter of the Law Second Thoughts on the Stephen Ward

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Trial By R. A. CLINE r r HE brassy melodrama of the Ruby trial has I set a very high standard of sensationalism in criminal trials. Our appetite for legal drama now demands...

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The Road to Clacton Pier

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By KATE WHARTON L T AST weekend's outburst of teenage hooliganism at Clacton caught the headlines and momen- tarily at least drew public attention to the ways of the young...

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The Press

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By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL • -• FOR months the news- papers have been agitating An unsigned piece by Mr. James Margach in the Sunday Times has just put forward a different view...

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THE MILLIONS WHO STAY AWAY SIR,—Your article on 'The Millions

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Who Stay Away' contains so many debatable assertions and assumptions that it would need a letter of equal'— indeed greater—length to challenge them effectively. It is desirable...

SIR,—It was obvious in my time at Oxford (a decade

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ago) that tutors were appointed mainly because of excellence in written examinations, rather than of skill, much less interest, in teaching. There were many professional...

is possible, as Mr. Laslett suggests, though linlIk ely that the

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teaching of undergraduates is no better at Oxford and Cambridge than elsewhere, but it is misleading for him to imply, by the use 'of such loaded words as 'immature graduates,...

THE 'OBSERVER' SIR,—Mr. Randolph Churchill. in his article last week,

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states that the Observer 'is losing a little money' and that the Sunday Telegraph 'is losing a great deal of money. It is not for me to disagree with his views on the Sunday...


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SIR,—A practical way of achieving Richard Bailey's admirable aim of preventing a population explosion (human nature being what it is!) would he to restrict the Family Allowances...

SIR,—Was I the exception to the rule, or was Mal-

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colm Rutherford? My experience was the opposite to his. was 'farmed out' to a young Don, a Fellow of All Souls, for my tutorials. He made me write simple English and use short...


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Dealing with Oxbridge G. E. F. Chil ver, Rev. C. C. Potts, N. P. Wright, E. A. LI. Morgan Victory? J. Steel Maitland A Lapse of Grammar? . A. J. Croft The Population Explosion...

GREEK ROYALS SIR,—I wonder how Michael Llewellyn Smith justifies the

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last sentence in his interesting article 'Greek Royals.' Why should King Constantine's progressiveness he doubted on the grounds that he was brought up in the best traditions of...


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SIR,—In his review of the new edition of A Handful of Dust, A. E. Ellis would have us think that Mr. Evelyn Waugh is guilty of a lapse of grammar in his use of none with a...


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SIK,—Quoodle says, referring to a recent Scots achievement, 'So at last it was Bannockburn!' But was it Victory'?—when only a day or two ago in answer to a question in...

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THE RIDDLE OF DALLAS SIR,—Messrs. Gombrich and Gilbert are ungrateful

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when they attack District Attorney Wade, for he is the 'father' of the very method they employ in their letter. Beginning with the presumption of guilt, they by-pass...

SIR,—May I enter a mild protest against your leader- writer's

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description of those who 'lead good lives, bring up their children, help their neighbours, sup- port good causes . . .' etc. as examples of 'residual Christian living'? Some of...


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SIR,—What a pity for Mr. Wheldon that in his excitement last week at being able to make one valid point about my article on cinema-verite he was then unable to restrain himself...

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S IR ,- Mr. Alan Brien has set me mourning for my lost youth. To discover—in your Spring issue yet!— that the hours of incredible tedium I spent simula- ting idiocy for fear of...

New Villages

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By TERENCE BENDIXSON The industrial revolution is the obvious originator of this village romance in the race- conscious, since on the one hand it depopulated the countryside to...

Sun,—Leslie Adrian has attacked drugs and their vendors with the

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linesse of a blunderbuss. He writes of 'fashions' in drugs, ignoring the fact that some of the been recent ones have saved lives which would have "ce.n lost even as short a...

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Viva Mexico

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THAT strange fusion of cul- tures in Mexico, where Aztec, Indian and Spanish strands are joyfully inter- mingled, gives to Mexican art its particular flavour. This flavour, so...

New Generation : 1964

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ENGLISH commercial com- panies are, in general, still lamentably indifferent to arts patronage. When our practising artists were fewer before the war, busi- ness corporations...

Bishop and King

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Becket. (Plaza; 'A' certifi- cate.) PRACTICALLY everything is wrong with Peter Glen- ville's transposition to the screen of Anouilh's Becket. It's still handsome, highly...

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Ir theatres, like cinemas, displayed a series of stills outside the box-office, the Comedic Francaise for their production of Tartuffe would have about five to choose from....


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By HANS KELLI The three Easter games provided a concise history of the situation. Of the six goals which Liverpool scored in two games, only one was good—St. John's second at...

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The Pre-Raphaelite Vestal By GRAHANI HOUGH HE was the devout sister of a wilful, pas- sionate brother; patient, unworldly, scrupu- lous and severe. She loved her family and...

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Peter Pan and the War-Lord

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The Kaiser and His Times. By Michael Balfour. (Cresset Press, 50s.) IN the course of this interesting book Mr. Balfour recalls a story told by Daisy, Princess of Pless. One day...

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By the Waters of Suez

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ANYONE who can now manage to look back clinic- ally upon Suez as a mere episode of unusual stress in the continuum of the British political system will find great reward in...

Eng. Lit. Crit.

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The Literary Critics : A Study of English De- scriptive Criticism. By George Watson. (Chatto and Windus, 25s.) MR. KENNER is a Canadian who first made his name in this country...

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A Christian Hobbes

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THOMAS HOBBES was both a Christian and a materialist, a combination of beliefs so bizarre that many of his seventeenth-century contem- poraries considered him a secret atheist....

Stalin Did

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WE shall presumably never know how much of this book was in fact written by Ivan Maisky. He is said, by those who knew him, to have been a most intelligent man with a genuine...

Milk and Water

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PERHAPS I should declare I have always been allergic to C. S. Lewis's religious writings. This new book, published since his death, is very much the mixture as before: the sound...

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The Strange Reunion

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PREP SCHOOL /Public School routine must change less than anything save executions and royal occasions. For thirty years now a certain head- master has, on Ascot Gold Cup Day,...

Lot's Wife

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Uneasiness confirmed his words were right : There was a rottenness in all she knew. She, could not see where be was going to But love for him felt stronger than her fright. Yet...


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By PHILIDOR No. 172. C. GROENVELD (Commend, BCF Tourney, 1962-3) BLACK (8 men) WHITE (8 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to No. 171...

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The Geneva Conference

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT So the 'Development De- cade' proclaimed with so many bugles by the United Nations is already a flop. Its `target'-that the de- veloping countries should...


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ACROSS 1. It was a scream when one got to the root of it (8) 5. Make a hole in the victuals perhaps (6) 3. Flowery pants (8) 4. 'There the chestnuts .... make for you A - of...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD 1111 ACROSS.-1. Quarter-bound. 8 Grace- less. 9

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Stiff. 11 Potash. 12 Sameness. 14 Outworkors. 16 Styo. 18 Oyez. 19 Princesses. 21 1ntortie. 22 Strass. 25 Trent. 26 Harmonise. 27 Steam-shovels. DOWN.-1 Quart. 2 Aversion. 3...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY A BEITER dividend than was expected comes from Lombard Banking at 171 per cent for 1963, with a 50 per cent rise in gross profits and the net balance after tax...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS A CTIVITY on the Stock Exchange is as frozen as the climate outside. But the price level is firm; for the good company reports which issue every week stop...

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Consuming Interest

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Runs and Ladders By LESLIE ADRIAN ONE of the less welcome harbingers of spring is the disappearance of the heavy, textured stockings which represented a con- siderable economy...

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By ALAN BRIEN LAST week Michael Frayn (otherwise Agent 001—the zeroes signifying that he is authorised, when neces- sary, to write two blank columns for each loaded one) broke...