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What's Wrong with the Tories?

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`If you are to have a parliamentary administration, the conditions antece- dent are that you should have a Government which declares the prin- ciples on which its policy is...

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Aere Perennius

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'Is there no way to preserve him [Mr Grimond] for the benefit of the nation as a whole?'—Mrs Regy Reynold in a letter to The Times. It surely would be very nice If Grimond...


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say this fellow Roebuck was involved,' said Sherlock Holmes, as we sat dozing in front of a speech by Mr Anthony Barber. 'Tell me, what kind of man is he?' I described the...

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The Case for Malta

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By SIMON CLEMENTS T HE future of Malta, it seems, no longer even hangs in the balance. The British government is preparing the way for the navy to keep only a few essential...

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From Russia with What?

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MR K's VISIT From DEV MURARKA MOSCOW c visitcs in Moscow say that Mr Kosy g in is going to London only to forestall more of those dramatic dashes of Mr Wilson to Moscow....

`C'est Vrai,' said the General

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EUROPE From MARC ULLMANN PARIS Thus Mr Wilson has a simple choice: either he can g ive up any idea of ne g otiatin g chan g es and make up his mind to accept the rules of the...

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Freud, Daddy, and the President

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AMERICA From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK T HE publication of William C. Bullitt's and Sigmund Freud's Thomas Woodrow Wilson* has been stonily received here. The psychiatrists,...

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Freedom Under Clark Kerr

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EDUCATION From BRYAN WILSON BERKELEY The disquiet at Berkeley has festered for more than two years, and has taken on the character of a state and even a national political...

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Spectator's Notebook

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HE controversy over the Government's pre- budgetary kite-flying about family allowances is becoming dangerously removed from common sense. The motive behind ministers'...

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Resistance Movement

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MEDICINE TODAY By JOHN ROWAN WILSON O NE of the remarkable features of medicine in the last two decades has been the oppor- tunity it has given us to watch evolution while it...

Britain's Non-Role East of Suez

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By J. ENOCH POWELL, MP The great 'East of Suez' controversy, if not quite attaining the grade of a non-event, has turned out to be remarkably narrow. When Britain has quitted...

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February 2. 1867 If proof were wanting of President Johnson's deficiency in political sagacity,—which unfortu- nately it is not,—it could not be better illus- trated than by...

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Yours, Disgusted

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THE PRESS . By DONALD McLACHLAN There is probably no difficulty between the reader and his newspaper that crops up more often; and the trouble begins, as so few people...

The Marathon

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TELEVISION By STUART HOOD ' T SHOULD dearly like to know how many people sat through the entire four and a half hours on the Kennedy assassination which took up all Sunday...

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Portobello Moon

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AFTERTHOUGHT By JOHN WELLS Tim great delight, of course, of beginning with a title like that is that nobody, has a very clear idea what it means, and that, according to the...


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ACROSS x Jack should achieve his objective (6) 4 A man of steel (8) 8 Prim nude, without even a single coat ! (8) to A rank order, not to be issued on the quayside. (41 2 ) 12...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. £258 ACROSS.--r Snake-charmers._9 Oil-tanker. to Stole.

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it China. 12 Trisected. 13 Raman. £5 Noisome. 17 Pedants. rp Passive. 21 Totem-pole. 23 ann. 24 Spoon. 25 Rheostats. a6 Chestnut Mem DOWN.-2 Nullified. 3 Koala. 4 Cake tin. 5...

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SIR.--Mr Edward A. Armstrong's letter (January 27) hopelessly misrepresents my

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article 'Literature and Censorship'; but the way it dots so is psychologically interesting. Why does he need to bring in 'sexual ex- cesses and perversions' or the notion that...

A Christmas Sermon

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SIR,—Mr Hugh Ross Williamson, an ex-Anglican clergyman, like so many converts from what he would call Protestanism to the Roman obedience, is plus royalism que le roi (Letters,...

Postscript to Warren

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SIR,—Those who have not had the advantage of reading the Warren Report might be forgiven for supposing that Mr R. A. Cline (January 27) would not mislead them as to its...

Sni,—Yes, 'Father' Williamson. but don't you wish you really were

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a layman now? C. WITION-DAVIES Christ Church, Oxford

Rationality, Reason, and Dr Rose

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Sta.—When a reviewer is sufficiently stimulated by a book to devote a full page to it, yet so overstimulated as to miss or misinterpret major points, it is difficult for an...

Stopping the Rot

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SIR,—When my husband, who is a physician, has a patient whose complaint is due to wrong diet he pre- scribes a change of diet Complaints such as con- stipation, skin trouble....

Literature and Censorship

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Snt,—The arrogance of Mr Martin Seymour-Smith's article 'Literature and Censorship' (January 20) almost diverts attention from the weaknesses in his argument Throughout the...

SIA,—Thank you for Mr Ross Williamson's letter (January 27). At

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last one sees the point in this con- troversy. ELIZABETH HARE Redcross Lane, Cambridge

Farmers and Europe

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From: David Summers, Canon Howard Dobson, The Yen C. Witton-Davies, Elizabeth Hare, A. W. B. Simpson, Keith Macklin, Martin Sey- mour-Smith. Meg Dougal, Richard Rose, Evelyn...

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Side Effect

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SIR,—You ask in your Notebook (January 27) if there is 'any other cliché that is so consistently used today to signify the very reverse of what it should mean.' Surely the prime...

Miser Catulle

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SIR, —Dr Sisson's argument that the great Englisbi translators wrote in a contemporary idiom brought to my mind a sort of odi et atno in a popular song of the late 'twenties :...

Industrial Relations

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SIR, —There has been much comment recently in your columns upon relations within industry and your readers may be interested to learn that an Institute of Industrial Relations...

Drugs and Poetry

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SIR, — I am presently writing, and assembling data for, a book on Mantric Poetry. This will include sections on the use of hallucinogenic and stupor- inducing drugs as aids to...

Europe's Day of the Dead

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SIR, —In his article about Malcolm Lowry (January 20), Anthony Burgess suggests that Under the Vol- cano was translated into Dutch immediately after the book's first appearance...

That EIU Report

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SIR, —From reading accounts of what the Econo- mist Intelligence Unit is reported to have said, one would derive the impression that what a news- paper writes is not of much...

Carefree Image

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SIR, —It is a little hard for a translator whose work has been so highly praised as that of Mr Graham Snell to be blamed for a misprint. Your reviewer, who devoted a generous...

CHESS by Philidor

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No. 32o. H. W. BETTMANN (1st Prize, Good Companions, 1918) WHITS to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to No. 319 (Sparke) : Q - B 5, threat Q-Q 3. t....

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The Silence and the Lie

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THEATRE By ROBERT ABIRACHED I F you are at all familiar with the work of Mme Nathalie Sarraute, you will most likely have been surprised to learn that this explorer of the...


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Facts and Fibs To Die in Madrid. (Academy Two, 'A' certifi- cate.)—Echo of the Jackboot. (Cameo Royal, 'X' certificate.)—The Night of the Generals. (Odeon, Leicester Square,...

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Ape and Undergrowth

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BALLET . IPLING and Koechlin at the Garden, Schoen- berg and Pierrot out at Richmond: these are the improbable ingredients that on two suc- cessive nights made for ballet's...


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FLOODS LAST Sunday night, the Apollo Society arranged an evening at the Haymarket in aid of the Italian Art and Archives Rescue Fund, which now stands .at some £120,000. Nearly...

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Exiles and Patriots

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By RONALD HINGLEY Russian poetry from that of the English- speaking outstanding features distinguish modern speaking countries. The first is that poetry cuts a wider swathe in...

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IX In the Casino Ballroom, The judges disagree —Some leading local ladies: Dai Evans: a JP— On picking Miss Glamorgan (West) 1963. 'No, Mr Wynne—on poise, now, Miss Clydach...

Llansili Beach

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More Evans Country By KINGSLEY AMIS VII In his new bather—pretty grand, Quite frankly—lounging on the sand, Evans relaxes with the warm Sun on his back, and studies form. He...

St Asaph's

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VIII A chestnut tree stands in the line of sight Between the GIRLS entrance and 'Braich-y-Pwll,' Where, half-past eightish, Evans shaves his face, Squints out the window. Not...

Decline and Fall

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DR NORTHEDGE has written the first large-scale study of British foreign policy in the inter-war years to achieve academic stature. His theme is the decline of Britain from the...

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Plus ca change ...

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By SIMON RAVEN M UGGERIDGE silent' was what one contribu- tor to the SPECTATOR New Year Symposium desired for 1967. How well we know the feeling. Like the Children of Israel,...

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Keats for Ever

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'ALL poems should explain themselves without comment.' When Keats wrote this he would have turned pale if he could have seen the cloud of words his own verses would provoke in...

Levitating a Little

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The Heat of the Sun. By Sean O'Faolain. (Hart- Davis, 30s.) AN ageing man in Knockaderry, but no paltry thing, Sean O'Faolain has a great bloom of youth and curiosity on him....

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Grappling Process

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The Hollow Sunday. By Robert Harling. (Chalk, and Windus, 25s.) ROBERT HARI ING's thrillers must be among the most accomplished now being written. One re- members the sinister...

Behind the Mask

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Martereaa. By Nathalie Sarraute. Translated by Maria Jolas. (Calder and Boyars, 15s.) Ocean Road. By Jack Bennett. (Michael Joseph, 25s.) Pattern of Conquest. By Kenneth...

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Market Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE outstanding feature of the stock markets this week has been the announcement of two new Government loans, £400 million of 61 per cent Exchequer Loan, 1972 and...

Taking Stock of Accountants

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`TH IDONONV VA GOIT CONSUMER S GUIDE TO THE PROFESSIONS —Z By IAN LAING L T IKE silver and porcelain, accountants are available in all sorts, sizes and conditions, and with a...

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The Unit Trust Test

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By JOHN BULL HOOSING a unit trust has become as confus- k,,ing an exercise as weighing up the claims of rival soap manufacturers. One way, indeed the only way, of cutting...

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The Hills of Kiangsi

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By STRIX D ESCRIBED, with only partial accuracy, as 'a gifted and fanatical young man of thirty- five suffering from an incurable disease,' Mao Tse-tung made, to the best of my...

Out of Focus

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CONSUMING INTEREST By LESLIE ADRIAN These are birthday thoughts prompted by the anniversary of the Consumer Council's monthly magazine Focus which at lid. for each of its two...