3 MARCH 1950

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Of other changes, much the most welcome is the appointment

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of Mr. Gaitskell as Minister of State for Economic Affairs, a post he is highly qualified to fill, and in which he will be able to relieve the heavy strain on the Chancellor of...

Fixing French Wages

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Behind the present outbreak of strikes in France lies a deliberate attempt to prevent the establishment of industrial peace—an attempt in which, as usual, the Communists are the...

MR. ATTLEE'S NEW TEAM T HERE is little that is impressive

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in the Cabinet changes announced on Wednesday. The process of revision consists much too largely of taking Ministers away from duties they understand and assigning them others...

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The Vatican and Reunion

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The new instruction issued from the Vatican on the relations between Roman Catholics and non-Catholics reveals in certain respects a welcome relaxation of attitude, hedged about...

Red Light from Shipping

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The voices of cold reason throughout the election campaign called attention to the economic dangers of the future. There might have been some excuse for the parties who ignored...

The Germans Go Their Own Way

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The power of the Bonn Government to inflict unpleasant shocks on the Western Powers was demonstrated once again last Saturday when the decision was made to continue deliveries...

Lessons from Treachery

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The German-born Klaus Fuchs having pleaded guilty to betraying atomic secrets to Russia, no one can suggest that the sentence of fourteen years' imprisonment passed on him was...

The Cause and Cure of Crime

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Criminal statistics are never a very satisfactory way of deter- mining the incidence of crime. They are, for one thing, in this country always two or three years out of date ;...

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W HAT has the country decided ? And what will be the results of its decision ? It has decided, definitely, that it believes in two-party government. The Liberals declared, quite...

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* * * * I am quite sure I am

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not the only person who felt considerably shocked by the sentence passed last week on a Hull fisheanan for the offence of voting twice, once for himself and once for his son,...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK T HESE • are sad circumstances in which

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to celebrate the centenary of Thomas Garrigue Masaryk's birth. It will be celebrated secretly in thousands of homes in Czechoslovakia, for it would be an insult to the common...

The absurd stir raised by the Sunday Express, followed by

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the Daily Express on Monday, about Mr. Bevan's 'absence from last Saturday's meeting of the Cabinet is significant not for any inherent importance attaching to the articles in...

Compilation of the Dissolution Honours List could not have taken

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the Prime Minister long. With half of it, at any rate, there will be general satisfaction—that is provided that it gives Jack Lawson (the Rt. Hon. J. J. Lawson, formerly...

It is not, I hope, sadistic to observe that the

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voters of Great Britain have shown no less sagacity in their decision as to whom not to re-elect than in whom to elect Not only the Communists have gone, but with them the whole...

On Wednesday when the Speaker was elected in the House

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of Commons the bells of St. Margaret's across the road pealed out. That is in accordance with precedent. It is also in accordance with precedent that the Speaker himself should...

Let us call Harry Lauder ftngal rather than mean. But

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frugal he certainly was. A friend of mine once took his small boy to see the comedian in his dressing-room. As the two were leaving Lauder fumbled in his pocket, produced a...

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The Case of the Liberals

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B y WILSON HARRIS N OT of Liberalism. Liberalism itself is in no danger. This is a Liberal country. Liberalism has so successfully and so permanently permeated both the great...

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The Greek Election

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By OLIVER MARCHANT 0 N Sunday, six months after the last major battle of the civil war, Greece goes to the polls. The outward forms of war are disappearing—the curfew is lifted...

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The Transatlantic Blues

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By ROBERT WAITHMAN Washington A week later, Mr. Churchill and Mr. Attlee were back in a cartoon as circus-trainers. Before them sat an obviously perturbed lion labelled "Ailing...

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The Commons' Church

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By CANON CHARLES SMYTH T HE Parish Magazine of St. Margaret's, Westminster, in Canon Henson's time, bore proudly on its cover the quotation : — It is as it were a National...

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"fjc ilopectator," Iflarcb 2111:1, 1850

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BENJAMIN DISRAELI Peel took three years to construct his Conservative party on the ruins of the old Tory party.. . . That party has performed its office, and is already gone. ....

Harry Lauder

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By JAMES BRIDIE M. AY I tell three rather dull little stories ? A small, sliort- legged man with a biggish head was capering on a huge stage before a huge audience. He was...

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French Resort Out of Season

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By LEN ORTZEN 0 NE day the town was full of holiday-makers ; the next it was given back entirely to its small, resident population ; or so it seemed. A French seaside resort...

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How I Never Met the Shiftas By ALAN BIRD (Selwyn College, Cambridge) S ITTING in the local hairdresser's the other day, I picked up the newspapers and began to read. Most of...


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fortnight ago there was an interesting article upon the changing shapes of dogs. According to Mr. Croxton Smith, the author of the article, it was only in 1859, with the first...

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"flowers for the Living." By Toni Block. (Duchess.) UNDER-PRIVILEGED personnel

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of the lower income-groups (known to our rude forefathers as the Lower Orders) provide all the characters in this sincere and promising play. Lily Holmes comes back from the...


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THEATRE "The Purple Fig Tree." By George Rail. (Piccadilly.) THIS is not the first play whose author has chosen an inn as his setting, and it is unlikely to be the last. So...

"Oedipus Coloneus." (Cambridge.)

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CAMBRIDGE has again celebrated her triennial Dionysia, which, but for the years of war, she has held for nearly 'sixty years ; and the public, not only professional or profound...


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"The Astonished Heart." (Odeon.) Chain Lightning." (Warner.)--- 44 Riding High." (Plaza.) The Astonished Heart is an adaptation of one of Mr. Noel Coward's one-act plays, and...

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Hearing a Symphony of Sibelius

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How shall I halt my soul that hangs too much, Too heavily, on this bewildering world Of unhorizoned sound ; music that is Beyond the air ? Here, in this cold silver landscape...


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IT is an interesting, though distressing, characteristic of the majority of composers who have been most famous during the first half of the twentieth century that their work...


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The new H.M.V. recording of Faust, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham and sung by French soloists, is remarkable for some good orchestral detail, but the singing is very mediocre...

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Report by Dr. - C. K. Allen, K.C. Excluding the Bible, state, with your reasons, in not more than 200 words, which three books you consider have, since the invention of...

Spectator Competition No. 9

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Set by L A. G. Strong The usual prizes are offered for the best set of three original limericks on place names chosen from the following list (e.g., "There was a young girl of...

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Surveys of Constituencies

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SIR,—YOU very rightly praise The Times and Manchester Guardian for their surveys of the individual constituencies during the election campaign. It may be worth pointing out that...


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Election Inquest SIR,—NOW that the voting is over, may a "floating voter" who is sympathetic towards the general aspirations of Labour, but who voted Conservative this time,...

SIR,—The results of the election will doubtless give rise to

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a number of different impressions. One of the chief impressions, I must confess, which it has made upon me, is that the British public, like the law, is a hass. Although...

The Liberal Dilemma

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SIR,—There are two matters of paramount importance now at stake— the prestige of this country abroad and the future of its economy at home. The question for Liberals is how, in...

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Roman Catholic Schools

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SIR, —Can I say without offence that I believe your paper intends to be fair? And yet over the Catholic schools you have shown strong aversion even to entertaining arguments...

Class Bitterness

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SIR, —No tendency of the times, as your columns have recently revealed, is more disturbing than the growth of class bitterness. Both Mr. Attlee and Mr. Churchill set a splendid...

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A London Hedge

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We all know that the hedgerow is — or was — the distinguishing feature of rural England. It has now spread to the town, with surprising success. The holly hedge along Piccadilly...

Why Snob ?

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SIR,—The name " snob " for a cobbler is by no means obsolete, as some of your correspondents suggest, but is, in fact, in general use still through- out the Royal Navy, where a...

In the Garden

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Most growers have noted the exceptional blooming of the Algerian iris this year. In some gardens it has bloomed since mid-December and will bloom in March. There have been many...


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I SUPPOSE that the tritest, most general of all references to the approach of spring is the honeysuckle which " disdains to be crossed" as Patmore wrote. It is doubtless the...

Caught on the Wrong Foot

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SIR,—Janus, Guardian of the Gate, had better take heed to his own Latinity. Writing of Mr. Isaac Foot and his four sons in the Spectator of February 24th, he says: "Not quite a...

A Grateful Bird A pretty tale of a bird's acceptance

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of man as a friend in trouble reaches me from Holland. An oyster-catcher was seen by a wanderer on the beach to be caught in a patch of oil and rendered nearly helpless. After...

Heralds Spring has of course many heralds of different sorts.

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For example, almost on the same day the first emigrant birds, three or four chiff-chaffs, chattered away in the elms of my paddock (to disappear the next day); a rabbit was...

M. Siegfried's Switzerland

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SIR,—Mr. Maurice Cranston, in his review of Andre Siegfried's Switzer- land, refers to "internal evidence" which suggested to him that our edition of the book has been...

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Communists and the Devil

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Must Night Fall ? By Major Tuf ton Beamish. (Hollis and Carter. ruthless and brutal police methods—any such doubter will find a great deal of material here to remove his...


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Popski's Private Army Private Army. By Vladimir Peniakott (" Popski "). (Cape. z6s.) MOST of us smiled when we were first told that the shoulder-flash bearing the initials...

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Shakespeare for the Common Reader The Golden Shakespeare. Compiled by

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Logan Pearsall Smith. (Constable. 1ss.) THE numerous admirers of Pearsall Smith's spirited and genial essay On Reading Shakespeare will be made happy by an anthology which is...

Alice Through the Camera

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Lewis Carroll, Photographer. By Helmut Gernsheim. (Parrish. 17s. 6c1.) CHARLES LtrrwinGE DODGSON (Lewis Carroll) does not belong to a class, nor can he be corked up and labelled...

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Early Dance Music

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Dances of England and France from 1450 to 16oe. With their Music and Authentic Manner of Performance. By Mabel Dolmetsch. (Routledge and Kegan Paul. £2 2s.) Tars book was...

The Good Teacher

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Maud Cherrill. By L. A. G. Strong. (Parrish. 6s.) SAFELY outside the dark realm of blood, affection and possessiveness, teachers can do far less good and far less harm than...

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The Story of “Little Chevalier"

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The Man in the Straw Hat. My Story. By Maurice Chevalier. (Odharns. 125. 6d.) "THE miracle of Maurice Chevalier is that, at the age of sixty, he is more accomplished than ever...

Dickens : The Man and the ,Books

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THERE is a quickened interest in Charles Dickens—not only in his novels, but in the man himself. Biographies in the past decade have been numerous ; Mr. Jack Lindsay adds his...

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New Novels

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DOROTHY PARKER once wrote a poem about those who seek mono- gamy "pursuing it from bed to bed." I am beginning to feel the same way about integrity. Mind you, as a determinedly...


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BUT is it a good self-portrait ? Only those who knew Lady Kennet can offer an opinion, - but the ordinary reader may well ask the question, for this is at once an interesting...

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13 R11:1 El 13 LIMEITE7313 13 flaQ 13 13 9 11115121 %AM innvimfl lida me & a l 5, 1 6:1 n 51 SOLUTION ON MARCH 17 The winner of Crossword No. 569 is ARTHUR NOYCE, ESQ., 80...


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Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, March 14th. Envelopes must be received not later...

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The European World, 1870-1945. By T. K. Derry and T.

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L. Jarman. (Bell. 20s.) THIS is an unusually good text-book, and something more besides. As a text-book it is designed for the student "setting to work on this crowded period ab...

Image No. 3: Winter 1949-so. Edited by Robert Harling. (Art

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and Technics. is.) THIS excellent "quarterly of the visual arts" continues bravely on its course, demonstrating an agreeable directness of approach and a refreshing renunciation...


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By CUSTOS SURVEYING the investment scene last week on the eve of the polls I posed the question: If there is a stalemate suggesting the likelihood of another showdown in, say,...