3 MARCH 1961

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F OR some weeks past the rumour has been going the rounds in London that the Com- monwealth Prime Ministers attending next week's conference in London have already reached...

Portrait of the Week

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IN - me COURSE of a two-day defence debate, the Secretary of State for Air said. that the American airborne nuclear weapon, Skybolt, would be fitted with British warheads and be...

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No. 6923 Established FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 1961 1828

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Stepped-up Campaign

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MIIERE are times when to call the Labour Party 1 'Her Majesty's Opposition' sounds risible, and this week's defence debate in the Commons provided one of them. With the...

Intellectuals in Office

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From RICHARD H. ROVERE NEW YORK DRESIDENT KENNEDY seems to turn up on tele- r vision more than anyone except the girls who give weather reports. He is clearly, in fact, a...

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Monarchs and Maharajas

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From SANTHA RAMA RAU BOMBAY T HERE are relatively few examples an history, as far as I know, of nations which have managed, so to speak, to eat their monarchies and have them....


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A small committee has been fornied to raise funds which will make it possible for the Bahraini prisoners on St. Helena to engage in further legal proceedings, if they wish, to...

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How Much Longer?

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By BERNARD LEVIN The ruler of Bahrain has now asked that the three men be returned to Bahrain; Mr. Edward Heath, the Lord Privy Seal, has admitted that the suggestion has come...

Protecting Power

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON T HE Central African Federal Constitution of 1953 specified that Britain would retain un- qualified authority for the internal government of the...

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Sound and Fury

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By ROY JENKINS, MP TN the past three weeks the House of Commons has changed 'from a rather soporific legislative assembly into a parliamentary battleground. When Mr. Enoch...

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By KENNETH ALLSOP T HE middle-aged man,. face rapidly changing hue from 'very white' to 'a dull red,' is addressing the eleven-year-old girl. 'One day,' he says through...

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Dr. Verwoerd

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By RONALD M. SEGAL D R. VERWOERD is beyond the reach of reason. This is not merely because he stands, a pudgy arrogance, within the flood of the African re- bellion. refusing...

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The Last of the Fairfax-Carews

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By PATRICK CAMPBELL T FIE extraordinary information arrived the other day that Otto Skorzeny, the scar- faced Nazi adventurer who rescued Mussolini from his Alpine prison with...

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SIR,-1 have great sympathy with Mr. Bryan Magee, the Spectator, the Observer and the Guardian in their rather one-sided relationship with the Press Council. My own encounter,...

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The English Bar Lord Ogmore Press Council P. M. T. Sheldon-Williams, S. W. Somerfield Lady Chatlerley F. R. Leavis, Sir Richard Rees Take a Girl Like You Robert Conquest South...

SIR,—In your issue of February 24 when discussing the rebuke

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administered to your paper by the Press Council for using four-letter words you stated: 'We have strong grounds for believing that the initial complaint came from the News of...


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SIR,—If Mr. Martin Turnell wanted, by producing that obscure pioneer essay (the printing was tiny, and the essay has been unobtainable for a quarter of a century), to show how...

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Sig.—The people of Britain and of other COmmon- wealth countries

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now have a golden opportunity (which will not recur) of enabling democracy to function once again in South Africa and of averting a head-on clash between the exponents of White...


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SIR, — .1 was much moved and impressed by Isabel Quigly's article 'In Hospital with my Son.' Eleven years ago one of my twin daughters, then aged four, was rushed into...


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SIR,—Your suggestion that 'if' the profession cannot train medical students to deal with the diseases we have, then it is time it stepped aside and let some other organisation...


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SIR,—In your leading article last week you state, in relation to convictions for contempt, that 'a defendant has . . . no appeal from a verdict.' This has in fact now been...

Sig,--•--Thank you for printing Dr. Lcavis's article, 'The New Orthodoxy,'

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with much of which all those who value Lawrence's Work must agree. It is indeed grotesque and depressing that what Dr. Leavis calls 'the new orthodoxy of enlightenment' should,...


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SIR,—Lest you should think that Mr. van 'That's letter about Mr. Muller's very nasty article repre- sents a unanimous 'hear, hear' from your readers. may I say that I thought it...


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Sig,.--While not sharing Professor Enright's views, I would have made the same . slips as he has about Take a Girl Like You. Mr. Amis's letter makes it quite clear that we were...

SIR. - -Dr. Moore hits the nail of censorship right

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on the head when he says that no 'decent woman' would go to a pub where she might be offended by vulgarity --for surely she should exercise precisely the same discretion over...

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The Time Factor By DAVID CAIRNS TN one respect only last Friday's performance of Fidelio at Covent Gar- den was, to me, a bitter disappointment—in the decision to play the...

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And Yet So Far By ISABEL QUIGLY So Near to Life. (Academy.) INGMAR BERGMAN'S latest BIM to reach us, So Near to Life ('X' certificate), is, to put it very mildly, a surprise,...

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Run, Bunny, Run By PETER FORSTER All good, entertaining, surface observation, though not, I venture to think, specially difficult to come by. (In the same vein, I treasure a...


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One Trick Too Many By BAMBER GASCOIGNE The Connection. (Duke of York's.) — King Kong. (Prince's.)—The Changeling. (Royal Court.) Perhaps this was why audiences in New York went...

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Interesting but Tough By FRANK KERMODE W E are all inclined nowadays to speak of the great vogue of Donne as a thing of the recent past, and Mr. A. Alvarez feels some need to...

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American Style

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Pnoi.Lssott RosTow is best known in this country as a theorist of economic growth. He has also been a leading light in the Harvard/Massa- chusetts Institute of Technology...

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Caveat Emptor

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3000 Years of Deception in Art and Antiques. By Frank Arnau. Translated by J. Maxwell Brownjohn. (Cape, 35s.) BOOK reviews should properly come under the heading of 'Consuming...

Shakespeare's Progress IT isn't easy to be fair to this

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collection of posthumously published lectures. Even when allowance has been made for the fact that the lectures are printed much as they were delivered, with the speaker's own...

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A Question of Scale

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The Capture of Adolf Eichmann. By Moshe Pearlman. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 16s.) T o quote only one small incident from one of these books, in 1942 about 4,000 Jewish children...

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Dark Side of the World

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AN intelligible and comprehensive guide to the nature of existentialism, set about half-way be- tween the superficialities of high-speed journalism and the suffocating obscurity...

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900 Bureaucrats

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MS past generation of English historians de- , v e loped the technique of 'Namierisation'—the "tailed investigation of individual MPs, their i nterests and affiliations, as a...

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Comedy and Cosmicality

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Love and Like is a book of stories in an Ameri- can territory (and idiom) midway between Nelson Algrcn's neon wilderness and Peter Tay- lor's middle-class secrets. Their town is...

Home and Away

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The Sky Suspended. By Drew Middleton. (Secker and Warburg, 16s.) HERE are two of the great battles of the last war, both now immortalised in our history. They did not by...

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Fiscal Tips from Washington

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT A 'TREASURY delegacy, headed by Sir Frank Lee, has just re- turned from Washington and such is the ignorance of our financial affairs that no one has even...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE further rise in equity prices and the in- crease in market turnover are signs that the majority of investors are now convinced that our trade recession will be...

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Paris Scrapbook By KATHARINE WHITEHORN 'PARIS,' the man said, 'is the one really relaxing town for a journalist to go to. So many men on My own, I am coming to the conclusion,...

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Mind and Body

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Where Is Thy Sting? By JOHN LYDGATE I WAS nineteen before I saw a 'dead body and if I had not become a doctor, it is unlikely that I ever would have done. A doctor's...

Consuming Interest

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A Puff for Pastry By LESLIE ADRIAN I HAVE a confession to make. Against what I thought was my better judgment, I have lately fallen for frozen puff pastry. It does seem...

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Postscript . .

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FROM covered wagon to The Carlton Tower in not much more than a cen- tury isn't bad going for a The Prophet was here to dedicate the Hyde Park Chapel, in Exhibition Road, and...