4 APRIL 1969

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incilana Univerity The stroggledfonthe Wilson succession With the fortunes of

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his party. Mr. Macmillan others before him had set in train. Orement (and if his health had not let him down he would undoubtedly have led them into the 1964 election), there...

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Quick kill in slow motion

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Colonel Ojukwu's refusal to leave Biafra to see Mr Wilson during the Prime Minister's lightning tour of Africa is regrettable but understandable, in the light of the present...


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Mr Harold Wilson spent the weekend in Lagos, talking to the Federal Nigerian rulers, but his attempt to see Colonel Ojukwu, the Biafran leader, was swiftly rejected as 'a...

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Loyal Roy and clear-sighted Jim

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY AUBERON WAUGH I know of no important Cabinet minister apart from Mr Wilson himself who believes that Labour will win the next genCral election. Possibly...

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Wrong weapon and wrong target

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FRANCE ROBERT FRANC Paris—For General de Gaulle it is 'a great of tomorrow. For millions of Frenchmen,' national occasion,' which is to form the Frew, : gripped by a serious...

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Immigration, Dutch style

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HOLLAND EMU SCHRIJVER Amsterdam—Comparisons between the Dutch success in dealing with their postwar immigra- tion and the difficulties encountered by Britain are often made,...

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Salaam for how long?

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PAKISTAN KULDIP NAYAR 'Salaam' is a very expressive word used in Muslim countries to say welcome or good- bye. General (later Field-Marsh:41) Ayub Khan used it when he took...

O'Neill breathes again

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ULSTER CORNELIUS O'LEARY Belfast—Last Saturday, in Londonderry, where it all began on 5 October, 1968, the Citizens' Action Committee (elsewhere the Civil Rights Association,...

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Battle of Anguilla

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CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS When armies not so long ago Picked other armies for their foe ' They used to fight them tooth to toe And give them all they'd got. Today, if pressed, they...

Whose finger on the trigger?

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UNIONS & THE LAW R. A. CLINE The trade unions' victory in the Ford case has a Pyrrhic look about it. The finding, right or wrong, by the judge in 'this deplorable matter,' as...

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J. W. M. THOMPSON An odd thing about the recent row over the Tate Gallery's expansion was the almost universal assumption that whatever happened, portico or no portico, the...

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With malice toward none

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TABLE TALK DENIS BROGAN The long-expected death of 'Ike' leaves only one of the great war leaders alive, General de Gaulle.- And they had some things in common. They were the...

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Attack on Edmass

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EDUCATION STUART MACLURE He is a brave man who invites invidious com- parisons with a great model. This is what the High Master of St Paul's does in Culture. An- archy and the...

Honest eye

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TELEVISION STUART ROOD It was, I suppose, wise of John Morgan, presenting the programme on Harlech Tele- vision lateish on Saturday night—at 10.15 to be exact, when the...

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Sound advice

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CONSUMING INTEREST LESLIE ADRIAN Et smUj cessura fides—second to none in fidally—wrote the licentious and three-spliced Ovid of himself. Some advertisers of stereo woo their...

Victor's laurel•

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THE PRESS BILL GRUNDY I have a splitting headache, you will be de- lighted to hear. I'm not entirely sure about its cause, but I think it comes from worrying about last week's...

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Is God a Tory?

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PERSONAL COLUMN PATRICK COSGRAVE Speaking recently at Archbishop Tenison's Grammar School Mr Harold Macmillan com- municated his fear that, without the continu- ance of church...

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Substance and shadow BOOKS

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PATRICK ANDERSON 'The nipple was about half the bigness of my head, and the hue both of that and the dug so varified with spots, pimples, and freckles that nothing could appear...

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Coup de grace

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ROBERT BIRLEY Denazification Constantine FitzGibbon (Michael Joseph 35s) The reviewer had . better acknowledge that for a few months he was himself involved in the process...

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• Knight's tale

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JOHN TERRAINE There is a difficulty in writing about Field- Marshal Slim which, fortunately, does not often afflict the military historian. It is simply that one has to be such...

Light on Wright

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PAUL GRINKE Joseph Wright of Derby Benedict Nicolson (Routledge and- Kegan Paul two volumes 12 gns) An Italian Sketchbook Richard Wilson (Rout- ledge and Kegan Paul 6 gns)...

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Angry young men

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IAN MacGREGOR Student Power edited by Alexander Cockburn and Robin Blackburn (Penguin 7s) The story is familiar enough. Two hundred students at one of the country's best known...

Sons of the soil

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J. W. M. THOMPSON The Farm and the Village George Ewart Evans (Faber 21s) A sense of urgency is not usually thought of as part of a historian's necessary equipment. The past,...

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Lie back in anger REGINALD HERRING Founder Member John Gardner (Muller 25s) The Spook Who Sat by the Door Sam Green- lee (Allison and Busby 30s) Snatch! Rennie Airth (Cape...

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Twice-told tale

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LAURENCE MARTIN 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis Robert F. Kennedy (Macmillan 30s) The Missiles of October: Twelve Days so World War Three Elie Abel (MacGibbon and Kee 25s)...

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Paris fashions

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MICHAEL BORRIE The anonymous so-called Journal d'un Bourgeois de Paris has been well-known since the sixteenth century. It has been published several times in editions of...

Asking for more

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PHILIP DE ZULUETA The Strength of Government McGeorge Bundy (our 36s) To an Englishman these Godkin lectures make fascinating and perplexing reading. Although Mac Bundy has so...

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Pope's delight ARTS

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PENELOPE HOUSTON Pier Paolo Pasolini is an extraordinary film- maker, and his Theorem (Curzon, 'X') is a very extraordinary piece of work. In a splendidly liberal gesture, it...

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Dutch Uncle (Aldwych)

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THEATRE Blue murder HILARY SPURLING Dutch Uncle is the name of one of those tortures which, agonising at the time, pass rapidly off without trace: an apt title more often...

Off and on

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MUSIC MICHAEL NYMAN Most people have free passes to the ever-open Museum of Musical Culture. Some have taken up permanent residence there. But, for others, it is only the...

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Star crossed

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BALLET • CLEMENT CRISP In a revue some years ago Kenneth Williams appeared as a rabidly xenophobic diner in s restaurant whose hatred otanything but honest British grub reached...

Canny Scott

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ART BRYAN ROBERTSON The most remarkable show by a contemporary artist currently on view is not in London but at Oxford, where Tim Scott is showing until 12 April two very large...

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ffolkes's tycoons-13

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Pre-budget assessment MONEY

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NICHOLAS DAVENPORT The Stock Exchange has been taking such fright at the budget that it is almost bound to stage a recovery when that-unpleasant event is past and the...

Striking prospects

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PORTFOLIO JOHN BULL British Petroleum has stopped being an out- and-out speculation and has become a pretty serious investment proposition again. Mean- while this column,...

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Market report

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CUSTOS Bids, deals and takeovers have suddenly burst out all over. The new phase of merger activity began with the Monsanto USA bid for Mon- ssato Chemicals, which I mentioned...

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In defence of Concorde

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Sir : I am following with wide-eyed fascination the debate over the Concorde. The arguments so far have dwelt heavily on the costs of con- tinuing with the project and the costs...

Fighting back

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Sir : The High Master of St Paul's suggests (Letters, 28 March) that in my article of 14 March I was hedging my bets and that some- one should come out and answer a leading...

When is a nation not a nation?

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Sir: Could I through your columns make a couple of observations on Sir Denis Brogan's 'Table Talk' (21 March)? Sir Denis quotes Tim Healy as saying : 'A nation is what people...

The killing of Uncle George

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Sir: I regret, as you do (28 March), that the de- bate on euthanasia has itself met a prematurely early death. Unfortunately there are such barriers of prejudice that many...

Journalist of the year?

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Sir: The 'Journalist of the Year' award has gone to Mr Victor Zorza of the Guardian. The BBC report of the citation says that he predicted the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia...

Why subsidise strife?

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LETTERS From Phil Petty, J. R. de S. Honey, Dr E. J. Mishan, Stuart Maclure, Dr Billy J. Dudley, Mrs Mary Cummins, P. V. Taylor, Dr R. J. Asp/nail, Dr C. B. Goodhart, Dr Ruth...

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Sir: No abortion boom (28 February) will last long—say two

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years at the utmost—if (1) every patient, as condition for performance of an abortion, is thoroughly taught, and equipped for, the contraceptive method most convenient and...

Enemy in our midst

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Sir: Though it's hard to see how what Mr Seymour-Smith (28 March) calls my 'timid, donnish, obtuse .. . academic (albeit American) appreciation' of Wyndham Lewis could even be...

Sweet girl graduates

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Sir: The recent appearance of a history of Girton College (reviewed in your issue of 21 March) is a welcome reminder of the very valu- able contribution made, and being made to...

Abortion boom

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Sir: Adrian Fitzgerald (Letters, 21 March) is concerned that an articulate lobby is pushing hard for even more permissive legislation re- garding abortion. This is quite true,...

Whines and moans

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Sir: Mr Grundy (21 March) obviously enjoyed . shying at the Aunt Sallies of the street; may one of them be permitted a slight squawk at the feeble disingenuousness of his aim?...

Sir: The figure of eighteen foreign women aborted 'presumably as

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private patients' in NHS hospitals during the first four -months of the Abortion Act, quoted by Mrs Madeleine Simms (Letters, 21 March), is really not relevant to estimating the...

The battle of Brighton

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Sir: You are warmly to be congratulated upon either the speed of your printing arrangements or the foresight of your correspondents. For, in your letters column of 28 March, Mr...

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Steady as she goes

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AFTERTHOUGHT JOCK BRUCE-GARDYNE Annual report from the Managing Director of Great Britain, Ltd, Mr R. Jenkins. the chair- man being indisposed, to the shareholders, to be...

A hundred years ago

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From the 'Spectator,' 3 April I869—The New York Times publishes an account of the expenses of living in New York, which scarcely justifies its claim to be considered the most...

No. 547: Parody

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COMPETITION Amid general apathy the Eurovision Song Contest last week celebrated its ninth anniver- sary in Madrid: Great Britain shared an un- inspiring victory with three...

No. 545: The winners Trevor Grove reports: `To make Inke:

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Four ounces of Gaules Two ounces of green Copperice one ounce and half of Gum Arabick . . .' These are the opening words of the Verney recipe for ink, quoted in full by Sylvia...

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Crossword no.1372

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1 First and greatest, having got the call of the fairway (8) 5 Love Bomba in the grass (6) 9 Being like the Woodlanders? (8) 10 Peter, brother to Flopsy (6) 12 d l is l c o...

Chess no. 433

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PHILIDOR Black White 7 men 5 men M. Havel (Preica, 1957). White to play and mate in three moves; solution next week. Solution to no. 432 (Krishnamurthy and Narayanan): Kt - K...