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N 1957, when the telephone-tapping scandal I broke in Great Britain, it was revealed that transcripts of intercepted telephone calls had been improperly made available to the...

Portrait of the Week— PARTY CONFERENCES took place in Blackpool

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and Budapest; the former was that of the British Labour Party, which has just lost an election, the latter that of the Hungarian Communist Party, which is not troubled by such...

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No. 6858 Established 1828 . FRIDAY, D ECEMBER 4 , 1959

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Three Years On

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E GYPT'S decision to resume diplomatic rela- tions with this country is a reward for the British Government's good behaviour during the last few months. It has done nothing and...

The Appeasement Game

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1" HUE are two ways by which we in this I country can support apartheid. One is to argue that apartheid is justified—though outside the ranks of the Mosleyites there are few who...

The Cyprus Bases

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T HE Cabinet is considering its answer to the proposals put forward by the Greek Cypriots about the future of British bases in Cyprus. The past record of British governments...

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.Restrained Relations

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T T would be easy to mock at the cultural agree- 1 ment with the Soviet Union by pointing at the recent removal, at official Soviet request, of thirty volumes from the British...

The End of the 'Edsel'

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I- I e disappearance from the Detroit production T lines of the Ford 'Edsel' has hardly been noticed in this country : not surprisingly, as few people here ever even saw the...

Traders and Tourists

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From SARAH GA 1NHAM VIENNA T HE Free Trade Treaty initialled at Stockholm I is, at any rate in Austria, not likely to be looked upon as more than a substitute, a step towards a...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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Report from Blackpool IT was widely believed on the special train bringing the dele- gates (not to mention us humble pencillers) back from the Labour Party Conference that...

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Really , Smith!

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By BRIAN INGLIS A GIANT: the publishers predictably call F. E. Smith,* 'in an age of giants.' It is easy to think so : for Smith grew up into the Conservative Party of...

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The Churches

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Crime and Canterbury By MONICA FURLONG D URING November Diocesan Conferences erupt like mumps, with, as many a bishop finds later to his cost, all sorts of unpleasant com-...

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Castro's Cuba

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By MONICA SHERIDAN H AVANA has at least six luxury hotels built with both eyes on the millionaire American and Latin-American trade, no more than an hour's hop by plane, but...

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Franco's Spain Clemente Garcia

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The Ultimatum Colonel Robert Henriques, David Morris The BBC's Yugoslav Service Juraj Kinjevic, E. Eleazer The Boycotters W. Whitehead Crime and Sin Rev. Nick Earle Again...

Fergusson might have been more in- formative. Why was it

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that the leaflets. concerned were not used? Were they considered to be too feeble? Or too frightful? And how was their production cost explained away? What sorts of substitutes...


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SIR,—The discussion in the Spectator, in connection with the BBC broadcast to Yugoslavia, seems to me to be too narrowly confined. The conspiracy of silence regarding the...


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Postal subscribers who are going away at Christmas and want the Spectator sent to their holiday address should send their instructions to reach the Sales Manager, The Spectator,...

SIR,--While I cannot speak Serbo-Croat, I was greatly interested in

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the controversy in your columns, for the principles involved are of the greatest importance to all who are conscious of Britain's traditional concern for freedom and her...


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SIR,-I think it fruitless to continue arguing with Mr. Erskine Childers, point by point, when we are totally disagreed about the general nature of what happened at the end of...

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AGAIN BEN-GURION SIR.—I consider the 'Herut Movement' in Israel to

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be a 'fascist' one, because : 1. There exists a close similarity between this party's views and terminology and those of the Italian Fascists, and the leaders of Herut before...

CRIME AND SIN SIR,—It is a pity that just when

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we were learning to know the difference between a crime and a sin— and to show that we knew it--fresh confusion has been created in the public mind by the suggestion that the...

THE BOYCOTTERS SIR,-1 have just read in the October 9

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edition of your paper a vicious attack upon the miners of the Seven Sisters Colliery in an article entitled 'The Boy- cotters.' The article was cynical, extravagant and...

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Old Guard and New Wave

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By PETER FORSTER THEY support some fifty theatres in Paris today (population three million) as against our forty in London (nine million). They have nine musicals against our...

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Public Places By SIMON HODGSON THE second John Moores biennial exhibition, which is at the Walker Art Gallery until mid-January, raises first and foremost the question of...


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End of Season By ALAN BRIEN The World of Suzie Wong. (Prince of Wales.)—Kooka- burra. (Princes.) Suzie Wong has been reviewed by the rest of the critics almost entirely in...

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Funny and Musical By ISABEI, QUIGLY Expresso Bongo. (Carlton.) - Third Man on the Mountain. (Leicester Square Theatre.) 'THE Corporation,' says Gilbert Harding as Himself in...

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Luther and Freud BY CHRISTOPHER HILL H 1STORIANS have never taken Freud seriously enough. Yet since psychoanalysis deals with man, it should be invaluable for those whose study...

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The Auk on Two Fronts

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Auchinleck. By John Connell. (Cassell, 35s.) Tobruk. By Anthony Heckstall-Smith, D.S.C. (Blond, 21s.) MR. JOHN CONNELL'S extremely interesting though unsatisfying biography...

Leftover Colonies

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MR. STRACHEY believes that empires are no longer necessary, and that with a little luck we have seen the last of them. A Socialist but, by now, a care- fully undogmatic...

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Time for Skill

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Approach to Archaeology. By Stuart Piggott. (A. and C. Black, 15s.) A CENTURY ago history began, for all practical purposes, with the first Olympiad in 776 BC. Archaeology...

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All Along the Line

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`DURING lunch Kelly urged me to go in for. the Foreign Office examination. . . . After lunch 1 walked down and called on my cousin, Lord Hardinge, who was the Permanent...

Mine Own Worst Enemy

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ON the back of the jacket there are tributes from some of my favourite people—Groucho Marx, S. J. Perelman, Charles Addams—which describe it as uproarious, just great, sheer...

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Property Values

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Scotty. By Christopher Davis. (Hart-Davis, 18s.) The Mountebank's Tale. By Michael Redgrave. (Heinemann, 13s. 6d.) CHRISTOPHER Davis's first novel dealt with the ugly...

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Local Boys

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Friends. By Lord Beaverbrook. (Heinemann, 12s. 6d.) Is this the key to Lord Beaverbrook? There are civilisations which muddy history by producing effects, remote and baffling,...

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Hellish Hoax

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The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology. By Rossell Hope Robbins. (Peter Nevill, 63s.) I HOPED that Dr. Robbins's exhaustive, impressive, sick-making, suicidal...

Doing the Impossible

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English Literature in the Early Eighteenth Cen- tury. By Bonamy Dobrde. (O.U.P., 42s.) PROFESSOR DOBRgE deserves our heartfelt sym- pathy. Surely there must be something wrong...

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The Gospel of Thomas BY HUGH MONTEFIORE HE Dead Sea Scrolls have stolen the headlines I from other important and perhaps even more important recent discoveries which bear upon...

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Visions and Debates

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CHRISTINA OF M ARKYATE has not been canonised or beatified though she enjoyed great contem- porary fame and a seemingly brief posthumous cultus. Until now she has been known...

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The Life and Letters of Kenneth Eseott Kirk, Bishop of Oxford, 1937-1954. By E. W. Kemp. (Hodder and Stoughton. 20s.) BisBops' biographies in these days have shrunk like the...

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Great St. Mary's and Lodge Farm

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Not as the Scribes. By John Middleton Murry. (S.C.M. Press, I8s.) MERVYN S1OCKWOOD aims 'to come to grips with our Christian faith and to thrash out its implica- tions in terms...

Paul Tillich

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Theology of Culture. By Paul Tillich. (O.U.P., 18s.) Religion and Culture. Essays in Honour of Paul Tillich. Edited by Walter Leibrecht. (S.C.M. Religion and Culture. Essays in...

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Looking Both Ways

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Buddhist Scriptures. Selected and translated by Edward Conze. (Penguin Classics, 3s. 6d.) Asia Looks at Western Christianity. By Thomas Ohm. (Nelson, 25s.) EAST, West,...

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Becoming and Being ,

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PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN was a Jesuit priest who was a most distinguished biologist and, more especially, palaeontologist. He did basic work on • the origins of man, for many...

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Speaking to the Laity

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tree courtesy calls in the City of York. He t IIed on the Lord Mayor, the Stationmaster, tr eeting for the reporters, which was always the the Yorkshire Evening News. In the...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT No Chancellor has ever had it so good as Mr. Heathcoat Amory. He assumed office at the Treasury after the dangerous shock treat- ment had been given and...

Recent Jews

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San Nicandro. By Elena Cassin. (Cohen and West, 21s.) THE terrible poverty of Southern Italy has given birth—as recent literature has shown—to gang- sters, prostitutes and...


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TT is a good sign that investors are becoali 'more conscious of earnings yields and tendi to take their profits first on those fashionable slo shares with earnings yields well...

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i( LING ER MANUFACTURING. Trading , profits for the year to September 30, 1959. h a ve increased by 38 per cent.-from £150,867 to ' 20 8 892. Allowances for tax and depreciation...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Talking Point By MILES HOWARD I HEAR that the conference on training of the family doctor by the discussion-group method, held at the Tavistock Clinic last weekend, went well....


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Notes from Knightsbridge By KATHARINE WHITEHORN * * * Miss Rose Lewis, who was put out of her erstwhile premises by the Hyde Park Corner road scheme, is down at street level...

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Desig n

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- Rock '11' Roll Architecture By KENNETH J. ROBINSON NEAT - year, for the first time ever. Britain is to have an official exhibit at the Milan Triennale. If this news doesn't...

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Wine of the Week

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CLARET - LOVERS Will have been interested to read about Bordeaux's decision to re- classify the great clarets of the Medoc, but the revision, when it comes, will not mean. any...

Consuming Interest

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Egg-Bound Control By LESLIE ADRIAN One way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it; so let us hope that the decision against Harrison Gibson's shops last week will turn out...

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SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1064 ACROSS.--I Pyrotechnics. 9 Mantalini, 10 Acton;

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11 Onsets; 12 Esoteric. 13 Starry. 15 Conclave. IB Concaves. 19 Caveat. 21 Descants. 23 Chance. 26 Crimp. 27 Brush- wood. 211 Tetrgraphese. DOWN.--1 Pomnoins. 2 Rents. 3...

SPECTATOR CROSSWORD No. 1066 Solution on Dec. 18

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ACROSS 1 Define a flirt (snag.) (12) 9 Reduction of gloom? There should he none at all (9) 10 Disorderly tribe (5) 11 There are dozens of these chaps (6) 12 Only a small...