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Britain and the UN

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The resolution in question declared that the Republic of South Africa's right to ad- minister South-West Africa was henceforth revoked and that the territory was in future to be...

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Sir Elwyn Strikes Again

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY By ALAN WATKINS In the year 1857, at the summer assizes of the county of Cornwall, an unfortunate man . . . was sentenced to twenty-one months' im-...

Behind the Times

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Monday's Times is dull and grey. Tuesday's nothing much to say. Wednesday's Times is hardly funny. Thursday's Times is losing money. Friday's further in the red. Saturday as...

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The General's Ultimatum

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ELECTIONS —1 From MARC ULLMANN PARIS F OR Frenchmen, the most important passage in General de Gaulle's press conference last Friday was what he had to say about the par-...

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BMA Syndrome

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MEDICINE TODAY By JOHN ROWAN WILSON A WEEK or two ago the BMA announced that it was opening a new department of audio- visual communications, aimed largely at public health...

A Crack in the Liberal Marble?

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ELECTIONS —2 From MURRAY KEMPTON NEW YORK W HAT is likely to come out of next Tuesday's mid-term elections is nothing more tangible than the sense that the political...

tte Zpectator

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November 3, 1866 Venetia has voted herself Italian by 641,758 to 69, which, considering that Venice was Italian by the will of Heaven, whether she voted it or no, is highly...

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The Cost of Sanctions

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RHODESIA By JOHN BULL I T is about as hard to find out what the eco- nomic war against Mr Ian Smith costs this country as it is to discover how badly it hurts Rhodesia. Yet...

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Spectator's Notebook

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A L the smoke-signals now emanating from Whitehall indicate that the Prime Minister is at last hovering on the brink of making a declara- tion of intent to join the Common...

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The Poverty of Economics

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DR BALOGH AND THE THIRD WORLD By P. T. BALER T HE vicious circle of poverty and stagnation. the responsibility of privileged classes and of rich countries for mass backwardness...

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Unwept, Unhonoured and Unsung

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By AUBERON WAUGH In theory, the loss will be made up by addi- tional honours to those in public service. I wonder what is meant by public service, and how many of the public...

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The War for Jenkins' Ear By A PRISONER* T FEAR

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that Mr Jenkins's much-vaunted liberal- ism could, so far as prison reform is concerned, prove strictly for the birds. The long-gestated Criminal Justice Bill will no doubt...

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Don't be Beastly to the Critics

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AFTERTHOUGHT By JOHN WELLS How could the master potter work at his wheel when the village gossips insisted on hanging over his shoulder making footling suggestions and...


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storm broke over the Attorney- General I was on the first lap of an inquiry (with no assistance from the Tribunals of Inquiry Act of 1921) into what Whitehall thinks of the...

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The Evans Affair

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SIR,—Mr E. A. F. Fenwick (Letters, October 28) is worried about the effect Evans's free pardon may have on the jury system. At Evans's trial the chief prosecution witness was...

Inquest on Aberfan Sm.—Stuart Hood's article 'Inquest on Abcrfan' (October

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28) was marred by one glaring omission. He made no reference to ITV's programme 'The Mountain that Moved,' a nation - wide broadcast at the peak religious vie%ing time of 6.55...

Sig,—No one would wish to minimise the effects on the

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young of the poverty which remains in our society, but a part of Arthur Barton's evidence seems questionable. Like young Ross, many of the boys I teach in a fairly expensive...

Living Below the Line

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SK—The problem of family poverty is not confined to those who, like Arthur Barton's ex-pupil Selby (SPECTATOR, October 28), earn flO a week and have five children at...

The State Muddle in Films

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-J ii ri 0 EA2 ED Front : John and Roy Boulting, Thomas Adler. Tony Lynes, Titnothy Bellingham, Ian Gilmour, MP. William McCall. Hugh Heckstall-Smith, Tibor Szanutely. lean...

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Insurance on the Road SIR, —Heaven forfend that Leslie Adrian's sugges-

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tion (October 14) that the Ministry of Transport could run car insurance should come about. Surely the whole situation under which thousands of insurers found themselves let...

Families Without Fathers SIR,—In her book Fatherless Families, published two

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years ago, Margaret Wynn focused attention on the difficulties of women who are left by themselves to bring up children, all too frequently in straitened financial...

Who's to Handle Us?

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SIR.—! found Donald McLachlan's article (October 21) on government information officers hard to understand. He says the press wish to deal with people who 'watch policy being...

Russian Realities SIR,—Mr Watt's very generous review of my book

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(October 28) contains one implication which I ought to try to correct. He suggests that the 'powers-that- be' have in some way prevented me from saying all that I might have...

No Room for Compromise SIR,—Mr Middleton's letter (October 21) suggests

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that he is satisfied to judge by the label without bothering about the contents; and he seems to imply :hat Roxburgh of Stowe was complacent in his views about appointing staff....

Down on the Collective Farm SIR,—Messrs Wood and Henry, however

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reluctantly, have had to admit their mistranslation of the passage from Mozhaev's novel (October 21). This they airily dismiss as 'minor linguistic technicality.' What, I...

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A Police Triumph By HILARY SPURLING J oe ORTON deserves attention, not simply as one of our most astute and sophisticated play- wrights, also as a sign or portent of the...

Arty Crafty

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TELEVISION The treatment of the arts in television is a case in point. There are, at the moment, more programmes dealing with music, painting, the theatre and the liberal arts...

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CARS TTIHE gadfly of us all' is Barbara Castle's I phrase for Colin Buchanan, and it is an apt one. For the last three years, since Traffic in Towns was published, he has been a...

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We are Twenty-seven

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M US I C By CHARLES REID L AST Sunday night at the Royal Albert Hall was one of the most moving nights the place has seen. After the first performance of his 'Gothic'...

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The Writer as Drunk

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By ANTHONY BURGESS T ITERATURE of the better sort makes little im- pact on the British people, unless it can be factitiously associated with scandal. The three best-known names...

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Milton and his Times

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Milton's Sonnets. Edited by E. A. J. Honig- mann. (Macmillan, 30s.) The Sonnets of Milton. By J. S. Smart. (0.U.P., 18s.) Milton and the Christian Tradition. By C. A. Patrides....

Colette by Colette

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Earthly Paradise. By Colette. An Autobiography drawn from her Lifetime Writings by Robert Phelps. (Secker and Warburg, 45s.) FEW women writers of our time have led fuller, more...

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The Horsemen

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Budapest, November 4, 1956 There, where the women bent above the grain In blackened scarves, the stone road broke and veered Across the fields, towards the flames. No sound...

Centuries of Development

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Muni of the world has abandoned representa- tive institutions in favour of the rule of a man, an army, a party. But where Parliaments sur- vive it has become accepted that they...

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Show Trial

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On Trial. By Max Hayward. (Harper and Row, New York, $1.95.) THE trial of Sinyavsky and Daniel for having published abroad, under the respective pseu- donyms of Tertz and...


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Heroic Qualities Casualties of Peace. By Edna O'Brien. (Cape, 21s.) Such. By Christine Brooke-Rose. (Michael Joseph, 25s.) King of the Two Lands : The Pharaoh Akhen- aten. By...

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Men of the Century

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The Thinking Reed. By Rebecca West. (Mac- millan, 30s.) BETRAYAL plays a big part in tragedy; it is a theme, as Judas is a character, that fascinates. And the more unlikely the...

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The Monopolies Commission on Films

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lxi ICONCH17 UIPL - E or By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT I T was sharp practice—I must repeat it—to get the new Films Bill passed by the House of Commons before Members had the chance...

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Market Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE feature in the Street has been the set- back in government stocks. The market at last realised that it had been pushing up the prices of government bonds too...

Something Old . . .

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CONSUMING TER EST By LESLIE ADRIAN A NY old thing ssilt do, it seems, provided someone, somewhere, loves it. Take Ex- ( hange and Mart last week : 'Genuine early GPO...

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Paris est tres camp MDC)8PEN

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By RICHARD HUGGETT Now, instead of snarling when they bump into you Parisians smile sweetly and apologise. The gendarmes are determined to outshine the British police in...

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SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1245 ACROSS.--a Sick parade. 6 Stop.

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to hirer. IT Disengage. Is North pole. 13 Breve. 14_ Highlights. 16 Weld. IS Loaf. 20 Sandalwood. 23 Hogan. 24 Enchanter. 27 Telescope. 28 Inapt. 29 Husk, 30 Sea monster....


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ACROSS r. Hat for a pilgr:mage to Southend? ,6) 4. It takes a big chap to do rep parts in reverse (8) 8. Reassuring chat from best man to bridegroom? (8) to. 4 at work has fun...

CHESS by Philidor

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No. 307. L. CEaratsu (Die Schwalbe, 1939) WHITE to play an mate in two moves, solution next week. Solution to No. 306 (Michel): Kt - 0 5 1 no threat. r . . KxP; 2 R-R4 (set R -...