4 OCTOBER 1963

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Autumn Books

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- - Portrait of the Week— SEVEN DAYS A.D. (after Denning), and

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political standards began slipping on both sides, as a fore- taste of unpleasant election campaigns. The Labour Party Conference made a bold bid for a brave new world, but party...


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A YEAR ago the Tories torgathered at Llandudno in an atmosphere none too bright. By the time they dispersed, their mood bad been transformed to one of con- fidence and the...

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No. 7058 Establ ished 1828 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1963

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l'olit:cal Commentary

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The New World of Mr. Wilson By DAVID WATT courageous dispute it must all have seemed very familiar. There on the Scarborough seashore play the children of the eminent; there...

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Age, Sex and Politics

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T HE last few weeks have seen an extraordinary number of statements on the subject of sex, some 'liberal,' some more traditional, all of them based on very little in the way of...

France Alone

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p RESIDENT DE GALII LE'S tour of south-eastern France has been widely interpreted as the beginning of his campaign for another presi- dential term. A certain sharpening of the...

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The Scientific Nightingale

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In fulfilment of this promise there is an im-; pressive and continuously entertaining demon- stration of Mr. Huxley's literary and scientific knowledge. Eventually, and after a...

Laying a Legend

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CLIVE IRVING writes: In the last year or two it became fashionable to take knocks at Arthur Christiansen, the technical creator of the Daily Express. He became a butt of Private...

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Harold Wilson's 'clarification' of his remarks about ministerial pressure on

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the judiciary has not entirely cleared the muddy waters which the remarks stirred up. It is of course laughable to suppose ttiat the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Denning, or any...

Leisure to Learn

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T HE current issue of Where?, the quarterly magazine of the Advisory Centre for Edu- cation, contains the announcement of the set- ting up of a National Extension College which...

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The Empty Pulpit

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From MURRAY KEMPTON wASBINGToN O N a Sunday, persons still unknown and unlikely ever to be punished blew up Bir- mingham's 16th Street Baptist Church and killed four Negro girls...

A Spectator's Notebook

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T HIS week's celebrations of the fourteenth I anniversary of the Chinese People's Republic coincided with a lull in Russo-Chinese vitupera- tion, but it would be a mistake to...

The Willing Horse What a man wants, I reflected, is

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not the gift of perpetual youth (which would soon get him ostracised by his ageing contemporaries without necessarily endearing him to their juniors), but the gift of crisp old...

1746 and All That

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When I was a child our Scottish housekeeper used to lessen the impact of all disasters, mishaps or disappointments by reminding us that 'Worse happened at Culloden,' and I grew...

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Lead Kindly Light In my view, any periodical is entitled

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to des- cribe itself as 'A Rational Approach to the Modern World . ; equally any periodical is entitled to print, consecutively, three articles entitled 'What is Man?' 'My...

With Beeching to Caledonia

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There was, I discovered, no dining-car on the Saturday night train (ETD 1940 hours) from Euston to Inverness, but I was well placed in the long queue for the buffet where a...

The Hatchet Men It will be some time before the

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indignation dies that is felt in, and indeed outside, literary circles at the manner in which Harcourt Brace, the New York publishers, pole-axed their British subsidiary, Rupert...

Harvest Festival

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One often comes across the expression the words stuck in his throat.' I never knew what it meant until last Sunday, with forty acres of sodden barley still to 'combine and a...

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The Annual Inspection

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By . JULIAN CRITCHLEY, MP O NCE a year there is an invitation from the War Office for an all-party delegation of MPs to visit Rhine Army. Details are circu- lated to every MP in...

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The Approach of Robbins

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By A. D. C. PETERSON T HE Commonwealth Universities Conference, and particularly Sir Eric Ashby's opening address, have reminded us that the period of 'Waiting for Robbins' is...

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Lawyers' Loot 'City Solicitor,' A. R. Jackson Mr. Sukarno's Democracy Edmund Quek Scow Hong Liberal Extremism Noel Newsonie, Freda Cruickshank The Lonely Ones Olga Bailey...


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SIR,—Mr. Sukarno's letter (Spectator, September 20) has been the subject of much amusement in this part of the world. On first reading, one had the definite impression that it...


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SIR,—Mr. Alfred Sherman's argument that the danger implicit in a growth of Liberal strength through capture of the floating vote is that this would set the extremists of the...

SIR,—In his 'letter of September 27 Mr. Edward Martell appears

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to- be bewildered by the phrase, 'a class structure in which a section of the middle class feels permanently threatened from above and below.' He does not know its meaning and...

SIR,—If Mr. Carter is as inaccurate with the affairs of

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'clients' who entrust themselves to his House Owners' Society as he is with the figures he quotes in his letter last week, then they are in for pretty poor service. Solicitors...

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THE ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT Sta,—Mr. Dennis Brutus, President of the Non-

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Racial Olympic Committee (SANROC), escaped to Swaziland from South Africa in order to represent his organisation at the meeting of the International Olympic Committee in...


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SIR,-My original article established one thing if nothing else, that birth control is a subject which arouses strong reaction from Catholics. (I don't ex- pect you would have...

THE LONELY ONES SIR,—Miss Elizabeth Gundrcy has written an excel-

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lent and informative article describing the facilities that are available up and down the country for bringing people of similar interests into contact one with another : and...

The Arts

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Girl Guides Station Six — Sahara. (Plaza.) — In the French Style. (Columbia) (Both 'X' certificate.) FROM the banalest situa- tion in the annals of story-telling (let alone...

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Words and Deeds

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To take modern dance first. In Britain this term became associated with the Central Euro- pean dance movement of angst, flat feet and misery. In the United States, inspired by...

Non Po ssumus

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By MALCOLM RUTHERFORD The Representative. (Ald- wych.)—Six of One. (Adelphi.) It is a mistake to suppose that The Represen- tative is a presentation of the arguments for and...

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A Little Learning

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AVID readers of the TV programme papers will have cheered or groaned to notice this week that we are about to enter the era of serious, self-improving viewing. The BBC has a...

Anthony Caro

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I TALKED last week to Anthony Caro. Now nearing forty, this most questing of Moore's former assistants has in- spired a brood of . • • • School to re-examine young sculptors...

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But for Beaumont-Hamel . . • BY JOHN BAYLEY . - r swain a theme and sought for it in vain' . the opening line of Yeats's poem is the candid cry of the professional bard, and it...

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The New France

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France : Change and Tradition. By Stanley Hoffmann and others. (Gollancz, 42s.) IT is a curious paradox that in the distribution of topics in this book the American...

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Peripeteia of a Puppet

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A Dream of Tartary : The Origins and Misfor- tunes of Henry P'u Yi. By Henry McAleavy. (Allen and Unwin, 30s.) THE subject of this interesting study was wear- ing spats and a...

For Jenny with Affection from Henry Green

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G REEN lives with his wife in Belgravia. He has now become a hermit. Only the other day a woman of sixty looking after the tobacco- nist's shop was dragged by her hair across...

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High Table and Low

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B Y DAVID CAUTE W HEN the earliest of the separate chapters which comprise Mr. Mehta's new book* originally appeared in the New Yorker, the despair which at first typified the...

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The Pleasures of Memory

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My First Hundred Years. By Margaret Murray, (Kimber, 30s.) IT is memory that lifts man to the angels. Without it he would be no more creative than the fly that lives for a day....

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Viewing a Japanese Master

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What ordered power! Such colours And such forms! A molten swirl As if of robes of ancient days, Soft pastels and stern primaries, A line which bears you where it will. The...

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Per Hapsburg

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The Fall of the House of Habsburg. By Edward Crankshaw. (Longmans, 45s.) IN October, 1918, the Habsburg Empire died an unnatural death (suicide, murder?); since then, it has had...

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Cheating Eichmann

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WHEN the Germans invaded Denmark in 1940 the Danes surrendered without fighting. Because of this, of their food production and `nordic blood' the Germans did not exercise that...

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The Importance of Failure

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BY F. W. BATESON J N spite of being Queen Victoria's 'sinister' son (by John Brown, one presumes), Mr. Salteena of The Young Visiters was 'not quiet a gentle- man.' Almost but...

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Arab Union

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The Perfumed Garden of the Shaykh Nefzawi. Translated by Sir Richard F. Burton and edited with an introduction and additional notes by Alan Hull Walton. (Neville Spear- man,...

Illusion and Reality

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An Elderly Retired Man. By Kathleen Nott. (Faber, 21s.) The South begins with the death of the narra- tor's father, and proceeds to a retrospect of the narrator's life up to...

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Belief in Winter

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Today I believe in winter, In perpetual cold, and the, certainty of death; In premonitions, beading the wires like birds Parcelled in ice, choked by their frozen breath. I...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS A 'POLITICAL' market was to be expected with the Labour Party conference in session, but the image which Mr. Harold Wilson would like to create is obviously not one...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY As previously reported, the group net profits ,n for the year to March 31, 1963, from Great Universal Stores were £13.152 million against El2.229 million. Once...


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Accounting for Taste

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Elizabethan Taste. By John Buxton. (Macmillan, 35s.) COLERIDGE was always ready to take a snuffling, preacherly line when talking of the Elizabethans provided Shakespeare was...

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Consuming Interest

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Le Rouge et le Noir By ELIZABETH DAVID BLACK looks give all dishes in which auber- gines cooked in their skins—as with rare ex- ceptions they should be — an .alluring and...

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Back Again

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By LESLIE' ADRIAN wen t posed to sail ahead of the passenger boat so that the cars will be unloaded and ready to drive away when the passenger boat arrives. Loading, however,...

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By ALAN BRIEN IT was Arthur Koestler who christened the disease 'French flu' many years ago. Like ordinary in- fluenza, it tends to be most virulent just after long wars and...