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I T is hard to realise that, a few weeks ago, Anglo- German relations were more strained than at any time since the Occupation; or that, a few days ago, the French were fairly...

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Portrait of the Week

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PRESIDENT EISENHOWER arrived from Bonn, visited the Queen, talked to the Prime Minister, appeared on television, made a fool of himself with a golf club on the lawn at Chequers...

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Ascendancy Regained

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By RICHARD H. ROVERE NEW YORK Y now there is hardly a commentator of any nstandin g who has not had his say about the ,'new' Eisenhower—the vigorous, forceful execu- tive who...

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Habeas Corpus

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R ECENT events in Central Africa have thrown a disturbing light on the limitations of Habeas Corpus. In 1956 a Northern Rhodesian trade union leader called Mungoni was detained...

Westminster Commentary

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Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party. Before they do so, how- ever, I must apologise to Mr. David Hardman and the two million, six hundred and forty-...

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I WATCHED EISENHOWER go by at the junction of Gloucester

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Place and Marylebone Road, a rather anonymous. roughly middle-class area with many large blocks of expensive flats and no distinct community atmosphere. Any demonstiiition there...

AS A GuEssiNG-CONTEST variant on the Establish - ment Game, I

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can recommend a study of the two voices of the Radcliffe Report. The first, which I suspect was the voice of Lord Radcliffe himself, aided and abetted by the two professional...

TO RILL IT as a fireside chat was misleading: what

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we were treated to on Monday evening was an unscripted political discussion with all holds barred. Only once did either of the two men escape fulsome generalities, and that was...

A Spectator's Notebook

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WHEN ma Spectator a few weeks ago published a leader on anti-Semitism I wondered whether • a fierce correspond- ence would ensue. It didn't. A few letters came in, but there...

I SAID LAST WEEK that the Tory Party's Challenge of

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Leisure had stolen the Labour plan 'almost in its entirety.' Now that the Labour document (Leisure for Living, Labour Party, 2s.) is out I see that I exaggerated. The Tory plan...

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Sunday in Singapore

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By DAVID I liAD been intrigued from the beginning by the news of over 15,000 Singaporeans voluntarily giving up their Sundays to work manually at con- verting the wasteland...

UNKIND pliort.E were quick to inquire why, if the C ommonwealth

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Relations Office is unable to find Men of the right calibre to fill all the available high commissionerships, it should insist on keep- i ng the Ambassadorship to the Republic...

T Nt RE ARE MANY carricissis which can reasonably be made

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of the Establishment theory; but, not, I think. the one Christopher Sykes makes in our corre spondence columns. Surely the whole point of the theory is that it overturns and...

THE Star REPORTED a case last week in which a

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motorist was convicted for dangerous driving; hearing that he had previous convictions for speeding, the magistrate said he would ignore them because 'as a motorist I often...

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Eisenhower in Bonn

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By SARAH GAINHAM cracked up to he. and as we..tried to get back to our offices from the airpOrt where we had watched Mr. Eisenhower's arrival we had all too much time, as we sat...

. . . in London

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By CYRIL RAY W ELL, sir,' said my barber, snipping away at the back of my neck last Saturday, 'have you managed to see anything of Mr. Roosevelt?' For most of the diplomatic...

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. . . and in Paris

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By DARSIE GILLIE HE visit of President Eisenhower to Paris had cast an amiable shadow before it. The French alS o like Ike. He had only to land in Germany for the magic to...

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Exit the Airman

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By OLIVER STEWART 1/4 7 V FIAT will become of the Farnborough air show without its stars? Hitherto they have ° Fawn the spectators in their hundreds of tho- sands. Neville...

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Zbe *pectiltor

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ever was a practical question on which plain elat e s e ( qualified to form an opinion, it is that which d et ; ar t tn ) i t e he t, du th ty busiMn of essin isofters. which...


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'WONDERFUL church people — wonderful steam people!' The loudspeakers boomed expansive intimacies round the open field as eigh- teen traction engines swung into erratic...


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Monument to Congreve By ALAN BRIEN The Double Dealer. (Lyceum, Edinburgh, last week.)— Breakspear in Gascony. (Gateway, Edinburgh, last week.)—Gammer Curton's Needle and...

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Sweet Might-have--been By PETER FORSTER DURING this unnatural, un- English summer, when at least one of my friends has written to the Archbishop of Canter- bury requesting...

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How They Do It By DAVID CAIRNS THE power of machines over the music of the past has in- creased, is increasing a nd ought to be diminished. Technology, in music, breeds its...

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4 , Kids' Stuff By ISABEL QUIGLY Blue Jeans. (Rialto.)—Upstairs and Downstairs, (Odeon, Marble Arch.)—The Naked Maja. (Empire.)—A Private's Affair. (Carlton.) THEY...


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Copies of the issues of the Spectator published during the printing dispute (June 26-August 7) may still be obtained by sending ninepence for each copy required to THE SALES...

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Consuming Interest

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Cut and Thrust By LESLIE ADRIAN When the Sheffield cutlery manufacturers were expressing their fears and anxieties about the influx of Pakistani scissors into this country a...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Great Nature's Second Course By MILES HOWARD I WAS fascinated to read, in a recent number of the Listener, about R. T. Wilkinson's ex- periments on sleep at Cam- bridge. The...

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SIR,—Under the above heading, Leslie Adrian givewi, some interesting information

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about the steps that have been taken to protect consumers. May I add an example of an industry that has taken very considerable steps to ensure a fair deal for the consumer. As...

The Establishment Game

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Christopher Sykes, Lord Boothby . Shoppers' Guide P. L. Garbutt, J. C. Pritchard About Mr. Forster J. B. Beer Recognition for the Good Driver Giles . Playfair Rates and...

SIR,—Wc have read the article 'Shoppers' Guide,' by Leslie Adrian,

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published in your issue of August 14, with interest, but, in regard to the reference to our institute seal, with much disappointment. These references are undoubtedly...


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SIR,—Like Taper, I am always glad of an excuse to talk about Mr. Forster, and when he describes Ansell, in The Longest Journey, as a 'whole-hog subjectivist' I rise to...

SIR. —There is no great disagreement between Pharos and myself about

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the Establishment, or Lord Beaverbrook. But the comparison between the BBC and the Bank of England will not stand. The financial oligarchy which ruled the City of London, the...

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SIR,—Pharos attributes Rutland's low rates to the fact that, since the county is so small, 'officials are happily precluded from charging such expenses as travelling and meals...

SIR,--It is commonly assumed that the only possible protection against

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crime is a threat of apprehension and punishment for wrongdoers. But there may be a more effective form of deterrence: a promise of recognition and reward for rightdoers. It is...


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SIR,—Strix's bewilderment ('Le Son du Cor') is unjustified, for his problem is merely musicological. The serpent of his road sign is not ophidian but is, of course. le serpent...


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Sig,—Few of your readers could fail to have been moved by Sarah Gainham's article, in your issue of August 21, on the difficulties of refugees still re- maining in camps in...


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SIR,—In his interesting but difficult article on 'Soviet SF,' Mr. Maurice Goldsmith makes a number of mis- statements about American science fiction. Since almost every...


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SIR,—Sir Adrian Boult recently suggested a 'forceful campaign againSt noise.' Sir Adrian himself could do much to suppress the excessive and noisy (f ff) applause at Promenade...

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Re-Enter the Hero 13v DON AT O'DONNELL M tt. COLIN WILSON, in his new book,* is concerned with Man and Society. He is troubled by the apparent insignificance of the individual...

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Consorts and Catches

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11 . 1 could have been an interesting idea to yoke together biographies of Mary Ann Lincoln and Mary Anne Disraeli. They had in common, of course, far more than names and...

Shots in the Dark

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The House of Intellect. By Jacques Barzun. (Seeker and Warburg, 32s. 6d.) ONE of the most irritating things about the dis- cussions of mass culture which we read in our organs...

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The Fourth Epoch

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The Sociological Imagination. By C. Wright M ills. (0.0 .P., 36s.) Witicaur Mit.Ls is a liberal democrat, appalled by the contrast between the increasing rationality of...

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Per Francos

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France: A Modern History. By Albert Gudrard. (University of Michigan History of the Modern World: Mayflower Press, 70s.) A COUNTRY may suffer from having too much 'history' as...

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Teenage Thing

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Reguera. Translated by Ilsa Oyi possibly could be made has to be made—that it resembles a (very readable) Encyclopedia of Teenagery or Concise Teenage Mythology, with...

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MR. LINDSAY'S book reads like a high-class low- trade newspaper;

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rape, robbery, ruin, birth, death, a disaster, wagers, wars and whores—there is some- t hing for everyone; it is readable, vivid and full of interesting and amusing life. The...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT * * Mr. Butler might say that he agreed and that he had had resort to direct controls guch as the bank squeeze (a ceiling on advances and a qualita- tive...

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By Our Industrial Correspondent T HIS 91st Trades Union Congress, which meets in Blackpool next week, will be working under a severe handicap. The chosen people of the trade...


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By CUSTOS T HE gilt-edged market made a partial recovery but went easier again this week when the American Treasury bill rates rose further—the three months to 3.9 per cent....


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ACROSS 1 Beauty treatment for a calif? (6) 4 It's prefaced by an oath (8) 10 Little credit in a trussed goose for a miser (7) 11 Learning leads to a garland for the maiden (7)...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1051 ACROSS,-1 Coping. 4 Stocking, 10 Paid

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Pry. II Lame dog. 12 Epaulettes. 13 Scot. IS Rhetors. 17 Opposes. 19 Reprise. 21 Telpher. 23 Vole. 24 Skrim- shank. 27 Maremma. 28 Louvers. 29 .Someways. 30 lesson. DOWN.--1...

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O LDHAM & SON have been trading since 1865, and are well known as makers of batteries. In spite of a decline in export sales of car batteries and the anticipated fall in home...