5 APRIL 1963

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T HE theme of Mr. Maudling's first Budget was 'expansion without inflation, expansion that can be sustained,' and he made an honest, if cautious, attempt to secure it. There...

— Portrait of the Week —

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MR. MAUDLIN() CONFOUNDED the pundits in his first Budget: no betting tax, no cuts in the in- come tax and no abolition of fuel oil tax. Never- theless, he provided sweeping tax...

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No. 7032 Established 1828 FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1963

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Future Welfare

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I T would be churlish to deny that the new Labour policy statement on social security moves in a direction which all political parties must follow. The proposals that the...

Beeching and After

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R EACTION to the Beeching Report has bcen 's friends' it But what has emerged most clearly is that e. surprising. Apart froM 'Labour the national press was almost enthusiastic....

End of Federation

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T HE demand for Southern Rhodesian in- dependence, in retaliation for Mr. Butler's recognition of Northern Rhodesia's right to secede from the Central African Federation, has...

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Arms and One Man

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From MURRAY KEMPTON WASHINGTON i T was last week that the Defence Department had to issue a formal denial of a report that Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara had broken down...

Typhoid in Zermatt

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From .1. JACKSON GENEVA ry HE classic British image of Switzerland as I the country which manages to be foreign without the indifference to cleanliness that foreignness so...

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A Brazilian Crisis

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From KEITH BOTSFORD BRAZIL A FTER an eventful week in Brazilian__ American relations, during which the President was believed to have ordered the recall of his Finance...

International Debt

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From JOYCE EGGINTON UNITED NATIONS, NEW - YORK S 0 much has been said about the financial bankruptcy of the United Nations, and so much is being achieved despite the...

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Development or Identity

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By LEOPOLD KOHR M ANY of the formerly imperialist countries must feel with Ovid that `it is annoying to be virtuous to no purpose.' Here they pour advice, funds, machinery,...

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Double Critic Few dramatic critics can have been accorded the

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honour of having their notice printed twice in the same issue of a paper. But the Daily Mail on Wednesday saw fit to grant this accolade t° Bernard Levin's notice of the...

Overexposed ?

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Since we are constantly reminded of the power wielded by the mass-communication media and their attendant satellites of public relations, it is good occasionally to be reminded...

° Spectator's Notebook EETING Mr. Kenneth Kaunda for the first time,

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I was naturally anxious to find out whether last week's walk-out meant modification of his well-known reasonableness and modera- tion. However, I was soon reassured. The gentle-...

Southern Rhodesia Naturally he is deeply concerned about the other

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Rhodesia. Like all Africans he is firmly opposed to the granting of independence to Southern Rhodesia under the present con- stitution. His influence over the territory is...

Shopper's Guide Miss Elizabeth Gundrey, editor of Shopper's Guide, its

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creator and mainstay, has resigned. I am not surprised that the magazine is reeling from the blow. Molony forecasts the possible disappearance of this 'struggling orphan' once...

Getting into Parliament As Mr. Desmond Donnelly said the other

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week, Parliament's declining vitality needs drastic curing. If MPs are genuinely anxious to help their public image, one of the things they might do is revise the rules for the...

Honest to ITV I have been reading the transcript of

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Kenneth Harris's interview with the Archbishop of Can- terbury on ITV—an experience which has left me more muddled than ever about just where modern churchmen stand in regard to...

Pardon Toilers in the British satire industry in search of

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badly needed new ideas might do worse than consult the German satirical monthly Pardon. Its March number, featuring President de Gaulle, shows once again (if it needed showing)...

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Black Milk

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By BRIAN BEHAN A s I walked up and down outside Farmer Brophy's gate I wondered how in hell 1 had got caught up in such lunacy. Brophy had evi- dently pondered the question...

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Armour in Iraq

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By ERIC JACOBS I was ordered by Middle Eastern Command to M Y connection with the Iraqi Army began mysteriously in the summer of 1955, when remove myself from the grey comforts...

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ROYAL ACADEMY 'DILEMMA' SIR,—Mr Nevile Wallis points out, quite correctly,

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t, 11 , at the main function of the Royal Academy is 01°_e i nstruction of students in its schools (where of ve r 6 .500 artists have been trained without payment Pro portion...


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SIR,—Those who read Mr. Jackson's interesting and informative article 'Enemies of Progress' in the Spectator may be tempted to throw up their hands in despair and conclude that...

Conservative Crisis Adrian Fitzgerald

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Royal Academy 'Dilemma' Humphrey Brooke, John Bratby, ARA Enemies of Progress Herbert Broadley Elektra Leo Kersley Religious Broadcasting Alan Gibson Lawrence and the Critics...

SIR,—Thermal activities towards radical reform are characteristic of the young

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who need such outlets for their energy-plethora, and often the proposed reforms are invalid, campaigned for with more violence than sense. The inclination or impulse to agitate...

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R ELIGIOUS BROADCASTING S ik—There has recently been some discussion about religious

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broadcasting. It is certainly arguable Whether the almost exclusive rights of Christians t° t he use of this medium are justifiable. But leaving this apart, I wonder whether the...

ROXBURGH OF STOWE Sin, A biography of John Fergusson Roxburgh,

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first Headmaster of Stowe, is to be written by Mr. Noel Annan, Provost of King's College, Cambridge, and I have undertaken to collect and sort the material for it. If any of...


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SIA,—In Mr. Barnes' piece—I cannot call it criti- cisM—about Helpmann's Elektra he makes a series of insulting pronunciamentos de bout en bas about Robert Helpmann, Nadia...


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SIR,—Mr. Seymour-Smith's assessment of T. E. Lawrence in his recent review of T. E. Lawrence to his Biographers is extremely misleading. Mr. Seymour-Smith admits that Lawrence...


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Pressure of Kings By CLIFFORD HANLEY Tins truth I hold to be self- evident, that if we believe in the human race, we must try to push society in directions which will refute...

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Cunning Artificers By BAMBER GASCOIGNE How to Succeed in Busi- ness without Really Trying. (Shaftesbury.) —Half a Sixpence. (Cambridge.) — Oh What a Lovely War. )JJ 17...

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Aubade By CLIVE BARNES It has a recognisably English quality. The particular lime-green and white of Fedoroviteh's decor evoke a dappled Home Counties spring, and even if the...


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By ISABEL QU1GLY Inside Hancock HANCOCK is one of the few comedians who transcend their material, whose meaning lies not in an individual joke or situation or even persona,...


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Sins of Omission By DAVID CAIRNS DESPITE its high standing among musicians, Cosi fan tutte even now does not have the same status as the other works of Mozart's prime. This is...

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Violets are Square

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By ED FISHER It is true that these things are still done, but they are no longer in style. Nowadays, people want to know what a fellow really thinks and they demand that he...

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Benevolent Faun BY COLIN MacINNES L A ST summer at the Writers' Congress in Edinburgh, where we all made fools of our- selves to the delectation of the multitudes, Mr. Henry...

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A Defeat of Intellect

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BY ROBERT CONQUEST O NE of the oddest of the many signs of degeneration in the left'-wing mind is the outburst of rage which greets any criticism of Bertrand Russell. He is...

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Meticulous Captain

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Mad, Is He?: The Character and Achievement of James Wolfe. By Duncan Grinnell- Milne. (Bodley Head, 30s.) THIS is one of those books that are calculated to alarm a reviewer...

Inflation in Art

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The Struggle of the Modern. By Stephen Spender. (Hamish Hamilton, 25s.) 'THE modern movement, in literature at any rate, looks today like past history.' Or a dead duck....

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Broad and Bitter

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A FEATURE of much recent Australian wtit i " has been to establish and explore the connec- tion between the Australian landscape and th imaginative life of the characters...

Shadows of the Con-Men

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The Pride of Parthenon (N.Y.). By Laurence Lafore. (Gollancz, 21s.) THE influence of Lucky Jim is still with us and Mr. Laurence Lafore's first novel is clearly Amis-inspired,...

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The Solzhenitsyn Translations

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Now that the Hayward-Hingley translation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is about to be made available in Britain from the Pall Mall Press, we...

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Deficit Financing at Last

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT So history is not going to be made by Mr. Maudling. Here was a grand opportunity for a Chancellor to appear be- fore the House and declare that the Budget...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS E QUITY shares gave an impressive pre- Budget performance. Having broken through the important 300 level with a rise to 306.8 on March 1, the Financial Times index...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY M R. R. G. MILLS . , chairman of General In- vestors and Trustees, gives an informative review of the company's activities for the year to January 31, 1963, when...

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The Smell of Paint

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By ANGELA MILNE I F my own "neighbourhood is anything to go by, we are in the grip of the greatest spring-clean and paint-up of all time; for which we can thank the winter, and...

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Common Marketry

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By JOAN ERSKINE S oNtE women have a very uncommon approach to that market. For example, the Women's Consultative Council who, undaunted by the Brussels breakdown, decided at a...

Consuming Interest

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Places to Eat By LESLIE ADRIAN MR. EGON RONAY is out tO give value for money with Far from it; I would insist that with this edition of his guide Mr. Ronay at last becomes a...