5 AUGUST 1966

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Panic in Whitehall

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T HE Prices and Incomes Bill now before the House of Commons, complete with the notorious Part IV, represents the greatest infringement of individual liberty, the biggest...

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View from Committee Room Eleven By ALAN WATKINS Committee Room Eleven is about the size of a classroom, and the light-oak desks are appropriately reminiscent of a school. The...

Do the English Care for Sex?

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Dr and Mrs Kronhausen, of Minnesota, students of sexology, are shortly publishing the memoirs of a mid-Victorian English War Ministry official of unknown surname, under the...

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Mr Johnson's Little Winston

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AMERICA From DAVID WATT WASH INGTON B RITAIN will remain a world power until further notice. President Johnson and the Prime Minister agreed as much last week and what these...

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The Trouble WitH NATO

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By PHILIP DE ZULUETA Nevertheless—and largely because of France- s serious, if muted, debate is going on in Wash- ington about NATO's future. In the Senate, senator 'Scoop'...

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Off Course Again

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CRIME By GILES PLAYFAIR T WO YEARS FOR POP PIRATES.' It was, perhaps, an agreeably stimulating headline for a downcast population; an assurance that 'tough.' 'purposive.' even...

Control or Out of Control?

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By R. A. CLINE In 1966 the average lawyer has become reason- ably accustomed to statutes which render bar- gains unlawful. It has become a commonplace under the Rent Acts for...

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Mao Sinks And Swims

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CHINA By DICK WILSON HE Chinese Communists have emer g ed from I the storms of this sprin g and summer, still holdin g hopefully to the same old course, but with mar g inal...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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I don't think anyone would argue that our divorce law is satisfactory, but that doesn't mean that any reform would be the better. Certainly, I must confess to serious...

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Their Cup Runneth Over

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FOOT BALL By D. N. CHESTER LET it be for ever recorded. At 5.15 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 1966, the s Swiss referee blew England had won the World Cup having just beaten...

1065 and All That

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EDUCATION By DAVID ROGERS HE troubles facing Anthony Crosland all I stem from Circular 1065—and all that. Last July the Secretary of State issued this circular to the local...

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Royal Flush

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THE PRESS By DAVID FROST OR the past ten years, since the Great Water- r shed of 1956, Britain has allegedly been in the throes of a great social revolution, when all sorts of...

Ebe %pectator

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August 4, 1866 The Hyde-Park riots have ended, but they seem to have given the "roughs" a new audacity. Respectable people are stopped and robbed with complete impunity, not...

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ACROSS 1. What t7 might do in sparkling fashion for a common sailor? (4-4) 5. A Phrygian one no doubt to aristocrats (3-3) 9. Soup that might be announced by sirens? (8) to....

Omens at the Fair

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AFTERTHOUGHT By JOHN WELLS FROM the crumbling off- yellow sand at the sea- shore, littered with sodden egg-boxes and crisp packets, the seaside town of Seaton Carew, . on the...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1232 ACROSS.—r Far and wide. 6

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Calf. to Orion. ir Ten-gallon. 12 Armattue. x3 Abbacy. x5 Lake. 16 Mill. r7 Bingo. 20 Tarot. 21 Hawk. 22 ogre. 24 Canyon. 26 Cross-tie. 29 March hare. 3o Icing. 31 Reed. 32...

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The Abortion Bill

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Sets,—The now lengthy correspondence on abortion appears to turn upon the status different writers assign to the foetus. Is abortion 'invariably murder,' as one writer put it,...

Selling Britain Short

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SIR,—Mr George Booth, your correspondent of July 29, is welcome to banish stones and fathoms, but we should keep knots. A knot is one nautical mile per hour, and a nautical mile...

The Case for Devaluation EN g

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.-I O From : Sir Cyril Osborne, MP, Paul Derrick, E. E. Reynolds, C. L. Manton, Mrs Isabel C. Amer, Richard Worcester, Dr Malcolm Potts, M. Vaughan, Colm Brogan, Cyril Ray,...

SIR,—It seems to me that Mr Quentin de la Bedoyere

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deceives himself with his own jargon. Of course abor- tion is not murder, because the non-viable foetus is not a human being. It is only a potential human being, and meanwhile,...

A Case of Extravagance?

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SIR,—As a British taxpayer, at present resident in South Africa—and one who buys British whenever possible, to help the British export trade—I write to express astonishment and...

What Alternative ?

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SIR,—Those who like myself are not committed to any political party, are puzzled at the lack of any clear lead from the Opposition parties on how our economic problems can be...

SIR,—You argue that the devaluation of the pound in terms

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of dollars is the wisest course to adopt in the situation in which we find ourselves; but is not there also a strong case for devaluing the dollar in terms of gold? This would...

Who Killed the TSR2?

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SIR,—Mr Thorneycroft in his review of my book challenged one technical point and as Julian Amery raised the same point in his review perhaps you will allow me to clear it up. I...

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The Competitive Art Sin,—Ian Cameron faults our study A Competitive

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Cinema for its origins as a Bow Group report, pre- sumably because he fancies on our part a deep commitment to the idea of fair competition, which he maintains is impossible in...

The Catholic Marxists SIR, —In your last issue Fr Bright denied

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that he was a Marxist and said that I was unable to read 'an original source' or else was guilty of deliberate dis- tortion. In the same issue, another correspondent quoted...

A BEAstly Journey SIR,—Mr Ludovic Kennedy asks whether BEA, The

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Line that Leaves You Behind, has a Chief Public Relations Officer. Yes, sir, it has: it also has a Cus- tomer Relations Manager, a Passenger Relations Officer, and a Manager of...

In Eastern Seas SIR,—Mr Tony Tanner ('In Eastern Seas,' July

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15), in his review of Norman Sherry's book, says, 'Here we have for the first time, for example, full details about the man who provided Conrad with the character of Lord...

Masks and Glasses SIR,—Leslie Adrian in his article on underwater-

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swimmi9g gear (July 15) states quite rightly that 'there are no official standards for the performance 'nor the competence of underwater masks, so that there are models on the...

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With Net and Score

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MUSIC M Y old Schott miniature score of Parsifal is a cube that runs to 900 pages, weighs pounds and is so frail that you've only to look at it and the backs (paper) come off. I...

Thank You for Having Me

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CINEMA By ISABEL QUIGLY With colleagues and film-people, things are easier: you explain how and why, murmur about overwork, domestic arrangements and the rest of it. You are...

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Ignobel The Meteor. (Aldwych.) — Wait Until Dark. (Strand.) HE hallmarks of Friedrich Durrenma tt's T writing I take to be four: first, a clear, neutral prose style like that...

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Up with the Normans

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ARCHITECTURE D URHAM city is magnificent. The great curv- ing gouge of the Wear seems to have touched the imagination of every generation of builders. The Normans crowned the...

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Byron's Table -Talk

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By PETElt QUENNELL MEIE fierce discussions recently stirred up by I Lord Moran's personal and clinical reminis- cences of Sir Winston Churchill were, at least from a...

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Walked up to the scar. Walked down to the beck. Walked on wet hay, on heather, On limestone, on spongy grass, Learning the shapes of tiniest lichen and rock plant, Marsh...

Jehovah Time

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The Victorians. By Joan Evans. (C.U.P., 55s.) As history rightly nudges its way into the social sciences, analytical and statistical methods re- place the apposite quotation,...

Patriots and Exiles

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Selected Poems. By Karen Gershon. (Gollancz, 18s.) The Mind Has Mountains. By Elizabeth Jen- nings. (Macmillan, 18s.) The Colour of Cockcrowing. By T. H. Jones. (Hart-Davis,...

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The Lands Where the Jumblies Liye

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ANDREY VOZNESENSKY is, arguably, the greatest living Russian writer. He uses the full resources of a language which lay fallow for a quarter of a century of Stalinism and which...

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It's a Crime

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The Shepherd File, by Conrad Voss Bark tGollancz, I8s.). This is very good indeed, and if the author tires of the Press Gallery, he can keep up the excellent standard he has set...

Asphalt Jungle

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Let Us Prey. By George Bowlby. (Heinemann, 25s.) The Novel Computer. By Robert Escarpit. Trans- lated by Peter Green. iSecker and Warburg, 25s.) With Closed Eyes. 13y Marie...

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Inflation, Equities and Life

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rffIT'E - mann LifiN ory By NICHQLAS DAVENPORT D URING the great slide in equity share values on the Stock Exchange last week, it was reported that a unit trust management had...

Market Notes

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By CUSTOS MHE 'bear' market gathers pace. After the I punishing fall of last week, markets have been quieter, but the trend is unmistakably downward. From its 374 high on June...

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Cutting Up Smooth

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CONSUMING INTEREST By LESLIE ADRIAN CLEAN-SHAVEN misers will be sorry to hear that Boots (the cash chemists in an age of credit) no longer stock Lillicrap's Hone, that...

CHESS by Philiclor

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No. 2 94. Specially contribu- ted by W. LANGSTAFF (London) WHITE to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to No. 293 (Merman) : Q—Kt 6, threat R—B 4....

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African Sunset

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gNIDP8PIEN By JOHN BOYD-CARPENTER T HE bright sun of an African afternoon blazed on Chileka airport and on the dark storm- clouds massed in the eastern sky. The trim modern...