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M R. GEOFFREY LLOYD had worked hard to arouse enthusiasm in the Government's long-term plans for education by a series of speeches and interviews with political corre-...

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- -Portrait of the Week THE SECOND Romb of the French

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elections ended in several different kinds of knock-out, the inter- national boycott of flags-of-convenience was a tame draw, and Mr. Nixon went on his way victorious....

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Hope in the President

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By DARSIE GILLIE Paris H AD the French elections been conducted on a strictly proportional system the results would have been notable but not an earthquake. The Conservative...

Bad Manners

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T HE Secretary of State for the Colonies seems I to have treated the leader of the African elected members of the Kenya Legislative Council . with, some discourtesy. (No doubt,...

Towards Convertibility

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T iii sterling area's reserve in London of gold 1 and dollars—but mostly gold—continues to grow at a satisfactory pace. A further £14 million was added during November, which...


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Postal subscribers who are going away at Christmas and want the Spectator sent to their holiday address should send their instructions to reach the Sales Manager, The Spectator,...

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Count y Hall Commentary

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Love and Lady Lewisham IN Martinique, when the whistle blew for the I : tourists to get back on the ship, 1 had a quick, Wild and lovely moment when I decided I wouldn't get...

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'ANYTHING I add to what has already been said.' Mr.

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John Spencer Wills lamented in his chair' man's speech for Associated-Rediffusion. ' 111 ''Y be regarded as tainted by selfish motives.' pe r ' haps: but what he said is...

THE NOMINJItTON OF Mervyn Stockwood as WON of Southwark has

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inevitably been noted in th e press on account of his Socialist views. Certaihl! it is a remarkable appointment : is it, I wonder' the first time that the Crown has 'nominated a...

TO THE CHORUS of praise for Richard Nixon on his

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visit to England, I feel bound to add a mildly critical postscript. He struck me, in the hour or so I spent in his company, as a man who has learned much in the last few years;...

THAT EVERY MAN should be deemed innoc'e rl until he is

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proved guilty is a noble tradition; b u o there are times when it may involve a man wh actually is innocent in difficulty and embaro is : ment. There is a clear distinction...

A Spectator's Notebook THE COUNCIL'S Fifth Annual Report fairly flings

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around the whitewash. But what else can be expected of a body which can say, when discussing the individual's right of privacy, 'Those who resent polite inquiries have often...

MR. NIXON MIGHT take lessons in the art of giving

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a small informal press conference (I am not thinking of the large-scale affairs, which are basically unsatisfactory anyway) from Alastair Buchan, introducing the Institute for...

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REPLYING TO a letter in the Spectator about science fiction

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a few weeks ago, Alan Brien com- plained that his correspondent was behaving 'as if he had discovered SF, like the Dead Sea scrolls, in a jar in the basement of Foyles.' And...

John Bull's Schooldays

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Formative Years By LESLIE HALE, MP T WAS an urchin of ten when I went, as a boarder, Ato Ashby : a cocky, assertive brat with an infinite capacity for drifting into trouble...

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East and West

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By SARAH "Li ow Mr. Betjeman would dislike it . . . the plannedness, the newness, the sharp lines of steel and glass, the laid-out gardens and the impli- cation of living...

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y JOHN FERGUSON C ICERO died two thousand years ago, on December 7, 43 BC. We find it hard to form a fair estimate of him. Eighty years ago, when Fronde and Mommsen were...

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Inside, sure enough, Mrs. Pat was presiding over a silver tea-tray beneath a chandelier. She per- petually poured tea out of an antique china tea- pot. This wifely activity...


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Putting Up a Black By ALAN BRIEN Hot Summer Night. (New.)— Mother Courage. (Unity.)— The Devil Peter. (Arts.) — More Like Strangers. (Royal Court.) The balance or...

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eine nit a

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Middle-Aged Methuselah By ISABEL Q'UIGLY odd bit of visual bowd- lerising goes on, if you come to think of it, in most American and British films. The two ends of life are...

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Consuming Interest

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Home Help From Abroad By LESLIE ADRIAN FOREIGN domestic servants are flaw arriving in Britain in large family circle. • The an pair girl may turn out to be even more of a...


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The Plug Ugly By PETER FORSTER IT has long been an open secret in the theatre that an ailing show is best revived by sonic television extract. Three months' extra lease of...

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A Doctor's Journal

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The New Plague By MILES HOWARD Another example of a new plague threatening us now, in much the same way as cholera and typhoid used to in the past, is injury and death from...

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Xbe Opettator

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DECEMBER 7, 1833 A RIOT took place at Cambridge on Monday evening. it appears that some poor man had died, not in the workhouse, but, having received parochial relief, a coffin...


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By STRIX O N the first lap of our lives we are put through a succession of hoops with loving and atten- tive care. We are taught to eat, walk, speak, dress, . blow our noses,...

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SIR,—Reading the report ,of this debate inclined one to give

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a new meaning to the phrase 'parliamentary privilege.' So many, perhaps half,' of the speakers seemed to enjoy. the privilege not only of ignoring life itself but also of...

Letters to the Editor

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Spanning the Great Divide F. W. J. Hemmings The Wolienden Debate Jeremy Hardie, R. B. Browning, George Richards, R. L. Archdale, Geofirey Gorer Consumer Reports Caspar Brook...

99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1 Euston 3221

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Sit,—The press, as though anxious to demonstrate that its indulgence

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towards the cause of homosexual freedom is not a symptom of moral laxity, has un - relentingly condemned prostitution—to such an extent that further attack at this stage is...

the Wolfenden report in general and homosexuality in particular.

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Most people can control their desires whether for wine, women, or other people's property; whether for murder or arson. But not your homosexual. Oh no; he, poor devil, must not...


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SIR,—Apropos Taper's unstinted praise of Dr. Houghton's contribution to the Wolfenden debate, I find it hard to accept as rational, or, as a champion of reason against emotion;...

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SIR, - -As manufacturers of vacuum flasks marketed under our own brand, we cannot agree with Mr. Adrian's conclusions in the matter of colloquial use of .a brand name. In the...

SIR--Ta per quotes with approval the epigram of Mr. Leslie Hale,

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'The vice anglais is not buggery but fiumbuggery: But in point of fact, the vice anglais in French slang is flagellation, the desire to hurt or humiliate other people. The...


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SIR. — I was very glad when I saw Leslie Adrian's notice of the article in The Manager by Mr. Stanley Alderson which dealt with consumer reports as pub- lished in Shopper's...


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SIR, — Itcgrettable to many though the present posi- tion is, it seems that only after Disestablishment can Mr. Weir's opponents establish their principles as valid law....


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SIR,—Mr. Levin's admirable review of The Opium War through Chinese Eyes reminded me of an eye- opening experience of mine when I was a student at an American university. It was...

SIR,—Mr. Bernard Levin may not have learnt of our disgraceful

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opium war against China at school. But I did. It was all told to us at that subversive, radical in- stitution, Wellington, in the year of doubts and ques- tionings, 1912, and...

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Many Faiths and One

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The Meeting of Love and Knowledge: Perennial Wisdom. By Martin C. D'Arcy, SJ. (Allen and Unwin, 12s. od.) The Freedom of the Will. By Austin Farrer. (A. and C. Black, 28s.)...


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Ancient and Modern By THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK I T is one of the characteristics of the Church of England that while it appeals to the supremacy of Holy Scripture, it views Holy...

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Saint and Sinner

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Lancelot Andrewes,1555-1626. By Paul A. Welsby. (S.P.C.K., 25s.) WE are apt to think of Wolsey and Andrewes as worlds apart, because their lives are separated by the...

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The Longest Word in the Languag

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The Church of England: Its Members and Its Business. By Guy Mayfield. (0.U.P., 18s.) 'THE ESTABLISHMENT': the very phrase has become a kind of standing reproach against the...

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Brave Priests

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The Catholic Church in the Modern World: A Survey. from the French Revolution to the Present. By E. E. Y. Hales. (Eyre and Spottis- woode, 30s.) THERE are few more interesting...

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The Verona New Testament. (Collins: cloth, 4 gns.; leather, 12

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gns.) This edition of the Author- ised Version was printed in Italy. The illustrations, prepared at the French Musee Conde, consist of Biblical scenes from the Tres Riches...

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Text and Testimony

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William Thomson, Archbishop of York. 1819 - 1890. By H. Kirk - Smith. (S.P.C.K., 35s.) The New Humanity. By Bruce Kenrick. (Collins, 12s. 6d.) THAT 'nobody reads the Bible...

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Roman Methodist

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John Wesley and the Catholic Church. By John M. Todd. (Hodder and Stoughton, 15s.) MR. TODD has tried to do two things. Firstly, he describes the nature of Wesley's inspiration...

All Saints

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1 1 .1 1 113 tSE OF LISIEUX, the Little Flower of the • [ ant Jesus, is one of the most popular of young 11 '1 saints, though many Catholics say they cannot stand her.' I think...

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First Words

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The Gods of the Greeks. By Carl Kerdnyi. (Penguin Books, 4s.) PROFESSOR KERgNYI is a learned Hungarian, who came to Switzerland during the war and has collaborated with...

• For Pulpiteers

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Visible and Invisible: Christian Affirmations in a Secular Age. By Giovanni Miegge. (MO" brays, 15s.) 'To oblige an ordinary man to preach fifty ser- the tradition of incessant...

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Parochiale Anglicanum

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Collins Guide to English Parish Churches. Edited with an introduction by John Betjeman. (Collins, 30s.) MR. BETJEMAN is the true amateur, the opposite of the dilettante, and in...

Flying Scotsman

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The Thundering Scot. By Geddes MacGregor. (Macmillan, 25s.) The Tyrannous Reign of Mary Stewart: George Buchanan's Account. Edited by W. A. Gatherer. (Edinburgh U.P., 25s.) THE...

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Pantomime Horse B 1' BERNARD LEVIN belloc, is neighing again; Penguin Books have ,f just Put out ten of its works (including two te Chesterton novels, essays and poems of...

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Top People

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The Boss: The Life and Times of the British Business Man. By Roy Lewis and Rosemary Stewart. (Phoenix, 21s.) 'WE know far more about the motives, habits and most intimate arcana...

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Breaking the Code

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The Image of the City. By Charles Williams. Essays selected by Anne Ridler with a Critical Introduction. (0.U.P., 25s.) R1DLER, in her introduction, has a good deal to say about...

Maiden Voyage

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Solitaire. By Kay Dick. (Heinemann, 13s. 6d.) PATRICK WHITE'S The Aunt's Story was first pub- lished in 1948, long before all the excitement about Yoss; but loath as I am to...

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Lucky Londoners!

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'I SUPPOSE that indirectly Marx has had some- thing to do with this new approach.' So Sir John Neale wrote about the Namier method which he has himself so successfully adapted...

Life and Opinions

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Along the Road to Frome. By Christopher Hollis. (Harrap, 17s. 6d.) `LIFE,' says Mr. Christopher Hollis, 'has been to me predominantly the adventure that has brought me to my...

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By CUSTOS A FIER the brief technical correction and re - covery of last week the equity share markets have become quiet and dull. A pause for consoli - dation would be a good...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT 4 No, the sharp drop of 31 per cent. on Wall Street at the beginning of last week cannot be explained away by the mere fact, however extraordinary, that a...

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B RITISH SHAREHOLDERS TRUST has been launched by Philip Hill, Higginson and Co. Ltd., in respect of five million units at 10s. per unit, which is probably the largest offer of...


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$1! Bob Cratchit's Christmas cekbration ore mortalised by Charles Dickens. Compeliailor invited to do the same thing forone.of the i ti j o ltr , ing: Harry the Horse,...

Top-Level Strips

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 457: Report by Thomas Anthony Competitors were asked to supply extracts from the script of a strip cartoon suitable for Top People, covering three or...

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SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD LOIS ACROSS.-1 Begonia. 4 Thoracic. 8 Dol-

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drums, 10 Isolde. 12 Wheel. 13 Nocturnes, 14 Dicky, 16 Se4ndrift, 17 Camp-tires. 19 Bread, 21 Caledonia. 22 Brave. 24 Leader, 25 Skylarks. 26 Stresses, 27 Idylls, DOWN.-I...


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ACROSS 1 D epress the receiver; no need to commit yourselfl (3, 2, 3, 5) 9 Chatterbox gets the wine into the bag (9) 1 0 Claw the cards? (5) 11 Croakers who are nevertheless...