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INDEX FOR JULY-DECEMBER, 1957 SUBJECT INDEX A Aaronsohn, Sarah and Aaron, 248 (L) Abominable Snowman, The, 278 (CA) Abraham, J. Johnston, Surgeon's Journey, 344 (R) Abrahams,...

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T HE Commonwealth Conference is ending, and, despite a certain weakening of the delegations due to the Cana- dian elections and the absence of the Prime Minister of Ceylon, it...

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MANY people here are convinced that profound changes are taking place in our political life. It is believed by some that the Demo- cratic Party will not survive another five...

Tapping Intelligence

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HITHERTO the Home Secretary had to sign a warrant when it was necessary to examine any particular letter passing through the Royal Mails. I now signed gen- eral warrants...


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TN view of its term of reference the Committee 'inquiring into telephone tapping can hardly avoid considering its legality. MR. BUTLER : I go back to a precedent, al- though...

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Westminster Commentary

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was rather Left wing in those days, and he kindly gave me to understand that he didn't mind a bit. 1 always say,' he declared, `that a man is a Co mmunist at seventeen, a...

Summer Number

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Next week's Summer Books Number will contain articles and reviews by D. W. BROGAN, RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL, CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS, GRAHAM HOUGH, COMMANDER SIR STEPHEN, KING-HALL,...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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WHO, I WONDER, has come worst out of this whole telephone-tapping business, which The Times in two very trenchant leaderi has rightly called odious? Not Mr. Butler, who has...

THE PROCESS which culminated in Mr. Randolpl Churchill's resignation from

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the Evening Stall dard originated in this office (it was an artier he had written replying to Taper, which wa rejected, that precipitated his departure); and I watched his...

BY COMPARISON WITH Mr. Herbert Morrison he was probably harmless.

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Mr. Morrison has con- firmed my opinion of him by actually boasting of the use he made of his phone-tapping powers. He claims that press and Parliament are safeguards; but if...

Portrait of the Week

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THE International Geophysical Year has come in like a dragon, heralded by a gratify- ing flare on the sun, some of the, hottest weather for ten years, and a television lec- ture...

Top' Intelligence

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EDDIE FISHER. Princess Margaret's favourite 'pop' singer, flew specially from Paris last night to attend a charity ball in London—and was given a table at the farthest point...

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WHEN LORD BEAVERBROOK found himself in an embarrassing parliamentary situation

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during the First World War Tim Healy undertook to rescue him : and did, with the help of some Irish knock- about comedy which side-tracked the debate, so that the original issue...

I AM GLAD to see that the absurd anonymity rule

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which prevents doctors from broadcasting under their own names is being attacked within the Profession. The latest onslaught comes from Dr. L . Witts, Nuffield Professor of...

As I WRITE, the news is coming through of the

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latest palace revolution in Russia. The temptation to 'interpret' the affair is even greater than usual : what fun the great pundits of the press are going to have explaining...

IT APPEARS THAT Lord Beaverbrook's servants do not refer to

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him as 'his Lordship' or 'Lord Beaver- brook,' but as 'the Lord.' Mr. Randolph Churchill, I am told, called at Arlington House on Tuesday. 'I am sorry, sir,' said the butler,...

not necessarily self-advertisement : admirer though I am of the

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radio technique of Dr. Charlie "ill, I hardly think that seeing him on TV would send me stampeding to get on to his panel. , a IT IS SATISFACTORY that the Government has at 1...

THE EXCESSES OF the Kadar Government in Hun- gary and

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the extraordinary 'Treason' trials in Johannesburg have done one useful thing: they have brought Conservative and Labour lawyers together to form an organisation to protect...

JUSTICE, very sensibly, have avoided the difficulty of defining the

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rights of an individual : it intends to deal with each situation as it develops and make each decision on the merits. For instance, there could be no possible doubt that the...


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JULY 7, 1832 THE Russians persist in tearing the children of the unhappy Poles from the arms of their parents to send them into exile, or more properly, of destroying them on...

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East German Easement

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By DESMOND DONNELLY, MP A s I drove into Frankfurt-on-Oder an East German policeman signalled me to slow down. 'Drive slower,' he shouted above the blare of a loudspeaker behind...

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The Kleins of D'Arblay Street

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By BERNARD LEVIN KNEW it was in D'Arblay Street, and I knew the man's name was Klein. I also knew that he was holding an exhibition of paintings, each of which consisted of an...

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But Does Smoking Cause Lung Cancer?

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By BRIAN INGLIS A FEW years ago Dr. Doll and Professor Brad- ford Hill published the results of an inquiry they had conducted into the incidence of lung cancer among smokers,...

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Breaking Down the Fences

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By A. D. C. PETERSON T ar educational air today is loud with shocked discovery. 'Did you know that in Chinese universities the proportion of scientists and technologists is nine...

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Consuming Interest

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By LESLIE ADRIAN Dear Sir (the invitation read), I have the honour to request the pleasure of your company at the I/1th International Con- vention of the Press, which will be...

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STRIX is in Russia and will resume his articles on

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his return.

City and Suburban

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By JOHN BETJEMAN T AM much interested in the resentment of edu- lcated people against people who appear on television. I can understand resentment against the medium, and,...

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SIR,-Mr. Earley shows a commendable zeal in his defence of

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his Corporation's Russian Section. But I would suggest that the problem is too big to be treated as one of departmental prestige or bureau- cratic correctitude. The Government...

SIR, -Mr. Earley has a most unenviable task in de- fending

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the BBC's Russian Service. It has long been notorious among Russian experts, Sovietologists, etc., as far too sympathetic to the Soviet Union; and as representing not at all the...

Letters to the Editor

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The BBC's Russian Service A. Earley, P. J. D. Wiles, Professor H. Seton-Watson Telephone Tapping Peter Wi/deblood Mr. Greenwood's Union Anthony Greenwood, MP Poetry and...

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TELEPHONE TAPPING Sm,—My telephone was, as Mr. Richards points out,

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tapped in 1954. On May 23 this year, some weeks before the question was publicly raised, I learned from a private source that Scotland Yard's Special Branch was still keeping a...


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SIR,—I was exceedingly careful in my introduction to the Trials of Evans and Christie to sort out facts from suppositions. When a Home Office pathologist tells me that there was...

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECRECY SIR,—Mr. Betjeman, right though he may be

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in his strictures on local authorities for secrecy about their affairs, should not forget that the provincial press has been fighting this battle for many years. It is due...

THE LIBERAL PARTY SIR,—Not only is Taper far from impartial

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where the Liberal Party is concerned, but he is also in- accurate. I thought a good journalist's first maxim was to check his facts. Had he done so, he would have found that the...

MR. GREENWOOD'S UNION SIR,—Taper has so often been unkind to

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my col- leagues that my outspoken admiration for him has at times been in danger of being misunderstood. I am therefore glad that he has now been unkind to me too. One of his...

SIR,—I am reluctant to challenge Taper on the ques- tion

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of the Liberal vote when the poor chap's maths are clearly not what they were, but his last two comments on the subject really will not do. Since the beginning of 1954, Liberal...


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SIR,—One of the nicest things about Dame Edith Sitwell is that she is a hard-hitting controversialist who is perfectly at home in the thick of a fight, giving as good as, or...

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Contemporary Arts

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Un-balance Sheet ONE of the obvious signatures of that progress in the arts which is a phenomenon of the postwar decade is the 'ever-open-door' policy at Covent Garden. At one...

FRESH FOOD SIR,--Is Mr. Wace aware that registered egg pro-

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ducers may only sell eggs at the farm gate to persons for consumption in their own household? Before selling eggs to local shops, hotels, etc., registered pro- ducers must...

ELEVEN PLUS SIR.—The impressions of the eleven plus examination by

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'Grammar School Master' are as accurate as they are vivid. Nobody has ever satisfactorily explained why children taking the examination have to sit in an unfamiliar classroom,...


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Verdi's Falstaff at Glyndebourne is not to be missed. A revival of Carl Ebert's 1955 Edinburgh Festival production, there is very little smell of moth-balls hanging about...

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Sacred Cow

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The Making of Moo. By Nigel Dennis. (Royal Court.) — Less Than Kind. By Derek Monsey. (Arts.)—Moscow State Variety Theatre. (Streatham Hill Theatre.) IF Mr. Nigel Dennis had...

Stags at Bay

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The Bachelor Party. (London Pavi- Iion.) — A Man Escaped. (Acad- emy.)—The Prince and the Show- girl. (Warner.)—Othello. (Festival Hall.) IF there is a better advertisement for...

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BOOKS A Liberal Tory ?

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By SEAN O'FAOLA IN N EWMAN was so much of a recluse as com- pared to Manning, took by comparison so alight an interest in social questions and topical affairs, that at first...

Facing South

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Flowers in a pot, simply. But they Diffuse and pour their yellow day Into the room, a liquid light. And yet they hunger for the bright Square of the window; so they shift Into...

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Bridge Archbishop

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THE Church of England has been described as a 'bridge church' because it is supposed to stand between Catholicism and Protestantism and even to hold them together. If the...

Public Schools

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Independent Education : In Defence of the Public Schools. By A. N. Gilkes, High He was himself one of the most brilliantly suc- cessful public-school masters of this century....

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Dusty Answers

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South Africa—Not Guilty? By Basil Fuller. (Jarrolds, 21s.) South Africa in Transition. By Alan Paton and Davis, 16s.) A History of Southern Africa. By Eric A. Walker....

An Old Trouper

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Gay Was the Pit: The Life and Times of Anne Oldfield, Actress 1683-1730. By Robert Gore- Browne. (Reinhardt, 18s.) THE general picture of the actress as moving higher in...

The Bad Germans

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THE only good Germans, most of us were told at school, live on the Rhine or in Bavaria. The Rhinelanders and the South Germans were only good because they were supposed to have...

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'Dr. Van der Linden'

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LOCKE left many thousands of his private manu- scripts to his cousin Peter King, who rose from obscurity to be Lord Chancellor. This great col- lection, used only by an...

New Novels

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IN England Andrd Maurois is usually thought of in connection with his biographies or as the creator of Colonel Bramble. In France one of his most admired and successful books is...

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READ The World's Gamei by Hugh Thomas (Eyre and Spottiswoode, I5s.), for three reasons. For its charming love story which grows with as little effort, and bursts with as little...

Bat Dung and Shish-Kebab

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Seven Caves: An Archaeological Exploration in the Middle East. By Carleton S. Coon. (Cape, 28s.) PROFESSOR CARLETON COON'S career as a digger of caves began in May, 1939, at...

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By PHILIDOR No. 109. Specially contributed by C. C. L. SELLS (Durham) BLACK (8 men) WHITE (12 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to last...

1066-And-Alt-That Intelligence

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A prize of six guineas was offered for an item or items of imaginary Spectator - type intelligence on any pre-1900 topics or events. I arvt bound to admit that the entries for...

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I was standing looking at a hole in the side of a mountain, partly obscured by bushes and blocked by old timber, when a man came up the track through the larches and stopped....

Country Life

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B y IAN NIALL Emma the house was falling down, or someone was rolling large boulders about and bringing them back in a circle to repeat the treatment. It seemed like this when I...


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The pinions of owls are so soft that there is no sound of their movement, and if it were otherwise owls might starve. The call that some of them make while hunting serves to...


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Raspberries should be thinned now and all suckers removed with the exception of half a dozen sturdy ones. Old wood that has borne fruit is cut back to ground level in the autumn...


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1 One of these substitutes obviously doesn't do 9 Only the progressives remain at home in the US 10 Demonstrators of the V-sign in slacks (5). 4 Won't change (4). 11 One might...

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By CUSTOS THE advent of the conventional silly season is having its effect on the se- 4 6: ; curity markets. Shares which are the subject of exotic press comment are going up...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE document on the 'Ownership of Industry' which the Labour Party \, Executive propose to publish on July 18 would appear to be such a direct challenge...