5 JULY 1963

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No. 7045 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JULY 5, 1963

r Portrait of the Week- 'MAC FACES CRISIS' has become

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the most Over- worked headline of the month. Having faced and somehow found a way round crises over Profumo/Christine/himself/the Cabinet/Enoch's conscience/twenty-seven Tories/...


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T HE clash between Moscow and Peking is now right out in the open. Last week's expulsion of Chinese diplomats from Moscow, Mr. Khrushchev's naming of China (for the first time...

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Political Commentary

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Cabinet in the Clouds By DAVID WATT 'M R. WILSON is just a little apt to try the crown on early in his life.' Having found his own crown hanging, as it were, in a thorn bush...

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The Long Hot Summer

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From MURRAY KEMPTON. NEW YORK M R. KI:NNEDY travelled among the ruins of the Christian Democracy. Mr. Goldwater rose from the ruins of white Southern sensibilities to be more...

Dying at the Falls

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From HARRY FRANKLIN LUSAKA T HE misbegotten Federation of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland has ended where it began— in the Conference Room at the Victoria Falls Hotel. There,...

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Kennedy in Ireland

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By BRIAN INGLIS p RESIDENT KENNEDY'S European tour was criticised, before he left, on the ground that he would be visiting a succession of tottering administrations; only in...

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Disgrace to Folkestone

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I was particularly pleased to read the excellent reviews of Francis Haskell's scholarly (and amusing) book Patrons and Painters, as I once spent some weeks with the author while...

A Spectator's Notebook

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T HE recently issued special number of En- counter, which has been organised by Arthur Koestler to assess the condition of contemporary England, is more depressing than anything...

Raising the Anti Miss Hannah Arendt, herself a Jewess, is

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in trouble for inferring, in her book about the Eichmann business, that Jews have a monopoly neither of virtue nor of truth. It always saddens me to see how hysterical people...

A Poor Standard of Vice Bleak news from chums in

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Athens. The Greeks, it seems, are going through the phase which the Italians went through some years since—that of 'cleaning things up' in deference to prudish tourists. This is...

It's The Way That You Do It

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At the luncheon for cricketers and spectators on the annual occasion of the match between authors and the National Book League, Sir Learie Constantine said that one of the...

Nissen Huts and Madrigals John Hersey's splendid novel The War

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Lover has now been made into a passable film, two scenes of which were shot against the background of King's College, Cambridge. The college is seen at its most elegant and...

A Picture of Preachment

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Now that Torn Jones has been made into what promises to be a profitable film, perhaps pro- - ducers will cease their desperate search among the dregs of current fiction and...

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McCarthy in Westminster

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By ANTHONY WEST rTiliEllE is, the Victorian gentleman said, im- pudence and there is damned impudence. Mr. R. H. S. Crossman, the Rupert of political columnists, charged in last...

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Old Bromp ton Road Pub

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BY DIANA MORGAN Trying to look like members of Boodle's, The near-gentlemen come with their women and poodles; Their bowlers angled a la the Brigade, Their Old School Ties very...

Goodbye, England

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By DONALD GORDON I N company with a number of.other foreigners well settled and well fixed here, I'm packing up my family and local future this summer to leave you to thresh...

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SIR,—The space you gave Mr. Greer's most timely article on

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June 21 suggests that you might in reality be inviting your readers to discuss Old Age. It is, I suppose, a subject that few of us care to discuss minutely; and in that lies the...

Old People John Winston and the Workers Unarmed Victory The

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Battle Against Motorists Lloyd George Authors Surprised Moss, F. Le Gros Clark George Phip pen Earl Russell, OM CND Lord Boothby Herbert van Thal OLD PEOPLE SIR,—All who are...


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SIR,—In the course of his article, 'Winston and the Workers,' Sir Alan Herbert attempts to correct the 'satirists' in connection with the role of Churchill in the Cambrian...

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Stit,—Strix has done good service in calling atten- tion to the - vexed question of duplication of titles, a maddening matter for authors and publishers alike which is of Coupe...

SIR, — In a footnote to my letter of last week, Mr.

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Robert Conquest shows no desire to apologise for his previous mis-statements and, in fact, seems determined to perpetuate them. Seftor Haya de la Torre was unable to see me at...


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Si,—Mr. David Rees's travesty of the part played by Lloyd George in the Chanak crisis cannot possibly be allowed to pass unchallenged. His prejudice is equalled only by his...

THE BATTLE AGAINST MOTORISTS ' Sia,—Strix's difficulty is easy of

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solution. The mobile motorist is dealt with by ringing up the Chief Constable, at his private number. When this gentleman has been woken two or three times in the middle of the...

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Confused Alarums By ISABEL QUIGLY The Little Soldier. (Academy; 'X' certificate.)—Tom Jones. (London Pavilion; 'X' cer- tificate.) JEAN-LUC GODARD'S LC Petit Soldat, which has...


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Out of the Round By DAVID PRYCE-JONES St. Joan and Uncle Vanya. (Chichester Festival.) — A Severed Head. (Criterion.) St. Joan is an exercise in overcoming the deficiencies of...

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D isbelieving By CLIFFORD HANLEY It was this that started me wondering afresh about the effect of television. Thousands of people over here, of course, saw at once the surface...


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Poppea By DAVID CAIRNS How will it strike people who have not seen it staged, and staged, superbly, at Glyndebourne? I do not wish to underrate the importance of Hugh Casson's...


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Clive Barnes will write about the Bolshoi Ballet in next week's issue.

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Castles of Fear By V. S. NAIPAUL T HE Ginger Man* is Sebastian Dangerfield, twenty-seven, born in St. Louis, Missouri, of wealthy parents, but now, after service in the...

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Patrons' Progress

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MR. HASKELL has thrown a flood of light on a highly important subject If at certain moments the light is somewhat blinding, this comes from the nature of the theme: the author...

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Game and Set

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IT was a favourite dictum of an ancient Socialist sage 1 once knew that 'the reason rich people are so stupid is that if they were intelli- gent they couldn't bear to be rich.'...

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The Crime-Makers

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Law, Liberty and Morality. By H. L. A. Hart. (0.U.P., 15S.) PROFESSOR HART is not daunted by the authority and distinction of his adversaries. Fortified by the spirit of John...

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The Great Obsession

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B Y EDWARD SHILS F ROM his first steps out of his sociological cradle, the late Professor C. Wright Mills stressed the superficiality and irrelevance of men's accounts of their...

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A Moment of Crystal

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BY ANGUS WILSON I HAVE a favourite quotation from fiction; it is the following: 'Yokiko's diarrhoea persisted thro' the 26th of the month; and was a problem on the train to...

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Testing the Clever

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Culture and General Education. By W. Kenneth • Richmond. (Methuen, 21s.) MR. RICHMOND had the sensible idea of asking whether the culture is divided. In this excellent...

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Old Masters

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T. S. Elioes Dramatic Theory and Practice. By Carol H. Smith. (Princeton and O.U.P., 35s.) THE Eliot bibliography is , by now immense. When we have made allowance for the Ameri-...

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The Siege of Leningrad. By Leon Goure. (Stanford University Press. and O.U.P., 42s.) Victims and Heroes. By Konstantin Simonov. (Hutchinson, 30s.) WHICH was the decisive land...


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The Stones, of Florence. By Mary McCarthy. (Heinemann, 18s.) How desirable is a new, cheaper (but still nol cheap) edition of Mary McCarthy's Stones of Florence? I first read...

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Kings of Creation

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The Bells of Shoreditch. By James Kennaway. (Longmans, 18s.) Power. By Howard Fast. (Methuen, 21s.) A Talent for Loving. By Richard Condon. (Michael Joseph, 21s.) Don't Knock...

Dogs and Wogs

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The Sodley Head Jack London. Edited and introduced by Arthur Calder-Marshall. (Rodley Head, 25s.) ToonY's young American writer, betting on a Guggenheim, Fulbright, or...

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The Price of Money

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT A mud of brokers, in a re- cent letter to its clients ad- vocating the purchase of gilt-edged stocks, expressed the view that the market had nothing to...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY T HE chairman of Midland Tar Distillers attri- butes the fall in trading profits from £367,000 to £323,000 for the year to March 31, 1963, to three main causes: I....

In vestmen t Notes

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By CUSTOS rr HE star turn of the equity markets has been BURMAH ou... As recently as May 3 I was complaining of the meanness of the directors towards their shareholders. I...

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Consuming Interest

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First Rights By LESLIE ADRIAN One 'dairyman alleges that to be quite sure a full pint gets into every bottle,' te might have to put in an extra 0,000-worth of milk every year....

Now We Live Now

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Bed-Sitting-Room Blues By JOHN HYWEL JONES , I I is possible, half awake, to enjoy the sweet call of the first bird of the morning. But as he 1 awakens me and my many...

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By ALAN BRIEN T NOTE a tendency these days to praise novelists 1 by calling them good reporters and to deni- grate journalists by calling them bad fiction writers. In so far...