5 JUNE 1959

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--Portrait of the Week— SINGAPORE became a self-governing State within

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the Commonwealth. The Times told the top people that the Foreign Secretary was on the way out, and the Prime Minister told the Foreign Secretary that he wasn't. Geneva found...


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W ITH the possible exception of the Council of Europe there is no institution more pro- ductive of yawns than the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. A negligible fraction of...

Printing Dispute

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THE current dispute between printing trade unions and the Master Printers has led to a ban on overtime working and other restrictions. Some readers may find that during this...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1959

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Fraternity in Algeria

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By DARSIE GILLIE PARIS H UMAN beings move on the distant slopes , of any great political problem with the impersonality of insects. In Algeria, there are `the army,' the 'big...

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Bright Interval

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By our Correspondent GENEVA W t at the appearance this week of the now- famous Times article on the political future ol Mr. Selwyn Lloyd, Geneva brightened up at the Prospect...

The New Singapore

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By DERRICK SINGTON T HE Singapore 'elections have brought a new political ,force on to the scene in South-East Asia. A formidable group of young lronsides, efficient and...

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Westminster Commentary

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The Power and the Passage By LESLIE HALE, MP IN France, under the Third Republic, a Bonapartist who had taken to the moguls was indicted before a Corsican jury for fomenting...


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The full alphabetical index of contents and contributors to Volume 201 of the 'Spectator' (July-December, 1958) is available. . Orders, and a remittance of 5s. per copy, should...

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WHEN THE GOVERNMENT was putting through the TV Act it

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made special provision for documentary 'shoppers' guides' to be included as programmes, rather than as advertising. The reasoning was that the producer of a shoppers' guide...

I CAN RECOMMEND the pamphlet Smoking, by Sir Ronald Fisher

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(published by Oliver and Boyd at 2s. 6d.), to anybody who believes—I come across a surprising number of people who do- 7 -that cigarettes have been found guilty of murder by...

ACADEMIC FREEDOM OF THOUGH] and expression in the Federation is

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also under attack. The Salisbury City Council has withheld a grant of £1,200 promised to the University College of Rho- desia and Nyasaland, and the Nyasaland Tobacco...

I Am OFTEN irritated to see how people abroad, even

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such hard-headed statesmen as Dr. Aden- auer, continue to regard The Times as influential simply becauSe of its range of official contacts. The Times, admittedly, has long...

LEE KUAN YEW, whose threats have sent the Straits Times

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across the Causeway to safety in Malaya, can learn from Sir Roy Welensky. 'For two years the main press irritant in Rhodesia and Nyasa- land to the Federal Prime Minister has...

A Spectator's Notebook

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MONDAY'S Times article on Selwyn Lloyd made interest- ing reading. If the political correspondent of a popular newspaper were to say, `Mr. Macmillan has let Mr. Lloyd know that...

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Ombudsmands for All By DONALD Mcl. JOHNSON, MP W HO, or

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what, is an Ombudsmand? The untranslatable Scandinavian word still has for the English ear something of the same air of challenging mystery as one of the more curious...

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Come Here Till I Tell You

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The Dwarfs' Gazette By PATRICK CAMPBELL A T any moment—the state of emergency seems to have been in progress for months- Odhams will be taking over the Hulton Press and with...

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Irish Notebook

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By BRIAN INGLIS N oTHINa seemed changed. From hoardings, `Dev' and General Sean MacEoin canvassed against each other for, the electorate's support, as they have been doing for...

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What came in with the aspirins, apparently, is something much subtler in the way of salesman- ship; and Mr. Borden, along with his colleague Professor Alvin C. Busse, was...


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The Fourth-Wall Game By PETER FORSTER Caught Napping. (Piccadilly Theatre.)—Beware of Angels. (Westminster.) Marigold. (Savoy.)—Lock Up Your Daughters, (Mermaid.) (ALAN BRIEN...

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A Plea for a Producer By DAVID CAIRNS THE difference between festival opera at Glyndebourne . and regular opera in London is at bottom a difference not of money, conditions...

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Shouting at the Converted By ISABEL QUIGLY Look Back in Anger. (Empire.) —Rio Bravo. (Warner.) — Shake Hands with the Devil. (Leicester Square Theatre.) SMASHING windows...

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Consuming Interest

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Holidays, Human and Animal By LESLIE ADRIAN BP have recently produced a very good 5s. worth in the form of a planning kit containing a road map of Europe, coupons which can be...


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Goyesquerie By CLI:VE BARNES The ballet depicts Spain in one of its black, crumbling moods. The period is perhaps around the • eighteenth century (music—Scarlatti harpsi-...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Children on the Roads By MILES HOWARD IN children who are not injured or deformed at birth, the second commonest cause of death is 'accidents,' and of these road accidents...

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SIR,—Your reference to a prhuing industry lock-out in 1950 which

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lasted for weeks is puzzling. I was chair- man of the local branch of my trade union at that time, and if there had been a general lock-out as your article implies I should most...

The Last Great Fight Liberal Part) Policy Out of Print

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'Sunday Break' The British Radical Criminals in Cars 'Pie Nola Detainees The Music-Makers Pullman Service 'Vice' Prosecutions G. S. Clillord-IV ills John Kemp Frank G. Penney...


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It is not generally recognised that a part of I t;ZIeral Party policy has a direct bearing on the bid Mr. Clore to take over Watney's. The sites occu- t L ied by Watney's pubs,...


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SIR,—When television critics create standards for judgment, this is a most valuable function for those of us closely engaged in producing programmes and often too near our...

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S1R,—Philip Toynbec has drafted for thousands of British Radicals, who are struggling to become articu- late, a magnificent manifesto: his ctintribution to the Spectator defines...

'VICE" PROSECUTIONS ' Sia,-skeports of large-scale 'vice' prosecutions in various

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parts of the country again force attention to the "bovernmeni's disregard or the 'Wolfendee Report, Sinue most of the trials considered news' worthy by the press concern minors...


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SIR,—Perhaps you or one of your readers can help me. i understand that the beating to death of certain Hola detainees by certain /iota wardens is estab- lished, but that nobody...

S I R,—Mr. Brian Inglis in his 'Criminals in Cars'

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has asserted that: Magistrates who would send a woman to gaol for stealing a few shillings will often let off a • drivel on' a manslaughter charge with a homily to the effect...


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SIR,—I am afraid the heading to Mr. Baker's letter _ led me 'astray, and it was not the Pullman Car Com- pany but the Hotels and Catering Services of the British Transport...

SIR,—Mr. Elwin springs to the defence of something which I

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did not knowingly attack. It is not for me, an amateur musician myself, to be patronising about the activities of amateur players in this country, though I thought I had been...

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Graves and Graves By KARL MILLER can miss the nose on his face, 'crookedly no more miss Graves's verse than you ou ca ken nose—low tackling caused it.' He has not Wed us to miss...

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Handel Recovered

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Handel's Dramatic Oratorios and Masques. By Winton Dean. (0.U.P., £6 6s.) George Frideric Handel, His Personality and His Times, By Newman Flower. (Cassell, 30s.) THOUGH Handel...

Portrait of the Artist

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The Young Rebel in American Literature: Seven Lectures. Edited by Carl Bode. (Heinemann, 16s.) THIS is a series of seven lectures on American writers of the nineteenth and...

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Africa Corps

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01 , Civil Liberty in South Africa. By Edgar H. Brookes and J. B. Macaulay. (0.U.P.. 18s.) ltritiqh Policy in Changing Africa. By Sir Andrew ohen. (Routledge and Kegan Paul,...

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Norman Effigy

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William the Conqueror. By George Slocombe. (Hutchinson, 25s.) THE Conqueror is a subject of whom any bio- grapher might tight shy. The sources for his life are neither very...

Irish Eyes

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z Felix Running. By Hilary Ford. (Eyre and Spottis- woode, 15S.) IN Oh, Mary, This London, Michael Campbell hits so many of his targets smack in 'the middle that one is...

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Text and Notes

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The Guinness Book of Poetry 2. (Putnam, 10s. 6d.) New Poets 1959. (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 18s.) Contemporary English Poetry: An Introduction. By Anthony Thwaite. (Heinemann,...

Reflections on Foreign Literature

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The stories which my friends compose are very sad. They border on the morbid (which, in the literatures Of foreign languages, we may licitly enjoy, for they cannot really...

My Little Eye

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THE highlights of the Soviet espionage effort are what we usually hear of, like the Petrov case. The detail of the day-to-day operations is less often given us. Some years ago...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THERE is no case to argue, as I have already said, in this journal- istic faked-up drama of equities versus bonds. The two things are not comparable. If an...

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M R. HARRY OPPENHEIMER as chairman of the Anglo-American Corporation has in his review (an extract from which was published in last week's Specunor) very interesting comments to...


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By CUSTOS T HE same mixture as before—dull gilt-edged and booming equities. With a record turnover of business most stockbrokers will be cutting their holidays short, It is not...


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ACROSS 1 The play has evidently begun (6) 4 But one isn't so swindled at Battersea! (4, 1, 3) 8 Mrs. Malaprop's literary reptile (8) 10 His hero made little steady pro- gress...


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ACROSS.-1 Chorus. 4 Monogram. 9 Angola. 10 Flaunted. 12 Monastir. 13 Dahlia. 15 Doze. 16 01l the mark. 19 Caryatides. 20 Axis, 23 Dearth. 25 Scapular. 27 Notaries. 28 Reface, 29...

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The Closed Shop

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By Our industrial Correspondent N o other single activity of trade unionists earns them more public odium than attempts to enforce a closed shop. The reason is obvious: the...