5 MAY 1961

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to Salisbury and returned—to everybody's sur- USDAW conference has been

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generally prise, including his own—with what appeared to hailed as a victory for Mr. Gaitskell. It may turn be a multi-racial agreement in his brief-case. The out to be; but...


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admonition : and as a result effected the transition thousands of Africans who had previously ing for him; a nationalist leader likes at least the those who wish to preserve the...

—Portrait of the Week

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I HI' UNITED STATES' FIRST ATTEMPT to put a man into space was postponed because of bad weather, with Commander Shepard already in his space suit. and Bob Hope there to see him...

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No. 6932 Established 1828 FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1961

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Advertisement Tax

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W HEN the Chancellor announced that he proposed to tax the revenue from televi- sion advertising, his hearers were under the impression that he expected the money to come out of...

Dock Brief

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O NCE again the Port of London has been all but closed by an unofficial dock strike. And once again union officials and employers have trotted out the two familiar...

Out of Internment

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O NE welcome piece of news from Belfast111$ reached us just too late for our Ulster mil ber deserves a mention this week; the release; the last of the internees. For a while...

Thirteen years ago this month, the State of Israel was

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proclaimed: and the Arab refugees, who until that time had been simply displaced persons, • became people without a country; squatters on the borders of what had been their...

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Middle-Class Through and Through

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From SARAH GAI:1 HAM VIENNA HE: neo-romantic melodrama in Algeria makes German politics seem even more s tolid and pedestrian than usual at the moment. The he psychic malady of...

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Chalk It Up

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By BERNARD LEVIN THE case of the 'chalk-working pit at Saffron Walden (it would be his constituency), and the actions of the Minister of Hous- ing in overriding his Inspector's...

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Christiansen and Beaverbrook

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By BRIAN INGLIS A PEW years ago I came back from holiday A to find a letter telling me to see Arthur Christiansen: he had liked some articles of mine, and wondered if I would...

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Britain and Europe

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HARTLEY By ANTHONY I the recent mass of contradictory statements land rumours concerning Britain's possible entry into the European Common Market have done nothing else, at...

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Day of Dupes

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By ROBERT CONQUEST Most of the signatories seem to be critics or dramatists. It is difficult to think of any reason (or rather any reputable reason) why they should feel their...

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The Churches

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No Short Cut By MONICA FURLONG I F there are still Christians who are not sure of the value of ecumenicalism (as opposed to those who are not sure what the word means) then a...

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Asian Discrimination C. A. Gunawardene

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Within the Family? Professor C. M. Maclnnes, Michael Baume Printing and the Press R. S. Austin, Sir Max Betnrose Hospitals and Patients Lt.-Col. W. .1. Fletcher,...

Stn,—In his letter on magazine printing (April 21) Mr. Perry

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implies that the demise of many trade papers derives from the lack of an economic print- ing process in this country. The tenor of this argu- ment appears to me to be mildly...


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SIR,—Mr. Christopher Hollis states in the Spectator of April 14, 1961 (page 502), that 'It is indeed true that the only reason why Australia and Canada do not today find...


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on the country as Mr. Muggeridge but also by Australians themselves, has once again been manifested in your correspondence columns. The White Australia policy is an economic...

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SIR,—I think Frank Hart refers in 'The Hospital Committee' (April 14) to an incident in which I was concerned. This was an interview at a hospital to which I accompanied a lady...


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S:11,--Monica Furlong quotes a survey of parents' attitudes to their children's schooling, saying that they 'were concerned predominantly with the jobs their children would get,...

SIR,—Your leading article on April 21 argues that President Kennedy

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is faced with 'a Soviet satellite nation ninety miles frcm the United States mainland. In such circumstances, it would be the duty, as well as the natural wish, of any American...

SIR,—Mrs. Catling's mortifying experience demon- strates many weaknesses not least

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that, in some cases, payment of fees makes all the difference and, sadly, many people believe that a high degree of skill can only be obtained in exchange for payment. Quite...

further training.—Yours faithfully,

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MAX BEMROSE Universal Printers Ltd., 54 Wellington Street, Derby

SIR,— Whether Stormont or Westminster or both are to blame for

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the tragic proportion of perpetually unemployed in Northern Ireland, the remedy is un- likely to lie in the re-imposition of direct rule from London, for long historical...


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SIR,— Surely, M. 1. Finley, who reviewed Aldred's The Egyptians in your issue of April 7, knows that many Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples, other than the Egyptians, had a...

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O p era

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Trapping the Fox By DAVI I) CAIRNS IN a less self-consciously cultural epoch Francis Burt's Volpone, produced for the first time in Eng- land by the New Opera Company last...

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Academic Questions By HUGH GRAHAM The aims were, briefly, the establishment of a British School of Painting in both the literal and historical sense. Promising young...


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Playing with Fire By BAMBER GASCOIGNE In style it's a modern Morality, a parable of appeasement. Biedermann is a respectable citizen (his name means Honest Man, and his...

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Hight by Name By JOHN HOLMSTROM Scofield, surely, could hardly be more unsuited to the part; everything in his voice proclairrls him wry and thoughtful. Indeed, for much of...


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Conventional Warfare By ISABEL QUIGLY The Guns of Navarone. I WILL pay one crude compliment to The Guns of Navarone (director: J. Lee Thompson; 'A' certificate): during all...

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Diaghilev, He Say By CLIVE BARNES " e ll) ‘‘, Quite suddenly during the past few weeks at Covent Garden, Beriosova has shown us a new kind of dancing. The always fascinating...

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Yesterday the Struggle Y ROY JENKINS T w ENTry-Two years ago this spring the Spanish , Ci vil War ground to an end. At the beginning °` March, 1939, a Republican Army of...

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Aegean Dunkirk

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Greek Tragedy, '41. By Anthony Heckstall- Smith and Vice-Admiral H. T. Baillie- Grohman. (Blond, 25s.) THIS new and often moving account of the heroic and disastrous Greek...

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t y 44 Conscience of the Revolution. By Robert y01,L E

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who have formed what they take to be ' Aei i ntellige n t . lgent views about international politics It d ' ° e. luetinfes accept a false impression of the ilocr, s , i m Lyiet...

Women and Children Last

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IF, like redbrick candidates for a master's degree, sailors had to submit a thesis for their master's certificate, then Percival R. Kirby'3 study of the Grosvenor shipwreck is...

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Caged Men BOTH these books are about the last war

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and both arc concerned with prison life. In other respects they have nothing in common. Colditz„ where Reinhold Eggers was in charge of security, re- sembles Fresnes, where...

Burning Questions t I a so Resistance, Rebellion and Death.

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By Alber t Camus. Translated by Justin O'Brie n ' ` ri alinat ran,%s on (Hamish Hamilton, 21s.)v THIS volume contains a selection from Camus' topical writings and was made by...

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ve Iv Mystical Life. By J. H. M. Whiteman. o i e ra1

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1,4 ' ( Faber, 30s.) a O. if,„ (h e Past comforting information about the the' i \ "Ilfe was dispensed from two sources. iii2reW t Lit 1 °Ettative but unexcitingly abstract...

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The Coast of Bohemia

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The First Bohemian. By Robert Baldick. (Hamish Hamilton, 21s.) HI NRI MURGER, who died just a hundred years ago, was a couple of decades junior to Alexandre Dumas the elder, who...

Atmospheres and OccasioP Go t h ic Hemingway. By Stewart Sanderson. Falp 1 , _, 111

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THE latest monographs in the Oliver arid: 1 ienee series have not been able to avoid the r' :ne ic r a l l 1sQ l herent in a brief general survey (endless Plo l marics,...

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Ordinary Idyll

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_.. s "etIteen on Sunday. By James Gafford. (Faber, r ks-onstable, 18s.) erSt°" ( Heinemann. 16s.) , a . .,1,: 1 !S GAREORD'S fi rst novel Camphor, which ,,d par ti "l i e Out...

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Macmillan's Economic Plan •

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE story I prefer to believe is that joining up with the European Common Market is only part of the Prime Minister's grand economic plan—the plan which is...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS ( corr ection. is time for this bull market to have a little 1 correction. As one broker's report puts it, the mistake which a bull market makes is in not...

Company Notes

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ACHILLE SERRE, the dyers and cleaners, have reorganised and consolidated during the past year to some advantage. Their central factory at Walthamstow now takes work from all...

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The Four Posts of Wisdom By KATHARINE WHITEHORN • ' 1 KNOW the difference between heaven and hell,' As one might expect, there have existed at one time or another beds that...

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Consuming Interest

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Taxi! By LESLIE ADRIAN COMMONWEALTH immi- grants to this country often arrive poorly equipped to deal with the first problem that faces them—getting across Britain to where...

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Postscript . • •

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'Twos on a Monday morning, and in the year of 1884 That a fire broke out in Bailie Bradford's store, Which contained bales of jute and large quanti- ties of waste, Which the...