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Portrait of the Week— ANXIOUS TO PROVE himself no Goldwater

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in Ken- nedy clothing, President Johnson settled into the White House with vigour, firmly nailing his colours to the civil rights mast, agreeing to meet Dr. Erhard soon after...


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. that we here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain. . . c o Lincoln a hundred years ago at LI Gettysburg. And President Johnson, in his noble speech to...

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No. 7067 Lstablished 1828 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1963

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It's not a Moral Issue P RESUMABLY because so few of

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us now go to church to hear sermons, we have to listen to them outside church on even the most mundane and secular issues. A simple trading matter—the giving of discount in the...

Beating the Retreat

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T HERE may—the outside observer can hardly help catching a whiff of them—be disputes about personalities in the Labour Party, which reflect either an already uncomfortable...

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Political Commentary

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Rhetoric or Reality? By DAVID WATT THIS week's three by-elec- tions at St. Marylebone, Sudbury and Woodbridge, and Manchester, Open- shaw, are our first genuine preview of...

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Mr. Johnson Keeps House

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From MURRAY KEMPTON WASHINGTON M R. JOHNSON'S first speech to the Congress is said to have been drafted one half by Mr. Kennedy's Theodore Sorenson and the other by a resident...

Democracy and Violence

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By H. C. ALLEN There are rare instances when the sympathy of a nation approaches those tenderer feelings that generally speaking are suppoged to be peculiar to the individual,...

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The Hangover from Prohibition

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By ANDREW SINCLAIR nROHIBMON in America seems only a memory, r or fiction on a film. Yet it ended exactly thirty years ago, on December 5, 1933. When it was over, after nearly...

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Long-Range Guessing So it is to be cold in December.

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The first long-range weather forecast for Britain is a re-. markably cagey piece of soothsaying. Only eighty words, and only the last five of them, 'but little snow is...

A Spectator's Notebook

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PERHAPS the Labour Party here had better find a new cry after the defeat of the Labour Party in both Australia and New Zealand. 'Time for a change' cut no ice, even though Sir...

No Competition

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Architects and others interested in the arts seem to be pleased with Geoffrey Rippon's de- cision not to throw the design of the new Foreign Office building open to competition....

Private Meeting : Public Apology

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What Mr. Brown did or did not say on tele- vision matters little. Whether his manner was or was not appropriate to the occasion is no doubt debatable. But there can be no two /...

As I Was Saying . . .

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All four of the permanent new features in this issue are contributed by old friends of the Spectator. Murray Kempton will now be writing weekly from Washington, alternating a...

Seasonal Tip The most interesting two-year-old in the Free Handicap

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isn't mentioned in it. And, of course, it is Irish-trained. J. M. Rogers thinks Santa , Claus is the best horse he has trained since Hard Ridden, which won the Epsom Derby in ,...

The Spectator for Christmas

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To: The Spectator, 99 Gower Street, London, WCI, Please send the Spectator for a year as my gift to my friends listed below. I enclose £ s. d. (at the rate of 30s. per gift...

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The Cold War Stays Cold

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By DESMOND DONNELLY, MP T HE sudden succession to power of new men in three of the four leading Western coun- tries has created one of history's natural staging posts for...

The Press

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By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL ?THE new consortium which has been formed to I wrest Mr. Roy Thomson's Scottish television licence from him is a curious medley of interests. It...

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Conservatives on Top Down Under

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From DONALD HORNE SYDNEY N or even Sir Robert Menzies expected that the Australian Labour Party would' be beaten so completely in last Saturday's elections. It all looked wrong,...

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John Bull's First Job

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Starting with The Spectator By HAROLD HUTCHINSON* HAD finished my first day at work as an I office boy in the Spectator. They had been polite enough to appoint me as a junior...

The Mood in Iraq

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From DESMOND STEWART CAIRO E XASPERATION is perhaps the key to the latest changes in Iraq. The army was exasperated by a fledgling SS, insolently opposing the author- ity of...

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SIR,--1 have read with much interest and considerable sympathy Mr.

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Nicholas Davenport's articles on the Split Society, but there is one statement in his third instalment that requires some qualification. There he writes that 'the average rich...


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SIR,—Mr. Houghton's letter is a classic example of the professional politician's talent for misrepre- sentation and concealment of truth. No sane person proposed, in 1948. as he...


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SIR, — Congratulations to you for publishing, and Nicholas Davenport for writing, the four best articles on economic policy since Maynard Keynes died. Together, they constitute...

ik on Letters

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The Situation in Singapore Abdul Raltim Karin, The Split Society Lord Booshby, Donald McDonald Below the Bread Line F. O' Hanlon Conventional Disquiet Christopher Booker, R....

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SIR,—The World Campaign for the Release of South African Political Prisoners, an emergency committee set up under the auspices of the Anti- Apartheid Movement, is distributing a...

SIR,—No one could be r..are grateful to you than myself

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for publishing Richard Ingrams's highly illuminating 'apologia' for the 'satire movement.' My only complaint perhaps is that his preference for 'dirty words written on walls'...

SIR,—Richard Ingrams is surely wrong in his esti- mate of

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what is called the 'Satirical Movement.' The antics of these young people may be amusing, but their value in any constructive sense is abso- lutely nil. They certainly do not...

SIR,—May I correct one thing of more than personal significance

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advanced in your review of my Collected Poems? It was a kind review, but it was surprising that Julian Symons of all reviewers should have picked the word 'image: out of my...


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SIR, — On October 4, in Where?, the Advisory Centre for Education announced that the National Extension College would be starting its courses in January next year. Since then,...


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SIR,—While I am grateful to your reviewer, Mr. David Watt, for his few kind words in your issue of October 18 about my little book on the early diamond fields in South Africa, I...

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Vestal and Festal

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La Bayadere is close to the heart of every Russian ballet lover, and for that matter lover of Russian ballet. Choreographed in 1877 by Petipa for his favourite ballerina...

The Arts

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City of Man By TERENCE BENDIXSON As a result of the news- papers emphasising the flashiest drawings in the Buchanan Report, those showing life in a layer- cake metropolis,...

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Britten and Tippett

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By DAVID CAIRNS WE expect a composer's later music to be like his earlier, only more so. A change in manner like that between middle-period and late Beethoven is terribly...

Crazy Madness

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. (Coliseum; certificate.)—What a Crazy World. (Rialto; 'A' certificate.) Stanley Kramer's Ir.) a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is an American...

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Bolt from the Blue

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Gentle Jack. (Queen's.)— Shout for Life. (Vaude- ville.) How to give a rendering of the plot while saying what he thinks of it, is a horn on which a theatre critic is often...

Native Peculiars

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What Hayman can do most beautifully is to invest a tender and penetrating study of a waif- like girl with the remote solemnity of an icon. His art is often discomforting as...

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Letters from Limbo By GRAHAM HOUGH He was saying a thing to me some days ago, which I believe is the great Maxim he proceeded by; that Wisdom in public Affairs, was not what...

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Total War

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Terrible Swift Sword. By Bruce Catton. (Gol- lancz, 52s. 6d.) WHAT was the most important event in modern history? It would not be absurd to say that it occurred in the summer...

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Doom-laden Lives

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Confusions. By Jack Ludwig. (Seeker and Warburg, 21s.) JOHN MACDOUGALL HAY'S Gillespie is a horri- fying but magnificent book which was well worth reviving. Even the First World...

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The Dream Interpreted

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Nineteenth-Century Fiction. By A. N. Kaul. IN Democratic Vistas, pessimistic as to Ameri- can facts, optimistic as to American possibilities, Walt Whitman posed one of the...

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Desperately Serious

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What is Remembered. By Alice B. Toklas. (Michael Joseph, 21s.) Ir was The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas which gave Gertrude Stein in late middle age the Wider reputation...

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Religious Books

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The Old Testament Anew By THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK rTHERE are those who would jettison the Old I Testament. It has had its day. It has been superseded. Let it go. There are...

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In the Movement

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John Keble. By Georgina Battiscombe. (Con- stable, 45s.) `WELL, and what is the Church of England?'— `The Church of England is a damn big building with an organ inside.' With...

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Founders and Patriarchs

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The Fathers of the Greek Church. By Hans von Campenhausen. (A. and C. Black, 25s.) Letters from Vatican City. By Xavier Rynne. (Faber, 30s.) ONE of the most interesting features...

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A South Bank Catechism

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The Honest to God Debate. (S.C.M. Press, 6s.) MANY people had a lot to say about Honest to God when it was first published. But now that The Honest to God Debate has also come—...

Return • to Rigour The Death ' of Jesus. By

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Joel Carmichael. (Gollancz, 25s.) The Dogma of Christ and Other Essays. By Erich Fromm. (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 18s.) God is No More. By Werner and Lotte Pelz. (Gollancz,...

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The Widening Stream

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Unity: A History and Some Reflections. By Maurice Villain. (Harvill Press, 36s.) The Episcopate and the Primacy. By K. Rahner and J. Ratzinger. (Nelson, 12s. 6d.) Apdstle and...

Brothers in Faith

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Social Concern in the Thought of William Temple. By Robert Craig. (Gollancz, 25s.) . University and Anglican Sermons of Ronald A. Knox. Edited with an introduction by Philip...

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The Religions of the Oppressed. By Vittorio Lanternari. (MacGibbon and Kee, 50s.) IT is an old political expedient of oppressed societies first to become what they wish to over-...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS rr HE weight of new issues is restraining the I advance of the market. The total outstand- ing—mostly fixed-interest but this week some large issues by tender of...

A Johnson Boom?

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT WHEN Wall Street re- opened after the Presi- dent's assassination there was a fantastic scramble for shares. The industrial index, which had fallen 21...

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Judy O'Grady

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By MARY HOLLAND still got a good deal of vicarious romantic pleasure from them. All of us who were boarders did. The school was right in the middle of army country with day...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY F OR the third year running, the trading profits of J. Brockhouse, the old-established com- pany of general engineers at West Bromwich, declined. But this may be...

Consuming Interest

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Disservice By LESLIE ADRIAN But the thousands of smaller establishments have never lifted a finger, nor have some of the larger multiples. There is a well-known chain of shoe...

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By ALAN• BRIEN THE actor-manager Sey- mour Hicks published in 1922 a volume called Difficulties, an expanded • version of an earlier pam- phlet, If 1 Were Your Father....

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By PHILIDOR No. 155. J. HARTONG (1st Prize, Good Companions, 1922) BLACK (8 men) WHITE (8 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Taken from Chess...

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ACROSS `7;111 , ie...t of a tic rise cod loll 1 - 1 AN ignOn P1111111i, ex. trout: ■ lc% oL1 cliff i . did a Hit of home decor:ding (7) 0 lie gels confined to hi.iriwks about...