5 JUNE 1947

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T HE Economic Council created by the new agreement for the re- organisation of the British and American Zones of Germany poses a very interesting question for the future. As it...

Greek Fire

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Every day brings fresh evidence from Greece that the fire of civil war which is flickering there could very quickly become a dangerous blaze. No great hopes wen: ever placed in...

The Struggle in Hungary

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The crisis which blew up last Friday, with the resignation in absentia of the Hungarian Prime Minister, M. Nagy, must be placed in a long perspective. The so-called...

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The Rising Sun

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Stridently from General McArthur and persistently from the American Press comes the assertion that the Japanese are turning to democratic ways and earning their right to free...

Watch Italy

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The ending of the three weeks' crisis in Italy with the formation by Signor de Gasperi of a new Government consisting only of members of his own Christian Democrat Party...

Women's Wages

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Long before Mrs. Cavalet Keir held up the Education Bill, by securing a snap vote against the Coalition Government on the issue of equal pay for equal work by teachers, this...

Progress in Scotland

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The White Paper on Industry and Employment in Scotland, pub- lished on Tuesday, which is intended to supplement the Economic Survey of 1947, shows that the problems confronting...

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The Temperate Zone

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Last winter, when it was very cold, and transport and plumbing services were disorganised, there were numerous suggestions that permanent provision should be made to deal with...

School and Life"

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The first report of the Central Advisory Council for Education (England) published on Tuesday (School and Life, Stationery Office, 2S. 6d.) is a document of uncertain purpose....


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T HE House reassembled after Whitsun in weather which made the jokes about the British summer seem faded and ungrateful. The occasion was marked, too, by outward and visible...

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THE INDIAS OF TOMORROW T HE Indian problem is not yet

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solved. To sound a warning, by no means a jarring, note is necessary prudence. Next Monday's meeting of the Moslem League will be critical. That Mr. Jinnah should have accepted...

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This has been a good year for Lord Simon of

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Wythenshawe. A lifelong Liberal, he stood (unsuccessfully), when still Sir Ernest Simon, as an Independent at the Combined English Universities by.- election. A little later he...

A SPECTATOR 'S NOTEBOOK I T is sometimes wise and sometimes

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unwise to reprint the speeches of public men. They date inevitably, for they are and must be directed to the problems of the moment. The greater the orator, moreover, the more...

He is a most valuable member of the community, more

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perhaps in the provinces than in London, and with the pressure of the multiple shops and the co-operative societies, his struggle to maintain a footing gets harder and harder....

Tribute should be paid where tribute seems to be justly

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due. I heard this week of a striking impetus to coal-production. The manager of one of our larger mines happened—I don't know how or why—to see a performance of the Moral...

It should not entirely escape notice that Mr. Emanuel Shinwell

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is now chairman of the Labour Party. I doubt whether all members of the party itself feel enthusiastic about the fact, but it will not *Hutchinson. 12s. 6d. necessarily add...

* * * * Mr. Wallace's hot-gospeller tour through the

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West and Middle- West is variously appraised. There have been huge audiences (but audiences are as easily collected in America as in any country in the world), and by all...

Good selectivity is, I believe, a supreme virtue in a

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wireless set. It has its virtues equally in the publisher's advertisement. A week or two ago a Spectator reviewer summed up a discriminatingly appre- ciative review of Mr....

I realised a little too late that I was at

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fault last week in saying that Queen Mary was the first British consort of a British king since the sixteenth century. There was, of course, Anne Hyde, the first wife of James...

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By DR. DAVID THOMSON T HE announcement last month that colonial experts and adminis- trators of Britain, France and Belgium have agreed plans for the concerted development of...

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By G. C. L. BERTRAM I s there, or can there be, enough food for everyone in the world provided it were suitably distributed? There is at present a great deal of bewilderment...

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By ELIZABFTH WISKENIANN T HE new Italian constitution, Article 28, which was approved by the Constituent Assembly on April 3oth, states that every child is to have at least...

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By JAMES POPE-HENNESSY N O cinema addict, I have always wanted to see the inside of a big film studio at work. That wish was satisfied, one wet morning ten days ago, when I was...

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By WILSON HARRIS A BOVE the High Table Henry VIII—if not Holbein at any rate very closely after—stood bearded and astride, resplendent in gold and scarlet, calves bulging...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON T HE TIMES newspaper, as we all know, is a national institution. We regard it with that blend of affection and esteem which we accord to other monuments of...

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Turandot, which was given for the first time on May 29th, is distinctly the most successful of the Covent Garden operas hitherto. The story seems to have a special fascination ;...


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THE THEATRE "Edward, My Son." By Robert Morley and Noel Langley. (His Majesty's) F_DwAan—whom, though we never see, we can visualise with a painful clarity—is the only son of...


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PERHAPS wrongly, one expects a French film running at the Curzon to be a contribution to the best things of cinema. But look at it how one may, this version of de Maupassanes...

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LAST week's programmes were particularly strong on the dramatic side, with performances of Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem and Henry Reed's Pytheas in the Third Programme, and...


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TIME was when the history books on English painting all began with Hogarth. More recently a new consciousness of our spasmodic genius has directed attention increasingly towards...

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Sta,—Dr. Maxwell Garnett has done well to point out the waste of brains that results from the inferior conditions in locally controlled grammar schools, but I have grave doubts...


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MR. MORRISON AT MARGATE SIR,—Mr. Morrison's courageous speech—for it was courageous—should be read carefully by all lovers of Britain. For the first time he has stated bluntly...


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Sra,—May I as one who has served in Germany express my general agree- ment with your article on Hunger in Germany and also with the state- ments made by Mrs. Buxton in her...

SIR,—To those of us who were in Germany during the

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early days of the occupation, the latest breakdown in the food distribution comes as a very heavy blow. During those first months very rapid progress was made in all fields,...

Sta,—Both Mr. Hunt and Dr. Maxwell Garnett assume that schools

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maintained or aided by Local Education Authorities can be adequately compared with independent schools by reference to the relative success of their pupils in the competitions...

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THE 1928 PRAYER BOOK Sts,—The remarks of the Dean of

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Chichester relating to the 1928 Prayer Book are incomplete without reference to the historical background of prayer books in general. Incidentally, prayer books are in...


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Sta,—Since the end of hostilities it can be fairly said that the Govern- ment departments responsible for the administration of the Further Education and Training Scheme.....


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Sut,—Mr. Frank Sykes' admirable and informative outline of the salient problems confronting livestock improvers concludes with a reference to the Royal Agricultural Society's...

Sra,—Your article on hunger in Germany will have touched many

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readers' hearts. Will you not also inform them that subscriptions sent to Friends' Relief Society at Friends House, Euston Road, N.W. 1; can be received for immediate purchase...

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Sta,—In Janus's Notebook, published in the Daily Mail on February 27th, which has just reached me, he says, "The statement that an extra ton of steel per man a year would buy...

T - IE TAX ON PARAFFIN Sig,—When the duty of Id. per

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gallon was first imposed in 1933 on all heavy hydrocarbon oils the object was to help the coal industry by making it more expensive to burn fuel, diesel and gas oils. 41though...


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Sta,—A small tribe of Lapps is being destroyed by the consequences of our wars. Out of 400 people, 200 have died. The herds of reindeer, by which the Lapps lived, were killed to...


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Sra,—You say in The Spectator that Queen Mary is the first British consort of a British king since the sixteenth century. But surely this is not so. Queen Mary is the daughter...


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Sta,—Janus, whom God save, describes the lines in the National Anthem, "Frustrate their politics, Confound their knavish tricks," as "contemptible." Why? Is it wrong to pray...


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Sra,—A sentence in the article by Canon Lloyd requires some modifica- tion. The article was Pays de Mission ? and the sentence: (in France) "everyone who is trying to work for...


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SIR,—It was recently announced that no further licences are to be issued to private builders for the time being to start work on new houses. More recently still the...

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Sta,—The comments in your issue of May 16th, regarding assistance to poultry-keepers, have been noted with some surprise. While it is true that the officials of County Farm...

Faithful Parents It is a commonplace that the partridge, male_

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or female is an ideal parent, and it is as faithful to its eggs as to its chicks. female, other day a neighbour's dog brought to his master a live partridge which he had caught...


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Sta,—Mr. Garry Hoggs' letter drawing attention to the possible abuses in the growing practice of imposing 10 or even 15 per cent. "service charge" on hotel bills is timely. I...


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Sra,—With reference td the article Stratford, 1947, mentioning Romeo and Yuliet, which was published in The Spectator of May 9th, we, the undersigned, should like to object very...

In My Garden

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The quaint briar-rose pteracanthus is worth growing, in spite of the pettiness of its flowers, for its date as well as its red, diaphanous thorns. This year with me it preceded...

Quick - set •

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There are many vieWs (mostly of an excessive dogmatism—that "vice of puppyhood ") on the enclosures ; but there can be no doubt that we ought to thank the organisers for...

Lapwing Rooks An enquiry by a body of sportsmen-naturalists has

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finally solved the mystery of the notorious "black plover" that appeared on the menu of the House of Commons restaurant. The birds were not moor-hens, as Mr. Aubrey Buxton...


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WHAT a number of little effects ensue from changes set afoot by Central planners, a small, perhaps petty, example will illustrate. It concerns the housekeeper. A maximum price...

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"The Fleet That Ran Away GODFREY WINN'S new book is in memory of his friends who died on the "Russian run," on the arctic route where the British and American navies and...

Spanish Colonies

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THERE was a late Latin poet, Rutilius, who, when the Empire was falling away and the legions being withdrawn from Britain, wrote a noble poem to the City of Rome. It is strange...

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The Poet and the B.B.C.

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The Dark Tower and Other Broadcast Plays. By Louis Macneice. (Faber and Faber. 8s. 6d.) THE popularity of the B.B.C.'s Third Programme is one of the most remarkable events in...

Days in Ireland

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Irish Reminiscences. By Maurice Headlam. (Robert Hale. 12s. 6cl.) MR. HEADLAM, who held the post of Treasury Remembrancer in Dublin during the years 1912-20, has written an...

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The Poetry of War

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7s. 6d.) Landscapes and Departures. By Kathleen Nott. (Poetry London. 6s.) THE greatest virtue of Herbrrt Read's poetry is its intellectual honesty. During the thirty years...

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LOUIS ARAGON, well known in this country as a poet and for his work in the French Resistance movement, is only very recently being presented to us in what is apparently in...

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[..4 Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week June 17th. Envelopes...

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• Book Notes

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To provide a survey of the Church of En g land today and the problems with which it is faced is the purpose of The Claims of the Church of England, by the Archbishop of York,...


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ALTHOUGH it was not to be expected that the directors' share-out proposals would meet with the full approval of all classes of Ar g entine rail stockholders, I doubt whether...