6 MARCH 1942

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T HERE could be no greater contrast thanbetween the war in Russia and the war in the Far East. The former may be no less -decisive- than the latter, but it is proceeding under...

Uses of the Air Force Sir Archibald Sinclair's speech introducing

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the Air Estimates On Wednesday was made at a moment when the policy, com- position and strategic use of the Air Force have been under a ore r.!: intensive criticism. His way of...

The Cabinet and India

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While developments in the Indian situation wait on the announcement which the Prime Minister is to make in a few days, attention may with some profit be drawn to the...

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Labour for the Mines The recent shortage of coal for

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household use, especially in the London area, has brought home to the ordinary consumer the fact that the urgent problem of the mines has not been solved. As war-industry comes...

The Nation's Food-Supply

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The Ministry of Food does not claim to have avoided mistakes, but in the main it has stood the test of exacting criticism, and its record in the last two years has been one of...

The Riom Trials

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The tragi-comic drama of the " war-guilt " trials staged at Riom is dragging its weary course along, but is by no means going according to plan. The Germans had urged the Vichy...

The Tax on Marriage

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The joint assessment for income-tax of the earnings of husband and wife is a long-standing injustice to married tax-payers which no Chancellor of the Exchequer has yet been...

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w HAT of the faith and fire within us, Men who march away? " What of the faith and fire within us, men a nd women who live and work at home? The men who march a way have their...

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The Observer may have difficult days ahead. " The Observer

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has been Garvin, and Garvin the Observer, for thirty-four years," said that paper's leading article last Sunday. It falls to the pro- prietors, therefore, not merely to find a...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK L ADY ASTOR'S letter in The Times, suggesting

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that now that the Prime Minister has reconstructed his Cabinet Parliament should take a long recess and leave Ministers to get on with their jobs, raises an important question....

The selection of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longman at

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Government candidate for the Grantham vacancy seems a sound move. Sir Arthur, who, among other qualifications, lives g Grantham, will be able to speak in the House on...

Who, I wonder, started the doctrine which is obtaining such

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mischievous currency, that the subject-races of the Empire have refused to fight for it because of the shocking way in which we have maladministered them in the past? The...

De mortuis nil nisi bonum, but Mr. J. L. Garvin,

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I am glad to say, is very far from dead, and there is no reason why the tributes justly due to a great journalist retiring after a long and notable editorship should not take...

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By STRATEGICUS S INCE the Japanese began their' offensive, no news has so deeply stirred the imagination as that of the invasion of Java. It is three months since the outbreak...

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By SIR EVEL YN WRENCH I T is ten years since my last talk with Mr. Gandhi : on that occasion the background was a drawing-room in Chelsea. This time our talk took place, just...

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By SIR WALFORD SELBY* " The independence of Austria is a key position. If Austria perishes Czechoslovakia becomes indefensible. Then the whole of the Balkans will be subjected...

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By H. E. BANNARD T HERE has for long been a spate of caustic, mostly malicious and often ill-informed, criticism of the Victorians and their way of life, but few, if any, of...

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By JANUS T HE interest aroused by a casual comment, in the column which bears my signature, on slipshod English is surprising and welcome, but at the same time a little...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I N the Evening Standard of last Friday I observed with pleasure the basis I a cartoon by Low depicting the death and burial of Colonel Blimp. I was glad to...

The danger of all silent revolutions (such as that through

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which we are now passing) is that they sap confidence without creating ardour. There is a theory that only " revolutionary armies" can win great wars. This is absurd. Are - the...

The " revolutionary army " legend is a dangerous legend.

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Does any person with experience of actual warfare really believe that Rommel's men, when they found themselves surrounded and it became obvious that their enemies possessed...

The defect of mockery as a form of criticism is

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that, although it may begin by assailing the ridiculous, it all too often ends by damaging standards which are not ridiculous in the least. Mockery rapidly extends its original...

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A CALL TO BRITAIN (1939 - 1942)

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Boom! Son as the pad pad of a cat in a room, Unheard of the company twittering—boom Nobody is listening, in their hearts lifting its head No joy hearkens; sense-shattered...

" Tale of Two Cities." Generally released. — " General Suvorov."

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At the Taller. Tale of Two Cities is the title of this week's Ministry of Informa- tion film. The two cities are London and Moscow, and this five- minute film compares British...

THE new entertainment at the Coliseum is a curious hotch-potch.

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It begins with a performance of Tchaikovsky's " an Overture," illustrated with a drop-scene of the Kremlin, whose buildings, I believe, unaccountably survived the holocaust here...

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SIR,—Sir Stafford Cripps' inclusion in the War Cabinet gives a new interest to the views on the international problem which he set forth in the book he published in 1936,...


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DIPLOMACY AND ECONOMICS SER,—In your issue of February z7th Mr. Richard Krammer has contributed some interesting observations on economic training for diplomatists, to which...

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Sin,—The article ' Money in Russia," by M. Leon Kiril, is one of the most informative yet published on the Soviet regime. The Russian money system appears to be soundly...


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az,—For the benefit of those of your readers who dislike wishful 'ng even on the subject of Anglo-Irish relations, permit me to out, with reference to the final paragraph of the...


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Sit,—I ventured, some years ago, to propose a plan for rebuilding the City of London, which brought me little but abuse from owners and tenants of property within that area ;...

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War and Weeds Several inventions and discoveries that we associate

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wholly with the technique of war are being turned to peaceful purposes The flame- thrower, which is being used more and more in the war, has no been adopted for cleaning up the...


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Jr is said: "De Mutants non cutest lex "; but in war-time the law insists on some very minute details indeed. One of these concerning farmers is that each stack that is being...


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SIR,—Why is it that we hear practically nothing of the American Fleet? There seems to be a regular conspiracy of silence on the subject. The United States Navy is supposed to be...

In the Garden The hours of supreme activity in the

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garden approach, in date not in season. By a beneficent arrangement with Messrs. Suttons, Women's Institutes are distributing boxes of the more useful vegeta seeds (at 3s. 3d.),...


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SIR,—I have been in the army for more than seventeen months, and I feel more and more disturbed by the failures of the authorities, including the B.B.0 and E N.S.A., to provide...

Rural Speech At these threshings and in conversation with country

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folk, I happen to have come across an unusual number of purely rural words. What would a townsman make of the following list, if asked in an examini- don to explain them:...

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Saint's Progress tages on Life's Way. By SOren Kierkegaard. Translated by Walter Lowry. (Oxford University Press. 3os.) ms volume contains an account of three stages by which...

Organised Theft

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Report on France. By Thomas Kerman. (John Lane. to& 6d.) THOMAS KERNAN, an American, was director of the Paris edition of Vogue, printed in French ; and European representative...

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The Church's New Call

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Malvern, 1941. The Life of the Church and the Order Society. (Longmans Green. los. 6d.) THE translation of the Archbishop of York to the see of Cant bury gives additional...

The Control of the Air

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Tilts book is essentially an honest one. It sets out the hard facts and does not run away from their implications. Mr. Davy clearly regards human flight as a very mixed...

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The Loeb Philo

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Philo Judaeus. (Loeb Clasical Library, Heinemann. los.) THE penultimate volume of the Loeb edition of Philo, in volumes, by the veteran scholar F. H. Colson, now publi is a good...


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ON the title-page of what appears to be his first published Mr. McLaverty offers its theme in lines of Gerard Hopkins: " As a dare-gale skylark scanted in a .dull cage mounting...

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Shorter Notice The Life of William Blake. By Alexander Gilchrist.

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Edited by Ruthven Todd. (Everyman Library. 3s.) AMONG the most_ readable books which yet cannot be described as great books, Gilchrist's original Life of William Blake takes a...

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he wirmer of Crossword No. 254 is MILS. FesrwiCK-OWEN, Claxby Hall, Alford, Lincs.

" THE SPECTATOR " CROSSWORD No. 156 Book Token for

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one g uinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week. Enteropes should be received not later...

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By CUSTOS INVESTORS are still treading warily, and even the big pay-0u: on requisitioned India stocks has failed to cause any great Or . It is already apparent, however, that...

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MILTON PROPRIETARY LIMITED VALUE OF ELECTROLYTIC HYPOCHLORITE HE annual general meeting of Milton Proprietary, Limited, was held n February 26th at Winchester House, London,...