6 MARCH 1959

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NTIL the Nyasaland Congress was outlawed and its leaders arrested, and the troops opened fire in Blantyre, the Nyasaland riots were oddly lacking in real violence. It seemed...

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—Portrait of the Week— WHEN ONE DOOR SHUTS, another opens.

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The amnesty terms for members of EOKA were pro- mulgated, the line was drawn beneath the last item in the Suez account, and in Central Africa violence flared, states of...


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I N Bournemouth Mr. Nigel Nicolson and in Norfolk Sir Frank Medlicott are being frozen out of the House of Cpmmoits at , the end of this Parliament, while in Belfast strenuous...

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Manufacturing Martyrs

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON T HE strong measures taken by the Southern Rhodesian Government—mobilising reserv- ists, declaring an emergency, and making the Southern Rhodesian...

The Steel Inquiry

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Last November the Spectator set up a Commission, under the chairmanship of Mr. D. N. Chester, Warden of Nullield College, Oxford, to inquire into the advan- tages and...

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On the Soviet Switchback

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By CYRIL RAY Moscow As I was strolling along the Nevsky Prospekt A phrase I have long waited to be able to begin an article with—two Leningrad lads accosted me with broad...

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Westminster Commentary

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THERE is only one thing I like better than a good, juicy row after Question Time, and that is two good, juicy rows after Question Time. And on Monday my fav- ourite dish was on...

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THE IDEA Is all the odder in that Lord Altrincham

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combines it with the idea that the Commonwealth `should stand for definite principles—anti-racial- ism, parliamentary government, universal suffrage,' etc. Even if he is right...

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'CARE TO MEET YOUR SUB-CONSCIOUS?' asked the heading in the Sunday Express. Though not very confident that an introduction effected by that paper would necessarily lead to a...

A Spectator's Notebook

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ON ANOTHER PACE Brian Inglis has contributed an article on the Black Diaries of Sir Roger Casement. In order to write this article, he has, I think, in- fringed the Official...

THE SHAMELESS WAY in which the International Civil Aviation Organisation

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puts American interests before technical interests was well illus- trated when the United Kingdom delegate had to withdraw the proposal that the short-range navi- gation system...

IN AN ILLUMINATING article in the current number of the

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National and English Review Lord Altrincham discusses the reactions to his speech last month, in which he suggested that the Queen should reside in, rather than merely tour,...

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COLLECTING BUTLER ISMS has become a favourite sport among politicians

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and students of the House of Commons. A Butlerism is an innocent, off- the-cull compliment which is intended to decorate the recipient •Ke a medal but which, when pinned to his...

Advertising Must Advertise

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By ENO( H POWELL, MP W I-I m ‘A. , liN my generation carne out of the war into politics in 1945-46, laisser - faire was a very dirty word indeed. If anyone threw it at the Con-...

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Saintly Sinner

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By BRIAN INGLIS T HAVE been reading a copy of The Black 'Diaries,* an account of Roger Casement's life incorporating some of his private and public writings. In it are printed...

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The Hand that Cradles the Rock By ALAN BRIEN ALL gall is divided into three parts. So it is not surprising that there should be three kinds of dramatic critic. Mr. Alan Dent a...


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Stearn-heat THE NEEDLE on the wall pointed to 110° Centi- grade; imperceptibly it crept up to 115. The white-coated attendant reached them, the two sweating forms on the...

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A Surfeit of Generals By PETER FORSTER The way in which heroes, like Stirling and Cheshire, have turned since the war to good works is clearly a promising subject, one that...

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Shabbiness in the Sun QUIGLY By ISABEL A Matter of Dignity. (Curzon.) IN spite of the weather (which, if you are talking of the most basic forms of poverty, means you can...

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Consuming_ Interest

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A Dinner of Herbs By LESLIE ADRIAN Because the flavour of herbs comes from the volatile oils, which arc released by crushing or cooking, all herbs are at their most effective...


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Whatever is Well Made By SIMON HODGSON IT has been suggested in these columns that portmanteau ex- hibitions of furniture, painting, silyer, china and glass are best confined...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Smoke in the Air By MILES HOWARD A distinguished medical statistician, Dr. Percy Stocks, has now produced some fresh evidence on the relationof mortality from cancer and bron-...

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Thr ipp ertator

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MARCH 8, 1834 A suanlar of great public interest and importance— that of impressment of seamen—was discussed on Tuesday. Mr. BUCKINGHAM, in a speech which has been justly...

The Striggle Naught Availeth

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By STRIX I, for instance, would very much like to read a learned treatise oti the Houlihans of Southwark; for it is to this family (I discovered from a general knowledge quiz in...

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And Now Nyasaland

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Rev. Kenneth MacKenzie, C. T. Leys Is the Foreign Office Necessary? Anthony Hartley Camay Soap J. H. Trower, Francis Noel-Baker, MP Bagehot Richard Woliheim The Great Ship Lord...

SIR,—Last week Taper commented on Christopher Mayhew's admirable Bill designed

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to relegate ad- vertisement 'plugs' to the spaces between programmes on commercial television. He also mentioned my short intervention which followed and which con- tained a...


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SIR,—Mr. Alastair Buchan and Mr. St. John-Stevas challenge my views on Bagehot. 1. Mr. Buchan accepts my statement that Bagehot didn't 'have much time for theory' as far as...


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SIR,—Your leading article on Nyasaland sends a shaft of light into this area of habitual doubletalk. But is there not a danger that your correct insistence on the need for...


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SIR,—The statement made about Camay on February 24 in the House of Commons, as reported in your issue of February 27, is privileged but quite untrue. Camay is a high-quality...


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SIR,—Despite the Warden of New College's uncer- tainty as to what I want in the way of Foreign Office reform, I should have thought it emerged pretty clearly from my article...

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SIR,—Your correspondents, Mr. James K. Scott and Mr. F. L. Jackman, seem to be so angry because haVe dared to criticise part of the work of some architects that they have not...


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SIR,—How right is your plea for an imaginative reform of our taxes, or at least a further step in that direction! Particularly I welcome your support for reintro- ducing legacy...

SIR,—ITV has surrounded itself with such a dense smokescreen of

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expensive public relations that Taper can perhaps be forgiven for losing his way in it. Most of the programmes he quoted last week as not being interrupted by commercials are...

S1R,—Strix, in his recollections of the maiden voyage of the

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Queen Mary, says nothing of the row that had raged beforehand over the designs for the decora- tions of its principal saloons. These were com- missioned from Mr. Duncan Grant,...


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SIR,—In the matter of Mr. Michael Foot's attack on Mr. Waugh for his criticism of Frank Harris, is it not possible that Shaw was paying hush-money to are un- principled rogue?...

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ENGLISH NEO-CLASSICAL ARTISTS am studying the writings of the principal

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English neo-classical artists, in an attempt to analyse this aspect of eighteenth-century taste. I um particu- larly anxious to trace manuscript letters, journals and any other...

SIR,—It is no surprise to me to have to correct

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a flat mistake of fact on the part of Dr. Leavis, for one no more expects accuracy from him than one would sensibility or sense. But one should ,get one's facts right, and the...

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Odysseus Redivivus By HUGH LLOYD-JONES HE Cretan poet Nikos Kazantzakis died in I 1957 at the age of seventy-four. During an exceptionally active life, divided between writ-...

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Wildest Kenya

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KENYANS are traditionally supposed to be the 'wildest' of the various white settler groups in Africa; and reading The flame Trees of Thika one can understand how the tradition...

True Confessions

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HERE we go again. Two more Western ex-Com- munists have succumbed to the urge to tell the how and why of disillusion to a public which by now must surely have reached saturation...

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Furnished Rooms

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Domestic Interior and other poems. By Laurence Lerner. (Hutchinson, 15s.) Intentions and Versions. By Julian Cooper. (St. George's Gallery, 5s. each.) POEMS (except in...

American Dilemmas

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MR. BEWLEY'S critical studies of five American novelists are united by the thesis that all five— Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, James, Fitzgerald —represent facets of a peculiarly...

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Missing Dates THE autobiographical Education of Henry Adams is weighty,

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pessimistic and brilliant. Its inner truth is so obvious that the average English reader un- questionably relies upon it for his knowledge of the unusual American who wrote it....

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Odours of Sanctity

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Days and Moments Quickly Flying. By Perry Madoc. (Collins, 13s. 6d.) THE late Joyce Cary was much concerned with the various ways in which man could be 'pos- sessed'; it is an...

Trade and the Flag

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The Eastland Trade and the Common Weal in the Seventeenth Century. By R. W. K. Hinton. (C.U.P., 32s. 6d.) DR. HINTON has written a well-documented study of the Eastland Company...

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The Rule of Taste

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A- History of Japan to 1334. By George Sansom. (Cresset Press, 63s.) A- History of Japan to 1334. By George Sansom. (Cresset Press, 63s.) THIS is the first of three projected...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE tedious fustian of the inter- national civil servant does not prevent the stodgy tenth annual economic report of the OEEC striking home its lesSon:...

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L ONDON BRICK'S chairman, M r. A. T. War- boys, in his annual statement last May, made quite an optimistic forecast concerning a better demand for • the company's products which...


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B y CUSTOS T ilE Financial Times index of industrial equities is now 4 per cent. below the top and the market is moving into a secondary reaction in a long-term bull movement....

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SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1,032 ACROSS.--I Gatlin:. 4 Chattels, 9 Impels.

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10 Ballarat, 12 Everyman. 13 Esther. 15 Said. 16 Spectacles. IS Tantamount. 20 Agar. 23 Amalfi. 25 Stricter. 27 Walk- over. ,28 Salome. 29 Yattered. 30 Cogent. DOWN. — I...

SPECTATOR CROSSWORD No. 1,034 Solution on March 20

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ACROSS II Result of investigation about the drink? (6) 4 Fashionable tint of Helen's hair (8) ' • 9 The gentleman's gentleman leads at a ball (6) 10 Sporting character out...

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Questionable Answers

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The usual prizes were offered for two plausible parliamentary questions along with appro- priate answers which would be startlingly incongruous or agreeably amusing if...