6 OCTOBER 1961

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I T is hard to realise that l:.ss than six months ago the future, even the survival, of the Labour Party was still in doubt. The unions had by then begun to swing away from...

Portrait of the Week— REBELLION BROKE OUT in Syria against

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Egyptian dominance in the United Arab Republic. After efforts to crush the revolt had failed, President Nasser called off his forces, and Mr. Mamoun Kuzbari emerged as Prime...

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No. 6954 Established 1823 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1961

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Britain to Move

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L AST week's meeting of the EEC Council, at which the British application to adhere to the Community was accepted `in principle,' was typical of the periodical bouts of...

Tally-Ho in Algiers

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS PT I at: volcano is smoking again. In a sense this 1 is scarcely news for ever since General Jacques Faure was caught talking treason pretty loudly at...

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Blackpool Commentary

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Gaitskell's Troubles Begin By BERNARD LEVIN Conference, it will be realised, was badly in need of something to electrify it. But what would you? I remember having tea at the...

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The Syrian Revolt

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By ERSKINE B. CHILDERS THE United Arab Republic was created in baste, and in an inherently complicated form, on the direct initiative of radical Syrian intellectuals. It was...

Dignity and Impudence

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From SARAH GAINHAM noto 1 1 - 1 Nue those who lack a sense of irony could V fail to be entertained by the situation which arose here following the elections; for quite suddenly,...

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The Kariba Darn

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By GRACE SCOTT A JOKE went into circulation in Northern .n■Rhodesia shortly after Federation became a fait accompli which is still going the rounds: about Northern Rhodesia no...

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The Churches

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Decline and Fall By MONICA FURLONG Y ES, but did the decline of the Roman Empire begin with sexual depravity; and isn't sexual depravity a symptom of another and more serious...

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By CONSTANTINE FITZG.IBBON What lies, behind Ulbricht's Wall? First, of course, the dingy ruins of East Berlin, their dinginess only accentuated by the wedding-cake pomp of the...

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The Conferences

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Basil Wigoder, Frank Ware. Ivor R. M. Davies Down the 'C' Stream C. D. Butler CND Pat Pottle, Donald Hughes Scientists for Export Benjamin Spear 'Daily Telegraph' Arnold Shone....

SIR,—Neither Mr. Levin's impertinent comment upon my personal appearance nor

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his McCarthyite technique of isolating two words of my speech at the Liberal Party Assembly from their context worries me unduly. His failure, however, to realise the difference...


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SIR. — Mr. Holbrook's article, 'Down the "C" Stream,' tells the truth but not the whole truth. I can well believe all he says about the group of submerged and rejected children...

SIR,—Mr. Bernard Levin's article on the Liberal Assembly was—as we

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have come to expect of him — witty and penetrating, which makes it all the more discomforting for his victims. The Berlin debate was a mess. But there were other debates at...

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1 , 1t - ---- After reading Dr. Comfort's letter about c ' e Phantine nitwits' I too

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can think, as he can, of Point or two that have not been sufficiently ' t ressed. It would be very helpful if he would taswer these three related questions: (a) Is it true that...


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SIR,—In a recent 'Consuming Interest' article, Leslie Adrian pointed out that there is no adequate handbook available for identifying British mush- rooms and toadstools and for...

SIR,—Some of your readers, misled by the nearby reference to

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Rhodes, may conclude that the last word of Raymond Postgate's article last week- 'Chaizete'—is a Greek valediction. We would all have appreciated his ironic last word on the...

SIR,—Your dramatic critic, Mr. Bamber Gascoigne, is, I think, surprised

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that I did not use in this play Allison Peers's translation of St. Teresa's famous hymn about the fleas. It so happened that one of the nuns at Stanbrooke Abbey had made a new...


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Donnelly jests. We are in earnest. We re not only prepared to demonstrate in the Red quare, distributing Lord Russell's statements, 11 ° 11 8 1 1 in full, and not in Mr....


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SIR,—Because I read the Daily Telegraph I am, according to Cyril Ray, a 'petty bourgeois Tory voter.' I'm not, and when I talk of Tories I use ruder terms than either 'petty' or...

SIR,—Whatever qualifications Mr. Rod MacLeish ('Dementia Americana') may have for

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referring to Americans as 'my telloW-countrymen,' the sine qua non—a knowledge of baseball—is not among them. The reference to 'sixty home runs batted in' apparently confuses...

-. ENTISTS FOR EXPORT SIR -..._ te Your correspondent George Watson thinks

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at the export of British scientists is a compliment our technological prowess. This is embarrassingly c r n IPacent. According to a recent survey (con- uet ed b Professor A. W....

SIR,—As , one of the million and more readers of the

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Daily Telegraph who, according to Cyril Ray, have neither the money for the Times nor the mental equipment for the Guardian, I nevertheless contrive to purchase and read the...

Stit,—Somebody should surely tell Lord Home not to lick his

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lips continually in front of a television camera as he did in the last Panorama. It hardly gives the impression of a Foreign Secretary nego- tiating from strength, the role...


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SIR,—May I respectfully submit that in reviewing The Yoshida Memoirs (Spectator, September 15), your book reviewer, Mr. Anthony Thwaite, was guilty of mistaken identification....

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O era

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In The Ring By DAVID CAIRNS HAVING decided to pro- duce the new Ring in stages, Covent Garden have chosen the right work to begin with This year we have Die Wal- kiire. Next...


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The Biilhee Collection By HUGH GRAHAM Biihrle himself was hardly a Marxist. He was an intelligent German-born bourgeois who, as President of the Oerlikon armaments factories at...

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Undergraduate Rag By BAMBER GASCOIGNE This is the most blatant nonsense. Although Marlowe is often quoted as a typical Renais- sance figure, this particular play is...

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Private Joking By GUY GISBOURNE Tempo, ITV's new fortnightly programme presenting 'the Best of the Lively Arts' and edited by Kenneth Tynan, got off to a spavined start last...

Rank Offence

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By ISABEL QUIGLY HE best bit of oneupmanship in film circles is the business of 'the uncut version.' All it takes to score is to have seen the famous, but of course im- mensely...

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Never Say Wen BY KENNETH J. ROBINSON PWIS MuMroIw has a Message for Mankind. L ./ To put it in a nutshell (which he would probably describe as a Post-Paleolithic symbol of...

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A Man of his Time

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by James Kirk up. (Weidenfeld and The Captive. By Ernst von Salomon. Translated Nicolson, 21s.) Tuts ni g htmare fable of our time is a true story. The man to whom it happened...

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All for Al

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I FIRST visited Chicago in the early summer of 1926, some time, I suspect, before Mr. Allsop was born, and reading this fascinating work has had the effect on me of Proust's...

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Everyman's Island

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A House for Mr. Biswas. By V. S. Naipaul. (Deutsch, 21s.) April Morning. By Howard Fast. (Methuen, 15s.) TRINIDAD is about the size of Lancashire, or so I learnt from a recent...

Pig and Pepper

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Curtains. By Kenneth Tynan. (Longmans, 42s.) KENNETH PEACOCK TYNAN tends to provoke ex- treme reactions—and, incidentally, I'm not being personal; it was only yesterday that I...

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And now, after more than ten years of re- viewing

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crime fiction, six of them in the service of this paper, first as 'Christopher Pym' and more recently under my own name, I lay down my poison pen. My successor is a lady with a...

The Ferguson Affair. By Ross Macdonald. (Collins, 12s. 6d.) A

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great deal of the flavour and character of Raymond Chandler's wry, sar- donic stories of Californian crime lay in the crisp dialogue of characters no better (and, for that...

It's a Crime

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Lizzie Borden : The Untold Story. By Edward Radin. (Gollancz, 21s.) The greatest of all of America's classic unsolved mysteries is nothing like so titillating as ours, for it...

The Worm of Death. By Nicholas Blake. (Collins, 12s. 6d.)

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Everybody knows that Nicholas Blake is Cecil Day Lewis, and so every= body knows that Mr. Blake can write. But what Mr. Lewis doesn't bother about in Mr. Blake's crime novels is...

Full Term. By Philip Spencer. (Faber, 15s.) Implausible though he

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is, Nicholas Blake does, at any rate, get his details right. Not so Philip Spencer, trying what seems to be a prentice hand at one of those death-among-the-dreaming- spires...

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Guides to a Revolution B y GERALD LEACH I T T has been said often before, but it can never be said often enough: anyone who cares about the future direction of our society...

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The Ten-Year Test

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PEW/um BOOKS have been makers of modern classics since July, 1935, and their new series merely gives a name to their long-admired in- tention and performance. This said, it must...

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Sixty Scrutinised Years

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The Modern Age. Edited by Boris Ford. (Penguin, 7s. 6d.) LIKE several of its predecessors, this, the seventh and last volume of The Pelican Guide to English Literature, has...

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Brahmin on Beacon Hill

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The Last Puritan. By George Santayana. (Constable, I6s.) BosroN is again the home of Presidents, after a century in the backwaters. Although the centre of power in the city...

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End of the Lode

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ON • the surface the paperback boom shows little sign of dying down. Every month there is a wider choice of brightly coloured goodies in the bookshops to tempt and bewilder the...

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To See the World

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POETRY, predicted Matthew Arnold, will even- tually take the place of much of what now passes as religion. The odd thing is that he should not have prophesied a poetry of...

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Seven Per Cent on the Rates

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE collision course on which Mr. Frank Cousins and Mr. Selwyn Lloyd are both set is going to be as exciting as any joust and much more dangerous for the...

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The Leader's Bad Lead

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The ICI half-year report was bound to set a bad market tone. In spite of record sales, net Profits were 25 per cent. down as compared with the first half of 1960 and profit...


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Some disappointment was caused by the agree- ment between SCHWEPPES and LYONS to market jointly their fruit juices—Sunfresh (Lyons) and Rose's Lime, Suncrush and Kia-Ora...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS F OR those who follow charts it was an exciting thing to see the Financial Times index of Industrial shares break through its previous 1961 low of 301, reached on July...

Company Notes

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rrHE results for the twelve months to April 130, 1961, for British Land Co. can be con- sidered as very satisfactory. The company has during the past year made purchases...

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Counting the Spoilers By KATHARINE WHITEHORN ir is an odd thing about tourism. It represents the best possible urge on the part of almost every- body, and yet its effects are...

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Consuming Interest

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Something Nasty By LESLIE ADRIAN It is just another of the penalties of the age of substitutes. Unable to buy a glass 'tulip' shade for the bathroom (suspended lighting...

Thought for Food

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Herbs When and How By ELIZABETH DAVID WIIEN a recipe says `herbs,' when can I use dried and when must I use fresh ones (must because the latter are more difficult to get)? Can...