6 OCTOBER 1967

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Brussels yes, Scarborough no

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Party conferences, as every schoolboy knows by now, are of little importance. They occur for the same reason that any other annual re- union occurs, whether of Rotarians or rat-...

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Profits without honour

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Most industries which rely on public ex- penditure for a large part of their business develop after a time a certain special rela- tionship with government. In spite of con-...

Portrait of the week

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Radio One-derful came on the air and had a mixed reception. So did the Government at Scarborough, where Mr Jay opened with an attack on Labour's Common Market policy : Lord...

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Age of dissent

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CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS ' When he was one and twenty, I heard a Liberal say, Scrap want and war and marriage And love will find a way. Scrap work and whips and leaders, And Liberal...

The skill of equestrian Harold

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY AUBERON WAUGH Last time the Labour party met in Scarborough —in 1963=there were only twenty-two univer- sities in Britain. Now, said Mr Wilson on Wed- n...

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France's £ of flesh

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COMMON MARKET JOCK BRUCE-GARDYNE Since he unexpectedly quit the sheltered calm of Printing House Square for ministerial office Lord Chalfont has proved himself a man of great...

A hundred years ago

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From the 'Spectator', 5 October, 1867—There was an extraordinary panic on the French Bourse on Wednesday. All sorts of lies were invented by per- sons who win fortunes by...

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An Athens diary

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GREECE MICHAEL LLEWELLYN-SMITH Athens—It is ironic that two of the three people who have come to represent 'resistance' in the eyes of foreigners are regarded with consider-...

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Myth America

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TABLE TALK DENIS BROGAN I'm pleased with the news of the discovery of a runic record of a Norwegian expedition to Oklahoma in the eleventh century. Why it should have gone...

Looking-glass war

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TEACHERS JOHN PEARCE Many a trade union, rallying its members to the flag, which often turns out to be a flag of con- venience, booms sonorously the old battle-cry: 'In union...

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With Philby in the Foreign Office

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SPIES GEOFFREY McDERMOTT In his article on spies last week Geoffrey McDermott referred to Kim Philby as the big- gest fish of the lot . . . undoubtedly Blake's spy- master . ....

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Letter to a grouse

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COUNTRY LIFE STRIX DEAR GEORGE, You must, I am reasonably sure, be the first membes of your species to have assaulted a member of mine. I know from our brief. en- counter that...

Musical box

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TELEVISION STUART HOOD Watching a recording of Il Seraglio—it had been made by Austrian television at the Salz- burg Festival—I was led to wonder where the Austrians find such...

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Happy birthday

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CONSUMING INTEREST LESLIE ADRIAN This week sees the publication of a bumper issue of Which? — an issue that devotes eighty- four of its pages to solid information and only four...

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J. W. M. THOMPSON There seems to be a jinx on Parliament's attempts to modernise its buildings. A couple of years ago there was a remarkable scheme to tack a great extension on...

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Bulldozers in Arcadia

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PERSONAL COLUMN PAUL GRINKE Threatened railway stations always seem to bring the nation's blood to the boil. The storm over the Euston Arch, an unusually imperial gesture from...

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Angus agonistes BOOKS

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SIMON RAVEN Angus Wilson's massive new novel, No Laugh- ing Matter (Seeker and Warburg 42s), is the history of a disreputable upper-middle-class family and its fortunes from...

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Jove's daughter

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TIBOR SZAMUELY Russia is getting ready to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1917 revolution. Up and down the country preparations are in full swing: flustered factory...

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Desert victory GEORGE CLIVE The Smaller Sky John Wain (Macmillan 21s) Gone the Time Tony Gray (Heinemann 30s) The Time of the Hero Mario Vargas Llosa (Jonathan Cape 30s)...

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PETER VANSITTART The Age of the Renaissemte edited by Denys Hay (Thames and Hudson; 6 gns to 31 December, then 8 gfis) In this sumptuous volume specialists treat various...

Into Europe?

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LORD GLADWYN Though it may not convert many doubters or opponents, this excellent and scholarly work will nevertheless confirm the faith of all 'good Europeans.' It is chiefly...

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Light on Hardy

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ELIZABETH JENNINGS Any writing by a great artist is of interest. This, surely, goes without saying. That smallest footnote, the most minute annotation are not only of interest...

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A great prince in prison lies ARTS

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HENRY TUBE Sparta had two kings, Rome two consuls. I suppose that the citizens of the time could hardly avoid odious comparisons between their rulers, any more than we for the...

Childhood coast

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GLORIA EVANS DAVIES , Yielding sand to yielding moss Hills and steeper streets, And bamboo hedges A neighbour opposite in a converted Monk's house With submarine-like stairs...

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The Others (Strand)

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THE' \TRE Towards the grave HILARY SPURLING The Criminals (Aldwych) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Saville) 'To the gouty all things are gouty,' said Herbert Beerbohm Tree, and...


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A nun to shun PENELOPE HOUSTON Warrendale (Royal Commonwealth Society, 7 October and 9 December) Cold Days (Academy Three, 'A') French pop singers last year were rhyming La...

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Malcolm Sargent

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IN MEMORIAM CHARLES REID Sir Malcolm Sargent is gone: and suddenly there's a hollowness and a glumness in the land, as fitly happens when one dies who had more than his share...

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Protest and precept MONEY

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NICHOLAS DAVENPORT I am all for enlarging the frontiers of the human mind and I have nothing against the anti-material revolution going on down the King's Road, Chelsea, where...


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CHRISTOPHER FILDES This is the debut of the SPECTATOR'S expanded financial section. Nicholas Davenport and Custos continue to write weekly. So does John Bull, who—boldly...

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Hands off our wallets!

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BUSINESS VIEWPOINT LORD CROMER Lord Cromer was Governor of the Bank of England from 1961 to 1966. He is now a managing director of Baring's, his family's merchant bank; a...

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Opening BAT

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PORTFOLIO JOHN BULL Last week I suggested some 'dos' and 'don'ts' which I thought investors ought to take into account. That sermon has produced the entirely reasonable...

Market report

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CUSTOS History was made by the share markets this week, the Financial Times index leaping to 392—a rise of 39 per cent from last Novem- ber's 'low' of 284. If you stand amazed...

ffolkes's business alphabet

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Failing the test

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ADVERTISING ROGER PEMBERTON On September 19, the Minister of Transport, Mrs Barbara Castle, held a splendiferous press conference at the Festival Hall to launch, in connection...

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Danger : people

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Sir : The letter from M. N. M. Paulin (22 Septem- ber) shares the feature of Michael Watts's article which stimulated me to write in the first place, namely, a failure to...

Two resignations

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Sir: Recently a senior regional manager was sum- marily dismissed by the board of British Railways for offering a public criticism of the board's finan- cial acumen and...

The compassion industry

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LETTERS From T. E. W. Baldry, David Sanders, J. M. Flood, Dr J. C. Spence, H. W. E. Reynolds, Richard Lamb, John Burns, H. C. Caley, David G. Woodley. air: At a first reading,...

Mr Heath and the chairman

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Sir: Mr Rose (Letters, 29 September) believes that 'the local Tory officials at least had the impression that being consulted on the leadership question meant something' in the...

Table Talk

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Sir: Sir Denis Brogan's French (22 September) has betrayed him. The bands formerly worn by clergy and still by the judiciary are called Yabat; i.e. something turned down. The...

Mr Thorpe's pilgrim band Sir: It is kind of Alan

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Watkins to describe New Outlook as an 'excellent magazine'; but he shows political cynicism by dismissing as a 'non-sequitur' my optimism about Jeremy Thorpe's future because he...

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Gash gold-vermilion

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Sir: As a general rule, people find it hard to appre- ciate the poetry of both Bridges and Hopkins; if they cleave to the one they will hate the other. Anthony Burgess (22...

Keeping in with the Joneses

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AFTERTHOUGHT JOHN WELLS There was an exhilarating and life-enhancing roar of rage in last week's New Listener — if you missed it turn on BBC sound or TV for the new...

A lovely space

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Sir: Occasionally I go to a football match. Read- ing a newspaper report afterwards I sometimes wonder whether I and the reporter saw the same match. So with Mr Tube's...

Flaubert's education

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Sir: In an article on Flaubert appearing in your issue of 1 September Sir Denis Brogan suggests that the world 'Bovarysme' could profitably form part of the English language....

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Chess no. 355

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PHILIDOR 5 men N. Petrovic (Special prize, Sportowiec, 1957). White to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to no. 354 (Zaldo): Q - R 6, threat Q x Kt. 1...

Crossword no.1294

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Across 1 Minerva's bird earthbound in Orange country (8) 5 Arrival of a short announcement about the Archdeacon (6) 9 Ghosts might serve to cool the ardour of Kitty's admirers...