7 AUGUST 1959

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All White

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B EFORE the printing dispute arrived at the strike (or lock-out) stage we argued that both sides knew more or less what the final agreement would be; that its terms would not be...


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'jjaLcoME though the news is of the TY international thaw, its impact on domestic politics may be unfortunate. The Prime Minister appears to believe that he deserves some of the...

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The Devlin Report

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON T RE Devlin Commission's report will rank as one of the great documents on colonial affairs. It has surveyed the whole scene in Nyasaland and interpre- ted...

The Meaning of Castro

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THE main concern of the meeting of American foreign ministers at Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday, called by the Organisation of American States to consider events in the...

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Westminster Commentary

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FIRST, let us call the roll of honour. It will not take us long. When, in the Hola debate, Mr. Enoch Powell (I shall re- turn to his contribution later) had finished his...

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I FEAR 1 MUST HAVE expressed myself badly on the

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subject of whether the names of doctors who are disciplined by the Health Authorities should be pub- lished. The point I was trying to make was that where a doctor is shown to...

ONE OF THE LETTERS Which have come in recently to

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the Spectator's sales depart- ment expressing pleasure at the new size and format (as I have said already, we like it too; but technical and financial considerati,ons combine to...

A Spectator's Notebook THE CAMPAIGN to get a new Obscenity

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Act onto the Statute Book began five years ago at a meet- ing in the Princess Ida room at the Savoy: and last week, a quarter of an hour after the Bill had received the Royal...

ON THE FACE OF IT the suggestion made by the

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Committee of Public Accounts that commercial television contracts Should be reached by competitive tender is unwise. It would merely encourage the Present trend, which is for...

THE WAYS OF THE film industry remain a constant source

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of mystification to me. Recently there came on in London, with a flourish of publicity trumpets, a film called The Boy and the Bridge. I have not seen it, nor have the opinions...

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The Dead Won't Lie Down

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By LESLIE HALE, MP M R. G. K. CHESTERTON has somewhere pointed out that the first emotion of the murderer may be honest indig- nation with the not easily disposable corpse. The...

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Moments of Stress

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By ANTHONY HARTLEY Brussels 0 N the surface Belgium does not look like a country with serious problems—more serious, that is, than those of any other country in these atomic...

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Dogma Beneath the Skin By ALAN BRIEN THE Hammersmith revue has been welcomed and applauded for its free- dom from the preten- tious, fake intimacy of the familiar Shaftesbury...


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IN Hogarth's time there were pitiable creatures so broken down by poverty that they sought consola- tion in gin at twopence a tot. The Schoolmasters' Wine Club, at a wine-...

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Slice of My Life By ISABEL QUIGLY The Nun's Story. (War- ! 1._C ner.)—I Want to Live. a S (London Pavilion.)—The ° Boy and the Bridge. 8 (Curzon.) Every film critic has a .1...


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Sickert at School HOD GSON By SIMON AT this time o f year London gallery owners blanket their walls with a miscellany from all the painters in their stables, and make tracks...

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Learning Sincerity By PETER FORSTER WHAT appears to be a mechanical grab fills the screen; then the camera retreats an inch to re- veal, above, twin tunnels in some...

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Consuming Interest

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On the Carpet By LESLIE ADRIAN In the meantime, I find that carpets are a subject about which most people—and I am one of them—are either ill-informed or uninformed. Here,...

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The British Radical 0. C. G. Haver Steel Curtain' David Murray Negligent Doctors Dr. Alastair A. McInnes Telling the World Norman Tiptaft Jews and Gentlemen Lady Haworth Split...


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Si,—The Harry Johnson who deals with my little book Steel Curtain in your columns writes for all the world like one of those chaps out of Oxbridge who much prefer disputative...

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Snt,—Of the thousands of people addressed on my recent American tour, I note that only two have objected to some things I said, and they are both British. • It seems,...

JEWS AND GENTLEMEN was very interested in your article called

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'Jews and Gentlemen' in your issue of July 24. I should be most grateful if some- body can give me a simple definition of what a Jew is. When we were in Israel recently we...

NEGLIGENT DOCTORS SIR,—Pharos is as wrong as he can be

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in his comments on doctors who have been fined for negligence and whose names are not revealed. He implies that some doctors may be protected from the legal consequences of...


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SIR- Your right to hold, and to express, your views I would, with Voltaire, to the death defend; To criticise (aright, awrong) the news Is a review's correct and proper end....

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Grounds for Approval By RICHARD WOLLHEIM T HE Two Cultures and the Scientific . Revolution* is written in a style that is at once personal and modest. But it would be a...

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Volcanic Sicily

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Words are Stones: Impressions of Sicily. By Carlo Levi. Translated by Angus Davidson. (Gollancz, 16s.) CARLO LEVI'S first book, Christ Slopped at Eboli, was a best seller and a...

Fine Time for the Law

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'HE did not care to speak ill of any man behind his back,' Dr. Johnson told Boswell, 'but he believed the gentleman was an attorney.' Singular as Dr. Johnson was, he was not...

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Pity me, Annie

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THE following lines were unknown to me, and may be to others: Believe me, Annie, 'Tis want of money That forces us apart; It is not any Capriciousness of heart; Pity me,...

Roman Rides

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Poets in a Landscape. By Gilbert Highet. (Pelican Books, Gs.) Poets in a Landscape. By Gilbert Highet. (Pelican Books, Gs.) DR. HIGHET thinks that much of ancient Italy...

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Oh Realism What Crimes . . .

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ON her wedding night the woman in question discovers that 'catastrophe had overtaken her and that she was more than a week premature.' She was enor- mously embarrassed'; but not...

More Like a Tower of Flame

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The Godstone and the Blackymor. By T. H. White, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. (Jonathan Cape, 18s.) HERE, to remind the English town-dweller, is Mr. White to tell him that...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Fortunately we have not had inflation In this economy for eighteen months. The retail price index has been stable for a year. At this season it usually...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS Q TORE shares look and behave very much like a stale bull market. The HARRODS bid drags on—dragging down the shares of the bidders—and the popular press is suggesting...

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Company Notes

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T HE printing dispute has prevented the Capital & Counties Property Com- pany from giving shareholders a fuller report on the occasion of the company's twenty-fifth anniversary....