7 MAY 1954

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Europe and the Saar

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Beside the monstrous chaos that threatens the Government of France, the question of the Saar may seem insignificant. But, in European terms, the visit of Professor Hallstein to...


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I HE co-option of Mr. Harold Wilson as a member of the Labour Shadow Cabinet makes that body look still more like a shadow and less like a Cabinet. It is true sho uld that the...

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Access to Tibet

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Contacts, in 'whatever sphere, between India and China have in the past been remarkably few. Last week came a reminder that this state of affairs is unlikely to endure for ever,...

The Pound in Europe

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ment, partly by a funding arrangement. But this offer is mode conditional on the creditors adopting measures (such as more liberal import policies, and the reduction of export...

Buy your own House

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The excellent scheme announced by Mr. Macmillan in th e House on Tuesday whereby a £2,000 house may now be bough t for £100 or £200 down (according to age) is intended to pe r...

McCarthy at Large

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The case of the Army v. McCarthy has now shocked the liberal conscience of America into a noticeable degree of activity. This fact may even have been responsible for the unusual...

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The in Britain i nd l .he increaSe in immigration into England from

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the West h les has only recently been in the news, but for some time "ow the s i ght '4, t oe sight of numbers of these immigrants has been an 1 6„ -r easingly familiar one in...

T he TV Battle The Government's Television Bill has now moved

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into the ilvvrotnittee stage and encountered a few of the one hundred and 0 e ntY-odd amendments lying in wait for it. Judging from the r i e n.ing stage of the debate alone it...


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The Government has been plugging away. Mr. Butler got the second reading of his Finance Bill on Monday without a division, according to custom, and he reported gleefully another...

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I T is a grim sign of the times that the only clear guidance given to the Geneva Conference so far has come not from the British, Chinese, American or Russian representatives,...

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A Parish Anatomized " Can you " (ran the twentieth

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of twenty-three questions circulated one hundred years ago by Bishop Wilberforce to the clergy of Oxfordshire) " mention anything which specially impedes your own ministry or...

Doctored Criticism • ta_At its meeting on Tuesday the Press

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Council dealt with the th e se r ,of Gunn v. Hopkinson. Mr. Herbert Gunn, the editor of p ai ,"ailY Sketch, invited Mr. Tom Hopkinson to write for his te a signed review of a...

How Not To Take An Opportunity

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Undated, grubby and perforated with pin-holes where it had been attached to a succession of files, the letter—printed in imitation typescript and signed with the printed...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK SING myself a restless sort of person,

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I find it hard to withhold sympathy from people who move about in a spasmodic and often rather aimless way; but I cannot he ll) wondering whether Mr. Dulles's boot-and-saddle...

Stnear I don't think I have ever read a more

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ghastly book than G c Ite With The Windsors, of which its American publishers say " Occasionally a book is written with such skill, such werful conviction, that, however...

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By STEPHEN TOULMIN HE suspension of Dr. Robert Oppenheimer has

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re-started a number of old arguments about the scientist's place in politics - and government. Since 1945 the man in the street has seen enough scientists in the headlines,...

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Protestants and Parties

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JACK WHITE Dublin HE visitor arriving unbriefed in Dublin at the moment would find himself in the midst of a somewhat puzzling eruption of the national spirit. He would find...

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San Marino

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By CONSTANTINE FITZGIBBON duced by the government tourist bureau, " do not fail to visit the quite new kursaal." I did not fail. It is a large, white building, hospital-modern...

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THEATRE The Dark is Light Enough. By Christopher Fry. (Aldwych.) CHRISTOPHER FRY'S new play is set, so we are told, in a country house in the Austro- Hungarian empire during...


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The Royal Academy. (Burlington House.) "I AM strongly disposed to believe that there are very few debates in Parliament so impor- tant to the public welfare as a really good...

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Prince Valiant. (Carlton.)—Hell and High Water. (Odeon, Marble • Arch.)-- --- Henrietta. (Cameo-Poly.) HAVING been so Often accused of interpreting history in comic strip...


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Strauss and Dallapiccola I MISSED the Covent Garden revival of Elektra last year and the performance of April 30th was the first I had heard for sixteen years. I have always...


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WHEN the Moscow State Dance Company's season was first announced, one really did not know just what to expect. A tr oupe of folk dancers, all of whom were women, sounded a...

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Sta, — The point which Mr. Edmunds makes is a good one. The offence commonly known as drunken driving' is in law committed by being " under the influence of drink or a drug to...

Letters to the Editor

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THE FILM FRACAS SiR.-1 hope that you will be able, to find space for this letter in reply to the article entitled 'The Film Fracas' by Nicholas Davenport which was published...

SIR,—May 1 support the plea of Dr. A. L, Goodhart

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for a Royal Commission on-Road Safety ? I was police surgeon in this city for more than 30 years and must have exam- ined hundreds of motorists arrested by the police for being...


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Sur,—May I venture to point out that your excellent paper has (not, of course, surpris- ingly), followed the Lord Lyon in his curious lapse from accuracy in the controversy...

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SIR,—My handwriting defeated your com- positors this week, and in my review of Mr. Packe's Life of John Stuart Mill, a philoso- pher I mention appears as Mr. Hegel.' This should...


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S1R,—May a science teacher make his apologia? First, it must be admitted that a brilliant person can make his mark in science having done little or none at school—as, indeed, he...

SEEING AND SPELLING SIR,—During the past three years I have

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been engaged with a colleague in research into the teaching of reading and perhaps you will find space to print a few comments on Miss Pamela Hansford Johnson's article. (1) A...

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Tomato Beds

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It is difficult to obtain good manure for tomatoes, but the beds can be enriched by laying turf, grass side down, before the nev i vi , soil is put in, and if one is lucky...

e.g. mu fit and well," "I have bee' 0 " ( 1 8 missioned,"

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"Twins born," etc., b.) code numbers on cables to and from persons IA other parts of the world. For the usual Pr i ; of £5 competitors are invited to devise 4 , additional set...

tion from shrubs and hedges. Such a colony included Jacky

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Winter, Blue Wren, Yellow Robin, Fly-catcher, Honey-eater and many others. On the Chatswood property there are no small birds whatever, although the loca- tion is not more than...

Yesterday I stopped to watch two men sowing a field

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with oats. They were doing it in the old-fashioned way, as my grandfather used to do it—by hand from buckets. It looks so simple, this hand-sowing of seed, but it is an art....

Country Life

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The Five-Pound Limerick

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 218 Report by Allan M. Laing SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 218 Report by Allan M. Laing Are good limericks still being concocted? The usual prize was...

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Compton Mackenzie

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S IXTY years ago the need which every schoolboy fell., and I expect still feels, to find a favourite team for his partisan spirit to support led me to choose West Bromwich...

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Lying: Pure and Impure By E.ARNOT ROBERTSON 661, URE lies," my great aunt used to say, with an accent on the ` pure,' of any statement the contents of which she deprecated, if...

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The New Cricket Season T HE first matches in the county cricket championship will begin on Saturday. Once again, that is to say, cricket, with a modesty bordering upon the...

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The Museum, Tenby

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Here are the seabirds, under each a mothball. Here are the doctor's railings, hit by a bomb. The bull of time has stamped upon a puffball ; Its dust is laid between index and...

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Janus's Backward Look By SIR WILLIAM BEACH THOMAS S OME years ago an Irish lady of great charm, a relation of Sir Horace Plunkett, wrote an account of her life under the tide,...

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MR. LUCAS'S achievement as a translator and as an introducer

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of Greek poetry seems to me to be not only extensive but admirable. His first book, Greek Poetry for Everyman, with its excellent notes, deserved all the high praise it...

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Politics and the Constitution

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overnment and Parliament: A Survey from the Inside. By Herbert Cabinet room at No. 10 Downing Street and explains what happens at a Cab let meeting. This makes an excellent...

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Apologia Pro Vita Sua

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The Age of Suspicion. By James A. Wechsler. (Andre Deutsch. 16s.) IT was a rash attack by Charles Kingsley that gave Newman the provocation and the opportunity to write his...

Howard's Folly

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The Truth about Dartmoor. By George Dendrickson and Frederick Thomas. (Gollancz. 12s. 6d.) A FANATICAL reformer armed with authority can do more harm than a maniac armed with a...

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Romantics and Decadents

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IT is impossible to study the French literature of the last quarter of the nineteenth century without meeting Joris Karl Huysmans at almost every turn. Nor is this surprising....

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Atlantic Passage

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DURING the last few years, relations between English and American literature appear greatly to have improved. We have had the opportunity of seeing some excellent critical and...

Trotsky Revisited The Prophet Armed. By Isaac Deutscher. (O.U.P. 30s.)

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MR. ISAAC DEMMER has brought a tireless enthusiasm to the compilation of this first volume of the two which will form his full- scale biography of Lev Bronstein, alias Leon...

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America and China

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MANY strands of interest, effort, and hope merged in the American attitude towards pre-Communist China. There were reputable trading connections which went far back into the...

Josephine Butler

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Portrait of Josephine Butler. By A. S. G. Butler. (Faber. 21s.) "THE most important events in history arc those that alter the outlook of an age. . . . The way in which men and...

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New Novels

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Footman in Powder. By Helen Ashton. (Collins. 12s. 6d.) HISTORICAL novels always run the risk of concentrating on the back- ground at the expense of the characters. In his...

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Company Notes

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By CUSTOS AMR a good deal of profit-taking the stock markets entered the new account on Wed- nesday on a firm note. The rise in the gold reserves last month to over £1,000...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT ON the fundamental issues of private enter- prise and the profit motive the points of view expressed by Mr. Halford Reddish, the chairman of Rugby Portland...