mass march on the American Embassy to protest about the war in Vietnam. Ten thousand people, including students and dons, are expected to turn up.
Chris Hitchens, secretary of the University Labour Club is quoted by Cherwell as saying: "Violence is very likely; windows in the Embassy will probably be smashed."
Two paragraphs later, undergraduate Michael Rosen, who will he on the march, is quoted as saying: "The newspapers will probably confuse the issues by blaming it all on student rowdyism."
Perhaps they'll have sorted it out by the time they reach Grosvenor Square.
/Wiens in Sunday Times.
THERE are peculiar reasons ' why it is unlikely that the present Archbishop of Canterbury would wish to remain in office much past his seventieth birthday, which will fall on November 14, 1974. He makes little secret of the acute boredom he suffers as a result of much of the administrative burden of his job, and it would be surprising if he did riot look forward to spending the remainder of his
life in the peaceful pursuits of a don, for he is first and foremost a don and a scholar, never happier than when he is free to read and write.
Article in the Times.
ROMAN Catholics in England ' have tended to be ultrapapalists though there has always been another tradition, of which in his day Cardinal Newman was the most balanced and bestloved exponent. It is important to remember that this tradition is just as Catholic as the authoritarian and curial one, even though it had to wait for John XXIII to reach the papacy.
It was no accident that it was John who called the Council; he was an historian, a Christian social democrat, and a man who wasted the people, all people, so that they could trust him to give them, not the answer to every problem, but the encounter of love.
Meriol Trevor —Sunday Telegraph correspondence columns.
T SOMETIMES think we should
make a virtue of necessity. and offer to make a loan to the Foreign Service to General de Gaulle, for payment in gold, of course. A country as heavily in hock as ours cannot have a foreign policy anyway, so we we should hardly miss our diplomats. The top flight of the French diplomatic service is probably unrivalled; but the rest leaves plenty to be desired, and here our Foreign Service could he usefully employed. They could hardly fail to acquire from their French colleagues both the knowledge of continental languages they lack and the healthy scepticism about the wisdom of the State Department they need. When, in three or four years' time, we got them back again, we should be several hundred millions dollars to the good, and we should have a Foreign Service which was properly cosmopolitanised once more.
Jock Bruce-Gardyne in the Spectator.
TN 1958 the late Lord Beaver' brook decided to spend Easter in Rome; while he was there he heard the Pope speaking to the vast crowd of 100,000 or more who thronged St. Peter's Square on Easter morning.
When he returned to his villa in the South of France he was still dazzled by what he had seen. (The cause of Empire Free Trade never drew such numbers.) The power that man has,' he said; and the rueful, envious tribute thus reluctantly wrung from this bishop-baiting old Calvinist was a shrewder judgment than Stalin's crude sally: 'How many divisions has the Pope got?'
Ivan Yates in the Observer.
AM indeed sorry to hear that
you have lost some faithful readers simply for taking a realistic, sensible and civilised line over the rebellion of certain of Her Majesty's agents in Rhodesia.
Human nature being what it is, the orderly use of force has to be part and parcel of civilised life. If a criminal is sentenced arid refuses to submit voluntarily, then he is taken to prison by force. Incidentally, our prisons are full of our own kith and kin.
Letter in Guardian.