10 MAY 1930, Page 1

For our part we cannot help feeling that Mr. Banfield,

who had the advantage of not being opposed by a Liberal, could have done much more to state the Free Trade case against Lord Beaverbrook's Protectionism with its misleading name. In times of acute industrial distress men grasp at straws. There is a strong tempta- tion for them to vote on the principle that "Nothing could be worse than what we have got. There can be no harm in trying something else." Perhaps we ought to be surprised that the Unionist, or let us call it the Beaverbrook, vote was not Much larger, for there is no doubt that "Empire Free Trade" was pressed with tremendous energy and considerable ability. Even so, it must be remembered that as recently as 1924 the Unionist majority was more than 5,000.