11 MARCH 1922, Page 3

It would be unwise to deduce political morals from the

County Council election, the result of which apparently presents a striking contrast with the recent by-elections in 'which the Coalition have suffered losses. No doubt many of the Municipal Reformers are Unionists. But the Municipal Reform party won the County Council election because it offered the hard- pressed ratepayer a definite programme of prudent economy, as opposed to the lukewarm Progressive proposals and to the avowed desire of the Labour and Communist Parties to bleed the unhappy citizens of London for all kinds of fantastic schemes of "work or maintenance," municipal banks and so forth.