11 MARCH 1966, Page 15


Stit—I have subscribed to the SPECTATOR for SCUM thirty to forty years. I had not thought that I should live to find it in the hands of an editor capable of taking an attitude of such infantile 'friviality' to- wards an issue as important as that of fluoridation of public water supplies.

If he genuinely wants to understand why 'feelings run so strong,' there is no need to go to the trouble of consulting 'a competent Freudian analyst.' Merely reading the two leaflets enclosed—one from the scientific and one from the medical point s4lir view—should help him to grasp why the people of this country object to this piece of Big Brother If he would follow that up by studying the full text of the excellent speech by Lord Douglas of Barloch in the House of Lords debate on January 26, I should hope that we might look forward to support instead of ridicule from a paper that has tended in the past to stand up for the rights of the individual.

Stonethwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick S. A: CROFT