13 AUGUST 1927, Page 14

- [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

Sru,--Lord Astor in his letter says that the Trade has been.: agitating for a reduction in the spirit tax in order to obtain an increased consumption for a " bad purpose." Surely Lord Astor does not suggest that the distillers are seeking a reduction in the present heavy taxation in order that people may drink to excess ? A reduction in price will not necessarily mean that people will drink to excess, but rather that people who desire this form of beverage, and who cannot now afford spirits, will be able to obtain .them. It is from, this source I should imagine the distillers hope for an increased