13 MARCH 1953, Page 5

I commented last week on the conspicuously non-partisan character of

Mr. James Griffiths's party political broadcast on the previous Saturday evening. Last Saturday Mr. Oliver Lyttelton was appearing in the same series and talking on the same subject. Having the last word he had a good opportunity to hit back hard. He did nothing of the sort. Instead he quoted with approval and full agreement the definition of Britain's colonial policy formed by a Labour Secretary for the Colonies, Mr. Creech Jones. He argued as strenuously for Central African Federation as Mr. Griffiths had argued against it, but without a vestige of personal antagonism. This is a high level for the discussion of colonial affairs—and the right level. It is a great pity that lesser debaters of this profoundly difficult question cannot exercise the same restraint.