14 OCTOBER 1938, Page 21


[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR] SIR,—In view of the pressing need for accelerating our defensive and protective measures in this country, included in which is the most important question of home-produced food, one marvels why someof the waste man-power that exists here cannot be utilised on the land.

There appear to be round about II millions of unemployed persons at the present time, many of whom being able bodied, and given appropriate supervision and instruction, might, one would imagine, be put to work in this way. There would not only be the health-giving value of the exercise in the open air, but the discipline and regularity of their daily duties, would save many of them from mental and moral" rot."

If we as a nation are to survive, it seems to me that we shall be compelled to adopt some of the industrial methods of the totalitarian Powers, otherwise we cannot expect to cope with their more practical ways of utilising every possible means for advancing the interests of their countries. They have their Labour Corps and various other organisations for ditecting the energies to useful account of their man and woman power, while we, in this country, appear to adopt the principle of laisser faire. With this immense difference, where are things likely to end ?—Faithfully yours, H. S. CREGEEN, 95 Leigham Court Road, Streatham, S.W.i6. A.M.I.C.E.