15 DECEMBER 1944, Page 13


SIR,—The writer of the article "Doubts and Discontents" avoids dealing with the first conviction attributed to the soldiers of the 2nd Army— that we shall lose the peace and precipitate another war in ten or twenty years' time. This opinion is shared by more of us at home than may be thought to be the case. We are told we are within measureable distance of a General Election. Cannot each Party tell us plainly what its policy is for the treatment of Germany after the war? The Party which comes out first and strongest with an assurance that every industry even remotely connected with the machinery and implements of war is to be rooted out and permanently banned in Germany, irrespective of the consequences to Germany's economy as a whole or to those who still think in terms of a post-war German market, will assure itself of more votes and of a greater measure of support throughout the country than it can hope to do in any other way. This is the acid test, and is not to be avoided. No controls or limitations can provide comparable safeguards against another war, and this is quite certainly our last chance to learn our lesson.—Yours faithfully, W. J. jamas. - The Royal Automobile Club, London, S.W. r.