15 NOVEMBER 1946, Page 16


SIR,—I am taking the liberty of writing to you, having read Harold Nicolson's Marginal Comment in your last issue. May I say that I feel deeply with him when he speaks of the poor attendance (of mostly elderly people) at the Town Hall meeting. Mr. Nicolson, being very polite, understates the case. In truth, it was a sorry exhibition of drabness and lack of imagination on the part of those who arranged the meeting, and a very poor tribute to Mr. Nicolson's unrivalled powers of exposition, not to speak of his great knowledge and that of the other two speakers. As I wrote in a letter which was published in The Oxford Times; good organisation and a crusading spirit are vital in " putting over " the ;dea of U.N.O. There are others, like myself, who feel that the great university city of Oxford should be able to set an example of enlightened enthusiasm to the rest of the country in this matter, instead of which it lags far behind. I have had some experience of working in the clubs and societies which exist for promoting international affairs, and I regret to say that there seems to be a similar lack of organisational and co- ordinating capacity, of the exhilarating leadership of youth and per- sonality. Such a lack stunts the growth of ideas and keeps membership low. As " a youth " of Oxford, I must protest against this prevailing apathy and neglect. I only wish that Mr. Nicolson's article could be distributed in thousands of copies throughout the town and university.—