17 OCTOBER 1931, Page 1

We deal in our leading articles with the manifestoes of

the Prime Minister, Mr. Baldwin and the National Liberals. There are points of difference which made it impossible for all to sign one document. But there is agreement enough, reached by that give-and-take which is only achieved among politicains when a dangerous emergency has to be met by patriotic men. They have all given up something in pursuit of unity. And the candidates and local associations have done likewise in nearly every constituency where there was need. We are all for local associations being free to choose their candidates without dictation from a central caucus, but to-day they have an urgent duty not to let their local feeling override the call from the centre for unity. There have been many examples of this realization of the duty to put the unity of the country first. Sir Edward Grigg, for instance, has refused nomination for the seat he has been wooing in order not to oppose a National Labour candidate, the former member, in a division of Leeds. There is no excuse for opposing Sir Donald Maclean in Cornwall. * * * *