17 OCTOBER 1931, Page 11

In spite of a proclaimed national unity, we have to

face weeks of political oratory. For the orators' sakes I urge newspaper proof-readers to watch for misprints in the speeches of the candidates they support. For one descends so briskly from the sublime to the ridiculous by a misprint I Thus I observe that poor Mr. Wise has been accused of asserting that the economy stunt is not merely tragic but ridiculous, and that in another sphere the President of the Law Society deprecated (at Folkestone) the extravagance of many distinguished lawyers' fads (fees). Meanwhile Mr. Lloyd George's " tricky " election was denounced as prickly " in an eminent Liberal newspaper.