18 DECEMBER 1936, Page 3

For that Mr. Baldwin is entitled to a great measure

of the credit. He not merely gave the best of himself but drew the best out of Parliament. Never perhaps in history has the prestige of a Prime Minister stood higher than does that of Mr. Baldwin today. He must be subjected now to the temptation to go before it is dimmed, as it inevitably must be when we return to the tormenting questions of foreign policy, rearmament and the distressed areas, of which he has manifested of late a steadily slackening grip. But few now think that his departure would be in the publiF interest. It would be monstrously unfair to add to the Unprecedented burdens of the new Monarch a change in the head of his Government. Certainly no personal considerations concerning his reputation with posterity will influence Mr. Baldwin in his decision as to when is the proper moment to lay down the leadership.