20 DECEMBER 1957, Page 18

CELTS AND GOVERNMENT Sta,—No doubt Lord Attlee will be surprised

to learn that he was apprenticed to the art of government under Conservative auspices during the war. Accord- ing to Robert Blake that was the case. However, I am not so much at odds with Mr. Blake for that little joke; what prompts me to write to you, sir, is this statement of Mr. Blake's : 'He [Attlee] had a majority, a policy, and, not being Celtic, a clear mind.'

Well now, to resort to a stock answer to silly state- ments like these; what about Mr. Bevan, a Celt of the Celts? Is his mind not clear? Or Mr. Macleod, a member of the present Government, or W. S. Mor- rison (a Gaelic-speaker to boot), or James Griffiths, or the late David Lloyd George? Every one of them bemused; all in a mental fog?

The funny part of it is that Ramsay MacDonald was not a Celt. Lossiemouth is not in the Highlands of Scotland.—Yours faithfully, A. M. MACLEAN 5 Queen's Crescent, Glasgow