20 JANUARY 1950, Page 15


Voting Liberal SIR.—You will not expect Liberals to agree with your leading article, Election Issues. Where you go wrong is, first, in assuming that we " have no possible prospect of forming the next Government." Prophecy, especially when committed to paper, is dangerous ; was not Mr. Truman elected President of the U.S.A. in the face of universal prophecies to the contrary?

Your second mistake is to over-simplify the issues at the next election; they are far wider than the speed and scope of nationalisation. The electors are entitled to express views on the need for a more vigorous drive towards the freeing of the channels of international trade ; on whether the voluntary system is not a more effective means of providing a national defence force than conscription ; on whether there should not be a fundamental change in the relations between capital and labour ; on whether taxation is not in urgent need of simplification ; on whether our antiquated electoral system is in need of reform. If the electors are against these things, they have the choice of voting either Conservative or Labour ; if they favour them, they should vote Liberal, and they are being given the opportunity to do so.—Yours, &c.,


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