21 JANUARY 1928, Page 3

McCartney "joined up" in the War when he was only

fifteen and seems to have been both capable and gallant. Afterwards he became a Communist. Perhaps politics went to his head. Perhaps he lost his money, of which he had inherited quite enough. At all events he took money for the most sordid treason. It is a lamentable spectacle ; but there is something in an ultimate sense more lamentable still—a national policy which pays for personal depravity and treason at a time when it is not pretended that 'there is any immediate danger of War. Such systems might be looked into as part of the 'Disarmament inquiry.

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