21 MAY 1948, Page 4

I am not surprised that Mr. E. M. Forster has

resigned from the National Council of Civil Liberties. I shall only be surprised if his resignation is not followed by others. This body has been moving visibly to the Left for some time, and it now appears that it is thoroughly pervaded -by Communist influence. Mr. Forster stands well to the Left in politics himself, and if he finds the present flavour of the Council of Civil Liberties is too strong for him I imagine it will be too strong for most people. * * *