22 DECEMBER 1939, Page 15

We flatter ourselves that the " good sense " of

the British people is impervious to the falsifications in which Lord Haw Haw indulges. I fear that this is a dangerous illusion. What we regard as good sense is all too often a complete absence of any sense at all. Our people are amazingly tolerant and easy-going ; it does not occur to them to resent the fact that British subjects should lend themselves to the designs of our enemies. The French are not so tolerant. They call the French equivalent of Lord Haw-Haw " the traitor of Stuttgart," since it is from that agreeable city that he endeavours to sow distrust between the French people and ourselves. The British public regard Lord Haw-Haw with something approaching affection. Theirs is all too receptive a frame of mind.