22 FEBRUARY 1952, Page 5

The Times and the mining companies which inserted an The

general comment on the result of the case against advertisement in its pages last October, suggesting that the pending General Election would provide an opportunity of saving the country from being reduced to bankruptcy through the policies of the Socialist Government, is that it is surprising that the case should ever have been brought. The charge was that the advertisement represented expenditure calculated to advance the cause of the candidate for the City of London and Westminster in particular, and was therefore an infringe- ment of the section of the Representation of the People Act (1949) restricting candidates' expenditure. Most people will completely approve the Judge's action in ruling against this contention and deciding that there was no case to go to the jury. All the same the question is marginal, for the section of the Act in question is vague and ambiguous. JANUS.