25 JANUARY 1935, Page 19


[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Both in your issue of January 18th, and in the small publication which he edits, Lord Elton has indicated that as one of the so-called National Labour people who adhere to the alleged leadership of the Prime Minister, he is willing to undertake the less reputable propaganda work of the Conservative Party.

In my controversy with the President of the, apparently, anti-Labour Party Incorporated Association of Headmasters, I certainly made no apologia. On the contrary, I vigorously counter-attacked the President of the Association who had introduced political matters into his presidential address.

Lord Elton knows as well as I do that the whole point of the London Labour Party Conference resolution was to demand that school textbooks should be accurate and reliable. He also knows that in various parts of Great Britain there are some textbooks, particularly history books, which are not accurate and reliable. He further knows that I have assured the public that neither the London Labour Party nor the L.C.C. Labour Party wishes to use the schools for party political purposes, and this, of course, gives us the right to prevent other people using them for such purposes.

In these circumstances Lord Elton has no excuse for the line he has taken unless it be that he wishes to be persona grata with the propaganda department of the Conservative Central

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