25 NOVEMBER 1932, Page 6

Everyone has been glad to read the verdict Sir Thomas

Horder was able to give on Tuesday on the Prime Minister's health. I wrote , a few weeks ago—with full warrant—of the anxiety Mr. MacDonald's health was causing his friends, and I mentioned signs that he was, as his doctor concedes, "at times a tired man and often a strained man." Subject to that he is, as Sir Thomas asserted, physically and mentally fit, but an hour or so after his medical adviser was speaking the Prime Minister himself was preparing the House of Commons for "a very .strenuous session " and announcing his intention to do some personal campaigning in the country. On that basis a tired and strained man is not likely to get less strained and tired. A long Christmas holiday away from the telephone is what the Premier owes to the country most.