26 DECEMBER 1931, Page 17


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I have just read a book, Life in Spain To-day, written by G. W. Armstrong, an. Englishman living in Spain under the dictatorships, and, in numerous comparisons of Spain with England, I came upon the following remarks :

" There i5 a growing tendency among Latin Peoples to look upon the British as a race which has now entered upon the last phase of its glories, and may be seen in frank decline."—Page 124. " We English are too apt to declare other countries unfit for democratic self-government, while never doubting for a moment that we ourselves are ripe for it."—Page 256. " But in England, where taxation is highest of all, they suffer the chagrin of seeing the fruits of their labour used more and more for the creation of a pauper State."—Page 265.

I fear there is much truth in these implications : depressing thoughts, indeed ! Can any of your correspondents give consolations under present conditions ?—I am; Sir, &c., ANxIous.