29 OCTOBER 1910, Page 16


SIR,—I am sorry you have allowed the champion opportunist, Mr. Lloyd George, to advertise himself in connexion with your journal, although you get before the public as well as this motor-car-riding member of the working class, who tours Europe at the expense of the taxpayers, and therefore the public, and prefers a holiday abroad amongst the foreigners he is so fond of. You never read a speech of the Chancellor of the Exchequer but you always find he makes political capital out of it/or himself. Please look his speeches up ; it is always giving somebody something, first the teachers, then somebody else, &c. He trades on the feelings and sentiments of the working classes, knowing full well any addition to the mass of officials he and his party are loading on the public's back must make the cost of living greater for the masses, and an everlasting dead load for the "hewers of wood," &c., to provide and clothe. I do not suppose Mr. Lloyd George has ever "produced" anything in his life, and to say he is a "working " man is a complete misstatement.—I am, We publish "Working Man's" letter not because we agree with it or approve of the violence of its language, but because it shows the hollowness of Mr. Lloyd George's allegation that the Spectator is not read by working men. As a matter of fact, we receive proofs every week of how large is our audience of bond-fide working men. They are readers of whom we are proud. The thoughtful working man—and there are as many men who think in

ills class as in the other classes—does not want a subservient or a parasitic paper, and even when he differs from the Spectator finds no diffieulty in realising that our opinions are honestly held.—En. Spectator.]