3 MAY 1940, Page 3

Sir John Anderson is again conferring with the spokesmen of

the various parties on the matter of subversive propaganda. It is a ticklish subject; no two members seem to agree as to where the line should be drawn. All parties are theoretically in favour of free speech; but what is to be done with those who would themselves deny every kind of freedom ? In other words, is the protection of the law to be afforded to Sir Oswald Mosley and his Communist sparring-partners when each faction would itself entirely suppress those of whom it dis- approved? The answers vary. On the whole, the Liberals are the extreme champions of the liberty of the subject. Labour speaks with an uncertain voice, since the Socialist party has had much experience of Communist attempts at political sabotage. The Home Secretary's decision will probably be made known within the next ten days.