3 OCTOBER 1952, Page 6

The Times has its own way with its own affairs—on

the whole a very good way. The announcement on Wednesday : "Mr. W. F. Casey retired last night from the Editorship of The Times. Sir William Haley takes up the Editorship today," was so inconspicuous as almost to escape notice altogether. It is safe to say that in Sir William Haley The Times acquires an excellent editor. It is even safer to say that in Mr. Casey it loses one. Casey became editor unexpectedly, on Barrington Ward's untimely death, but he has been nothing of the nature of a stop-gap. His age made it certain that he would not be editor for very long, and ill-health unfortunately made that still more certain. But he has been an editor of the first order, however little the public might have realised that, for The Times mechan- ism works behind an iron curtain—experienced, shrewd, cultured, . always courteous and considerate to his staff. He inherited a great tradition, and bequeaths it untarnished.

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