5 NOVEMBER 1927, Page 18


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—In his interesting letter which appears in the Spectator of September 17th, Mr. T. B. Napier asks for advice as to how he, a Moderate Liberal, should vote at the next General Election, which he considers not far distant. My advice to him is very simple, and it is twofold.

1. Drop the adjective " moderate." He will get along better without such qualifying words as " moderate " or " advanced," and as for " progressive " it is unnecessary, for Liberalism must be so if it is true to itself.

2. Vote Liberal by all means. This is not only the right thing for a Liberal to do, it will also, I belieVe; prove the safest. It will secure the freedom . of the individual, which must be looked upon as vital, and it will take the wind out of the sails, of those who attack that freedom. Recent facts confirm the wisdom of my advice.

Taking the total vote in the recent elections, to which Mr. Napier refers, into the reckoning, Liberalism conies ont a good first, Labour is second, and Toryism is five, thousand below