11 DECEMBER 1936, Page 3

Next to Mr. Baldwin no man has risen more splendidly

to the occasion than Mr. Attlee. Throughout he has behaved in a very difficult position with exemplary restraint. His questions have always been helpful and in perfect taste. It is remarkable, indeed, how he has been able to exercise his influence over his party, in normal times by no means amenable to Front Bench discipline. With the exception of the irrepressible Sir Stafford Cripps, not one of the Labour Members made a single unhappy reference to the issue in their week-end speeches. Indeed, the Labour Party grasped from the first the essential fact that those who would work up the people on this issue against the politicians were not merely doing a disservice to the King but were striking a deadly blow at the whole institution of demo- cracy.