11 MAY 1929, Page 3

The new Primate; replying for The Guests, took for his

main theme a subject dear to the Spectator, namely the preservation of England's rural beauty. He deplored the spread of drab and dreary suburbs, fitted with " every modern convenience," which seemed to show that our sense of beauty was being progressively dulled. Nor did he fail to mention the proposal of the Electricity Commissioners to erect a huge power station in the heart of Battersea, which has aroused a storm of protest. It is true that domestic coal fires are responsible for most of the smoke of London, but the argument that the relatively small responsibility of a power station therefore does not matter is maddening.