12 DECEMBER 1931, Page 2

On Buying British There must be reason in all thingS,

including buying British. The general aim of the Buy British campaign has' already been endorsed in these columns, but seine aspects of the Movement have been so far too little considered. At the present moment the shops and stores of Great Britain are heavily stocked with goods bought, as they have been bought for years past, from various countries of the world, and ordered in this case months before the present financial crisis and the special necessity for buying British arose. Most of them are already paid for and all of them will have to be. They were bought in the first instance to satisfy the traditional demands of the British public, and to subject them to an organized boycott now will mean ruining small traders and seriously injuring larger concerns, The Buy British campaign is effectively checking fresh orders of foreign goods, but equity and reason alike forbid a rigid boycott of existing stocks. Business is bad enough anyhow without that gratuitous handicap.