16 FEBRUARY 1940, Page 22


SIRS I was glad to read the letters from Mrs. Mozley and Mr. Tetley under the above heading in your issue of February 9th.

Of the self-refuting statements of " fact" in the book to which they refer it is not necessary to speak ; but it is surely nothing short of a scandal that any holder of a public office from which he draws a large salary should be allowed to disseminate opinions entirely inconsistent with the principles which are accepted as a necessary qualification for its tenure.

In this country the greatest freedom is given to the expression of opinions, however extreme, but that freedom must always be subject to the rule that, when such opinions are, as in this case, in indirect conflict with the duties and with the very basis upon which a public office is held, it is the manifest duty of its holder to resign.—Yours faithfully,