16 FEBRUARY 1940, Page 3

On agriculture Mr. Lloyd George has delivered three considerable speeches

in a month. No one who listened to any one of them could make the mistake of regarding him .ss a spent force. in British politics. In the art of oratory, with the single possible exception of Mr. Churchill, he still has no competitor in the present Parliament, and at the age of seventy-seven he is actually increasing his hold over the present Parliament. This is not to say that he necessarily commands general agreement. But on the organisation of a national war effort he speaks with the matchless authority of the successful practitioner, and Cabinet Ministers would sometimes create a better impres- sion if they showed more obvious awareness of this fact.