19 JULY 1940, Page 15


S ta,—There is a law of libel. It is unfortunately a bad law, a notoriously bad one, and I am not sufficiently wealthy to risk pub- lishing the names of eminent English Qpislings. I would like to thMk, with Major Yeats-Brown, that there are none, but I must point out to him that my suspicions appear to be shared by the Prime Minister : " any traitors that may be found in our midst " was the phrase employed by him in his recent broadcast. The rest of Major Yeats-Brown's letter develops another point: that of the treatment of persons during detention. Here I am glad to think that there need be no difference of opinion 'between us. His friend has, according to his account, been treated abominably. It is to be hoped that his representations will put an end to this, just as it is to be hoped that the protests of your other correspondents may ameliorate the unhappy lot of hundreds of interned refugees.—Yours

Reform Club, S.W.