19 MARCH 1921, Page 1

We are grateful to several correspondents who have written to

us—we print two or three letters elsewhere—but we must point out that we shall adhere to our plan of action described last week. We cannot promise to help " Taxpayer " to realize his dream without the preliminary guarantees. We have done our part in offering to do certain things on certain conditions, and we cannot depart from the only plan which would offer a prospect of success. Of course, though we did not pretend to be sanguine, we are none the less sorry that the unlikely thing has not happened, for we feel perfectly sure that if a powerful organization throughout the country, demanding pledges from every candidate, had been brought into existence, it would have been a case of " Hands up " with the Government. Beyond question the policy could be enforced, and all in strict accord- ance with our existing electoral institutions.