1 NOVEMBER 1930, Page 20


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—May I be allowed to express my entire concurrence in your Note of the Week on Palestine? I have spent twenty. eight years of my life in the Colonial Service, and I know how the difficulties of administration are increased by the intervention of politicians who for the moment are in a position of greater freedom and less responsibility than the members of the Government.

I know nothing of Palestine, and it is now more than half a century since 1 was there. But I do know how difficult it is to hold the balance even between the claims and interests of conflicting races, and as a Conservative I greatly regret that the leaders of my Party should have been guilty of an act of disloyalty which must increase the difficulties of administration and may possibly cause more blood to he shed in racial and religious strife.

It may be that the letter of the Conservative leaders was intended to placate American Jewry. But the Jews of America cannot claim the right to dictate British policy, and in any case the partisan feeling displayed in this letter must shake confidence in the impartiality of British administra- tion should there be a change of Govemment.—I am, Sir, &c., Studwell Lodge, Droxford, Hants. GRAHAM Bowan.