20 DECEMBER 1940, Page 13


SIR,—In your note " The Excesses of the Censors," in The Spectator of November 29th, you mention complaints in American newspapers of the continued suppression of the names of English towns which have suffered damage from enemy action. I should like to quote in this connexion from a letter lately received from an American friend. " The Ministry of Information have pulled their socks up as to this

country, and now millions of Americans listen to the B.B.C. short- wave broadcasts. I have urged —, who is now at the Ministry of Information, to try to get them to give the names of British towns which have the same place-names in the U.SA. as often as possible. Millions of Americans live in such towns and villages, as you well know—and they cannot help but apply the news to their own towns."

The fifty destroyers from America are to be given the names of towns and villages which exist on both sides of the Atlantic. Such links should be strengthened wherever possible. Countless American cities, towns and hamlets are eagerly and anxiously awaiting news of the fortunes of their mother-town. Is it really in the national interest that they should be denied it?—Yours faithfully, Felbrigg Hall, Roughton, Norwich. R. W. KETFON-CREMER.