23 JANUARY 1909, Page 3

Lord Balfour of Burleigh has a sensible letter on the

8 oemlist movement in Thursday's Times, in which he sets forth the aims of the British Constitution Association, of which he la the president. Holding that all legislation which decreases Personal responsibility or discourages personal initiative tends to weakness, and realising that the " greatest vigilance is necessary to prevent the formation of a general opinion that there is no limit to the functions which Parliament and municipalities may assume," the Association has " set itself to the work of bringing home to the public conscience the truth that the source of well-being is individual effort." As he very Properly insists, "if the governing bodies refrain from undertaking matters which come within the sphere of private taterPrise, not only can the work be more efficiently and economically done, but they will have more time and energy to devote to their proper functions."