31 MAY 1930, Page 18

Letters to the Editor


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In your very conciliatory leading article in your issue of May 10th you advocate "Dominion status at the earliest pos- sible moment," and we might all agree to that ; but the real question just now is, how the King's Government is to be carried on in the meantime—be that long or . short. As you say, " we have our responsibilities " to the law-abiding section of the community and are in the position of trustees for the whole country whether we like it or not. Unfortunately Mr. Gandhi will not recognize the idea of our trusteeship or co-operate with us even so far on that basis. If he and Sir John Simon, able lawyers both as they are, could only have talked this problem over by themselves to begin with, how much simpler it might have been. It is quite impossible to believe that two such sensible educated men would not have reached some modus rivendi. As it is, we can only hope that the Round Table Conference will agree to, be friends, as most of us want to be, till something can be settled. Mr. Gandhi has queered the pitch for the Simon Report ; but these troubles may serve as a useful warning to the peaceable majority amongst whom, I am sure, are the inarticulate masses who only want to plough the fields in peace.—I am,