5 MAY 1961, Page 14

SIR,— Whether Stormont or Westminster or both are to blame for

the tragic proportion of perpetually unemployed in Northern Ireland, the remedy is un- likely to lie in the re-imposition of direct rule from London, for long historical experience has shown that all parties in Britain, in the absence of incen- tives, are disinclined to interest themselves in Irish affairs.

The solution, as you suggest, must lie in the determination of Ulster members to plague whatever party is in power with the cinderella plight of the six counties. As an Ulsterman some years younger than John Cole, I have naturally reached this con- clusion reluctantly, but patience in the past hasn't brought a healthy economy to an ailing community. —Your faithfully,