6 JUNE 1931, Page 17


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Will you allow me space in your valuable columns to reply to George E. Lutton ? I certainly agree with him that Lord Charlemont was right with regard to the racial difference which without a doubt exists. But I still think that the main difference between North and South is a religious one. Has not Ulster been compelled to defend herself over and over again during the past three hundred years against Roman Catholic domination, England often being at the root of the trouble in' her misguided efforts to bring about a union ?

On the other hand, we have many Catholics who have remained loyal to the Crown in the Protestant State though in the past they have always been blamed for any trouble which arose. As the past history of Ireland tells us of a long-drawn-out conflict with much bloodshed and sorrow ; it is better to let the peace which has descended on her remain, so that she prospers.—I am, Sir, &c.,