6 NOVEMBER 1936, Page 3

I do not think that the Public Order Bill, which

evi- dently is to be the name for the measure by which the Government will deal with the situation created by the recent Communist-Fascist disturbances, will be as popular with the Opposition as at first seemed likely. The Labour-Party's conception of it is mainly as a means of crushing Fascism, but it is clear from what Government spokesmen have so far said on the subject that the proposals will deal with the whole question of public order,—with the- challenge that comes from the extreme Left as well as that from the extreme Right. Members who visited the East End on the famous Sunday, though they have no doubts about the provocative character of the Fascist march,- have reluctantly to admit that in the resultant mêlée the opponents of Fascism were consider- ably more violent than the Blackshirts themselves.