Page 5, 26th June 1964

26th June 1964
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Page 5, 26th June 1964 — SIR ALEC IS COSTLY TOO

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"AN we afford Harold Wilson? This question was asked by CoIm Brogan in the Sunday Express. Not surprisingly, he decided we can not. But few people have raised the question as to whether we can afford Sir Alec.

When both parties face the country with a programme of vastly increased public spending, and neither even claims to represent the interest of tax-payers, who are, after all, a majority, it looks as if something has gone wrong with our democracy.

If the middle classes do not look after themselves, nobody else is going to look after them. By allowing the Conservative party to fall into the hands of a feeble Left-Wing clique. the taxpayer has left himself without a champion.

What Sir Alec needs is the clear ringing message "Middle Classes of the World Unit!" While few people identify themselves with Mr. Wilson's white-coated scientist, and even fewer with the Scottish peerage, all but the humblest people nowadays associate themselves with the middle class.

Spoil sports BOXING is again under fire from those bighearted people—John Gordon and Edith Summerskill — who shape our views on so many subjects. I hope it will survive the onslaught.

Although not attracted to the sport myself, it seems to me that so long as pleasure does not derive from the suffering of the pugilists, there need he nothing immoral in it. Boxers are well paid for a hazardous job, as test pilots are. and so long as their main purpose is not to inflict pain, there is no need to take a high moral line.

Resentment, I think, comes from the puritannical instinct which finds all pleasure degrading, and other people's doubly so. Soon boxing will be forbidden by the small minority of people who, finding no joy for themselves, wish to stopother people from enjoying it.

Then wrestling. Then rugger. Before long, they will he in a position to tackle that sink of iniquity, Association Football.

Labour's House ROTH Mr. Hogg and Lord 2-" Lambton assert that the Labour Party embraces a number of under-cover communists and fellow-travellers. What a pity that none of the honest indignation aroused in the Labour movement has channelled itself into disproving the charge.

To say that there are no communists in it seems as silly as to say that all Labour men are "red". And since the Labour Party Constitution forbids support of other political parties, it would be a good opportunity to have an investigation and put their house in order.

Tory mud would no longer stick, and voters would know what they were voting for. But Labour's reluctance to do anything about the matter suggests either that the fellow travellers are too numerous and too influential to tackle, or that there is no will in the party to dissociate itself from them.

I am not sure which is the more frightening thought.

Honours' List EVERY Birthday Honours List is greeted with cries of disgust by columnists up and down the country. Although I have not been mentioned in it myself, I always think the List an admirable institution.

It gives an enormous amount of pleasure to many people, and there is no reason why it should give pain to anyone else.

Perhaps the Honours System. in a secular age is the opium of the people, But if a hie of municipal sanitary inspection is adequately compensated by an M.B.E. on retirement, then it is not an opium which any progressive government can afford to do without.

Excesses 'HOWLING undergraduates I who tried to prevent the South African ambassador from speaking at Oxford may have felt they were doing the world a service. But if anything persuades the English to condone the excesses of apartheid, it will be the excesses of its opponents.

We have never had a Nazi government nor a Hitler Youth movement. But I have no doubt that those elements in Germany which wore absurd uniforms and sang songs are identical with those in England which parade at Aldermaston singing songs and shouting slogans.

Perhaps the potential is always there. But intelligent people who employ these simpletons to advance their own sincerity held beliefs will have a lot to account for at the Day of Reckoning.

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