Civil Servants' Clerical Association he appears to know but very little about the membership.
There are over 50,000 civil servants in the CS.C.A. The keenest members of the C.S.C.A. manage to get on to the cornmittees and councils, the keenest members being the " Red " section, usually.
The average civil servant hates and fears socialism and will have nothing to do with it. Out of the above fifty thousand only 8.000 are really active " Reds." The " Reds," therefore, are in the minority. But owing to the apathy of the others, the " Reds " hold the reins. On the whole, the members are proud of the good work done by the C.S.C.A., but grouse when they see their " bob " being wasted on the distribution of subversive propaganda.
I believe that most of the members would be quite willing to transfer their allegiance from Mr. Brown but would be unwilling to resign from the Association, because it is their only means of arbitration. Therefore it remains only for the " Right " leader to appear.
Meanwhile, we Catholics must realise that we, too, are in the minority, and what is more we are 10,000 strong—a larger majority than the " Reds." But whilst they are strong and keen, we are weak and apathetic. So many of our ranks have shilly-shallied, some have resigned, others arc just not interested. We have not worked in unison and made our presence felt as the " Reds" have dune.
Not only are we slack in C.S.C.A. activities but we are slack in Catholic activities. Out of 10,000 Catholics in the service, only 800 belong to the Catholic Guild. 10,000 keen, determined people can do far more good than 42,000 apathetic members. If we Catholic members on the Youth Committees " cleared-out " where would be the future Catholic Section officers? We, on the Youth Committees, are being trained for Branch and Section posts. There is no reason why every Branch should not have its Catholic representative on the Committee.
" Red " propaganda is even now abating owing to the strong complaints lodged by Catholic members on the Youth Cornmittees. But our work will not he felt until every Catholic youth in the service gives support. We want more Catholics on the Committees.
GEORGINA STREET. North London.