SIR,-Before we start tampering with papal encyclicals we should define our terms without abstractions and in recognisable results. To me socialism is an ant-heap, socialism is ugly buildings, sky-scraping flats. Socialism is compulsion exacted by nonimminent forces. Socialism is the poisoning of the soil. Socialism is the gadget 'standard' of life. In fact, socialism, moderate or fullthrottle, is of the devil.
Socialism is imposed on people by fraud and trickery. It is endorsed unwittingly by its irresponsible victims skulking in anonymity at election times.
What would your poor deluded idolators of abstractions do without socialism?
There could be such a thing as a Christian Order. Years ago there was something near one. They then did not slink along to the polls and "leave it to George" (always Barabbas) to meet the clever men and do a deal with them at their expense. People years ago believed that each person was responsible to God for the conduct of his life. Responsibility today is suffocated in the ballot-box arid rnisinstructed consciences cry out. "How marvellous that none shall be intimidated1" And all the time the very men elected are terrified of their partywhips and bosses. The Archbishop of Uganda is reported to have said "there is nothing wrong in joining a political party or in registering and voting." In reply I ask any casuist who cares to answer. "Can an act of public importance be both secret and Christian?"
9 Avenue Road, Stratford-on-Avon.
SIR, Following the recent letters of Mr. Simpson and Mr. Guillemin, I certainly agree that something new is need in politics, but surely we have seen enough of party government, whether Catholic (sic) or otherwise.
Society exists to implement the
purposes of its members, and M.P.s exist to represent and integrate those purposes in assembly. However beneficial they may feel their individual policies would be for "the people", it is not their function to rule. Government will continue to be a vast bureaucracy directed by the party policy makers just so long as we allow power to be monopolised by the political equivalent of an economic cartel.
What is needed is the decentralisation of the power to make policy and its restoration to the rightful owner-the individual in association: in a word, democracy. I doubt if anyone is still ingenuous enough to think that the carte blanche vote for Party constitutes that. If we arc to escape the prophecies of "1984" and "Animal Farm" we must clear the air of political euphemisms and face the facts.
There is at present under consideration the formation of an Association of Voters, for the purpose of providing an effective assembly for the electorate, i.e. a forum for their views and a means of influencing Members of Parliament, with the final objective of electing representatives to Parliament who will be properly responsible to the electorate. If we want a platform for the Encyclicals, this could very well be the opportunity, in accordance with true social justice-I wonder how many Catholics will take it. I should he very pleased to hear from anyone interested in the project. (Miss) M. Halton
60 Ashley Gardens, S.W.I.