SIR,-Together with your recent correspondent 1 ask myself if many of our trade unions are not making a mockery of democracy. We are told that, without the membership being consulted, the Guild of Insurance officials was committed to the Report on Education in 1942. May I add that the delegation from the Bank Officers' Guild (not all of whom were present in the conference hall at the time) similarly committed some twenty-nine thousand hank officials. More enlightening is the fact that for the past two years at least, to my certain knowledge, Bank Officers' Guild delegatea have gone to Blackpool and Southport without any kind of mandate, as the Executive had not considered Congress agenda, it being argued that this document is not
circulated in time. In response to my criticisms, I was told that the judgment of the delegates flutist be relied upon and that " good trade unionists" do not question this procedure.
If this is the method adopted by other Congress affiliated unions then I think that reforms are overdue, otherwise the movement is in grave danger. F. D. CHRISTIAN. 221. Sheen Lane, East Sheen, S.W.14.