MATURITY For‘ many more years than the more civic- minded people among the Cypriots care to remember it has been the official view that elections—even muni- cipal elections—were fraught with danger to public seturity. What a joke that seems today, with some of the elections over and the others, in all the hustle and bustle of Tattenham Corner, com- ing round into the| straight with nothing to disturb the Jockéy Club. The air has been ‘en- livened with rich rep- artee, of course, and figures famous for the double entendre have tried industriously to insinuate even-a third meaning toa hard-work- ed epithet. The gaiety of the towns, if not of the nations, has been this much enhanced. But danger!— the very suggestion has become the richest joke of the occasion. The factis, and we hope that those to whom the lesson applies will heed it, the people of _Cyprus who have ac- ‘claimed their political Ingturity so often to deaf and unheeding ears, have now said it indelibly in their orderly and emancipated con- duct of these popular ‘polls. -As few deaf men are also blind, perhaps some of those who have not wished to hear will be unable to go about with bandaged eyes and will report .the evid- ence. These municipal polls must be the prelude to an electoral system for the Island as a whole. Taaation without re- presentation isnot the British way, and such contradictions of the British way have no place in any country which has been so long under British rule. There are some dis- tinguished publicists now in the Island, and we trust that they will not fail to report upon facts such as these which cannot but come to their knowledge if they make the right contacts. — ,