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says the economio treatment and awake. Glittering generto be given to France, Belgium, alities will not dazzle the eyes Italy, and Amerioa must also of Europe. We demand panbe extended to Germany. ishment as well as reparation “Nothing but force majeure and indemnity, and we mean would compel Australia to to get them-all three. But do that.” No high-spirited our politicians do not want oountry, no loyal Dominion, to argue. They are happiest will permit any interference when they find a line of conwith the right to make suoh duot which seems to make laws or such fiscal arrange- resistance unnecessary. Nor ments as it deems proper. We do we see muoh ohance that did not go into this war to put they will strengthen their a halter round our necks. We opposition to the views of have not faoed the oruelty and hysteria. We must, therefore, bestiality of the Germans for rely upon the spirit of the four years merely to take their British nation, which in peace hand in friendship, and to 88 in war is stronger and admit them into our markets wiser than the spirit of the with open arms. President politicians. The British nation Wilson's desire to let off Ger- has won the war in spite of many as lightly as possible Mr Asquith and the futile receives no encouragement on opponents of consoription. It this side of the Atlantio. We will win the peace in spite of recognise that he cannot see those who soream about & the truth as clearly as it is League of Nations, which they presented to our eyes. The do not understand. country over which he pre- Indeed, we have not much sides has not suffered very cause to be grateful to our polimuch from the German policy tioians. The wisest of them, it is of brutality. No young girls true, were resolved upon viotory, in America have known the but let it be remembered that oruel fate of those unhappy they were strengthened in creatures who were stolen from their resolution by all the Lille and thrown to the wild best of our citizens. All of beasts in the German trenches. them, good and bad alike, The thought of this one deed have conspired to make a should harden our hearts for superfluous revolution while ever against the brutes who the war was in progress. could think of it and order it; The House of Commons bas and we have complete confi- renewed its existence, for six donoe that neither England nor months at a time, for the France will ever enter a league excellent reason that we did which admits to its privileges not wish the distraction of a the monsters who, since 1914, general election in the midst of have been fighting Germany's a war. The House of Commons battle in Europe.

has made this renewal an After all, indignation and a excuse for passing measures sense of justice are still alive which it was not empowered

beginning of the war. He took place on the roll, you will be
upon himself the credit of the hoodwinked, and before you
Paris resolutions, and present- are many years old you will
ly came forward as the out- find yourselves involved in the
spoken champion of the old- old morass of protective duties
fashioned Free Trade. He sat with all its disastrous conse-
by the fireside of the Liberal quences.” Poor new electors,
Party and mumbled about his who never heard of the Paris
old faiths, as though they resolutions! Whichever side
meant something to him or to they take in their innocence
anybody else. “Take next of heart, they will find them.
Free Trade,” said he, to selves hoodwinked by one or
an accompaniment of cheers. other of the many Mr Asquiths,
“Here Liberalism, through who have endeavoured, with
its authentio representatives, this view or that, to claim
speaks with no uncertain their support.
sound.” No unoertain sound, When Mr Asquith gets among
indeed! This echo of the his friends he is frank in his
political gramophone can be self-satisfaction. He still pre-
interpreted only with irony. tends to believe that the Bill
You can't speak with “no un- for the Self-Government of
certain sound” both of the Ireland, “for which, as you
Paris resolutions and of Free will remember, we Liberals
Trade. The sound of such have fought for more than
words as these trembles with the lifetime of a generation,
uncertainty. The voice is al- and which in principle we
ways the voice of Mr Asquith; have already placed upon the
the sound varios acoording to Statute-book," is indispensable
the oooasion. The begetter of for the happiness of Ireland,
the Paris resolutions now finds He dares still to pride himself
it opportune to deplore the upon having olipped the wings
economic boyoott. One section of the House of Lords, and is
of his party is itobing to get to clever enough to say not a
work again with the Germang. word to those who are blessed
It longs to welcome the Hun, with short memories about the
who stole French women and debt of honour which he has
flogged English prisoners of made no attempt to pay.
war, back to its counting-house. What has the great Liberal
And here is Mr Asquith, in Party got to do with debts
forgetfulness of brave words of honour? A far sterner pur-
spoken a year or two ago, pose lies ahead of it—to get
eloquent in support of Ger- back into office by hook or by
many's friends. “Let us know orook; and with Mr Lloyd
definitely and clearly,” says he, George's cast-iron, invincible
" who is for us and who is Coalition in front of it, it
against us. Otherwise I warn must know that SUOCESS in
you quite frankly, and partiou- the House of Commons is im-
larly the new electors who for possible for it. In the last
the first time are taking their four years the world has

with sbo honoure mpt to Liberal

ohanged for England, and Mr single merit of the Coalition is Asquith knows it not. He that it will hold the Labour believes, with a touching sim- Party in cheok, and if that plioity, that we are still busied Party be not held in check it with the problems which before is all over with the Empire. the war aroused his well. The last meeting of the Party drilled audiences to enthusi. proves how dangerous & comasm, and that he has only to bination is malice and ignormention Free Trade or the anoe. Many of the Labour House of Lords to evoke an men are malicious; all are immediate response. Poor ignorant. And their capacity man! We are almost dis- for evil is enormously increased posed to be sorry for him. If by the support given to them he wastes too much time in by Messrs Webb and Shaw. the thankless task of flogging These two gentlemen, members, dead horses he will be too late both of them, of the hated for the poll.

bourgeoisie, are wreokers and no At last he begins to fear more. The fact that Mr Henfor his own position. Messrs derson accepts them as his MoKenna and Ranoiman may colleagues shows that Mr Henbe staunoh in loyalty, or they derson laoks sincerity. Mr may not be. In any case, they · Shaw was kind enough to tell are not enough to make & the Party that he was a much party. And Mr Samuel-is cleverer man than Mr Henderhe a tower of strength in a son. He may be, or he may British Parliament? Mr Ag- not be. About this delicate quith, then, having spoken question we hold no opinion. with the old familiar voice at We do know that Mr Shaw, Glasgow, suddenly made the boasting that he pays superastounding oonfession that he tax upon his inoome, has no was in complete agreement sort of right to belong to the with Mr Lloyd George. Is he, Labour Party. But he had we wonder? Mr Lloyd George, simple men to deal with, and he & chameleon, has been able to was right, no doubt, when he assume all the colours. Mr thought that his damp squibs Asquith is not so easy & re- in that kind of company would fleotor as Mr Lloyd George, appear like real fireworks. and when he tells us that "he However, his namesake, Mr could add nothing nor with- Shaw, of the Textile Workers, draw anything from the Prime a far saner, better man than Minister's speech," you per- he, said the last word of the ceive olearly enough what a braggart writer of plays. “If juggle is polition, and you are Mr Bernard Shaw," said he, persuaded that it matters very “were ten times as olever as he little what Mr Asquith thinks thinks he is, an utterly im. or does not think.

possible thing, I would still Mr Lloyd George's cast-iron say that this is one of the Coalition has but one opponent vilest insinuations that ever a —the Labour Party. The man uttered "-the insinuation VOL, CCIV.—NO. MCCXXXVIII.


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