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A CHALLENGING SPEECH. After, Mr Aequith's speech the debate languished. , ■ Mr Lough said that Ulster's opposition would be largely met by the adoption of proportional representation in the Irish Parliament. Mr A. Chamberlain revived the debate in a speech of great vivacity. The House was crowded. He said: The Prime Minister claimed to have received a mandate. Did he ask for a mandate to wage civil war? Did he re* ceive the electors' authority, to use British troops to shoot down their fel-low-ci|izens in Ulster. These.. citizens felt they had been robbed of rights and privileges by a procedure which .had begun in fraud and would be consumr, ■-^■iated by force. If the Government tfpuld not think kindly ; of Ulstermen/ let them think-'for a,.moment of Ulstermen as Greeks or Armenians. Liberals would then sympathise with them loudly and-proclaim .that they were rightly struggling to be free. Mr Chamberlain concluded by asking whether, if the Government meant to exclude Ulster, it would secure to Ulster thesame rights "as Great. Britain enjoyedIf the Government answered "Yes," danger of civil'war-would'be averted. "No," civil war was certain. Exclusion was the only possible basis of peace, but it would not make the Bill good or safe. Sir John Simon moved the adjournment of the debate, which was agreed to.

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MR AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8792, 12 February 1914

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MR AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8792, 12 February 1914

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