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WELLINGTON, March 11. In an interview given to a " Post" representative-to-day, Earl Grey mado a statement on the question- of Home Rule, in view of Mr Asquith's amended proposals outlined in his speech in the House of Commons. " I think it would be wiser," . said Earl Grey, "to'wait until we are in possession of Mr Asquith's full proposals before expressing a definite opinion upon them; but my impression iis, if one may form an opinion from the cables,, that the criticism will show thsit the scheme suggested is so unworkable that it will break down. For instance: it is reported that-Ulster-is to'keep her present representation in Westminster of 33 members, while the rest of Ireland will have only 27. Herein are sufficient- elements of future contusion to make anyone distrustful as to the chance of the Bill providing a settlement of the Lrish difficulty. ".My impression is that proposal will not be able to stand tho criticism to which it will be subjected, and it will be necessary to attempt a new solution, as T hope, by a general consent on federal lines. "As you perhaps are aware, 1 am a federal Home Ruler—that is, I am in favour of each part of the United Kingdom being entrusted with the manage : ment of purely domestic affairs; but 1 am strongly opposed to giving any part of the United Kingdom privileges which cannot be equally given to other parts. In other words, I am strongly opposed to any settlement of the Irish difficulty on the assumption that Ireland is a separate nationality, and entitled, by reason of her separate nationality, a separate rights. " The present Bill, even with the exclusion of Ulster, is open, to my mind, to the strongest objection because it is based, upon an attempt to give Ireland rights of separate nationality instead or only such powers of local self-govern-ment as could, under the federal system such as exists in Canada, the United States, and Australia, be given tOEiS 1Grey ladded that he felt greatly relieved at the turn events had taken because they swept away any chance ol civil war and'left the way open tea settlement of the question on the lines I be'had,indicated v :\

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EARL GREY'S VIEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914

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EARL GREY'S VIEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914

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