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(Received April 16, 3.15 p.m.) LONDON, April 12. 'Mr Asquith made his first appearance since the elections, as the guest at a dinner given by the Independent Liberals. He declared that the manoeuvring at the December elections produced a preponderating Tory majority, T>ut the people were now realising it was an entirely artificial business, and resulted in a top-heavy structure. Judging by the results of the recent by-elections, we appear to be witnessing the early stages of disillusionment and relapse. The attempt to apply conscription in Ireland was disastrous to the strong power and prestige of the Constitutional .Party, necessitating the retention of forty thousand troops to maintain order, but the first condition of a durable basis of law and order in Ireland was to alter the present system of Government.

The iPeacQ, Conference ' was engaged in inaugurating the new international in various European communities, but some of these cases, from the standpoint of law and order, present difficulties compared with, which Ireland's was relatively insignificant. r) The vvar finance abundantly justified governing principles of the British fiscal system. We contributed a larger proportion of the annual cost from taxation than any Continental Power. It was no secret that the next Budget would embody some form of Imperial .-preference. The Liberal Party was as anxious as any other to draw closer Imperial ties, and he hoped that effect would be speedijy given to the recommendations of the Dominions' Commission.. Tariff reformers were at present trying to manipulate preference out of tea, wine and such things, but they really wish protection. The self-governing colonies are rightly free -to choo├če their own fiscal systems, and, we claim the same freedom.

LONDON, April 15. Mr Bonar Law said that Home Ride would not be brought into effect after peace had been .signed.

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MR. ASQUITH'S SPEECH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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MR. ASQUITH'S SPEECH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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