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HOME RULE CRISIS.

SPEECH BY MR LLOYD GEORGE

London, M»rob 22 The Chancellor of the Exchequer,

the Right Hod, Mr Lloyd George, speaking yesterday afternoon at Huddersfieldj said that a grave issue bad arisen in the history of British Democratic Government ' The country was confronted by the greatest issue since the time of the Stuarts. They had answered the question whether pro gressive Bills which the Tories op posed wete to be honoured or thrown into the waste paper backet, and •• if Liberalism flinches ftn inch," the Chancellor continued impressively, ["before those insolent and arrogant plagues it is unfit any longer to be an instrument for the control of a great Empire, and it is time it gave way to a sterner and more highly mettled body of British progression." "The Government means to confront this difference of popular liberties with- a resolution and unwavering determination whatever be the hazard." We are not fighting about Ulster,, we are fighting for all that is essential to civil liberty. "Orangemen professed to be shocked that,force should be used for setting up a great free selfgovening Parliament in Ireland. When did Ulster acquire a detestation for coercion ? Coercion presented, no horrors when Orangemen evicted Catholic peasants for non payment of extortionate rates. .Ulster is a spoilt child. She has heard so much about her volunteers that she thinks them some thing terrific The Goverment proposal was to give her time for the swelling of her bead to subside. The Opposition has rejected the Government's offer with contempt and indignation. As regarded the referendum, "the Opposition," Mr Lloyd-George said, "bad.one in 1910." ,He doubted whether the majority of the members of the Opposition Party were anxious for a ' settlement. "If the Ulster question was settled the Opposition would have no polioy left, and scurrility and tittletattle never carried a party anywhere except to the gutter."

RESIGNATION OF OFFICERS.

Brigadier General Gough. and seventy officers have resigned. General Paget, after communicating with Whitehall, informed them that the War Office had accepted General Gough'a and Major Kearsley's resig nations, but the others were liable to the consequences provided for refusing to obey orders. --, •Brigadier General Gough end Major Kearsley reply that they ; will stand by their brother officers on the assurance that the movement of troops is merely a protection of Government property and in assisting in, the main tenance of order.

Tbe officers who resigned agreed to go to Ulster, but declared they would not participate in hostilities. '■ General Gough and Colonels McKewan and Parker, in response to summons, visited the War Office. There are many provisional resignations in the infantry and artillery intended to be effective in the event of hostilities.

[Brigadier General Hubert Dβ La Poer Gough, commanding the Third Cavalry Brigade stationed at the Curragb, was wounded in the 16th Lancers in 1889, and served in tbe Tirah and South Africa. He'commanded the regiment from 1907 to 1911. Hβ was born in 1870. His mother was one of the La Poers, a well-known Unionist family of Waterfordj and his father the late Sir Charles John Stanley Gough, V.C., of Indian fame,]

EXCITING .DEVELOPMENTS EXPECTED.

Mr Bonar Law intends raising a de bate on the situation to-morrow. Ex citing episodes are expected

THE KING CANCELS VISIT.

The King has cancelled his visit to the Earl and Countess of Den by in order to remain in close communication«with bis Ministers. .

NEWSPAPER OPINIONS.

The "Daily Chronicle" states that Mr Asquith will announce at an early date in the House of Commons his willingness to hold a general election in July, providing the Opposition cooperates in passing into law this session the Plural Voting Abolition, Home Rule, and Welsh Disestablishment Bills.

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HOME RULE CRISIS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4318, 24 March 1914

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HOME RULE CRISIS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4318, 24 March 1914

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