The Akaroa Mail. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 1915. LORD HA DANE'S VIEW'S ON THE WAR.
Lqbd Haldanes's viowd on the present war ate of especial iuierest to all, Ba his know, ledge and liking tor the German people have always been well known. Writing on the *ema rk3 ot Lord UM&Qe . q an .^.^ Wita an American jou.nal, the -Timaru Herald » cays :-H B was , n cloße toU(jh Wltfa German ieadere of opinion, and he has been aeyereiy blamed lor not perceiving, or for under m.mating, waUik prep.rauoi.a and aunbittooe wh.oh have been a menace i 0 Great Britain tot many , care , To . ladioed observers hke the American Mr Price Colder the German dream of universal empire was evident io tuo many symptom* *0 admit of doubt. Lord El tt ld»ne, who kn:,m Guiuany better than moat English men—Germany has been called h 3 apiriiual home-never saw the synupt ms, or if ever hie euspioions were aroused they must have been too eosi.y lm.ed by the German fr.ends Who doubtless told him that the Bernba,rdi party eonsisicd or no more than a small minority, that there was no doubt of tbe Kaiser's love of u ea <je, aud u,atit was itieonceivable that Germany should draw the BWord. Binue the war began it baa been a Ohsrge against Loid Haldane that instead of warning nis countrymen against pc iis oi which he should have been almost the flist to learn, ail hig influence was exerted to persuade them that Germany had no hoitile intentions, that they natd not increase either their naval or military defences, and that there wae no cloud of any kind on the ■ horizon. It would eetm as if tbe Kaiser ana the German Genaial btafi practised very easily upou Lord Haldtine'a intelligence, and thateteped in tne philosophy of Heyel, Schopenhauer, and other earlier Germans, he failed daogerously to recognise the extent lo which a later philosophy had taken hold upon the German nation. Demands have been made, in eume quarters, that he nhould resign bin po.-ition in British Cabinet, and the feet that, when tie wa* becretar> for War he cut down the Regular Army by nine bat •alions, nns been recalled as a particularly heinona offence. It needs to be stated on the other side that Lord Haldane created the Territorial Army which is proving an invaluable Btand'bve now, aud that tbe military resources, though inadtquate, were main iained by him in a state of ull.round eQic' iODoy and preparedness whioh wea 1
tar to lighten Lord Kitchener's great tatk when he ussnmeH ccnlrol,"
In the interview quoted, Lord Haldnoe speak 3of the uneasiness he felt when he had to handle the Agadir incident in 1911 Whether the interview is reporttd correctl> is hard to say, aod it may bn Loid Haldace never meant to infer such a thing. It eefms peculiar he never gave voioe to any oE these [oreboilinps, and that he was Rstounded at Germany's a tion throughout the preeent war LordiHa'.dane also condemns the seoret obliga l t onaof the Entente with Kuasia and France, and eaya he disapproves of secret diplomacy. At ihe ea f ne timp, he does not explain why he kept to himself his feelings of uneasiness over Germany, and took esery opportunity of assuring everjono of the friendly feeling* of that country.