The Akaroa Mail. SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 1916. THE IMPERIAL CRISIS.
The conscription debate now in progress in the House of Commons promises to be ene of the most lively on record. Mr Asquith hag decided that if Parliament does not consider his pledge a national necessity he will resign. The pledge was that if Lord Derby's scheme was inadequate con «cription must come. Lord Kitchener has announced quite definitely that Lord Darby's scheme was not bringing in enough men to keep up the army, and there seems only one way olear for Mr Asquifch to stand or fall by the Compu3ion Bill. The Bill compels all single men between 17 and 41 to servo their country. Lord Kitchener's speech in the House of Lorks wag a most moderate one. He sho ed quite clearly that he con sidered the voluntary system the bet ter one, and voiced his regret that the war could not have been brought to a successful oonclusisn with voluntary enlistment. It is evident that a large number of single men in England will not realise their responsibilities and come forward, and they will have to be compelled to defend their oountry. The age limit seems low, as a boy of 17 is not always fit for active service. However, the time ia a serious one, !and no doubt the military authorities have considered the matter well, and realise tbat we must put in 'even tbe boys of 17- Those men wbo have been marrying to save enlistment are defeated, as all married since August 15 will be considered single. The Bill will meet with opposition from the Labour members and the Nationalists, and the "Daily Mail" predicts a general election will be held in the next few weeks. Nothing could be more pleasing to our enemies than to see the country divided and in the throes of an election, but it seems probable tbat the Bill will pass the House of Commons fairly easily, as tbe bulk of the Liberals and Unionists favour consoription as tbe only aolu tion of the present: grave military crisis.
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The Akaroa Mail. SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 1916. THE IMPERIAL CRISIS.,
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3511, 8 January 1916