MR. LLOYD GEORGE OX HOME RULE,
“ A SEPARATE IRELAND AND BRITAIN UNTHINKABLE, ’ ’
The Dublin correspondent of the Times reports that the Government has definitely abandoned the idea of an Irish University Bill for the present session, believing that the Devolution Bill will occupy a very largo part of the remainder of the session, and fearing that both the Cabinet and the rank and file of the party contain a strong element of opposition to Mr Bryce's Irish University scheme.
Many enthusiastic meetings, have been held at Belfast against Home Rule and devolution.
Mr Lloyd L George, M.P., visited. Belfast early in February on the invitation of the Ulster [Liberal Assocation. Extraordinary precautions had been taken to ensure that no expressions of public feeling should in any way lead to disturbance', and numerous police patrolled those parts of the city through which the president of the Board of Trade passed to the Wellington Hall, whore he lunched. In the evening he addressed a large meeting at the Ulster Hall, whore (the British Weekly reports) he had a splendid reception. His utterances there chiefly concerned the question of local government in Ireland, and he stated that the Government would advance no proposals in regard to Ireland more advanced than those laid down by Mr Chamberlain in IS'S 1 ?, after the introduction of the Home Rule Bill. No measure would be introduced that would infringe the supremacy and predominance of Parliament, and separation was altogether out of the sphere of practical politics. Concluding his speech, Mr Lloyd-George said separation between Ireland and Great Brisain was unthinkable ; it was not even a debatable question. But self-govern-ment was not separation ; it was simply the strengthening of the only real bonds of Empire, the bonds of contentment. There was no obedience to the law worth anything which was not a willing one on the part of the community. He could not conceive a worse disastei* for Ireland itself than a separate existtence. To sever the bonds would be a groat loss to Ireland. It would be a greater loss .to the Empire, and the greatest loss to humanity, if they confined the great and brilliant genius of Ireland within the bounds of that island.
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Home Politics., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 2, 13 April 1907
Home Politics. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 2, 13 April 1907
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