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MUSINGS WITHOUT METHOD.
"THE CHAMPION OF THE LIBERTY OF THE WORLD '--MR GEORGE's
If we may believe what Mr
to all intents and purposes George told a reporter at his own Foreign Minister. At Marseilles, he went to San San Remo he spoke with his
, Remo as "the obampion of the own voice and in his own liberty of the world.” Who name, He forgot, as he al. appointed him to this office he ways
ways forgets, that he lives does not tell us. We suppose and serves under & monarchy. , that the office and the title He forgot, he always were of his own choice. And forgots, that Lord Curzon is we can more easily estimate still — in title at least - oor the strength wherewith he
he Minister of Foreign Affairs. bears the self-imposed burden And as he dismisses from his when we remember that he mind both King and Cabinet, asks the aid of no others than 80 he treats the House of Comof his eminent secretary, Mr mons with contempt. "The Philip Kerr, and of that great champion of the liberty of the statesman and patriot, Lord world” is not to be argued Riddell, a nobleman who (we with. It may be true that believe) holds no publio office, he knows nothing about the and who always accompanies world whose liberty he shamthe Prime Minister to the pions, that foreign countries deliberations of the Supreme are as strange to him as foreign Counoil.
languages, that he is at home Mr George, then, is “the nowhere save in Wales. But champion of the liberty of the he is the eleot of the people. world." He is muoh else be- Before he visited San Remo sides. He is Prime Minister he thought he had put France and Supreme Autoorat of for ever in her place. No Great Britain. He rules his sooner was a hand laid upon Cabinet, the Houses of Par- Frankfort, that ark of the liament, and the country with covenant, that sanotuary of an ignorance and an assur. the Jew financier, that home ance whioh are all his own. of Sir Edgar Speyer, our disThe members of his Cabinet tinguished Privy Councillor, are oontent, it seems, to 80- than Mr George was loud in cept his instruotions. He is his protestations,
ready to prefer a false enemy San Remo he delivered the to a true friend. He forgot in speech whioh he thought a moment that he had set his would be acceptable to M. signature to the treaty of Millerand. He deolared, as Versailles, and was prepared to he has declared a hundred renounce the most solemn en- times before, that Germany gagements of Great Britain at should pay to the uttermost the bidding of Germany and farthing. He did not renew of Mr Keynes. Now treaties the promise, which he gave
, are nothing, if not binding. in the stress of & general When Mr George signed the election, that he would search doouments at Versailles, he Germany's pookets. But he accepted, on England's behalf, was loud, for the moment, in
, the responsibility of insisting denunoiation of the Boche, and that the provisions of the the Frenoh pretended to take treaty should be loyally and comfort in what he said. An aoourately carried out. He illusory comfort, surely, since pledged oor honour, the honour the next speech whioh he of England, to France and to delivers to another audience our other Allies, that the will be merely an echo of agreements whioh
had something else, and will made should be duly re- probably give a flat contra
a speoted. Bat the last man diotion to what was said at who had 2000gs to his ear San Remo And when we whispered that the treaty was remember that this champion hard upon Germany, suggested of liberty affects to speak that France was wholly un
with the voioe of England, reasonable in demanding the we may estimate the damage indemnities and reparations which he does to England's whioh had been allotted to her, honour, the danger in which he and persuaded him to come involves our British Empire. forth as the champion not of The career of Mr George liberty but of the Boohe. should afford a salutary lesson France was not unnaturally to the friends of democracy. indignant. Having suffered He stands where he does as more than any other country in the eleot of the people. And the war, she saw justice denied he was elected by the people her, and expressed with an in 1918 because he made many admirable oandour the dislike rash promises, which he had and distrust inspired in her not the power nor the intenmind by “the champion of tion to carry out. He cannot the liberty of the world." be removed for some years yet However, Mr George never by any process
known to holds an opinion longer than politics, and he has ample it seems to ensure him time before him in which to breath of popularity, and he complete the work of bringing hastened to repudiate his new upon us suspicion and distrust, friendship for Germany. At which he has begun. The most rooklegs autoorat that has out toil or prioe the possessions governed England for many of others ? Mr George's. In& long year, he pretends to deed, to Mr George's account derive his power from the we may set down the most of people, which he defies, and his the evils which beset our oareer will be chiefly useful, society; and in spite of it all because in the period of he is to-day an untrammelled reaction, to which all good autoorat, with Cabinet minisoitizens look forward, he will ters patiently waiting to take be held up as an awful warn- bis commands, and to carry ing to all those who prate out his wishes in all humbleabout the blessings of popular ness of spirit. government.
There is still another reason And Mr George's whole why Mr George should not career ories out in eloquent be entrusted with full powers protest against the position to make or mar the British which he has filohed for him- Empire. There was a time
& self in the State. The friend when he insisted with praiseof the Boers, who escaped from worthy iteration that “Cæsar's & minatory mob in a police- wife should be above suspiman's uniform, he would have oion.” And having thoughtavoided war in 1914 had helessly cast Mr Joseph Chamdared, and he misled the public berlain for the part of Cæsar's opinion of Franoe and Eng- wife, he proceeded to vilify land by saying that we went him without stint and without to war merely for the sake of reason. He did not exact from Belgium. A Chanoellor of the himself the same sorupulous Exchequer who made finance conduet which he exacted from the vehiole of class hatred, he others. The man who without has seen his monstrous People's knowledge or justice attacked Budget, as he oalled it, ex. Mr Chamberlain, was presently posed for the piece of hypoorisy besmirched himself by the Marthat it was. The tree of land soni soandal. Bitterly did he valuation, whose branches were then complain of the lies which to be heavily laden with re- were passed from one fou) lip freshing fruit, is now out down to another. Eagerly did he to the earth. Of all the mean. renounce the high standard ures which have let loose the which once he had set up for tarbid torrent of his eloquence, Cæsar's wife. It was of no soareely one is effeotive to-day. avail. The “lies
The “lies ” were found Whose fault is it that we are to have in them & solid basis faced by a housing problem? of truth, and Mr
Mr George Mr George's. By whose de- emerged from the inquiry so liberate contrivance was
was it deeply marked that, had he that the working classes were not been protected by a coat persuaded to believe them- of triple brass, he would never selves the victims of a gross again have entered the field injustioe, and to demand with- of politios.
And it would
have been vastly better for his own happiness or prosperity Great Britain had he remained alone at stake, we should not outside. The Marooni affair oare a jot whether he had or was in a sense a test of the had not enjoyed a flutter with character of English politi- that forgotten worthy, the gians. The more faot that Mr Master of Elibank. It would George and Sir Rufas Isaaos be a matter of indifference were not asked to purge their to us whether he was able to offence has done our country distinguish between speoulę. an irreparable injury. It has tion and an investment or not gonsibly lowered the level of But it is the happiness and our public life, and the con- the prosperity of Great Britain stant advancement of the two wbioh are at stake; and we speoulators has proved that may well wonder whether the politios is after all nothing demagogue of fluent speech else than levity and oynicism. and fluid mind, who allows Mr George, when put upon his audience to tell him what his defenoe, pleaded, it will be he shall say, who has no knowremembered, that he was a lodge of the foreign affairs poor man. Sir Rufus Isaacs, which he presumes to direct, placed in the same awkward who is guided in the business situation, confessed that he of government not by principle wag & rich man. The one plea but by opportunity, whose was as absurdly irrelevant hands were dipped in the as the other. Neither could Marooni affair, is fit to govern, deny that he had bought unoontrolled and unrestrained, Amerioan Maroonis ; neither the British Empire, and to could claim that he had been meddle, without let or hindcandid in his treatment of the ranoe, in the affairs of Europe, House of Commons. And when For our own part, we prefer the House exonerated its him in the rôle, which he has erring members, it strook oarelessly assumed, of "chamblow at parliamentary govern- pion of the liberty of the ment from which it has not world." Assuredly he has no recovered
knowledge of what liberty It is in no spirit of malice means, and but & blurred that we remind our readers vision of the world and its of the too quiokly-forgotten boundaries. But he who deMarooni affair. The position fends a mere superstition or a whioh Mr George holds makes solemn phrase cannot do much it necessary that we should harm. He who without knowgoratinise most jealously all ledge and without & plan his deeds and all his words. attempts to govern an Empire He has gathered into his own may involve in his own ruin hands all the power in the all those who have been foolish State, and it is the business enough to trust him. of Englishmen to see that he We have heard a great deal is worthy of that power. Were lately about the suspension VOL, CCVII.-NO, MCCLVI.
of party warfare. Pompons Radioal sentiments. They politicians tell us almost daily pass measures which that we are none of us parti- are not Radioal measures. sans, that we cry and strive not They have broken definitely for a faotion but for the State. with the past, which once And what the pompous poli- upon a time moulded their tioians tell us is partly true. thoughts and determined their There is no party warfare, actions, Remember for & beoause the House of Commons moment what the Coalition has no other duty than to reg- has achieved during the last ister the deorees of Mr George. few years. In passing the Fearful though he be of the Franohise Bill it created a ballot-box, he will not per- silont revolution, of which we. mit criticism in the House. have seen only the beginning. Our free and independent By giving an equal vote to legislators dare not speak what women, it has taken the gov. is in their minds, if indeed ernance of the Empire out of their minds are not empty, lest the hands of the men, who they should not be safe in made it and fought for it, and their seats at the next election. given it to the women, who Therefore they hang upon the cannot bear arms and have lips of Mr George; in whis- no politioal experience. If none pered humbleness they assent of the churoh-burners has yet to his deorees; and there is no been able to wriggle into the party warfare, because there House of Commons, the Visare no parties. In other words, countess Astor is there, to hold the Coalition is no Coalition at aloft the banner of feminism, all. It is a Radioal Govern. and to show that the people" ment, openly oonfessed and un. of Plymouth think it not inashamed. Those who once congruous to be represented oalled themselves Tories, and by an American and a Peer's who have
taken the wife. The Franohise Bill was tioket, are Torios no longer. accepted, without comment, The respect for tradition, the by those of the Coalition who love of anoient ways, which professed themselves Tories. onoe inspired their polioy, Then there is Mr Fisher's have long since
since been en. Eduoation Aot, happily a dead veloped in the mist of for- letter, and therefore not 80 gotten things. To-day they are dangerous as Mr Fisher's exåll for “the maroh of mind." pressed intention of parohasing Progress is their watchword, by grants of money the abjeot and they pretend to believe, as submission to the government their Radioal colleagues believe, of Oxford and Cambridge. Not that they may safely pit their a single Tory has raised his little intelligence against the voice into opposition to the 800nmalated wisdom of A dangerous projects of this thousand years. They atter revolutionary minister, who no sentiments which are not has been publicly described by