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Who can tolerate unscrupulous allies, without which h a complaint coming from Mr approval it is difficult to believe adstone, who, in the course of that even the Gladstonian Liberals 's very speech, practically avows on this side of the Channel would 5 complicity in obstruction, and have made themselves parties to

responsibility for the abuse of the degradation of our Parliament

liberty of the House of Como ary system which those tactics inons which must of necessity lead, volve, and which, ere long, will

the final result, either to the have to be put down with a strong wridgment of that liberty or the hand. The spirited speech of Lord wnfall of Parliamentary govern- Salisbury at the Merchant Taylor's

For what does the leader Hall on the 20th May shows us of the Opposition tell us? After that the Government are alive to Huding to the length of the de- the exigencies of the moment, and

ates upon the Crimes Bill, he goes in whatever action they may take n to say :

to relieve Parliament from the

tyranny of Mr Gladstone and his “I will supply you with a method allies, they may be assured of the E. --f shortening the discussion. Let the support of the public opinion of e Government do two things. I do not Great Britain. I say withdraw the Bill ; let them keep

But it is worth while to examine their unnecessary and therefore wanton Coercion Bill against crime if they the conditions upon which Mr Gladwill, but first say 'frankly, We wiíl stone may be graciously willing to make it a Bill against crime, and crime allow a further trial to Parliamentonly, and not against combination and ary Government, and permit the

exclusive dealing. Let them go fur- House of Commons to transact its : "ther, and say, "We will make it what business. every other Coercion Bill has been, ernment is to restrict its Bill to

In the first place, Govfor one, or two, or three years, or for

a limited time.' Let it last so long as “crime,” and to omit from its prothere is an exceptional state of things.' visions any restraint upon “com

Then, if they do that, I will answer bination and exclusive dealing." that the debates upon it will be short What is the “ combination ” which

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sin is light and venial compared that Nonconformity which he finds with that of his great Parliament- so congenial to his soul.” That for ary leader. Differing as we do which we blame him, and for from Mr Gladstone upon points which we are satisfied that he will of vital and essential importance be blamed by every right-thinking in political controversy, we have Briton, is the untruthful and misalways endeavoured to speak of leading view of the present posihim with the respect due to his tion of public affairs which he age and position in the State. proceeded to place before his But respect is impossible, and re- credulous audience. The leader ticence difficult, when we read of an Opposition which has pertinspeeches characterised by the aciously and avowedly striven to matchless effrontery and unblush- render" legislation by a Unionist ing insolence which have pervaded Government impossible, and a some of his recent utterances. section of which at least has We do not remember to have steadily set itself to discredit our read any speech, delivered by any Parliamentary system, has the unBritish statesman politician exampled temerity to complain worthy of the name, which has that "the free voice of the House reflected more discredit upon the of Commons has been reduced to speaker than that with which silence.” By what adjective, then, Mr Gladstone, on the rith May, rather than “ free,' are we to deat once regaled and electrified a scribe that wearisome, blatant, Nonconformist audience which had offensively obstructive voice gathered together at the residence which has persistenly occupied of “the Rev. Joseph Parker, D.D., and disgusted the sensible and of the City Temple." If any one patriotic portion of the House of present at this strange luncheon- Commons, and lowered that asparty had been able to remember sembly in the eyes of the nation the first years of Mr Gladstone's ever since the meeting of Parliapublic life, when he posed as the ment in January? Has not the hope of the young Tories and `incessant chatter of Mr GladHigh - Church Party, and when stone's friends been “ free" to the the orthodoxy of his Churchman- extent of extravagant licence, and ship was even less doubtful than is it not an utter and palpable the vigour of his Toryism, such a misstatement of fact, of which person must have experienced a Mr Gladstone has been guilty, in strange sensation as he listened to asserting the contrary? the emphatic declaration of the Judging by the context of his speaker that he had come to that speech, the complaint which he place in order to do that which, really intends to make is, that eight or ten years ago, he had “independent members” have been been able to do—namely, “in unable to introduce their pet submeeting a large body of Non-jects on account of the absorption conformists, and in contact with of the time of the House of Comthe powerful Nonconformist ele- mons by the Government. But ment which permeates English to whom must the blame of that society, to draw strength, consola- absorption of time be attributed ? tion, and refreshment." We do Undoubtedly to the action, or not, however, in the smallest de- rather to the speech, of the “ingree, grudge to Mr Gladstone the dependent members themselves, invigorating delight of a bath in who, under Mr Gladstone's own

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