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POLITICS FOR WOMEN. BY WOMAN VOTER. I Replying to Brig .-General Page Croft (Ghristchurch, N.P.), who asked whether the Prime Minister could make a state- ment 7iving definite information to the country that peace terms would include full reparation by the German Empire, including the repayment of the net .ost of the war incurred by the Aliie-is, Alt-, Bonar Law [Chancellor of the Exchequer) said: I can make no statement on this subject. General Page Croft asked, in view of the approach of the General Election, whether the right, hon. gentle- man was going to tuaJce a d jimtt statement on the subject in conformity wit It the pro- mise that there should be a petpl-e's peace. Mr. tionar JAW repcaUd that no definite statement could be made. In the midst of somewhat rowdy and pos- sibly slightly premature peace celebrations, I was brought back to earth with a severe shock when on opening the" Times" last Tuesday morning I read the above para- graph in the Parliamentary news. I will admit that I have for some time entertained a lurking fear that this Coalition business was some new form of political trick; and 1 was soi,ne nweriwuieu should be deeply grateful to General Page Croft, the leader of the fearless little group of "National" members, for, well, to say the least of it, giving us food for very serious reflection, for I can only conceive one explanation ox this start- ling exhibition of political hanky-panky. Mr. Bonar Law is asked a straightforward ques- tion which in plain English amounts to this: Are we English people to pay the thousands of millions of debt incurred in fighting a war we did not want, or is Ger- many to foot the bill? Surely there is only one answer to such a straightforward question. As a matter of fact it is such an obvious thing that one would presume the question unnecessary; but if Mr. Bonar Lav's reply means anything it surely means th: as in the ca&e of German prisoners in this country who were given such distinct preferential treatment over British prisoners in Germany, so again are our Teutonic 14 fricncls to- be spared the unpleasant task p ⢠i_l. U-ll ol paying ulle UJlI. This astounding Revelation places all other issues entirely in the background, and brings us bang right up to the one question, that we must demand every candidate at the forthcoming election to answer-HIs Ger- niany to pay for the war?" If all my women readers will kindly put this question to the candidates in the con- stituency they reside, and forward their re- plies to me, I v-ill endeavour to compile a list of such candidates as are worthy of a British woman's vote. I had intended to deiil with quite another subject this week, but feel this matter is so important. J. must confess that candidly I do not believe Mr. Lloyd George himself wouia spare Germany, and I am certain that our fliks wouid not, but I fear that in order to seeure the support of some of the older poli- ticians it may be necessary for the Premier to modify his views. It is in this that I see tut- liajiver of tin.) Coalition. Personally Ishall vote for the Independent candidate who is out to support Mr. Lioyd George to bring abiut a really just peace. Let us not forget that practically the whole of Germany's expenditure has been within 'her own country, therefore the money is still in Germany, whereas in our own ease the bulk of our expenditure has been to Allied or Neutral countries, placing our financial position at a decided disadvantage, and I consider that women will have grievously tailed to redeem the debt they owe to our soldiers and sailors if they give one single rote to any candidate before being aasured that, whatever else they may promise, they will see that soldiers and sailors, having risked their lives in a war not of their seeking, will not have to pay the financiaJ cost as well, otherwise we must be prepared, thos8 of us who have invested our sm&H savings in War Bonds, to be heavHy taxed Jfjr the rest of our lives in order to pay our- selves bac?.

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