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IWALES AND THE GOVERNMENT

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foe shall have been laid low? To again quote Sir Herbert Roberts, he confidently hopes that after long years of waiting, we in Wales will reap a rich and abundant har- vest as a result of this memorable victory." Now, what reason has Sir Herbert for en- tertaining this hope? We do not for a moment believe that he was merely giving -expression to a pious aspiration. He must have some grounds for what he said. What are they? The long-proved fidelity of Wales is one factor. The unique services of Mr Lloyd George is another. But there is also a further consideration. Sir Herbert Roberts is not only one of the senior member for Wales, but he is also one of the Whips of the Welsh Parliamentary Party, and he is there- fore in a position to indicate what is the attitude of that Party towards the Govern- ment, and the course of legislation in the new Parliament. '1 he inner meaning of his Colwyn Bay speech, then, we take to be this, that after the Veto question has been settled, and the electoral law amended on the plan he outlined, the Welsh Party will insist upon imme- diate attention being paid to the par- ticular reforms which Wales still demands. These include the Disestablishment and the Disendowment of the Church in Wales, and we take it that the Welsh Party will give the Government no peace until a measure with that object in view has been submitted to Parliament. They also include the strengthening of the Sunday Closing Act and other licensing reforms for which Wales has long been ripe, and we assume that on this matter again the Welsh Party is pre- pared to show a determined attitude. To sum up, the meaning of Sir Herbert's speech appears to us to be that the special needs of Wales are at last to be insisted upon, and that the Welsh Party will hence- forth show itself as inflexible as' the Irish Party in its assertion of the special claims of I the nation it represents. The air is resound- ing with the bombastic declarations of the Lords, that they will continue to defy the voice of the people, and that they will neither break nor bend, whatever the pres- sure placed upon them by public opinion and the nation's House of Commons. We attach no importance to their nonsensical ravings. At the same time, we presume that the final tussle may be an exceedingly hard one, which will require the utmost skill and patience of the Prime Minister and his col. leagues. But success is assured, and when it comes, it will enable the Government to taken in hand those measures to which Wales has established its claim. The outlook for the old country is brighter to-day than ever before in its history, and the Welsh Liberal members will be blameworthy if they fail to make the best possible use of the opportun- ities about to be afforded them.

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