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THE COMING SESSION, The session of Parliament to be opened next week will be very different from any session within the experience of the present generation. For as many years as most of us can personally remember, the attention of Parliament has been taken up mainly with the consideration of home politics of a more or less exciting' character. There have been great reforms accomplished, revolutionary disintegrations defeated, and every session almost a financial develop- ment of some importance. This year the financial proposals will be more important than usual, for the Chancellor of the Exchequer has to provide undefined mil- lions for the prosecution of the war. But we may expect legislation and domestic reforms to occupy a secondary position, for Parliament will be absorbed by the busi- ness of this war, the greatest since the bitter struggle in the Crimea, and the first war in which England has employed an army of a hundred and fifty thousand men, sent thousands of miles across the sea, and with never a soldier among them who is not a son of the Empire. Serious and sad as are the aspects of this great war, it is happily being conducted by a Government of a strength such as, likewise, has not been known in the present generation. The Government may have severe trials before it, but we veiture to think that it will be strong enough to bear the attack of an Opposition not always dis- interested, and the criticism from certain of its own supporters, which may be candid, I I out is neither friendly nor patriotic. It is understood that the first attack on the Government will take the form of an amendment on the Address, amounting to a vote of censure. Such a vote must, of course, be resisted to the utmost, in the interest of the Empire more than of the Government. To censure the Government in the way proposed would be to play into the hands of England's enemies. For the like reason, namely, the good of the com- monwealth, Ministers could not, we assume, consent to an inquiry into military adminis- tration while the war is proceeding. Yet an inquiry at the proper time, namely, when the war is over, is what Ministers would probably welcome as affording op- portunity for their vindication from accu- sations which have been directed against their conduct of the war. An investigation would indisputably prove that where any- thing has gone wrong it has been the fault of the system, not of the administra- tion of the system by the Government. For the present we have to do the best that is possible with the existing i-ntebinery to bring the war to an end as speedily as pos- sible. A direction from which danger may least be apprehended is the movement started by certain politicians to set up a conciliation committee. It is one of the grim ironies of the situation that we are to be asked to offer conciliation to an enemy who is still within the QUEEN'S dominions, which he has invaded and ravaged to the utmost of his ability. Except some of the Irish members, and the two or three British members who are notorious sympathisers with the Boers, and have in consequence been invited by their constituents to resign their seats, we can conceive of no members of Parliament supporting this quaintly in- appropriate and unpatriotic proposal for conciliation. On the whole it cannot be assumed that there will be any united or serious attempt to make party capital out of the national trouble. It would be unjust to the Opposition front bench to assume that it will depart from the honourable traditions of the House, and make serious attempts to hamper Ministers in the con- duct of the war. If such attempts are made they will probably result in the undoing of their promoters, for, even if the official leaders commanded a party attack on the Government, it is as certain as anything can be in politics that a substantial section of Liberals would refuse to attack now, just as they refused to condemn the Government last October. Criticism may be looked for and duly answered, for we may "be sure that the responsible Ministers are eager to reply to any attacks on their respective departments. But such a, thing as an appeal to the country in the midst of the war is earnestly to be deprecated. It is as un- necessary as it is unpatriotic, for in the ordinary course of events there will be a general election next year, when the war is over, und when the people will be able, in the light of all the circumstances, to decide whether Her Majesty's Ministers have faithfully and correctly discharged the arduous and difficult duties entrusted to them.