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A Farmer's Grievance.


" He Clouted Me Awful."

Old-Age Pensions in Montgomeryshire.



The Government and the Lords.


The Government and the Lords. THE SUGGESTED CONFERENCE BETWEEN LEADERS. The alternative course of the Government in regard to suggestions for a conference between the leaders of parties and eventual compromise on the Lords question is understood (the Press Asso- ciation says) to be as follows. The Cabinet has put forward a scheme which it regards as a moderate one, and being in its general lines similar to that proposed by Sir Henry Campbell- Bannerman, has been for several years before the public. The Government cannot of its own initiative indicate any intention of departing from this in favour of another, the root principles of which could not in the nature of things be now defined. At the same time, there is no doubt many Ministers would welcome a suggestion for a conference authoritatively put forward on behalf of Conservative leaders. Indeed, such a proposal advanced in good faith the Government could not refuse without incurring considerable odium in the country. No sunh authoritative proposal has yet been made, however, and in its absence the Cabinet has no option but to proceed at the earliest practicable moment with the pi u it has laid before the House of Commons h .ch in the form of resolutions and of a caref ally-- irafted bill. It miy be doubted whether between the Govern- ment scheme for the limitation of the Lords' Veto and Conservative proposals for the reform of the House of Lords as indicated by the approval of Lord Rosebery's resolutions, any middle way exists; but that a conference could be secured if desired by the Opposition is certain. In the event of no conference being held or of discussion between the party leaders proving abortive, the Government resolutions will probably be taken early in the autumn, and the opinion in political circles now points to September as the data of a general election. Members of all parties in the House of Commons, it is true, are extremely averse to another election this year, and it is sug- gested that time might be gained by sending to the House of Lords a bill providing for the hold- ing of all elections on one day, or even by resuscitating the Plural Voting Bill and the London Elections BiU, the appeal to electors being deferred till January or February. There is, however, in official circles an objection to prolong- ing the campaign as was done last year, and it may be taken that the earlier date is the one pro- visionally adopted in case a dissolution is neces- sitated. Toe present intention is that a general election shall follow as swiftly and as dramatically as possible any action on the part of the House of Lords which, from the Government's point of view, renders it inevitable. SIGNIFICANT STATEMENT BY MR. W. LONG, MP. Mr Walter Long was the principal speaker on Wednesday at a luncheon given by the Tariff Reform League in London to about 50 workmen who have recently returned from a visit to Germany. Mr Long said it might be that out of the shadow caused by King Edward's death there might emerge some settlement of the great constitutional question now before the country. It did not rest with those who were not respon- sible for the government of the country to initiate any effort of the kind. Responsibility for the suggestion and initiation rested with those upon whose shoulders reposed the burden of govern- ment. But this much he might say for those with whom he was associated, if any efforts of the kind were made they would meet with a ready, willing, and patriotic response on the part of those who represented his Majesty's Opposition. WHAT WILL MR. BALFOUR DO ? The idea of a conference is naturally suspect on the Liberal benches (says a Liberal Lobby corres- pondent). But the advanced Radicals have wisely refrained from attempting any judgment upon the subject until the Prime Minister has made his statement, upon which there is no cer- tain information, though it c'm hardly be ex- pected before to-day (Monday). One obstacle in the way of negotiations is a very real appreciation among Liberals of Mr Balfour's abilities as a dialectician. Time after time the Tory leader ha, managed somehow or another to prevent a settlement of the education controversy, and unless he wants to get the con- stitutional crisis out If the way we may rest assured that on some point or another the pour- parlers will break down. For instance, it i open to Mr Balfour at the outset to inquire whether the Government is prepared to table its proposals for reforming ttie House of Lords, which proposals are at the moment, one imagines, in a rather I desultory condition. They cannot be formulated definitpl y without delay; it formulated, their pro- duction would be fraught with grave perils to Liber *1 unity; yet most unfortunately for the pres. at situation-so it would seem-" reform has appeared officially in the preamble of the Veto Bill.

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