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THE a I POLITICAL CRISIS. i. u, Intervention of the King. The Coming: Election. The House of Commous resumed its sittings on Tuesday after the autumn recess, but no announce- ment on the Government policy consequent on the failure of the Veto Conference was made, Mr. Lloyd George stating that the Premier would make a statement on Thursday. On the plea of Mr. Balfour that he could not possibly be present on that day, the Chancellor of the Exchequer agreed to Friday. In the House of Lords the Earl of Crewe paid tribute to the late Lord Spencer, and in this the Marquis of Lansdowne joined. The marquis then asked as to the intentions of the Government, and the Earl of Crewe stated that in the absence of any statement by the Prime Minister in another place he could: make no announcement. Lord Lansdowne expressed disappointment at this, and gave notice that he would propose a motion invit- ing the Government to submit forthwith the provisions of the Parliamentary Bill for the con- sideration and decision of Parliament. J The most striking event arising out of the political crisis was the King's return to town on Wednesday, from Sandringham, and the subse- quent visit to his Majesty of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the House of Lords. His Majesty went to Buckingham Palace, where he received Lord Knollys in audience. Mr. Asquith and the Earl of Crewe arrived at the Palace. The two Ministers proceeded subsequently to Downing Street to join the Cabinet Council to impart to their colleagues the result of their visit. On Wednesday, in the House of Lords, the Marquis of Lansdowne moved his resolution inviting the Government to submit the Veto Bill without further delay for consideration and decision. The Leader of the Opposition declared that if the various proposals dealing with the Veto were to be swept away by a dissolution, it would be not only a grave public misfortune, but a very wanton affront to Parliament. Acknowledg- ing that the motion was not unreasonable, the Earl of Crewe undertook to move the first reading of the Parliament Bill at that sitting, and then, after expressing the opinion that the breakdown of the Conference conclusively showed that settle- ment by agreement was impossible, he came to the most crucial passage of his speech. The measure would be put before the House for the House to take it or leave it"; but it would be an "absolute mockery" to rediscuss all the matters discussed in the Conference. Lord Crewe made it quite clear that while willing, even anxious, to put the bill down for second reading the Government I were not prepared to accept any amendments to it." Mr Evan Griffiths, a well-known Chelsea draper, is spoken of as the prospective Liberal candidate for East Carmarthenshire in the place of Mr Lloyd Morgan, who has accepted a County Court Judgeship for West Wales. Mr Griffiths is a native of Carmarthenshire and well-known ia the district. Sir Clarendon Hyde, who was M,P. for Wednes- bury from 1906 to the last general election, has accepted an invitation from Cardiff Liberals to become their prospective candidate in the room of Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P.. who is retiring. Welcomed home by the flare of tar-barrels and bonfires, Mr John Redmond arrived at Queens- town, and hastened to announce that he and his colleagues had charmed 200,000 dollars out of American pockets. To an enthusiastic gathering at Cork he declared it to be no longer a question of whether the Irish would get self-government, but of how much they were to obtain and by what method. Mr Winston Churchill has written to Sir George Ritchie a letter which amounts to a manifesto on the political situation. He declares that which- ever way the Government turn in the field of legislation they find themselves stopped by the Veto of the House of Lords. Scotland has long wanted a Land Bill, England a check upon plural voting, Wales Disestablishment and Disendow- ment of the Church, and Ireland Home Rule, but the Veto is over all. The Government have nowhere to turn but to the nation, whose voice guides all good government; and by it alone they will be ruled. Mrs Pankhurst, speaking in Liverpool, said that the suffragists' truce was at an end, and the Government would be given until the 22nd of this month to decide whether they would receive the Conciliation Bill. In the event of the bill being killed, a large body of women would march to the doors of the House of Commons, and would refuse to go away until they were satisfied. The 'Daily Chronicle' makes a most effective reply to the wretched cant about American dollars which fills the daily papers. It gives a list of Mr Redmond's subscribers. They include the Prime Minister for the Dominion of Canada, the Secre- tary of State, the leader of the Conservative party in the Dominion Parliament, the Prime Minister of the Province of Quebec, the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and other men of equal eminence and position in the great Dominion of the West. Mr. G. Caradoc Rees has been selected as the Liberal candidate for the Denbigh Boroughs, the sitting member being Mr. Ormsby-Gore (Conser- vative), who was returned by a majority of eight at the last general election. --L-J Mr. Balfour, addressing a mass meeting of Con- servatives in Nottingham, said that Tariff "Re- form" still stood as the great constructive policy to which his party was committed, and every class must gain by it. Its whole object, he alleged, was to benefit the wage-earning classes, and a tax on foreign corn, he said, would enable corn to be produced cheaper in Canada. Speaking on the question of the question of the House of Lords, he argued that the Second Chamber of our Constitu- tion must ba a real and not a sham one, exercising a moderating 'influence upon legislation. The Second Chamber should not be the dominant one, and the supreme arbiter of all disputes should be the people of the country. As to a reformed Second Chamber, the hereditary principle was admittedly surrendered. The Second Chamber should be greatly diminished in number, and in it should sit persons qualified by admitted public service. There should be an element elected by the peers, and also a third element equalling these two by election or otherwise, but nor. put there by the Second Chamber itself. ..Of;: Another important sitting was held by the House of Lords on Thursday, Lord Rosebery in- troducing his further Reform Resolutions, the first of which provides that in future the House of Lords shall consist of Lords of Parliament (a) chosen by the whoie body of hereditary peers from among themselves, and by nomination by the Crown: (b) sitting by virtue of offices and qualifi- cations held by them; and (c) chosen from out- side. Lord Curzon strongly supported the resolution I and sketched the general idea of the House of Lords reformed on the lines suggested. They would have, he said, a smaller House than at present, one which, while not hereditary in its composition, would not ignore the hereditary principle; a House containing elements dirsctly representing the political opinion of the Govern- ment of the day, and a democratic element also, replenished from time to time by contact with the people. Lord Lansdowne accepted the view that a cer- tain proportion of a reformed Assembly should be elected in some way or other outside the House- though heredity and election might make bad bedfellows. L)rd Crewe intimated that be should not vote against the resolution, and the motion was agreed to.