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-----The Welsh National Memorial.

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A BLOODLESS REVOLUTION. THE general election is all but over, and a bloodless revolution in the govern- ment of the country is within sight. When Charles I. and Louis XVI. clung to the veto and defied the public will, the veto brought them to the block. Mr Asquith reminded us the other day of the 4th of August, 1789. On that memorable night, the French people struck off the shackles which bound them to a hereditary Peerage, and inscribed on the face of their new constitution the famous declaration of the rights of man. If in the past the path of political freedom has been bloody, it was largely owing to the veto. Hap- pily, Britons are not revolutionaries in the accepted sense of the term. There is nothing of the Phrygian red cap about us, but we have resolved, in the sublime language of Abraham Lincoln on the battle- field of Gettysburg, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth. Ours is a bloodless revolution because we have gradually worked up to it. It would have occurred long ago but for the introduction into Tory counsels of renegade Radicals, who, naturally, imbued it with some spirit of progression. Impatience with the tyrannical authority of the House of Lords has been soothed now and then by an occasional measure of Tory social reform, the full benefits of which had invariably to be exploited by Liberal ex-' tensions. Thus it was the Peers became inured to the idea that a constitutional people would never actually rise and de- mand the destruction of their supreme power. Hence the arrogance with which they committed the fatal blunder of re- jecting the Liberal Budget. In the days of the Stuarts, it was the function of the House of Commons to vote supplies to the King, who was free to spend the moiiey pretty much as he pleased. But when William, Prince of Orange, ascended the throne, the Commons determined to have a say in the spending of their country's money, and they apportioned out part of the King's supplies to various purposes other than that of his personal wants. From that time the right of the Commons to control the public purse has seldom been seriously questioned. Indeed, the supremacy of the House of Commons in the matter of finance has been proclaimed by successive Tory leaders, not even accepting Mr Balfour, who, however, will say anything to suit the exigencies of the moment. His statesmanship is measured by a lust for power, which reflects itself in the policy of anything and everything for votes." The claws of the Lords are to be clipped. We should have preferred a more drastic correction of their political iniquities. Although a sham "reform," the Tory plan initiates the right principle of abol- ishing the hereditary in favour of an elective system. That plan, of course, is nothing else than a studied deception. By a pretence at democratising the lordly chamber, it would contrive to make sure of its permanent Tory predominance. Upon the constitutional issue the country Upon the constitutional issue the country has pronounced precisely after the fashion of last January. The abolition of an absolute veto is the national verdict; but more than this is required. There must be a reform of the revising chamber, such as will prevent unnecessary delay in the passage of Liberal legislation.



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