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WILL OF MR LLOYD HUGHES, COEDHELEN.

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A REVIEW OF THE SESSION.

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A REVIEW OF THE SESSION. The Session of Parliament which was ad- journed this week to the Autumn has run a remarkable course. The Government met Parliament, after a General Election which had thinned the uumbers of their supporters, dependent upon a coalition majority and pledged as their firsrt act to pass into law the Budget which had been referred to the judgment of the country. That pledge was not redeemed. The acquiescence of the Irish Nationalists in the Budget had first to be purchased, and in accomplishing this Mr Asquith and his Government reached the depths of political degradation. Mr John Redmond stood forward as the master of the Government, the dictator of the course of business in the House of Commons, and the despot of the country. Resolutions were introduced and passed in the House of Com- mons which would in practice render the Second Chamber powerl-ess to secure that the deliberate will of the people of the country should prevail in matters of the most vital importance, although leaving it power, and indeed encouraging it, to interfere more largely than heretofore in minor affairs. And Mr Asquith was forced to adopt the very course which he had at the beginning of the Session declared that no constitutional states- man would entertain. The Nationalists' support of the Budget was finally secured by his announcement that, in the event of those Resolutions failing of acceptance by the House of Lords, he would demand "guarantees" of the Crown. No Radical, so far as we are aware, contemplated for one moment that this demand was one which could be acceded to by the Crown, as was obvious from the fact that one and all be- lieved that a General Election must forthwith ensue. So the Budget of 1909-10 became law. And it seemed that a great and violent crisis was imminent. But at this moment, in tie pause afforded by the Spring recess, when all men were prepared for a strenuous and momentous struggle of parties in the country, there occurred an event which completely changed the immediate aspect of affairs and has dominated their course ever since. King Edward VII. died; and the country in its sorrow felt more than ever disinclined for violent constitutional changes. Public crpinion promoted and endorsed that Confer- ence between leaders of the two great parties which it is hoped will loea<t to a solution by agreement of the points at issue. As in his life King Edward wrought so successfully for peace with other nations, so by his death may he prove to have averted domestic con- flict. The Session must be written down as re- markably barren in legislative output. The Government announced that they would in- troduce no controversial measures until they had settled their quarrel with the House of Lords. Little in consequence has been done, although the sad event of King Edward's death has necessitated certain legislation— the Accession Declaration Bill, m the hand- ling of which Mr Asquith bungled so unfortunately, and the Civil List Bill which ga Toe the Labour Party the opportunity of displaying a most ungracious pettiness. Apart from these, a hearty welcome will be accorded to the rectification of tenant farmersr' hardships under the Small Holdings Act, for which Unionists have pressed throughout. Nor must a word of praise be omitted for the useful and unostentatious work of those private members whose labours have been devoted to a consolidation of the Licensing Laws. This year's Budget state- ment attracted little attention, there being no alteration of taxation proposed. The most E'emarkatble' features were the low rate of the Sinking Fund for repayment of debt, the retention of the crushing spirit duties, and Mr George's clever fooling of the local authorities out of their share of the land duties. But the Finance Bill is postponed to the Autumn, in spite of all last year's talk of fin.ancial chaos, in order that the Nation- alists may be allowed to retain a grip on the throat of the Government in case the conference on the constitutional question should lead to proposals not meeting with their august approval. The Navy Estimates, which last year provoked so keen a con- troversy, showed a great increase, although little money is provided for the new pro- gramme, which, by its size, entirely justifies Unionist protests of last year. It is clear that further large amounts must be found in the next few vears. The debate on the Woman's Franchise Bill saw a majority vote in its favour, a result which was counter- balanced by the readiness with which mem- bers voted for the Government's proposal to shelve it. The serious tone of the debate was a welcome change from that which has prevailed on former occasions on which the subject had been discussed. Another debate erf special interest was initiated by Mr Bal- four, whose ascendency in the Housi of fJommons becomes more pronounced every Session, when he took the opportunity to press forward the case for Imperial Preference in view of next year's Conference. Finally, Mr Montagu, in introducing the Indian Budget, administered a necessary and severe rebuke o those members of the Radical and Labour Parties who devote their energies to making the task of Imperial administration as diffi- cult as possible, thus following up the stern comments of Sir Edward Grey in respect of Egypt. Fortunately the number of these pestilent persons in the House of Commons was considerably reduced at the last General Election; but their presence among the recognised supporters of a Radical Govern- ment must always prove detrimental to this country.

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