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BRITISH WAR AIMS REMAIN THE SAME. The statement on the War Aims of Great Britain made by Mr. Lloyd George last Saturday to the conference i<*f Labour representatives is undoubt-I I cdly the most brilliantly clear and con- ¡ \'Îllciug pronouncement made by any ? statesman of the Allied nations since the outbreak of war, and it is not at all surprising that it has received the hearty approval, not only of Labour, but of the country at large and also of the Allied nations. And yet the pronouncement contains nothing that we have not heard, time and again, from the present Premier, a.s well as his predecessor, Mr. Asquith. Great Britain's, war aims are now what they were in August, 1914. A comparatively small crowd of British Socialists—(latterly augmented by a group of disgruntled and disappointed Liberals)—taking their cue from that section of the revolutionary forces that are at present heading Russia to a state of absolute anarchy, have by every means in their power endea- voured to embarrass the Government by charges of "Imperialistic aims"; and this cry, constantly reiterated, was doubtless causing some uneasiness in the public ihind, that the blood and treasure of the nation was being squandered for unworthy objects. Mr. Lloyd George's epoch-making declara- tion and its enthusiastic reception are therefore especially gratifying. But our British Bolsheviks must save their faces; and so we have Mr. Ramsay Macdonald announcing to the world that Mr. Lloyd George had struck a new "note" which "they of the I.L.P. had been striking with in- tellectual clearneiss and precision for three-and-a-half years." The I.L.P. never did suffer from a lack of a "good conceit of itself"; but it will puzzle those who are not blessed with the I.L.P. brand of "intellectual olearne&s" to reconcile this discovery of Mr. Macdonald's with the facts. Be it noted that here was no question of "tone" it was purely a matter of • "aims." And in no particular have the Premier's critics ventured to say that the aims set forth on Saturday are j j any different from those enunciated on f many other occasions. Moreover, ? there is no essential difference between the aims and principles an- nounced by Mr. Lloyd George and those of the Joint Conference of the Labour Party and Trades Union Con- jgress; one is as "imperialistic" as the j*: other. In the light of this development we may see how much of honesty and charitableness lay be Heath the efforts of our militant pacifists. I

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