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Miss Sylvia Pankhurst in CI j UMerthyr. DEPRESSING SPEECH IN THE RINK. The two aerations on which—previous to last Sunday—tho Merthyr I.L.P. had advertised Miss Sylvia Pankhurst to speak, And upon which inexorable circumstances had compelled her to disappoint crowded audiences by sending a deputy in her- stead, affected la,st Sunday's at- tendance at the Rink on the occasion of her third advertised visit. The audience was by no means .small, but remembering those two occa- sions when her name had packed the huge building, it was a small audience for Miss Sylvia Pankhurst. Miss Sylvia Pankhurst was herself not. the vigorous logician, and planful speaker that, we have always foilud her hitherto, and though there was much of interest in her long speech, it was a speech of patchwork frag- ments that lacked sequence and a constructive message. She opened by a reference to the Maurice letter, and declared that the com- plete victory" which had been scored by Lloyd George, according to the Tory press that backed him, was not a,t all obvious to the reader of the official report of the Debate supplied in Han- sard. This led to a survey of the secret treaties, and a recounting of the Austrian peace over- tures of last year. in which again the connec- tion of Lloyd George was emphasised. Indeed, Lloyd George did not out a very pretty figure in these opening stages, but Miss Pankhurst seems to have lost faith in all poli- ticians as well as in the Wizard of Wales." For instance, she declared that Mr. Asquith- the Liheral only alternative to Lloyd George— was no better than the present Premier; while her opinion of the good faith of Lord Lansdowno as a peace Premier was so low as to be non- existent; her reason being that he was Foreign Secretary and subsequently Minister of War at the time of the Rocr War; was the. Foreign Secretary who signed the public treaty to maintain the integrity of the Sultanate of Mor- roeco, who signed the secret treaties partition- ing Moj-rooco between Spaiii and France, and who was at the head of our Department for .Foreign Affairs when the seeds that have grown into the present war were sown. Her opinion of the noble Lord's present activities was that he was seeking to secure the Foreign Secre- tariat under the next Government so as to en- sure the continuity of the Foreign Policy that had three years a.go such ghastly and disastrous results. THE RUSStAN WAY. Having thus told us that she regarded the three orthodox party men who are looked upon as the only possible head of the British Government, as about equally undesirable from the point of view of Democracy, she proceeded to touch lightly upon the Labour Party men, whom, apparently, she found no better than the Tory blue, or the Liberal yellow, or the Coalition any. colour favourites. Altogether she WaB terribly depressing on politics, and her peace policy was equally heavy, for there is only one way to peace in her esteem, and that is the Russian way, for Sylvia is keenly enthusiastic for the Russian way, and a considerable pro- portion of her speeoh was devoted to telling us about it and the Ukraine difficulty, which she described to the difference that Russia was whole-baked Socialist, and the Ukraine half- baked Radical, her oomparison of Ukrainian politics being that they were in the stage of Mr. E. D. Morel before the war; a comparison that would have been happier omitted. ALL LLOYD GEORGES t I Foreign politicians were just as easily dealt with as our own, and President Wilson and M. Clemenceau were presented as the American and Frenoh counterpart of Mr. Lloyd George. The dutch peace emissiary, against whom Lord Robert Cecil had warned the nation, WJvs men- tioned, and the te-rms that he offere d on behalf of Germany, reproduced in Mr. Jowett's Notes last week, were characterised as about as good terms as Capitalism could offer. But they did not satisfy Miss Sylvia since they fell so lament- ably short of the Russian terms. MR. WEBB OUT OF DATE. I After that we got somewhere around the ele- ments of the Marxian Socialism and with the peculiar cheap, personal criticism that the dogma arises in some of its adherents. but which we did not expect from Miss Pankhurst, Mr. Sydney Weob was gently chid for the work which he has done for the Labour Party. Mr. Webb's methods are becoming anacliromistic these days to the sturdy new Socialists. The trouble is that Miss Sylvia had no remedy to offer to us. And her own statement that she would not vote for anyone who was not an In- ternational Socialist was about as helpful as her expression that an agreement between the soldiers on both sides would establish a just peace and remove the fea.r of invasion ie hope- ful, or as her pessimistic opinion that this was the first of a cycle of big Capitalistic wars was likely to spread joy and enthusiasm. Taken as a whole the speech struck us as being an extempore oratien far below the level of Miss Sylvia Pankhurst as we have always known her. A speech that threaded complex mazes of diplomatic intrigue only to come out with a. poisoned distrust of everyone, and not enlightened by anything more substantial than vague hopes and nebulous programmes. There was one innovation that we hope marks a real new beginning amongst the I.L.P. women of Merthyr. We had for the first time a female chairman, and Mrs. R. Davies, to whom fell this honour, did wonderfully well in the position, making a fine appeal to the ladies to "join up" so that they might learn how to conscientiously and intelligently use tho fran- chise that had now been given to them.


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