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LEDBURY WOMEN'S LIBERAL I ASSOCIATION. Monthly Meeting: and Concert. I On Wednesday last the monthly meeting of the Women's Liberal Association took place at the Town Hall, Ledbury. The special speaker was Mr Alfred Bai- r, of the Eighty Club, London, who gave a detailed address on Home Rule. There was a very good attendance present, which was presided over by Mr George Davis. MR. BAKER'S SPEECH. Mr Baker commenced his speech by jokingly saying that he was surprised that his audience did not stand up and salute him. He wanted to know why they were there that night, and what they were interested in there. It was not a Tory meeting and he was not a Tory. All they had to do was to salute a Tory. They (the Tories) thought they governed this country because they were the aristocrats. For the last 50 years the Liberals had been trying to claim that which was their right-the right to govern this country. To govern the people by the people. But the Tories did not like it, and it did not suit their complexion. They claimed that they were the people and the Liberals were only outsiders. The constitutionalists did not respect the law and every advance by the Liberals made them squirm and they tried to upset the power of the people. In 1909 they defied the people by rejecting the People's Budget. Eeveryone told them they were mad, but they would not listen and were damned in consequence. (Hear, hear.) But it did not matter, and they were still going on their way rejoicing and were going to carry out the pro- gramme that they started to do. The Tories thought that theirs was the kingdom, the power and the glory, but the Liberals did not. They knew the people of this country had agreed to pass Home Rule for Ireland and of course they were going to do it. They had gene to the people and discussed it with them and all they had got to do was to register the people's decree. When the various Acts were passed there were a lot of conscientious objectors, because they knew that the Acts were against themselves. Burglars had got conscientious objections to policemen, and the prison-house was not to their liking. The conscientious railwaymeti- believed they had a right to strike for more money. The soldiers would not fight against their own kith and kin, and they would lay down their arms. Where were the conscientious objectors then. They, as Liberals, must have no hanking with this kind of business. They must not allow the soldiers to reason with them they must not allow the soldiers to have anything to do with the law of the land. If they were asked to do anything it was the soldier's duty to obey. Every Liberal had made up his mind that they as democrats would see that it was carried out. The Tories could not understand that democracy had come into their homes. They could not realise that the power they had exercised for centuries was passing away. The people were going into their kingdom and were going to enjoy it. It was agreed by the Liberals that Home Rule should be submitted to the people they had submitted it, and the people were in favour of the well-being of their conscience. They had worked at this Home Rule for 30 years and gone into it as much as ever they could, and up to now the Tories had succeeded in rejecting it; and what did they imagine was going to happen in Ireland. They could not say that Ulster was not in favour of Home Rule, for 50 per cent. were for it and 50 per cent. against it. The Tories had cried out for election and referendum, which they want very much before the Home Rule Bill came into operation. Before a single thing was done the Liberals undertook to go to the people. They were going to the people and ask them if they approved of Home Rule, and if the people say not, then the Tories can go in and have them. (Laughter.) Was there anything unreasonable in that. They were going to give them 6 years to think about it, in which time there would be two general elections. There was no reason why Ulster should not come in because of the conduct on part of the Home Rule Parliament, as they wouldhave two opportunities of laying the case before them and they would be willing to attend tothem. (Hear,hear.) They could not have Home Rule for Ireland without Ulster. It would not be a success if they excluded Ulster from the Parliament. They offered Ulster everything possible and yet they were unreason- able. The Liberal Government looked upon the Liberals in the country to help them all they would. (Applause.) The following was the prognamme of harmony —Pianoforte solo, Miss Drena Croad recitation, Miss Lewis song, Woolloomboolo," Victor Maddox song, 44 Do they all go to see the sea ?" by the troupe song encored), Mary Ann," Mr Dagger song, 44 Wedding Glide," by ten little Liberals recitation, Miss Florrie Sturge song, "Good-bye Summer, Miss Nellie Croad song, "And then- Victor Maddox.




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