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MAY COME IN APRIL. I Resignation Rumours I Humours of intended or suspended Minis- terial resignations have been more rife than ever to-day, but most of them are "barking up the wrong tree" (wired the London cor- respondent of the "Birmingham Poet" last night). The one member of the Cabinet who, as I stated some days ago, has actually ten- dered his resignation to tne Frixne Minister, and that a lortnight since, has not been named as yet among all the stories that are flying aoout. iiis axMion was adopted as an emphati-o protest against the determination of a majority of ins colleagues to take no imme- diate steps to regularise the financial posi- tion; and it had the effect of securing the change of front notified by the Prime illnisier on Monday But more than one Minister can be described as being at the moment in a state of ooildit-ional resignation; and this may oonstrain the Cabinet as a whole to ride for a fall. In that case, the fall would not of neces- sity be direotly on their veto or finance, but on the resolution the Prime Minister will sTJbeuiit promptly on the resumption of tihe Commofns after the very brief recess for the ecoiesiastioal Easter, allooaung the time of the House. The Nationalists, unless 'squared' mean- while, may join the Unionists in resisting the 'guillotine' proposals this resolution would embody; and thus the expected crash may come in the earliest days of April." Vete, But No Reform There is the hignest authority for saying that the statement which has been published com eying the impression that tihe Cabinet are considering a scheme for the re-coonsitituition of the Second Chamber is without foundation tsays the "Daily Telegrapth"). Whatever opinions may be held on the question by individual members of the Cabinet, the whole idea of reforming the House of Lords has been abandoned ever since the deputations of Redimls and Liberals waited upon the Prime Minister' a fortnight ago. Those depu- tations, it will be remembered, demanded that the Cabinet should oonoentra;te their a,Hention upon the abolition of the veto. 'Confusion" in Liberal Ranks This week has been a favourable one for the Goverrunerut in the House of Commons (writes the Parliamentary correspondent of the "Deily Chronicle"). For all that the mood of its supporters is far from satisfac- tory. On all sides and from every shade of opinion murmurings are heard. There is a sense of confusion and bewilder- ment in the Liberal ranks. The party does not know whither it is being led. Its heart is set on two ideals in this Plar"ment-one, to bring the veto resolutions to the testing Point in the House of Lords; the other to pass the Budget. They are simple and obvious tasks, and ought to be within the compass of resolute statesimansihip. No doubt the attitude of the Nationalist party represents a certain degree W embarrassment with regard to the Budget. It is now a. foregone conclusion that the House of Lords will show an attitude of determined -hostility to the veto resolutions. In that ca,le the life of this Parliament will be brought to an early close. While Liberal members are anxious to save the Budget they want to see the House of Lords define their attitude to the veto reso- lution before the House of Commons releases the Finance Bill. Otherwise there is the possibility of the Government being defea.ted on the Budget before the veto issue has been brought to a head. That is what Mr. Red- mond had in view in his Newcastle speech, when he spoke of the probability of a general election in four weeks' time. To be defeated on the Budget and without bringing the votol question to an issue would be a melancholy preliminary to a general election, and Liberal and Labour members look forward to it with dismay. The Cabinet ought to 90 arrange its strategical plans as to prevent any such, catastrophe.

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