10 MAY 1935, Page 1

Germany's Terms With the exception of Lord Cecil the principal

speakers in the House of Lords debate on Tuesday seemed strangely regardless of the effect their almost effusive protestations of syinpathy with Germany as an injured nation may have in Berlin.. It is common ground with all schools .4-Opinion in this country that the Treaty of Versailles had many defects, but little good can come, and much harm May,. frOm harping again and again in debate after clehlite on ‘.‘-tile dictated peace" and the failure of the victor 'nations to 'carry out their disarmament obligations. That can surely be taken as agreed by this time, and sine attempt .*Made to get forward on to new ground.. lantniage calculated to encourage Germany—which, . • after all, is still a Germany of concentration camps and : anti-semitism and ruthless censorship—to put her terms so high that no accord will be possible is dangerous strategy. Lord Stanhope's official ehallenge to Herr Hitler to state his disarmament terms is reasonable, though it is only just to recall the complete failure of this country and France to respond to the quite explicit terms the Chancellor did state in April of last year. But th judge from General Goering's speech last week, and a statement with which he has since supplernented it, the proposed Air Pact may still be made the basis of a limita- tion of air armaments.

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