11 MARCH 1922, Page 1


• THE week has closed with a suspension of the crisis. Mr. Lloyd George is withdrawing himself to Criccieth and rests suspended in the air like Mohammed's coffin. No one knows exactly what were his real intentions when he began the crisis or what they are now. We assume that there was no betrayal of his confidence in the original publication of the Prime Minister's protest, or that; if there was, it has been condoned, or rather endorsed by his subsequent action. All we can feel certain about is the disastrous results upon the Unionist Party: ThoUgh the Prime Minister is not a member of that Party, every consideration of honour, of gratitude, and even of worldly wisdom, should have induced him to act with the utmost caution and circumspection, and so protect its essential interests. Instead he has sacrificed those interests with the utmost levity and indifference. Byron speaks of :—

" The gallant cavaliers, who fought in vain, For those who knew not to resign or reign."

That is the kind of condition to which the strongest and most loyal section of the Unionist Party has been reduced