12 JULY 1890, Page 14



[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SpEcTemori.".1 SIR,—When it is admitted on all hands that the Land ques- tion is the main factor in the Irish difficulty, I think it whole- some from time to time, at the risk of repetition, to ask our Gladstonian opponents how it can be reasonable to invite us to try Home-rule, when nothing like sufficient time has elapsed to give Mr. Gladstone's remedial land legislation anything like a fair trial, and when low prices and bad _seasons have counteracted much of the effect of the remedy.

Surely perseverance in the remedial direction for another generation or two is the only statesmanlike course, and a truly Liberal policy. As this is the policy of the present Unionist Government, it surely deserves the support of all unprejudiced Liberals.

That an error of judgment has been committed in the management of Parliamentary business during the present Session, most persons will readily admit ; but the excellent intentions of the Government are equally generally admitted. If the Irish Land-Purchase Bill is vigorously pushed forward next Session pan i passu with a Local Government Bill for Ireland, Lord Salisbury's Government should be able to appeal to the Liberal Unionists with entire confidence of retaining