13 NOVEMBER 1909, Page 1

If we were forced to prophesy what would be the

result of the elections, we should be inclined to express the belief that the majority will be a small one either way, but that possibly the Unionists may have the advantage. That, we confess, is a prospect not unpleasing. Bloated majorities are bad for parties and bad for the country. They tempt Govern- ments into all sorts of follies. They deprive them also of the best answer to pressure from injudicious supporters : " If we take the extreme course you propose, we shall lose our moderate men, and so shall be put in a minority."