Mr. Gladstone then went on to deny that his proposals
were in any sense a mere political experiment. He regarded experi- menting as the proposal of "grave changes without grave causes ;" and he did not fail to show that in this case the causes which prompted his measures were as grave as the proposed changes themselves. He satirised the variously ineffectual "judicious mixtures " of remedial and coercive legislation by which English statesmen had attempted to meet the civil disorders of Ireland, and denied that there was any remedy for these disorders except the remedy which was found so effectual for the similar disorders in Canada. He maintained that as Canada did not get Home-rule because she was loyal and friendly, but became loyal and friendly because she got Home-rule, in Ireland the same cincession would lead to the same results.