18 FEBRUARY 1905, Page 3

How would he vote, that is, if he were a

voter in Durham City, where a Unionist Free-trader is faced by a Tariff Reformer P Mr. Balfour's reply was ambiguous and dis- ingenuous, but in spirit it amounted to this :—Constituencies may take whom they choose, and only those who support the Government can expect help from the Government. This means that Mr. Balfour will not condemn the attacks made on the seats of Unionists like Mr. Arthur Elliot. That at any rate clears the air, and confirms what we have said in another place, that in the end every bond-fide Unionist Free- trader will be fought by a Tariff Reformer, and where this happens will get no help or support from Mr. Balfour.