19 MAY 1923, Page 1


THE Government will come safely through the awkward affair of the deportations to Ireland 'unless it receives very unfair treatment. There have been signs of such treatment. It has been suggested that the real anarchists are not the men and women who were deported but the Government. When the deportations occurred we ourselves confessed doubts about the course the Government had taken and ex- pressed a wish that the accused men and women had been put on their trial here. It must, nevertheless, be remembered that when a Government is trying to break up a deadly conspiracy the ordinary procedure of the law may immediately make known facts which will be a positive hindrance to the authorities in searching out the conspirators. It is like telling an enemy what your plan of campaign is.