20 JULY 1878, Page 15


go THE EDITOR OF THE SPROTATOR.1 But,—It is said we are to have a general election. I venture to propose, as the issue to which the Liberal party ought to postpone all others, the demand for Parliamentary control over our foreign relations. If people were not blinded by habit and foolishly tolerant of anomalies, it would appear intolerable that while the Crown can neither raise nor spend a shilling without the consent of Parliament, the nation may be committed to a treaty which practically amounts to taking the responsibility of a second and

more dangerous India without Parliament having the opportunity of saying a word. The demand ought to be that every treaty should need the sanction of an Act of Parliament for its validity. Were the House of Commons to demand this, it could not be refused. I say no more than I have thought for twenty years