22 MAY 1926, Page 2

Nor are the admissions exacted from the trade unions" in

any sense a humiliation. On the contrary, a man who confesses that he has plainly offended against the law' and who promises not to do it again honours himself.: There would have been humiliation indeed if the unions and their leaders had tried to keep up the ghastly pretence' that no wrong is done by breaking a contract. The companies, for their part, by promising to take back all the men as quickly as they could, refrained from victimiz ing anybody. That is the right policy. There are plenty; of obvious opportunities now for the victors to stick pins into the defeated, but the man who makes his opportunity his excuse and his justification is acting as a public enemy. We are glad to see that Mr. J. H. Thomas, Mr. Cramp' and Mr. Bromley spoke of the new railway terms as " very satisfactory."