27 DECEMBER 1919, Page 1


THE chief event of the week was the speech ,in the House of Commons on Monday in which Mr. Lloyd George an- nounced the nature of the forthcoming Irish Bill. We have written fully elsewhere about the definite recognition by the Government of the fact that the right to shape their own political destiny offered to the Home Rulers and Sinn Feiners must also be granted to the Unionist and Protestant area of North-East Ulster. Logic and justice tolerate no other solution. This is a tremendous gain to clear thinking about the Irish problem. Apart from this, however, there is little that is cheering or satisfactory in the prospect. Neither the Sinn Feiners nor the Nationalists have made a sign that they will consider the offer seriously.