27 DECEMBER 1919, Page 2

Although moderation should be our main motive, there are eases

in which what others might regard as moderation would be in us ignoble compromise. We refer in particular to Turkey. If we may judge by the French Press, Franco is leaning more than ever to a Turcophile policy ; but Mr. Lloyd George spoke for the vast majority of this nation in his speech when he declared that " the keeper of the gate " of Europe, that is to say Turkey, had proved false, and must not be trusted again. The Dardanelles are not safe in her hands. Mr. Lloyd George evidently meant either that the Ottoman Turk is to be removed bodily from Europe, or is to retain in Europe no post of responsibility.