29 JANUARY 1910, Page 1

Had the Tariff Reformers distinctly abandoned all idea of taxing

bread, meat, and cheese, and confined their demands to the taxation of manufactured articles, or generally to an enlargement of indirect taxation upon articles other than those consumed as food, the Liberals, instead of only having their majority cut down from 336 to 115, would have been defeated. It is curious to note that the wish of the electors, as judged by their acts, seems to have been very much like that of the Spectator. They were anxious to deprive the Government of power to do any of the things they desire to do, while at the same time they were unwilling to give a victory to Tariff Reform.