Sir Edward Carson chaffed the Government mercilessly on the parallelism
of Home Rule and Conscription. They " were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided." He said that he had never, so far as he knew, mentioned the Roman Catholic Hierarchy in the House of Commons before, but he must say now that it had gone to lengths in relation to Conscription " which no civilized community ought for a moment to tolerate." The Roman Catholic Church had inflicted upon the Goverrunent such a defeat that all the old Home Rule safeguards were not worth the paper they were written on. He demanded therefore that Home Rule should be ruled out for the duration of the war, and he appealed to all Irishmen to look to the West and see what Irishmen were doing in America.