29 JUNE 1918, Page 2

We must mention in particular the speech by Sir James

Craig, who made the valuable proposal that the Government should without delay pass a one-clause Bill cutting Ulster out of the Aet of 1914. That would immediately place Ulster in the same position as the rest of the United Kingdom, and if that were done he would be the first to tell the people of Ulster that they were bound to accept Conscription. In place of the fifty thousand men whom it was pro- posed to coax into the Army after a most expensive campaign, he would guarantee fifty thousand in a fortnight. The only amend- ment we would suggest to Sir James Craig's proposal is that the Six-County area of North-East Ulster should be out out of the Bill and not the whole of Ulster. To propose to exclude the whole of Ulster is to open the door to bitter and protracted controversy.