2 DECEMBER 1911, Page 19

Sir Edward Carson delivered a vigorous criticism of the Government

at Eastbourne on Saturday last. The industrial unrest was due to their setting men, for the sake of their votes, above the law. And now they had to settle with the Irish Nationalists, who were hard taskmasters.—Here he quoted an amazingly candid saying of Mr. Hobhouse : " Next year we must pay our debt to the Irish Nationalist members who were good enough to vote for a Budget they detested and knew would be an injury to their country."—Sir Edward went on to say that he thought he was a loyal Irishman, but Mr. Lloyd George and Mr. Redmond had called him and his Ulster friends rebels, while the men who cheered the defeat of our troops in South Africa, or fought against them like Mr. Lynch, were all loyal subjects of the King ! He stood before them with a message from Ulster : " We won't leave you ; we ask you to stay with us. We say, above all things, that we have done our share in the building of this Empire which is ours ; we ask you not to desert us." In conclusion he believed in English justice and fair play, and never, until it was an accomplished fact, would he believe that the English race had become so decadent as to allow themselves to drive out those who wished to remain with them. We are delighted to find Sir Edward Carson in effect endorsing our plea that though Home Rule for the South of Ireland is a ruinous folly the expelling from the Union those parts of Ulster in which there is a strong local majority in favour of the Union is a crime of unparalleled turpitude. When once they are made to understand the issue such an outrage will never be tolerated by the people of England and Scotland.