The Times comes out today as a sturdy advocate of
some change to improve the condition of the tenant in Ireland. After discussing Mr. Sharman Crawford's several suggestions, and giving the preference to that of "letting laud with a power to the tenant to claim compensation for buildings or other improvements," the Leading Journal says-
" That much opposition will be offered to any bill which professes to inter- fere between landlord and tenant, we cannot doubt. But we would earnestly entreat those from whom opposition is most likely to come, to ponder well the issue—the inevitable issue—of things remaining as they are. A large popula- tion starving on a soil capable under proper cultivation of producing five times as much as it does at present—a system of farming the most slovenly and beg- garly in Earope—ejectinents infinite in number, ludicrously inefficient when most successful often ludicrously unsuccessful, at all times incredibly expen- sive—disunion and dissension between landlord and tenant, not so much be- tween superior landlord and tenant as between mesne landlord and interme- diate tenant—grumblings, jealousies, and hatreds between rival tenants,—all these are evils so grave in their nature and so prolific in mischief, that we are convinced the interference of the Legislature is imperatively demanded by them. At some time or other, sooner or later, they must be remedied."
The Post this morning becomes the vaticinator of a new movement it quarrels with the Whig portraiture of 'Sir Robert Peel as the " Do- nothing " statesman—" a very good sort of man, but unequal to his positicn." The journalist, who warmly defends the Minister while it deprecates his policy, points to the events of 1842, 1829, 1819, and asks: whether the general course of Sir Robert Peel has been inactive; pro-
flounces him, next to Louis Philippe, the most successful revolutionist' of our time ; assumes that last session, it was obviously his opinion that the best policy was to do nothing ; and,in the form of question, surmises that he is "waiting for his opportunity to do more."