30 JANUARY 1926, Page 1


THE Unionist Government and Party are at a critical stage in' their fortunes, and this is not the less true because within the last few months the Government, and the PrimeMinister in particular, have greatly increased their prestige. The industrial affairs of the country are on the mend ; if the industrial peace be kept a steady growth in prosperity will be a certainty. If, on the other hand, there should be trouble in the coal fields—trouble which would no doubt extend to' many other - industries— recovery would be indefinitely delayed and we should have to :aocept a further postponement in raising the -general standards of life.

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