30 MARCH 1912, Page 2

Mr. Wedgwood and Mr. Lansbury no doubt dream of some

day finding themselves at the head of a State founded on their special principles. If tholee principles were attacked by reactionaries, and if the said reactionaries attempted to tamper with the force raised and employed by the State to keep order, would they, the heads of the Executive, allow the reactionaries to seduce the force from its duty ? Of course they would not. Just as did the Jacobins in the French Revolution, they would protect themselves by all the re- sources of civilization. This fact adds an unpleasant touch of hypocrisy, even if unconscious, to their fatuous rhetoric and unreasonable polemics.