3 APRIL 1920, Page 3

Mr. Lloyd George's speech—though this may not appea from the

very brief summary which we have been able to give— was a modification of his former attack on the Labour Party. He spoke of the number of manual workers who were supporting the Coalition. We believe that Mr. Lloyd George is right, and that many mental workers do support it. But he seems to have forgotten that he had described the whole Labour Party as " Bolshevik." For the rest, we cannot pretend greatly to admire the spirit in which Mr. Lloyd George analysed the necessity of " coalescing " in order to hold office, as though holding office was naturally to be regarded as the one and only objet of the statesman. We should rather prefer to say that the statesman must begin by having clear principles, and that he is happy if the country gives him the opportunity to put those principles into practice.