5 JUNE 1920, Page 2

We notice that the " Triple Alliance," of miners, railwaymen

and transport workers, desires the special Congress to determine " the attitude of British Labour towards the production and handling of munitions of war for Ireland and Poland." We live in strange times when a body of trade-union leaders can seriously couple together Ireland and Poland, as if Ireland were a remote and independent country. It is - odd, too, that any British trade unionists should by implication desire in the same breath the subjugation of Poland by the Bolsheviks and the destruction of British rule in Ireland. We do not know why the railway- men's leaders hate the Poles. And we are equally unable to imagine why they should want, or appear to want, an Irish Republic. Yet if Mr. Thomas does not wish to promote rebellion in Ireland, he is surely bound, as a good citizen, to repress the rebellious tendencies of his followers at Dublin and elsewhere. The National Union of Railwaymen cannot stand for law and

order in Great Britain and for violent sedition across St. George's Channel. No compromise between these things is possible.