10 SEPTEMBER 1921, Page 2

It is, .of course, an excellent phrase. It is the

very principle on which the British Empire has been built up and has pros- pered. Unfortunately, Mr. De Valera says nothing whatever about the consent of the loyalists in the North-East of Ireland. He implies that this minority must detach itself from its ancient allegiance and become subservient to a Sinn Fein Parliament in Dublin. This most illiberal and infamous demand cannot be met by a Government with any remnant of humane and liberal instincts.