18 DECEMBER 1880, Page 1

It may be taken as certain that the Parnellites will

resist any remedial Bills and any coercive Bills,—the latter because they will suppress agitation, and the former because they will take away its excuse. The Government will, therefore, at the very beginning of the Session, be confronted by steady ob- struction from the Third Party, probably aided by those Tories who would rather see Ireland destroyed than allow Mr. Glad- stone to be credited with pacifying her. It is believed, there- fore, that Government will produce some plan for expediting business. No hint of it has been allowed to leak out, but the .difficulty is very serious, and we are not sure that it would not be wise to try the c/c;ture for one Session, under strict provision that it shall expire unless specially renewed. That great instrument, employed in almost every other free Legislature, might then be kept in reserve, as a known and tried expedient, only to be used when any party, as in the present instance, is believed to desire to make government impossible, rather than to resist any particular measure. No Session ever goes as it is expected to go, but the magnitude of this difficulty must not be omitted in any consideration of the position of affairs.