19 NOVEMBER 1921, Page 1

The writer then examines the situation that would result. If

the pro-Ulster Unionists were not strong enough to form a Government, the King would send again for Mr. Lloyd George, who, like Sir Robert Peel in the case of Roman Catholic emanci- pation, would accept the responsibility of continuing in office and would bring in a Bill to carry out the proposed settlement. Ho would justify himself on the ground that it had become necessary in spite of everything to coerce Ulster because when he had stood aside nobody else was prepared to form a Govern- ment with any other policy. It is said that in such an event the Unionist members of the Cabinet would support Mr. Lloyd George, but the writer of the article refuses to believe it.. Ho says that if-they did support Mr. Lloyd George in such circum- stances they would be false to all their pledges, for coercion does not mean merely the sending of troops, but may equally well be applied by the passing of an Act of Parliament.