27 MAY 1905, Page 2

Mr. Walter Long was entertained at dinner by the Unionists

of Dublin on Saturday last, and spoke at length on the subject of Unionist policy. He criticised Lord Dunraven's recent speech at Manchester as mischievous and unjust: it showed that he (Lord Dunraven) was "driving down that road which others before him had followed who had begun their career by a policy of surrender to the forces of disorder." Mr. Long believed that there was room for amendment in the adminis- tration of the Irish Government, but the Devolution (scheme

would simply play into the hands of those who were seeking to weaken the foundations on which the Act of Union existed. Finally, Mr. Long said it was the duty of the Government to do all that was possible to develop Ireland's resources, but the Irish must play their own part and take their own share in their own improvement, while- the Government must never allow its efforts to be hampered by a disregard for law or contempt for the security of property. That most of the generalities proclaimed by Mr. Long are true we entirely agree; but then so, in all probability, would Lord Dunraven. His Devolution policy may have been impracticable—we think ourselves that it was—but it certainly was not anti. Unionist.