29 JUNE 1912, Page 18

A crowded meeting summoned to protest against the inclusion of

domestic servants in the Insurance Act was held in the Albert Hall on Thursday night. Ellen, Lady Desert, who presided, proposed a resolution declaring the intention of those present to resist the Act, which was carried with much enthusiasm. The accounts of the meeting show that it was a perfectly genuine gathering of servants, and that it was in no sense "got up" by employers who dislike the Act. But though we admit the good faith of the protestors, we very much regret that any employers should have associated themselves with a movement for resistance to the Act. We are no great admirers of Mr. Lloyd George's scheme, which is Crowded with faults and extravagances, but since it has become the law of the land it is the duty of all good citizens to obey its provisions and to discourage others from resistance. No doubt the political party who are the authors of the Bill were also the originators of passive resistance, or, at any rate, encouraged that resistance, but the tu guopto of that evil precedent is not an argument which any Unionist should use. We want to show, not that we can he as bad citizens as the passive resisters, with their sophistical talk about conscience, but far better citizens.