29 JUNE 1912, Page 19

Lord Roberts went on to point out how dangerous is

the threatened withdrawal of our ships from the Mediterranean. We have dealt with that question elsewhere in detail, but we must not leave Lord Roberts's speech without repeating our conviction that universal military training and service on the Swiss model is essential to the safety and welfare of the nation. That conviction has been deepened by the course of recent events. We are and must remain in peril until the manhood of Britain learns to defend its homes and its liberties.