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But once more, not because of these acts, but in

spite of them, we have, in our opinion, no course but to tread the blood-sodden path which Mr. Lloyd George has marked out for us. We cannot as a nation have two policies running in Ireland. As long as the country is determined to keep Mr. Lloyd George in office, or rather as long as his colleagues, who are the flower of the Unionist Party, and who therefore control the majority of the House of Commons, support him, the good citizen will refuse to make our Irish difficulties greater by interfering. We must bow to necessity, but we shall not pretend that murder is not murder because Mr. De Valera says so, or talk as if the acts of the last couple of years were something of which Mr. De Valera and his friends have a right to be proud.