6 AUGUST 1921, Page 1


( INCE more we have to record the fact that the Irish negotia-

tions are still proceeding, but that nothing definite has been announced. It would seem, indeed, that no communica- tions have passed between London and Dublin during the week, but that there have been indirect communications between Dublin and Belfast, based upon Mr. Lloyd George's terms. That, at least, is the statement of the political corre- spondent of the Morning Post. Of these " feelers" we know nothing. It is, however, perfectly safe to assume that the Government of Northern Ireland will consent to no arrangement which does not recognize the existence of the two Irelands. Northern Ireland does not claim the right to veto arrange- ments made by us with the South. She merely insists, but this absolutely, on her right to settle her own fate.