7 MARCH 1931, Page 2

In fine, the Labour-Liberal compact was in a fair way

to be continued, but these tactics broke down utterly before the determination of the ordinary Labour members and the ordinary Liberals not to compromise. We cannot be surprised at the annoyance of the rank-and-file Liberals at the dictation from the Trades Union Congress, espe- cially if it is true that Cabinet Ministers several days ago admitted that the right of the community to be protected must be the first consideration, and if it is also true that representatives of the Government actually had a say in drafting the Liberal amendments. We shall not believe, however, that the Attorney-General really killed what he himself helped to create until we have stronger proof than the current stories.