Quarterly Review Volume 150-151
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... Government could rely on the provisions of the ordinary law for the maintenance of peace and order in Ireland; or it could not be true that the provisions of this most extraordinary law were inspired by a conscientious conviction that peace and order could not be maintained without it. A more inevitable dilemma could not be constructed, and Her Majesty's Government st; nd impaled upon horns of their own growing. But it is not merely by argument, however conclusive and overwhelming, that the use Mr. Gladstone sought to make, and did make, of the 'civil war' plea, can be exposed and disproved. Ignorant of the fact that any such argument would be employed by the Prime Minister, in whose brain in all probability the argument had not yet taken shape, the President of the Council, on the 11th of June, declared that the Government did not require in any way to strain the existing laws, but thoroughly believed they would be able, even though the Peace Preservation Act was not re-enacted, to maintain complete order in Ireland. Any one may be excused for being unable to surmise what ingenious explanation of any particular course will next be offered by Mr. Gladstone; and the President of the Council must be pardoned for disposing beforehand of the accuracy of the allegations of his Chief. But Mr. Forster ought to have been more careful than to discredit them after they had been made. Forgetful of the words so familiar to every one else concerning the measurable progress of Ireland towards civil war, Mr. Forstcr rashly asserted, in the desperation of debate, that 'no member of the Government has said that we brought forward this Bill because we could not keep the peace of the country without it.' Who shall decide when doctors disagree? Here we have...
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