§ 57. Lord R. CECIL
asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the proposal to bring about a general strike of all those engaged in the coal-mining, railway, and other transport industries so as to force the Government, by the dislocation of those industries, to adopt certain policies in connection with Russia, military service, and conscientious objectors; and whether this House can be assured that the Government will resist with all the resources at its disposal this revolutionary attempt to set aside the constitutional authorities of this country by the action of sectional organisations of its citizens?
Any attempt to force a decision on political questions which affect the whole community by the methods suggested in the question would, if it were successful, mean the end of democratic and constitutional Government in this country, and it is, therefore, unnecessary to say that it would be the duty of the Government to resist such an attempt with all the resources at their disposal.
§ Mr. ROSE
In, view of the momentous issues developed by this agitation, and in view of the fact that the Labour party have chosen to play the role of Mr. Facing-both-ways in reference to it, will the right hon. Gentleman give facilities to the House for discussing this question and coming to an opinion?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
I really do not think there is any doubt—I should be sorry to believe there was any doubt—as to the opinion of the House upon this question.