:m CHARLES STEWAOT PARNELL [1882
they will resign unless you give them the powers they demand, what would you say?' I made no reply.
Mr. Brlglit. 'You don't answer, but what you feel inclined to say is, "Lot them resign." ' 1 said : 4 Exactly.'
Mr. llritjht. 'If you say that, it shows that you cannot put yourself in the. place of a Cabinet Minister. Resig-nalionw are very serious things for a Government. They are not to bo lightly accepted. There is another point. Suppose you could not get anyone to fill their places. I do not nay it was so ; it did not come to that. I put tho case. No. 1 admit the policy was a failure, or, at least, not as successful as we anticipated it would be. .But under the circumstances, in face of the representations of the Irish Government, it was impossible It) avoid trying it. llemember, too, that if we hac not passed a Coercion Act we could not have got c .".nod Land Bill through. That was a consideratioi \yhieh weighed much with mo, and 1 think with al of us/
Thts failure of Mr. Korstor's policy was patent to all Wind was now to be done? The Irish Executive ha-no misgivings on the. point. More coercion; that wa their remedy. The Protection of Person and Propert Act, which would expire in September, should I renewed, and a now Crimes Bill passed. Those wei tho proposals of Lord Cowper and Mr. Forster. Bi Mr. Gladstone wan little disposed to plunge deeper int a policy which had been tried and which had Łaile< All along it had been bin wish rather to let the 'BIT peetB' out than to keep them in, and the thougl uppermost in bin mind at thin crisis was, ' Is there ai chance of a modus vivcndi with Parnell ?'