At the moment we have in this country – the UK – a Prime minister of whom it is said, with justification that he tells lies incessantly, and whose greatest material success is the fathering of children, both legitimately and illegitimately, some of whom have allegedly not survived to see the light of day. Nicer comments say that he is a narcissist and does not master his briefs, indeed it is frequently said that he does not bother to even read them. It is well to remember that he has his predecessors who have similarly caused similar disgust int their own day. You will find below an opinion piece from the Church Times about another Prime Minister who evoked strong feelings in his own day. Sir Edward Carson is mentioned, and if you do not know of him you can make up for your loss here.
The Church Times, October 15th 1920.
If the Prime Minister’s speech at Carnarvon on Saturday does not justify the belief that Britain is governed by the man Mr Lloyd spoke to last, it does afford yet another example of the readiness with which Mr George responds to his environment. Indeed as we read in the speech, with its air of irresponsibility, and its justification of police murders, it has all the appearance of the wild talk of an excited nobody. Certainly it has none of the qualities to be looked for in a considered utterance by the foremost statesman in the world on a topic that is exciting interest and perplexity wherever affairs are discussed. In Ireland the speech must be productive of even worse conditions than have lately prevailed, for short of formally sanctioning a policy of reprisals, the Prime Minister has made it perfectly plain that such a policy may be safely pursued so far as the Government’s connivance is concerned. The responsibility for the terrible state of Ireland rests more than ever before upon the consciences of two men – the one, Sir Edward Carson, possessed of a most dogged obstinacy, and the other, Mr Lloyd George, who cares for nothing so much as the avoidance of the inconveniences of the moment.