INC E bitter complaints about
persecution of Catholics in
Northern Ireland were voiced in the columns of this paper, the world standard of " persecution " has greatly risen. To-day the treatment of religion and of minorities in many parts of the globe is such that to establish in public esteem the existence of persecution we need the wholesale shedding of innocent blood.
But the fact remains that notorious political discrimina tions. under the protection of special powers or through the influence of wealth and position, remains for any decent member of a Democracy, persecution.
The Commons learnt once again last Friday the facts about persecution in Northern Ireland. Democracy is indebted to those many Labour and Liberal members who expressed the truth, though it regrets that the amendment in their name was not in fact moved.
Democracy is surprised at the silence, if not content, in regard to this persecution, manifested by the Tory Opposition.