London (Sep. 9)
“Britain’s Escape from Reproach,” “Geneva’s Friendly Attitude Towards Britain” and “The Relief of Much Anxiety” are a few of the characterizations of the English press in commenting on yesterday’s proceedings of the Council of the League of Nations and in describing the adoption of M. Procope’s report and resolution.
The Daily Telegraph concludes a long editorial by saying that “the termination of the disagreeable incident ought not to pass without a final comment on the abuse of the League of Nations’ position in the matter of mandates. When the government’s own inquiry has publicly shown what was at fault and the right remedial measures already set on foot, it was unpardonable that the same points be made again in a magisterial tone by the Mandates Commission whose function it is to call attention to unadmitted faults. It is not for the League’s instruments to take action tending to undermine the authority of its mandatories.”
The Morning Post complains that the acceptance of the Palestine Mandate by England has brought “worry and difficulty enough without the irritation and antipathetic criticism of the Mandates Commission, a body with neither responsibility nor practical experience to guide it, whose assumption of superior wisdom would be impertinence, even if it were impartial in its inspiration.”
GUARDIAN USES DIFFERENT TONE
Using an entirely different tone, the Manchester Guardian finds that much anxiety will be relieved by Mr. Henderson’s conciliatory spirit and the reply of the British government recognizing the duty of the Mandates Commission to criticize. The Guardian points out that the British foreign secretary did not content himself with “correcting the blunder in tone. He promised the League in the near future a full statement of policy as regards Palestine.
“Such a declaration was urgently needed to end the period of suspended animation which has paralyzed the Palestine experiment for over a year. Mr. Henderson says that Sir John Simpson has presented his report on immigration and land settlement and that the suspension of immigration is only temporary. When will he tell us that immigration has been resumed?” the Guardian concludes.