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Lloyd-George romances

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October 21st 1904

MR LLOYD-GEORGE is gifted with so lively an imagination that many of his public utterances, with which he splits the ears of the groundlings, are masterpieces of fiction. On Wednesday, for instance, he treated an audience at Blaenau Festiniog to two or three efforts of his in the art of romancing. The Church Times, he said, is the organ of the English Church Union. As he seemed to claim a "peculiar and extensive" acquaintaince with the inner history of the English Church Union, we should have thought he would have refrained from making a statement which has been contradicted both by that Society and by ourselves not once only nor twice. Anyone repeating such a statement at this time of day exposes himself to one of two charges. Either he is deliberately stating what he knows to be false, or he does not know what he is talking about. We do Mr Lloyd-George the justice to indict him on the lighter charge. As might have been expected, in the case of a gentleman so singularly ill-informed, the speech to which we refer contained some remarks upon "the clergy of the Ritualistic persuasion" which would have served the turn of a controversialist — say, in the ’sixties. Forty years ago, fairly intelligent people did actually believe that "Ritualism" was an organisation "for the purpose of promoting breaches of the law" to which the "Ritualistic clergy" were paid to conform.

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