IT IS difficult to make out what is going on in Germany’s domestic politics, but for the moment it appears that rampant Bolshevism is losing ground, and that the movement in favour of a National Constituent Assembly of a truly democratic type grows stronger. The contest lies between representation of the people and the tyranny of an armed minority. It is no business of ours to tell the Germans what form their Government shall take, but it very greatly concerns us that they shall have a Government with which we can treat. The Allies have a long and heavy bill for damages to present to the German nation, and it is important that there should be a proper authority to foot the bill. Upon this condition the final peace settlement depends. If there is no such authority with which to negotiate, the state of war must continue. No doubt steps have been taken to press this point on the Germans. The Allies have it in their power to enforce it. They are making arrangements to pour food into the country. They could, therefore, quite well threaten to stop sending in supplies if the course of German politics should develop into excesses of the Russian type.
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