The Lords and Commons reassembled last week, from a generously long Easter recess, and briskly sat to business:
¶ A new "Red Scare" was set palpitating in the Commons by Sir William ("Jix") Joynson-Hicks, pious and reactionary Home Secretary.
With an air of crying "Boo!" Sir William revealed that Scotland Yard had just rounded up a gang of Irish smugglers of arms, in London, and had traced banknotes found in their possession to "a Russian bank in this country!"
When the House received this revelation with equanimity, Sir William nursed his suckling Scare and took...