100 Years Ago – 17 December 1920

17 December 1920

Herbert Asquith, the Prime Minister from 1908 until 1916, spoke in Nottingham in front of 2,500 people and was critical of how wasteful some Government spending had become. He said that the Irish question could be solved by offering in a referendum the most generous form of self-government within the British Empire. Asquith said that he wouldn’t discuss the matter of reprisals, but he said that there was excess and disaster shown as could be seen in the practical extinction of the city of Cork.

Austria, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Finland, Luxembourg and Albania were all granted admission to the League of Nations, the first countries to join since the founding members earlier in 1920. Armenia were refused entry to the League, with Switzerland’s representative noting that Austria joining caused their country great problems.