100 Years Ago – 25 February 1921

25 February 1921

General Sir Nevil Macready said to troops in Ireland that the crimes committed by those seeking an independent Ireland were a deliberate attempt to exasperate British troops and to tempt them to break the bonds of discipline. He said that “even in the face of such provocation as would not be indulged in by the wildest savages of Central Africa” that the troops would still maintain discipline.

Andrew Bonar Law, the Leader of the House of Commons, said in a speech in Leeds that a Labour Government wouldn’t be able to cure unemployment, but would instead shake confidence which would lead to a disaster.