100 Years Ago – 30 December 1921

30 December 1921

Arthur Balfour, the Lord President of the Council, said that British security was threatened by the French proposals to increase the size of their submarine fleet. The United States said that they were disappointed with the stance taken by the French.

It was reported in the media that Éamon de Valera was likely not to come up with alternatives to the peace treaty which the British had offered to Ireland, amidst reports that the Irish population supported the text of negotiated treaty.

Jan Smuts, the Prime Minister of South Africa, warned coal miners in the country not to embark on a strike as they may be the “chief sufferers”.

The Scotsman newspaper reported that the failure of the protest strikes in Calcutta (now Kolkata) had “greatly discredited Gandhi and his followers”.