100 Years Ago – 15 February 1922

15 February 1922

Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead, the Lord Chancellor, said in a debate in the House of Lords about the future of Ireland: “We should, indeed, deceive ourselves if we blinded our eyes to the fact that in the next few weeks we are going through the most grave and critical period probably in living memory even of our troubled relations with Ireland. Whether we shall get through them with success or not I do not know.”

Andrew Bonar Law, who had served as the Chancellor of the Exchequer in David Lloyd’s Government, said that he didn’t intend to join any Government but intended to remain as a backbencher.

It was announced that Heikki Ritavuori, the Finnish Minister of the Interior, had been assassinated at the entrance to his home in Helsinki. His death remains the only political assassination to have taken place in modern-day Finland.