Threats Against His Majesty (John Syme).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall , Lewisham East

(by Private Notice) asked the Home Secretary why it has been necessary to keep John Syme under such close police observation, and what is the reason for the recent proceedings against him?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

The reason is that Syme has on several occasions threatened to molest the King and members of the Royal Family, and has written letters to His Majesty threatening annoyance. A speech containing threats against His Majesty is the ground for the recent proceedings against him.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

As Syme is continually coming out of prison under the "Cat and Mouse" Act, is he not as dangerous on these occasions as if he were released altogether?

Photo of Mr Morgan Jones Mr Morgan Jones , Caerphilly

Will not the right hon. Gentleman have him examined by three Harley Street specialists?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

It is a fact that he is very dangerous when he is out, and the alternative is between letting him die in prison of hunger-striking or letting him out. He is a very dangerous man and very difficult to deal with.