THE EGYPTIAN PROBLEM
those who remained increased proportionately, unti became almost overwhelming. Just as there had I no settled policy as to the exercise of control in the j so it ceased now to be exercised at all at the very mon when the need for it became greater than ever bef and native agencies were left free to revive in connec with the recruitment of the Labour Corps and the reqj tioning of supplies all the old methods which British < trol was supposed to render impossible. Worst of they were left free to revive them to all appearai under our authority and for our own benefit. An equ disastrous failure occurred again later on when British Adviser to the Ministry of Interior showed bin so entirely out of touch with what was going on in country that he whose business it was to be well-infor] was convinced, and affirmed, on the very eve of the ri in March, 1919, his conviction, that there was no dai whatever of any serious trouble.
The British control had paid the penalty of the nai bureaucratic spirit which had gradually crept in. Cem isation had been carried to excessive lengths—not me departmental centralisation, but the centralisation o: power in the hands of a few privileged individuals claimed to know all that was worth knowing. They '. aloof, not merely from the Egyptians, but also from foreign communities whose sensitive feelings requirec much consideration as the very large interests they ha the country, and even from the British community side the official pale. There are many experienced Bri officials as well as many unofficial Englishmen w! business has brought them into close contact with Egyptian people outside Cairo. But they were seldo ever consulted, and the small ring of Advisers surrounded the Residency discouraged the freedon access to it which had been one of the most conspici features of the Cromer regime. Public opinion, especially Egyptian public opinion, was treated £ negligible quantity. Still less had any attempt 1normal war duties made the severest demands upon it. The work to be done byrely to a.general (Jeterioration of the British personnel. Theyptians, jit