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that the only proper course was " to refuse to deal singly with
these nations who have no political morality; who do not
acknowledge ordinary values in human conduct; who play the
part of the bully in a public house, who shouts and thumps the
table and makes his impossible demands upon his associates."
" The hon. Member for Gower (Mr. Grenfell) informed the
House that his party intend to-morrow to move a Vote of
Censure on the Government. I deem it, therefore, my duty
to speak to-morrow on that Vote of Censure; and, in those
circumstances, I do not think it would be reasonable to expect
me to say very much more to-night. Indeed, at this point,
I have very little I should wish to add to what I have already
said. I must make one or two observations upon the attitude
of the party opposite as illustrated, I think, very clearly by the
speech to which we have just listened. I said in my speech
that I was quite sure that the attitude of the Government
would be misrepresented. The whole speech of the hon.
Member was a misrepresentation of the attitude of the Govern-
ment. It was a travesty of the situation. He brought out of
his own fancy a highly imaginative account of the terms that
we were prepared to accept. He said that we were proposing
to make peace on Signor Mussolini's own terms, and he con-
templated that this would include the setting up of a Fascist
State in Spain, and, if necessary, other Fascist States elsewhere,
and he did not even exclude this country from the range of
Signor Mussolini's ambitions.
" It was curious to me, remembering how, in his speech,
the Leader of the Opposition drew for us a picture of the
weakness of the Italian position, how they had distributed
their armies in different countries, how their economic con-
dition was rapidly going downhill, and how they were on the
verge of collapse; and yet this wretched country, supposed
to be almost at the last extremity of exhaustion, is die one, we
are told, that would impose terms upon this great country
with all its wealth. It is neither reason nor common sense."
MR. STEPHEN : " Why did you let Eden go ? "
THE PRIME MINISTER : " The hon. Member asks, why did
we let him go ? We have done our best to persuade the late
Foreign Secretary to stay. It is not by our desire that he has