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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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not answer every specific point, I have no answer to give.
I now want to go to another point which was mentioned by
the hon. Member for Gower (Mr. David Grenfell) last night,
and to which I am afraid I did not reply then. It was brought
up to-day with greater emphasis by the right hon. Gentle-
man the Member for Wakefield (Mr. Greenwood). He
said that I had shocked the moral conscience of the world
yesterday by my speech. He said that some passages which
he was about to read out—I will not attempt to repeat his
words from memory, but they were to the effect that those
passages were such as he would never have expected any
British Prime Minister to utter. I wondered what it was that
I had said, but when he came to read out the three prin-
ciples on which I had, on a former occasion, stated that our
foreign policy was based, it did not seem to me that there was
anything in those principles, which as the right hon. Gentle-
man said had been uttered by Tory Prime Ministers for 100
years, of which I need be ashamed or which need shock any-
body's conscience, not even that of the right hon. Gentleman
himself. But I rather gathered that what had so shocked him
was not what I said but what I had omitted to say.
" He went on to observe that I had said nothing about the
League or about collective security. I will say something
about them now. I have often expressed the view that the
party Opposite allow themselves to be governed by phrases,
the actual meaning of which they never take the trouble to
think out. Among those phrases is * collective security/
What do they mean by collective security ? [HON. MEMBERS :
* What do you mean ? *] I mean by collective security a
system under which the collective action of a number of
States is assured to prevent aggression, or if aggression is
undertaken, to put a stop to it and punish the aggressor.
I wonder whether anybody differs from that definition.
[HON. MEMBERS : * No !'] I am glad that we are agreed so
far. Does anybody here believe that the League, as it is
constituted to-day, can afford collective security ? "
MR. GALLAGHER :   " Emphatically yes."
HON. MEMBERS : "What did you mean at the last Election ? "
THE PRIME MINISTER: "I was coming to that.  What did
we mean at the last Election ?   I say that the situation has