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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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ourselves of interest in world peace. Quarrels which begin
in a limited area may be a deep concern to us if they prove
to be the starting point of a general conflagration, and, there-
fore, while we have neither the desire nor the intention of
embarking on meddlesome interference with other people's
affairs, we shall from time to time think it is our duty to raise
our voice on behalf of peaceful discussion and negotiation
rather than the use of force, or the threat of force, and we shall
have the more confidence in doing that because we are con-
vinced that our aims command the sympathy of the most part
of the world. In conclusion, let me repeat my earnest hope
of the success of our efforts for European appeasement, to be
followed in due course by disarmament. In the meantime
we cannot afford any relaxation of our exertions, but if in the
end we should fail to re-establish confidence and peace we
shall not hesitate to revise our programmes or the rate of their
acceleration, and we are confident that in doing so we shall
have the support of the country whatever may be the sacrifices
demanded of it.
" Let me turn for a moment to a consideration of the
Amendment put on the Paper by the party opposite. I could
not help wondering when I read it whether it was really
necessary to use 100 words to try to conceal a meaning which,
after all, has not been concealed. We can paraphrase the
Amendment in one or two short sentences. What it means is
this. * We want to vote against Defence, but we do not
think it prudent to go to the electors and say so. We will,
therefore, tell them that we should be delighted to vote for
the Estimates if only we could be convinced that the motives
of the Government were pure and honourable like our own.
Since, instead of coming out in favour of the side that we
favour in Spain, they will persist in pursuing the detestable
policy of neutrality, we are going to do the best we can to
prevent the country from having any arms at all/ I think
I see also in this Amendment some evidence that it is to be
used as part of a campaign of misrepresentation/*
MR. GEORGE GRIFFITHS : " What about the 1935 election ?"
THE PRIME MINISTER :   " It proceeds on the assumption
that the  Government have changed their policy, and, in
particular, have abandoned the League of Nations.   I, on the'