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to think that an appeal to the country upon this issue is one
which is likely to justify the Opposition's contention that it
should be made. [HON. MEMBERS : * Try it.3] Before I sit
down I shall, of course, acquaint the House with my intentions
as to a General Election, but for the moment I think I must
examine a little more carefully the Motion which the right hon.
Gentleman rose to move but failed to develop. The Motion
begins by the assertion that:
"' The Foreign Policy of His Majesty's Government
cannot arrest the dangerous drift towards war/
Perhaps I may let that pass, because, as has often been said
before, it takes at least two to make a peace, but one Govern-
ment can make war if it wants to do so. In that sense, there-
fore, it is true that neither this nor any other Government can
frame any policy which will prevent some other Government
going to war if it has made up its mind to act in that direction.
But I would say that the general impression produced by the
statement of the policy of His Majesty's Government has not
led to the conclusion that it is drifting to war. Perhaps I may
remind the House, in support of that observation, of some
words which were used by the Prime Minister of Czecho-
slovakia after the speech which I made. He said :
" * The declaration of Mr. Chamberlain has certainly been
a great deed for the consolidation of Europe. History perhaps
will recognise in the future that he in this hour has served
peace well.*
The Motion then goes on to charge the Government with a
policy which
' is inconsistent with their election pledges/
" I think that on that theme, at least, we should have had
some evidence from the right hon. Gentleman to show us in
what respects he considers that the policy of His Majesty's
Government is inconsistent with their election pledges. The
right hon. Gentleman the Member for Hillsborough (Mr.
Alexander) looks at me in an expectant sort of way; perhaps
he can supply the deficiency of his right hon. colleague
sitting next to him, and tell us what it is the Opposition mean
when they put down this on the. Paper and cannot sub-