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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

man to be trying to deny it to-day—a fact which has been
admitted, as I quoted the other day, and stated in positive
terms by the Daily Herald—to deny it to-day is merely a
piece of wilful and transparent hypocrisy. I will deal with
another alleged inconsistency between the policy of His
Majesty's Government and the manifesto to which the right
hon. Gentleman made no allusion to-day, but of which he has
sometimes spoken before. He alluded to the passage in
which it refers to Abyssinia. The passage ran as follows:
" * In the present unhappy dispute between Italy and
Abyssinia there will be no wavering in the policy we have
hitherto pursued/
The right hon. Gentleman has quoted that before, and it has
always been received with loud cheers of derision, which I do
not hear now, presumably because hon. Gentlemen are
waiting for what is to follow. If you isolate this sentence from
its context, it may give an entirely wrong impression. When
you speak of a policy from which there will be no wavering,
it is just as well to have in your mind what policy you are
referring to, and the policy was defined on this occasion in the
words which follow:
" ' We shall take no action in isolation, but we shall be pre-
pared faithfully to take our part in any collective action
decided upon by the League and shared in by its Members.5 **
MR. A. V. ALEXANDER : " Or arranged separately with
Laval?"
THE PRIME MINISTER : " The right hon. Gentleman is
now accusing us of following a policy which was incon-
sistent with the words which I have quoted/*
MR. ALEXANDER : " Hear, hear.  All the way through/5
THE PRIME MINISTER : " I am pointing out that it was not
inconsistent at all, and that what we said was that we would
not act alone, but that we would be prepared to act with
others as far as they would go. If I may once more quote my
right hon. Friend Lord Baldwin, he said that collective
security had failed
* because of the reluctance of nearly all the nations of Europe
to proceed to , . , military sanctions. . . . The main reason