coming General Election. I have tried to analyse in what the
policy consists, and if I should make any mistake in con-
sequence of the lack of explanation by the right hon. Gentle-
man, I hope he will tell me where I am going astray. In this
document I find four different steps recommended, and they
conclude with the statement that together, they constitute a
decisive contribution—not merely a contribution be it noted,
but a decisive contribution—to peace, and that they will make
collective security a reality. They are, first, summoning the
Assembly of the League; second, uniting the peace-loving
countries, particularly France, the United Kingdom and
Russia to make a common stand against the aggressor;
third, the promotion of general negotiations among the
Powers for the political and economic appeasement of Europe,
and, fourth, intervention in Spain by permitting the free
supply of arms to the Spanish Government."
MR. GREENWOOD : " It is not intervention."
THE PRIME MINISTER : " Does the right hon. Gentleman
not agree with that analysis ? "
MR. GREENWOOD : " I agree with all but the last state-
THE PRIME MINISTER : " At any rate, the fourth was to
permit the free supply of arms to the Spanish Government.
Let us see how far those proposals justify the claim that they
constitute a decisive contribution to peace. I do not think
anybody could say that summoning the League would have
that effect. What could the League do to-day with its very
limited membership ? It cannot really put into operation
collective action. It can pass resolutions and make recom-
mendations, but resolutions do not make peace and if, by any
chance, it were to pass resolutions and nobody were to pay
any attention to them, that would only make the League look
foolish, and add further humiliations to those which have
been suffered in the past.
" The second proposal is, certainly, of an entirely different
character. It constitutes nothing less than a proposal for an
offensive and defensive alliance between France, Russia and
ourselves against some other Power or group of Powers. Is
that what is called collective security ? Apparently the right
hon. Gentleman thinks it is. The party opposite never