REPAIRING THE BREACHES
The win pillars of the Prime Minister s policy were the
freeing of Europe from quarrels maintained ly the dead hand
of the pasty and the simultaneous repair of those breaches in
our defences caused by the policy of unilateral disarmament.
For long the country had been deluded by the belief enthusiasti-
cally preached by the Socialist Party and the " intellectuals "
of the Left that it was possible for a rich nation to maintain
peace in a hungry and predatory world by disarming with-
out waiting for her neighbours to do the same. With charac-
teristic inconsistency, seeing that it had opposed every measure
of national defence for years, the Opposition was now accusing
the Government of having neglected the armed forces of the
Crown, particularly the Air Force, whose parliamentary chief,
Lord Swinton, feeling that the Air Ministry at such time
should be represented by a Minister who could defend it in the
Commons, had just resigned. On 2^th May, in reply to what was
virtually a Socialist Vote of Censure moved by Mr. Hugh
Dalton, the Prime Minister made an important statement on
the condition of the Air Force and the measures that the Govern-
ment were pur suing to restore British power in the air.