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On Monday^ yd October, five days after the dramatic scene
described a few pages earlier', the House met to hear the Prime
Minister. He was preceded by Mr. Duff Cooper, formerly First
Lord of the Admiralty, who, holding that it had been a mistake
to address Hen Hitler " through the language of sweet reason-
ableness " instead of " the language of the mailed fist" had
resigned on the ground that, " though the modifications the Prime
Minister obtained" at Munich "were important and of great
value" they had failed to save Chechoslovakia from " the
ignominy and the horror of invasion" Mr. Duff Cooper also
disapproved of the joint-declaration renouncing the resort to war
as a means of settling disputes between Britain and Germany.
" / would suggest," he said, " that for the Prime Minister of
England to sign, without consulting with his colleagues and
without, so far as I am aware, any reference to his Allies,
obviously without any communication with the Dominions and
without the assistance of any expert diplomatic advisers, such a
declaration with the dictator of a great State, is not the way in
which the foreign affairs of the British Empire should be

The Prime Minister rose to make his statement at 3.30p.m.