unless the consciousness exists, not here alone, but elsewhere,
that behind the diplomacy is the strength to give effect to it.
" One good thing, at any rate, has come out of this emer-
gency through which we have passed. It has thrown a vivid
light upon our preparations for defence, on their strength and
on their weakness. I should not think we were doing our
duty if we had not already ordered that a prompt and thorough
inquiry should be made to cover the whole of our preparations,
military and civil, in order to see, in the light of what has
happened during these hectic days, what further steps may
be necessary to make good our deficiencies in the shortest
possible time. There have been references in the course of the
Debate to other measures which hon. Members have suggested
should be taken. I would not like to commit myself now until
I have had a little time for reflection, as to what further it may
seem good to ask the nation to do, but I think nobody could
fail to have been impressed by the fact that the emergency
brought out that the whole of the people of this country,
whatever their occupation, whatever their class, whatever their
station, were ready to do their duty, however disagreeable,
however hard, however dangerous it may have been.
" I cannot help feeling that if, after all, war had come upon
us, the people of this country would have lost their spiritual
faith altogether. As it turned out the other way, I think we
have all seen something like a new spiritual revival, and I
know that everywhere there is a strong desire among the
people to record their readiness to serve their country,
wherever or however their services could be most useful.
I would like to take advantage of that strong feeling if it is
possible, and although I must frankly say that at this moment
I do not myself clearly see my way to any particular scheme,
yet I want also to say that I am ready to consider any sug-
gestion that may be made to me, in a very sympathetic spirit.
" Finally, I would like to repeat what my right hon. Friend
the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir John Simon) said yester-
day in his great speech. Our policy of appeasement does not
mean that we are going to seek new friends at the expense of
old ones, or, indeed, at the expense of any other nations at all.
I do not think that at any time there has been a more complete
identity of views between the French Government and