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S you have reminded us, Mr. President, we are cele-
brating the fiftieth anniversary of the Foreign Press
Association in London, and I count myself honoured indeed
to be your guest on such an interesting occasion. I am
more than honoured, I am flattered by your generous words
and by the cordiality of the response which this distinguished
company has made' to the toast you have just proposed. But
if I am to lay bare my secret soul to this audience, and that,
of course, is what you will naturally expect of me to-night, I
must confess that I would face all the dictators in the world
with less apprehension than that nameless power which we call
the Press and which can convey our words to every quarter
of the globe with unimpeachable accuracy and yet with such
variation in effect that no two reports seem alike.
" This is a formidable power that you wield ; yet I frankly
admit that we who carry the responsibilities of State administra-
tion can no more dispense with your services than you can
dispense with ours, who furnish you with so much of your
daily food. And I gratefully acknowledge that, if at times your
zeal for providing the public with stimulating information
sometimes causes us some embarrassment, I have hardly ever
known a case where a confidence has been deliberately
"To-night I have nothing startling to say to you and
nothing confidential. On the contrary, I welcome an oppor-
tunity of saying to you and to the much larger audience which
1 am told is listening to me things which I have said before
on other occasions, but which I think will bear repeating,
since memories are short in days when great events succeed
one another with such rapidity that it is difficult to view them
in proper perspective. What I have to say concerns, as is
natural in speaking to the foreign Press, the aims and actions of
the British Government in relation to foreign affairs since I
filtered upon my present office in the summer of last year.
" With the exception of the period of the Great