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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

WHAT am I to say in response to such a demonstration
of loyalty and affection which goes so far beyond
anything that I can have done to deserve it ? But it is only a
continuation of the favours you have always accorded "to
members of my family. Once more I find myself in these
familiar surroundings repeating the practice of my father and
brother before me, and once more receiving from the Jewellers*
Association a welcome no less cordial than you always gave
to them.
" I wish I could find words adequate to express to you how
deeply I value your support and goodwill, and how much I
am encouraged and fortified in my tasks by the knowledge
that I have the sympathy and approval of so many of my fellow-
citizens in the work I am trying to do. For I need not tell
you that the burden of responsibility which rests upon His
Majesty's Ministers, and particularly upon the one who
in the last resort has to take the final decision in the solution
of every major problem, is as great or greater than it has ever
been in our history, and only a young fellow like myself
with a good conscience and a cast-iron digestion can stand the
strain for very long.
" It is a particular satisfaction to me to reflect that my native
city, which has long played such an important part in the
industrial life of the country, has now in these strenuous days
acquired a new importance by reason of the contribution she
is making to the defence programmes. With her unrivalled
supplies of skilled labour, her wealth of highly equipped
technicians and managers, and her ample resources of power,
water, and other necessary services, Birmingham acts like.a
magnet to industrial enterprise, and I suppose no town can
show a greater record in recent years of new factories and
extensions of old ones very largely in connexion with the
rearmament programme.
" It is, of course, not to be expected that this activity k the
production of the weapons and the equipment of war will