It was only on rare occasions, and after a decisive Crisis in the National Affairs, that such a solemn thanksgiving should be ordered.
In his opinion, the introduction 742 of this measure indicated no ordinary Crisis in Our National Affairs.
The methods adopted are forced upon us to a large extent by the pressure of the present Crisis in Our National Affairs, but there should be a careful husbanding of the rights and privileges of this House in matters of taxation and of personal burden upon the taxpayer; and, further, there should be a most open declaration of all dealings in matters of business.
It has not enlightened us to any great extent, except in the one case of the right hon. Gentleman who evidently looks upon any increase above £260,000,000 as something resembling a Crisis in Our National Affairs.
It is not using the language of exaggeration to say that we are today at a Crisis in Our National Affairs.
The contraction of business is not due to some great urgency of Government business or to some great Crisis in National Affairs.