If the hon. gentleman is sincere in the intention which he has announced of impeaching me; and if he wishes at the same time to strengthen the Executive, let him bring the question forward on its own merits; but let him not make this a pretext for 777] weakening the arms of the Executive Government in the arduous Crisis in Which the Country is at present placed.
He trusted that, having said so much on the appeal which had been made to him, the House would indulge him whilst he said a few words respecting the Crisis in Which the Country was placed at present.
He, therefore, had watched with, he hoped no unreasonable impatience, but certainly with some anxiety, to ascertain the views which the Government might form, and take the opportunity of developing, as to the mode in which they proposed to meet the exigencies of the financial Crisis in Which the Country was involved; and, in remarking upon this subject, he would take the liberty of stating, in the first instance, how the matter really stood— what was the actual condition of the country at this moment; what the actual condition of its financial resources; and what were the exigencies which Parliament was called upon to meet.
As to the address which has been moved by my hon. Friend, I earnestly wish the House to assent to it; for whatever technical objections it may be liable to, and although, as a matter of ordinary practice, I allow that it would be open to considerable objections, yet in the peculiar Crisis in Which the Country at present stands, I think those objections might well be waived.
but when he saw the Crisis in Which This Country was placed, he thought he should be wanting in his duty to his country if he withheld his opinion.
He did trust that public men would look to the great Crisis in Which the Country now stood, and endeavour, somehow or other, to compose and arrange their differences, so that we might, before long, have an efficient Government to carry on the war (which he might say for himself now constituted his only politics) with due vigour, and bring it to a speedy and successful issue.
All they required was that the destinies of this country should be intrusted to men of ability and energy, who would carry us through the fearful Crisis in Which the Country now was.
But if the Amendment of his noble Friend should not be successful, he (Viscount Bury) should feel it his duty to give Her Majesty's present Ministers no factious opposition, but, on the contrary, would endeavour to strengthen their hands in the great Crisis in Which the Country was placed, for the purpose of upholding the honour of England.
I am not anxious to say anything that can aggravate the Crisis in Which the Country now finds itself, or to excite alarm.
We have had to interfere in all these ways, and I am not surprised that my hon. Friend, as a good Free Trader, is disturbed by this particular measure, which, of course, could not have come into existence and would never have been put forward at all but for the extraordinary Crisis in Which the Country finds itself.
Mr. BONAR LAW: As I indicated to my right hon. Friend when he spoke to me, it is not possible for the Government to accept this Amendment, because the whole reason which made us put it in in connection with the War is that in the Crisis in Which the Country stands money in the hands of trustees should not be prevented from being used for the purposes of the War in the form of Government loan.
I do not say that further organisation may not be necessary, but I can assure the House that if there is a failure in 618 this matter it will not be because the Government have not realised their responsibility, or because they are not doing, to the best of their ability, everything they can to meet the grave Crisis in Which This Country is involved.
As he is ruling out tariffs altogether, he should consider some other method of dealing with the Crisis in Which the Country finds, itself to-day.
There is no disposition on this side of the House to minimise the Crisis in Which This Country is involved.
I would like to know whether the speeches on the gravity of the Crisis in Which the Country finds itself have been justified or not.
He said that 447 even if they were very bad, he would support them because of the Crisis in Which the Country finds itself.
When the National Government was formed after the 1931 election, there were hon. Members opposite who said that the difficulties and the Crisis in Which the Country was then placed could be traced to the low price of commodities, and they said that if only there could be an increase in the cost of foodstuffs and primary commodities, they would never have been in the crisis which then existed.
It is recorded that in a discussion which took place between an unemployed man and someone who asked him what part he would take in the event of any Crisis in Which the Country might be involved, the unemployed man said, "The only thing I would lay down my life for is a solution of the unemployment problem from which I have suffered during the last four or five years".
I am also talking about the fact that dollars are running out and that we shall be faced with a period of sharp Crisis in This Country Which will not be averted by pep talks by hon. Members or representatives of employers and trade unions.
-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider issuing a regulation declaring all unofficial strikes to be illegal for the next six months or until the economic and financial Crisis in Which the Country is now involved is over.
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider issuing a regulation declaring all unofficial strikes to be illegal for the next six months or until the economic and financial Crisis in Which the Country is now involved is over.
We are all gravely anxious about the Crisis in Which Our Country stands.
This is what the writer says, and it could not be expressed better:Socialism has no contribution to make to the Crisis in Which the Country finds itself.
Every possible opportunity should be taken of explaining the Crisis in Which the Country finds itself, and the measures which the Government intend to take to deal with that crisis.
I conclude by saying that I fully understand the gravity of the financial Crisis in Which This Country finds itself.
Those were the sort of ideas we were trying to put across to the people because of the great Crisis in Which the Country found itself in those days.
We found a first-class financial Crisis in Which This Country was overspending itself on its overseas account at a rate higher than £2 million a day.
We had a great build-up about the grave Crisis in Which the Country is alleged to find itself, but we have had another anticlimax of a Budget.
The Crisis in Which This Country now finds itself will not be avoided by producing diversions such as devolution.
Over the past few months, we have spent a lot of our time debating one aspect or another of the financial Crisis in Which the Country finds itself.