Adjournment (Christmas).

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 20th December 1935.

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we were sitting here at the present time we should never have destroyed those infamous Paris proposals which the Government had to abandon in such a humiliating way yesterday. In spite of what has happened, I am afraid that the confidence I had in the Government a fortnight ago and in their policy has been shaken. I am afraid that I must follow that up. I fought my Election on the support of the foreign policy of the Government, because I believed that the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and others meant what they said, and so did nearly every supporter of the Government. What happened a fortnight ago came as a profound shock to the whole country. I was a supporter of the foreign policy of the Government up to that time, but, like many others, my confidence has now been shaken, and I think that it is the desire of the House to keep a grip on the Government as much as possible not only in the mining situation, but in the foreign situation, too. We do not know how things will develop in the matter of sanctions during the next few months. It would be a very hazardous thing, in view of our experience of the last fortnight, to give the Government as long as 4th February to deal with the foreign situation. For that reason I strongly support the Amendment.