War Situation.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Austin Hopkinson Mr Austin Hopkinson , Mossley

I do not think we ought to let the occasion of our new Leader's first speech to pass without some comment. Although I am not the oldest Member of the House, I am one who has survived from the last war, and I think I can assure the right hon. and learned Gentleman on behalf of all Members that we welcome him among us, particularly so in view of the general style—I will not say the details—of what he has said. There have been a simplicity and directness in his speech to which, I am afraid, we have recently been unaccustomed. So direct have his statements been that it will be our duty to watch him and see that they are implemented as clearly as they were stated. To show what steps the Government propose to take to indicate to the people of this country that they are really in earnest in this war, the right hon. and learned Gentleman mentioned one or two things which are interfering with our war effort. He mentioned, for instance, professional boxing competitions and greyhound racing, but he did not mention horse racing, and that, I am afraid, was an intentional omission.