Orders of the Day — Government Reconstruction.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid , St Marylebone

I know myself better than some people appear to do, and I do not mind saying that I, even I, would be a good deal better than many Members of the present Government. How about people outside Parliament? How about men such as Sir Archibald Wavell, W. J. Brown, John Gordon, Norman Birkett, Frank Owen, General MacNaughton—to mention only a few from different spheres? I indicate just a few names because it has so often been said, "We agree that many of the present Administration are not all that could be desired; but whom are we to put in their places?" There are plenty of people to put in their places: strong, efficient men, who have been overlooked again and again.