MR. Shinwell's Statement

Part of Orders of the Day — Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th March 1948.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western 12:00 am, 9th March 1948

I cannot understand that. How was it that the right hon. Gentleman could make such a vicious attack on the Jews and Arabs? He made the attack: I did not make it. He has no right to make such an attack. It was the policy of the British Government, in promising one thing to the Arabs and another to the Jews, which started the whole evil process which is working itself out now.

There is no need, in our present situation, for us to have the Army which is proposed. There is no need for such an expenditure as is proposed in these Estimates. I am certain that if this Government would make for close association with the progressive forces in Eastern Europe as well as in Western Europe, with the progressive forces in Asia and in America—gathering around Henry Wallace and against the war policy of the big monopoly capitalists—they could reduce the Army. If the Government would do that, they could centre attention on the possibility of solving the economic crisis which can never be solved through dependence on America and the big dollar boys who run it.