Orders of the Day — Steel Industry and Road Haulage

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1951.

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Photo of Mr John Jones Mr John Jones , Rotherham 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

If I got the sack for advocating Saturday morning working in the coalmines I am proud of the fact. If, in order to get a job in the Government, I had to talk with my tongue in my cheek they could keep their job and they would know what to do with it. That is blunt and straight.

The workers of this country have a lot to lose. They have had a fair deal under Socialism. One sometimes wonders if they have not had too much. The workers will respond to the new Government's request provided the Government prove what they say, when they say that, at long last, there is no difference between Tories and Socialists, and that, even the Tories would have this country find its way to the place it ought to be in. But we have serious misgivings.

My final words are very simple. We must make more and better use of the indigenous raw materials that Almighty God gave us—our coal and iron ore. I suggest to young Tories, particularly to those young Tories who go round the country at election time asking silly questions of men of my type, to take off their napkins and put on some sweat towels, to put down their poisoned pens and take up picks and shovels. If they will do that then they will get somewhere.