Orders of the Day — Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1961.

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Photo of Mr Denis Howell Mr Denis Howell , Birmingham Small Heath 12:00 am, 27th July 1961

The speech of the hon. Member for Scarborough (Sir A. Spearman) typifies the tremendous gulf there is between the approaches of the two parties, not only to this present economic crisis but to the life of the nation as a whole. I must say that when the hon. Member spoke of supporting his party even when it was wrong, I compared that attitude with the behaviour of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury who, if I may say so without embarrassing him, has a great record of public decency in the conduct of his own affairs.

He had the courage to resign from the Government at the time of Suez, and not to behave as the hon. Gentleman applauds the Prime Minister for behaving—being the first to bring us into trouble and the last to take us out; to take the credit for getting us into the mess and then to take the credit for putting right the mess he himself created.

Not only does the behaviour of the two hon. Gentlemen differ, but I also think that the hon. Member for Birmingham, Handsworth (Sir E. Boyle)—and I may get into trouble in Birmingham for saying so—has made the one realistic, moral and ethical speech in this debate from the other side of the House—