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Foreign Affairs

Part of Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st July 1961.

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Photo of Mr Christopher Woodhouse Mr Christopher Woodhouse , Oxford 12:00 am, 31st July 1961

The answer is to draw each agreement in the tightest possible form, in such a way that they cannot be broken or misinterpreted, and to eliminate from these agreements all ambiguous words like "peace", "coexistence" and "democracy" which are bound to be misunderstood. Above all, the essential thing in drawing such agreements is to take absolutely nothing whatever on trust. As far as Berlin is concerned, it was precisely because we took things on trust in 1945 that we are in the mess that we are in today.