Foreign Affairs

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr James Davidson Mr James Davidson , Aberdeenshire West 12:00 am, 20th July 1967

I am about to conclude. I beg the indulgence of the House if I have slightly overstayed my welcome.

There is nothing shameful in the passing of the imperial era and the decline of Britain's military power. May I make a brief comparison. It is like the parents whose family have grown up and reached independence and who are looking for a smaller house, reduced insurance commitments and trying to join the local community club. In this sense, it is wrong for hon. Members, particularly among the Opposition, to feel that it is shameful that the rôle which Britain played in the world in the middle of the nineteenth century is no longer the rôle which she should play in the middle of the twentieth century.