NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
23rd March, 1933 : The Prime Minister went to the House of Commons today to justify his meeting with Signor Mussolini in Rome and his new disarmament proposals. Mr McDonald told the packed House that his plan was to remove the causes of war in Europe. His explanation did not, however, please Mr Churchill, who delivered a bitter attack on the Premier’s foreign policy which, he declared, had “brought us nearer to war and made us weaker, poorer and more defenceless”. This outburst provoked a spirited reply from Captain Eden, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, who called Mr Churchill’s criticism “mischievous absurdity”.
[Is it “mischievous absurdity” to point out that the today’s appeasement of Communist China is bringing us nearer to war and is making us weaker, poorer and more defenceless?]