NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
21st February, 1938 : Anthony Eden resigned tonight from the post of Foreign Secretary. He told Mr Chamberlain: “I have become increasingly conscious of differences between us.” The Foreign Secretary has resented the Prime Minister’s action in talking personally to the Italian Ambassador Signor Grandi, instead leaving that to the Foreign Office. Mr Chamberlain is ready to recognise Italian annexation of Abyssinia in return for an unwritten agreement on withdrawal of Italian volunteers from Spain.
Mr Eden considers the Prime Minister is too anxious to please both Hitler and Mussolini, and that this is a dangerous course of action.
[ We never learn. ]