Debate on the King's Speech.
Points from speeches.
C.R. ATTLEE, 8 November.
One might imagine that the Anglo Italian Agreement had really brought peace to South-Eastern Europe. Yet we have the remarkable statement made in another place (Lord Halifax, 3rd November) by the Foreign Secretary that he recognised that the interference in Spain was due to the resolve of Signor Mussolini that General Franco should win. It is a remarkable comment on the Government's faith in non-intervention.
"Seeing we have so recently discussed the Munich Agreement and the coming into force of the Anglo-Italian Agreement, I do not propose to take any time in going over the same ground again."
Sir Stafford CRIPPS,
One might have hoped that by this ti time the tragic farce of non-intervention had been sufficiently discredited throughout the world to be put aside for the iniquity it is. Throughout the whole sordid history of Italian intervention, it has been clear that the Government have had full knowledge of that intervention, though they have professed ignorance of it, and that they were either afraid or unwilling - which I think is more likely - to put any stop to that intervention.