17th May, 1938.
Mr. Wm. Elger,
The Scottish Trades Union Congress,
33, Elmbank Crescent,
Dear Mr. Elger,
HELP FOR SPAIN.
I have had a conversation by 'phone with the London Labour Party this morning. From what I can make out the Glasgow and Edinburgh Trades Councils are co-operating in sending a food ship to Spain, and there is evidently a move to get the London Trades Council and the London Labour Party and other large Trades Councils to act similarly.
It may be that neither the Glasgow nor the Edinburgh Trades Council are responsible for the publicity being given to the matter and the urge for others to do the same. My point in writing is that it might be worth while your making some enquiries.
The fact that the effort is being boosted and other bodies urged to act independently of the International Solidarity Fund rather suggests that our old "friends" are at the back of it. I do not know whether they are proposing to proceed by collecting food or by collecting money,
We have tried to discourage the collection of food from house to house because householders who give, say, 4 ozs. tea will have bought it at the retail price. If the money equivalent were given to the Fund we should buy wholesale and get much better value for the money.