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Walsall Election News POLLING DAY: FRIDAY, 27th FEBRUARY, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CONSEQUENCES OF LIBERALISM ! ! On January 21st, 1924, the Liberal M.P.'s, including Dr. Macnamara, voted the Socialists into office. What was the Result ? Unemployment Increased. Food Prices Went Up. Bolsheviks were Recognised. Cheaper Empire Food was turned down. Poplar Extravagance was encouraged. Foreigners were given increased facilities to sell their goods here Unemployed were deceived. Pledges to Old Age Pensioners were broken. Housing promises were broken. Mr. Lloyd George once said that the Russians were "fools to put the Socialists in." (Carmarthen, Aug. 8th, 1924.) Liberal M.P.'s did the same here. The Liberal M.P.'s kept the Socialist Government in office for nearly a year, although, according to Mr. Lloyd George, it was a "floundering and fumbling Government . . . too frightened of their job to do anything themselves." (Carnarvon, December 30th, 1924.) The country showed its want of confidence in the Liberal M.P.'s by turning them all out of the House of Commons, except a miserable group of 40 members. LIBERAL LEADERS are now trying to put themselves right with the people by making big promises of what they will do if only they are given another chance. KEEP OUT THE LIBERAL. FEBRUARY, 1925. BILLY PRESTON, THE UNIONIST CANDIDATE. REASONS why you should VOTE UNIONIST BECAUSE YOU ARE PATRIOTIC The Conservative and Unionist Party is a Patriotic Party. It believes in serving National interests and cheerfully answering the country's call. There were no conscientious objectors to military service in the Unionist Party during the Great War. BECAUSE YOU WANT LIBERTY. The Conservative and Unionist Party is opposed to excessive State Control and bureaucratic interference with individual freedom. Socialism denies Liberty, magnifies State Control, and seeks to regulate everybody, everywhere, at all times. BECAUSE YOU ARE DEMOCRATIC. The Conservative and Unionist Party believes that ours is a democratic country, in which men of ability have full scope to rise to the highest positions in the State. Socialism, by excessive interference and regulation, limits able men's opportunities. BECAUSE YOU UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. The Conservative and Unionist Party is a Constitutional Party, supporting the ordered development of our political institutions. Socialists have tried to overthrow them — in 1917 by forming Workers' Councils, and by the " Council of Action " in August, 1920. Many Socialists approve of a Revolution for the purpose of establishing a Socialist Republic here. BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE IN PROGRESS. The Conservative and Unionist Party is a progressive Party. Most big political and industrial reforms have been the work of Conservatives and Unionists, who have the best record of working-class legislation. Socialism, as Russia shows, leads to slavery, tyranny famine and rule by force and not by franchise. BECAUSE YOU ARE AGAINST INDUSTRIAL UNREST. The Conservative and Unionist Party is entirely opposed to the political strike. It looks upon industrial strikes as deplorable incidents in the relations between capital and labour. Socialists use the strike weapon freely to gain political ends. For instance, the coal strikes were organised in order to get nationalisation without the necessity of consulting the people at a General Election. BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE IN EMPIRE. The Conservative and Unionist Party upholds the principle of Empire and Imperial development, believing that our greatness comes from our Empire. Socialists hate the Imperial idea and would allow — even help — the Empire to dissolve, and would replace it in world politics by International Socialism. Vote for Billy Preston, A WALSALL MAN FOR WALSALL. PRESTON - X POLLING DAY: FRIDAY, 27th FEBRUARY, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. HERE ARE A FEW OF THE REAL OPINIONS OF SOCIALIST LEADERS. OUR FLAG — "THAT RAG." "Comrade" David Kirkwood, Socialist Party M.P. for Dumbarton, says: — "The British Empire is made up of countries all over the world, and the Union Jack - THAT RAG - floats in every clime." — (House of Commons, July 17, 1923). The Socialist "rag" is, of course, the Red Flag. If Socialists ruled, no one would probably be allowed to fly the Union Jack. "DIRTY DOGS." "Comrade Saklatvala, Socialist M.P. for North Battersea, writes: — "The British Empire is made up of of the aristocratic and cunning 'dirty dogs' of Great Britain, who will assail anyone's country at any time. The British Parliament's chief function and purpose of existence is to maintain intact the Empire and to retain all the stolen property and to keep under bondage all the bullied nations." (Workers' Weekly, June 2, 1923). A REPUBLICAN. "Comrade George Lansbury, Socialist Party M.P. for Bow and Bromley, said at a Socialist Party Conference :- "I am a Republican and advocate Republicanism. . . . When the Social Revolution comes we shall know what can be done with Kings Presidents or anyone else. . . . One day, by law appointed, perhaps you won't have a King and Queen." (Daily Herald, June 30, 1923). BAYONET FICHTINC. "Comrade" E. Thurtle, Socialist Party M.P. for Shoreditch, said at the "Labour" Party Conference, June, 1923 : "The Monarchy should be swept away." (Official Report, p. 250). "Comrade" David Kirkwood, M.P., knows what Socialists want. He says : — "The Socialist movement is prepared to fight, and will fight, until we carry out the Socialist Republic — if necessary at the point of the bayonet." (House of Commons, July 17, 1923). THE CLASS WAR. "Comrade" "Bob" Smillie, Socialist Party M.P. for Morpeth, said: — "I have deliberately been trying to spread discontent among our people." (Plymouth, Sept. 3, 1923) "Comrade" J. Wheatley, Socialist Party M.P. for Shettleston, and ex-Minister of Health, said: — "They had a revolution to get through." (Edinburgh, Sept. 23, 1923). He has also said : — "Until the working class learns that it is engaged in a class war we shall make no progress." (At Plebs League, London, Dec. 6, 1924). KEEP OUT THE SOCIALIST.
|Archive collection||Iron and Steel Trades Confederation|
|Archive file||Labour Party|
|Title||Walsall election news (broadsheet)|
|Issuing organisation||Conservative Party (Great Britain)|
|Document date||February 1925|
|Course name||Governing Britain|