THE MEN WHO fought in the last war were assured in a thousand speeches, from a thousand pulpits, that they were fighting to free the world of war. This assurance they believed. It gave them hope which enabled them to endure the boredom and suffering of those four years, hope which was expressed in a unanimous cry " Never again ! "
How have we realised that hope ?..........
LAST YEAR our country spent a hundred and ten million pounds in preparation for the next war — or forty millions more than we expended in any single year before we had finally terminated war by winning the war to end war.* But the one hundred and ten millions, it seems, is not enough.
The Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham began it, passing, amid tumultuous applause, its resolution recording "grave anxiety about the provisions made for imperial defence." The newspapers were not slow to swell the chorus with shrill demands for more ships, more guns, more aeroplanes. "We must have a great Air Fleet," says the Daily Mail. "With an Air Fleet of 3,000 or 4,000 machines Great Britain would be able in the future to speak with a decisive
* The change in the price-level does not distort this comparison. Wholesale internal prices are the main factor and these are not above but below the 1913 level.
today we are faced with a new armaments ramp..