LABOUR AND DEFENCE:
THE " National " Government's propaganda machine is trying to cover up the disastrous failure of the Government's foreign policy by a barrage of misrepresentation of the Labour Party's attitude towards the country's Defence Forces.
The statement is made that the Labour Party has demanded support for the League of Nations policy of Collective Security and resistance to aggression, but has opposed the provision of armaments to uphold that policy.
That statement is a deliberate and calculated lie
LABOUR WARNED THE COUNTRY
The " National " Government, by its obstruction of all constructive proposals made by many nations, had the principal responsibility for wrecking the World Disarmament Conference of 1932-34. As a result of this short-sighted policy, the international situation increasingly worsened.
In 1935 the Labour Party declared that it would unhesitatingly provide whatever arms were necessary in order to defend our country, and to fulfil our obligations as a member of the League of Nations and of the British Commonwealth.
As long ago as October, 1936, the Labour Party warned the Government and the country that
" the armed strength of the Powers loyal to the League of Nations must be conditioned by the armed strength of the potential aggressors."
That warning was repeated a year later, when Labour declared that "we must, through the League, confront the aggressors with an emphatic superiority of armed force."
Moreover, for the past two years the Labour Party has, in public debate in Parliament and by private representations to Ministers, repeatedly expressed its anxiety as to the efficiency of the country's armaments, particularly in the air. [P.T.O.