The Straight Issue at Southwark.
The Daily Worker (February 13th), writing of the by-election at Southwark: —
“Hitting out on Finland, he declared strongly against the sending of guns and men to Mannerheim.”
Thus the issues of the election were squarely placed. But did he, or does the Daily Worker, hit out strongly against the Russian Government sending armies, tanks and bombing planes into Finland?
The Chapels Seem to be Worse than the Churches.
“Accusations of profiteering by the churches at the expense of evacuees were made yesterday at a meeting of Brighton Education Committee, when the schedule of rentals of 80 church and other halls recommended for hiring for school purposes was disapproved.. It was stated that the rentals would total £10,000 a year.Councillor Ingham said the council was asked to pay £9 a week for a church with hall and rooms rated at £68 per annum.“I have never seen such highway robbery with violence in all my life,” he added, “and the chapels seem to be worse than the churches.”Another member said it was the biggest scandal Brighton had ever heard of.”—(Daily Telegraph, February 14th, 1940.)
Certainly, General, and what are your further orders ?
Under the heading, “Spain Gives Hint to Britain,” the Daily Mail (February 12th, 1940) publishes the following extract from one of General Franco’s papers: —
“A message to-day points out that ‘the soundest section of the British Press praises France’s action in getting rid of the enemies of the State.‘The Daily Mail is right in suggesting that Britain is not acting against Communism as honestly and energetically as France is doing.’”
But Does the Maid feel that she is like the Mistress ? Silly Stuff from the Rt. Hon. J. R. Clynes, M.P.
“Amazing improvements have taken place in the food, clothing and housing of the people.The invention of cheap silk fabrics has made it almost impossible to distinguish the mistress from her maid.The development of working-class flats, with electric equipment, refrigerators and bathrooms, is one of the greatest revolutions of the age; and it is only beginning.The wireless and the motor-bus have enlarged the horizon of the workers from the parish pump to the ends of the earth. Why, when I started work, the fastest thing on the roads was the horse tram!”— (Supplement to Labour Party Press Service, December 13th, 1939.)
From Spain to Finland.
“The Swedish volunteer force in Finland includes many former soldiers of the International Brigade in Spain. The Labour delegation came across one group of four veterans of the Spanish war; three of them had fought for the Spanish Government and democracy, the fourth for Franco and against Bolshevism. In the Finnish war all four find that they can fight for their various causes on the same side.—(Manchester Guardian, February 10th, 1940.)
Fascism the Friend of the Small Shop-keeper.
A new decree has just been issued in Germany which says this—
“All small shops with less than £20 a week turnover are to be considered as incapable of providing their owners with a reasonable livelihood and must cease trading.—Exchange.”—(Evening News, January 15th, 1940.)
Workers, Be Thrifty.
Lord Mottistone, chairman of the National Savings Committee: —
“Never saved a penny in my life.”—(Speech at Southampton, January 27th. Daily Express, January 28th, 1940.)
Racialism and Classism.
From a definition of the shoddy Nazi doctrine of superior and inferior races, by Dr. Ley, leader of the Nazi Labour Front: —
“An inferior race needs less space, less food and less culture than a superior race.”—(Daily Telegraph, February 6th, 1940.)