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LEADERS' THREAT. I Mr James Winstone Warns Conscriptionists. BENDING THE COUNTRY. I WORKERS ADVISED NOT TO TRUST POLITICIANS. Addressing a well-attended social gathering held at the Waverley Hotel, Pontypool, or Saturday evening, under the auspices of the Pontypool branch of the Independent Labour Party, Mr Jas. Winstone, Pontnewynydd, presi- dent of the South Wales Miners' Federation, said, after the singing of "The Red Flag": "Well, comrades and friends, Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, We'll keep the red flag flying here." (Applause). It was very gratifying to know, he said, after all the vilifica- tion and lies, that there were at Merthyr those who would not "bon. the. knee to the Prophet Baal." (Ap- plause). Those men were a growing quantity, and he thought he was justi- fied in saying that whenever the next election came there was every pro- spect of a Labour man, whoever he was, being returned for Merthyr. Ap- plause). He was a peace-loving man, and loved peace so much that that he was not afraid to fight for it. (Hear, hear). If the governing classes of this coun- j try had not adopted the principles and policy for which the Independent Iab- our Party Had stood for the last twenty years the war could not have been carried on. (Hear, hear). And when the war was ended the workers of this country would he wise if they did not go back on the policy that had been adopted. Mr Lloyd George had no alternative but to adopt their policy in order to put the finances of the country safe. (Applause). To the workers he would say, If tie. w <)I k c??rl "exercise your power." If th.e workers only used their power the last would goon be heard of war. If the workers handed themselves over the politicians, then—perhaps not in his time, but in the lives of some of them—there would be a. ropitition of the present awful catastrophe. Ho did not fight the Merthyr election as an I.L.P. candi- date, but as a Labour candidate, under the auspices of the Labour party. He would not fight an election and use the miners' money for the pur- poses., and at the same time be the representatives of another organisa- tion. In that matter he was misrepre- sented by the press, which, he thought, had become a source of verv serious danger. "We are," said Mr Win- stone, "in the midst of a very serious crisis, and the Northcliffe Press and those politicians who are seeking office, and have more regard for office than for the welfare of this country, are just about bringing upon us a, system of military service which we are not accustomed to, and which we axe not going to have. (Applause). I am more than pleased to be able to say, and I am speaking with a full knowledge of the fact, that the South Wales miners' executive last Thurs- day passed a resolution unanimously protesting against conscription. (Ap- plause). I know what I am saying; unless the politicians of this country are careful they will stop the South Wales coalfield. I am fully persuaded that if a dozen, of them—editors of the North- c.liffe Press and the "Morning Post," others—were put in gaol it would do good. (Applause). I did mv best to prevent the war. I have done all I can to help the boys who have gone to France. I believe this is the most free country under heaven; yes, it is the best, and I want to keep it so. (Applause). We are told by Lord Derby that in accordance with his scheme we are ab- solutely "snowed under" by our young men ho have come forward in order to protect this country. Other figures ay that 650,000 men who are eligible have not offered themselves. I put it tti you as flolKMrmndfd people, that it will tal?? at least, three months to ti-ain the millions of they already have. Irat the Northcliffo Press, and Mr Movd G?rno I am wrfY *'» sv. and M- As?uittL. tl?.rcugh ht< we.a?c?? are going bo divide ;•.<» '^untry ■ twain and then "CooJ? l""> l' Britain." I sincerely hope that this will i avoided, that the Labour narts will put hackbone-I think some of members need it—into them, and that we shall save the nation from a very great disaster. (Applause).

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