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The ECONOMIC BASIS OF EVIL

Mr. Vernon Hartshorn & Mr.…

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Mr. Vernon Hartshorn & Mr. Watters. I ON THE LABOUR WAR AIMS MEMORAN- I DUM. I TO THE EDITOR. I Sir,—In his letter, which appeared in your last issue, Mr. L. T. Wattere cJiarged me with indulging in "serious misrepresentation of fact" tmd of ''deliberately misleading an audience" at the New Theatre, Part Talbot, on the 14th inst.. and he describes such conduct as "inexcusable." I would go further than Mr. Watters. I should say any public rtiaii who deliberately misleads an audience ought to be driven out of public life. NO DECEPTION. I Whatever may bo my shortcomings, deliberate deception is certainly not one of them. I have never "deliberately" misled anyone, and I take great pains to avoid "inadvertently" misleading. I would rather leave the Labour Movement and clear out of public life altogether than be a party to deliberate deception. Mr. Watters complains that when dealing with the Inter-Allied War Aims Memorandum I pointed out that "this was the considered judg- ment of the British Labour and Socialist Par- ties in conjunction with our Allies." "From this," says Mr. Watters, "he proceeds to state tha.t men like Messrs. Ramsay Maodonald, Snow- den, Anderson and Jowett have subscribed to the formulations of the Memorandum, and that it was also their practical judgment." There is one correction I wish to make in the above quota- tion. I did nOt mention Mr. Snowden's name, the fourth name was Mr. J. R. Clynes. IA MISTAKE. I Mr. Watters apjjeared to be under the impres- sion that because the Labour Conference on August 10th, 1917, decided that the only depu- tation which should go to Stockholm was the one selected by that conference, and because the I.L.P. and B.S.P. were not represented as separ- ate associations a.t the Inter-Allied Conference, therefore I war; dcli.l>erately misleading my audi- ence when I associated the names of Messrs. Maodonald. Jowett. Anderson and Clynes with the declarations contained in the memorandum. That is where Mr. Watters has gone wrong. The decision of the Inter-Allied Conference has nothing to do with my statemet that certain gentlemen agreed with the programme. AGREED. ) The War Aims Memorandum of the Labour Party was drawn up by the Labour Party Exe- cutive, a.nd the Parliamentary Committee of the Trade Union Congress. The Joint Committees submitted the Memorandum to a Labour Con- ference on Decem ber 28th. The Conference was told that the two commi t- tees had reached agreement on Memorandum, and the Conference was urged to accept it,. The four gentlemen named were members of the La- bour Party Executive, they helped to draft the document, they were on the platform at the Conference. The Memorandum was afterwards submitted to the In tor-A Hied Conference and adopted with certain amendments. What I did at Port Talbot was to read several vital clauses in the Memorandum—clauses which had not been amended—and I stated, what I believed and still believe, that the J)(wtions of the Memorandum 'which I read represented the views of Messrs. Maodonald, Jowett, Anderson and Clynes. In ajiy case I can assure Mr. Wat- ters that when I made that, statement I was neither very ignorant" nor • something worse."—Yours, etc., VBKNOX HARTSHORN*. I

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