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Socialism and the Education Bill. I W); desire to congratulate our N.A.C. Chairman. Tr, Philip Snow den, on the support which he seoued in his advocacy of an amendment in the Education 'Bill by which he -ought to assure to the parent- of children of post-elementary school age. a maintenance grant during their compulsory attendance in, continuation schools. The objections which were ra ised against the motion during the discussion showed, as they have always showed, how weak the fearsome high-rates bogey is when contrastixl with the elementary justice that Mr.. Snowden's amend- ment stood for. For the high-rates bogey is really the bogey behind hose artificial arguv ments that. present;1.1 either as economic arguments against, the amendment on the ground that maintenance meant a lowering of the wages of the parents; cr the equally ^tallow pretence that objection was taken to it occause in its logical competition -.he argument for maintenance should apply to children in attend- ance at elementary schools. We can understand the opposition Nvli (-Ii Mi. Fisher offered to the amendment, for he was naturally anxious to save his bill from the opposition of the very elass of politicians who in their arguments proved so unequal to combatting the common measure of justice that Mr. Snowden and his backers pleaded, but which was sufficiently strongly entrenched ,is to defeat that amend- ment- despite the logical strength of the ease put forward in it", advocacy. One member. Major E. F. Wood, if we remember aright, was courageous enough to give voice to a. financial objection which we are going to hear inereasing- ly raised whenever matters of urgent social need are brought before the green benches in the future. He contested the amendment because the cost of the war h<b depleted our finances so far that we cannot, afford to mete out justice in these cases. That is going to be a. common plea of the future; the people must see to it that the reply that, constructive policy is not to bo stopped for this reason is steadfastly given. If we can afford to per day on destruction and death; then we can and must better afford the cost, of one day's war- per yar, aile or seven day's war per year, for the purpose of securing decency and prosperity to our people.

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