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I State Ownership of Industry


German Socialism and The War.…

I Mr. Sydney Webb. I

14 To -Crucify The -Workers.'


14 To Crucify The Workers. M R. WINSTONE'S INTERPRETATION OF I THE COALITION PACT. SCANDAL OF THE SOLDIER'S VOTE. I In the outlying villages and hamlets Mr. James Winstone, the Labour candidate for Mer- tliyr, has, throughout the past week, been put- ting in effective electioneering work. To his mining audiences he bluntly asserted he was absolutely and irrevocably anti-Coalition- ist and, presenting his credentials," reminded them that he—one of their own class—was not only the Miners' candidate, but also the duly accredited and properly selected candidate of the Labour Party. NO DOUBT WHATEVER. I Tracing industrial successes by practical trades unionism in respect to the South Wales Miners' Federation. and pointing to what was attained by "a unity of purpose with peaceful persua- sion hacked up by determination," Mr. Winstone asked them if their desires in such a direction were gratified by industrial organisation what was there to divide the workers into opposed camps when it came to political action? If the working-class (he said) only acted in this Par- liamentary Election with the same unity of pur- pose as in industrial organisation there would I be no doubt as to the candidate returned—the Labour man. (Applause.) There was not the least necessity for a General Election to-dav; and its enforcement at this crisis would eventually redound to the discredit of Mr. Lloyd George. The reason for the appeal to the country was that the Prime Minister be- lieved himself on the crest wave of his popular- ity, and that the public would be foolish enough to carry him back into power with the new lease of Parliamentary life. WHAT OF THE SOLDIERS? I What about the soldiers? Some time ago, when they were believed to be all in favour of the war, they were said to be more than citizens. Citizens must be over 21 years of age to come within the franchise; soldiers were qualified to vote at nineteen. Since, there had been a change in the views of the soldiers, and he was informed on good authority that a very large percentage of these men would not he able to record their votes in anything like an intelligent manner It was not just. Every voter at this election should have a clear conception of what they were voting for. The Government, so he was told, had prevented any papers other than those in support of the Government and the war from reaching the soldiers. So far as lie could learn. there were no possible means of transmitting Labour's views to the men on active service, and whatever votes they might record would be cast more or less in the dark. The Coalitionists had sunk their party differ- ences because they wished to deprive the workers —and the middle-class as well—of their just dues. Were the people misguided enough to return the Coalitionists to power they would not be long before beginning to squeal and quarrel. Tn fact, they had started already. ITHE CRUCIFIERS. I Herod and Pilate "made friends" when they decided to crucify Christ. So Mr. Bonar Law and Mr. Lloyd George on the day when they determined to crucify—if they cou ld—the work- ing-class of the country. The Coalition Government had broken word on the question of soldier's pensions; they pro- mised that never again should returned soldiers of necessity beg or sell shoe-laces in the street. Their dependents, too, were not to suffer. v cases had been brought to his notice of depen- dents having to appeal to the Poor Law authori- ties for monetary assistance to obtain boots for children. He declared that pensions and allow- ances to these people ought to be increased bv 70 to 100 per cent., whilst in the industrial sphere compensation to permanently disabled workmen should be advanced by 100 per cent. SOME NEEDED REFORMS. I Other reforms receiving his unqualified sup- port were:— Land reform with security of tenure, etc., in which the Liberal Party had failed lament- ably. Home Rule for Ireland, a natural sequence to autonomy for Wales and Scotland. An education grant from the State of four- fifths instead of the present three-fifths. Old-age pensions of fifteen shillings a week for all over 60 years of age. He further stated that he stood for the new scale of salaries proposed by the National TTnion of Teachers. Dealing with shipping, Mr. Winstone asked if the people--paying taxes for its upkeep—owned the British Navy, which, although protecting our shores, was not a profit-earning concern, to speak generally, why should not they own and control the mercantile serviee? What could he done with the one that brought in no revenue could of a surety be done with the other that would bring in a huge revenue. But the people were not permitted to own this profit earning service for the reason of its capacity of revenue creating, and this Coalition Government of ours, moreover—those who had joined hands to pre- vent the working-class of the country from re- ceiving what they were entitled to—were going to sell even the ships that had been built by them and their shipyards, too, in many in- stances. During the war the shipowners had been taking advantage of the nation's necessity—in- creasing the prices of food-stuffs and the neces- saries of life carried in their ships. Unless the workers were careful the Coalition would hand back to private owners not only the mines and railways, but other such concerns, and thus give a further opportunity for the exploitation of the people. (Applause.)


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