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Anderson at Newport.

IMilitarism Breaking up the…

II I.L.P. and the Navy.


II I.L.P. and the Navy. QUESTIONS TO MR. ANDLRSGN AT CARDIFF. MR*. J. E. Edmunds presided over a public meeting, hold at the Cory Hall, Cardiff, on Sunday night, when Mr. W. 0. Anderson, M.P., and Mrs. Bruce Glasier were the speakers. The Chairman, referring to the Military Ser- vice Act, said that even a, mqpiber of British House of Commons need not be lacking in courage these days, and to take up a stand such as that taken up by their comrade, Mr. Anderson. He declared that the forces of re- action were having the time of their lives, and alluded to the demand of the Exeter Board of Guardians that the Government should reduce all separation allowances by 20 per cent. and store up the amount saved until after the war ("Shame.") Mrs. Bruce Glasier declared that they would never be able to cast out the military ism of one nation by the imiiitaryism of another. The conscription for which the Independent Labour Party stood was the right of the people VD put compulsion upon those in privileged positions, and to conscript wealth. (Applause.) Mr. W. C. Anderson, M.P., warned the peo- ple that even in their own day and in their own times there was a danger that people would use this war less to subordinate Germany than to subordinate Great Britain. We have amongst other things, conscrip- tion. It is not going to stop there," proceeded Mr. Anderson, when he met with the first in- terruption from the audience. "It may be, my friend," retorted Mr. Anderson, but just let us see. If this measure that has been paatsed was a measure demanded by military necessity it. would be interesting to know why Ireland was left out of such a measure and why a married man of twenty is of less military value than the single man of forty." They had had a very short experience of conscription, and the experience was illuminating. They would have to watch the tribunals very closely to see that the right thing was done. Mr. Anderson declared that the old roads to social reform were blocked up for generations to come. They would, therefore, have to open new and better roads. They were going to ask for great big things. Their demands in the fu- ture must go forward on bigger and bolder lines. The labour problem had been very badly handled throughout this crisis, whilst the Gov- ernment had also mishandled the question of monopolists. When the war broke out it took 10/- to 12/- to bring a ton of wheat from the Argentine into this country. To-day they were pay 100/- to 140/ which was pure extortion and robbery. The Government ought to say to these shipowners, You have got to hand over all your ships, and you are not going to enrich yourself at the public expense." (Ap- plause.) Replying to a question as to whether the In- dependent Labour Party stood for non-resist- ance and the disbandment of the Navy and Army at the present time, Mr. Anderson said that the Independent Labour Party as an organ- isation had never stood for anything of the kind. A Questioner: Why don't we declare peace at any price ? Mr. Anderson: You don't get peace merely by whistling, as you do for a taxi-cab. Mrs. Glasier told a questioner that the war had been caused by wrong thinking. No cer- tain peace would come into Europe except by right thinking. Just before the close of the meeting a man at the bad: of the hall created a scene by insisting on putting questions to the speakers. "A very cheat) sneer, unworthy of a Scotchman." was his comment upon Mr. Anderson's reply to one of his questions, and later, when, by a vote taken of the meeting, he was denied a further hearing ,he shouted out, "Y Oll are afraid to answer questions—you, Mr. Anderson, who talk of the freedom, of speech." (Cries of Chuck him out.") On the motion of Mr. J. B. Smith a resolu- tion was passed dissociating the meeting with what was described as the unjust action of the City Council in removing Mr. J. E. Edmunds from the .Free Libraries Committee, and desiring to assure Mr. Edmunds of their warm sympathy and conifdence.

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Clifford Allen in Cardiff.

I The Tribunals and Outrage