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?<BE!.§ ON THE WORKERS,9THE -c. BEN TILLETT AND L.C.B. I DOES TEETOTALISM IM- PROVE MORALE ? Ml-. Ben Tillett appends his signature on behalf -of the Dockers' Union Executive Council to the following: The Executive Council of the Dockers' Union desires to utter a protest against the campaign of lies and insult levelled at the working classes .bv the Central Con- trol Board (Liquor Traffic) and the teetotal fanatics. Living as we arc in the days of rapacious, ruthless war, there never was euch an opportunity for the unscrupulous zealot to use a malignant and sinister influ- ence. While the werking classes have Given their lives by the hundred- Thousand, and every home is pouring out its bloocU and treasure, the "Hnn-Stiggime" do their deadly work. One would have thought, that out of a sense of gratitude they would evince some charity of opinion and respect for the working classes. Of the dead and wounded 24 out of every 25 come from the working classes and labbur itself will pay the cost of war in material things. Probably the other extreme of sù- ciety will have given the greater percentage in sacrifice of human life. We have stood appalled at Prussianism and its atrocities, and have anathematised the Hun. The British Hun is no less a vicious assassin. Whatever example of sacrifice the war has offered, the working classes have at least .given their lives and labour; they have given their best; in too many cases they have given their all. But all this does not count with those who libel them. The teetotal fanatics have done and are doing their worst to belittle, to libel, to insult the working classes. Their charge" of drunkenness against the workers, mouthed by ministers who should know better how to respect those bearing the burden of war. has been seized by'German propagandists with avidity. German pro- I-i agaiida from the first has set too many of the French nation against the English workers b$- quoting speeches made in Par- liament and articles appearing in the Eng- lish Press dealing with the subject of work- men's drunkenness. The French working class has been assured by the German pro- pagandists that the British working classes are drunkards, and lazy, and are indifferent to the woes of France and even to the wel- fare of their own fighting men. The Rumanians were assured that Their shortage of munitions j was due to the drunkenness and loafing ot British workmen. The Russians and Serbians were told th-o same. and most malignant and mischievous opinions have been created in all these countries. The Executive of the Union has already indicated Its protest against the encroach- j ment upon social rights. Apparently it is not enough that men by the hundred thousand should have given their lives for their country. The Liquor Control Board, itself a sinister, bureaucratic, unrepresenta- tive tribn"01. uses its influence to malici- ously libel the working classes. It assumes that the reduced drunkenness is due to its own efforts.' In the cne case where it is absolute monarch drunkenness and cases of intoxication have more than doubled. Re- garding the Claim to have reduced drunkenness nationally, they seem to lose sight of the facts that more than a million men have been removed from the country, that half- a-million have died and that of the work- ing classes at home 5J per cent. have hardly enough money to buy bread, leave alone beer, owing to the increase in the cost of living, and another point ignored is that is. out of eyJry 5s. spent 011 drink goes to the State. Must the cant and hypocrisy of j- the 1a^atic^glb^'itliout?6h«Peng^? tj.y. The cruel ;roiiy-/of the-w"hole position is that wealthy brewers and distillers will be well protected ajid epriched syen by .tte purchase. The poor will, be dragooned, lied about, insulted, because of their loyalty to the State and efficiency. A Piquant Comparison. I We believe the limited usefulness of the Control Board is best evident in the greater economy of canteen food supplies outside of this the treachery behind the pl-opasianda is too viciously manifest to warrant silence, even during the throtes of a great war. Ninety-five per cent. of the fighting forces are non-abstainers; 90 per cent. of the Con- scientious Objectors are teetotalers. So far -from teet-ata lism improving the morale of a nation it is all the other way as we have seen from the example of the Turks. We call upon the Prime Minister and the Cabinet to stay the imbecile progress of these fanatics. Already the workers are groan- ing under the burdens of war; additional oppression can only foment serious discon- tent.

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