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THE APPEAL TO PUBLIC OPINION

There is something more. There is something wanted from each of us. Personally, I am convinced myself that

this problem is soluble on the lines by which it is now being approached. I speak to you as a professional who

has given some study to the subject. I am convinced that on the lines of a general pact as opposed to the

particular pact, a general defensive agreement as opposed to separate alliances, followed by reduction on a

great ratio, the practicability of which has been proved at Washington, a solution can be reached. Given

goodwill−−that is the point. At the last Assembly of the League of Nations a report was presented by the

Commission, of which Lord Robert Cecil was a member, and it wound up with these words: "Finally, the

committee recognises that a policy of disarmament, to be successful, requires the support of the population of

the world. Limitation of armaments will never be imposed by Governments on peoples, but it may be imposed

by peoples on Governments." That is absolutely true. How are we going to apply it? Frankly, myself, I do not

see that there is a great deal of value to be got by demonstrations which demand no more war. I have every

sympathy with their object, but we have got to the stage when we want to get beyond words to practical

resolutions. We want definite concrete proposals, and you won't get these merely by demonstrations. They are

quite good in their way, but they are not enough. What you want in this matter is an informed public opinion

which sees what is practical and insists on having it.

I am speaking to you as one who for a great many years believed absolutely that preparation for war was the

means of securing peace. In 1919−−when I had a little time to look round, to study the causes of the war and

the events of the war−−I changed my opinion. I then came quite definitely to the conclusion that preparation

for war, carried to the point to which it had been carried in 1914, was a direct cause of war. I had to find

another path, and I found it in 1919. Lord Robert may possibly remember that in the early days of the Peace

Conference I came to him and made my confession of faith, and I promised to give him what little help I

could. I have tried to keep my promise, and I believe this vital problem, upon which not only the economic

reconstruction of Europe and the future peace of the world, but also social development at home depend, can

be solved provided you will recognise that the problem is very complex; that there is fear to be overcome; that

you are content with what is practical from day to day, and accept each practical step provided it leads

forward to the desired goal. I therefore most earnestly trust that the Liberal party will take this question up,

and translate it into practical politics. For that is what is required.