GREAT BRITAIN: Parliament's Week: Jul. 25, 1938

The Commons

¶ Reluctantly but unanimously gave final approval to Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir John Simon's staggering budgetary decision to spend on the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force $1,750,000,000 in a single year. Sir John, ordinarily rated a cold fish and long the highest paid lawyer in England, told the House in a voice shaking with emotion: "Make no mistake—if we do not succeed and the World does not succeed in finding some way to end the folly of this everlasting expenditure on armaments, then, indeed the future we shall be preparing for our children is one at which we...

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