British Commonwealth of Nations: Threadbare Phrase


(British Commonwealth of Nations)

Throughout England the famed "spirit of Locarno" showed signs of becoming a sort of international "Pollyanna" at the hands of unoriginal writers who did their best to grind it into a threadbare catch phrase.

It was averred that the Mosul question (see INTERNATIONAL) should be settled by "a Turkish Locarno"; and the Ulster boundary agreement (see IRELAND) was mentioned on every hand as "the Irish Locarno." Cynical persons predicted the hour when the Peking Customs Conference (see CHINA) would be touted as "the Chinese Locarno." Meanwhile this felicitous spirit...

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