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"The International Situation", 14 Dec 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/39C/539-574

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (House of Commons) subjects including: the importance of keeping up relations with the United States, and the reluctance of the Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] to do so, particularly over Korea; the advantage of maintaining a fortified line in Korea; the need to censor the despatches of the United Nations war correspondents from Korea; appeasing from strength, not weakness; the lack of consultation with Britain by the United States over its atomic weapons; the Government's responsibility to avoid domestic divisions during the crisis, such as the Steel Nationalization Bill and the harm the bill could do to rearmament; the priority of defending Europe and the risk of Western forces being pinned down in China; the duty to try for a peaceful settlement.Carbon and top copy of speech notes laid out in "psalm style" with some manuscript additions by WSC. Includes filing note.


  • Creation: 14 Dec 1950

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