DAVID LLOYD GEORGE
[Letter from the House of Commons Archives, Lloyd
George’s papers – Jones section. Photo of Bremen, inserted for interest purposes
Mr Lloyd George,
I first thank you for the wonderful experience I have had on your staff. I
very much regret leaving the office now and leaving the staff at the end
of March. The next month I shall spend investigating the situation in
Germany and going also to Danzig and Checho-slovakia. During March I shall
be in Russia visiting Moscow and the Ukraine. I shall send you reports on
what I see.
future I shall be always be delighted to be of any help and since I shall
be especially following the Welsh, the industrial and the foreign
situation for the Western Mail, I hope I may be of some service to you.
I saw the Soviet Ambassador [c.f. Malcolm Muggeridge's account of 'Pye' in
'Winter in Moscow'], who has been remarkably kind in obtaining
material for you in Moscow. He is looking forward to having you to lunch
or dinner and will be glad to hear from you at any time.
preparing me for my visit to Moscow he said two problems have confronted
the Soviet Union, the first – that of construction, that has been
solved by the first five year plan, which he claims has been carried out
94%. The second problem remains unsolved – namely the use of
machinery. That will be solved by the second Five-Year Plan.
important decisions have been taken this month: - (he said);
The food tax for the
peasants. Once the peasant has paid the food tax he is to be free to sell
his surplus on the private market.
There is to be attached to each Machine Tractor Station a special
political section of the party, which will enlighten the peasants on
policy work in the collective farm, and combat hostile and kulak elements
in the villages.
measures, the Ambassador claims, together with the increased production of
the light industries will lead to a brighter happier life in Russia. “In
a year or two everything will be all right.” (Exactly the same words as
I was told two years and a year ago.)
Second Five-Year Plan will aim at quality; at stabilising the
situation; not at increasing the sowing area. Its main stress will
be laid on consumption and agriculture. It will be intensive, not
am not so optimistic as the Ambassador. March will be an interesting month
to judge and I shall let you know my findings in Russia.
Herbert Lewis, with whom I stayed last weekend, was enquiring most warmly
after you. Sir Harry Britain,
whom I saw in the week, also sent his sincerest congratulations on your
I came on board the “Bremen”, the fastest boat in the world. The
stewards say that New York is much worse off [than] in Germany. There are
so many beggars on the street in America, whereas in Germany they can live
from the insurance.
of the Captain of the “Bremen”.
see no hope, no sign of improvement. Shipping is getting worse not
better. The unemployment among sailors in Germany is terrible.
am a firm Free Trader. Only Free Trade can restore the world trade, on
which shipping depends.”
boat is now only 20% to 25% occupied. The freight steamers are doing
nation is trying to save itself. We must have a new outlook. Every nation
is basing its policy on what happened a hundred years ago, instead of
facing the problems of today.”
believe it is the doom of the white race. The yellow races are watching
our rapid decline. Look at the weakness of the white man towards Japan. We
have given into Japan. The League of Nations should have said
Captain’s woman-secretary comes from Danzig. “ We Danzigers bless
Lloyd George,” she said. “It was touch or go whether we should belong
to Poland or not, and he saved us.”
Welsh] With hearty and respectful wishes, and many thanks for the
experience of working with you.