12 OCTOBER 1934, Page 1

Germany's Hardships In his speech at the opening of the

Winter Help Campaign on Tuesday. Iferr llitler came to closer grips than usual with realities. Iii view of the economic situa- tion developing in Germany he had little choice in the matter, but the language he found it necessary to use must arouse even in the most subservient German breasts some question as to whether the Nazi regime has conferred on the country nothing but undiluted blessings. The aim of the Government, of course, is to attribute Germany's hardships to foreign malignity, in particular to what is called " the devilish international boycott clique." But there was no boycott of Germany till Hitlerism appeared and Jew-baiting began, and the Fiihrer has no one but himself and his Nazi colleagues to thank if sympathies which might in other circumstances have taken practical form remain completely. alienated today. Herr Hitler appealed for the defence of his 7.eginte on the ground that the only alternative to it was Communism. That, no doubt, is true, but he again is to be thanked for that. The decisive argument against dictatorships is that they refuse to tolerate the existence of a constitutional opposition which could take over the administration peaceably in case of need. In the absence of that the alternatives quite definitely are Communism and chaos—if, indeed, the two are not identical.