1 SEPTEMBER 1939, Page 3

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The House seemed in more resolute mood when it met again on Tuesday. Members have been deeply affected by the spirit of the people, and contact with the constituencies seemed to have surprised some into support of much more robust action than they would normally advocate. The Prime Minister won universal approbation for his speech. No one quarrelled with its temper or its contents. His account of the measures for defence so far taken cheered the House as much for the effect that it would have on the country, and abroad, as for the knowledge which it gave to them that we were not quite so unprepared as the usual persistent rumours said. Mr. Greenwood was most force- ful ; some Tories thought too much so. His argument that immediate evacuation should be ordered was appreciated, but it unbalanced his speech. Sir Archibald Sinclair said all that was required briefly and well. In retrospect, the Commons appear to have reflected truthfully the spirit of the country. If war occurs, Mr. Chamberlain will have a united nation behind him. His difficulties will be nearly as great if it is peace, on whatever terms.