and in Britain I find a strange reluctance to face this plain truth lest we offend Russia's delicate feelings. I wonder who was responsible for this don't-let's-be-beastly-to-the Russians ' attitude. It's more than time we told the truth and shamed the deviL" VALUABLE CITIZENS Bringing the discussion back to the question of bringing D.P,'s into this country General Morgan said: " Britain to-day is the one nation in a position to offer them useful work and a purpose in life with the certainty that in doing so she will also be benefiting herself. I know that many of these homeless men and women would make valuable citizens, for they are intelligent people who chose to flee their own countries rather than become serfs.
" Take the ' Baits for example. The British farmer would be glad of hardworking Latvians, Lithuanians or Estonians to make good our dwindling numbers of agricultural labourers. And—even if this may be a more vexed question — there are displaced Poles in Germany whom we could employ in our mines. Why not engage them on a five-year contract?
"Our economic difficulties present us with a great opportunity, and I think the citizens of this country have a duty to press hard in case the opportunity is allowed to pass us by. We cannot salve our consciences with the idea that some kind of international charity is enough—that we can get away by paying conscience money.'
"The displaced persons do not want pity," concluded General Morgan, " they want hope. If we fulfil our own promises, we will bring them hope at once."