In conclusion I may say that the right hon. gentleman seems to be so obsessed with what he conceives to be the evil origin of this measure, the circumstances of its begetting and birth, that he thinks nothing good can be in it. He reminds me of the words of King Henry V when he was courting Katharine of France:
Now, beshrew my father's ambition! he was thinking of civil wars when he got me: Therefore was I created with a stubborn outside, with an aspect of iron, that when I come to woo ladies I fright them.
In the view of the right hon. gentleman the Prime Minister, who was the father of this measure, must at its begetting have been thinking of economic wars, so that the hard
features of economic conflict stamped and impressed themselves upon it. But that is not the end of the king's speech. There is hope in the future:
But, in faith, Kate, the elder I wax the better I shall appear: . . . and thou shalt wear me, if thou wear me, better and better.
That is the hope of those of us who sit on this side of the house regarding the treaty which has been submitted. There is an old Latin saying, solvitur ambulando. The great problems involved in imperial preference will be solved as we go forward.
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