Hansard's Parliamentary Debates Volume 295

Hansard's Parliamentary Debates Volume 295

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...had a good deal of statesmanship in it. His respect for Earl Granville had been increased by the frankness with which he had made the apology. But he did not believe that Earl Granville was as responsible for the state of things which had rendered that apology necessary as the Prime Minister. He believed it had been hopeless perversity on the part of the Prime Minister which had driven them further and further away from Germany, and had prevented their Foreign Office from carrying out any manly policy, and had put the unfortunate Foreign Minister in the position of offering himself up as a scapegoat on the altar of the Prime Minister's remarkable blundering in connection with all their foreign relations. Though he regretted that an English Foreign Minister should be obliged to apologize to any Foreign Power, yet, as he had said, he could not criticize Earl Granville's apology in any unfriendly spirit. He would call attention to only two points in connection with their relations with Germany on this Colonial question. As to Angra Pequena, the whole case might be put into a nutshell. The despatches extended over more than two years. They began with a proposition from Germany that we should be responsible for the protection of German subjects in a certain portion of SouthWest Africa; they went on to a repudiation on the part of Her Majesty's Government of Her Majesty's Sovereignty over that district, or the right of interference there; they went on to a statement that if Germany ventured to interfere to protect her own subjects in a place where we had repudiated responsibility, it would be an unfriendly act on the part of Germany; and had concluded with the humiliatingj?nafc that England, who had refused to protect German subjects in Angra...
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  • Paperback | 758 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 38mm | 1,329g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236878418
  • 9781236878410