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Title The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Page 1316
Chapter The Great Oration
Text The outlook for the approaching winter was - as usual - gloomy in the extreme. One of the leading daily newspapers published an article prophesying a period of severe industrial depression. `As the warehouses were glutted with the things produced by the working classes, there was no need for them to do any more work - at present; and so they would now have to go and starve until such time as their masters had sold or consumed the things already produced.' Of course, the writer of the article did not put it exactly like that, but that was what it amounted to. This article was quoted by nearly all the
other papers, both Liberal and Conservative. The Tory papers - ignoring the fact that all the Protectionist countries were in exactly the same condition, published yards of misleading articles about Tariff Reform. The Liberal papers said Tariff Reform was no remedy. Look at America and Germany - worse than here! Still, the situation was undoubtedly very serious - continued the Liberal papers - and Something would have to be done. They did not say exactly what, because, of course, they did not know; but Something would have to be done
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