Brailsford, Henry N.
October 1928
Foreign Affairs;Oct28, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p54
Elections were once a purely national event. In Europe, since the Great War, their international bearing has become obvious. Electors, across the barrier of a frontier and a language, have grown sensitive to each other. But in the trinity of the Western Powers, which in the long run makes European policy, the casting vote belongs to Great Britain. For many a long year since this vote has been a veto upon development and progress. Of all the Foreign Offices in Europe, the British has shown the least sympathy with the League, the least understanding of its possibilities, the least zeal for its advance. It would be a kindly judgement on British policy under Tory guidance to say that it has been negative. At each League Assembly there have been signs of growing impatience, especially from the smaller European states.


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