[bas relief by Oleh Lesiuk]
[Letter from the House of Lords Archives, Lloyd George’s papers – Jones section. Photo inserted for interest purposes only]
Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen
January 27, 1933
Mr Lloyd George,
Mr Lloyd George,
I first thank you for the wonderful experience I have had on your staff. I very
much regret leaving the office now and leaving the staff at the end of March.
The next month I shall spend investigating the situation in Germany and going
also to Danzig and Checho-slovakia. During March I shall be in Russia visiting
Moscow and the Ukraine. I shall send you reports on what I see.
future I shall be always be delighted to be of any help and since I shall be
especially following the Welsh, the industrial and the foreign situation for the
Western Mail, I hope I may be of some service to you.
I saw the Soviet Ambassador, who has been remarkably kind in obtaining material
for you in Moscow. He is looking forward to having you to lunch or dinner and
will be glad to hear from you at any time.
In preparing me for my visit to Moscow he said two problems have confronted the Soviet Union, the first – that of construction, that has been solved by the first five year plan, which he claims has been carried out 94%. The second problem remains unsolved – namely the use of machinery. That will be solved by the second Five-Year Plan.
Two important decisions have been taken this month: - (he said);
a) The food tax for the peasants. Once the peasant has paid the food tax he is to be free to sell his surplus on the private market.
There is to be attached to each Machine Tractor Station a special
political section of the party, which will enlighten the peasants on policy work
in the collective farm, and combat hostile and kulak elements in the villages.
measures, the Ambassador claims, together with the increased production of the
light industries will lead to a brighter happier life in Russia. “In a year or
two everything will be all right.” (Exactly the same words as I was told two
years and a year ago.)
Second Five-Year Plan will aim at quality; at stabilising the situation; not
at increasing the sowing area. Its main stress will be laid on consumption and
agriculture. It will be intensive, not extensive.
am not so optimistic as the Ambassador. March will be an interesting month to
judge and I shall let you know my findings in Russia.
Herbert Lewis, with whom I stayed last weekend, was enquiring most warmly after
you. Sir Harry Britain, whom I saw
in the week, also sent his sincerest congratulations on your birthday.
I came on board the “Bremen”, the fastest boat in the world. The stewards
say that New York is much worse off [than] in Germany. There are so many beggars
on the street in America, whereas in Germany they can live from the insurance.
Views of the Captain of the “Bremen”.
see no hope, no sign of improvement. Shipping is getting worse not
better. The unemployment among sailors in Germany is terrible.
am a firm Free Trader. Only Free Trade can restore the world trade, on which
boat is now only 20% to 25% occupied. The freight steamers are doing
nation is trying to save itself. We must have a new outlook. Every nation is
basing its policy on what happened a hundred years ago, instead of facing the
problems of today.”
believe it is the doom of the white race. The yellow races are watching our
rapid decline. Look at the weakness of the white man towards Japan. We have
given into Japan. The League of Nations should have said “Stop”.”
Captain’s woman-secretary comes from Danzig. “ We Danzigers bless Lloyd
George,” she said. “It was touch or go whether we should belong to Poland or
not, and he saved us.”
[In Welsh] With hearty and respectful wishes, and many thanks for the experience of working with you.
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