British Colonies in the Future

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MR. JOHN C. M. MACBETH: Gentlemen of The Empire Club: Last week, His Excellency the Governor-General addressed us on Imperial Unity, suggesting that the unifying element was a bond of the spirit-intangible, almost inexplicable; and yesterday, Chaudhuri Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan addressed us on the problems of one of our sister dominions, giving an informative survey which revealed the basic loyalty of India to the Empire; and today, we are to be addressed by the Chairman of the Colonial Research Advisory Committee, the very head and front of the modern colonial and dominion policy of unity of purpose by independence of action, if I may so express it.

Lord Hailey is a graduate of Oxford-his course, the good old classics; his college, Corpus Christi, of which he is an Honorary Fellow. And, in tribute to the classics, may I say that of the eighteen Prime Ministers of England between 1837 and 1937, ten were good classical scholars and four others had learned both Latin and Greek.

Lord Hailey has spent much time in London, being a member of the Executive Council of the Governor General, as was also our speaker of yesterday. He was Governor of the Punjab from 1924 to 1928, and from 1928 to 1930 was Governor of the United Provinces. He is an author of note, and, in 1935 was Chairman of the African Resources Survey, from which, in 1938, came the authoritative publication, "An African Survey". He was from 1935 to 1939 a member of the Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations, and, in 1941, was head of the Economic Mission to the Congo.

Add to these activities the fact that he was, in 1941, Romanes lecturer at Oxford, and the fact that he is at present in Canada as Chairman of the United...