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On August 20, 1930, Winston Churchill “sharply criticized” the Labour government’s policy on India and Egypt in a speech at Cleve Court, the residence of Lord Carson at Minster, Thanet. He charged the government had demonstrated “weakness and incapacity” in both the handling of the recent outbreak of hostilities on the Northwest Frontier as well as in its approach to Gandhi and India’s constitutional problem. He likewise declared himself “unhappy” with its Egyptian policy where the government “was eager to scuttle out of Egypt and to withdraw our troops in Cairo, where they had preserved order and made progress possible for 50 years.” With a general election upcoming, Churchill concluded his speech by saying that after the Conservative Party had driven the “wretched Socialist Government” from office, “confidence will be restored in Britain and spread from Britain round the world. Industry will be stimulated by a tariff. Agriculture will be aided by a guarantee. The dole will be purged of abuses and imposture; and we shall bear our part in a general revival of national and imperial strength.”

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