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Labour's Vision. Thoughts From
Some Leaders. (S700ac: 1913)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A feature showcasing thoughts from several celebrities, including Wallace. Printed on page 4 of The Daily Citizen issue of 13 January 1913. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S700AC.htm

     The following was the question: Whether any fresh kind of advance in pushing our general programme is imperative, or whether there is any dominating matter which, above all others, now calls for immediate action by Labour.

Dr. Russel Wallace.

     There are two things which, in my opinion, the Labour Party, as well as all advanced thinkers in Parliament, should urge upon the Government, in season and out of season, till they are done. Both can be done by the Government itself without waiting for an Act of Parliament, trusting to an Act of Indemnity at any time, if needed.

     1. To stop starvation absolutely and all such penury as leads to starvation, by the supply of free bread and such other necessaries as are required by infants or the sick, to all who ask for it; to be given as a right, quite independent of the Poor Law. How it can be worked successfully is explained in my "Wonderful Century" (pp. 510-512). This was published in 1903; and almost daily since cases of death, directly or indirectly caused by want of the necessaries of life, or of suicide from dread of starvation, have been recorded, and are now being recorded, in the daily or weekly papers. I have been grieved and sickened at the cold ignoring of these horrors by all parties.

     2. The other matter of primary importance is that the Government shall be urged to adopt the principle that high wages are beneficial to the whole community. That it shall at once act upon this principle by raising the wages of all the labourers, mechanics, etc., in its employment, from the lowest upwards; such rise to be increased annually till Parliament decides otherwise. This would establish a great principle, and would help to bring about that more equable distribution of wealth which all parties profess that they wish for.

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