DESPITE the fact that unemployment is increasing, and that there is not a shadow of concrete evidence to justify the recent transitory optimism of Wall Street, the Government have made it clear that they do not intend to take any measures to improve conditions and that they look -upon the presence of nearly two million unemployed as a perfectly normal phenomenon. The condition of industry and of the working class, instead of being Parliament's major preoccupation, is now a mere incidental in its business, so much so that the whole matter was relegated to the final few hours of the recent session, when most members had either dispersed for the:holidays or were just about to do so. Yet the recent returns or au :Ministry of Labour show that wage payments are falling off everywhere except in the building industry, and that the record of 1937, in itself no very great achievement, is now definitely a thins of the past. It is at present wholly absent from the mind of the authorities (and, it is to be feared, also from the mind of the general public) that the most important function of government is to secure a livelihood for its citizens.
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