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Do Colonies Pay?

The abolition of the Empire Marketing

Board w and it ha thing ver s never satisfactorily explained, now been announced that somelike it is to be created to take

its place. "The Colonial Empire," says The Times in a preliminary puff, " including Protectorates and Mandated Territories, covers an area of some 2,000,000 square miles, with a population of about 59,000,000, and the value of the total `exports of Colonial produce in the last year for which figures are available was £239,000,000. It is with this vast field of producticin that the new Marketing Board will concern itself." This language is no doubt appropriate to the occalion, but it is vastly different from the language used about the value of colonies when Germany's colonial ambitions are under discussion. Then we hear of nothing but the comparative worthlessness (economically speaking) of colonial possessions. There may be good strategic reasons ifor excluding Germany from colonial expansion, hut, if so, let there be no pretence about them.

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