53. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 29.xii.49




Dear Roy,

Yes, indeed - most disturbing; disturbing, but true. The people now in power are my life-long friends & allies; & I wasted 20 of the best years of my life trying, in vain, to get together with them to put the Tories out. But -

The Tories, so Barker wrote magnanimously, many years ago, were not always wrong. Indeed, they were "usually right about the big things." But they were much too strong for their own good, let alone England's. And that is why they had to be got out.

For the same reason - & because they are fundamentally wrong about the fundamental things, which is to relate men's claims upon society to the work they do - item, not to put very little men in charge of very big jobs - they too must go; & the sooner the better. Otherwise they will never go at all, except by violence; which God forbid.

So far I am, if I must be anything, a Tory. But I rely on the swing of the pendulum & the fundamental common-sense of the average Englishman (? now outweighed by the fundamental foolishness of all women, even the English - that's the only danger) to do its own work. And the sooner the better.

Meanwhile, I may work for King-Hall at Bridgwater - I hope not - I was ill for months (only Jaundice) in the Spring, & am but barely recovered. But I am.

Drink to me, only


  1. 1. British Library, Harrod Collection, Folder Add. 72732, fol. 111 (transcribed by Charity Scott Stokes)

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