EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
Currelly, Chas. T.
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Conditions in Egypt as the speaker found them. A presentation of the position as it comes from the workmen of Egypt; the position that the speaker found appealed to practically all the British who were there. The sympathy of the British entirely with the labouring class in Egypt, and it is the expression of that sympathy that has had a great deal to do with bringing about the present condition. First, in order to understand Egyptian affairs, a consideration of the very peculiar geography of the district. The individual playing a very small part in his own maintenance; the Government playing by far the larger part. Ways in which that is so. Individual but complete dependency upon the Government for their water, which means their food, leading to a condition of mental dependence on the part of the people. The Egyptian something of a slave by nature. The rule in Egypt invariably a foreign rule. Coming to modern times, the last turnover in the way of mercenaries being that of Mahomed Ali. Historical events since that time, with many anecdotes. Stories of financial chaos; of England and France trying to control the economic situation; of British authority; of discoveries of treasure. How these stories shape the country. The dread of the people their fear of their officials. The whole of officialdom as a class. Widespread financial corruption and graft. Consequences brought about by the terrorism in which many Egyptians live. Difficulties for the Egyptians in tackling the problem of English Government. The speaker's experience in going to Egypt as a Canadian. The inability to live in that country without yourself becoming a petty judge. Conditions under which the English officials administer. Other classes in Egypt, and how they live. How unrest developed. The prominent characteristic of the British Government that England does not desert her friends, nor punish her enemies.