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Three aspects of the labour situation in Great Britain: the labour situation viewed as a political crisis; the same situation viewed as an economic crisis; dropping the word "crisis," endeavouring to see how far we can apply the notion for which we are here today: the notion of imperial liaison and imperial study, to this problem of labour as it is here with us and in the Old Country. First, the political crisis. The speaker's impression, like that of many who were in England last summer, that a big change was destined soon to come over the grouping of parties; but little anticipation of how big the change would be. A temporary elimination of what had come to be the middle party, the Liberal party, from British politics as a main party. Attempting to characterize the Liberal party, using some of the speaker's personal experiences. The need for the Conservative party to incorporate into itself some working-class representation, and why. The desirability for the Labour party to be reinforced by the more progressive Liberals, if the Liberal party is to come to an end. The success of the Labour party in what had hitherto been assumed to be the preserve of Conservatism: general European policy. The lack of success in finding a remedy for unemployment. Remarks on the working classes of Great Britain. A sketch of what the speaker terms the economic crisis in Great Britain, centering around the unemployment problem. Results of the dislocation of markets caused by the war. The situation in comparison with pre-war conditions, in figures. The real cost of unemployment. The clash between the sheltered and the unsheltered occupations, findings its emphasis in the export trade. Where to look for recovery. The dilemma in terms of recovery of foreign markets. The need for more housing. Being cautious in using the word "dole," which does not belong to the scheme of insurance against unemployment. Future relations between labour, organized or unorganized, and the Dominions. The strength of imperial relations in the future contingent upon the healthiness of that relation. The need for some form of organized knowledge which may in the end produce a real binding tie.