Alt-Heidelberg: Heidelberg College magazine — 1906

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i8 „ALT-HEIDELBERG" XXXIX. 1906

The Hon. M. for Gloucester in rising to move
the motion considered that conscription was the only
solution to the question of efficiency versus non-effi-
ciency. Some form of military service created pluck,
prevented side, made us ready to repel invasion, for
which last our Volunteer service was entirely inade-
quate.

The Hon. M. for St. Leonards was entirely in
disagreement with the Hon. M. who had just finish-
ed speaking. The loss to Labour consequent upon
conscription was simply enormous, and we should have
to descend to woman labour on the fields. He need
not dwell upon the evils of such a system. Forced
fighting could have no heart in it, and England had
never lacked men in time of emergency. Men were
paid badly enough in a voluntary force, in the case of
conscription payment would sink from bad to worse.

The Hon. M. for Capetown considered conscrip-
tion to be a grand and original plan for solving
the 'Unemployed' question. A little hard training would
be good for them, and if we extended the system to
Aliens it would certainly drive them away.

The Hon. M. for Cork was astounded at the
claim for originality on the part of the Hon. M. on the
opposite side of the House. He had himself read the
same suggestion in the Daily Papers on the previous
day. He considered that as England's first line of de-
fence was the Navy, we should shelve Army conscrip-
tion in favour of the former.

The Hon. M. for St. Austell appealed to the
latent spirit of patriotism which revolted at the idea of
paying another man to fight. Instead of military train-
ing proving a loss to business, Germany considered the
gain incalculable on the grounds of improved discipline,
sharpness, punctuality and physique.

The Hon. M. for Glasgow considered that a
system of Rifle Corps throughout the country, starting
with compulsory shooting whilst at school would meet
the case.

The Hon. M. for Wimbledon pointed out that
there would be no need to interfere with our present
three-fold system. All that was necessary was to insist
that a man should be compelled to join either the Mi-
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