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October 1, 1951 — The Goulburn Evening Post

The Mossadegh Project | May 2, 2022                     

This lead and sole editorial ran in The Goulburn Evening Post (Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia). Needless to say, they despised the British Labor Party, which was in fact removed later that month.

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The Goulburn Evening Post


If ever England has had an example of ineptitude in management of foreign affairs it is surely to be found in the present Attlee Government. [Premier Clement Attlee] Elected on a minority of a million votes, they are now going to the Country and appeal to the electors for a “renewal of confidence!” If ever a government deserved to be swept into ignominy it is the present Government of Britain which has surely reached its nadir of contempt in its handling of the Persian oil business, as an outcome of which, a nation, struggling dourly against the fate that is threatening its people, is now about to lose assets totalling something like £390,000,000. People point to Persia and argue “What can be done with a Mossadeq?” It can just as fairly be said: “What can be done with a Morrison?” [Foreign Secretary Herbert Morrison] This is the man, who when the Persian business was working up to its climax, was holidaying around Europe following Mr. and Mrs. Attlee, the humble social workers from East London who travelled like potentates and saw to it that they did the thing regally—they took one of His Majesty’s frigates for their trip. Another brilliant political specimen is Mr. Shinwell, Minister for Defence, who, in America on defence matters, could not resist exclaiming at one function that he could not stay to discuss these matters longer—he had a bathing beauty contest to judge in his electorate. [Emanuel Shinwell] Another ex-Minister Aneurin Bevan, with his wife, had a very happy time with Communist Tito, of Yugoslavia. [Marshall Tito] Wherever one looks, as one journal says, you find failure, poltroonery, criminal neglect and waste, betrayal, all by men who prefer the pomp of power and people’s money paid to them in salaries and in more devious ways. Little wonder that people exclaim over there: “Who will end us of these pestilential men?”

Winston Churchill | 1951 Campaign Speech on Iran Oil Crisis
The untold story behind Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh's famous quote “If I sit silently, I have sinned”


Related links:

Persian Oil Blaze | Goulburn Evening Post, June 22, 1951

Persian Crisis Easier? | The Kalgoorlie Miner, June 7, 1951

The Desperate Situation In Persia | As the Earth Turns, July 19, 1951

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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