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OFFENSIVE SOCIALISM.

(To the Editor.) Sir.—l am pleased my letter uphold- : mar .your able article on the uncalled-for behaviour of a few so-called Socialists iat the recent meeting of the Defence league ha> brought forth such good results, as my numerous assailants are very angry. They admit they are not yet in power to give evidence of their pood works; and they are never likely to be. so they regale us with vapourings about something that will not eventuate, and cunningly try to take the kudos for the good works of true Britishers, like our mtitual friend Mr. Massey (who is not a .Socialist) at his recent Buckland meeting on .Sir Joseph AVard's far-seeing "Dreadnought*' gift, which true Britishers are proud of. You know there is nothing like being -wise after the event. 1 am asked to buy a 4d. book on Socialism, but I much prefer a 4d. sohnapper, being easier to digest, and giving more -wholesome nourishment. Mt assailants have carefully omittedi reference to their continual wail about suppressing the sale of goods made in Germany, and the Asiatics' interference with white labour, though they stated at the Defence meeting they would prefer foreign rule to British, which aroused my indignation to offer .€2O towards a

"sinking" fund to ship them to Germany and Asia, whose cause they are espousing, and there finish their education. 1 have reconsidered this foreign trip, and beg to suggest that as the Nimrod is for sale, all true British. ers buy this vessel and consign the fewoffensive and learned Socialists to Lieutenant Shackleton's magnetic pole. It will not be so far from this happy and prosperous Dominion, as they will be only too glad to return to thaw at Sir George Grey's Statue. On their arrival at. the magnetic pole, they will find no protection is required in the shape of a

''Dreadnough"—only a jrood -warm overcoat and the products of their lanour, all beinsr on an equal footing, with liberty to build up a city -on the lines of the 4d. bood cf Socialism; and I feel certain, when the census is taken, that my definition of our local Socialism as laziness will be fulfilled, and that the few offensive Socialists -were not worth bothering about, their fervour having been cooled. —I am, etc.. TRUE BRITTSHER.

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OFFENSIVE SOCIALISM. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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