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ONE OF CONFIDENCE

BRITAIN'S MESSAGE

SIR PATRICK DUFF ARRIVES p.a. Wellington, this day. "There has been no time yet to sweep up the mess of war in Britain, but it was a case of first things first," said Sir Patrick Duff, interviewed to-day on his arrival to take up the post of High Commissioner in New Zealand for the United Kingdom.

"Until Japan is in the bag, there is no time or labour to spare for anything short of essentials," added Sir Patrick, "but I want to assure you that their experiences during the war have not got the British people down."

Britain had suffered many wounds, some visible and some invisible, but Dhysica* repairs were apt to be quicker than might be thought against the background of general world recovery. Britain would not lack resources to make good her physical and other hurts, and in many ways she would emerge stronger than ever. "We have learned many lessons which will do us no harm. We have learned a renewed confidence in our own capacity and our own resourcefulness. Britain has reaffirmed her belief in those manly, virile virtues, which it was fashionable between the war for a small, but disproportionately vocal intelligentsia, to disparage." The future had many trials but no terrors for Britain because the difficulties to overcome were fully realised. Not Greatly Changed "It is from a confident Britain that I bring you a message of confidence in New Zealand's future and in the benefits which partnership of the British Commonwealth and the Empire can bring to us," said Sir Patrick. He stressed that despite nearly six years of war and all the privations and hardships they had undergone, the people of Britain knew that until Japan was defeated they could not relax. The people of Britain had not been greatly changed by their hardships but their trials and adversities had brought out their strong points. The people of Britain were admittedly tired, but that was not surprising considering that they had undergone a physical strain that had been severe, and it had to be remembered that the people of Britain had suffered 61 per cent of the total British Commonwealth casualties.

Sir Patrick said there was great appreciation in Britain of what New Zealand had done in giving homes to a number of British children during the war., "Wherever those children go, they will have something to say about New Zealand for the rest of their lives," said Sir Patrick, who mentioned also that he had travelled to New Zealand on a ship which brought many brides of New Zealand servicemen who had married in Britain, the United States and Canada.

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ONE OF CONFIDENCE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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ONE OF CONFIDENCE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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