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ISLAND COLONIES

LOYALTY OF NATIVES WAR AND MODE OF LIFE The way in which the war had shown the extreme loyalty of the Colonial peoples to the King was remarked on by Sir Cosmo Parkinson, Permanent Under-Secretary#of State for the Colonies, in an interview before his departure to-day for Australia. The war had tightened the link between the and Great Britain and it was remarkable the way the natives had risen to the occasion, he said.

Since 1942 Sir Cosmo has been visiting British outposts as personal representative of the Secretary of State for the Colonies. He left England last May on a Pacific tour which has embraced Fiji, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, the New Hebrides, the Solomons and Tonga.

He had been doing liaison work made necessary by wartime conditions, said Sir Cosmo. His task was to make personal contact with the representatives of the British Government in order to discuss their problems, assist them, and report to the Colonial Office.

Asked to discuss wartime changes in Pacific islands that had come into the war zone, Sir Cosmo said there had been changes, but they were only of a temporary nature. In his talks with officials he found there were no big problems affecting the islands which had been brought about by wartime conditions. Questioned concerning the outlook and way of living of the natives as a result of the new economic conditions created by the presence of large military forces, and wartime activities, particularly in islands used by the Americans, Sir Cosmo said he did not think the natives had been affected to any great extent. Things would gradually go back to normal.

"As far as their outlook is concerned," he continued, "there is one aspect that has been brought out by the war. It has proved what was already well known at Home, namely, the extreme loyalty of these people t'o the King. The war has made the link between the colonies and Great Britain even closer than it was. It is remarkable how the natives have risen to the occasion. The war effort of the islanders has been outstanding. In other ways, too, the war has had its effect. Through lack of shipping it has made the islands more self-supporting."

The constitutional development of thv. colonies had not been stopped by the war, and the policy of the maximum of self-government in the British Empire in the minimum possible time was being furthered, he said. The colonies were all in various stages of development and in order to develop the policy it was necessary to give the people the opportunities needed for them to look after their own affairs. That meant more education.

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ISLAND COLONIES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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ISLAND COLONIES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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